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The Queue: I'll see your Deathwing, and raise you a **distracted by puppies** {WoW}

Jun 14th 2011 11:40AM The proper response to "what beer should I drink" is, of course, "Anything but Pabst Blue Ribbon." Though definitely a proponent of Guinness. (Also, Corona sucks.)

Patch 4.2 New Hunter Pets: All 8 rares found {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2011 5:21PM To add, I am asking because it's a little difficult to tell if those are normal spiders or shale spiders.

Patch 4.2 New Hunter Pets: All 8 rares found {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2011 5:19PM Those aren't *ALL* BM-only pets, are they? If so, I'll be sad. This is really the only question I have. If they're all exotic, then I'm not going to bother.

Know Your Lore: The sources of magic, part 2 {WoW}

Jun 2nd 2011 6:40AM I'd be curious as to your thoughts on troll magic (priests, shaman, druids, mages) and how they interact with their magic, since they aren't exactly typical in terms of those sorts of magic. I know it's kind of a segue, of sorts, but they're kind of a weird off-shoot, anyway. I suppose this lends back to previous KYLs on the Loa, but even so, another take on it can never be a bad thing. :P

In any case, since you so demanded comments via Twitter, I'd like to think that trolls - not Forsaken - were shadow priests first (see, Zul'Gurub, witch doctors, voodoo hexxers etc., not to mention their cannibalistic tendencies). As well, warlocks also use shadow magic (which can actually be differentiated from fel magic, a different animal altogether), so I'm not entirely sure shadow magic can be lumped completely under the Cult of the Forgotten Shadow, both on the account of warlocks and trolls.

Two Bosses Enter: Forgemaster Throngus vs. Mograine and Whitemane {WoW}

May 31st 2011 2:18AM Somehow I imagine this tournament coming down to a triple threat of Whitemane/Mograine vs. Eregos vs. Cardboard Assassin. Scarlet Duo > Throngus.

WRUP: Whatever happened to Neptulon, anyway? {WoW}

May 28th 2011 9:50PM Risk? Well, if that's true, it'll probably be a few expansions before we see him again.

Drama Mamas: The case of the good friend who's a bad tank {WoW}

May 27th 2011 10:56AM You know, I understand all the hubbub about "hardcore raider != hardcore tank," but I'll tell you one thing I've learned from DPSing and healing in BC - I learned how to tank.

You're probably going to say, "wait, what?" here. Let me explain.

When you're DPSing, you have to learn how to manage your aggro versus a tanks, and make sure it's lower. Now, this was on my warlock at the time, when 16% spell hit was the "cap" and you ALWAYS had a 1% miss chance on spells, which meant even at hit cap, you could pull aggro and not be able to Soulshatter it off. And it had a 5 minute cooldown at the time, too. Yeah, pulling aggro on Void Reaver? Not cool. So to the point, I learned that keeping aggro can be a pretty difficult job, especially against some of the higher threat classes - at this time, frost death knights, for example, or arcane mages.

Fast forward to my first healer, a shaman, also in BC. Well, what did I learn about tanking here? Damage mitigation. Obviously, I didn't have much in the way of mitigation as a shaman healer, short of Stoneskin Totem and Windwall Totem (yes, I used Windwall occasionally). Anyway, this helped me learn that a tank needs to be able to not only hold threat, but also how to take damage.

To bring this full circle - you can help coach a tank to be a better tank, even if you don't play a tank yourself. Say, for example, you're going up the ramp to Akil'zon (eagle boss) in ZA - there's mobs that appear behind you (the tank) on the ramp. You can let Penny know beforehand that this happens, and she'll need to watch out for them because they like to eat healers (and hunters, as I've found out) for lunch. If you're a raid leader, it means that you're going to already be overly aware of additional mobs that come around, because you need to be able to call that out for your tanks or DPS or whomever to deal with it. In a way, raid leading is partially a way to coach someone in their role.

Totem Talk: Elemental shaman leveling from 1 to 20 {WoW}

May 27th 2011 7:12AM Totally do not miss Fire Nova Totem. >.>

Anyhow, one quick thing - Mail Specialization isn't until level 50 - you just get to train mail armor at level 40. ;) Also, Cleanse Spirit doesn't remove diseases. :(

Ask the Devs Round 8 answers your Firelands questions {WoW}

May 25th 2011 9:15PM Also, @Blayze, regarding Al'akir, we don't actually know that. Most of what we see in Uldum is actually regarding Siamat (Vortex Pinnacle), and very little regarding Al'akir himself, short of the very brief quest chain in the Orsis sub-zone of Uldum. We know Al'akir is aligned with Deathwing, however, which is why we go and kill him. But there's little to no plot regarding this. I also wouldn't put Al'akir and Ragnaros in collectively. Besides, we have plenty of instances of people working together that normally wouldn't otherwise - see the Horde as a whole. One can dislike their colleagues and still work with them. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" and all that.

Ask the Devs Round 8 answers your Firelands questions {WoW}

May 25th 2011 8:45PM It seemed pretty clear to me that they were perfectly content with the storyline ending then and there. I mean, if/when we get an expansion with Azshara, sure, Neptulon will make a return (it'd be extremely stupid for them not to), but even Therazane has opinions regarding Deathwing, even if it doesn't entirely have to do with the breaking of the World Pillar (in fact, until the Earthen Ring quest chains, Therazane had NO opinion about the World Pillar, and was only ticked off because there were "fleshlings" in her domain destroying things - which were Twilight's Hammer and Deathwing causing issues).

Never mind that half the time you still can't finish the quest chain because the last quest is broken more often than not. It really just doesn't seem a reasonable way to end Neptulon's involvement.