Mar 11th 2010 9:26AM I love playing a shaman. I have two and expect I will have a total of four come the Cataclysm. My love for these two characters knows almost no bounds. I've played every spec, done all the pvp and even did a little raiding with them. My orc shaman was my very first character back when WoW was young (and when Shamans took no damage), leveled from 1-80 as elemental and I loved him all the more each time I had to go traipsing across Azeroth to commune with the spirits. I love my draenai shaman because his story is completely different. I also love the fact that I actually want all three ( possibly six) armor sets for both characters simply because I like all the talent trees now. The fact that the class has changed for the better and continues to do so is what keeps me coming back. No amount of spreadsheets, data or QQ about poor gear choices/low dps will keep me from playing them.
Jan 24th 2010 10:35AM actually, I've noticed that some people don't even consider what they're doing when that vote button comes up. They click "yes" because it's what you do. A terrible thing that I had to break myself of after the LFG tool came out.
It's important to think why someone is being kick but it's hard to discuss sometimes when you can't whisper. That's why if I have to ask why someone is being voted to be kicked, I vote "no."
Jan 8th 2010 10:21AM It is interesting, I think. I have a mage I don't use often because dps takes forever to que and I've got his gear where I want it. He is our guild scribe though so I try to get him as many mastery books as possible.
When I'm using the LFG and one of these books drop, I'm usually playing my tanking druid because I'm still working on his gear and it's faster. I always greed even though I feel Need is probably okay but invariably, the last player to choose N or G chooses need and I never see the flash from the book being used. So I'm feel I'm getting fleeced. I don't want to just simply need every book that comes down the line but I don't like the idea of ninjas grabbing it to sell on the AH.
Jan 5th 2010 10:26AM Great idea! Though I would think it would cost two shards or something more expensive to make up for the increase in power they'd bring. Still, it would be really nice.
Dec 16th 2009 2:52PM I know this is awfully late and no one will see it most likely but I just read this article. I've been playing a warlock since I bought the game practically. He's my Ally main on an RP server. I chose his class because I wanted something with a dark edge and while I always prefer the dead to demons, I thought this would be fine. This was before any mention of DKs ever being a class...before even Arthas was mentioned in story again.
After playing the first 15 levels I decided I was gonna stick it out with Syris and go as far as i could. I was always having trouble with the demonic component though because while I could square his reasons for using shadow magic (destro and demo trees were disdainful), I couldn't quite figure out what allowed him to break his own morals and summon demonic creatures into this world. Then I started reading Lovecraft stories. This was in college ( I know, I know...a little late). It occured to me that the lore we're given does not necessarily coincide with Judeo-christian aesthetics and therefore these demons are not spirits tormenting mortals (though they DO do this), but rather beings of other planets and dimensions...and can be cowed and controlled with sufficient will. From then on, my lock could hate the Burning Legion as much as any light-wielding zealot but perhaps understood the relationship between the Light and Shadow a little more clearly and with less religious affectations.
I even went so far as to say he sought out the Great Old Ones for their power but discarded this in favor of wanting to search the stars for the Elder Gods once C'Thun was released as a boss (and when subsequently replayed W#: Frozen throne). For those who may read this but not know Lovecraft: The universe is morally ambiguous and there is no "Good v. Evil" with Elder Gods and their machinations often coinciding with Human sensibilities because both sought to destroy, put to sleep, or otherwise impair the Great Old ones (gross oversimplification).
I ramble on but having this perspective has made it easier to be a warlock. Since the Elder Gods do not care what most beings do, I no longer feel my power comes from any sort of Demon or demon worship nor do I owe true allegiance to anything. The powers granted are as morally ambiguous as the enigmatic beings from which it originally derives freeing me to be as good or as bad as I wish.
Regarding other locks, NPC or otherwise, this along with the personal backstory helps distinguish myself from warlocks who truly crave to be part of the Fel crusade and those that are potentially corrupted by their powers.
Dec 11th 2009 11:40AM The best story I have is when a H Nex run. It was me (mage), a priest (healer), a hunter, a rogue and a paladin (tank). We get to the dwarven commander and due to some miscalculations, one of the melee targets gets feared into the next two pull groups. This ends up getting all but the paladin and, for a time the priest, killed. The hunter d/c'ed at this point while the rogue and I ran back in. By the time we get back in and healed, here comes the paladin dragging two of the berserkers. The priest was probably waiting for the tank to die (understandably) but somehow, between the pally kiting and healing himself, judicious use of CC and nuking the hell out of them, we prevailed.
We queued for another dps and eventually got a lock. She stood at the front of the dungeon alternately mocking us (when she came in, one of us was still dead) or saying "moment" while we cleared the trash before fighting the Magess. The second boss was pulled with the lock still waiting at the entrance and we cut through her. I forgot to mention that the pull was accidental as we still had three mobs to kill. Killed the mobs, and split the mage into three when the dps and healer died and the pally ran back to the entrance again. We slew her doubles (triples?) and then had to run back to the magess's are and finished the job. Somewhere in there, we voted to kick the "still afk" lock with the smart mouth. After that, the rest of the dungeon was very smooth sailing with a new hunter to finish out the last three bosses.
The most epic part of all of this was that while I hate dying in a dungeon, it was impressive that we never completely wiped, finished the dungeon and no one wasted time blaming anyone else (other than the lock...but what do you expect from people who befriend demons (j/k).
As a side note, the sad thing was even with the changes in characters, we remained an all B-elf group throughout. *sighs*
Dec 9th 2009 1:18PM I worked the evening shift at the FRD...or F!@#ing reference desk for those spared such an existence. Actually, it's one good thing about having my evening shift be Tuesdays. Most of the time when the servers are down, I've got something to do that won't make me agonize over the loss of play time. Plus, helping college students is always fun.
Dec 8th 2009 7:03PM @erinys
A little off topic but...
I totally agree with you about the scribes. I've an enchanter and a scribe so I've spared myself some of the heartache and try to put up cheap (priced without looking at current market values - about 1-5 gold a stack) scrolls every so often but most of the time I see all of the stacks bought out by the same few people who then sell them for an ass-load. I wish something could be done about that.
Back to topic, I don't mind having the work done for me. I've never gotten a copper off my enchanting without the AH being a part of that so really this is just aces to me.
Oct 23rd 2009 10:26AM I remember back when I played pen and paper D&D, I modified the crafting system so people could make items more easily and the group mage could enchant them.
I've always loved the idea of Blacksmithing and considering I've leveled it on three characters now, it is probably my favorite profession.
I loved the Lionheart series of swords and wish there was something akin to that again. I think being able to wear and wield your own items is probably one of the most rewarding things you can do in any game. I'm only sad that there are no crafted items that are simply the best in slot.
Jul 2nd 2009 1:32PM I'm really looking forward to the change as well. I play on an RP realm for a reason and I feel I'm heavily invested in the lore. Was before WoW started...or as much as one could be.
Still, I created a human warlock and drove him through almost 80 levels. I eventually realized that the backstory I had made for him was meant for a mage. Conversely, I had made a blood elf mage that I eventually realized should have a been a lock given his views on things. I would love the opportunity to switch these two so that their stories made a little more sense to me.
Now if only we could change names when we changed sides.