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The Dragon Soul -- a post-mortem {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 8:00PM To be fair, most of the bosses that call players "whelps" don't have baby dragons show up. It's the same thing. Also, she's a shaman, she could technically turn into Ghost Wolf form. And wolf babies can be called pups. She's calling you a baby.

The Dragon Soul -- a post-mortem {WoW}

Mar 30th 2012 7:58PM As a DPS main this tier, I actually like Ultraxion - both normal and heroic - as a break from the hectic atmosphere of all the other encounters. Plus, being able to use Deterrence to soak Hour of Twilight is pretty cool. On the other hand, normal Spine I absolutely despise. As a DPS, I find it pretty boring because there's a lot of time spent not doing things. I think it's a matter of perspective. (Also, H Hagara on 10m is by far one of the most annoying boss encounters, ever.)

Know Your Lore: 5 must-do Alliance zones to complete before Mists {WoW}

Mar 20th 2012 1:46AM It actually made me sad when I first went through Darkshore on a worgen alt. RIP Laird. :(

Know Your Lore: 5 must-do Horde zones to complete before Mists {WoW}

Mar 11th 2012 7:39PM I would've picked Southern Barrens over Azshara, personally. :x

Two Bosses Enter: Murozond vs. Archbishop Benedictus {WoW}

Feb 13th 2012 5:31PM My vote goes to Murozond. This is purely because he's still Nozdormu, technically, and Nozdormu is hot.

Officers' Quarters: The plight of 25-man raiding guilds {WoW}

Jan 30th 2012 4:58PM @Edymnion

Personally, I don't care whether I raid in a 10- or 25-man environment. I just want to raid.

It's just as easy to get burnt out as a 10-man raid leader (arguably easier) as it is for a 25-man raid leader. Since 25-man raid leading almost necessitates delegation in terms of responsibilities (healing lead, dps leads, etc.), 10-man almost always has the burden fall strictly on the shoulders of the raid leader, or two officers at most.

One of the bigger problems with 10-man raiding is that it would be logistically much more difficult for Blizzard to provide a way to have all buffs necessary present in a 10-man environment. The lack of utility there versus 25-man can mean the difference between a kill and a wipe.

That said, in 25-man, two deaths doesn't mean an automatic wipe. There have been too many times in 10-man where that is the case.

Officers' Quarters: The plight of 25-man raiding guilds {WoW}

Jan 30th 2012 2:27PM Actually, normal anything would be the "more dedicated casuals." 10-man heroic has had its rounds of harder and easier than 25-man. Heroic Chimaeron is one encounter that comes to mind that, mechanically, is easier in 25-man than 10-man. For this tier, no, I don't see any encounters that are strictly more difficult in 10-man. But then, it is not the fault of the raiders that Blizzard did not design them this way in this tier.

That said, "casual" is an extremely loose term, and it does not necessarily apply to what size of raid you're in. I led raids for 3.5 years before I finally got burnt out on doing it. This was between both 10- and 25-man raids, too, so I know what it's like handling the amount of people. On the end of the officers and raid leaders, this is the hard part about 25-mans. On the end of the raiders, I found that - in general - 10-man had a little less slack. This is not even due to tuning - it's a matter of sheer percentage of the raid. One person out of 10 dying is 10% of your raid. One out of 25 is 4% of your raid. It would take *three people* to be equal or greater than one person dying in 10-man. And this is not including any discussion about how to make up for missing buffs (in other words, you better pray your hunter has a bunch of different buff/debuff-capable pets, if you even have a hunter), or encounters where you should ideally 2-heal them in 10-man (see: Cho'gall).

I feel that it's wrong to say, "In order to not be considered casual, you have to run 25-man."

Totem Talk: Resto shaman advice for healing groups, DK tanks, and heroic instances {WoW}

Nov 8th 2011 3:31PM I don't think that link to Lesser Healing Wave is right.... :x

Two Bosses Enter: Announcing the exhibition season {WoW}

Nov 8th 2011 6:07AM Tirion would forget to bubble for 12 minutes. By then, it's over, I'm sure.

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