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Of monks, mains, and the ability to change {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 9:19PM I have two "mains" that I switch between as my guild's needs change (or as I change guilds). Although, I'll admit, I consider my paladin much more of a main than my hunter, as she got time throughout BC, WotLK, and the end of Cata, while my hunter only had Cata as a main.

Although the monk intrigues me, I don't think I'll switch to one as a main. I have too much time, armor, and achievements on my paladin to really feel comfortable doing it. But who really knows until I try it?

Breakfast Topic: Do you enjoy strategic healing? {WoW}

Mar 5th 2012 9:24AM I hated healing at the beginning of Cata. Hated hated hated it. And I'll probably hate it at the beginning of Mists too. I think it was the big change towards CC and control in dungeons, and the multitude of random groups that were all about rushing in and dying in spectacular ways, as others have said, but the fantastic loss to mana regen from scaling wasn't too hot either.

As I was gearing up my paladin through heroics, it was either I had a fantastic group and I was at full mana all the time, or I had a horrible group that I could either heal through or I failed miserably trying to do so. A lot of it also depended on the dungeon - Blackrock Caverns was a lot easier to heal through than say... Grim Batol (which I still hate hate hate).

With the emphasis in Mists of going back to WotLK style heroics with raiding as the place for control and CC, I think I may not hate it as much. But I dislike going from some really-awesome-overgeared character to the new kid on the block.

Blizzard layoffs could mean many things {WoW}

Mar 2nd 2012 12:27PM I think that World of Warcraft is 7 years old. There is little precedent in gaming for this sort of wide-spread popularity, of being able to retain millions of players over this long a time. But even if WoW lost 5 million subscribers, it would still be, by far, the most popular MMO out there.

I think it's smart for them to prepare for a gradual loss of subs. A "hope for the best, prepare for the worst" if you will.

However, personally, I'm sticking with them for a while. Warcraft has entertained me greatly in the last 5 years, and I expect that they will continue to as I grow older.

Heroic Madness on 7 hours a week -- the shape of guilds to come? {WoW}

Mar 1st 2012 9:12AM That's really excellent that you've achieved such success in such a short raiding schedule. My guild runs mostly the same way, though with an extra hour. This is some great encouragement for those who do raid with a casual schedule but a hardcore mindset.

Fantastic job on Heroic Madness!

Breakfast Topic: That first WoW trailer no one seems to remember {WoW}

Mar 1st 2012 9:07AM Why is it your duty to let all of us know how shitty you feel WoW is? You think we don't hear it enough from yours and your ilk's mouths in every single article WoW Insider posts? Do you think, if we agreed with you at all, we would still even be looking at WoW Insider?

Get over your bitterness, and move on. You're treating this like an ex-girlfriend that you decided you didn't like anymore so you're spreading bad rumors about her reputation.

Breakfast Topic: That first WoW trailer no one seems to remember {WoW}

Mar 1st 2012 9:04AM I joined WoW rather reluctantly - my sister basically sat me down in the chair and said "Play this for 30 minutes, you'll like it!" I didn't, not really, but I played for those 30 minutes. Then I got on the next day for another few minutes.

I think if I had seen this trailer beforehand (I was a huuuuge fan of Warcraft 3 but I didn't really feel the connection) I probably would've been more into it. But here I am, 5 years later and with the Annual Pass while she only plays on trial accounts every once and a while.

Blizzard laying off 600 staff globally [Updated] {WoW}

Mar 1st 2012 12:17AM My father's been laid off by 4 different companies in the last few years. As he is my family's primary breadwinner, I know that being laid off is no fun for either the family or the former employee. My father was upset for weeks afterwards, and we had to severely tighten our belts for a few months while he worked temp jobs until he could get a new one. It's extremely stressful, and I feel for anyone in the same boat.

I hope that all of these employees will be able to get jobs ASAP. I'm just glad they got a severance package - there's been times where my father's employers just went under and he didn't get a single cent afterwards. Hopefully the package will keep them afloat until they find a steady job.

My prayers for all of the employees.

5 ways to fail at Battlegrounds {WoW}

Feb 29th 2012 9:24PM As a dedicated BG healer, I do agree with the "healers don't D" strategy. However, I'll resort to D if the offense team is scattered and not pressing at a single point. There's no point to me running off, leaving a node undefended, to follow that single hunter attacking stables, or the warrior and dk going after mines, while all the other team members are off fighting a 5-person attack at farm.

At that point I usually just sit at blacksmith and twiddle my thumbs until a sizeable offense occurs. I'm at no use at any of the other nodes, so I might as well keep any single person who decides to try and ninja BS busy until I get someone else there.

Patch 4.3.3 will break the current 64-bit WoW client {WoW}

Feb 27th 2012 9:19AM It doesn't make much sense for them to release a new client, then break it right afterwards. :(

Heart of the Aspects video and giveaway {WoW}

Feb 15th 2012 11:55AM Why not?