Mar 16th 2012 10:29AM You are 100% correct.
The problem with inflation is that it can be daunting to people new to the economy, but that has more to do with experience within the economy than with level of the character: there are plenty of great gold making opportunities for characters below level twenty, but new WoWers don't know that...
I haven't heard any suggestions that will actually affect inflation because of exactly what you're talking about: gold sinks increase demand for gold (farmed/earned/purchased) at the same time that they take the gold out of the system, so all it will end up doing is increasing inflation.
Mar 1st 2012 10:30AM Absolutely, I feel lucky to have found them, and the slower progression (we dinged 7/7 DS 2 weeks ago) is definitely worth the fun, friendliness, and schedule fit.
Further to only raiding twice a week, I often only raid ONCE a week (busy RL), and they are willing to rotate me in and out on the night that I'm able to be there, and it's great to have that support without feeling like there is resentment out there!
Incidentally, Blizzard's move to "on demand" play style (i.e. LFD/LFR) is perfect for me, since I can gear up to raid at my own convenience without holding back the guild. I take pride in remaining at or near the top for DPS while maintaining a viable tank OS on one night of raiding, and that would be impossible without those changes.
Mar 1st 2012 9:53AM My guild is pretty similar, though they aren't as hardcore during raid time: most of the raiders have been with the guild since BC (I joined mid-wrath), but because of that our progression isn't great. To be blunt we have a 2-3 weak players per 10 man run, but it's worth it to me since the schedule (very similar to Oatz') works so well for me and everyone is friendly and helpful.
If that wasn't the case for my guild, I would be applying today and (hopefully) preparing for a realm transfer to join you guys!
Feb 27th 2012 1:42PM Fair points, and I didn't intend to shoot down the whole article, that's for sure.
I think the annoyance/difficulty of building up 2 sets is probably quite amplified for someone like Anne who is clearly in a pretty hardcore/advanced progression guild (and can I assume doing 25man?): I come from a more casual 10man guild, where having a few pieces down half a tier isn't as big a deal (and the lfr has made getting that half tier below much much easier).
Feb 27th 2012 1:15PM I'm not *entirely* sure what the issue is, in the sense that if different specs have such different secondary stat weighting, why don't you just build up 2 sets of gear?
Obviously one set will be your best gear (i.e. your main spec), while your offspec won't be as good, but that's sort of the deal with off specs. Worst case, if you're pushing heroic progression, you can probably afford to spend a few hundred gold and a few minutes to pop back to SW to reforge/regem for a particular encounter.
Jan 27th 2012 3:43PM Do you have any links for your sets? There is the natural chest for them, which matches perfectly, but I think the natural legs look silly (they're too busy for me) so I'm looking for them right now.
The legs in this post may well do the trick, but it's good to have options!
Jan 27th 2012 10:00AM Interesting; I was playing around with pieces to match with http://www.wowhead.com/item=57503, and was having a hard time finding pants to go with it, but the ones mentioned here should do the trick.
I wish there were more small shoulder options out there, which is why I like the various incarnations of that one...
Jan 23rd 2012 10:14AM I make a decent chunk of change on my inscription, and I specifically ignore glyphs: I do it all with fortune cards, and by selling my inferno ink off (since I don't want any part of trying to make decks). I have experimented a bit with using the inferno ink for the PvP relics, but I think I came to that a bit late in the expansion.
Jan 17th 2012 2:40PM Ugh, female voice emotes are easily the most grating in the game, even moreso than the female gnome ones.
Dec 6th 2011 12:21PM I am a new parent myself, and while I have been lucky to be have a great casual guild to raid once a week with, my ability to devote time has certainly decreased (though not by as much as I thought it would!)
I cannot recommend selecting a hybrid class to you enough, and in particular, I would recommend a druid, as it can fulfill any role you want to try (tank, heal, melee, ranged), and it is at least feasible to semi-quad spec (I'm not as sure about sharing gear between tree and boomkin, but I am doing it easily between cat and bear). That way, you can easily switch your role as you need, and it is GREAT to be able to fast queue for heroics as a bear but dps in raid where I don't get as much practise.