Mar 9th 2012 5:19PM "I kept going, explaining how you'd entice players into helping out by incorporating a game economy that was affected positively or negatively by the success of the server's farmers. "
But... that's how it's always been... what do you think the Auction House is? I mean, the cost of repairs aren't directly tied to the success of the in-game economy, but it is indirectly responsible for making it possible for a farmer (someone who gathers basic crafting resources) to be able to afford repairing their gear...
Feb 16th 2012 2:58PM
rynxx said "I'd argue that *no* class can handle a level-appropriate boss by itself, even a tank."
Really, you don't say? You need a Healer too, not just a Tank?
rynxx said "Given the presence of a healer, however, I think any class could tank in a pinch. (Or maybe not a pinch. I'd be curious to try some time.)"
Tell you what, Tank the entirety of all three Hour of Twilight dungeons, and all of Dragon Soul as a Fire Mage with the normal complement of DPS and Healers, post the parse to World of Logs, and I'll concede your point.
Feb 16th 2012 12:27PM "Frankly, between all the CC and cooldowns some pure classes have, they've effectively become hybrid. "
That is a bunch of BS Mr. Rossi.
CC and cooldowns does not make a Frost Mage a fricken Hybrid. Do you know why? Because no matter how much CC and cooldowns a Frost Mage has, they will never be able to tank a boss.
Feb 9th 2012 2:27PM Yeah, I know more than one PvEer is pretty annoyed with PvPers that try to tank on Ultraxion without knowing the fight, leading to the highest DPS being killed over and over and over again eventually leading to wipes.
Feb 9th 2012 2:05PM Oh, irony. A post for the community's voice to be recognized has been down rated by the community.
Feb 9th 2012 1:06PM Eh. The MVP program is weak. If it was truly to recognize well respected members of the posting community it'd be based around the votes and opinions of the community, not the CM's.
In point of fact the MVP program is nothing more than a way for Blizzard to give offical weight behind cheerleaders' posts.
Which is lame.
Dec 30th 2011 5:03PM @Pyromelter: So much wrong with your post, but I'm limited by time so I'll focus on your premise...
"end, you are bringing up an old argument which I find to be invalid. People like you think "oh well all the best players are only playing spec x, y, or z, so everyone left the other specs, so how do we KNOW for sure that those specs aren't good.""
My point was that the data was valid because there were enough parses for it to be statistically significant.
Dec 29th 2011 5:27PM Oh man, you wana talk about fight mechanic cheesing? All you have to do is look at Madness of Deathwing and any class that can have multiple hits going out at once will have hugely inflated DPS due to Spellweave from Kalecgos and the double damage that the limbs take during the Cataclysm cast!
Dec 29th 2011 5:15PM @Frostheim
While I don't know when you wrote this article, currently the only DPS spec that has less than 5000 parses in the 10 man normal overall DPS category is Frost Mages, at 325. Further you're only looking at the top 100 parses of each spec, not all parses which could include people who don't know their spec, class, or gearing. Finally you're only looking at successful kills on bosses, not attempts, so while there might be a team of bads trying to kill Morchok and failing over and over, none of their numbers appear on Raidbots.com.
In conclusion, it's highly likely that those who play those Specs that are considered not statistically relevant actually do know what they're doing, they just choose to play an under-optimized spec. But then, they're probably not getting fed DPS boosts like Dark Intentions, Power Infusion, nor Tricks of the Trade. All of which heavily skew a DPS character's numbers, and we can't have that now can we, I mean without even buffs, how will we ever tell what classes are actually doing well and which aren't?
Dec 29th 2011 4:43PM I'd like to call BS on your claim that the sample sizes for Subtlety Rogues and Beast Master Hunters are not statistically relevant. Statistical relevance is determined by the sample size that is randomly obtained from an unknown population. For statistics, having a sample size of 400 out of any large population is large enough to draw significant findings. The problem is when you get below 400 that the level of confidence falls and eventually becomes useless.
The only sample size that it questionable for representing it's specs' capabilities is Frost Mages, and it's only a couple hundred samples from hitting the sweet spot.