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Jan 8th 2010 12:34PM It took 1 day to restore my hacked character. It was completely and utterly my idiotic fault, and Blizz was incredibly cool about it. I know not everyone has had this experience, but personally speaking, I was a very happy customer. There are a ton of people for whom that care package would be a very good deal.
While I applaud the effort to be a bit more critical of Blizz when needed, I have to say that I'm pretty disappointed at how sensationalist this article comes off. The title is heavily misleading, and while I know that WoW Insider isn't really trying to be the creme de la creme of journalism, this is just very tabloidish :/
Nov 14th 2009 12:22AM There's also a tanking version at whatisboom.com.
Regarding the quantitative stuff, I have been working on it - but there were a LOT of responses to the healer survey - and more come in everyday. It's a lot of data to sift through, and i've been busy just trying to keep the list updated! I guess now I can't procrastinate it any longer, since you folks are practically demanding that I get it graphed! Okay, okay, I'll work on it this weekend...
Oct 31st 2009 3:14PM Oof! It could also be that I keep trying to update the list of responders - so if you have problems loading it, just try to refresh it again, it may have just been updated. I've been trying to stay on top of all the responses, but it became a lot more popular than I expected!
Oct 26th 2009 2:03PM It should be noted that this is not just a problem with people who are in romantic relationships. For multi-guild runs, i've seen it happen between fellow guild members, or just people who are good friends. I've also seen it happen specifically to screw someone that two people dislike out of loot. I.E. They don't really need the item, but they can't stand the guy who would win it otherwise. It's very malicious, and the Blizz change may have helped Blizzard a lot, but has made malicious looting much easier.
Oct 26th 2009 1:47PM YES. We ran into this very problem within a week after Blizzard made the change. I posted about it all over the forums asking for input as to whether anyone else had experienced this problem, and I was told by nearly everyone that I obviously just needed to find a new guild. The situation noted by the email you've posted is a lot more obvious - but there are plenty of scenarios where people are waiting until after the raid is over to trade loot - and unless they are checked, nobody notices.
It's sneaky, and the rule is poorly designed. In essence, the loot should only be tradeable with the loot master, IMO. This would certainly solve a lot of problems. The change made by Blizzard put our alliance into a loot situation that single handedly destroyed our loot system and created so much drama, that we have yet to come back from it.
I posted about it on my own blog with the hopes that someone might have any possible solutions, and I posted about it on the forums, and yet no one had any words of wisdom to help us out. There isn't anything we can do to prevent it except kick people out when we catch them "double-rolling" - and the only way we can catch them is to obsessively keep track of who wins what, and then regularly check their gear.
Aug 23rd 2009 10:46AM I want every one of those people in the second video in vent on raid night!!
Aug 22nd 2009 11:21AM I am really looking forward to the second Class, Items, and Professions panel. At this point, with what we know, I'm a bit concerned that in addition to stat streamlining, Reforging will allow items of the same armor class to be roughly equivalent and generic. Who cares if it has all this intellect on it when what I need, as a healer, is spirit? I can just remove half the intellect and turn it into spirit. I'm worried that some of the gear is going to appear more like an armor class template, and we can just change what we want on it.
Yay for mana regen being focused on one stat again though. I am lawling a bit about the recent buff to Mp5, when it's going to be removed within a year or two anyway, but I guess in WoW terms, thats a long time.