Jan 6th 2011 4:16PM When i got my first alt (my warlock) to level 80
Getting my main to 80 was exciting, but i levelled her with my boyfriends pally using RAF. Everything gave us way much XP and we killed stuff SO FAST, i barely knew how to play and CL, heal, CL on big packs of mobs was easy and fun.
But my warlock i levelled on my own, other than joining guildies for occasionsl dungeon runs. And i felt how much faster and better i got at questing right aroumd STV when i started getting the hang of it. And i felt a sense of acchievement and excitement as I levelled and got a felguard, and seed of corruption, and haunt (dual specced affl/demo). And i had so mucj fun setting krimkazul on the dinosaurs in ungoro!
Jan 4th 2011 4:00PM My guild is a little short on tanks but has the opposite problem for healers--too many! It's a struggle to make sure everyone gets occasional practice healing. But having hybrids in runs means theres somoeone to help if the healer goes OOM, and if i really can't handle a fight we can try a different class of healer
Our tanks we always try to be nice to. Our guild has tons of alch (cause of all the healers!) so we give the tanks free pots and flasks for heroics, and make sure to be kind when we realize the undergeared DK we coerced into his first Cata run at all didn't know blood presence is for tanking now
Dec 30th 2010 9:06PM My guild actually got Pardon Denied by accident. The first time we tried to kill him, we had to wipe on purpose because everyone ran OOM, he just wasn't going down. So the second time around, we decided *he isn't going to get off a cast of anything, at all, ever* and we made it work. I, as an ele shaman, was put in charge of interrupting Stay of Execution. He only ever casts it after his channelled thing that almost kills everyone, so it's pretty hard to miss. I'm just waiting for him to release me so I can interrupt him ASAP.
But of course, my interrupt is on a 5s cooldown as an ele shaman which helps a lot.
Sep 22nd 2010 11:24PM What's up with the RSS feeds lately? The last week or two (since about exactly when the site moved over to wow.joystiq.com) every article shows up in my google reader at least twice, if not three or more times. It's starting to get old getting constant deja vu ("I know I saw that hunter nerf bat article two minutes ago....") and it's getting to the point where I give up in disgust and hit "mark all as read" because I can't find new articles under all the duplicates. What's going on?
Sep 2nd 2010 10:26PM Armor has no effect on magic damage, which most raid-wide damage or healer-affecting damage is, discounting stuff like cleaves I guess. The example in question (Blistering Cold) would not be mitigated by armor.
Yes, Beacon lets paladins basically cheat and heal both themselves and the tank at the same time. As a shaman, I can, will, and have eaten stuff, died and popped back up. Some people say only baddies who plan to die take Improved Reinc to be able to ankh every 15 minutes; I say shamans who have to follow a tank around even if it means getting puked on by a big ugly boss sometimes have to die, and its good when that isn't a deal-breaker. Our first BP kill, and our first BQL kill both, I died, popped back up, and tried desperately to keep everyone just above dead until we killed the boss (and I had pretty much given the tanks up for dead the very second BQL dropped that first time). I don't usually do it INTENTIONALLY though, mostly because it wipes out my mana and makes me semi-useless. I have intentionally let DPS die many times though, because sometimes I just can't save everybody.
Jul 8th 2010 7:12PM For 10-man raiding guides, I'm fond of Vox Immortalis. They do 10-man strictly, including heroic modes. They don't seem to have a RS guide yet though. Also, Tankspot usually does both 10 and 25 man
Apr 23rd 2010 4:02PM I can sympathize, as someone who likes to level with my boyfriend. We did RAF, so my main (shaman) we levelled ele/resto shaman and retadin. Amazing combo--we BLEW STUFF UP. He made a lot of time to play with me, and when he wasn't around I played my warlock. After I hit 73 or so, 3.3 had just come out, he wanted to do random heroics and get frost badges and focus on ICC, and I was supposed to get to 80 ASAP to join the raid and let our other resto shaman retire. So for a week I painstakingly ground my way from 73 to 80.
We keep rolling characters to play together. The main thing is to accept that it's something you do together. Power levelling is not really ideal for group play--that's for your own time. I'm levelling another toon with my boyfriend (a feral druid tank, running instances with his rogue) and even though I'd like to level my druid faster I just accept it as a matter of course that the druid is for playing with him, and my solo time is for my shaman, or warlock (lvl 72 now! woot!), or my paladin (who is trying to catch up to HIS druid so we can play together)
Apr 19th 2010 1:11PM This would be why I like our suicide kings system... because people who haven't seen their drop in a while get bumped to the top. I started raiding with my group after they had cleared the first wing and were farming it; the first couple weeks I got tons of drops that all the other healers had already picked up. This meant that I stayed at the bottom of the list for awhile and when a nice healer necklace dropped, our resto druid was on top of the healer list and was happy as a clam. The next time it dropped, it went to me.
SK is a good system if you have rotating raiders or pug the same people a lot (we pug with one guy a lot when someone is having technical porblems) because if you don't raid, you don't suicide so you're on the TOP of the list. You don't have as many chances for gear upgrades because you don't kill the boss every week, but when you DO go you get first shot at what you want!
Apr 15th 2010 12:03PM My tendency for stupid button pressing is to pull out my fire elemental in the middle of Dalaran or pop heroism while we're all sitting around feasting before a boss.
That's embarassing, not gonna lie. It's happened like twice, and if we're right in front of the boss (as opposed to doing/waiting to do trash) our RL will tell us to "GO, GO!" so we don't waste hero.
Also, related to flying off things--playing with water walking is fun. It's tradition for our raid shamans to screw with water walking, especially on Anub where you fall into the water. But putting it on your boyfriend before auto-following him off a cliff and hitting the rocks while he hits the water and dies is a sad, sad murder-suicide.
Apr 14th 2010 11:01PM "This is the first expansion for World of Warcraft that expands what has gone before rather than just expanding on it."
It expands instead of... expanding? I really don't understand what you're trying to say here.