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Arcane Brilliance: Gearing your mage up for the Raid Finder in patch 4.3 {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 10:41PM I dinged 85 today and was in the new Twilight heroics witin a couple of hours, meaning I could miss completely the older heroics and even the troll ones. This is the way to go, especially if you 'know the way' from your main and for those who may have plenty of JPs from Wrath etc. I was running the normal 85s during level 84 and had mostly 333 gear from that. I had honour enough to buy the 390 Robe and soon after the Pants. I had JPs to buy neck, wand and gloves. I bought the 397 VP bracers and boots for cash and also grabbed a 377 PvP belt and cloak. Even with some PvP gear, if you know the instances, you will do fine in the new dungeons and be rocking RF-entry gear pretty fast. There is no need to grind rep for the old faction epics or get older crafted items.

Arcane Brilliance: On mage healing and other miscellany {WoW}

Sep 25th 2011 6:48AM The issue is obviously because of Rift, where Chloromancers are huge fun.

Firelands raid changes incoming {WoW}

Sep 13th 2011 12:34AM Bring back a Vanilla server and save us from this Cataclysm!!!

Firelands raid changes incoming {WoW}

Sep 13th 2011 12:29AM I resent it when someone justifies their opinion with, "You need to agree with me or find another game".

Who are you to tell us what to think?

The OverAchiever: Guide to Pilgrim's Bounty 2010, Part 2 {WoW}

Nov 21st 2010 3:53AM Of course this aspect of WoW is easy, i just spent a minute pressing two buttons and got a 251 epic from a holiday boss for nothing...And yes, granting Cooking to any old person for nothing is feeble as well. The fact is, people will always want stuff that is given for free and don't care if it devalues the game. it's like how one of my alts could get a full set of pvp-pve-crafted epics the first day at 80 - which obviously devalues the idea of Epic. And yes, i remember when a Dreadsteed was awesome. Don't be depressed if people downrate any criticism of their nice easy 'skills' it's just how the game's gone: everyone is a God and they don't like it if you suggest they aren't.

The Queue: Dog Wizard {WoW}

Sep 3rd 2010 9:54PM This foolish statement makes me disbelieve everything in the post:
"Why on earth would you skip Halls of Stone, by the way? It takes like seven minutes."

When WoLK was fresh out, which is what this article is about - a fresh expansion and discovery - people found HoS hard and annoying. It was hard to even get a group for it. Back then you had to persuade guildies to go or look in trade. For a long, long time people groaned when it came up even when DF came out.

Arcane Brilliance: Mage guide to quest rewards -- the early levels {WoW}

Jul 20th 2010 6:01AM I doubt this is true; heirlooms are very potent, especially something like a staff with a +30 SP on it! I noticed only a few blues and some boe epics that were better than Heirlooms and even then only for a little while. I've got the heirloom ring as well and with a +25% experience boost and no need to ever repair them, the only problems with heirlooms are:
1) You outlevel new friends
2) You get fed up looking at the same robe for so long
3) It reduces your enthusiasm for new gear somewhat knowing that you have 'those seven slots covered' (staff-trinket x 2-shoulders-robe-ring)

Don't forget that you can use two spellpower trinkets at once too, which is pretty OP considering the poor ones everyone else has access too (and even then not for a long time).

I notice a lot of people have Wintergrasp PvP heirlooms even if they don't level in BGs because they don't know the PvE ones in Dalaran exist and judge them on those somewhat less-effective ones.

The crafted Spidersilk boots and cape are excellent for levelling mages.

And finally, after level 18 and especially 28+ some of the handiest levelling items come from honor at the three BG vendors (such as the epic bracers at 40). A quick BOA honor boost of 2000 points and your alt is ready to go. Many people don't realise these even exist, or where the vendors are.

The Lawbringer: Why you'll never buy gold from Blizzard {WoW}

Jun 29th 2010 11:48PM This article is nonsense or at best years out of date. There already is a precedent for a MMO with a Real Life/Virtual currency and has been for ages: Second Life. There has even been a RL millionaire from Second life currency. The company that runs the MMO sells you virtual currency for Real Life money. Some people make things in-game and get rich. Others buy things with actual RL cash. It is quite possible to imagine WoW running like this if it evolved to WoW 2.0...and it would be a very different game. But it is totally possible. For example, you could design a new skin for Tier armor and sell it to players for 300g so that they didn't all look like clones. You could design new dances and sell those, or new mounts that have different abilities (eg a fighting mount or one that moves faster over certain terrain). You could build a house for your character with its own bank area and trophy cabinet. All these things already happen in Second life. You move money through payPal and just pay taxes and declare income the same as if it was from any other source.

Arcane Brilliance: The services we provide {WoW}

Jun 27th 2010 5:37AM I have two 80 raid mages but, Locks are actually at least as useful especially a demonology one with the huge sp buff he gives now. Food is very minor: everyone has their own buff food anyway now or puts down a fish. Others can can remove curse and whirlwind works way better in a fight like Lady D than sheep. Heroism/BL is a way more important utility buff than any of ours by an incredible margin. There are other classes offering better crit/hit and sp buffs. Shadow priests provide a lot more in various areas. FM is just for one other person. Really we have very modest utility use; it's just as well that mages are doing good dps right now. You could've included counterspell maybe, it has been useful in the past, as has spellsteal (indeed vital on some fights back in the day).

Arcane Brilliance: The services we provide {WoW}

Jun 27th 2010 5:28AM ...which is why lots of people think mages are cheap losers...