Sep 12th 2009 8:40AM Ayup. Even banks use that system for their on-line services. Use a random keyboard layout every time the program is started just to make sure they don't try to come up with mouseloggers (or whatever :P), and suddenly a hacker's job is a lot harder. That is, assuming the user chose a non-obvious password. I've done maintenance on a few systems and I swear, the amount of people using "12345" even when their accounts are at risk is unbelievable.
Sep 2nd 2009 8:37PM That works well for Beast Mastery, but as Marksmanship I've found it hard to keep aggro on a Ferocity pet after level 20 or so. It only gets worse until you get misdirection, so here's a tip: if you're not BM, get a Tenacity pet and hold back on the firepower since early on unless you have a dedicated tank. You'll peel aggro off your pet really quickly otherwise.
Sep 2nd 2009 8:32PM On the other hand, the ghost cat in Darkshore does -not- require Beast Mastery and can be tamed at a fairly low level.
Aug 29th 2009 9:40PM Sidenote: those programs are also useful when you want to extract specific sounds, like Yogg-Saron's maniac laugh (always gets me ready for the day, nothing like having an Old God roaring at you early in the morning to get you going), or C'thun's ghastly taunts (coolest raid boss eveeeer...) or maybe even Whitemane's "Arise, my champion" (what? She DOES sound hot!).
So, if you have a particular boss, mob or skill that makes a sound you'd like to use outside the game, give those a try. =)
Aug 25th 2009 3:15PM Quick note: Pounce does NOT require you to be behind the enemy, only prowling. Prowl is broken by damage, not by being detected. That means you can approach most mobs from the front (saving some time) and still have the upper hand since you can still apply the stun after being spotted but before being attacked.
Aug 25th 2009 12:14PM Think about it this way:
The Horde is based on Kalimdor. Sure, the Undead and the Blood Elves are on the Eastern Kingdoms, but they are relatively few compared to the bulk of the Horde (Orcs). The Orcs are already a pain in the Night Elves' butt due to their capital being so close to Ashenvale, the ancestral home of the Elves, and the whole Warsong Clan issue.
The Night Elves also lost a huge number of their own in the Third War, not to mention losing their immortality. It was a huge trauma for such a proud race, being left alone in an increasingly hostile world (Felwood is a cesspool, Ashenvale has corrupted places, the animals are also hostile). They had found friends in the Third War when fighting alongside the humans and dwarves of the Alliance, and there would be no way in hell they'd align themselves with the Horde.
So they sided with the Alliance. They are still reclusive and no one in the Alliance really trusted them too much in the beginning. But they are officially part of the organization, and are pictured in WoW as such.
Aug 18th 2009 2:01PM I don't think it's about total equality, just viability... I mean, Tauren were, before DKs came around, limited to just -four- classes. It's a really cool race (and that's coming from a mostly Alliance player), but the lack of options always put me off. I suppose at least a few other people felt the same way. So they give Tauren two more classes to play with and expand their very limited roster since they're already opening up more options for pretty much every race besides the Draenei, who already has all but Rogues and Warlocks, and aren't going to get those for the same reason the Tauren aren't either.
Gnomes, on the other hand, also had few options, and theirs were much more limited. While the Tauren had a healthy mix of overlapping classes: Physical DPS (Warrior, Shaman, Druid), Ranged DPS (Hunter, Shaman, Druid), healing (Druid, Shaman) and tanking (Druid, Warrior), gnomes had no healers at all. Priests help filling that hole, and the lack of Paladins is also a very good indication that the Gnomes are -not- going to be following the Light as we know it. It's hard to fit any other class in with Gnomes, except maybe hunters (then you'd finally have a Gnome wearing mail), so I think Priest would be a good addition to their roster.
Aug 14th 2009 7:13PM That sounds wrong... Night Elf Mages? Tauren Paladins? Might want to examine that information a bit better, because those two classes don't make a whole lot of sense from a lore perspective (what with the NElves hating arcane magic and the Tauren having nothing to do with the Light). If those are true, Blizz would have to do some serious lore twisting to pull it off.
On the other hand... Human Hunter? Damn it, I'll have to leave a character slot open for when the expansion drops!