Jan 13th 2012 3:22PM Combine with this the utter disdain for tanks in PvP & it makes for a really bad time to be a tank.
Seriously: PvE fights are a snooze fest, PvP I'm a free honor kill (after the Veng nerf goes live). What's my motivation to play this role again?
Nov 26th 2011 11:09AM I used to be a 3.5e RPGA certified DM. I loved D&D. I even wanted to open a D&D store.
Then, World of Warcraft came out.
I was buying every book from 3.5e core set and Forgotten Realms. I was spending about $60/mo on stuff that I just read for fun (since no one ever had those books other than me). The prices got insane between books, miniatures, dice, battle mats, etc.
Groups were hard to set up. As a military person, I would move every 2-3 years & have to find a new gaming group. The process usually takes a month or two, scouring Craigslist and hobby shops. Going up to at least five awful gaming sessions before you find the group that clicked.
World of Warcraft allows me the interaction at any time. I can pop in, RP with some friends or some entirely new people, go on some quests, then go to bed. It's on-demand D&D. Yeah, you miss out on the customizability. D&D had so many options it was insane. But, that's a tradeoff I'm willing to accept in the sake of ease of use.
I really do miss my dwarven defender, though. Dor the Mighty was unstoppable.
Nov 13th 2011 3:50PM I'm gonna throw my 2¢ into the ring even though it's WAY after when this blog was published, but still...
Armor design isn't rocket science.
Paladins want to be holy champions.
Warriors want to be juggernaut, destroyers of blood & glory.
Mages want to be godlike beings of magical energy.
So on, so forth.
I don't know who at Blizzard came up with the silly idea that armor should reflect the raid, but that's silly. Never once in any game I've ever played have I gone into a dungeon to kill a dragon with a knight and hoped to come out wearing basically the entire dragon as armor... well, unless you're a hunter. Then it kinda makes sense.
I play a paladin. I've played either a paladin or warrior since I began playing games in D&D 2nd edition. The most coveted items I can remember are the Holy Avenger sword for my paladin, and heavy fortification armor for my warrior.
Look at fan art! Look at the old armor sets! Warrior T6 is highly reviewed. It makes the warrior look like a tank with legs. Bulwark of Azzinoth? Best shield in the game! It's a freaking spiked metal wall! Paladin T6? The "Lightbringer" set? One of the most coveted in the game.
People WANT to be the iconic character in some fashion or another. People WANT to be the art work they see. Blizzard need to stick with this design philosophy, design armors that epitomize the traits of the class rather than the creatures killed, and then fluff it some with the fantastical, steam-punk style that Blizzard has.
Nov 12th 2011 10:43PM I'm stealing most of what I say from Lore from TankSpot, but I agree with him wholeheartedly:
The job of DPS is to put up big numbers. If the boss dies faster, you know you've won.
The job of the healer is to keep the tank alive. If the tank is alive, you've done your job.
The job of the tank... well, we don't really have issues holding threat. Staying alive is really just one or two CDs. Our "job" is to stand there and get hit, and do mediocre DPS.
I love the idea that our NEW job will be active mitigation. Now our new job will be to stay alive! That's great. We'll be able to see who's a good tank & who's a bad tank. Bad tanks will die. Good tanks will be able to carry a group. Good tanks will be able to save healer mana! Good tanks will be amazing, revered, worshipped. GOOD TANKS WILL BE GODS!
Sorry, I got a little carried away there. I'm very excited about being a tank in 5.0! =D
Nov 11th 2011 9:24AM Well, I'm not a raid leader &, as a player, I'm very quiet and reserved when I play. I think that I'd rather just sit in silence & let the raid leader speak than to chime in with anything. But that's just my personality.
As such, what really, truly motivates me is being better than other people. I know that might be misinterpreted, but I feel that these games are, in fact, very competitive & what pushes me to "position the boss correctly" or to pop my CDs when I need them, or to try and push DPS classes as a tank, is to be better than everyone else.
It all starts with that first dungeon that you get hazed with "you know, the last tank didn't such as much as you." I look inward and wonder, "how should I fix this?" I watch videos online, I queue as DPS so I can see how other tanks perform. I read strategies, etc.
Ideally, when anyone on any server needs a tank, I want them to say, "Well, I wish Athanatos could tank for us." That's not realistic, so I have to settle for on raid night when my guild raids, I want to think that if I'm not there they have a very hard time finding someone as good as I am.
Aug 11th 2011 1:33PM OMG! This is easy to explain:
Void Storage: put in anything that you want to be able to switch your armor to. For example, put in your old T6 set. Now you can change your gear to T6 at any time.
Trans...whatever: Will change your armor to anything that's inside the void storage.
Aug 4th 2011 3:22PM How do I upload in HD? Every video on YouTube today is posted in 720 or 1080. I can't figure out how do do this with the Mac recording stuff.
Jul 30th 2011 1:07PM I'm about 90% sure this is exactly what happened. After the latest hotfix or something, I was leveling a brand new Draenei paladin. When I dinged 20-something, I decided to come over to Eastern Kingdoms and do some questing where I was more comfortable. Lo and behold, I had seemingly every flight master unlocked that would be an appropriate level zone.
I think essentially, if somewhere in Azeroth there's a Hero Board with a quest recommending that zone, you'll get the flight points for said zones.
Jul 26th 2011 9:31AM If movies of late are any indication, then the only thing they'd ever consider making is the beginning of Azeroth. Every movie lately is the beginning. Captain America = the beginning. XMen, beginning. Spiderman, beginning... twice! The new TMNT, the beginning again.
It only stands to reason that the movie will show the stuff from the first war and how the orcs came to Azeroth.
Jun 10th 2011 12:55PM Question for the Queue:
With the SOE debacle behind us, I think many of us have seen that even major tech corporations aren't immune from the hackers. Reports are saying that hacking is up drastically & now even Google is being seriously targeted.
What would a hacker mean for Blizzard? Would we lose all of our credit information? Would all of our characters be deleted? Would an authenticator save us?