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Ready Check: WoW Insider's guide to Beth'tilac {WoW}

Jul 22nd 2011 2:03PM We found it best if a warlock (or two) runs in ahead of everyone else to throw up Bane of Havoc/Curse of Elements on the boss. Really helps with damage. The locks have to be the first ones in though or she gets out of range immediately.

A parent's guide to World of Warcraft for kids {WoW}

Apr 27th 2011 9:40AM I don't think that sentence implied that parents who think WoW is not appropriate for children are uneducated trolls. I think that second sentence was aimed more at the many adult (and late teen) players who complain that children are on WoW at all "ruining" their game. I'm sure we've all seen it in trade chat: "oh great the kiddies are home" "who let the kids out" and many louder and inappropriate versions of the same.

Breakfast Topic: Have you ever lost your nerve? {WoW}

Apr 12th 2011 12:20PM I recently decided to try tanking, made some gear for my 70 warrior, spec'd her as protection and said "let's go!" The first 5 times the dungeon popped I clicked decline. But finally I just said "what's the worst that can happen?" and went for it. I've never had a group kick me yet. That's not to say I'm amazing at tanking (far from it), but if we had a bad pull I'd apologize and let them know I was still learning. The next run through I'd warn the group the pull might be messy and to give me a few seconds before AOE-facerolling. After the final boss I'd always thank everyone for their patience saying I was still a new tank and I appreciated them sticking with me.

I think being polite really helps - I still have messy pulls (sometimes my fault sometimes the fault of the mage who just has to blizzard everything instantly) but by apologizing or laughing it off everyone in the PUG seems not to mind. Last run I lost aggro on the boss twice and I was still asked if I'd like to run another dungeon with the group.

I know there are asshats out there, but I think people should give PUGs more credit. Just remind the PUG that you (the tank or healer) are human with a quick "Hi! New to this, so bear with me :) " or a "oops! Guess I should watch out for those ranged next time, sorry!" and I think the group will be a lot more forgiving. Besides...half those DPS have to be the 9th alt of some geared 85, they know they're going to pull aggro and are fine with it.

The Queue: This dog {WoW}

Apr 11th 2011 1:23AM Thanks for the replies - hadn't realized it still applied to BC and Vanilla transmutes too. I understand the need for cool-downs on current items, but I really can't see the need to restrict older ones. Oh well, maybe it's just far, far, down on Blizzard's list of things to do.

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