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Arcane Brilliance: Which mage spec should you be raiding with? {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2011 1:13AM Oh yes, I understand the need to move! I am raiding now though our guild has only 3/12 of current content. (We are serious about raiding without being hardcore, and slower progression is satisfactory so long as we keep moving steadily forward.) While I'm certainly coming in behind our fire mage's DPS, I'm not so far behind as to embarrass myself completely, and yes she often tops our meters as well as in pugs. Since I'm not suffering as many EnsidiaFails alerts as some of our other raiders seem to be troubled with, I'd like to think I'm earning my slot while still playing Frost. I expect to practice Fire and be able to switch out for the needs of individual fights, situationally, which I think is a practical suggestion made by others in this thread.

Around Azeroth: Ain't that a kick in the head? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2011 1:48PM "Nyaah, you missed all my vital spots!"

I remember that from an illustraion in a very old edition of the tabletop RPG Tunnels & Trolls. The image remains vivid and the caption remains fitting!

Arcane Brilliance: Which mage spec should you be raiding with? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2011 10:27AM My mage "grew up" as Frost in vanilla and it's still the spec I prefer though I shy from PvP; the survivability makes me a happier mage in PvE too. Raiding meant I had to change, especially in Wrath where Arcane was a no-contest spec. Leveling in Cata, I was delighted to go back to my sturdy Frost spec for solo work. I have a Fire spec too, but since I don't practice the complex rotations much, I'm more effective in Frost right now.

A couple weeks ago, I landed in a Random with four guildmates from another server, and the VERY SECOND we zoned in, I started being ridiculed for playing Frost. Having waited 40 minutes for the queue, I remained and politely told them I was happy with the spec. They continued to gnaw on me between pulls, despite the fact that I was #2 for the run's DPS. Shortly before the last boss fight, they pretty much stopped the run to harangue and belittle me until I got fed up and left. (In retrospect, I wonder if one of their guildies had come on and they wanted to bring them in for the last boss. We were still under the can't-kick-someone-yet timer.) After playing steadily for five years, this was the first time I'd seriously considered quitting the game completely.

I'm sad to say that one of my guild's officers recently said "I'm not sure Frost remains a viable raid spec" recently, and recommended Arcane (wtf?) if I didn't want to refine my Fire skills. I plan to work on Fire, in fact, but the prospect is almost attractive as gargling shattered glass. I appreciate Christian's "all specs are viable" support in this article but the up-post link about the state of DPS does make Fire look as much no-contest as Arcane was for Wrath. We'll see. I do want to raid, but wonder at what price.

Or I'll table my mage and go work on my tank. Everybody loves tanks.

Breakfast Topic: What makes a great raid leader? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2011 9:32AM One of the best RLs I ever had was an early LK kill, and in a PUG no less. The woman communicated clearly, confidently, and concisely. She knew what needed to be done, told us what she expected of each of us, and we brought him down as smoothly as anyone could wish for.

Breakfast Topic: What makes a great raid leader? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2011 9:27AM "Beatings will continue until morale improves" is not a winning strategy in the real world or in WoW. Leaders are those who make people WANT to succeed, intrinsically, and because they don't want to disappoint the team or their leader. Taking down bosses doesn't require being pushed around, belittled, and screamed at.

Breakfast Topic: What makes a great raid leader? {WoW}

Feb 20th 2011 9:24AM I've seen fine RLs from DPS classes, hunters and mages who did great. Standing at range, they can watch the whole field of battle with greater ease than some tanks whose screen might be full of angry boss, or healers getting tunnelvision keeping everyone up.

Breakfast Topic: What's your favorite piece of music in WoW? {WoW}

Feb 16th 2011 8:28AM As @lowlight says, Grizzly Hills always comes to mind first, but I'm finding all the Cata music incredibly evocative. The track on the CD called "Defenders of Azeroth" (which plays at a number of locations around the game, including Elwynn I believe) makes my heart ache. There is less that feels as fiercely heroic in Cata compared to Wrath's areas, but I think Cata is more sweepingly epic.

I heard Blizzard's music live at Blizzcon 4(?) years ago, when they brought VideoGamesLive! to the finale of the convention, and I've never heard the game's music quite the same way after that -- it's not just background music I can ignore, but a living breathing element of the game. I'm impressed (guess you can tell, eh?)!

15 Minutes of Fame: Researcher Nick Yee digs into the numbers, people behind WoW {WoW}

Dec 27th 2010 9:54AM I am also one of Nick's current study participants and I also did some minor research of my own in WoW as part of my master's degree. I think his research is terrifically valuable on many counts, as virtual worlds grow increasingly pervasive. What the "real world" can learn from self-regulating virtual world behaviors (within the strictures of Blizzard's options) can be eye-opening. I'm very glad Yee is doing this work. Thank you, sir!

Gawker hack prompts Blizzard to issue password reset {WoW}

Dec 15th 2010 1:51PM Silly person, you can download it for free to your mobile phone and $6 is hardly a "money grab" when you pay twice that for your monthly sub. The potential damage you can cause to OTHERS in and out of your guild (if any) is the mark of why you're behaving irresponsibly.

Gawker hack prompts Blizzard to issue password reset {WoW}

Dec 15th 2010 1:49PM I deleted the email, even though everything looked correct. I know headers can be faked for all that it's difficult -- after all, the hackers were skilled. Then I opened a whole new window, logged into Battlenet from there, and made the changes I thought best.