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Blood Pact: A warlock history {WoW}

Oct 25th 2011 8:52AM He didn't even mention Soul Stones.

My lock STILL hasn't figured out how to fill up all that bag space I use to covet.

The Queue: I'm for Deathwing {WoW}

Aug 11th 2011 2:32PM So I just got back from vacation, during which I read "Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects" by Christie Golden (which I thoroughly enjoyed!)

Some of the events in the book got me thinking about the timeline of the game and how Blizzard will work to incorporate such literature like this into what we play. For instance, this book seems to take place between patches 4.1 and 4.2. It speaks of Nefarian as "dead," and Thrall and Aggra are not yet married. But other things that happened in the book are not present in the game: the forest fires in Feralas, the (ahem) results of the Twilight Cult's activity at Wyrmrest Temple, etc.

It seems like most of the books are written so that they reflect fairly accurately what has happened in the game already, or at least the details that cannot yet be substantiated. I guess my question is, do you think Blizzard would ever reverse-engineer their game to reflect what happens in the outside literature? Do you think we'll ever see Wyrmrest Temple portrayed the way it is at the end of "Thrall"?

The Queue: Dwarves! {WoW}

Jul 10th 2011 1:32PM Here's a question I've never seen addressed: what is the basis for the druids' aquatic form? Bears, birds, cats and trees all exist elsewhere in Azeroth, but I've yet to encounter any vampire seals. I was surprised we didn't find any in Vash.....Vasj.....the underwater zone. :)

Know Your Lore: Tauren origins and tinfoil hats {WoW}

Jun 29th 2011 10:18AM I don't think the Tauren are "half" anything though. They're certainly not minotaurs like you may be thinking of from Greek Mythology. There's nothing human about the Tauren, except for their ability to walk upright on hind legs and speak. The Minotaur had the body of a man and the head of a bull. Tauren have fur, tails, hooves.....Tauren, through and through.

The biggest thing to me that separates Tauren from Night Elves is the Tauren penchant for Shamanism. I think as humans we get caught up in trying to humanize everything we see, so if we see something that vaguely resembles a man we try to imagine how a man might have turned into that thing at one point. Thus in discerning the "less human" humanoids of Azeroth we have a tendency to fall back on Druidism. But the Tauren's connection to the earth and the elements seems as strong as the Nelves' connection to the moon, imo.

I'll be surprised (and a bit disappointed, mind you) if we find out later that some Night Elf druid once turned into a Tauren and that's why we have Tauren now. Bliz has told that story already, and it's why we have worgen.

Blood Sport: Iron Sharpens Iron, part III {WoW}

Jun 22nd 2011 9:20AM "I could write an entire article about how he approached the game and how it formed how I think about strategy and tactics, but that will have to wait for another time."


As a somewhat new pvper, I'm always curious to learn how other (successful) players approach the game. I entreat you, Mr. Moore: please, please do this!

WoW Rookie: How to play WoW with a partner {WoW}

Jun 3rd 2011 9:10AM Another piece of (marital) group leveling advice. Don't tell your wife you're going to level a new character with her, then show up with your new orc in Durotar wearing 5 pieces of BoA gear.

Wifey no likey.

Patch 4.1: Blizzard unveils dungeon finder Call to Arms {WoW}

Apr 7th 2011 9:21AM @ ENOUGH!

I have a submitted a proof that the Dungeon Finder is not broken.

I play multiple classes and specs, and have had much success in the dungeon finder. Since I can't solo current level 85 dungeons, one has to assume that other players have enjoyed the same success I have. Therefore I can confidently say the following: the game is not broken. If it was broken, the aforementioned success would not have occurred.

If we can then take for granted that the game is not broken, then we can assume that the classes and roles work as the designers intended. And if that's true, then we can safely assume that the most common complaints about the game are "YOUR PROBLEM, NOT BLIZZARD'S:"

1-"I can't manage my threat and gain aggro."
2-"I can't manage my mana pool."
3-"I can't use my crowd control abilities or peel my eyes off my Recount meter."

There is a 4th common complaint that players use regarding the current dungeon finder:

4-"Other players in the dungeon finder acted like jerks to me."

There's two possible responses to this. If the cause of #4 was either 1, 2 or 3, then we again arrive at "YOUR PROBLEM, NOT BLIZZARD'S."

If you can honestly say that you were not responsible for 1, 2 or 3 happening, then fine, the other players really were jerks. But if that's the case, we again arrive at "Y.P,N.B." You will encounter many jerks in life, my friend. Learn to deal with it and move on.

Lichborne: Blood Death Knight Tanking 101 {WoW}

Mar 30th 2011 9:47AM I'm generally happy with the way our talent trees have evolved in the last 2 years. But is it just me or did Blizzard totally miss with the talent, Blood-caked Blade? Unless you're a dedicated Blood pvp'er, I can't think of a case where that talent is actually useful. It's too far down to be reached by either Frost or Unholy DKs, and you don't need it for leveling as Blood (not that anyone needs to do that with dual-speccing costing only 10g). I wish Blizzard would switch it with Scent of Blood and make it a sexy grab for Unholy DKs.

The Queue: Animated Ghostcrawler GIF {WoW}

Mar 22nd 2011 2:33PM @ Stella:

If tanks as a whole get abused by PUGs, then DKs are the Tina Turners of the tanking world. I need plate to survive boss attacks in-game, and I need barkskin to survive player attacks in real life.

I can't quit playing my DK, cause well, I love it, and I'm at about 355 ilevel and sporting an Akirus: The Wyrm Breaker. But I still can't enter a dungeon without a chorus of /sigh and "oh great, a death noob." I guess a few bad apples ruined it for all of us.

Don't read this as QQ, cause it's not. I'm not going to give in to the slings and arrows of anonymous internet gamers. Just looking forward to the advent of the next "hero class" so someone else can be the hate sponge.

Lunch Topic: What animal should Blizzard add to the WoW bestiary? {WoW}

Mar 16th 2011 12:50PM Dear Bliz, Please give the following:

1. Tameable MANBEARPIG!!!!
2. Tiny Al Gore pet
3. Ridable Triceratops.

k thanks.