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Breakfast Topic: What is your class theme song? {WoW}

Feb 14th 2012 10:46PM Definitely Jerry Lee Lewis for fire mages. Also contending are Prodigy's "Firestarter" and Storm's "Time to Burn".

Breakfast Topic: What addons can you not live without? {WoW}

Jul 19th 2011 6:57PM Altoholic definitely. But more useful still for a levelling toon is AutoVendor. Just being able to automatically sell greys, BoP greens I can't use, suboptimal gear and anything else I define as 'junk' every time I hit a vendor makes this one indispensible.

Breakfast Topic: Male or female? {WoW}

Jul 1st 2011 8:37AM Guy here, though most of my alts are girls. I'll always have a personality or style in mind when I'm making a new char, even on non-RP servers. My first 'lock was based on the character of Happosai (see the anime Ranma ½) and is a bit pervy with his succubus, hence male gnome. I rolled a blood elf mage and chose female just for the hairstyle I thought suited a fire mage. It depends entirely on my mood at the time.

Though the intro screen animations portray troll females with nice 'bounce' ;)

WoW Rookie: Learning how to tank {WoW}

Mar 4th 2011 7:09AM I thought this was a discussion for newbie tanks, not a rant on how people aren't following your preferred methods for raids.

That said, I have a few extra basic strategies that have served me well (and got people asking me if they can add to the friends list for being a good tank - which I regard as high praise indeed).

1.) Watch your healer's mana. If they struggle with mana on trash, something is wrong. Don't pull if your healer is oom. They shouldn't even need to ask for a mana break.

2.) Ranged mobs. Nasty buggers these are. Either head to those first of all, use a silence ability to pull them in, or mark for CC if they're out of your aoe range and you don't intend to deal with them.

3.) Watch out for 'pats' - patrolling mobs. That nasty little group that will want to join in the fun when you've already extended yourself into the realms of 'oops'. Try to take these out on their own, which may require some knowledge of the instance. Grim Batol springs to mind (lots of damage to healer and dps classes when the tank misses the troggs).

4.) Watch aggro on the others. Basic UI covers this, those tabs down the side are highlighted red when the person takes aggro. Pull it back off them. If it happens often (and isn't the healer) then warn to watch aggro. May also apply to pet classes, if you want the aggro, tell them to turn off pet threat gen. This mainly applies to the rage classes, who want as many people hitting them as possible.

5.) Positioning. Immediately after the pull, you should be ahead of everybody else. Turn those mobs around. You want the dps at their backs. Bit trickier with a rogue involved, especially with a sap, but doable quite easily. Dps at the front causes parries and blocks which leads to the tank being hit more often, which leads to healer using mana, which leads to wipes, which leads to repair bills. Turn those suckers around.

6.) Awareness. Unfortunately, to be a good tank you need to know everything. You need to know instances, where to go, how the bosses work, which classes can cc which mobs, who has nice cooldowns (e.g. heroism/bloodlust) to use at the appropriate times. However, with proper application, tanking can be one of the easiest and most rewarding roles in the game. Your loot is usually nicely itemised, plus you get those nice short queues.

Hope this helps anybody learning to tank.

Breakfast Topic: Does world PvP feel dishonorable? {WoW}

Nov 7th 2010 12:30PM Ganking on PvP is great and should be encouraged and expected between flagged players (anyone in contested/hostile zones is flagged automatically). Griefing and all its component actions (eg. corpse camping, low level ganking) sucks majorly. Especially when you're trying to level.

I have a solution.

Each faction offers bounties on 'dishonorable' actions. The more you stomp on questgivers, flight masters, newbies, the more money/honor points you're worth to the other side. Maybe post a 'Most Wanted' list in major cities.

Discourage such actions by stomping the offenders into the ground in true PvP style.

WoW.com's Guide to Halion {WoW}

Aug 29th 2010 7:59AM Never mind. I think that's actually the cooldown timer off ForteXorcist.
Time to test out a new addon.

WoW.com's Guide to Halion {WoW}

Aug 29th 2010 7:51AM I think one of those mods is ShadowTimers, easily found on curse.
The one I'm interested in is the cooldown timer just above the cast bar, the one that scrolls them to the left then flashes. Anyone know what that one is?

Patch 3.3.5: Changes to vote kick incoming {WoW}

Jun 3rd 2010 7:00PM For all the elite-tards out there who kick ppl fresh to 80 and wishing to gear up/train/get emblems because they're not high GS enough for you, I have but one thing to say.

I am *ignoring* you.

That said, the kind of person I most feel the need to kick is the ninja-looting paladin who enters as a tank to get the quick group, but is specced *holy* with no shield. This person also gets *Ignored*. if anyone in the group defends this person, they get *ignored* as well.

Finally, there's people who loot gear they can't posibly use, e.g. druids rolling need on plate. Die die die. And I'll *ignore* you as well.

My only wish is for Blizzard to increase my *ignore* list.

Simple politeness can cover most of the rest, you want to try for an achievement - ask for it. You're looking for a particular drop - say so, but stay till the end anyway even if it doesn't drop. Want an item for offspec, ask (particularly good for fresh healers/tanks). If you're polite, very rarely will you get anything other than 'go ahead'.