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The Queue: Behind the curtain {WoW}

Jan 31st 2012 3:34PM No matter how my coffee is served, I always claim it is wrong, throw the scalding cup in Tyler's face, and demand he gets me another.

WRUP: Contact your [redacted] and tell them you oppose [redacted] {WoW}

Jan 20th 2012 6:13PM You'd already have that haircut if you read the magazines or paid attention to what the kids at school are wearing.

WRUP: Fill in the blank {WoW}

May 21st 2011 11:52PM Yes, he's sitting on my couch right now. Curious that he'd do that considering how much he claims to hate me, huh?

Spiritual Guidance: The shadow priest's guide to patch 4.1 {WoW}

Apr 27th 2011 3:25PM That's an interesting change -- I didn't notice it during my raid yesterday. I'm guessing the change is unintended and will probably be hotfixed, but I can't be 100% certain.

The Queue: Homosexual characters in WoW {WoW}

Mar 10th 2011 1:40PM What a terrific opportunity for Blizzard to make history by putting a Fox Van Allen NPC in the game! (cough)

WoW Insider Show Episode 164: Saturday Night Not Live {WoW}

Oct 24th 2010 8:07PM There are slight compatibility issues there.

The Queue: No sleep 'til BlizzCon {WoW}

Oct 21st 2010 8:14PM Question for the Queue: How could the WoW Insider meetup be so f-ing awesome? I mean, it hurts thinking about how awesome this is. Please, help me understand. I need to understand. Why is it so awesome?

Spiritual Guidance: Welcome to Cataclysm heroics, shadow priests {WoW}

Sep 29th 2010 10:08PM Well, pre-nerf, Mind Spike was a terrific opener (after VT), but the "high threat" addition makes me pause before recommending it in a five man (without having a Fade button handy). It remains phenomenal for soloing, though.

And so far, no problems with SW:D. With a crit, you might take a little over 10,000 damage, but in heroics, your health pool maxes out around 100,000. You heal it all up through VE before it comes back off cooldown.

Character Sketch: Call for submissions {WoW}

Jul 6th 2010 7:21PM So, there's this unbelievably sexy and well built blood elf paladin named Foxlight, and he's always sweaty. He never wears shirts.


Spiritual Guidance: Paying the hybrid tax {WoW}

Feb 1st 2010 10:25AM I recently upgraded to Windows 7. It has a lot of features I will never use, but I was unable to convince the man selling it to me at the store that I should pay less for the software because I was only going to use certain features.

As shadow priests, we have to accept that there is a complete other side to our class -- healing -- and that we have to give up a certain amount of DPS simply because it is there. For some of us, it can be incredibly useful. For others, like you, there's no value in it at all.

You probably won't go around healing any raids in shadow spec, however, you could decide to dual spec and change in-between fights. Few raid leaders will complain about having such a versatile member of the team ready and able to switch at a moment's notice.

There is tremendous value lurking under the surface of the shadow spec in that we still have access to all the holy or disc spells should we decide we want them. You may choose to ignore these and just happily DPS away in shadow, but just because you don't want these incredible features doesn't mean you still don't have to pay for them.