Mar 20th 2010 2:14AM I do have to agree with the point about Illidan. I just recently replayed WC3, and I couldn't help but notice that Illidan was an extremely helpful and repentant character... until Malfurion Stormrage finally shunned him one too many times.
If anyone needs punishing over that whole drama party, it's Malfurion. Dude needs to learn to recognize repentance and forgive. It had been 10,000 freaking years for crying out loud! Anyone who comes out of imprisonment like that and immediately wants to HELP? That's one worthwhile individual, not the hateful criminal Malfurion treated him as.
Mar 19th 2010 2:27PM Robin: I can't thank you enough for addressing this topic, and in such a serious and respectful way. I have always enjoyed Drama Mamas, but this specific column has brought a new surge of deep respect to that.
I also am in a similar position as you (bipolar - mild manic, severe depressive), and at one point decided to seek help in much the same way Chatty Mage had. I was serious, and even after the conversation, was only a hair's breadth away from going through with it... but the gentleman on the other end of the conversation (this was before WoW, and on a relatively anonymous message board so it took some extremely strong sleuthing skills on his part) had managed to figure out the high school I attended, and call them to alert them to the situation, and the next day when I went to school, I was (quietly) escorted off-campus to proper mental health treatment. That man saved my life and now, nearly 10 years later, I still cannot find the means to properly express my gratitude. I've gone on to wonderful things, and I truly owe it all to that man, who behaved in exactly the way you've outlined here.
I would also like to add to Nameless Rogue: You acted as well as anyone could be asked to, lacking the proper training to handle the situation. Your actions were admirable and certainly helpful. Know that you did ABSOLUTELY the right thing.
Mar 16th 2010 10:31AM I just hate popping into the Oculus, because it's almost guaranteed (I'm a Hunter) that I'm going to be waiting for one or two more tanks, if not an entirely new group. Or two (it was nerfed, and goes by faster than any other Heroic I've done, people... quit dropping group just because you popped in there!)
I'm not afraid of the instance itself, just frustrated by the effect it has on other people, and the huge delay it adds to my already-long DPS queue time.
Mar 15th 2010 11:17PM In my experience, the best system has unilaterally been a form of Round Robin rolling (mainset, then offset if nobody rolls for main), where no player may obtain an additional upgrade before any opposing rollers who have received less than they have.
Of course, we also stipulate that the item must be an UPGRADE. Which means that the number of people rolling on any given item is extremely restricted, and if someone attempts (even unsuccessfully) to sell or buy loot, they forfeit all future loot while running with our guild (this is mostly aimed at PuG'd people, but it also prevents guildies from attempting it... I mean, who wants to be in a guild where they can't get upgrades?)
Mar 8th 2010 10:05PM Agreed, and to clarify:
AP and Crit are the only damage stats that properly carry over to the pet. Unfortunately, Agi does not carry over properly (not even the appropriate Crit and AP values it provides), so it is generally worthless to stack it. Not that Agi is a bad stat by any means... but it's not beneficial for 30-45% (depending on the fight) of your damage, so all gems should be pointed at AP, Crit, and possibly Stam (if the socket bonus is just THAT good, which is admittedly rare).
Feb 25th 2010 3:17PM Pet Bombling is a guaranteed drop for Engineers:
Lil' Smokey is not, but also drops from additional mobs in the dungeon:
Feb 23rd 2010 12:41PM I actually agree from firsthand experience now... I caught an edge skiing about 3 days ago and hit a tree, and if it weren't for emergency medical services, I would not be alive anymore. As it is, I've got neck problems massive internal bruising and a broken finger (damn lucky that that's the extent of it, if you ask me)... but I'm extremely thankful to have had a professional response come so quickly.
Feb 23rd 2010 3:44AM @Ben
Massive ditto. That honestly used to be my favorite part of each holiday... seeing piles of corpses strewn all over the ground, all bearing the same name. :P
It does make me wonder if there will ever be a purpose now, to the BRD Mole Machine Remote (which has an actual name I can't remember). Before, the only (legitimate) purpose was to bring other group members from a far-away city to the Boss' location... now with Dungeon Finder teleportation added as a REQUIREMENT for those bosses, will all remotes simply be consigned to the task of exiling newbie raiders in intra-guild hazing rituals?
Feb 12th 2010 5:01AM I also am glad to see more interesting articles... but I would like to point out a glaring omission in the post's argument.
Beast Mastery Hunters provide Ferocious Inspiration, which for a well-geared hunter has 99% uptime during all fights. This is a straight +dmg% buff, and so one can effectively count the added damage as belonging to the Hunter (although damage meters will not show it).
Essentially, for every 1000 DPS any raid member does, the Hunter adds an extra 30. This doesn't seem like much, but it can (and will) add up. For example, in a given 10m ICC run, raid DPS is somewhere in the vicinity of 30k (http://worldoflogs.com/zones/Icecrown_Citadel/), which means 900 DPS is added by Ferocious Inspiration.
In the top-end guilds working on the Lich King 25m, raid DPS is more like 125k, or 3750 DPS added by FI.
This is significant. Especially when your own quoted spreads are 3-4k between BM and MM. I'm not saying that BM is top DPS, nor am I saying that there's really a place for more than one BM hunter in a raid (that spot can even be filled by a Ret Pally, since they all have Sanctified Retribution)... but it is a point that is very frequently overlooked, and I have never seen brought up in the BM v. SV v. MM debate by ANY blogger.
(An extreme example is Dreamwalker, where the average raid DPS is 541k, or 16230 DPS added by FI... but that's a special fight.)
Feb 10th 2010 6:39PM Do want!