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Know Your Lore: Illidan Stormrage, The Betrayer {WoW}

Nov 9th 2011 3:49PM The Black Temple was merely a setback!

Breakfast Topic: Who should play your character in the WoW movie? {WoW}

Oct 27th 2011 8:24AM Peter Dinklage. If he can be Tyrion Lannister, he can be my gnomish Warlock.

And Michael Fassbender as my NElf Rogue.

Finally, Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from The Wire) as my Shadow Priest.

Breakfast Topic: "Blizzard's Horde bias" -- fact or delusion? {WoW}

Oct 26th 2011 8:31AM My first thought is that it's true, but then I think of Wrath. Arthas began as an Alliance character. Fordragon did too. They were the two who wound up as the beginning and end point characters of the expansion. Tirion also started life as an Alliance character.

The Horde had a big moment at the Wrathgate, but what happened was an epic stain on their unity and claim on being anything but a dangerous, bloodthirsty conglomeration. Variann had a legitimate claim on just finishing the job of taking the Undercity since the Horde clearly had little control over it.

That Thrall seems to be center stage this expansion, I think, is fine, and I play Alliance. He's a great character, and in a way, Blizz has to remove him from 'War'craft as a political leader. He's the kind of guy who would make peace in the end.

I'm worried when I hear the Theramore rumors, but not because of the Horde 'winning'. I worry about my < 83 alts having to traipse all the way from Darnassus if they wanted to quest in Tanaris and Un'Goro. Without the boat, the only way to get there is through the Cata portals, unless you're an engineer and have the Gadgetzan teleporter.

The Queue: PVP, player models, and applying to WoW Insider {WoW}

Oct 24th 2011 11:44AM Oops, meant to reply to the question about attending next year's Blizzcon.

The Queue: PVP, player models, and applying to WoW Insider {WoW}

Oct 24th 2011 11:42AM I took a long lunch on Friday to watch the initial announcements, and I was surprised to see that the Starcraft tournament feeds were free without a Virtual Pass as well. I'm on a little break from WoW now, and I've been filling the time with SC2, and I thought I might take a peek after work.

And hokey smokes! The geek vibe, the announcers, and the level of skill the SC2 players showed was amazing. I stayed up until 3am watching the GSL finals Friday night when I had no intention to, and I kind of regretted not taking the chance to go Anaheim because the atmosphere which came across felt like so much fun.

I wound up getting a VirtualTicket, and I'm just now getting to the panels, and I've enjoyed what I've seen so far. The SC2 tournament alone would make it worth trying for next year though.

Breakfast Topic: How do you want WoW crafting to change? {WoW}

Oct 3rd 2011 8:18AM This is why I'm having so much trouble getting tailoring to 525. Forced to make lousy PvP gear, and sometimes, no guarantee of skill-up.

WoW Archivist: Recapping classic World of Warcraft {WoW}

Sep 27th 2011 3:55PM My memory is that kind of 'lolnewb' and 'l2play' stuff diminished after BC launched. As Classic WoW aged and the guilds became more and more locked in and stratified, the kind of caste system that led to those kind of put downs, more or less, went away.

BC hit a giant reset button on guilds and raiding, and it changed things in such a way that you could arrive late to the party and still work your way up to the end-game. I felt that I couldn't do that it Classic (I even got /gkicked on the day Ahn'Qiraj opened on my server because I had to work and could only be online for two hours of it). The guilds which were on BWL, for example, required you to have done MC to join because you needed the gear. More and more, it felt like a closed system. There was no KZ or heroics to bootstrap you into raiding if you'd missed the first wave of raiding guilds who were clearing BC and beyond, and if you missed that first wave, it was going to be very, very difficult to catch up.

It seemed that the guys in those raiding guilds had some propensity to be, shall we say, less than magnanimous about their success compared to others in combination of being the possessors of little patience.

It seemed to be the worst when Naxx launched, and the raiders found themselves needing to grind Argent Dawn rep to get attuned to Naxx, and that meant doing Stratholme and Scholomance with guys who were still wearing quest greens. Someone trying to tank Scholo in quest greens with a Rogue who was in AQ gear who enjoyed ColdBlood empowered Ambushes on Krastinov led to many 'l2tank's as the rogue ripped aggro, got himself killed, and wiped the group.

BC, among its other virtues, diminished that since it broke those guilds up and gave an alternate path to catch up if you missed a raiding tier.

Two Bosses Enter: Vanessa VanCleef vs. Daakara {WoW}

Sep 26th 2011 2:32PM If this was about attractive figures, I'd vote Vanessa. In combat, not even close. Daakara pops Dragonhawk. Flamewhirls and Fire Lightning takes care of her adds. Once that's done, he switches to Lynx, messes up that pretty face of hers, cackles maniacally, loots her corpse for the key to that sweet boat she's got, and heads down to Stranglethorn for a long weekend with the Gurubashi and some Black Label Rumsey Rum. It's been too long since he's seen the Gurubashi guys anyway.

Totem Talk: Tier 13 and Patch 4.3 for restoration {WoW}

Sep 20th 2011 3:37PM less than 50% health, and if he gets to do his drop aggro/maul a random player trick more than once, it's over.

(oops on the multiple posts,).

Totem Talk: Tier 13 and Patch 4.3 for restoration {WoW}

Sep 20th 2011 3:34PM Agree with Ghostcrawler about the mana issues with healing in heroics at the beginning. It wasn't a matter of triage. It was deciding who was going to die because going oom was going to happen, especially on a fight like the last boss in Heroic Tol'Vir. Even now, Daakara, if he goes Lynx/Dragonhawk, is going to end oom and with the group at