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The Queue: Suffer for fashion {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 12:48PM I miss this system. In fact, I think it was the Cata beta where I first saw it missing and got kind of frustrated because it felt like they weren't actually looking for my help as a tester.

I wanted to find an easy way to report that Dalaran Brilliance was missing :(

The Dragon Soul -- a post-mortem {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 4:42PM Maybe I am just an old fogey- but I don't think that unique models are necessary for a great raid. BWL represents the apex of raiding for me, but when you actually look at it, there really isn't much to look at in terms of unique models.

Razergore, Vael, the 3 drakes were all re-used. Chromaggus was just a re-skin of the beast (although a cool looking one) as was Nef. Only Broodlord was a truly unique model (that subsequently got used all over the place).

The Dragon Soul -- a post-mortem {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 4:14PM I'm with you with regards to the timing of Blackhorn. It always strikes me when he says "Heh, I was hoping you'd make it this far!" As if Deathwing had somehow known we'd defeat Ultraxion- which is a bit silly.

3 things that will become more expensive in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 4:03PM I almost don't want to ask it, but I feel like I gotta. Do we have any idea whether or not TCG pets will be both account-wide and tradeable once Mists hits? I have a few dupes that I have been hold onto unredeemed because their cash value is pretty low in the hopes that their gold value will end up being a little more meaningful.

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 2:55PM @devilsei It really DOES hurt to allow players to trade items in RF because it provides a reason for players to roll on things they don't need. If you have run RF, you have no doubt seen the players who roll on an item and then ask at the end of the raid to trade for it. This really isn't the point of the in-raid trade system.

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 2:40PM Bah- that's not where I wanted that comment to go at all...

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 2:39PM @Zack- that's not how it will work, at all. Each player will have the same chance to pick up an item as anyone else. It's possible (although unlikely) that every player in a RF raid could get an item with the new model. Over time, you'd expect to get gear at roughly the same rate as you are today.

What this does do is address the issue of popping into a RF raid an finding that there are 6 other mages in the raid- all of whom will be rolling on every Vanq token that drops. This is a very real problem with the current implementation of Raid Finder that is only made worse by the fact that everyone rolls need on everything.

The VP change looks like it will move VP back to where it was SUPPOSED to be this whole time. VP is not supposed to be a path to guaranteed best in slot loot- it's supposed to be a stop gap. For Raid Finders, this simply isn't the case. VP gear is BiS for someone who will only run Raid Finder- that's a very real issue. By allowing you to upgrade your gear with VP, they achieve the gear smoothing that they want without allowing one tier of player to acquire gear than is more powerful than they need.

In today's terms, let's say you hop into RF with a chest piece that you got from one of the HoT Heroics. It's 378 ilvl, so your chest piece in Raid Finder is better. Let's say you run RF for a few weeks and your chest never drops for you. You can use your VP to upgrade this item over those few weeks to, say, 382. It's still better than you started with, but it still gives you a reason to care about DS.

This is FAR more preferable to today where you'd eventually pick up a 397 chest piece and never give a crap about DS again.

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 2:29PM @Zack- that's not how it will work, at all. Each player will have the same chance to pick up an item as anyone else. It's possible (although unlikely) that every player in a RF raid could get an item with the new model. Over time, you'd expect to get gear at roughly the same rate as you are today.

What this does do is address the issue of popping into a RF raid an finding that there are 6 other mages in the raid- all of whom will be rolling on every Vanq token that drops. This is a very real problem with the current implementation of Raid Finder that is only made worse by the fact that everyone rolls need on everything.

The VP change looks like it will move VP back to where it was SUPPOSED to be this whole time. VP is not supposed to be a path to guaranteed best in slot loot- it's supposed to be a stop gap. For Raid Finders, this simply isn't the case. VP gear is BiS for someone who will only run Raid Finder- that's a very real issue. By allowing you to upgrade your gear with VP, they achieve the gear smoothing that they want without allowing one tier of player to acquire gear than is more powerful than they need.

In today's terms, let's say you hop into RF with a chest piece that you got from one of the HoT Heroics. It's 378 ilvl, so your chest piece in Raid Finder is better. Let's say you run RF for a few weeks and your chest never drops for you. You can use your VP to upgrade this item over those few weeks to, say, 382. It's still better than you started with, but it still gives you a reason to care about DS.

This is FAR more preferable to today where you'd eventually pick up a 397 chest piece and never give a crap about DS again.

The Queue: Come to me, Pandaria {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 11:33AM If WoW has taught me anything, it is that when presented with an unfamiliar word (whether it be entirely fictional or just one you've never seen or heard before), you will be shocked at how incorrectly people can pronounce it. Adding letters, whole syllables and the like is not uncommon.

It must be something in our psyche that says "if you don't know how to say it, just move on" and when translated to spoken word that results in saying whatever comes naturally with little consideration to what it actually written on the page.

Breakfast Topic: How did you get your friends to come back? {WoW}

Mar 25th 2012 8:44AM I struggle getting people to come back. My white whale is my older brother (who actually pulled me into wow in 2005). He left in TBC when all we were doing was sucking at Arenas. It's hard to convince him that there really is enough great stuff in the game to warrant a look- even for free.