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Lichborne: A Cataclysm 101 guide for death knights, Part 2 {WoW}

Dec 7th 2010 3:08PM The forums on Blizz are pretty good about the subject, but I hate hunting through them. Engineering and Mining are great for DK tanks. If you are going stricly DPS, you may want to take Jewelcrafting or Enchanting with Engineering. Engineers have really come a long way since the days of vanilla wow. Mining is good for DK tanks just for the stam bonus, but I would only suggest it if you are also using it to support your second profession, such as BS/Eng/JC. Otherwise, if you already have a mining toon, just go straight for JC and Eng. That is a powerful combo for both DPS or Tank specs.

WoW Insider's Cataclysm Launch Giveaway: GeForce GTX 580 graphics card {WoW}

Dec 7th 2010 2:56PM Other than that incident with the my wife's shoes and the matches, I have been good all year round. Santa may not understand, but wowinsider will...please tell me I get a Christmas gift this year.

Lichborne: A Cataclysm 101 guide for death knights, Part 2 {WoW}

Dec 7th 2010 1:09PM I know I will get some flak from this comment from people who haven't tried it, but I really think it should be said anyways. Strength on a DK tank is actually almost as important as Stamina. Although the greater amounts of health will always be useful and needed, Strength provides a DK so much more threat, and is absolutely required when tanking for groups with huge dps output. We have some of the most awesome self-healing and damage mitigation in the game to make up for the loss "some" health reduction that it is worth gemming str over stam on occasion. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying to simply gem str. However, I will say that if you are a competent tank and don't allow the damage taken to be spikey for the healer's sake, you will easily surpass your dps counterparts in threat by finding the right balance of str to and to your equipment. Use Omen to guage how much threat you are comfortably above your group's output on trash and on drawn out boss fights. Gem or enchant to stay above everyone else with Strength and then go crazy with Stamina. Just always make sure to be gaining more threat than the next guy.

Again, I fully expect to get some flak on this, but I know it works well.

The AV map imbalance in patch 2.3 {WoW}

Jan 16th 2008 5:33PM Very good article. I am still in the mind that Alliance can win most AV's (I am Alliance at the moment and lose very few), but we used to win them all. Now that I see us losing some, and each time because of a turtle defense and an offense that cuts off our offenisive reserves (exactly what you stated here), it is well documented why.

15 Minutes of Fame: Horde of Unschoolers {WoW}

Jan 15th 2008 4:18PM The child-led education or interest learning is a big thing in a few other countries, and has just started working it's way in a few private schools in the US. I looked at a private school for my children that had this as a teaching method. Quite honestly, I was not swayed to believe it to be a good thing. Home schooling is one thing. I have met my fair share of home schooled adults that did very well, and owe their parents a lot for the hard work they put into it.

That said, from the brief interview, I cannot determine the level of responsibility in the parents involved here. I know this would not be an option for my children. I do not think of WoW as an educational experience, as much as entertainment. People can claim the math involved and strategies involved are complex, but I hardly put this on a competitive level, and certainly do not view it as being an education.

To further emphasize my point, there is a reason there are football coaches out there, and there are no teams that take the field without one. There may be players with great potential, but without someone there to forcibly make them use that potential...I'm not sure how a QB that wants to run the football himself, because that is where his interest lies, is going to do.

Not the best example, but in my eyes, leadership is needed to make others successful. There are the exceptions out there (Mozart's musical genius was not forced on him), but these exceptions are FAR and few between. Although, even he was brought into music because his father set him on that path.

For the sake of the children involved, I hope it turns out as a success.

Diamonds are a Mage's best friend {WoW}

Nov 20th 2007 3:27PM My only issue with Meta Gems is that there are only a few good Head peices that even come with Meta gem slots. It's a little disappointing.

Repetitive heroic dailies {WoW}

Nov 19th 2007 7:40PM Also, dsimon, do not make the mistake of thinking T4 gear is all that drops out of Kara/Gruul. Badge rewards do in fact blow some of the Kara/Gruul gear out of the water, and can be close to some SSC gear. T4 (gloves and head) only drops off of two bosses in Kara. So, I think my statement is not exaggerated at all.

Repetitive heroic dailies {WoW}

Nov 19th 2007 7:12PM @23...
http://www.wowhead.com/?item=33586

http://www.wowhead.com/?item=28968

This is just a quick example. Badge rewards may not beat out T4 easily, but put a nice gem in there and you have an equally powerful piece. For this particular set piece, you have to beat Curator. For the Badges, you simply ride on the shoulders of better players and you can get these in just s few days.

Also, you seem to think that I feel some people planned an elaborate scheme to wait for 2.3 just to group in Heroics...I don't want someone to misunderstand, so I will simplify my meaning. People that have had NO group experience can now enter Heroics. My system is more than beefy enough to look people up in Armory, but the point is, I should not have to, because it used to be that only people with higher than Honored rep could enter. That would mean, in most cases, you had to have gone into some instances and experienced the teamwork involved in that instance. At this point, a person that had never even seen a regular Arcatraz run can go into Heroic Arcatraz. I would have to waste a lot of time going through the LFG queue to find someone who is not in all greens for that run. I should not have to do that.

Yes, there are bad PuGs out there, we've all been there. This just made it far worse, in my opinion.

As far as a rep grind for CoT...You almost hit revered for doing the first two quests in CoT between Durnhold and Portal. There isn't much to "grind" there. You aren't a Warlock on Terenas are you?

You could get snaked {WoW}

Nov 19th 2007 2:48PM LOL...reason #9999 on why people hate hunters.

I don't mind this too much. I just chalk it up as funny. Of course, if it ended up with bad timing (just after a life tap and having 1 health left) I'd be a little more upset hehehe.