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The Light and How to Swing It: Remembering our first year of holy power {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2012 3:16AM I really like Ret in 4.3, especially with the 2pc set bonus. Having Judgement produce HP really helps with the clunkyness of the rotation, and damage is competative. Im glad this seems to be the way they will go in MoP.

The Queue: Post-Winter Veil recovery {WoW}

Dec 26th 2011 11:46AM My Retribution tier set has no matching boots and belt. Both the VP pieces and the raid drops match the DK or Warrior sets.

Am I just expected to save up even more VP, buy the holy tier pieces (which do match) and mog them? Am I a fashion victim?

5 ways to improve the Raid Finder {WoW}

Dec 16th 2011 12:26AM Yeah, sounds like you've had terrible luck. I had experiences like that on the PTR, but in live I've had mostly solid groups. Never had a true griefer and only the occation puller. I've killed the full raid every lockout, and only had one group truly go south. Hang in there, your luck will change and you'll get a good group.

I love the LFR. I know I'm not really raiding but it's still damn fun. Wow is a game, I play it for fun. Adding a difficulty slider to the raiding experience is a long overdue improvement.

As far as the loot goes, I welcome improvements but I also keep in mind that this is isnt raiding. So I don't expect anything like raid rules for loot. We have a long way to go before MoP, we will all have our tier eventually.

Spiritual Guidance: A shadow priest's first look into the Raid Finder {WoW}

Nov 16th 2011 2:11PM and of course I meant "There are real rewards to be had from the LFR."

Spiritual Guidance: A shadow priest's first look into the Raid Finder {WoW}

Nov 16th 2011 2:04PM I agree for the most part but think it will be better on live.

Most of the groups I've had on the PTR have been exactly like you describe, and I've only downed bosses in about a third of the groups I've joined. But the PTR is brutal, full of troll, russian AFKers, and constant DC.

There are real rewards to be had from the PTR, and I think a lot of good players are going to love the feature. As that group builds knowledge of the encounters through exposure (and yes lots of wipes) the need for strong leadership will lessen a bit.

I know lot of players who have the skill to raid at regular level but don't have the time to be part of a raid team. While yes, some of the encounters should probably be nerfed a bit, I think the LFR will be just as successful as the LFD; infuriating at times but eventually great for many players.

The Queue: Which poster should I get next? {WoW}

Nov 16th 2011 11:15AM For your poster, can I suggest:

http://brandonbird.com/sega_ford.html

or the Ulduar one. nice color contrast with AQ.

Breakfast Topic: What do you want from 5-man content? {WoW}

Nov 14th 2011 10:51AM Reading all this, I think people are going to be really happy with the 4.3 5-mans. They are clustered, story driven, runnable in order, short, and pretty easy. Plus they spit out VPs fast and drop 378 gear.

But the LFR is going to diminish the importance of the 5-man. The statement "if you don't raid you don't need raid level gear" is irrelevant; people want the best gear they can get. And so they will run the LFR for their tier, and we can all start complaining about that.

But since 25-man raiding is really fun, I'm hoping people will get a taste for it and decide it's worth learning how to do well. And that could really help the game. I'm happy for 5-mans to be short, fun runs for vp if it means they take those geared toons into the LFR and learn to raid.

The Queue: Horsepower {WoW}

Nov 12th 2011 3:44PM The LFR groups I've been in seem to be pretty well balanced for composition. It can get a bit weird when you have a lot of turnover in an ongoing group (which is always) but that could be because of only one PTR servers worth of players queuing. With a battlegroup to choose from, should be better.

I've never seen major imbalance in spec or race, melee or ranged. I think it works really well.