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Addon Spotlight: My Top 5 addons {WoW}

Jan 27th 2011 5:12PM I can't say first hand, since I've never actually used Healbot, but my understanding is that Grid & Clique together provide essentially the same functionality as Healbot alone. Clique itself provides only the click-to-cast function -- it can then be used on the default UI frames in addition to the Grid raid frames. For healers, I think the end result is the same with Healbot, but I stick with Clique because it's what I know. I also like being able to use Clique to bind offensive spells, and to the same button that I bind heals. For example, I can have Shift+Right Click cast a heal if my target is friendly and a spell interrupt if not.

Addon Spotlight: My Top 5 addons {WoW}

Jan 27th 2011 4:04PM It seems like we're talking strictly about UIMods here, rather than pure function addons like Grid, Clique, Omen, DBM, etc.? As far as form factor addons, I would add only Bartender to your list. All of my "top addons" are pure function:

1) Clique. On my healers, I don't know how I ever functioned without click-to-cast functionality.
2) DBM. Because on some fights, you just need help seeing the boss's "death to tank" spell.
3) Grid, with whatever additional plugin makes incoming heals show up.
4) Altoholic, which lets me see which of my alts has some [fillintheblank] laying around when I need it.
5) Addon Control Panel. Being able to disable things from inside the world is nice.

Breakfast Topic: What do other players do that really annoys you? {WoW}

Jan 27th 2011 2:59PM Yeah, I don't understand the allure of griefing players who ask simple questions that can't be easily determined in-game. Sure, Wowhead and Google are great sources, but on many systems alt-tabbing out of the game to run a web browser to make use of those services is slow enough and painful enough (not to mention the risk of crashing WoW) that I understand why some people risk trade chat. Plus, one of the great parts about an MMO is that there are real people around to help a new player (or new alt, even) figure out how to get from Silvermoon to Orgimmar.

When I see someone asking for basic help, I whisper the answer to them. That way, neither of us has to deal with trade trolls.

The educational potential of class-based achievements {WoW}

Jan 6th 2011 5:21PM I think it's a great idea, as long as you don't expect too much from it. It would be fun and a good way to learn more about your class, but as many have pointed out, it wouldn't teach you how to do your job *well*. Does that make it a bad idea? No way! Sure, LameDK there may have gotten [I'm Rubber, You're Glue] by popping Anti-Magic Shell to block a spell in 1000 duels and never once running an instance. But you can bet that after 1000 duels he's going to at least know what the button looks like, and maybe even what it does, and he'll be that much more likely to use it when the chance presents itself (or, failing that, when someone tells him he should be).

As for the risk of LameDK pulling the casters off the tank in an instance so that he can work on his achieve, I'm not sure that creating the achievement gives him any more of a perverse incentive than some of the current achievements. Sure, some jerkwads pulled Krik'thir the Gatewatcher with the first Watcher in Azjol'Nerub to try to get [Watch Him Die] without telling anyone else, but most groups didn't. I know it's a little different when the achievement requires the whole group, but my point is: jerkwads will be jerkwads, but lots of people aren't jerkwads.

The Queue: Isn't Christmas over? {WoW}

Jan 5th 2011 2:48PM @Eyhk: I don't know about Thrall, but from this point forward, bio breaks on Vent shall be known as "using the Maelstrom."

The Queue: In short {WoW}

Dec 29th 2010 5:33PM Think of it as a variant of "cat scratch fever": I've noticed on my shaman that it expends a lightning shield orb, indicating that I've been "attacked" by something that... isn't there. While this would be odd in many places in Azeroth, Uldum is populated by what are essentially well-armored kitty cats. As anyone who has ever owned a cat can tell you, fighting with things that aren't there is par for the course.