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The Queue: Zul'Again {WoW}

Mar 5th 2011 3:01PM I have a simple question that I'm sure one of the commenters can answer; do these Tier 2 troll heroics drop justice points at the same rate as the other heroics, with valor points only for the first daily random, or do they offer an increased rate of valor points?

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Fury Talents {WoW}

Feb 6th 2011 7:27AM This is where I get confused. Everyone I've seen, spoken to about it, or heard talking about it here on wow.com, prefers TG as a fury warrior. The number of fury warriors I've seen using SMF I could probably count on one hand.

So, when speccing for fury for the first time at 85 after getting bored of arms, I took Titan's Grip and picked up another 346 axe. Damage, for me, was 'meh' in comparison to arms, which I found weird, since everyone was also talking about how arms was sub-par to fury dps. I stayed fury for a while, did a few HC's and a Baradin Hold run, but just couldn't reach my comfortable Arm dps of about 11k. I was sitting at about 9k.
Went back to arms for a bit. Kind of forgot about DPSing; turned back into a big moving plate with a target painted on it to give Beauty a chew toy, and then one day, decided on a whim to buy the justice point off-hand sword and specced into SMF, simply because I was bored. Now I'm picking up around 14k dps with my two 'little' swords, and I'm genuinely enjoying the feel of the combat, something I wasn't getting with TG.
Strange, how a talent tree (or in this case different weapon specc in the same tree) can be considered sub-optimal by almost the entire community but if it just meshes with you and your playstyle, you can get much better performance out of it.

Alex Afrasiabi discusses new zones and upcoming content on G4 {WoW}

Dec 30th 2010 4:00AM You make an interesting point, actually. In TBC we had been looking at BT for a long time, sitting there in the east of Shadowmoon, right? And in WotLK, we were constantly told while questing in Icecrown that the Lich King was holding up inside ICC. Most of the quests there involved simply preparing the area for the Argent assault on the Citadel.

There's not really been a zone like that for Deathwing. Twilight Highlands does feel like the 'end-game' area, like Shadowmoon and Icecrown did, but Deathwing's presence is pretty minimal there - it's Cho'gal that pops up and threatens you and begs you to come and end his silly little mutated life.
Deathwing doesn't seem to have a 'home' or a base of operations or anything along those lines, because he's a badass and just likes to fly around blowing things up.

This makes me think one of two things - there will be a future raid just before we actually have to fight and finish Deathwing, that involves us fighting him to weaken him. At this point, he'll fly back to Deepholm where (unless i'm mistaken) he spent all that time resting after turning from Neltharion into Deathwing. The problem with this is that I'm not sure where in the zone he would go, and that Therazane and the dwarves wouldn't allow him back to rest so easily.

The other is that you progress through the xpac and find out about a new zone, and then head there to finish him off, maybe. Similar to the Sunwell in execution, perhaps.

Or maybe we all just hop on Alexstrasza and ride the dragon bus to wherever he's flying around torching things and stab him in the face. Conjecture, conjecture.

Breakfast Topic: Who is your favorite Warcraft character? {WoW}

Dec 10th 2010 10:50AM Grom Hellscream.

When Thrall didn't have the raw strength to finish off Mannoroth, Grom stepped up and showed us why the orcs are truly not to be messed with. They are strong, they are scary, and if you mess with their kin, they WILL crush you.

Know Your Lore: Garrosh Hellscream, part 2, page 2 {WoW}

Dec 5th 2010 4:58PM When it comes to this debate, I just say 'Remember Undercity,' and what happened with Wrynn and Thrall during Varimathras' coup. Imagine if Garrosh was there instead of Thrall, and where the Alliance would be with their precious Wrynn torn into ribbons on the floor of the royal chamber.

Breakfast Topic: What cemented your interest in WoW? {WoW}

Nov 14th 2010 9:18AM Seeing the entrance to Stormwind for the first time. My first MMO, and holy balls were those gates HUGE.

Around Azeroth: The cake is a lie {WoW}

Nov 9th 2010 9:14PM Orcs don't have tusks. Boom.

WRUP: Old Ashkandi, new Ashkandi, blue Ashkandi {WoW}

Nov 6th 2010 7:28PM I really want to prefer the new Ashkandi but I don't. I remember talking to my friends in our common room at college in Vanilla, when we were all raiding BWL and what not, and just drooling over that thing. I was a hunter (the irony) and it pained me that I could never legitimately get a weapon of such mass-badassery.
But alas, now I play warrior, and I can get the updated version! Hence why I want to prefer it, but there's a nagging doubt... "No, Ryan. It's not the same. You can never have it. Ever."


Ho hum. This weekend I'll be firmly grounded in reality (mostly, excluding platinum league SC2 games), enjoying the bonfire night celebrations and my Sunday martial arts lessons. WoW is for weekdays, at the moment.

Breakfast Topic: Do you struggle to keep up with the Wrynns? {WoW}

Oct 29th 2010 10:01AM Same as I am in real life. All about the visual spectacle. I'm not happy until I've seen everything there is to see, which is why I generally get bored of videogames quite easily. Thank god for MASSIVE-ly multiplayer online RPGs, then.

As said, applies in real life, too. I'll chase something obsessively (say, the idea of going to Japan, or climbing Mont Blanc), then, once I've seen or done it, I don't care about it. I can't sit on the satisfaction of what I've done or do it over and over again. I'm off to find the next cool thing.

Breakfast Topic: Has playing WoW changed your life? {WoW}

Oct 15th 2010 10:53AM I find it hard to imagine that there's a person who plays WoW who HASN'T been affected by it. I met one of my best friends because he came up to me and said "You play WoW, right?".

Also, I'm not one for socializing over an MMO - I find it tough to connect with someone that way. But I remember one time when life wasn't going so hot for me I logged on for some catharsis and apparently I wasn't myself in /g, a guildy/raid member picked up on it, and I spilled everything to him, and he was incredibly helpful.
The internet is (occasionally, if you look in the right places, and have a good firewall) a beautiful place.