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Dev Watercooler: Cataclysm talent tree post-mortem {WoW}

Jun 1st 2011 3:19PM There's really no such thing as specs that aren't cookie cutter. Unless they add back in more talents and points that don't matter, there is always a "best" spec to within a few points. If you split the trees and gave different ending talents, one would be at least marginally better than the other and a player taking the other talent would be deemed "noob". Decent or better raiders and those concerned with optimization won't really ever get options.

Shifting Perspectives: Restoration Druid 101, part 2 {WoW}

May 4th 2011 12:51PM So... I'm going to firmly disagree with the druid spec listed. Following that spec is a perfect way to make sure you wipe on 10m BH 100% of the time and make all the other heals hate you in 25m, not to mention have terrible experiences in 5 mans and probably hinder some other raid content fights. Natures Cure (adds magic to the dispell option) should be considered mandatory for all healers. At the very least, if you didn't take the talent, please don't come heal Baradin's Hold... just go do something else until you respec.

Win a Razer Nostromo game keypad from WoW Insider {WoW}

Apr 26th 2011 1:02PM Woot for Loot!

WoW Moviewatch: God's Gonna Cut You Down {WoW}

Apr 22nd 2011 1:54PM "Any song that mentions Jesus, in my book, is good stuff."

Really?? What if it talks bad about him, says he doesn't exist, etc? Still good?

Raid Rx: Throughput, regeneration and secondary stats {WoW}

Apr 15th 2011 4:44PM Going OOM is often as much or more playstyle and spell choices than the stats on your gems. In my raids we have 2 holy paladins. The other has superior gear to mine by a decent margin (probably 4-5 ilvl higher) yet my throughput is almost always much better. As a result I usually have to make much higher use of my mana regen cd's. Although it's rare that I'll go OOM prior to the end of a fight, I'll often be very close at the end. The other Paladin will have 50%+ most of the time by comparison... though he does 10% less healing during the fight. I'll spam my strong heal and big aoe where he hits a lot of holy lights that are cheap. We both gem int though, no spirit unless it might be a sweet socket bonus.

I guess in a long round about way, what I'm saying is that what you're seeing may not be int v. spirit. IMHO int is always the better choice though as it provides throughput and regen (evne if its less regen). Perhaps your other healer was going OOM not simply because of spirit but also with your lower throughput, he felt forced to use more expensive heals to get the job done while he could. If both of you had high (int) throughput (and didn't heal snipe) maybe you'd find that both of you casting less, but more powerful spells, neither went OOM.

Breakfast Topic: What are your Warcraft movie predictions? {WoW}

Apr 8th 2011 11:47AM From what it sounds like, they're at least claiming real effort is being put into the script... but it's still a movie intended to make money. They're going to go for what could appeal to a larger audience and not just existing Warcraft fans.

The general populance wouldn't be able to get behind a hero that was a lock, rogue, or DK; they probably wouldn't understand a Wow Shaman or druid enough to support it. Priests aren't usually lead characters in fantasy movies (with the new "Priest" movie as an exception). Hunters as well find themselves as support characters more often than not. This leaves Warrior, Paladin, or Mage as the possible "class" for the lead character...and lets face it. They guy in the center of the poster is going to be the burly melee guy as opposed to the dude in a dress. Actually in the movie, the caster will probably be a girl - go stereotypes!

The Daily Quest: Mastering the game {WoW}

Apr 4th 2011 5:09PM I can view the list of blogs/resources on my iphone 4 without any trouble. I can't comment about previous iphones or droids though.

The Daily Quest: Mastering the game {WoW}

Apr 4th 2011 5:07PM My blog, 15 Minutes of WoW ( is a general WoW blog that has tackled topics ranging from patch note commentary to tanking/healing strategies to altaholism.

Now off to tell some blogger friends to get their rears over here.

The Daily Quest: Addons and accessories {WoW}

Mar 30th 2011 9:14PM Just put up the conclusion of my three part series on my fears of tanking.

... And auctioneer is definitely my most used addon.

The Lawbringer: Mailbag 2.0 {WoW}

Mar 25th 2011 3:45PM As far as I'm aware it is against Blizzard's TOS and EULA to give away or even let another person use your account. Technically, per the rules, she wasn't allowed to give you her account. I doubt they have an official policy on inheritance of an account based on a will. Whether or not their support service team will make an exception considering the gravity of the case is probably up in the air though.