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Encrypted Text: The Shock and Awe build {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 12:39PM Unfair you say? Who ever said rogues play fair?

Two Bosses Enter: Mannoroth vs. Lord Godfrey {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 5:47PM To me, this all boils down to how much outside help Godfrey gets.

If Tyrande and Illidan are not present Mannoroth probably won't even realize he squished Godfrey as he meanders off to make a sandwich. To give Godfrey a fighting chance however lets pretend he has help from the Night Elves or a similar group.

With Illidan tanking Mannoroth, Godfrey only has to contend with Varothen, adds, and staying out of the fire. With careful timing, some quick steps, and a *lot* of ghouls gnawing on Varothen's feet *perhaps* cursed bullets and mortal wound will eventually kill Varothen. Of course, the ghouls would be vulnerable to fel-fire storms, friendly fire and Varothen's Really Big Sword...

Meanwhile, Tyrandre is tasked with add control, and eventually stunned. I imagine Godfrey can mop up the Dreadlords with a Barrage and some Cursed Bullets, but if Varothen is still alive (which he probably would be) Godfrey is now faced with either a bunch of demons or Varothen's sword in his face.

Note just how tough the odds are at even this point, and Tyrande hasn't even run out of arrows yet! The swarm of demons at the end will almost certainly end Godfrey even if he kills Varothen unless he can burn down *all* of Mag's health in short order (and even that is a stretch as he can't use Pistol Barrage without killing his ghouls who would be necessary to proc the spellsword buff).

All of this, with no healer and presumed Night Elf support. Not saying it can't be done, as I am a huge Godfrey fan,.. only that it would be a stretch.

Arcane Brilliance: What the MoP beta means for arcane mages {WoW}

Apr 1st 2012 12:57AM About invocation, small change on the calculator.

It seems it now only reduces mana regen by half. Maybe this is due to the haste interaction? At any rate, this may still be favored by haste heavy builds even if nether attunement doesn't pan out. I can imagine burning through *all* the mana, evocating, and then burning through all the mana again.

Phat Loot Phriday: Fiery Warhorse's Reins {WoW}

Nov 4th 2011 10:56PM Hmm, never tried my hand for this one, but the first two months or so of Cata had me chasing mounts too. Specifically, every spare twenty minutes I had went to grinding my way through normal Stonecore on my pally tank for Slabhide. All this because I saw him drop on my first attempt of the instance and lost by 4 = (

The Queue: Super-Soldier-sized edition {WoW}

Jul 23rd 2011 11:09AM In regards to Christian's article, I agree he was a bit heavy handed in his "stop enemy progression at all costs" mentality. However, I thought that stemmed from the idea that ganking sparks world PvP. For example, if I'm getting torn up and call for help, and then Christian calls for help, suddenly a small brawl may be happening.

Or Christian just likes to gank teh noobs. Just playing devils advocate.

Arcane Brilliance: The two-button mage myth {WoW}

Jul 20th 2011 11:54AM I am disappointed in that so few understand...

Arcane's complexity lies not in it's rotation, much as a healer's complexity has little to nothing to do with number or order of spells. Arcane mages, great Arc mages anyway, profit from mana management. It's not as simple as resting mana in the down time, they have to actively work for the entire fight to keep their mana high while also pumping out as much damage as possible (thus the burn and recovery phases). It's nice that shaman hunters and warlocks have a dozen abilities each, but is active management of mana or focus have a direct correlation to damage dealt? If a arc mages mana goes down and none of his CDs are up to restore it, that is a 2-4k drop in dps. For the rest of the fight (much like a oom healer is done). This is coming from a frost/ fire Mage who can't forward think enough to actually succed as arcane most of the time.

(phone posting, forgive me my typos)

Two Bosses Enter: Altairus vs. Eregos {WoW}

Apr 11th 2011 9:50PM Sorry for the 'wall o' text' style of formatting, wrote it in word and the paragraph spacing apperently didn't copy over.

Two Bosses Enter: Altairus vs. Eregos {WoW}

Apr 11th 2011 9:43PM Altairus gazed in wonder at the structure before him. There stood the Nexus, as well as the column of pure magic that defiled the Northern Winds. The wind drake grew angry at the sight of such obvious neglect for natural laws, but before he could act to negate the energy a large blue drake portaled into the area.
“You brash interloper, you’re out of your element! I will ground you!” proclaimed the azure dragon with startling finality.
This must be the Ley-Guardian thought Altairus. Nonetheless, Al’Akir’s mission, namely the cleansing of these airways, would be finished one way or another.
Altairus called upon the northern winds, slowing the ancient drakes approach. Altairus found the irony of the Guardian’s previous statements to be very amusing, in these northern winds Altairus could keep the other dragon at length indefinitely. Suddenly the unexpected happened.
“We command the arcane, you will not turn it against us!” the Guardian intoned, summoning a group of whelps. In sequence, the blue dragons fired off bolt after bolt of crippling arcane energy. Altairus flinched as the projectiles hit their mark, but was far from finished.
Bolstered by the strength of the winds, Altairus’s own breath weapon flowed among the whelps. Frost accumulated on their wings, and those not killed by the brutality of the cold were quickly forced to land, helpless to continue. Eregos was not unaffected by this blast either though, and realized he would soon collapse as well.
“No magic of nature will help you now!” He exclaimed, shifting into another plane. Altairus ceased his attack, and watched as a series of anomalies formed nearby. The nearest pulsed with magic, searing the wind drake. The drake began flying in circles, first out of fear and then with mirth. These orbs did nothing to those not in the immediate area.
Finally the Ley Guardian returned to the current plane, striking the jovial drake. “Such insolence... such arrogance... must be PUNISHED!” He exclaimed, swelling with arcane might. The drake fell distance ways, but was suddenly caught by his beloved northern winds. The drake glared back up at the Blue Dragon, who was now preparing an arcane volley.
Before he could finish an exotic voice rippled across the winds. “Altairus senses your cowardice!” it claimed, and the wind drake began to crackle with static. Without warning, a blast of lightning rippled from his maw, mortally wounding the blue dragon. Altairus offered up a word of thanks to Al’Akir, and then began his investigation on how to seal the ley line and restore his domain.

Two Bosses Enter: Erudax vs. Lady Naz'jar {WoW}

Apr 4th 2011 8:23PM Naz'jar can't get down both of Erudax's adds. She will fail to burst dps them without a slow (especially since the first are likely to spawn before her first add phase), and now that the adds are healing themselves and Erudax she's in trouble.
Point and counter point I suppose.

Two Bosses Enter: Lord Godfrey vs. Scourgelord Tyrannus! {WoW}

Mar 28th 2011 6:27PM I don't get why people keeping claiming that Tyrannus would focus on
the ghouls. A simple "Rimefang, destroy these fools!" is all it would
take to blast the ghouls, and in response to pistol barrage killing
Rimefang, I assume Tyrannus is smart enough to interrupt that with
forceful smash (if he and his wyrm didn't avoid it outright), and with
luck send Godfrey into a frostpatch with his pets. Add this to
Overlord's Brand reflecting Cursed Bullets, Godfrey's competely wasted
mortal strike, and "Power Overwhelming," Tyrannus has it in the bag.