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Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 5:03PM Good thing it is, in fact, a beta!

Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 5:01PM For me, being a Shadow Priest isn't about a particular rotation, it's not about having a certain number of dots, and it definitely isn't about WotLK's and Cata's anemic VE. For me, being a Shadow Priest is about being in Shadow Form, having a DoT, and casting Mind Flay.

For me, that's what iconic. As long as I have those, I'm happy. The details are just those - details.

Blood Pact: Don't sell your soul for a warlock tanking spec quite yet {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 9:45PM You have a point, Covil, but couldn't you have made it without being snarky?

The Light and How to Swing It: It's the end of block as we know it {WoW}

Mar 9th 2012 6:17PM "This disparity led to buffs being given to druids and DKs in the final half of the expansion which, in the absence of block's potent shadow, will give those two tanking classes a marked advantage."

Do you honestly think that won't be addressed?

Ghostcrawler on the philosophy behind the Mists of Pandaria talent trees {WoW}

Dec 8th 2011 9:07PM Perhaps you missed it, but Ghost Wolf will be instant for all Shamans.

Ghostcrawler on the philosophy behind the Mists of Pandaria talent trees {WoW}

Dec 8th 2011 6:22PM (tl;dr: I suspect we're just on different pages. There's no need to be jerks to each other about it.)

I don't know what to say.

It seems like way more is being read into my comments than was my intention, and perhaps I've read more into Cutaia's response than he intended. It's like there are two totally different conversations going on.

I'm not offended by Ghostcrawer's jokes. I wouldn't have given them a second thought if it weren't for these responses to my comment. However, while I'm not going to lose any sleep over GC's jokes, I don't care for them either. I think that, at best, they're not funny, and, at worst, they show a deeply flawed understanding of roleplaying. That's it - there's no anger or indignation, and I don't know why someone might think I felt that way. In fact, in my next response I said "Whether or not that was his intent," which I thought showed that I wasn't angry or offended, and that I realized that GC might have come across to me in an unintended way. The only reason for the two quotes above that was simply to answer djsuursoo's question.

Cutaia's response included "You're the one twisting it into, 'ALL RPers WOULD PICK THE WRONG TALENTS BECAUSE THEY RP AND ARE BAD.'" It's okay to disagree with me, but this is so far from my intent, and seemed like so much of a stretch to arrive at from what I wrote, that the most reasonable interpretation to me was that Cutaia was simply being a jerk. I could be wrong (and that's why I phrased "Did I kick your puppy" as a question), but with a response so alien to the intent of my post, with a response that seemed (SEEMED) to twist my words to say that I was twisting GC's words, I think my reasonable and rational response was entirely appropriate.

Indeed, to take some of Cutaia's words for my own:

That's what you gathered from my responses? You're going to compare my attempts to provide a reasonable explanation to the intent behind my words to some emotional and "hurtful" response? I think you've missed my point, but maybe I've missed yours too...

Ghostcrawler on the philosophy behind the Mists of Pandaria talent trees {WoW}

Dec 8th 2011 4:07PM Did I kick your puppy, Cutaia?

Twisting "GC seems to be playing into the 'RPs are poor PvEers' stigma. Whether or not that was his intent, it's something I'm sensitive about," into "You're the one twisting it into, 'ALL RPers WOULD PICK THE WRONG TALENTS BECAUSE THEY RP AND ARE BAD,'" is both disingenuous and hurtful.

Perhaps I'm too sensitive, it's not unreasonable. In the first quote from GC he said "all else being equal" which, to me, that he might (notice that I used the word might, not does) consider such a decision reasonable from an RP perspective. With the "all else being equal" phrase that means all else being equal, as though someone might choose to use a +10 enchant over a +20 even if the cost and cosmetic effects were the same, for RP's sake.

Playing poorly or making poor decisions isn't the mark of a good roleplayer. There can certainly be reasons to not take one talent or to take another, but if someone makes a dumb mechanical decision because they're roleplaying a dumb character, it's still a dumb decision.

GC's remarks about RPers could only encourage the behavior that leads some people to try vote-kicking me simply because I'm from Wyrmrest Accord. The efforts stop when they see my DPS, but the stigma is there and it sucks. I'm sure GC doesn't want me to have less fun, but it's okay for me to be unhappy with his comments.

Ghostcrawler on the philosophy behind the Mists of Pandaria talent trees {WoW}

Dec 8th 2011 1:38PM "Choosing between a talent that grants 10% damage and one that grants 5% damage, all else being equal, isn't interesting (unless perhaps you're a superstar role-player)."

"Instead of having to click Raging Blow, we'll just give it to you, because frankly if you skip it, you're making a mistake (or you're RPing a Fury warrior who has taken too many blows to the head)."

GC seems to be playing into the "RPs are poor PvEers" stigma. Whether or not that was his intent, it's something I'm sensitive about.

Ghostcrawler on the philosophy behind the Mists of Pandaria talent trees {WoW}

Dec 8th 2011 12:58PM I appreciate what GC wrote, but the cracks on RPers are uncalled for.

The WoW Insider Show Episode 222: Patch 4.3 {WoW}

Dec 2nd 2011 12:43AM "Divination by entrails!"