Aug 12th 2011 4:37PM @Seffrid While I would like to see a hard release date, as well, I can understand not wanting to give Blizzard a target to get a large content patch out. I'd like to say a month is enough time to let people preorder while not giving Blizz enough time to rush a large patch, but who knows. They're playing it by ear.
Aug 12th 2011 2:26PM Endgame has been a big concern for a lot of players who want to make the transition from other MMOs. At least seeing how raids are going to work is going to be significant to winning some of these gamers over, or losing them.
Aug 12th 2011 11:12AM Honestly, I play with mostly real life friends anyway. Makes meeting them a standard "Friday night drinking" affair.
Aug 11th 2011 5:24PM Looks like the expectations are going nowhere but upward. This is a good thing.
Honestly, I'm really looking forward to seeing how SWTOR and WoW coexist in the marketplace. There's plenty of room for both, and the increased competition can do nothing but improve the experience for us consumers.
I wrote a recent blog about this very topic over at CSB Gaming. Check it out! http://wow.csb-gaming.com/wordpress/?p=556#more-556
Jul 5th 2011 8:46PM I wrote up my thoughts about this a week or so ago.
Long story short, I think priests as a whole will be fine. We'll have more throughput to do more HPS, and spirit will be treated as a sort of "soft cap" stat for all healing specs.
This will only turn out badly if it turns out the encounters will require more spammy-type healing from the late Wrath era. Bubblespam wasn't fun, and with any luck Blizzard has a long-term plan for how to prevent encounters from devolving back into that style.
Jul 5th 2011 7:27AM You are incorrect when you say every other healing class has "uncontested" access to spirit cloth. Both balance druids and elemental shaman use spirit as a +hit stat, so the leather and mail gear itemization reflects that spirit would be a useful stat for them regardless. Clothie drops simply have stats that everyone finds useful.
I did the math myself, assuming BiS-spirit pieces all around AND a gigantic 0 in the belt slot, you will still gain roughly 500 spirit. Healers who are smart about their mana and not spamming flash heal constantly will continue to be fine.
Jul 2nd 2011 8:28AM I had just graduated college, and the first job I landed required me to move to a city where the only people I knew were my coworkers. While they were cool people, I didn't want to spend all day and evening with them.
Some friends back home mentioned they were playing WoW now. We had all played Everquest together, although I was hesitant to jump back into MMOs, based on the bad experience I had with them. I started a trial account towards the tail end of BC (ZA hadn't quite come out yet), and thought "Hey, this might be a nice way to spend some downtime."
More than four years later, I'm still playing that same priest. I've converted a few people into playing the game, too.
Jun 29th 2011 9:50AM I still believe that the "Earthmother" is simply synonymous with the Titans themselves. The "Earthmother" titans created them, but the dark whispers from the Old Gods not only imbued the Tauren constructs with the Curse of Flesh, but also caused them to wage war.
This might predate the second coming of the Titans, when they actually discovered the Old God infestation to begin with. If they imprisoned the Old Gods AFTER the Curse had afflicted the Tauren, but didn't reoriginate Azeroth, then would be left with all these cursed, fleshy beings; including the cursed tauren, vykrul, dwarves and gnomes.
Thinking back on this, it seems odd: The Titans, discovering their creations instilled with the Curse of Flesh on their return trip back to Azeroth, reimprison the Old Gods and.... do nothing with the fleshy beings that have now been created? Doesn't sound very organized or methodical to me, and if the Titans hate anything, it's chaos. I suspect the Tauren story of the "pure shu'halo" represents something the Titans did to the Curse of Flesh beings, cleansing them of whatever bloodlust corruption the Old Gods also instilled into them. This means at some direct point in human, dwarf, gnome and tauren history, they were cleansed of part of the Old God influence, but not the Curse of Flesh.
So if the Earthmother is a Titan, how does An'she and M'usha fit into it all? It's been long suspected that they are actually Naaru who stumbled upon Azeroth and taught the denizens about the Light. Still, assuming the Earthmother is a Titan and An'she and Mu'sha/Elune are Naaru, the Tauren legend becomes a direct link between the Titans and Naaru.
Jun 27th 2011 9:48AM @Marbles
Interesting take. And I like it! I guess the question I have for you regarding early Azerothian history: If the Aqir controlled the western half of the continent - presumably where the Well of Eternity was - why is it that they didn't use it? Or was it the Well that mutated the Aqir into the different subgroups we see today, then once the trolls took over the area, they swiftly evolved into Nelves?
Also, I'm curious where the Faceless Ones were during all of this. The entire race seems to be squarely sided with the Old Gods, but were the around pre-Old God infestation or were originally another race on Azeroth that was the first to completely fall into the corruption?
Jun 24th 2011 5:02PM I think there's a difference between having pride in who you are, and acknowledging the very real stigmas attached to women gamers: they "can't play," or are only around to suck gear off other people. Heaven forbid one of the gamer guys finds out and develops a crush that develops into near-stalking levels.
From my perspective, knowing my guildies' genders doesn't help me raid with them better. I do want to learn about them, but as long as you are a capable raider, everything else falls under the "need to know" category.