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Dev Watercooler: Ghostcrawler discusses massive changes to threat {WoW}

Aug 16th 2011 6:30PM As a raid level DK tank, I feel sorry for the other tanks getting this change. At the moment DKs, while not being underpowered in any way, play very counterintuitive at raid level tanking. We sacrifice using any blood runes, and refreshing deseases outside of outbreak due to the fact that runic empowerment will proc more death strikes, and using runes on anything but death strikes can kill you. "Fine", you say, "just spam deathstrike!" but there is an aweful catch 22 there. If we use a death strike prior to the boss' swing we get a very slight heal and a worthlessly weak shield, but if we use it after a boss' swing, we get a bigger heal and a much better shield. This is why death knight health spikes so much, but we heal that health back, unless a healer tops us off befor we can get in several death strikes. This is a common reaction for healers, the tank takes a large ammount of damage, so you use an emergancy heal, but in doing so, weaken the death knight for the next hit, in which this process is repeated untill the deathknight either dies, or the healer runs oom. This is why death knights are in general the least appealing tank to play or to heal, they are counterintuitive and require the healer to put too much thought into healing the tank (ie. "Does he have runes for deathstrike? Should I get a big heal ready just to be safe? Will I gimp his heal and shield, effectivly weakening his mitigation and effective health?")

TL;DR: Death knights need some major qol fixes befor blizz decides to force all tanks to play with this handicap

Two Bosses Enter: Vanessa VanCleef vs. Cardboard Assassin {WoW}

May 9th 2011 6:18PM I'm calling it now, cardboard assassin takes it all the way to the finals. Cardboard assassin vs. Ozruk, but cardboard assassin will fail at shatter, and Ozruk will take it home.

Breakfast Topic: Slowbies, what's first on your Cataclysm to-do list? {WoW}

Oct 6th 2010 10:41AM Fishing. By god my first 48 hours of cata will be spent fishing, and then i will revel in the gold that is made when people start making fishfeast2.0 or whatnot

Reader UI of the Week: Naovi's UI {WoW}

Oct 5th 2010 11:32PM I just don't get it. As a healer I am always trying to find new ways to up my performance, but every time I look at these, I just can't help but to think "well, that's cool... but what is wrong with the default ui?" I think it is one of those things where, I have been using it for over 5 years now, and it hasent let me down, so why change? I do use healbot as a healing tool/half-ass unit frame, but other than that, I just can't get rid of the blizzard ui without floundering around for a week until I go crawling back

Breakfast Topic: WoW as rehab {WoW}

Aug 7th 2010 8:45AM This article explains the last 3 years of my life. Having 2 hurniated discs in your spine is no fun... being bored while that is going on, less fun.

Drama Mamas: Friends behaving badly {WoW}

Jul 24th 2010 1:40AM Never been to the barrens without a mount, eh? ;P

Icecrown raid buff now at 30% {WoW}

Jul 21st 2010 1:19AM By my logic... you are one unlucky sod today =/

Nonstandard loot systems in WoW, page 2 {WoW}

Jul 18th 2010 6:30PM Personaly, I feel that a pure DKP system or an EPGP system work the best for guilds, while DTS is the best choice for pug groups and/or guilds that had to pug a large number of people into a raid.

Alot of guilds i have ran with (including my current guild) used loot council. The only problem I have with that method is I was once in a guild where a member often bought out council votes via bribes. This continued until he was the best geared member of the guild and he left, looking for greener pastures I suppose, subsuqently breaking up a large portion of the raiding group, and guild.

Mike Morhaime: Real names will not be required on official Blizzard forums {WoW}

Jul 9th 2010 5:08PM @zhiva

I wasent trying to say that they COULDEN'T impliment it, I was just saying that getting rilled up over the "at this time" isn't worth it. Blizzard's trademark might as well be "At this time, it will be soon." There are quite a bit of things they have done that they said "at this time we aren't planing to", and there have been equaly as many things that they havent. I was just pointing out that "at this time" doesn't automaticly mean that it will be at some point. We may never know.

Mike Morhaime: Real names will not be required on official Blizzard forums {WoW}

Jul 9th 2010 1:20PM To all the people freaking out about the "at this time" just relax. When was the last time blizzard EVER said something was absolutely going to happon? Good luck finding a blue post that dosent involve the dreaded "at this time".