Apr 29th 2010 12:06PM It is very easy to argue that my reasons and points are shallow and therefore easily disregarded, but who got world first heroic Lich King? Who got US first? In today's game, the average player knows the answer to those questions and it isn't unreasonable to want to be that answer.
Actually.. no, the average player not only does not know the answer to this question nor do they care. The average player runs a random and maybe a weekly to get their emblems or quests on an alt. The average player doesn't bother to read WoW news or the forums. Those of us here are the exception, not the rule.
As far as the raiding goes, I don't think the sky is falling. I feel that for the community as a whole this is a good and fair change.
You have 3 basic groups of people who run 25 man raids:
1. Those who genuinely enjoy the challenge of putting together 25 people and working together to overcome a difficult encounter.
2. Those who are in it for the achievements.
3. Those who just want "best in slot" gear.
This change doesn't directly effect groups 1 & 2. They're in 25-mans for the sake of running 25-mans. Group 3 is going to flee the 25-man scene like rats on a sinking ship. This terrifies Groups 1 & 2 because they know that a significant portion of the people who comprise their 25-man raids are in group 3.
What I believe will happens is 25-man raiding guilds will fracture, guilds will collapse, and reform and in the end there will be fewer 25-man raiding guilds but they'll be comprised of more dedicated players.
If the size of Group 3 is so large as to completely kill 25-man raiding you have to ask yourself, is it fair to force those people to subsidize the 25-man group anyway.
Apr 23rd 2010 1:37PM The Bridenbrad is honestly one of my favorite quest lines in the game. I really ended up feeling for the guy as I ran through it.
Apr 16th 2010 11:55AM Uh... comment? No way I'd pay $25 for this so free's the only way to go.
Apr 14th 2010 11:52PM Haha. 6 of 1, half dozen of the other. I'd take that if it were offered.
Apr 14th 2010 5:23PM I have played a Resto druid since day 1 of WoW. Personally, I unequivocally HATE the Tree form. I find the limitations annoying and unnecessary. A priest can dps if he's bored without losing healing utility, why can't I? It's not like unspecced balance damage is even remotely overpowered.
Cosmetically, no matter how far I progress I always look like a dopey sad treant.. while everyone around me gets to show off that cool new piece of gear they got.
BUT. Alot of people are used to the form or like the form. I don't begrudge them wanting to keep it. So please Blizzard.. Give me my caster form back and let those who enjoy tree have a minor glyph.
Apr 14th 2010 4:30PM As a person who has a 'lock and never played a mage I have 2 things.
1. "Fact: Warlocks sparkle when their skin is exposed to direct sunlight." HAHAHAHA.
2. People need to lighten up. It's sad you even needed to post that multi-paragraph pre-apology for breaking up the monotony of the "break down everything Blizzard says" routine.
Jan 28th 2010 3:00PM So let me get this straight.
You're in a regular 5-10-25 man with a Holy Priest and an Arcane Mage and a cloth piece drops that has good stats for at least one of them. You all roll need and the priest wins. You're disappointed but it's ok they rolled need against you 'cause they wear cloth.
You're in a regular 5-10-25 man with a Holy Paladin and a Balance Druid and a cloth piece drops that has good stats for them. You all roll need and the Paladin wins. You get pissed off at the Paladin for rolling need on an obvious upgrade because he "should" be wearing plate even tho he's standing in the back healing everyone and not getting hit (so Armor is irrelevant) JUST LIKE THE PRIEST.
Both situations are identical in that the piece is an upgrade and allows for the player to better do his job. The only difference being that because the Paladin *can* wear plate it's an excuse for someone to complain they lost a roll on a piece of gear they wanted.
My Resto Druid is 75 now. I've been running randoms on her for weeks. Almost every piece she is wearing is a tailored cloth piece because I've yet to have *one* single piece of leather caster gear drop. The only potential upgrades I've seen have all been cloth and because I'm running randoms I *can't* roll need even if I wanted to. And as cruel irony, since she's also an Enchanter, most people are rolling DE so I can't even politely ask for some charity after someone wins the greed roll because it's been sharded.
Jan 25th 2010 4:29PM My 2 cents as a fresh 80 who's been tanking randoms since the day the patch dropped. Everything I've seen in WoTLK dungeons has mandated AoE tanking. Retool the encounters to be less AoE dependent.
Dec 19th 2009 2:21PM Elitism happens at all levels. I'm an experienced tank who's highest char is a lvl 74 DK. I enjoy tanking and feel I do a good job. But I'm also not real familiar with the northrend instances yet and, obviously, don't have the uberest of gear.
I ran a random PUG last nite and after 3-4 pulls the healer comments "squishy tank is squishy". A couple pulls later he comments he only sees this leading to wipes and drops group. We wait a couple minutes, a new healer replaces him, and we proceed through the rest of the instance w/o incident. No one died, no one else complained.
Once the group breaks up I re-queue and I get put in a group with the same healer! (What're the odds?) He immediately says, "I groups with this guy before, he sucks" and dropped again. After that I put him on ignore so it wont' happen again, but really? How insulting and elitist to rag on a guy's gear @ lvl 74 in a normal mode dungeon. *sigh*
Dec 10th 2009 10:24AM I believe it's due to a number of factors:
1) Many people come into this game and start with the familiar. They play a Human, they play a "good guy", they play the cute gnome. Once established (esp if guilded or playing with friends) it's easier to stick with the same faction than to start over.
2) Many people, honestly, just play the game. They don't read wow.com, or worldofwarcraft.com, etc..., etc... Of course you'll say, statically it should be an even % of people on each side who don't, but I disagree. And this is pure speculation. I believe that those people are the same people who roll a "good guy" and then never bother to expand their horizons.
3) "Who gives a s**t?" :D For the most part, it's a game. It's a game with a rich story. It's a game with a rich story, that most players ignore. Those of us who comment here, who post to the battle mosiac, who blog about wow, who are interested in the lore, etc... are the vocal minority. The majority of players log on, kill some boars with their friends, and log off.
4) Again, referencing #1. I think *everyone* has an Alliance toon. I don't believe that everyone has a Horde toon. This skews the numbers.
So that's my 2 cents. I think, as a percentage of the player base, there are more Horde players who are active in the community, who are interested in the story and get immersed in the game, and there-by are more apt to show their "Horde Pride".
For me? I don't give a crap about the mosaic. I'm a lore nut, I love the story, I love participating in a part of that story. But I am not my character and I feel no "pride" for a faction just because I happen to play a character (or 10) who's a member of it.