Jan 23rd 2012 12:07PM I went with Alchemy over Jewelcrafting simply because I wanted to try to factor in time, effort, and probability. I think that Alchemy is the more lucrative profession because it's incredibly easy to farm the mats for the specific item you want to make (whether that be potions, flasks, transmutes, etc.); whereas Jewelcrafting...not so much. I would agree that farming up the ore is easy for Jewelcrafting just like farming herbs, but you have less control over how specific you can get with your farming to maximize profit due to the fact that prospecting gives random gems. While you're almost guaranteed to get "high selling" gems from all your farming, it's still not controlled and you could get lucky and have a high yield or get unlucky and have a low yield. Alchemy, on the other hand, can specifically target the highest profit item, farm up the mats, and sell them without having to worry about not getting the correct mats all the time. Also, Alchemist's have bonus procs built into their profession...so yay on potentially earning a free high profit item for your efforts.
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Jun 1st 2010 8:49PM I'm actually a fan of this UI set up. :) Though I'm not a fan of some of the set up (which is bound to happen seeing how each person has individual tastes); what I do really like is the symmetry. I'm not a huge fan of having addons outside of a designated area for addons. Like you have the box area across your screen for your action bars and chat frames, I don't like having the DPS meter and grid outside of that. However, in the case of your UI, I love it! The reason being that one, it gives the entire set up good symmetry, which I think is important, and two, for a warrior it's probably a good idea to have those two things up closer to your character and more at eye level so you don't have to move your eyes too much to look at health bars or dps meters.
I'm also a huge fan of the buff bar being at the top-center of the screen and having the debuff bar close to your unit frames. Again...symmetry stands out in this move and it looks really nice.
All in all, I like it. :) It gives me some ideas for things to tweak on my UI, which looks fairly similar actually. So I thank you for sharing your UI with us Tyrias!
May 31st 2010 11:07PM I actually have this exact same fear myself! I started my very first Horde toon as an Orc Warrior, and loved him! I enjoyed leveling him and level almost straight to level 12 with just one break for dinner. However, I had to leave him for the night, and as I was going off to sleep I started to think, and then fear the beginning of my tanking career. This fear gnawed away at me for the next day, and the day after (mean while I didn't play my new warrior), and eventually I just deleted him because of this fear. Looking back, this has become one of my most regretted actions.
I've recently started thinking about this again, and how much I would enjoy starting another Orc Warrior, but then the fear of tanking comes to mind and holds me back. I was actually seriously thinking of writing the Insider Show put on by WoW.com to ask Mr. Rossi for any tips and suggestions for getting over this tanking fear of mine. However, your article does just that! So I thank you so very much for posting these links to some good sites to help people like me who are afraid of their first tanking encounter! I haven't gotten the chance to read through the links your provided, but I'm sure they'll go a long way to alleviate my apprehensions.
May 30th 2010 4:03PM This comment is long overdue, but after reading some of the recent Arcane Brilliance Columns, I thought I would come to the source. Christian, while I do find your creativity fun and enjoyable, I do not enjoy your uselessness or hate. I have always enjoyed the Warlock-Mage hate relationship between the two of you, and it's always been done with such fun and witty banter. However, this is crossing a line. This is no loner fun to read for me. This is a 12 year old throwing a fit. Mr. Hobbs wrote a brilliant and funny article for you that did address and actual thought that came up on the forums after the class changes were announced. While he got carried away with his point, there still was a point. This article has no point that I can see, it's just a "I'm going to make fun of Warlocks for the Hell of it!" column. At least talk about something serious in your column, jesus. Get over yourself and write something good again. I know you can, you're a talented and creative writer; your articles were a joy to read, but now they aren't.
May 30th 2010 3:52PM So you're saying that because the readers are so witty and fun that, that speaks to Christian's wittiness? As I said in another reply, don't confuse creative with fun and witty. While I have no argument that Christian is a very creative writer (which is why me and so many other enjoy reading his columns) it is hardly fun and/or witty when it comes to discussing locks. It used to be, but it's not anymore. Which is why I said what I said in my previous reply on page 4.
May 30th 2010 3:48PM That's one piss poor excuse for Christian not to like locks, "He'll betray the community!" I don't think so. It's obvious he loves mages, and as I said I admire him loving the class so much, but he's gone a little overboard on the lock hate.
When I read Arcane Brilliance now a days, I get the picture of a 12 year old throwing a fit. I preferred the not-so-old articles that were insightful, funny, and witty with a good amount of warlock banter. Those were fun and enjoyable to read. I'd like to see that again.
Also, don't confuse fun and witty with creative. Christian is a very creative writer, which is why a lot of people (myself included) enjoy reading his articles. However, his creativity in writing is no longer funny or witty when it comes to locks.
And I'm sorry for taking this personally, but when Christian singles out Lock players, how can they not in some way take it a little personally?