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The Light and How to Swing It: A look at the Mists talent calculator update for tanks {WoW}

Feb 17th 2012 10:43PM I'm trying to get enthusiastic. I really am trying to get excited.

But I've always felt that Bliz had two choice when it came to tank rotations and fight mechanics: simple rotation and complex fight (eg adds to pick up, or tank swapping, or lots of movement, etc) or the other choice ... complex rotation and simple fight. Let's face it - not everyone is a great tank. Plenty of us are just good to OK (I include myself in this group, but I flatter myself that I'm more on the good side rather than just OK :D ) and trying to manage a complex roation and a complex fight simulatenously will tend to result in lots of mistakes.

My personal preference will always be a simple rotation to manage while negotiating my way through a complex fight. I really do worry that a complex rotation will result in Blizz bringing back tank-and-spank fights where you pull the boss, turn his/her back to the raid, and everyone stands there running their rotations until it's time to loot.

I know it's too early to draw any such conclusions but the alternative scares me more ... trying to juggle a complex rotation where a mistep can cause a wipe, whilst running all over the room to pick up adds whilst avoiding the fire/void zone/other nasty mechanic.

I'm probably just being paranoid ... but that would definately be too much of a good thing for my taste.

Can I resell Blizzard promotional ampm cups? {WoW}

Feb 10th 2012 6:53PM People are actually now so gunshy that they are now afraid to sell their property (because once they've bought it the cup IS their property) without seeking some sort of legal advice first?

The IP/Copyright crowd refer to people who violate their IP/Copyright as pirates. How ironic that I'm starting to think of the IP/Copyright crowd as organised crime. I'm not belittling the people who've suffered from the predations of 'real' organised crime ... but as the deep pockets of business push harder and harder to buy more and more restrictive laws, and normal people grow to increasingly fear the possibility of legal attack with out of proportion punative results?

Two different types of non-government organisations which both, ultimately, seek to get what they want though fear? They sound very very similar to me.

Shifting Perspectives: Tanks, bribes, and player behavior {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 6:17PM A good point. and one which sparks a "that reminds me"

I leveled two toons when Cata went live: a Warrior tank and my main, a Paladin tank.

My Paladin is a Blacksmith (both are miners) so I was able to level my smithing fairly quickly. But I was more than a little put out to discover that I while I could craft DPS plate quite early on ... I couldn't make any tank gear of the same ilevel.

So as a tank I had no choice but to enter my first Cata 5 man (a guild run) significantly less geared than my guildies who were wearing crafted gear.

After numerous normal runs with the (to be expected) crappy drops my guildies were all desperate to run Heroics ... so I started LFDing normals to grind JP and faction rep to speed my gearing up.

In other words I had to run the 5 man normals much more often than my DPS mates to end up at the same place they were.

Eventually we got to the point where we started doing heroics - but by that time I was well and truly sick of the content.

At the same time our guild imploded (due to unrelated issues) and after things had settled down I'd discovered a complete lack of interest in the PvE content. So now I'm doing BGs where I can gear as quickly (or slowly) as anyone else and not be penalised by Blizard because I choose to play Prot.

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