Mar 2nd 2011 11:28AM Here's some good resources for you for boss strats and videos:
The information on Wowhead and Wowpedia will vary a lot. Some bosses have full blown strats while others just have a bit of info and some comments. Some of the comments are often pretty valuable though. Sometimes the specific strat in a video just won't work for your raid, but the extra comments often suggest some alternatives that may work better. For example, the "range stack" strat on Valiona/Theralion did not work for my raid. We shifted to having the range spread out and run into melee for meteorite and the boss went from unkillable to easy-kill.
Feb 4th 2011 7:17PM I wouldn't worry too much about Ghostcrawler or Blizzard.
Feb 2nd 2011 4:57PM (Describe the Omnotron fight succinctly, that someone with no familiarity would be able to pick it up. Go ahead... I'll wait.)
For one single PuG DPS? Easy.
1. Don't stand near anyone, ever. Ever.
2. Don't stand in green clouds.
3. Kill little green slimes above all else, also slow and kite them.
4. Don't attack shielded 'Trons! Ever!
Boom, done. Is that DPS going to be optimal on the fight? Nope. Is he gonna spread around Flamethrower or Lightning Conductor? Nope. So long as your guild group knows what else to do, that one DPS will be fine. He'll not top the charts without Power pools, but he'll contribute. After he sees the fight you can give him some more detail like when to stand in Power pools and so on.
Anyway, I agree with Lipstick. While some requirements are good, you should know when to be more lenient. For example, I am familiar with a lot of the current fights. Even though I haven't done them yet, I've read up on most of 'em and watched videos. Partly to prepare for my own raids and partly out of curiosity. I would pick a new fight up pretty fast and my achievement history shows that I'm a good raider. Do I mess up sometimes? Sure. Everyone does. But you're missing out on some good raiding PuGs by being super strict with "must have achieves." Which is better? Spamming trade for an hour to find someone that has the achievement or finding someone else in 15 minutes and taking 45 minutes to teach him the fight?
I understand the minimium ilevel requirements and achievement requirements, but they're still annoying. (Good thing I have a guild.) :)
Jan 29th 2011 2:58PM Denied.
Random drops remain random. There is no guarantee that you will EVER see a Legendary item. The drop rate is not affected by the amount of times you have killed the boss. The drop chance will always be 1% (or whatever it is). Killing the boss more times gives you more chances for it to drop, which means you are more likely to see it, but the actual drop rate is unaffected.
Jan 29th 2011 2:39PM Michael "Belfaire" Sacco was not a CM. He was as Customer Service Representative. His sole domain was the Customer Service forums where he spent his days helping people with various issues like the procedure for a hacked account, item restores and other similar issues. Often the answer was "submit a ticket in-game," but that's what he did a lot of the day.
I don't know what he had access to as far as the Lore and Gameplay elements go. Did he ever hang out on Ghostcrawler's yacht? I dunno. The CS reps very, very rarely (if ever) make any statements about Lore or Balance and so on.
Jan 27th 2011 2:24AM Swelt, did you ever do the trash between the Twin Emperors and C'thun in AQ40? At appropriate level? That was true Hell in Azeroth.
Jan 24th 2011 4:59PM With just a quick non-mathy look, Grace of the Herald is the better of the two. Both have the same passive damage boost, but Herald offers a crit proc while Skardyn offers a mastery use. Crit is better than mastery and there's more crit on there. The trick is the uptime of the two, which I don't know.
Or were you asking where they rank overall? That one is harder, especially without math. :) Tia's is definitely better than either one, so they are both gonna be below Tia. Specific ranking though...I don't know.
Jan 24th 2011 4:27PM WoW is WoW. It's got some new paint, a more linear questing style and a lot of flying, but it's still WoW. It is fundamentally the same game that it has always been. On the PvE side of things you grind dungeons, you grind rep, you get gear, you kill raid bosses and then you repeat.
That's how it has always been. That's how it will always be. If WoW was fun for you before, it should still be fun now. If you are looking for something different, you'll have to go elsewhere.
Jan 24th 2011 4:22PM RS, I want to upvote you some more. I'm fine with using huntard to describe someone who is actually a failure, but for those of us who are good, competent players...it's flat out insulting. I'm pretty thick-skinned, but that...just...GRR!
Jan 23rd 2011 4:44AM Yep, nothing for hunters at Ramkahen exalted. Except camels.