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Spiritual Guidance: First hands-on look at the Mists of Pandaria shadow priest {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 3:40PM Really, really great article. Appreciate the positivity and the (rational) optimism. I still haven't gotten a beta key (worst luck ever) so it's nice to see opinions on the spriest changes.

Going to be weird going back to only two dots again after having having plague around for so long. Deep down it makes me wonder if the devs working on the class even remember why they changed the refresh to SW:P.

I was always drawn to the spriest because I loved this dot class that ate a mob alive while regen-ing health (and mana at the time) for the party. Either the VE change is going to revive that a little or completely kill it. I guess I'll just have to get a feel for it.

I can't believe after the howling over dispersion for Years we STILL get a PVP spell as our 87. I guess they figure the stuff in the talent trees will make up for it- and maybe it does. Even so. Damn. Really thought they were going to spice that up.

I guess all I really want to know is, even with the changes.. are they fun? Is playing a spriest still fun? That's all I really care about. Just want to make sure it doesn't feel too anemic.. that it retains enough of the shadow vibe that it is still engaging and gives you a big rush. I'm cool with change as long as we're still viable and it's still a (mind) blast.

Why is Blizzard still OK with gender inequality in World of Warcraft? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 10:47PM I know that after over 300 comments, there is no way what I'm going to say is even going to be read. But I have to post anyway because I can't help it. This article was just so, so wrong.

I'm a girl and I've been playing WoW for almost six years now. I have NEVER, Not ONCE, EVER been 'victimized' by anyone in game because of my gender. Not. Once. I find it hard to believe that I am just lucky. For the last three years I haven't been in a guild and have exclusively pugged almost all content, so I interact with a LOT of different people on a daily basis. I don't have a significant other in the game who acts as a buffer between strangers and myself. I don't hide my gender, nor do I flaunt it.

What I DO do is be cool and play well. That's it. Just like everyone else in the game. And 99.9% of the time that is exactly how I am treated. Like everyone else. The rare 1% is when I get someone who is especially NICE to me because I'm a girl. A little annoying? Sometimes, but certainly not harassment.

I understand that this article was well intentioned, but coming from a female perspective, it did nothing but make me angry.

Does the Annual Pass guarantee instant beta access? {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2012 1:38PM I agree that it was 'poorly worded marketing'. I'm a 28 year old, fairly successful career woman. I don't think I'm especially gullible. I'm rational. Reasonable. Down to earth. But the phrase 'when it goes live' implies early beta access (although not instant) to me.

Do I understand that they have always done beta invites in waves? Of course. Do I understand why they do it in waves? Yep. Do I understand why they are doing it now? Without a doubt. I'm not going to sit here and argue their course of action.

But I still think it was handled badly from a PR stand point. Am I going to scream and cancel and threaten to call a lawyer because of that? Of course not. I have a life, it's a video game, I would have payed to play WoW until October anyway, and I have dealt with 'poorly worded marketing' many times. I even still feel that there's a window open for early beta access that would honor the marketing pitch.

And if that doesn't happen, well, I'll just shrug it off and not sign up for the next Blizzard promotion. Not a big deal.

I am interested to see if they put up a more detailed Blue post about it, though.

Breakfast Topic: 'Every female WoW player has healed at least once' {WoW}

Mar 12th 2012 1:12PM I'm a chick. I've been playing for years, so of course I've tried everything the game has to offer. I've tried tanking, dps'ing, and healing. I actually have played every class and every spec in the game. It just happens once you've played for this long.

I could never be a dedicated healer because I am way too bloodthirsty for it. I hate sitting around while people are killing things, it drives me nuts. When I heal on my priest, I do best as disc. When I'm on my druid, I'm tree form wrathing every chance I get. My paladin is in melee knocking things out; my shaman is shocking away. You know, never gotten anyone killed in the process (I actually am a good healer regardless of my dps twitch), but it's just how I am.

I know the stereotype- 'girls are healers'. I don't know why I have always been drawn to dps. Maybe I'm too competitive. I have to top meters when I dps. I'm terrible about heal meters, I will have to top those too.. to the point where I'm trying to heal snipe so bad people laugh and tell me to just go back to dps, its not worth it.

Sometimes I've wished I could be that 'heal chick' that I see in groups. She is always so awesome, and I'm jealous that she can dedicate to something that I can't seem to latch on to. But I'm just not. I like to tear stuff up. Can't change it.

Spiritual Guidance: 5 things I want for shadow priests in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Mar 7th 2012 9:19PM "If the end result of Mists of Pandaria pushes shadow priests away from being a DoT spec and toward being a direct damage spec, I'm going to be a sad (shadow) panda. Direct damage just isn't what shadow priests are about; it's not what we all love about the class."

Agree agree agree!! Couldn't have said it better myself!! I'm also worried that they are moving toward the direct damage direction and hope that there is still a chance to retain what we love about the class. If anything, we need more dots, not less.

I also love the 'shadowy cohorts'.. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has always cackled a little bit over shadowfiend. Coolest pet in the game in my opinion. I will proudly donate to the Save the Shadowfiend Foundation.

Also, thumbs up to the positive outlook on staying competitive this expansion. I'm still recovering from my pre-wrath PTSD.

Spiritual Guidance: The Mists of Pandaria and the fate of DoTs {WoW}

Feb 29th 2012 9:49PM I agree with Ilmyrn. When all priests got Dev Plague, I felt weird about casting something that seemed so death knight-y. It was only exacerbated by the fact that DKs could spread Dev Plague around back then (that was aweeesoooooommmee). But it's just a copied and then enhanced spell that used to be the Forsaken priest perk, so that's why of course. It makes perfect sense for a Forsaken spriest to cast it (to me). Even though those racials were useless at worst and imbalanced at best, I still miss them just for the flavor.

Also, concerning the OP, I will be ok if they redesign or get rid of Plague only if they continue to let us have an interesting rotation. As I've said before, I worry that without refreshing SWP or having SWD in our full rotation, it's just not going to be that interesting. I wonder, though, if they might buff up our direct damage so that we rotate more like we do now with our four set.. sometimes spiking and mindblasting and then switching to dotting. While I'm not crazy about it yet (because I'm used to my dots!), I could grow into it. I certainly have in this patch. Although, half the fun is moving while casting Plague so.. hmm...

Breakfast Topic: What do you think about the current Raid Finder loot rules? {WoW}

Feb 24th 2012 9:28AM While this sounds grind-y, I actually would prefer it to the current system we have now. At least this way, you will Eventually get the item you want. I could run LFR for three months straight and never luck into a Kiril drop. But if the VP system allowed it, if I ran it for three months straight, I could eventually BUY Kiril so I didn't feel like I was *never* going to get it. At least this way, there would be a light at the end of the tunnel. Put the stuff at the half step LFR ilevel and call it a day.

In my opinion, when I started playing WoW there was a lot of grind to it like that.. but at least I felt like at some point, with effort, I could Finally get what I wanted. With LFR, you are still grinding but because of the RNG, you really and truly are on a mouse wheel most of the time that isn't going to stop. And that makes people insane.

Breakfast Topic: What do you think about the current Raid Finder loot rules? {WoW}

Feb 24th 2012 9:04AM People need to feel rewarded in LFR. LFR is generally pretty easy. You don't get any special achievements for it. Mounts. Nobody cares that you 'conquered' it. Most people don't feel especially excited or proud of getting it done, especially not this late in the patch.

But for a lot of people, you still put the effort in. You still want the boss to die, so you heal everyone, you try to wrestle the dps meters, you follow all the steps just right on your tank.

And yet.. there isn't anything especially satisfactory about it, even if you really did try. You roll with 11 other people for your vanq token, or your souldrinker, or whatever it is you want, and you lose.. with no hope of the loot ever getting to a saturation point like it does with guild runs or LFD. And you really leave feeling like you wasted your time.

And this makes people get super crazy over loot. They want to feel like they didn't just waste their time, and like every single attempt moving forward isn't going to waste their time. I've seen more selfishness and cruelty over loot in LFR than I have anywhere else in the game- and frankly, its just as much from the people who lose the loot as the ones who blindly need. And even though it's often just as childish as the people they call out, I can understand the frustration. I feel it too.

My fix? Blizz needs to stop making LFR be such a 'downrated' experience. I get why the content has to be easy, but hey.. throw people something extra to make them feel like even if it is easy, there was a point to it. Give us more to buy with VP. Put a mount in there. Have more items drop per boss. Let people run more than once per week. Hell, hook it to PVP gear like the WG/TB bosses (without affecting PVE drop rates) if that will help. Something beyond just saying 'rawr, we're going to become the loot police!!111'. Do something FUN instead.

My overall point: Instead of limiting loot even further, allow more people to get more loot from LFR so they feel like they are progressing. It's already considered loleasymode anyway. Let people feel like they are not wasting their time by opening up more ways to reward them.

Also, the secret to happiness in the current LFR: run with your significant other and just laugh as much as you can.

Spiritual Guidance: The Mists of Pandaria pre-beta shadow priest {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2012 3:49PM A blue commented that the priests were still heavily in development, so dev plague being left out might still be an oversight. I know I will be annoyed if its ends up getting cut, simply because shadow priests don't exactly have a ton of spells to cast as it is, and I enjoy more complex rotations, not less.

Before they allowed all priests to be able to use dev plague, the rotation stayed interesting because you still had to refresh swp and you used SWD on CD (I'm talking BC days here). Now that pain is casted and forgotten about and SWD is actually being used as an execute (I know some use it for mana regen at lower ilevels) I wonder how simplistic the rotation is going to get without at least two dots to watch.

I remember they were talking about working with the orb mechanic more at Blizzcon so maybe there's going to be more going on there and we just don't know it yet, but right now I just feel it's time for me to start the usual spriest pre-expansion nail biting all over again. At least this time, hopefully, there will be enough of us to howl for attention so something gets done. Maybe I should get some polish on these before March rolls around...

I'm still bummed that they are taking away so many healing spells, too. I thought that Mists was supposed to make everyone more hybrid.. y, not less. I don't even know..

Breakfast Topic: What are your WoW pet peeves? {WoW}

Jan 28th 2012 9:14AM 'Requires Anvil'

/raaaaaaaaaaage

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