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Jan 27th 2012 10:39AM I agree to what Apple Cider Mage writes... sure, it is totally understandable regarding the jam-packed schedule and no presentable new products, but still... even though the announcement of, say, the new WOW expansion always was that big moment of suspense and stuff, I love the vibe of Blizzcon.
To me, it never was just about the actual announcements, but also about the atmosphere, the chance to hang out with other players, to meet up and take part in stuff like the panels (which I have watched many times).
So if you ask me, I'd be totally fine with a Blizzcon without that huge announcement (if it was just about that, the whole affair could be over in an hour), but of course, I understand Blizz's reasoning there
Jan 27th 2012 7:03AM "Here's a fun fact. If you are a Pally and have the flag, don't bubble."
Oh, so you were with me the very first time I went into WSG on my pally way back when? Because that's what I did, cuz I didn't know any better. It's been a while, hasn't it? Funny meeting you here =)
Jan 26th 2012 11:51AM Yeah, way to go on actually helping that "newbie" to improve. God forbid, what nerve he has trying to tank when he is new to the game... or god forbid he started playing and isn't an incredible tank right away, right? Because we all were amazing right from the start.
I know it's not your "job" to teach a new player, but instead of laughing about him behind his back, maybe a word of advice would have helped a bit
He prolly will improve his tanking at some point, unless he gets discouraged by helpful comments such as yours, or he will run into other people like that who then keep crying on the forums about how bad people are at this game. Gee, I wonder why.
Once again, it's not your JOB to help him, but if you think he is doing something wrong, instead of calling him a moron, give him some advice. Not everyone knows where to look for helpful guides considering the amount of available material on the web, considering how much tanking rotations/priorities change, and not everyone understands right away that in order to run with pros such as yourself, they need to develop godly skills before daring to queue for a PUG...or be ridiculed.
Actually, at first I thought I ran with you and your buddies before, because it reminded me of a run that I did on a low level pally alt. I have an 85, but wanted to roll another and level him as a tank all the way.
I ended up in, IIRC, Wailing Caverns with two mages from the same guild, who apparently were having their own little epeen-contest, constantly trying to out-DPS and out-ninjapull each other.
Yes, it was good training for me to try to keep aggro on everything they pulled with their frostbolts even though the amount of abilities of a level 17 or so pally tank isn't all that amazing, but was it fun? Not really.
I am sure they had fun complaining about MY tanking while pulling mob-groups across the room while I was busy with the two ones they had pulled previously. Guess that's another story that fits todays breakfast topic.
Jan 26th 2012 11:38AM Freebeatfly,
A /p message or even a macro that sends a msg to the party or raid once you place the well might be handy, but I think most priests try to place it so it's rather easy to see. Sure, if you're a melee behind a huge mob, it might be tough or even impossible to see it, but usually, I place it so everyone sees it, and as you don't have to hug it to use it, it is usually useable by pretty much everyone in the group.
I don't even know why it's so seldomly used... I mean, by now, a lot of people should know that it DOES work and is a nice healing tool... convenient, with quite a range, and even though the gear level has gone up, its heal can actually help a bit.
Maybe it's the bad reputation it has gotten after years of being less powerful/useful?
In raids with my guildies, I remind them before the pull to use it, and by now, some of them will even ask me where I plan to place it, or ask me to place it in a specific spot they can get to, but it took some time to get them to care about it =)
Jan 26th 2012 9:55AM *sigh* my first reply somehow didnt get posted...
I recently rolled a new priest (have one at 85) to level him mainly as an instance healer.
Apart from an unusually high amount of bear druids who apparently enjoyed a) pulling half an instance to b) keep on running with them following, around a corner and so out of sight I could have well been in another instance to c) stop inbetween, giving me almost a chance to cast a heal, only to suddenly run again, outranging or LOSing me to d) complain about my sucky healing when he finally died about 8 miles ahead of me.
But my fave had to be the two guys from the same guild that I ended up with in SFK... a pally tank and a warrior. It became apparent quickly that the warrior was not doing dmg at ALL. None. Neither did he move. Prolly because of the shield (!) he was wearing.
Or maybe he was afk, on follow. Actually, yeah, he was. When we asked the tank, he admitted it, and apparently, they were planning on doing that until abotu level 50 or 60... one of them actively tanks, the other one chills out with his char being on follow.
Apart from them taking quite some dmg from both standing in the fire and the fights taking a tiny bit longer because we were lacking a DPS, the kicker was the amount of "5 second breaks" when we got to the roof-part. That place has so many corners and stuff, its totally easy for the auto-follow to break, so he expected us to wait for his buddy to set his char to follow again.
I dont know why I stuck with it that long, but I eventually told him that it was a pretty sucky thing to do, to kinda leech off of the others. After all, leveling 1-60 these days is already so quick. Both wore heirlooms. Add the RAF bonus and it gets ridiculous, so I have no sympathy for this type of thing. if they wanna do that method while questing, fine, but dont expect a healer to keep his AFK-buddy alive, standing in the fire, or the other group members to wait every time Auto-follow stops working
Jan 26th 2012 6:18AM Thanks so much for your reply!!
Would truly be great to see more articles like this one (Also would like to mention that I enjoyed reading your "druid year in review" articles tremendously...both very true and very amusing, with the humor being right down my alley).
I also love the "looking back at old patch notes" column (Was it the archivist?), which seems to be on a hiatus right now. So basically, I love articles that look back at the old days, or weird or plain awesome stuff that happened in game. If such articles are written in a very entertaining style such as yours...even better! =)
Thanks for the great work!
Jan 25th 2012 8:57AM Awesome article, I enjoyed reading this a lot. It brought back many memories to the Vanilla- and TBC-era (and early Wrath... I remember getting killed by Loken several times).
1. Is the part about "You can still see WoW Insider's first-ever post, published on Nov. 23, 2005. It was immediately declared "the worst thing that ever happened to WoW Insider." by chance a little tribute to MAD magazine?
That kinda joke seems right down their alley, and I remember their "MAD Almanac" from way back when where they wrote the exact same thing... "Blah blah 1954, critics immediately call it the worst issue ever" or something =)
2. Will there be more articles like this one from time to time? I know it's not always easy to put something like this together, but I see the potential for a loose series of articles (not every week), as there sure are more little things like that in WOW-history. Would love if you would write more articles like this one!
Jan 25th 2012 8:52AM Even though the "no news" thing is understandable, it's still saddening to me as I always liked the buzz around Blizzcon, and I enjoyed watching the livestream last year. Will miss doing that this year.
Jan 24th 2012 5:33AM I wanted to point out the same thing, thanks!
What might work would be an overall cooldown on the rep. Say, you get to deposit one item or stack for rep once a day, or at a different interval.
After you did that once per day, you of course can still deposit other stuff, but you wouldnt gain rep until the next day.
If you can't be online every day, make it possible to deposit up to 7 items once per week. Imagine you get... I dunno, 250 rep for it. You can earn up to 1750 guild rep, and you can't just do the deposit-withdraw rinse n repeat thing within 20 min.
Jan 24th 2012 1:32AM This has been downrated, but he is not wrong, really... I have seen book publishing dates change rather quickly, and I am not sure, but I do seem to remember one of the WOW novels' release dates being changed quite a bit as well.
I am sure Blizz has some kind of agreement with the publisher regarding timing the release with their expansion-schedule, but stuff like this can happen anyway, with the publisher changing release dates quite a bit for several of their books, without considering each case like "OH yeah, then there is this one, which is supposed to go with the release of that video game expansion".
So I wouldn't say this is the most reliable indicator.
Two questions come to mind:
1. Did Blizz ever say anything about Wolfheart coming out so late, AFTER Twilight of The Aspects, when it should have come out shortly after Cata, as that is when the story happens (the story is set before the events in TotA, right?)?
2. Did Blizz ever say that the Proudmoore book will be an actual prelude and will be released before MoP comes out? It doesn't have "A Prelude to MoP" in the title. It doesnt have to, of course, but then again, only Cataclysm had a prelude novel (Arthas didn't come out until April 1st, 2009), so why does Tides of War have to come out before the game? Has Blizzard confirmed that it will come out before the game does, that it will be timed to be another prelude, or is it possible that it will come out afterwards, just like TotA came out AFTER 4.2 and Wolfheart came out months after it should have?
So, just like raingod said, I am not sure that the release date really tells us too much about a possible MoP release date