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Jul 27th 2011 7:05PM As affliction Gnosis is sooo much better than Quartz, because Quartz doesn't update the ticks when you take damage so unless you can execute the execute phase absolutely perfectly every single time Quartz will leave you guessing.
May 2nd 2011 7:00PM Great article, and I have to say I was all too happy to jump on the affliction bandwagon. Except in my case it's really jumping OFF the destruction bandwagon and back to my spec of choice now that it is able to do competitive dps without me having to be a godly player. I've noticed that I do around the same dps as I did in destro during raids, although I have only used it on 2 bosses (Atramedes and Chimaeoron, and I know Chimaeron is very well suited to affliction) because unfortunately, my guild raids tues/weds/thurs and I didn't want my guild to have to pay for me learning (re-learning) a spec on the fly while we are trying to make progress.
One thing I haven't seen anyone mention (and perhaps I am just misinterpreting a string of bad luck but I don't think that's the case) is how the new dungeon finder policy of matching dissimilar armor types in dungeon groups is affecting us. I have done 8 full runs of ZA and 5 full runs of ZG since 4.1 went live, with a few more of each that I had to drop for one reason or another, and I have only been paired with 1 mage, no shadow priests and 2 healing priests but they were both disc. My point is that we seem to have had our juicy options for DI severely reduced in random dungeon finder groups, as I'm usually forced to choose between a pally/shammy healer or a mm hunter. I want to know if anyone else is having the same results as I am or if I'm just misinterpreting what I've seen. It hasn't had a huge impact as I can still do great dps without the DoT buff, especially since stuff usually dies too quickly for me to get a full stack anyways.
All I can say is that when it really matters, Raiding, I am lucky enough to run week to week with a shadow priest so 8% haste buff and near constant uptime on DI is mine, all mine :D
Apr 26th 2011 11:55PM @thebitterfig This. Exactly this. While the damage from immolate is a big part of destro damage the real benefit of having immolate is what it enables, without it there is no conflagrate and therefore we get a neutered incinerate with -%20 damage and a much increased cast time. When you think about all the consequences it's pretty amazing how much one dispel can ruin a destro lock
Apr 22nd 2011 4:54PM meh, I used to play only humans because I hated the way that armor looked on almost any other race. I want to see my boots, not hooves, I hate the hunched over look and I can't stand the jumping animations of belves or the way the males (which is what I always play) have their arms bent at unnatural angles when standing still. Or the way they look like a fatty sucking in huge breaths after a marathon while they're standing still. Did I mention I hate playing belves? I think I did. Just in case I didn't, I hate playing belves.
Apr 22nd 2011 4:44PM "This definition surprised me because of how honest it is and, at the same time, how impressive it is."
I had this exact same thought after reading their definition of subscriber numbers. I had always believed and frankly expected Blizzard to pad their dp... uh, I mean, Subscription meter (see what I did there :D) but it was both surprisingly honest that they would be that forthright and amazingly impressive because everyone knows many people who have quit playing or are at least taking a hiatus, so you have to wonder how astronomical the number of people who have subscribed at one point in time is.
Apr 19th 2011 4:24PM I agree with you, it's not so much the fact that you see a warrior with a two handed weapon and think "That character is spec'd Arms" it's more along the lines of "That character isn't spec'd Fury"
Apr 19th 2011 4:18PM I love small crits, the big ones can be gross especially when you can see all the veins and they get all saggy
Apr 19th 2011 4:12PM edit* logged in to the Blizzard site from my mom's personal computer*
Apr 19th 2011 4:11PM Twice, one time when I was on vacation and I logged into my account on the Blizzard site to make sure I canceled my sub for the time I was going to be gone, two days later I get an (authentic) email from Blizzard saying my account is being investigated for conduct violating the EULA. So after all the times I got in trouble as a kid for looking at porn and "making all our confidential data right out in the open for the haxorz" turns out my mom has been the cause of the trouble all along >.<
Also, recently, I tried to log in after about a day and kept getting kicked off the server immediately so I went on my account page, changed my password, logged in and found some generous hacker had raised my Mining skill from 24 to 425 :D
Apr 15th 2011 6:59PM @Stella
I actually like having the choice of whether or not I use RF while soloing. It's not a big deal, and maybe a little selfish, but when I'm doing my dailies in a close place with a lot of other people (basically anything in TB) I don't want to take damage for other people, since they're getting the credit for the kill I don't want to run around with a bunch of other people's aggro'd mobs on me, especially if I'm done and ready to mount up and go turn it in. More often than not people see that they tagged the mob, they will get credit for it, see I have aggro on it and leave it for me to deal with and loot it on their run back out. Sure I could just be more careful with my AoE but that makes me lose more of my (already low) dps.