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Arcane Brilliance: The new and improved arcane tree in patch 4.1 {WoW}

Mar 18th 2011 3:42PM "And that means any specs outside of a reasonable range of OPTIMAL are NOT VIABLE"

Surely if they're not optimal then they're just (to copy your emphasis) NOT OPTIMAL.

This is an american english disease that debases the language quite broadly. People say "very unique" when they mean "very rare". Some words are absolute. You can no more be "very unique" than you can be "very dead". Which is a pity in the case of warlocks.

Viable falls into this category. If you do enough damage to eventually down a boss, you are viable. You can only be considered non-viable if you hit a non survivable enrage timer through lack of raid dps. Being viable does not mean you are optimal, or that you will be accepted by your raid leader.

Conan the Grammarian has spoken!

Very Death to all Warlocks.

Arcane Brilliance: Getting your mage up and running in 4.0.1 {WoW}

Oct 18th 2010 9:04AM I would think you would want to burn the boss a little without popping any cooldowns, allowing the tank a little time to gain a threat lead.

Once your mana is down enough for the gem to almost fill you back up, and the tank has a threat lead, then MI+Arcane Power+Gem and into burn for 75K AB crits. Spam AB until all CD's are over regardless of mana state, then evocate (add mana pot if not full) and into phase 2.

Mage armor is a must.

Arcane Brilliance: Things I've learned while dying in Cataclysm heroics, mage edition {WoW}

Oct 5th 2010 11:45AM You choose to hit something just because the tank is currently focusing on it? I get advised to do this from time to time and I have to say this advice makes me shiver.

I hit things that the tank has a threat lead on, not things that the tank is currently focused on.

While obviously you follow any target order the group agrees, I have to say I strongly recommend hitting things based upon threat lead rather than tank focus.

Arcane Brilliance: News and notes from Cataclysm beta build 12604 {WoW}

Jul 27th 2010 10:39AM You know, I'm kinda with ya, yay! But kinda not with ya, boo!

Ultimately these talent changes are just designed to force us to learn a new rotation, with the intention of keeping the game fresh. Ultimately serious PVE's will continue to find the best spec and all top end mages will end up looking the same. Less serious PVE's will continue to pay scant attention in this area and just be slightly more confused for a while.

While I would agree that the changes aren't going to thrill you to your core, nor do I think you could expect them too.

Arcane Brilliance: Beta wishlist {WoW}

Jul 20th 2010 10:46AM Not that I'm in favor of a Shaman crashing our party, sitting in the middle of the dancefloor and sulking but I do take issue with this..

"An ele or enhance shaman that knows hir class and contributes 110% effort to the raid will and is welcomed much more than any of the previously mentioned wastes of raid slots."

I can't really buy into this. Think Frost mage in PVE!

Any guild working on progression wants top tier dps, to get through the early bosses quickly and help on progression bosses. In a guild setting, even a fairly casual guild, notably substandard dps is an issue. And today, assuming similar gear levels and ability to move out of the fire, Shaman dps is notably substandard.

The situation is even worse in a PUG. No one knows whether you will stand in the fire or not. So they are even more focussed on the things they can see, what class are you and what gear are you wearing. Widening the shaman dps gap and weakening the need for heroism could price Shaman dps out of pugs in the same way as a frost mage.

I think this is a shame for wow - as there is a lot of richness and beauty in the variety of classes and specs that come into a raid. Even warlocks have their place, admittedly as the scarecrow on top of a mage ignited bonfire.

Arcane Brilliance: Stealing spells for fun and profit {WoW}

Apr 20th 2010 10:38AM I don't know if someone commented already, but the addon mage nuggets will basically tell you any time there is something stealable on the target.

An addon like this is mandatory in PVP, and in PVE I just steal every time it shows to see what I get from it

Recommended!

Selling the Kindle at Target Sounds Silly {BloggingStocks}

Apr 9th 2010 2:24PM AMZN will have to aggressively reduce the cost of kindle over time, same with any other consumer electronic device. This exercise will have to include taking care of targets margin.

AMZN will be finding a substantial new market, people who may buy a book online but will not buy an expensive device that they have never seen or touched. Especially when competitor products are available this way.

Many electronics purchased on amazon have been "touched" and "felt" at best buy etc. first. Kindle lacks this advantage currently and paying to plug the gap and widen the audience makes perfect sense.


Even selling at zero margin in TGT may make sense in anticipation of revenues from downloads. Think free razor handles from gillette.


Having said all this, the movement in AMZN share price baffles me. The thought that the company is worth 5% more if Kindles sell at target is, ermm, befuddling.

Arcane Brilliance: An argument for raiding as a frost mage {WoW}

Mar 17th 2010 8:33AM so, to sum it all up, arcane is the best spec for raiding. Frost is the best spec for....people who want to play frost.

K, cool.

Arcane Brilliance: What to do with your trinket slots, part 2 {WoW}

Feb 23rd 2010 12:57PM lol I feel your despair, but I think there's hope. You know, PUG isn't a four letter word (although it's close). I think most people have access to 25 mans because most guilds that run them successfully don't *quite* have 25 full time players. At least in my realm, I am in a guild that doesn't run ICC 10 let alone ICC25, but I get regular weekly access to both. How? I put myself in the grp finder and spam trade until I find a good run and then I ask that guild their regular run times and just show up at the right time and ask if they have room.

They usually do.

Arcane Brilliance: Arcane 101 {WoW}

Jan 31st 2010 10:48PM Excellent article as always!!!

Just one one point, for my mage which is well geared but not uber (T9.25 with a couple ICC upgrades), RAWR models Haste > SP (1.91 dps per point of haste versus 1.76 dps per point of spell power) - perhaps worth checking out for yourself whether you are still at the SP > Haste stage

After all - the more damage you can do the quicker you can blow up warlocks!