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Shifting Perspectives: Comparing T12 boomkin gear against T11 {WoW}

Aug 20th 2011 11:12AM /comfort Murmurs

I was beat by an ele sham on the meters the other day too. We were doing heroic Shannox, I was plowing through eclipse after eclipse, got lucky with trap placement and wasn't doing much movement at all. At the end of the fight, I look at the meters and notice a blue bar above mine, saying to myself, "Surely not... an elemental.... shaman....?...."

When I regained consciousness I punched the shaman in the mouth.

It was an unpleasant experience all around.

Shifting Perspectives: How raid progression affects balance gearing {WoW}

May 27th 2011 5:26PM Excellent explanation, especially for players new to boomkin. A couple of our resto druid healers are trying to build up their boomkin sets/playstyle as we outgear heroic content, they found this much more clear than my previous attempts to explain these concepts. Thanks!

Shifting Perspectives: Balance druids in patch 4.2, page 2 {WoW}

May 6th 2011 4:22PM This question is asked every few weeks, and if you took 5 seconds to read the intro to the column you'd have your answer: Tyler covers boomkins every Friday. The other druid columnist covers feral/resto earlier in the week. All complaints should be sent that way.

Here's the info, at the top and bottom of every column that you ignored to get to the place you post your comment: "Every week, WoW Insider brings you Shifting Perspectives for cat , bear , restoration and balance druids. Balance news comes at you every Friday -- learn how to master the forces of nature, and know what it means to be a giant laser turkey! "

Shifting Perspectives: Balance druids in patch 4.2, page 2 {WoW}

May 6th 2011 4:19PM Tyler - You were far too kind. These changes are nonsensical and hugely alter the way we play the spec. I don't understand the place of a balance druid after this change, and Blizzard hasn't said a thing about these changes.

I think the main argument against these changes weren't voiced in your article, either. They are sucking the FUN out of playing a boomkin! Cataclysm has been amazingly refreshing with nuanced and complex gameplay required to rank in the top performances. If these changes are implemented we'll be, potentially, even worse off than in WOTLK where gear mattered most and rotation flexibility was nearly non-existent.

I am extremely upset about these changes. I am a sad boomkin. :(

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Apr 26th 2011 12:52PM pick meeeeee!

Stay up to speed with WoW Insider's Guide to Cataclysm {WoW}

Apr 13th 2011 9:51AM Why aren't Tyler Carraway's raid strats included here? He has the most accurate and informative guides of all the writers on WoW Insider (no offense to the other writers, he's just good!)

Drama Mamas: Raiding deaf {WoW}

Apr 8th 2011 1:06PM Thanks for adding this reply, Scooter. This is the exact way we, as players, can treat our fellows with respect. I am an officer in a US top-100 25-man progression guild and we just recently took on a raider with a disability. This person's performance was clearly stellar from logs, but they have no ability to use vent to speak. We, too, tweaked our strats slightly to clear some clutter from communication to ease them into the guild and raid, and it actually improved EVERYONE'S performance.

I also feel like I need to defend an earlier commenter who was downvoted for saying that not every guild should accommodate every disability. The onus is at least partly on an applicant to disclose what I would call "material" info that could affect raiding. Now, in this case it was clear that TD's guild was casual and is morphing into a raiding guild, so there may not have been an appropriate time to bring this up before now. I'd echo the drama mama's advice to bring it up with those raid/guild leaders and let them know what's happening. However, it's also not automatically awful or wrong for a raid guild to turn down a player who has a disability. If it will likely be a source of drama or heart/headache, then the guild probably *should* decline the application to save everyone's time and feelings. Similarly, if you're forthcoming about your hearing, it removes that source of dread over disclosing your circumstances down the road, and people can accept you with open arms from the get-go.

Around Azeroth: A formal nuisance {WoW}

Apr 6th 2011 10:53AM Is this little critter a regular spawn? That is AWESOME!

Drama Mamas: Liar, liar {WoW}

Apr 1st 2011 12:32PM I agree with VJ's points entirely.

You know exactly two things about how this will unfold:
- You'll feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders
- People will react to the news unpredictably

It does seem like there was some egregious lying going on here, so it very much depends on the type of people you're friends with or who are in your guild. If you're in a progression raiding guild then people probably wouldn't care, if it's a close knit social guild it'll be fodder for gossip for months if not years. The outcome will probably be somewhere in between.

The most important thing to remember is that you're still young. You'll make new friends. Worst case, name change and/or server transfer for a new start (don't make the same mistake twice!). Knowing that you're more comfortable with yourself is incredibly good and means you'll weather whatever comes from this episode. Stay true to that going forward and you'll have few, if any, regrets.

Best of luck!