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Beta Testing 101: Good group etiquette {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 6:02PM I'd love to be submitting feedback, but unfortunately the EU servers DON'T EVEN HAVE A BETA FORUM YET, let alone a way to report stuff in-game.

We've got no way to give feedback other than creating threads in the official MoP forum.

The Queue: NO {WoW}

Feb 24th 2012 11:56AM Balance is just as important for PvE sides. If you go to a server with a severe lack of Horde (for example) and you're an Orc, you'll see less movement on the AH, fewer people to interact with, will have a harder time recruiting for/joining a guild and see less progression for your faction in general.

Cross-realm raiding resource guide {WoW}

Feb 21st 2012 4:18AM Twitterland Raiding is a great site - myself (@ArcaneTactics - for Mage tips and theorycrafting #shamelessselfplug) and @spellboundsaga are doing a cross-realm EU Alliance Firelands raid tonight, and there are a ton being organised every week. Primarily they're on the US at the moment - we need more EU tweeters and bloggers to join in.

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Feb 8th 2012 4:13PM Well I'm glad I sparked a discussion, but seriously people...of course I'm not ignoring the context of these comments. All I was doing was pointing out that while you lot over in the States might use 'Fag' purely as an insult, here in the UK it's used far, far more often to mean 'cigarette.' But yes, the insult still exists here and it should be censored.

The original meaning of 'faggot,' I'll grant you, has completely fallen out of use.

Would removing legendaries be a benefit for the World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Jan 27th 2012 5:40PM I think that this meshes well with Rossi's column yesterday (http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/01/26/ol-grumpy-and-the-return-of-class-based-quests/). Speaking as a Mage player since vanilla who has always wanted but never had a legendary (had to cut my raiding schedule back at the start of Firelands, hence no DTR), I would be ok with them stopping them.
The current system for legendaries isn't really working; I get that they want a lot of people to see the lore, but when that results in a weapon with the potential to almost double a character's output we have to ask ourselves if it shouldn't just be a normal questline.
You're right that current legendaries are too common - they're certainly not 'legendary', just like epics aren't really 'epic' any more. Orange is the new purple.
Now personally I see a return of class-based quests as a perfect way to access lore AND test your skills as a player (see: Hunter quest for Rhok'delar), which doesn't happen so much with current legendaries. The questline for DTR is a great example: lore galore, but only a single quest that tests you as an individual player (Through a Glass, Darkly) - I actually have a real issue with the questline in that all it consists of is constant grinding of one raid with a single individual quest, but that's a rant for another day.
Getting a legendary is a great experience, and I don't imagine Blizzard will ever remove them (hopefully at least not before each class and spec has had access to a relevant one) - it's a good way to keep players subscribed, after all. However they are now too common; unbalancing; and distributed badly (my heroic 10-man team got one DTR finished throughout all of 4.2, while 25-mans got three or more).

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 9:09AM I'd just like to point out that 'Fag' is English slang for 'Cigarette'. Similarly the original meaning of the word 'Faggot' is 'A bundle of sticks or twigs.'

Now, as Blizzard is an American company this probably doesn't apply, and those words should be filtered. But I'm just saying.

The Queue: Fire safety {WoW}

Jan 24th 2012 11:25AM Clear your cache; it worked for me on my Android phone.

Also - Adam, this is why God hates Warlocks.

Arcane Brilliance: The best trinkets for mages, patch 4.3 edition {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2012 5:56AM Can I just say that while I love the AB column, it's nice to see a bit more of an advanced, raider-oriented subject than last week's (very) basic guide to increasing DPS. Some advanced Mage-specific tips and tricks to upping damage or avoiding death would be welcomed, too.

Breakfast Topic: Are heroics really heroic? {WoW}

Dec 29th 2011 10:31AM I don't think it's a case of gear, or knowledge; the TBC heroics were genuinely much more difficult than anything we've seen since. They were a challenge right up to the end of the expansion. In those days, especially at the start of TBC, 'LFM' didn't mean 'Looking for more' - it meant 'Looking for Mage,' because their ability to Poly the majority of mobs you'd encounter was invaluable.

Wrath heroics, and even Catacysm heroics, are nowhere near the same level of difficulty. If you tried to pull two-three packs at the same time, even in Black Temple gear (possibly not Sunwell), you would have your face ripped off and give your healer, and the rest of the group, a heart attack.

Personally while I appreciate the shorter, easier heroics when I'm low on time, and know why they're necessary with the LFG tool, I wish we could go back to TBC-levels of challenge in them. They tested everyone in a group, and I see them as a pinnacle of 5-man content.