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The Queue: Ask the beta testers {WoW}

Mar 22nd 2012 11:29AM This one is simple. The Cataclysm Beta started June 30th and Release final for play Cataclysm, December 6th. I am unclear as to whether the June 30th date was just the start of Friends and Family or not. I am also unclear as to whether Friends and Family for MoP, started just now, or some time ago.

The Queue: Ask the beta testers {WoW}

Mar 22nd 2012 11:23AM So far, only speculations about my beloved class, Restoration Shaman, have been brought to light. Is there anyone that is testing with specific interest in Resto Shams who can shed some light on things like the Final Tier talents and how viable they are for Restoration, the Synergy changes with our spells and glyphs, most predominantly Water Shield, Riptide, Earth Shield and Healing Stream changes, and overall Shaman "power" in a healing class in comparison to our current "power"? Also, is Conductivity in play and is it as good as it sounds?

Failing all that.... anything that someone can shed about actual Shaman healing abilities in MoP would make me feel a ton, better. and Thanks!

Totem Talk: Restoration shaman buffs and debuffs in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Mar 13th 2012 12:13PM I'm Restoration Shaman and when I first read this change, I have to admit I shed a small tear for the loss.... right after a small *whoop* of elation. I don't like dropping totems, its tedious and mana consuming and detracts from my attention well needed elsewhere. However...
With the current way that the spell haste buff is associated with ONLY Elemental Shaman, Shadow Priests or Boomkin Druids... a serious loss is going to be felt by many of the smaller 10 man groups. I am the GM of a guild that runs 2 full time 10 mans and an alt 10 man, non of which have a single one of these Spec'd classes in them. I will have to adjust all three teams, to get a haste buff. Meaning, someone has to go.
I'm hoping Blizz changes the limited class/spec combinations that provide this buff.

How to fix professions for Mists of Pandaria: An open letter to Blizzard {WoW}

Mar 12th 2012 3:29PM Engineering needing some love is a slightly understated statement, but I get it. There used to be so much good in Engineering, that I guess they had to step it back a little bit, ok that's fine. But after the 359 Tier gear phase, there is nothing beneficial about engineering other than repair bot.... come on. I love this profession it is so much fun to level and then!..... blah. nothing useful for the raider at all, not even casual raiders.

Spice it up a little bit! Give me some reason reason to use it above the standard Alchemy/jewelcrafting expectations of casters.

Totem Talk: A restoration shaman wish list for Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Jan 31st 2012 3:14PM This actually, is a fantastic idea. We are already used to applying one spell to ensure activity of another, I like this idea alot.

Totem Talk: A restoration shaman wish list for Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Jan 31st 2012 3:10PM I actually like where Restoration Shaman are right now, and finally have won my way over to the TC train of thought as of a few weeks ago. Incredibly usefull tool but we won't die without it. It does, however allow us to be competitive as our heals cost more mana, than any other healing spec, on the whole.
It doesn't matter to me if we get a new spell, I like our toolbox right now and utilize every aspect of it. I'm sort of one of those Shaman's that doesn't want to be a HoT machine, or really, have more than the single managable HoT and a couple applied HoT's. 25 man Shaman Healing is very good right now, and 10 man has almost caught up.
Hence, the problem. When MoP releases, are we still going to be in the same balance? I don't think so without TC, so if I had my way (and obviously I won't) I'd like us to be exactly as we are, AND still be competitive in MoP. Not to much to ask eh? :)

Breakfast Topic: Have you ever caused loot drama? {WoW}

Jan 13th 2012 9:40AM Being the GM of our guild, and the Loot Master in our ten man, I'm always looking to make sure that loot drama doesn't occur. Our guys are all the same ones every week with the odd pug here and there. As much as I try, loot drama does indeed rear it's ugly head every once in a while.
We had always had MS/OS/DE for BoP items. BoE items however, were MS only and equip onsite, to ensure that these items weren't just being sold. Our guild was small, had little funds except those contributed by officers and we used the BoE items to sell for guild funds of repairs, gems, enchants, flasks and food. (which we provide free to all our raiders 24/7)
Guild members can purchase current tier items for a flat amount regardless of the item, should they want to purchase it for an alt or whatever. Otherwise, the items are AH'd for current market prices, with the proceeds to the gbank and thus... the raiders. Fair I always thought.
We did have one person, who was a raiders somewhat new to us, who was not so happy. She wanted the item for an alt Offspec. Keep in mind, she had been able to rotate 3 toons through gearing in our raids already, at her request. Keeping to our rule, the item went up for sale for the same standard guildie price, which she didn't have. Another guildie did, and bought it. Fair enough.
She gquit. On the spot, saying that we played favorites. As shocked as I was, it was her choice to leave and really, we didn't want loot orientated people in the raid to cause drama anyway. We prefer people that are there for the team, and for the kill.
This person has gone on to trade chat slam our guild and cause quite a bit of drama for us any time she can. It is only our reputation on the server as being overly fair in loot distribution, that kept us from being destroyed in terms of recruitment. As it is, we have to assure people before they will pug or raid with us, such a commotion she created.

What's the difference between a 32- and 64-bit client? {WoW}

Jan 11th 2012 2:19PM Actually, this may have more to do with your video card, than with the memory, but certainly a 64 bit client with improve things for you.
I bought a new laptop as well, 8gigs of ram as opposed to 4, but i had a mid-high grade mobile adapter put in it. FPS increase from average 30 FPS to 132FPS in Org. It was all in the video for me. just fyi.

What's the difference between a 32- and 64-bit client? {WoW}

Jan 11th 2012 1:39PM The largest difference, is that in a 32-bit operating system using a 32-bit client, the operating system is maxed at 4gb of memory, while your client (WoW) is maxed at 2gb of memory allowable. (Windows does this to ensure that Windows, always has enough to run and your client cant hog all available memory.)

In a 64bit Operating system running a 64-bit Client, if you have more than 4gb of memory, your operating system registers it all. Your client, is also NOT restricted to 2GB, meaning a 16GB memory computer, can use all 16GB.

That's a huge difference, and for memory intensive games like WoW, a huge benefit. authenticator process updated with smarter log-in detection {WoW}

Jun 21st 2011 8:51AM I hope they put in an opt out option. I like my authenticator. I don't mind having to log in every time, it means my kids can't access my account from my computer at home. It means that I wont get hacked with a spoofed address, I like the process just fine.

We've had to many people get hacked and adversely affected afterwards, even lost 2 players entirely, to want anything less than what we have now.

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