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Patch 4.2 PTR patch notes updated for June 10 {WoW}

Jun 11th 2011 11:53AM Look dude, being least represented doesn't equate to broken. One class will always be highest representation and one will be lowest, that's all there is to it. Hunters now require (*gasp!*) some skill to play. You can no longer volley and auto shot your way to the top. Does your class have its quirks and issues? Yes, so do the other 9. Are you screwed up to unplayability? Not by a long shot. What you ate whining about (and yes you are whining and that's why you're getting down ranked) is not Blizzard's problem. You simply need to L2P or go buy Rift.

Patch 4.2: No justice points over the cap, more info soon {WoW}

Jun 7th 2011 5:08PM Agreed on the tier tokens. Otherwise I really do support the way Blizzard is handling gear progression, this system is light years better than BC and Wrath. I just think letting tier tokens decay into purchasable stuff - either through valor or very very high justice costs - would be a nice improvement.

Blood Pact: On the sustainability of mastery {WoW}

May 30th 2011 11:21AM TL;DR - Blizzard adds shiny new toy, and borks up the Warlock implementation for the eleven billionth time...

Drama Mamas: The case of the good friend who's a bad tank {WoW}

May 27th 2011 3:14PM O mah gawd this happens all the damn time now!

My experience with fixing it, however, is radically different in Cata than ever before. I don't find the sit and chat approach effective any longer at all. It's too easy to blame novel mechanics and new content for failure. The solution for me this xpac has lain in the 5s, and it's simple. Healers you break, tanks you humble, and DPS you give up on.

What I mean is let's say you have a kind of scrubby healer. Go to the new troll instance, with a guilded 5 and a good healer in a DPS offspec. Pull crazy cat lady troll, and be prepared to wipe over and over and over again. Repeatedly. When your healer comes to their senses and has the "it's me isn't it?" moment in vent or chat, confirm it, and pull some more - not quite enough to induce a psychotic break. Your healer will eventually ask to skip the boss or be replaced, so you have them swap specs, have your aforementioned solid healer swap to their main spec, and proceed to bash cat lady's face in.

For tanks, take your 3 biggest aggro whore DPS, and a healer who can spam crap out Wrath-style, and be merciless for an entire 5-man. Rip off him. Let the Hunter kite things. Let the Warlock blow Meta and gi all lock-tank (yes that still works in Cata). The healer should be prepared to die a few dozen times. And when your scrubby tank cries let me get aggro, make him go DPS, bring in your MT, treat the MT the same way, and by the end of the instance scrub tank us likely to be asking Mr MT for his secrets.

DPS I find largely hopeless. They either know they're scrubby from the meters and look to perform, or they don't and you bench them.

I know these are not nice tactics. I'm sure the Drama Mamas would hate all over it. But such has been my experience, and it's an approach that has, in one incarnation or another, worked for me as long as I've been raiding. If you want to build something better, you must first destroy the already built thing that is in the way - in this case, insufficient skill level.

Chinese prisoners forced to farm gold {WoW}

May 26th 2011 5:08PM A tantrum of this is illegal under whatever set of laws you want to apply should hardly get them in hot water with China. This would violate Chinese anti corruption laws, American contract law via the EULA, and international IP and contract law. They can speak out against this without being the big bad American belittling Beijing - and they need to. Gold sellers do horrible things every day, but in this case, really, some Chinese-style justice on the corruption end of it would be perfect, to say nothing of the dissuasion of others from pursuing the same despicable and fantastically illegal methods.

Chinese prisoners forced to farm gold {WoW}

May 26th 2011 4:22PM For the love of all things good in the world, why is Blizzard not seizing this as an opportunity to scream bloody murder at the top of its lungs? Corruption, theft, human rights abuses, all using their product as the vehicle for what truly is a crime against humanity. Activision-Blizzard really truly needs to come out swinging for all they're worth on this one.

Spiritual Guidance: A bitter priest's guide to Lightwell {WoW}

Apr 11th 2011 9:25PM Dawn -

We know you are not trying to seduce us with your sexy feminine vent voice, which we believe may in fact be a well rehearsed ruse. We simply have our reasons for wanting Priests to believe we are utterly smitten with them. These reasons are part of the Grand Master Plan, and as such we thank you for your contribution to our inevitable ascendancy in the form of advising other priests that they should desire Warlock 'followers'.

We also appreciate being recognized for overall creepiness. Our dresses are made from demon parts, and as such are uncomfortable and occasionally smelly, but we do it to freak out the other nine classes that our work may continue unmolested. Your reinforcement of this stereotype is of great value to the Grand Master Plan.

Based on your contributions, we would like to thank you by awarding you a voucher for your own pet mage in our utopian post-G.M.P. Azeroth, as well as a soul stone to ensure you survive the Plan itself.

In the interim, please do enjoy your Dark Intents with our gratitude, and understand we share your frustration, as no one ever remembers healthstones, either.

No love (sorry, Voidheart wasn't just a clever name),
The Warlocks

Gold Capped: Competition in tailoring {WoW}

Apr 11th 2011 6:20PM I have a guildie who would beg to differ on can't-control-markets... I've seen her strangle-hold everything from ore to enchanting mats to gems through this bizarre boom-bust cycle she puts the market through. For anyone who doesn't know her, it's a royal pain, but if you're her friend or guildie you can usually ride along for serious fat cash. She's been doing this pretty successfully since BC, and yeah I've seen her take some huge losses now and again, but with mammoths acquired on multiple toons, and the Vial of the Sands on one soon to be two, and she bought me two epic fliers and our guild's 6th tab, and still has 5-digits of gold at all times on her main, I'm gonna go with possible but OMG hard requiring savant-level understanding if the market to profitably dominate any given commodity on the AH.

The Queue: Defiance {WoW}

Apr 11th 2011 2:36PM I did Vashj'ir enough to get out if it, and then I server and faction transferred, and then I had to do it AGAIN to unlock the zone! It drops me when I port in where I was as Alliance, nevermind that it's well ahead of where I am as Horde. Though, strangely, I had to redo the seahorse quest too, despite already having learned it, so now I got an unsellable soulbound spare one in my bags, and I'm getting achievement credit for both what I already did and what I am now doing. Oh the bizarre things server & faction switches do... lol

Blood Pact: Do warlock pets need to be redesigned? {WoW}

Apr 4th 2011 9:39PM If ever there were a single article I wished GC & Co. would read and take to heart... I know as a class we QQ a lot, but this is a very old gripe on demons, and Mr Caraway is dead on that Blizzard needs to figure out how they want to handle Warlock demons, since it's a bullet they've dodged for 3 xpacs.