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Breakfast Topic: Has playing WoW changed your life? {WoW}

Oct 14th 2010 8:24AM About 2-and-a-half years ago I was in a bath with a cigarette and a glass of wine with the intention to kill myself. Without going into detail, I didn't. Recovering from this, I found solace in WoW. There was just... something about it. Peaceful. After that I never felt like harming myself.

That's not a very good way of saying it. I guess you had to be me at the time.

What I'm getting at is that WoW didn't change my life; WoW saved my life.

Spiritual Guidance: Priest PSA {WoW}

Aug 30th 2010 12:04AM I dropped Body and Soul a while back and missed it waaaay too much. So I took it back. Had one point left over. Dawn's continual preaching about Lightwell made me give it a chance. My God, it's actually useful since they fixed the click, click, click thing. Perhaps even more so in the future when they make it so it doesn't steal focus. Even if no one needs it, it can always be a good beacon for movement fights.

Haven't noticed a change to my healing, because my targets rarely drop below 50% anyway except for a few rare cases, and the glyph of PoH coupled with three stacks of Serenity makes up for that. :)

All the World's a Stage: Cheating and the IC versus OOC divide {WoW}

Aug 16th 2010 12:52AM Agreed. That's why I quit roleplaying ages ago. I started to feel like I was living another life, like my character was becoming a part of me, almost real. It started bleeding into my real personality and out of the game and that just became too much for me. It was doing my head in, so I just stopped. Didn't even transfer or anything; just walked away and started a new character elsewhere. Happy that I did.

I seem to remember reading an interview with Johnny Depp where he commented on acting and how you get into these roles so much you don't know if you are really going to be you when you come back out and that you seem to carry them around forever as parts of you. I can kind of understand, and I was actually saying to my girlfriend the other day that I feel sorry for (good) actors.

For the people who can balance it well, more power too you -- but for me, the fact that IC was really an extension of myself (that then became part of me full circle) was enough for me to know I didn't want to do it any longer. :(

Icecrown raid buff now at 30% {WoW}

Jul 20th 2010 9:21PM Maybe my 10-man group can finally get to the end now. I don't want the "phat loots". I don't even really want the Kingslayer title (and I agree, Starcaller is far cooler anyway). Heck, I don't even want to parade around feeling awesome.

I just want to see Arthas die.

I want to see the Warcraft III story come to its conclusion.

Sure, like the post says, it's probably "alt time" for most people, but for some of us it will just be our chance to see it all end.

I personally am very thankful that Blizzard gave us this buff, so even casual players like me can get a chance to see how the narrative unfolds. :)

Cataclysm Beta: New 31-point talent trees, spec bonuses and more {WoW}

Jul 14th 2010 4:13PM The problems with Lightwell aren't just that DPS won't use it. It costs 30% of base mana meaning that it's impractical to put down in a fight where mana management is on the wire. It's just too much of a hit for something with it's mechanics. Maybe if you didn't have to be right friggin' next to it, and maybe if it lasted 10 charges and/or 3 minutes and not both, it would be more useful and I'm sure everyone would be happy to take it. As it stands, it's the same old Lightwell and now we're just being forced to take it because Blizzard are too stubborn to admit it's a crappy talent.

I'm already popping a lot of my mana cooldowns (Shadowfiend, Hymn of Hope, pots and even my Arcane Torrent) to retain enough mana on some fights. Blowing 30% of my mana on a "heal" that instantly becomes out of my control is not something I'd ever consider using. I realize that Blizzard want us to care about our mana more (I've never even looked at my bar in Heroics for about 3 months now), but these bigs hits are just not something I can blow in good conscience without knowing that I'm letting my raid down when I'm out of mana with 20% on the boss to go. Divine Hymn's out now as well, what with that costing 63% of base mana. With Inner Focus it made an excellent panic button if something went pear shaped in our raid, but with such a dramatic hit to my mana, I just can't use it without it risking be being a useless DPS wand user. :(

So in a way, it's kind of back to CoH, (Flash) Heal, PoM, and renew spam with the occasional PoH. Doubly so with Chakra in play. Isn't that what Blizzard wanted us to avoid?

Cataclysm Beta: New 31-point talent trees, spec bonuses and more {WoW}

Jul 14th 2010 5:53AM Do we have to take Lolwell? The talent calculator says you don't and I thought you only had to in the old talent build.

I hope we don't, as that really means that Holy priests only get 30 points to spend. (Sorry, Dawn, but Lightwell sucks.)

Cataclysm Beta: New 31-point talent trees, spec bonuses and more {WoW}

Jul 14th 2010 5:40AM Stop being ridiculous and melodramatic. WoW has always had cookie cutter specs that everyone is expected to have. Even the 101 guides here discuss mandatory talents. I can't even begin to recall the amount of times I've been told that I'm specced wrong because I refuse to drop Body and Soul (I like the speed boost for getting people out of fire quickly). At least this way the talents are slightly more interesting and aren't just a 5% increase to parry or something.

Cataclysm Beta: New 31-point talent trees, spec bonuses and more {WoW}

Jul 14th 2010 5:37AM Inner Focus! NOOOO!


I had that macro'd to fire off just before Divine Hymn, meaning I always got DH for free. Was an utter lifesaver of a panic button. Now it is no more for me in Holy.

I don't like how Evangelism and Archangel work at all. I don't want to have to Smite spam to get the benefit of points in that tree. I guess this is what happens when healers think they need to DPS. :(

It'll be interesting to see what happens when these are finalized. I know there is definitely going to be a cataclysm to my playing style.


Looks like I'll be going 3/38/0. Not many compelling reasons to get stuff from the Disc tree instead of getting the better talents in the Holy tree. Twin Disciplines is the only one worth picking up now that Meditation is no more and Inner Focus is too deep to get.

Cataclysm Beta: New 31-point talent trees, spec bonuses and more {WoW}

Jul 14th 2010 5:15AM Uh... I mean level 20. I went to look that up to be safe and still ended up making myself look like an idiot. -_-;

Cataclysm Beta: New 31-point talent trees, spec bonuses and more {WoW}

Jul 14th 2010 5:13AM Only idiots level as Holy. As someone who is an idiot, I can tell you it's utterly, utterly painful. I got to about 75 and then said "Eff it!" and borrowed the gold for dual spec.

That said, Desperate Prayer is a useful tool even at 80. I find it's a great panic button for me if Binding Heal isn't going to be fast or strong enough to keep me up without neglecting others in important situations. It's an instant cast and heals for a lot so makes a great panic button if I make a mistake.

Because if you're dead, you're not going to be healing anyone! :3

(You've also got to remember that Holy peeps will now get this at 10, not 66. That's a pretty big deal.)