Feb 11th 2011 5:30PM What are these kilometers you speak of?
Seriously though, grats man!
Feb 10th 2011 2:09PM After flying up and down that Nile impersonator in Uldum last night, I would bet my shape shifting wings the spawn rate on whiptail is WAY up.
Jan 17th 2011 5:36PM Wow, just wow!
I really enjoy this column, but the druid comments were a bit ridiculous. I play both a healing priest and a resto druid, and I can tell you that any druid worth his bark will trade tranquility, hell they will even throw in ToL, for any of the real cooldowns that a priest has. I also play a resto shaman, and again, I can tell you without reservation that druid healing is brutally lacking of when compared to the other 2 healers with regard to handling highly stressful situations.
Keep up the good work, but try to refrain from attacking the other healers…I’m guessing you might just have at least one of them on your healing team.
Jan 5th 2011 3:48PM You are right. I read that as well, but they also weren’t real happy with the relic slot either if you pass judgment based on how they simplified them and made them less class specific.
The real problem with hit wands vs spirit wands imo is that hit even exists at all.
The devs should have thrown in the towel with this “hit” stat and just made spirit the hit stat. Imagine all cloth with spirit doubling at dps and healer cloth just as the leather and mail does now?
Of course, it really should extend into melee classes as well. Why create a stat like hit when spirit could have been the hit stat? If you need some stupid connection let’s say that the more spirited you are the more likely you are to accurately do your job.
Mastery is doing so many things when you look at pieces that double at dps and tank pieces like Raz’s Paudrons (http://www.wowhead.com/item=55779) so why not take advantage of all the things spirit can do if you allow it to function as hit?
Oct 5th 2010 4:17PM Isn’t one of the reasons shaman healers are so unaffected from many of the mana matters changes because the devs were actually happy with both the shaman triage and their mana regen? I don’t remember where I saw it, but I could have sworn there were comments like, “we’d like to make the other healers more like shaman.”
Sep 23rd 2010 12:08PM Huh? Devalues the original achievement? If you were able to do loremaster without the help of an addon, then I would absolutely agree with you, but I would bet my house and car that the number of people able/willing to successfully do that is less than 1%.
I will agree that the original loremasters should probably get a special reward or title, but to imply the “value” of an achievement for someone masochistic enough to do it is devalued because it was streamlined implies you have no real understanding of the personality of anyone willing to do that achievement in the first place.
Sep 2nd 2010 3:13PM “As much as I wanted glyphs to change Druid forms (before the barber shop stuff was announced; during the Wrath beta) now that ToL is becoming a CD I just can't see the good that would come from a permanent glyph. Maybe one to change what it is when you do use it, but look at it this way: if you were a rogue, would you attack a Resto Druid who was in Tree form (soon to be mega-cd) or in caster form? So being in your uber tree form at all times could create a lot of confusion and be used to trick opponents. Sure, it marks you as a healer, and thus a big target, but a healer popping all their CDs isn't as tempting a target as the caster-form Druid.”
First, since the ToL is a metamorphosis like ability, changing into a treant is purely cosmetic. We aren’t talking about it replacing the cooldown, we are talking about it replacing the ability to heal resto in caster (normal) form only. Personally, I hate the male night elf casting animations, but since the first druids were night elves and the males are, historically, the druids, I chose a male night elf. I really don’t want to heal in with those hideous animations especially since I love the tree so much.
Second, I think you are missing the point on the PVP implications. No one, at least not that I have understood, wants ToL cooldown to be replaced with the new war of the ancients to the old treant. I, personally, would prefer to heal in treant form, and then pop the ability ToL for the transformation into the ancient. Still balanced in PVP from that perspective, and very similar to the change they mad to the ToC 5 man trinket when the proc looked like a paladin had placed blessing of protection on you. It would impact neither side of PVP since the aggressor would know a tree and a caster druid as one and the same and the healer would not have any advantage in treant form, which for the sake of sanity in this discussion, should not really be referred to as ToL form.
Sep 2nd 2010 10:49AM WTB Glyph of the Nexus Treant for fun ONLY!
Clearly, I second this request.
Sep 1st 2010 4:09PM That’s only 7 new instances and 2 revamped ones. tBC launched with 11 (2 in hellfire, 2 in zangar, 4 in terrokar, and 3 in netherstorm) the back when heroic grinding meant something and you had to grind them out for the gear to use in the first tier (t4) of raid content. Keep in mind, the devs have said they want this philosophy to return.
Even if you don’t believe that and you think 5 mans are over sold and you shouldn’t have to grind them out for the first tier of raid content, this expansion launched with 10 (UK, UP, Nex, Ocu, AN, OK, HoS, HoL, GD, DTK). 7 originals and 2 reworks actually seems a little lacking.
Aug 20th 2010 5:10PM Just for the record, GC did weigh in on failed ICC specs and he confirmed the devs were of the opinion that arms was 1 of the 4 specs where they failed to deliver.
"Yet, even though Enhance's dps was low, there were thousands of dps shaman raiding ICC. By far the majority of raids had at least one. The only specs we really failed on in LK raiding were Frost mage, Subtlety rogue, BM hunter and Arms warrior. "