Mar 24th 2012 11:43AM Knaak isn't great, but at least his writing tends to read more like an actual novel instead of a Dick and Jane. I felt like I was reading an elementary school primer as I struggled through The Shattering. I didn't even bother with Arthas. Maybe one of these days Blizzard will ask a half decent author to write their books. Christie Golden is terrible.
Feb 3rd 2012 10:28PM Oops - looks like others already made the point about HotR I was going to bring up.
Feb 3rd 2012 10:26PM I am assuming, based on the equation you have, that you're advocating Crusader Strike for boss fights or single-target, high-hp trash. Is that correct?
Nov 8th 2011 8:03PM Wow, thanks for all the responses!
While I don't raid too regularly, it seems like I should have it as an extra tool in the kit just in case. Hearing about the effective uses makes me want to give it a try.
Nov 8th 2011 4:37PM I've been healing for a while now, and I seem to do fairly well in the Zandalari Heroics. I don't, however, use Spirit Link totem. Ever. I've only seen it used by other shaman once, when I was tanking for a change of pace. Is it really not that useful, or did that shaman know something I didn't? I haven't really seen any situations where it might be helpful.
Oct 16th 2011 11:25AM I still PuG as a healer and DPS, but I haven't done so as a tank for a while. I don't know that I can call it "fear," but I definitely don't have the time or patience to deal with the "leet" jerkoffs that criticize others in the group for not being as awesome as they are. Generally if the group wipes and someone acts like a douche, I initiate a vote to kick - this, of course, has led to the problem where I can't initiate party kicks much anymore, and it seems that other people are willing to just let it go. I suppose I could be like that, but nothing in WoW irritates me more than that schmuck that talks trash for an entire instance because you can't faceroll through it. I will say for every 10 groups like that, I do manage to get one group that has someone in full Firelands gear that actually seems to have patience and even tries to help respectfully: "Hey, tank, try x on this next attempt," or "hey DPS, remember to stand here". It's incredibly, ridiculously, and sadly rare, but those are some of my favorite groups.
Sep 17th 2011 12:19PM Question for the Queue:
Is it just me, or did the Paladin sets after the first 3 or 4 start looking a LOT less "Paladin-y" and more "let's just pile stuff on the armor?" I would really like to see something much more "knightly" than what's been coming out recently.
Aug 4th 2011 4:48PM Question for the Queue:
Do you think that WoW will follow a "standard" 10-year lifecycle? Most games/systems (obviously excluding PC) seem to run for about 10 years before they finally peter out or are replaced. Do you think that's the plan with whatever Titan ends up being, meaning it will be the replacement for WoW and WoW will see no further expansions? We're coming up on 7 years and, if the pattern holds, we have time for two more expansions before we hit year 10. I'm guessing they'll keep it open for as long as people will pay, it's probably just a question of design support. Or maybe there will be a Warcraft 4.
Jul 18th 2011 4:44PM I have tried to read the Warcraft novels by Christie Golden, but I simply cannot make myself get into them. Her writing just doesn't do it for me. I tried to slog my way through The Shattering three times before I finally gave up. The story, meaning the plot, is excellent - but it's not like it's 100% original. I'm not saying it's easy to take an IP and make great stories out of it, but given that the Cataclysm was going to happen whether there was a "prequel" novel or not, it's not much of a stretch to fill in the gaps when Blizzard undoubtedly had a full outline of the events leading from the defeat of Arthas to the Shattering. Her writing itself is extremely close to juvenile (maybe it's because it's technically supposed to be "Young Adult?"), and most of the dialogue reads like a Dick and Jane book...I can do without that, thanks. As much as I love the lore in Warcraft, I really wish they'd get someone with actual talent to novelize it.
Jun 20th 2011 8:06PM @meringue: I don't see much resemblance to Judgement other than *maybe* the shape of the helm - this reminds me much more of the Burning Crusade warlock set, which I can't think of the name of.
@Vitos: Unfortunately, I think you might have the right of it, considering the Blood Elf and Tauren Paladins. Ah well.
@musicchan: I can see your Tyrael resemblance, looking at it again...but I still think it looks like a warlock set. :P