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

Apr 4th 2012 6:16PM I for one am glad they're making the Shadow Orbs and Apparitions less RNG dependent, should help with the whole rotation. Anyone who plays/has played the Cata SPriest knows the agony of stacking all three DoTs and then Mind Flaying again and again hoping to get that 3 Orb Mind Blast and/or some apparitions, each time not getting them. It's like rolling a dice and getting a 1 every time. And it seemed to happen far, far more often than it should.

Does anyone in beta have any info on how Void Tendrils works? Do the tendrils have a fixed percentage of the Priest's health? Ideally it should take at least a few seconds to kill them off under normal circumstances, to keep it in the same league as the other two control talent options...I'm really hoping they aren't like totems (die in one hit).

And what about Spectral Guise (Level 87 ability)? How exactly does that work? Does your true form still take damage from the direct attacks? Do you poof back into your body when it expires? If so, meh...although it would be great if it was like Mage Invisibility only you remain in combat.

Breakfast Topic: Do you like PvP? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 2:26PM I am personally not a fan of PvP and haven't been for quite some time. Reasons are basically:

1. I've lacked the commitment to really grinding for PvP gear the same way as you do with PvE gear. Since PvE is my primary interest, PvP just doesn't feel as important, and interferes with getting PvE gear (having to grind two different sets)

2. I've never really been a very good "sport" when it comes to MMORPG PvP for some reason. I get frustrated when I get "roflstomped", and I'm very much inclined to complain about a certain class being "OP" or "UP" depending on what class it is. Ironically, I am NOT this way in dungeons about DPS or bosses.

3. PvP on PvP servers breeds griefing...ever heard of corpse camping and ganking?

4. Finally, surely I cannot be the only person who, lorewise, kinda feels the way Jaina does about the whole Alliance-Horde war? There are a number of classes and characters who are peacemakers by nature and/or are just more on their own side than their faction's who are still very much committed to fighting the main enemies of Azeroth, and these people are looked down upon/forced into the political war against their will because of a number of bullheaded Warrior-type leaders who would rather die "honorably" fighting for their faction.

I mean, unlike in SWTOR for example, the Republic & Sith's philosophies and methods are very opposite (so them warring upon each other makes sense), the Alliance-Horde war really seems to be fought 90% out of hubris (although this might be changing in MoP as Varian mellows out while Garrosh succumbs to bloodlust).

Breakfast Topic: What are you just not that excited about in Mists? {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 1:04PM I have to agree with everyone who says Challenge Modes. I'm sorry, but I've seen too many Tanks blatantly pull while I'm still manaing up as healer, and too many people blast me for doing "only" 10k DPS, to try out these things. And yes, I hate the "go go go" mentality IRL as well.

Also, just like how some people hated TBC for Outland's feel, the whole Pandaren feel has, from the beginning, kind of repulsed me. While I know that Blizzard insists that the Pandaren are no longer the "joke" race they once were, I still can't help but be kinda skeptical about the "beer" dungeon (I was never a big fan of the Dwarves for that reason). Also, as for the Monk class, "martial arts" classes in MMOs just have never done much for me - it does look like the Monk will be far more engaging to play than the Paladin to which it is similar to, but I still wish Blizzard had made the new class a Ranged/Caster, especially since the DK was also a melee-type.

As more information comes to light though, maybe I will embrace the move, even with my disinterest in the whole theme. Throw in a few more cool abilities in the Talents and make the Farm feature really involved and worthwhile to do (I see the Farms being either really good or really bad, although I AM excited about them), and maybe I and a few others who could give two licks about beer-swilling kung-fu pandas will be inclined to go forth with an open mind.

Breakfast Topic: What's the one thing you can't wait to find out about Mists? {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 1:45PM That my beta invite has arrived. There, I SAID IT.

Seriously though, I can't wait to find out what will be happening with Jaina and how the Tides of War novel will tie into the expansion. Will Jaina take on a more field marshal role in one of the zones on the Alliance side? Will she become a key neutral player who works with both the Alliance & the Horde group looking to assassinate Garrosh? Will she possibly even become corrupted like Fendral Staghelm & Benedictus?

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

Mar 12th 2012 11:30AM My mother plays WoW and she is not into dungeons, let alone being a healer. So no, I can tell you the stereotype is not true.

Breakfast Topic: Which race has the best starting zone? {WoW}

Feb 27th 2012 1:11PM I actually really liked the Dreneai starting zone, it had a lot of beauty to it, and a couple of really cool questlines.

My overall favorite though has to be Elwynn Forest, just because it was the first one I ever played. I have so many memories from that place, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Worst by far for me was Tauren, at least pre-Cata anyway. So...BORING (I don't know if it's gotten any better in the revamp)

Breakfast Topic: What makes players pick their class? {WoW}

Feb 19th 2012 1:45PM My two favorite classes are Druid and Frost Mage. I really like the Druid lore, and the class itself has almost every one of my favorite elements . Boomkin spells are just so beautiful in their way, fighting as a Bear or Cat is a unique melee style, and Resto is a good healer as well, shame Tree form is not permenent anymore.

As for the Mage, I generally prefer casting to direct combat, because I just like having powers and stuff...as Frost, there's just something really satisfying about being able to kill most petty melee mobs before they can even get close enough to hit me.

BTW in the stereotype video I think the Shaman one certainly applies to Boomkin & Resto Druids, namely early on in Cata.

Breakfast Topic: What's the best quest zone in the game? {WoW}

Feb 11th 2012 2:36PM I have to say my overall favorite zone is Hyjal. I am a big Druid fan and it just really feels like such a emotional storyline, saving those animals, fighting the fire elementals, doing the jousting, healing part of the zone, infilirating the cultists, and then facing Ragnaros himself. I'm honestly surprised so many people prefer Vashjir, I thought that it felt a lot more generic and the underwater battling was annoying.

And then the Molten Front dailies...I enjoyed them much more than the Tol Barad dailies. Doing them made me forget that I still had over 200 Marks to go before I could finally get that Flame Hippogryph.

Breakfast Topic: What's the best quest zone in the game? {WoW}

Feb 11th 2012 1:52PM I agree Sylvanas is overrated & has a really psychopathic personality. However, whose to say that Garrosh is actually any better? Remember, he's a ruthless egomanaiac military general who is ordering the Horde to commit genocide on the night elves, killed Cairne in a duel, does not care for anyone but himself and will willingly take the lives of his own followers to ensure his benefit, and unlike Varian in the pre-Twilight Highlands quests, never seems to see your character as anything more than a pawn to be manipulated.

Breakfast Topic: How do you roleplay in WoW? {WoW}

Feb 6th 2012 12:36PM I don't really "roleplay" in the traditional sense, but I do hlike to write . I enjoy making characters that are really more on their own side than their faction's. For example, one of my more detailed characters is my Human Priestess, Sakura, who is dual-specced into Holy and Shadow.

In many ways she is a lot like Jaina personality-wise (although less prone to outward tearfulness). She has always been somewhat shy, and never very athletically gifted or good at hand-to-hand combat...not like Paladins. But she's always excelled at the powers of the mind, and this combined with her natural peaceful beliefs has made her a natural Priest. She is also one of only a handful of priests who is both a skilled Holy Priest and a skilled Shadow Priest.

In fact, one reason she turned to the powers of Shadow is because she was easily taken advantage of and had been badly treated in the past. After all, Light-based Divine magic does not lend itself to dealing damage, and for the most part Light priests rely on Paladins and Warriors to fight in their place. Her belief in the Light masks a sensitive inner self and an intense desire to be valued by other people. On the other hand she can't meet people as equals because to do so would be to admit that she is not unique.

In time Sakura learned to embrace the positive aspects of both the Light and the Shadow, and in many ways she uses both to extend her faith. The Shadow, for instance, allows her to personally take the fight to foes when nesesscary and gives her vast psychic power and insight into the mind. Her primary Holy beliefs, on the other hand, ensure that she remains humble, altruistic & diplomatic, and that she uses the Shadow responsibly as needed for the greater good. Nonetheless, she is aware that Shadow Priests are shunned in human culture, and when fighting alongside others she prefers to be a healer, and only her closest friends know about her mastery of the darkness.

When talking about the Horde, Sakura is careful to direct her anmosity at its military leaders such as Garrosh, not its soldiers. She openly despises the Garrosh administration, who she sees as bullying the Horde into heading back down the path of reckless way & bloodlust that had so corrupted it back in Outland, but rarely does she portray the rest of the Orcs as anything other than misguided. She eagerly helped Thrall & the trolls in Cataclysm in the questlines because she understood the importance of the situations and was able to put aside racial prejudices for the good of Azeroth. She wants to see Garrosh & Varian fall or step down so that the Horde & Alliance will have the opportunity to accept a new path of life & heroism, but like Jaina she is resentful of the neverending & costly war between the two factions.

So basically, Sakura is the kind of character I avoid PvPing with, but I adjust my gameplay in game to fit each character's storyline which I make up. However, I don't go so far as to spend time in game actually putting on proper clothes, actually talking with other roleplayers, etc. So that's how I roleplay.

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