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Breakfast Topic: How has reading WoW Insider changed your game experience? {WoW}

Mar 1st 2011 8:13AM After playing and eventually quitting WoW long before they ever even talked about bringing out expansion packs, I came back at the very end of Wrath and went looking for a good WoW site to catch up on all the changes. I did the simplest thing possible: just typed in "", figuring that any website with that URL must be old and well-established. Obviously I ended up following WoW Insider through the subsequent URL change.

As far as the effect it's had on me, it gives me something to do while eating lunch (glad for the mobile site), and I'm generally one of the first in my guild to know about upcoming patch changes. It's hard to say whether that's always a good thing though, because the earlier I find out about the next round of nerfs the longer I have to fume about it ;)

Patch 4.1 PTR: Patch notes {WoW}

Feb 24th 2011 7:47PM They don't mind losing feral druids though ;) I'm glad they're making it clear that rogues are the true stealth class and ferals are just wannabes, because now I can get off the fence and preorder Rift.

Shifting Perspectives: Gearing your feral cat for raiding, part 3 {WoW}

Feb 20th 2011 8:40PM Everyone has their own system, so take this with a grain of salt, but for what it's worth, here's mine. I use the default action bars and have the first five slots of the main bar bound to 1 to 5 and the next five to shift+1 to shift+5, since I can't easily reach past 5 with my fingers on WASD. For cat, I use the 1-5 slots for my CP generators (Mangle, Rake, and Shred) and the shift slots for my finishers (Rip, SR, FB, and Maim). I also try to have some things be consistent between forms to make it easier to remember; for example, everything that can interrupt is on 4 (regular 4 for Skull Bash in either form, shift+4 for Maim/Bash) and Mangle is 2 regardless of form.

Everything else that's used relatively regularly is on a hidden action bar and bound to shift+letter, with the letter corresponding to the ability (using [form:n] macros as necessary for things like Faerie Fire and Feral Charge). Some examples: F for [Feral] Faerie Fire, C for Feral Charge, B for Barkskin, T for Tiger's Fury/Thrash/Tree of Life, E for Enrage, D for Demo Roar, R for Roots (macroed to cast on focus if focus exists, target otherwise), S for Swipe.

And finally, abilities that are used very rarely or only out of combat like Teleport: Moonglade, Hearthstone, and spec/gear switch are all tossed into an Opie ring.

It may not be a super-leet setup, seeing as how I still use the default hotkeys for interface elements like character panel, quest log, and bags, but I definitely would recommend the use of mnemonic-letter-based keybinds for those abilities in the middle of the use-frequency spectrum.

Reviewing the Razer Naga Epic mouse: 12 buttons you never knew you wanted {WoW}

Feb 17th 2011 8:52PM Hey, I looked up the G700 after reading your comment and it looks pretty nice. I want to use one mouse for everything but with the styling on the Steelseries I'd feel ridiculous using it at a business meeting, and the Naga looks like it'd hurt my thumb over the long run. Also, I've been using a Logitech G5 for years and wouldn't want to go back to a mouse with a mouse wheel that doesn't go left and right.

One question, if you don't mind: when scrolling the scroll wheel (forward and backward) on my ancient Logitech G5, it theoretically clicks from position to position rather than sliding smoothly, which I like the idea of because it should let me use forward-scroll and backward-scroll as two additional pseudo-buttons . . . however the detection is shoddy, and it sometimes picks up a scroll when I didn't mean to or misses a scroll that I did intend, so I eventually gave up on using forward-scroll and backward-scroll as buttons. How's the G700 in that regard?

The Queue: Where the Sidewalk Ends {WoW}

Feb 15th 2011 9:38PM It's a tier and a half. The rule of thumb is that PVP gear used in PVE is equivalent to PVE gear a tier and a half lower (read EJ or do the calculation yourself, it's fairly simple with just a small amount of variation depending the relative weights of primary and secondary stats for various specs). Thus Bloodthirsty gear used in PVE is equivalent to 333s, and Vicious gear equivalent to 346s. Not taking into account the two-piece and four-piece set bonuses, which give 70 and 90 of the primary stat, respectively.

So dissing someone for wearing Bloodthirsty in a heroic is effectively dissing them for wearing 333 gear, and seeing as how the next PVE tier up from that is heroic boss drops, you're basically dissing them from having the gall to do a heroic at a point where, although above the 329 minimum, they can still just make use of heroic boss drops. And of course two-piece or four-piece Vicious, coming in as equivalent to 346 plus an additional 70 or 70+90=160 int(/str/agi), is *better* than anything that could possibly drop in a heroic.

Sorry Adam, that's not called being a snob, it's called being uninformed.

The Queue: Extra strength {WoW}

Feb 11th 2011 8:33PM Note though that they only last two minutes, and there are some heroic bosses that can take longer than that, so by dropping the banner right before starting the fight you might miss out on the bonus rep with your tabarded factions. I try to drop it midway through if I remember and have a spare GCD. Annoying though.

WoW Rookie: How to get up to speed for heroics {WoW}

Feb 11th 2011 8:23PM PVP.

Just one normal BG win a day will give you at least 200 honor per day, netting you the Bloodthirsty shoulders and gloves in 16 days; less with some losses, the guild perk, and even judicious use of the guild banner.

At ilvl 352, according to the tier-and-a-half rule, Bloodthirsty gear used in PVE is roughly equivalent to ilvl 333 gear: better than the heroic minimum even without taking into account the sweet 70 int/str/agi bonus from having two pieces of the set. Another few weeks and you can have the four-piece set, with another bonus 90 int/str/agi. And/or use Bloodthirsty pieces to replace any remaining offset 318 greens.

This way you won't have to do a single normal dungeon if you don't want, which is nice since you're going to be getting tired of those dungeons sooner or later. Although you might want to run each once on normal before trying heroic, just to learn the basics of the fights. Also keep in mind that, although Bloodthirsty gear is equivalent to ilvl 333 for PVE, the actual ilvl is 352, and it's counted as such by your "average ilvl" readout, so you have to remember that you're not actually as geared as your average ilvl makes it look. Also if you plan on PUGging heroics a lot, be warned that you may have to explain to people that using PVP gear in heroics does not necessarily make you a noob.

Despite all the above caveats though, I really recommend using PVP to supplement your gearing for heroics, since you can start whenever. Start at level 70 and you'll easily cap honor and be able to pick up that two-piece Bloodthirsty set the instant you ding 85.

Shifting Perspectives: Gearing your feral cat for raiding {WoW}

Feb 7th 2011 7:17PM Ok, I got off my lazy ass and did some work with Mew to answer my own question. With my gear etc., I get the following predicted DPS changes post-patch:

Breaking the PVP set: -239
Thieving Spaulders: +107
Chest upgrade
- Defias Brotherhood Vest: +128
- Assassin's Chestplate: +166
Stormbolt Gloves: +202
Stormrider's Leggings: +449

So the tier 11 legs alone would make it worth it to break the set. Or a non-tier (rep/crafted) epic plus a heroic drop. But not two heroic drops. At least not from the ones I listed.

Shifting Perspectives: Gearing your feral cat for raiding {WoW}

Feb 7th 2011 7:52AM Post-4.0.6, I wonder at what point it becomes worth it to break the 4-piece PVP set. All 346? All 359? Somewhere in between?

I've got the 4-piece 352 PVP set (shoulder, chest, gloves, and pants). I've got a 346 shoulder and chest in my bank, will have the 359 rep gloves soon, and am thinking of spending my first 2200 VP on the tier 11 pants. At that point, think it'd be an upgrade? (I'll be sad to lose the Skull Bash cost reduction, though. I sometimes wish I were on a server where people do rated BGs, so I could go for the 365 PVP gloves.)