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WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage -- The Prologue {WoW}

Sep 29th 2011 11:32AM Rub Kissless the wrong way, and I'd bet you'd get your hand broken...

WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage -- The Prologue {WoW}

Sep 23rd 2011 11:01PM Minor non-comic related complaint. This post didn't have the same Weekly Comic tag on it, so I almost missed it. I've stopped reading WoW Insider generally, but I'm still loving the comics, so the tags are pretty handy for finding these.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Speculation on tanking design {WoW}

Sep 13th 2011 3:15PM I was probably one of the few UH tanks back in the day. They had the snazzy runspeed bonus, significantly stronger diseases, and a lot of cute abilities. Unholy Armor was a fun pre-buff cooldown, and Anti-Magic Zone was pretty damn amazing in those rare places where it was relevant. That's why I'd call them cute, rather than strong. There was just something fun about them.

Oh, and the mage tank tree should be Arcane, thematically based around using a mana shield, kind of like the D2/LoD sorceress. Frost ought to be for damage, and it's really a frustration that Blizzard has ignored the spec, and so many others seem hostile toward it.

Shifting Perspectives: The state of feral raid DPS in patch 4.2 {WoW}

Sep 5th 2011 5:22PM That's one spec that may have been behind, but that isn't the point. Never have *all* hybrids been behind non-hybrid by a consistent amount, and often some hybrid classes have specs at the top. For example, most of the fights listed, Shadow Priests or Balance Druids or both are near the top of all dps, despite being hybrid.

Likewise, we mostly hear about a "Hybrid Tax" as a justification for not buffing underperforming classes, and seldom nerfing a particular hybrid ahead of the pack.

I think Gewalt is mostly right. Balancing classes is tricky, and Bliz seems lazy about incorporating fixes. Even by "easy" methods, too. It seems like it'd be easy as pie to buff Aggression up to 30% of AP from 25%, which would probably result in a 3-4% buff to Feral. That'd close the gap between top and bottom a little, but it seems like it happens late in patches, just before the next patch blows the gap open again.

Shifting Perspectives: On the matter of Moonkin Form {WoW}

Aug 27th 2011 4:30PM I'm with Anteia. If there's a glyph for it, it should be Glyph-to-Remove rather than Remove-and-Glyph-to-Replace.

My personal preference would be that, along with giving the Moonkin the Cat/Bear treatment of an updated skin and a customizable color palate.

WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage -- The Prologue {WoW}

Aug 24th 2011 10:57AM Yes and no. There's really only one thing we know about this dude: that he'll be Brynne and Lisaara's dad at some point. We don't know what happens with his own children, we don't know what trails and tribulations he'll go through before then (personally, I'm betting he fights and kills Ash'gor's brother). Heck, we don't even know precisely if he ever dies in the Quillboar raid. It's easily presumed, since the QBs don't take prisoners and he's likely not the kind of dwarf to abandon his children, but it's entirely possible that he got separated in the fighting, defeating a foe but being knocked out.

With regard to prequels in general, they're not even at that much of a structural disadvantage to other stories. Most romcoms end up with the main characters falling in love, most detective stories end up with the guilty parties being caught, and the hero almost always wins in the end. Sure, there are some prequels which are lazy, only work to set up those story elements we know will be there eventually. That's just bad storytelling in itself, and the result would probably be bad even if it wasn't a prequel. There are others who put in the craft of storytelling and end up with a good tale in it's own right.

Consider also: a lot of stories hold up on a second read or a second watch, despite the fact that we know exactly what's going to happen, not just some fragment of it.

WoW Insider's Weekly Webcomic: Safe Passage {WoW}

Aug 9th 2011 7:43PM If we don't see more of this awesome Warlock sister, I'm going to set Thunder Bluff on fire. Don't ask me how, but I'll find a way.

The Guild, Season 5, Episode 02: Crash Pad is a convention nightmare {WoW}

Aug 9th 2011 12:06PM Gotta love that Zaboo totally doesn't notice Codex draping herself.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: A beginner's guide to leveling as protection {WoW}

Aug 9th 2011 11:55AM Personally, I find Gag Order amazing for instance leveling. That 3-second silence is probably the best way to get the all-too-frequent caster mobs to come to me, since LoS depends greatly on the layout of the instance, and charging in isn't always an option.

However, that's a personal preference. I'll clearly to less damage with it than I would with Incite or Hold the Line, but it just bugs me when I don't have my 30s CD ranged silence.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: A beginner's guide to leveling as protection {WoW}

Aug 9th 2011 11:51AM The other major reason to stay in Def Stance outside of instances is Revenge. You don't get it until level 40 or so, but that sucker hits hard, but only in def stance.