Apr 21st 2011 2:24PM Blizzard actually has pretty strict naming conventions. Typically, if theres a name you know you can have, but someone else has it, you can (sometimes) petition a GM to rename the character for you. Typically the character with your name has to be under level 10.
Under code of conduct, part A.
In summary: most of the names you see around you, are in fact banned. It's not just copyright infringement- nonsense, any phrases, anything termed 'leetspeek'- quite a bit. Make sure your name doesnt violate any of those conventions, then head to the forums. You might be turned to contact a GM, but I wouldn't (at least at first) because GM's tend to be very busy people.
Apr 20th 2011 2:29PM Obviously, you have not met Misha.
Apr 14th 2011 6:02PM The issue with spellthreads, at least on my server, is two fold. First off, spellthread are going for around 400 gold, which barely is enough to cover a stack of volatile air to make it. In fact, its less than it! While spellthreads are consistant sellers, you will not make much of a profit from them.
The second point I want to raise is that 80% of the time, epic crafted gear sells for more per dreamcloth than spellthread. Now, that epic gear will have a harder time selling, especially if the purchase is not timed right, but its better than spellthread, where there are already too many people looking to make a profit from it.
Keep in mind, these are all based off my server prices, but its better for me to craft ~ 1 epic every week (give or take) and post it up on the AH (I usually go for whatever is highest priced/least competition). PvP gear is actually more profitable than spellthread, because at least for me, the price of embersilk has dropped down to around 2g a piece.
Pyromelter, you described spellthread as low volume, high return, but there are so many tailors competing on my server, that the price is driven as low as it can physically get just to sell. This happens to all epics and dreamcloth based items, but like I said, spellthread is actually the worst (again based off my servers economics).
Apr 7th 2011 3:39PM This is indeed food for thought, but an important thought is this: How far can a nation go to secure its own safety an interests? How far SHOULD a nation go to secure its own interests? Lets be honest here; there wouldn't be an issue if most people would embrace their dead loved ones and welcome them back in with open arms, but most don't. If people were willing to embrace and love their undead brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers, there would be no REASON for the Forsaken.
The point is, the Forsaken a nation of people who are despised by the very culture that birthed them. If the Forsaken should be erased off the face of the earth (In my opinion a genocide in and of its own right), then the question of how far the nation state should go to defend itself is a null issue.
But if the Forsaken have a right to exist at all as a nation, then the question arises: how far can they go to protect their interests? Its obvious that in Tol Barad, the Alliance is going to great lengths to prevent a foothold from being placed anywhere close to its territory. From a tactical standpoint, the Forsaken cannot allow Gilneas to exist THAT CLOSE to the Undercity, same with Hillsbrad.
Now, does a nation have the right to employ biological warfare to defend territory that if left alone will threaten its security? I think that yes, a nation DOES have a right to use biological warfare to defend itself, especially when the cost isn't just "Oh boo-hoo, we're conquered", but rather "burned to the ground with every Forsaken in sight". The intial fronts into both Gilneas and Hillsbrad were with conventional troops, it was only after the defender refused to break that biological warfare was used.
What it comes down to:
1) Whether or not the Forsaken are actually their own nation state....or if they deserve to be obliterated
2) Whether biological warfare is EVER appropriate
3) Whether a nation is allowed to ensure the security of its inhabitants. (I realize this is a loaded question- think of it more like "Is a nation allowed to ensure that its inhabitants are not under daily threat of invasion/murder"- still kind of loaded but better I suppose)
I think at this point its important to note that while the Horde and Alliance might be physically fighting, the only city that has ever been invaded (officially) is the Undercity. While this may seem unimpressive, consider what this means for the inhabitants of it... suddenly your home has been violated by your worst enemies, who then swear to destroy you.
Apr 6th 2011 11:23PM The amount of dickery in the dungeon finder for ANY SPEC drives me crazy.
As a healer: "zomg only 4k heals? /kick"- keep in mind a healers job is to keep people alive, NOT top charts (and it can be done on 4k heals)
As a tank: "zomg cant hold aggro /kick"- this happens from dps who cannot focus on a mob. Occasionally a tank is squishy, but CC can fix this, and again, isnt a term for complaint.
As a dps: "Zomg you guys are my slaves since I am tanking and healing for you"- I think this is honestly the worst one. Healers and tanks ALREADY have a sense of entitlement from rapid queues. They have no desire to stick past one wipe.
When it comes down to it, ALL classes have issues in the dungeon finder. And yes, I play all three classes. I'm VERY cautious about this new effect from the dungeon finder because DPS, believe it or not, suffer already from ashats just as much as tanks do.
Apr 6th 2011 12:33PM Think George Washington. If necessary, I can go further into that comparison.
Apr 6th 2011 12:31PM I think that it's important to note that the Forsaken motto may be "death to the living", but its more of a political statement than anything they live by. Just look at our (USA- I realize there are other countries but I can only base my opinion from my perspective) current political environment, and all the ridiculous things that are said by politicians leading people across the nation.
My point is, the statements made by the Forsaken are not quite as literal as apparent, simply because the Forsaken have and will continue to work with the members of the Horde.
As to your point about Sylvanas being hypocritical, she is. But there are a few ways to look at the chip on her shoulder, and certain perspectives are...kinder than others.
1) The few people Sylvanas (in this case) specifically controlled were gnolls, ogres, and a few human renegades. While cruel, I doubt you cry over every gnoll, ogre, or rogue you kill while playing WoW.
2) Sylvanas still offers a choice, even if is "Death or Servitude". Sylvanas was never even offered that choice- she gladly would have taken death, and was denied it.
3) The humans in Hillsbrad, and Worgen in Gilneas, have every intention of interfering with the Forsaken. They do not wish to just be left alone.
I'm not sure if these points console you at all, if you still think shes a huge nasty one, go ahead. This is just how I end up looking at things- but then again, I'm New Horde.
Apr 6th 2011 10:57AM Downvoted because of the kind of comment; I don't come to WoWinsider to read about fetishes- of any kind.
Mar 29th 2011 4:15PM I think you people are reading too much into his comment. 24 seconds IS a really long time- so much so that mages are effectively useless for consistant interrupts on ANY FIGHT. We have an "omg interrupt", but in about 60% of fights, counterspell is useless. Sure, in pvp its AMAZING, but theres a price to pay, which really hurts pve. Especially when I can't assist my raid interrupt on Maloriak, and the rogue keeps not kicking.
Mar 29th 2011 2:43PM @razion
Tyrande Whisperwind IS the true leader of the night elves. Its more proper to say that Malfurion Stormrage is the husband of the leader, than it is to say she is the wife. The Night Elves live in a matriarchal society, with men (in past times) being the druids and healers, and women being the hunters and warriors, ruling over the society. Just wanted to clear that up.
Lately the balance of power has been more equal than in the past, but Tyrande is still firmly in power. Under Queen Azshara for instance, things were....not so good as a male lord in her court. Ever wonder why every naga leader is female? There's a reason for it.