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Drama Mamas: The case of the PvE wife and PvP husband {WoW}

Feb 29th 2012 5:36AM One thing you might try if you know a PvPer who might be a good fit for an arena partner for your hubby would be to do some 3v3s and then just be sure to suck a bit. Then once hubby gets to know the partner a bit in a safe environment he might try 2v2ing with the good PvP er and they'll quickly find that its more fun winning with their new friend than pressuring you into something you don't enjoy.

Heart of the Aspects video and giveaway {WoW}

Feb 15th 2012 10:34AM But it's a virtual item, so why are us non-Americans being excluded? It's bad enough on most things, but at least I can understand the issues that might be involved in international shipping.

Also, what does it look like on the ground? It looked like it does that annoying nether ray flying on the ground thing.

Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 10:16AM I've heard a lot of words used in a derogatory way, and many benignly (fag - cig, gay - self description) but I have never heard Faggot being used benignly or Homosexual / transsexual being used abusively. Homo sure, but homosexual? Unless someone is trying to be ironically well spoken... and never transsexual. Generally speaking bigots tend to keep it simple, after all you don't want to break the flow of your tirade to look up the spelling.

Breakfast Topic: Would you vote-kick that NPC from your party? {WoW}

Jan 17th 2012 11:00AM Slow a$$ Thrall needs kicking, and not only does he always want to stop he insists on DPSing the ranger so that it jumps back and rather than learning his lesson and following a kill order he chases it halfway around the instance.

The Light and How to Swing It: The importance of optimal play {WoW}

Jan 8th 2012 5:15AM When you copy paste from Notepad, just turn the Word Wrap off before you do it and you'll get rid of those extra carriage returns.

Rule of Law - I may be mistaken but I was under the impression that the spread portion of HotR cannot crit. And WoG is something that I very rarely use outside of PvP hence the rest of the stuff about WoG. Rule of Law was the least threat producing talent (according to Theck's Matlab calcs) that I could lose a point from that wasn't required for a tier transition, so I went 2/3 rather than 3/3.

On the Mana issue. I won't argue with your maths except to say that in an AoE trash situation (which is what I am talking about) Judgement tends to slip down the list behind AS and AW as they both offer immediate benefits of silence / stuns and Consecrate is also very useful at this point. I am sure someone will now want to show me a perfect rotation that fulfils the criteria and still has a minimal impact but the fact of the matter is that in on occasion - not in Raid bosses but while questing or dungeoning or such I have gone out of mana on trash packs as I haven't gotten enough judgements in.

One thing I have never come across is DPS complaining that they are hitting up against a threat barrier. I occasionally have issues grabbing threat off another tank, but I have been on the other side as well where my co-tank can't get threat off me if I go all out optimizing my rotation while sitting of full stacks of Vengeance. And indeed on the start of Ultraxion I'll often race my co-tank for a bit just for s#1ts and giggles and even with him get misdirects if I land a string of good shots I can pull off him after his taunt wears off. My point is that single target threat is NOT an issue for boss tanking, so min-maxing output at the expense of something that may be an issue for a specific tank is LESS optimal than spec'ing to how you play. And yes although my raid team is not terribly progressed at 5/8 normal, I have run dungeons with Dragonwrath holders and I will occasionally lose a mob that needs taunting back, but never a boss.

The Light and How to Swing It: The importance of optimal play {WoW}

Jan 7th 2012 5:34AM Well first off I understand what you're getting at and I agree with the gist of it, BUT I maintain the right to disagree with your talent choices and I would appreciate not being told that I'm now a suboptimal tank.

Yes I have hallowed ground. Yes I am aware that those points could be better spent elsewhere if I wanted maximum single target DPS, but why do I want that? My single target DPS is more than enough as it is and I choose (after weighing the pros and cons) to not go OOM on trash packs when I am judicious with my applications of consecration. And do you know what survival talent I give up to go 2/2 into hallowed ground? One point in rule of law. So I have chosen to sacrifice a bit of single target crit (never a problem) in favour of some AoE mana (often an issue) . The only talents that are grey in the protection tree are HoJ (I have that in my PvP build) and WoG which is some free DPS after a recovery or a 10% increase to a spell I can rarely use.

One more thing in defense of consecrate. It is a fire and forget AoE DoT which means you can continue to tick some threat on even a single target while you're running off to do something else. Yes it is by no means a massive amount of damage, butt with a 500% threat multiplier any damage is reasonable threat and it can save you losing a mob that's not getting your full attention from getting healer aggro.

Just because an ability doesn't top a damage simulation doesn't mean we don't have a use for it, we're not DPS after all.

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