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Arcane Brilliance: Patch 4.0.1 stat weights and gemming for mages {WoW}

Oct 31st 2010 11:20AM likewise, for arcane simple theory craft shows exactly how effective that mastery can be at current levels. Reforging haste into mastery with my findings showed the dps increase to be nearly 1.2k (which considering I'm losing a stat, is a heavy amount of gain)

Further testing onto a target dummy and I'm still capable of selfbuffed 13k dps sustained (over hours of attempts) as opposed to being just south of 12k

Granted I couldn't support evidence without boring the pants off of everyone (except you Mr. Belt, you're not wearing any) it seems that mastery weight is much higher for arcane than haste, and likewise the new mechanic for mastery places a lot of emphasis on crit over haste (both increase damage, but faster casts = less man = less bonus from mastery, as opposed to bigger numbers more often). More so, I managed to reforge nearly 10% haste ( a very sizeable number) into roughly 6.5ish points of mastery rating. At 80, mana management is nearly redundant (as you reach higher gear levels) even during our burn phases with the changes to mage armor.

I think as far as reforging goes, @80 mastery is a contender with hit (as after a % of hit, mastery will yield a higher dps increase, which is roughly 12%), however, at 85 as we'll see it from gear more often, we'll most likely reforge spare stats into hit (to avoid needing a new piece of gear, or regemming) or more so on the crit/haste front, as certain trees value one over the other.

Blizzard to patrol Moon Guard's Goldshire for harassment, erotic role playing {WoW}

Aug 4th 2010 11:34AM Feniks comment makes considerable sense though. His point is simply that the server is notorious for the behavior in this particular spot. The bar example was on point though, you don't go to a place that shows a behavior you KNOW is going to occur, and complain about it, because you choose to go there.

Though a better example would be a group of people sitting around in a circle talking about various sexual positions, and a random passerby walks up to the circle and tells the cops. In both examples, it doesn't break the law/ToS as Blizzard has demonstrated there is /ignore and chat filters in game, and the majority of problems ARE solved with those options, just people expect to not have to do anything. The game comes with a warning as part of it's ESRB rating "game experiences may change during online play" and that comes as part of the community. It's not WoW's fault that a few parents are sheltering their kids. And Blizz does give tools at the parents disposal to deal with this kinda thing, but if they neglect it *and the ignore list is pretty huge, for those who haven't filled one* and /ignore literally prevents you from seeing anything that person emotes/says/shouts/whispers/guildchats/rolls on.

I'm not even defending the group, as for all I know they could be hitting on this kid *thus, harassment at that point as it's 'directed' at someone. But the reverse side of things has the ball in the parents court. It's time they took some responsibility and learned to use the tools provided. Ignorance isn't an excuse

Cataclysm brings new launcher and patch process {WoW}

Aug 3rd 2010 11:51AM "option" meaning, you don't have to use it. it's not hurting you if you don't, just if you happen to have the ability to download and play at once....why gimp those that can?

the 4.0 patch is supposedly going to be large, but it was announced it would be downloaded in parts, probably just for people in your situation.

Enter to win an Ethereal Soul-Trader {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2010 2:44PM Someone asked me what I would do for a klondike bar. I told them I'd win this contest for a delicious klondike, soooo, can you help me get my ice cream?

Maintenance day loot from {WoW}

May 25th 2010 11:56AM I'm purposely writing this abnormally huge comment wall in hopes that it shows that I really want a loot code by putting more effort than the average individual. Also, I figure it's more entertaining for me to ramble on talking about nothing at all, as it seems to be quite the talent these days. Did you know that you win a prize for sending a loot code to my email address? Really I'm not even joking, if you don't believe me feel free to try it out!! Okay, so maybe I am joking, but at this point your curiosity is tempting you deeply, right? Tempting you into a deeeeep trance. When I count to three and snap my fingers, you'll awaken to reward me with a loot*SNAPS FINGERS*

Anything yet?

Shifting Perspectives: Cataclysm talent changes, part 2 {WoW}

May 19th 2010 2:56PM The killer for me is that I absolutely love playing my resto druid currently. Unless Blizzard quits screwing around with such terrible ideas, I can honestly say I'm going to retire my first character. Thankfully my mage won't change entirely too much, as that keeps me in the game. But really, why fix what isn't broken? Just tone the numbers down, add a new spell or two that has a fun or useful mechanic and you're done.

Insider Trader: Selling arrows in singles for the price of a stack scam {WoW}

May 18th 2010 1:13PM @Rajah May 17th 2010 9:14PM

So you mean to tell me, after all these years Blizzard did NOT intend for the AH default sorting to be stack price? Because if Blizzard did not mean to do that, THEN one could argue it's an exploit of a bug. However, because you have other ways to sort auctions, I highly doubt that's the case. It's not a bug exploit, as it's not a bug. It's not a game mechanic exploit, as nothing is actually being exploited.

Let's break it down Barney style; a scam MUST present INACCURATE information in attempts to benefit. When you clicked on the auction to purchase it, this was your first chance to note what is listed (1 arrow) and the price they request for it (3g-ish). At this point, if you are WILLING to pay that price for the listed goods, you are then prompted with a second menu, once again relisting the goods posted and the amount you offered to bid/buyout.

Not only did you have accurate information, twice, the buyer had to choose to AGREE to terms (basic contract law) and confirm.

For those unfamiliar, let's go over what makes a legally binding contract.
Offer (1 arrow for 3g) and acceptance (clicking buyout)
Consideration (each person involved brings value to the contract, his 1 arrow and your 3 gold in this case)
Legal purpose (the transaction must not violate law, in this case, it does not violate ToA, as it's not a scam)
Intent to Contract (The parties are assumed to have agreed to the terms as a contract, unless ahead of time, the buyer told the seller he may change his mind, and the seller agreed to refund)
Consent to contract (IF the contract was, by either party, misrepresented or fraudulent it can be overturn. In this case, the arrow was clearly listed for 3g, and the buyer clearly had two options to *choose* not to agree on the contract. The only exception that could be made here, was if BOTH parties made mistakes; ie; the seller listed the auction that high by mistake, and the buyer mistakingly bought it, and both came to terms and agreed *thus making a new contract*....however, BOTH is used in this case, as normally it would be all parties)

So if at this point, the definition of a scam not matching up with what happened hasn't educated you, or the legal definitions of a contract *which WOULD extend through the ToS* also hasn't educated you, then I'll close with one last, valid, point.

"* Damages another character, their gameplay, the service itself and/or its economy"

Four points to cover for this clause to apply. As it doesn't harm the character data, nor alters gameplay, and doesn't modify the Auction house beyond what blizzard intended for players, the ONLY part of that clause which is left, is economy.

You aren't damaging the economy by posting an expensive auction. You are PART OF the economy. Free market is just that, anyone can sell anything for any price as long as they are open about what they are selling, and at that point they are part of the economy, not damaging it. And even if EVERYONE sold their arrows at that price, the market would be inflated, but not damaged. Basic economics 101.

Under no circumstances CAN this be a scam.

Insider Trader: Selling arrows in singles for the price of a stack scam {WoW}

May 18th 2010 12:35PM @Grovinofdarkhour

The very first link you posted mentions providing inaccurate information. Two definitons, one verb and one noun. The verb simply is "scam" the act of scamming. Basically, you scam people with a scam, in order to have been scamming. A scam, as a noun, is defined as fraudulent, which is the adjective form of fraud.

Fraud:deceit, trickery; specifically : INTENTIONAL PERVASION OF TRUTH IN ORDER TO INDUCE ANOTHER TO PART WITH SOMETHING OF VALUE or to surrender a legal right.

The very first definition you listed covers exactly that, therefore, it isn't a scam.

A very good analogy, at least in America, is that I could cut your grass for you and offer to dispose of your lawn clippings. If you tell me it's okay to do so, I can then turn around and sell your cut grass to anyone willing to buy it, as long as I advertise it exactly as is.

Anyone who buys it was made aware of what they were purchasing, had to make a verbal or written contract (give you 20.00 bucks for them all, as an example, would be verbally binding), then follow through with said contract. And the single arrow scenario is no different, it's capitalism at it's finest.

Palin Holds Door Open to Presidential Run, Slams Obama {Politics Daily}

Feb 7th 2010 3:36PM I could care less if Obama wins the 2012 *should he campaign* however, I would vote for some candidate that I do not favor over Palin, easily.

This shouldn't even be a political debate, she's a joke if there ever was one. I'm not trying to disrespect anyone who wants her to win, but I'm truly surprised she was even able to be in a government position. Of any kind. For that matter, responsible for any form of life.

And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Official Patch 3.3.2 patch notes {WoW}

Feb 2nd 2010 10:45AM I'm not trying to be a pain here, but BC heroics weren't hard. Ever. Sure IF you were just starting them, they might have had some challenge, but once you hit raid gear it was cake.

But that's the thing about progression, the only 'hard' aspect of it, is what's current. Ever. That's why hard modes are active. That's why during the launch of plague wing in ICC, only a very handful of guilds worldwide were capable of downing putricide, and as of today, two more wings will have been released with no hard nerf. IF he does get a nerf at some point, it will be after everyone who isn't a casual has downed him. At that point, if you are casual and wanted a challenge, you're only limited by the EFFORT you put in, to grind the gear *as vanilla, as BC. gear was never hard to get, just grindtastic*. They nerf content at a reasonable time, one because people who clear it prenerf just stomp it, and there isn't a point to leaving it that hard, and in the case of an upcoming expansion possibly launching midsummer *based on the previous two expacs* it's only reasonable to assume they want people to see this stuff.

The thing though is, you can always carry people through any content. 40 man raids didn't require 40 people in top notch gear, some were doable with as low as 36, with the current gear. in bc, the heroic to raid gear gap was a tad higher, but it was freaking karazhan. it was pugged, and only for a badge farm and anyone who just hit 70 to snag some easy gear. That's one tier of the content that was completely farmable with people you didn't know, in crap gear *naxx anyone?*

It's never been hard to get gear. BC instances were not challenging the moment you had Kara gear. and why not make outdated content easier? I mean if you're a casual, you still have to grind go catch up; if you're hardcore you're already downing the content pre-nerf. in either of those two cases, you shouldn't be complaining.

If you are somewhere in between, join a raiding guild. If the content is that easy, down some of the new wings, that even the best raiding guilds struggled on for hours during opening weeks.

And if you still think it's not challenging enough at that point, having down the Lich King and all with the ICC hard modes. think, if the easy mode content was stomping elite guilds, the hard modes for some encounters must be fun.

The only thing that has changed really is removing of attunement *which was annoying at best, and you can still carry a bad through it anyways* and you can farm badges faster than BC. Not because the heroics are easier, but the gear jump in wrath scaled tremendously (vanilla to BC nearly doubled dps rates, BC to wrath has been nearly 10 times from topend to topend the damage)

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