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2012 World of Warcraft Arena Pass coming soon {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 3:03PM I consider myself a mediocre PvP'er, and I have no experience with Arenas. Would this be good way to get started? I like the idea of premades with decent gear, and I like the idea of working through the initial suckitude on a disposable anonymous toon.

2012 World of Warcraft Arena Pass coming soon {WoW}

Apr 4th 2012 2:57PM Criticizing Blizzard is fine, as long as it adds to the discussion. Complaining doesn't move the conversation forward; research, facts, and reasonable suggestions do. If you're referring to the Annual Pass, what promise did they break? Except for a short rumored window at the beginning, the Annual Pass didn't promise you'd have access from day one of the beta. There's a lot of beta left, and I'm sure you'll get your chance.

Also, it's "renege". From Mid-Latin "renegere", to reject or deny something. It's the same root as "renegade", somebody who rejects allegiance to a given person or cause.

The Queue: Why it's not time for a warlock tank {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 1:57PM I don't like the phrase "pure DPS" because it overlooks those classes' crowd control abilities. My priest has Shackle Undead, which works against a single type of mob, and I have a few brief stuns or fears, but I don't have anything as continuously useful as Polymorph or Freezing Trap. CC classes can mitigate a significant amount of damage by controlling the pace of the fight.

5 stupid-awesome uses for a Potion of Illusion {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 2:13PM It's a vendor recipe, trainable at 460. Which means pretty much every Illustrious alchemist will have this, and the capital cities are going to be hilarious tonight.

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 3:41PM True, Kaesth, but how is that any worse than the current system? Right now, if the boss drops another pair of pants like the ones you already have, somebody else Needs it and you get nothing, or you play the Need Everything game and hope for a trade later. Under the new system, you'll at least get a pair of pants you can vendor or disenchant.

Right now, if you lose a roll, oh well, better luck next week. The new token gives you a second roll on a boss of your choosing, and this time you're guaranteed to win something. Even if it's just a flask, that's 100g you won't have to spend. And it's not like the token will be some big loss; from the sound of things, it'll require as much effort as Zen'Vorka's Cache.

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 3:18PM The Valor change at least sounds consistent with what they've said before: Valor is meant to be a consolation prize for when the RNG is mean to you, but it shouldn't replace good ol' dragonslaying. I don't like the change, but I understand it.

However, if the Valor vendor no longer sells gear, won't we have the old problem of spec-specific items clogging the loot table? Relics will probably disappear along with the ranged weapon slot, but as I recall, the Valor vendor was also a major source of rings and cloaks.

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 2:35PM Not likely; this only affects LFR and world bosses. Normal and Heroic teams are still free to distribute loot as they see fit.

Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria looting explained {WoW}

Mar 27th 2012 2:32PM It's already pretty easy to build a last-tier offspec set from crafted epics and Justice gear, and that should be more than sufficient for LFR. Automated offspec loot encourages players to gear up for a role without actually performing that role, and I don't think that's appropriate for almost-current-tier gear.

Blood Pact: Don't sell your soul for a warlock tanking spec quite yet {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 8:35PM Waaaait a minute. A *quest* for green fire? A class-specific quest? I like where this is going.

Breakfast Topic: Has your opinion about the pandaren changed? {WoW}

Mar 26th 2012 1:22PM I still like the concept of the pandaren, though I think the double-food-buff racial is a bit overpowered; it's basically like a third profession bonus. If entire guilds were willing to drop their professions to get access to the Drums of Battle, I wouldn't at all be surprised to see guilds mass-race-changing into Pandaren to get that little extra boost.

I'm less sold on the monk class. What do they offer that druids and paladins don't? What makes them unique? Also, if it's anything like the Death Knight launch, we'll see thousands of monks immediately after launch, only to be abandoned shortly after. Unfortunately, the mediocre tanks and healers among them will be numerous enough to sour public opinion on monks for several months.

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