May 5th 2010 9:58PM people have been making these same commetns since the sc2 beta was live, and people realized that credit card name was being used for the real ID system.
no changes were made, no comments were responded to by blizzard..
A lot of people are going to be left out by this :(
May 5th 2010 9:54PM except it's not.
In steam I can friend whoever I want without them knowing that I'm the governor of california and should be solving state budget woes instead of doing all the dailies.
So I won't be able to use wow's system at all. BUt Ican still use steam's... maybe I should ask people to use steam's system tray app instead? they can voice chat with me, whatever game I'm playing, whether it's blizzard or not.
Apr 28th 2010 7:57PM The difference is, that you can't specify what name is on your battlenet chat.. It uses your name off your credit card.
In steam, I can talk multi-game without giving out my real first and last name.
Mar 4th 2010 7:54PM Baggins wins hands down.. combined with periodic Table, it's easy to make sections of inventory based on just about any attribute.. even 'invisible' silly ones like which boss dropped the loot or which instance the loot came from..
Jan 28th 2010 3:11PM Yep. Thats what I disagree with. They're being a little lazy on that..
1 semi - flat penalty for classes that get varying benefits.
Jan 28th 2010 12:33PM This underlines my point I'm trying to make below in another comment.
Which tree is the third tree for druids? or for paladins?
They are hybrid classes, because it's harder to answer that question, and there for have to pay a penalty, a "Hybrid tax".
But for other classes, like priests and shamans, it's pretty easy to say which is the 'other' (some might even say 'lesser') spec?
I'm not bashing shadow. This article does do a good job of showing Shadow DPS being viable/good to have..
I'm just saying that when it comes down to 'bang for your buck' on paying for that 'hybrid tax', I don't feel like we got the same great deal that Druids or Paladins got.
Jan 28th 2010 12:28PM [quote]There's no triple-spec option, so while a paladin could choose between healing, DPS, and tanking, they still have to limit their choice to two unless they want to run back and forth to their trainer between raid encounters.[/quote]
Absolutely disagree. The Triple-spec option is Hearth/train/summon. (you can do it every 30 minutes, that is if you don't have a mage. which in 25 man content, you do so...). The process takes roughly 3-4 minutes. If you have an addon that allows you save 'specs', you can do it even faster. I know this, because we've had to do it.
Am I glad it's there sure.. it keeps the raid going. Am I happy that the class I've chosen to play is lumped into the same 'slightly disabled' pool, paying a penalty, as classes that have more options?
Count it out this way.. Druid melee Dps, Druid Ranged DPS, Druid Tanking, Druid healing. 5% penalty for being a hybrid.. A good player can get over that 5%.
Put that same player in a priest? Sure.. you get a good healer, or a good dps'r, and they can get over that 5%, But not have nearly as many options.
Again, I thought the 'hybrid tax' was for being a hybrid.... But priests are pretty low on the 'hybridness' chart, when compared to druids or paladins.
It really does seem like the 2 spec hybrids pay the same costs the 3 spec ones do, but get 'less' out of being a hybrid.
Jan 28th 2010 11:35AM I believe the hybrod tax is in place because some classes are more viable/flexible. Have fight that only needs 2 tanks? Have your other Tank switch to DPS. What if you're on that same 2 tankfight, but Happen to be down a healer that night because she's out sick? Have your tank switch to healing.
For example, this article talks about the hybrid tax being good for shadow priests, and is definitely talking about 10 man content.
In a 25 man raid, Why would you bring more than 1 shadow priest? What about bringing 2 melee druids? or 2 ret paladins? There's a difference there, and it's NOT being represented in the current model.
Not only is the triple role flexibility huge, but there are few >1 stacking penalties for those triple classes. There needs to be some sort of additional hybrid tax cost to balance that out.
Overall, I'm saying that it doesn't seem to be factored in equally.. It's more of a "Black or White"/"Flat Tax", when it should be a little more thought out and balanced based on the class.
Jan 28th 2010 9:45AM What I don't like is the versatility of the other hybrids. Go look at a resto druid healing wise.. And then consider that the resto druid, can viably tank ICC, and can definitely hold his own as melee dps.
That's the depressing part. That priests are LESS hybrid than other classes, and slightly LESS in the areas.
I'm not asking for a "Priest Tanking spec"(or shaman for that matter), I'm saying that there is a difference in Hybrid that this article is missing. The difference is whether or not the hybrid can perform 2 or 3 roles.
Any class that can perform ALL THREE ROLES well, should have the 'hybrid' tax a little more than one that can perform only TWO ROLES.
Jan 21st 2010 12:26AM The one thing I dont like about the new finder, is that people have given up on doing quests or normal instances. Hit level 80 as fast as you can however you can, and then jump into the finder.
Today I was with a mage who's ilvl avg was in the 150's. He did sub 1k DPS, and for the most part just handed out water at the begining of the instance, and cast AI.
It made me think a little.. If you're a new character, Why bother doing normals? Why bother doing quests? Get to 80 as fast as you can, and jump into the finder. If someone is willing to bring you into an instance for a chance @ loot that is 40-50+ ilvls from what you have, why waste your time with the things in between?
That's going to have people miss content, as well as slow people down. I decided to finish this particular instance, but I think some people would drop group instead of taking a little bit extra time to finish that particular instance.