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Patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands trailer now live {WoW}

Jun 16th 2011 11:03AM But why does she sound like a Draenei?

Patch 4.2 Rage of the Firelands trailer now live {WoW}

Jun 16th 2011 11:02AM Hey, the wedding-related questing was pretty awesome. Collecting 17 pounds of stag meat or whatever it was for the wedding? Well, no, not that part. But the actual wedding is epic. Dwarves know how to have a wedding.

@Lownwolf, I hope you had better music than the dwarves did, though.

@sven, I don't even know for sure which two weddings you mean. Is the dwarven wedding one of them? I gather from the conversation here that Thrall and Aggra are actually already married, which I indeed did not know until now.

WoW Rookie: How to get up to speed for heroics {WoW}

Feb 12th 2011 12:55PM I got a paladin to 85 yesterday and the first time I looked at my average ilvl, it was 329. I'm sure I didn't have 329 at the exact moment I hit 85 (or even the exact moment I equipped all the level 85 rep items I already had in my bags), because I did some Twilight Highlands quests after that (including Crucible of Carnage), but we're talking a few hours of questing at most.

That wasn't true of my other two level 85s, who took a bit longer to reach 329, and I'm trying to figure out what I did differently. I have no PvP gear. I have a few crafted items but not epics - the best one is ilvl 333. I got both the healer and dps necks (ilvl 346) from the holiday bosses. I have some honored and revered rep items but no exalted reps yet. I have the 333 weapon from Crucible of Carnage. But I still have some 312/318 greens and even a few under ilvl 300.

I finished Vashj'ir first, then Deepholm. I've done maybe half of Uldum and Twilight Highlands (I haven't even unlocked the TH dailies yet). I haven't done any of Hyjal yet. So I'm revered with Earthen Ring and Therazane, and honored with Ramkahen.

So, what did I do differently? This character is in a level 14 guild. I think the guild was already at level 12 by the time I reached 80, meaning I had +10% to rep gains the whole time I was in Cataclysm content. It's possible this was the biggest factor, by getting me those reps a little bit sooner. Other than that, I think I did a few more normal dungeons while leveling, but not a lot; this character still hasn't set foot in the three level 85 dungeons. And I guess when your highest ilvl is 346, getting even one more - the neck from the holiday event - counts for a lot.

TL;DR: Rep gear is very important in reaching 329 quickly, so I guess do your Cata leveling in a guild of level 12 or higher? And focus on Twilight Highlands as soon as you're 84, because there are several ilvl 333 quest rewards.

And WoW Insider, please, please edit this article to make it clear that cheesing the item level like this is only for people who are going to start heroics with a group that knows you're doing it and is willing to carry you.

Upcoming class balance hotfixes {WoW}

Feb 12th 2011 10:51AM @Lipstick: If it makes you feel any better, I suspect other hybrid classes have had their heals in dps specs nerfed also. I know I feel that way in Retribution. In Wrath I could
sometimes keep a 5-man going after the healer died - not forever, but long enough to finish a fight, or in one case long enough for the healer to get back from the graveyard (that was ToC). Only later in the expansion when the tanks had better gear, but still. I haven't been able to tell for sure in Cata but I feel like my heals are so tiny that I wouldn't have the hps -- the tank would die long before I'd run out of mana. Not that running out of mana takes very long. That was always the limiting factor on ret heals. My level 80 shadow priest has more mana than my 85 paladin in ret gear.

As for being unable to dps and heal together, you're better off than a feral druid (and since they gear for agility, I suppose they have small mana pools like ret pallies even if they switch forms). You may use mana fast but at least you have a big mana pool. Not sure about moonkin and shaman but I'd bet they have similar limitations.

Aside from all that, I think in the days of dual spec, hybrid utility doesn't just mean what you bring while you're dpsing. I think it also means the ability to go heals for an encounter that needs more healers, and back to dps for the ones that are dps races. I suspect they'll keep the hybrid tax because of that, even if we hybrids are all terrible at healing in dps specs.

If they've made shadow priest dps too low, then of course they need to fix it, but I don't think they are going to buff shadow priests above other hybrids based on poor ability to heal in a dps spec.

Patch 4.0.6 official patch notes released {WoW}

Feb 8th 2011 10:44AM "Alot" is a word? Are you sure you're not thinking of "allot"?

Anyway, alot-haters may like this:

Bad news: No race changes to new race/class combos until Dec. 7th {WoW}

Nov 22nd 2010 6:48PM Does anyone know if this applies to faction changes? That is, if I faction change a paladin from Alliance to Horde, I get a race change automatically, obviously. But can I change to Tauren paladin at that time? I'm guessing not.

Why survivability matters in Cataclysm class design {WoW}

Nov 8th 2010 8:44PM Pyro: I agree boring talents are boring. But it sounds like this person did not think she should have to spend talent points on survivability, whether the talent was boring or not.

Why survivability matters in Cataclysm class design {WoW}

Nov 8th 2010 8:39PM "She pointed out that the only time you'd take damage was if you stood in fire, which should never happen anyway."

Ion's response could be extended a bit: If that's the ideal, why do we have raid healers? I suspect what this player meant was that only if you stand in fire will you take more damage than the healers can cope with. That is, she is assuming a sort of basic level of healing is continuously flowing in from the healers.

It's possible she didn't know she meant this. More than once I've run into people who seemed to think they needed no heals, and received no heals, when they were in fact getting heals, without which they would have died.

Which is exactly the sort of attitude that it sounds like won't work in Cata. You won't necessarily be able to rely on the healers keeping you alive as long as you don't do something dumb. You might have to actually do something smart.

Maybe I should spend the rest of LK letting the dps drop to 25% before I heal them, to get them used to how it'll be in Cata.

The Queue: Da bears {WoW}

Nov 8th 2010 8:01AM NPCs you can't run through, but have to go around - what's up with that?

Specifically, the ones I've noticed are the guards who give most of the Elemental Invasion quests; some of the Earthen Ring people who are in the cities for those quests; and Reforgers.

I wondered if it was an attempt to stop griefers from parking their mammoths on the quest NPC, but mailboxes can't be run through, yet griefers park on them all the time. So I don't know.

The Queue: Da bears {WoW}

Nov 8th 2010 7:44AM Does Tirion Fordring have any new appearances in Cataclysm, or has he finally been allowed to retire peacefully somewhere?

(Tirion is fun to annoy if you are bored enough to go annoy NPCs. If you click on him enough he'll start complaining about your manners. This is when he's at Argent Vanguard or Crusaders' Pinnacle.)