Nov 5th 2011 10:20PM I always felt that the first logical step towards implementing a raid finder was to bring the in game voice chat up to par with the sound quality provided by vent and mumble servers. The most important tool I could think of for any prospective raid lead thrown into a pug full of 24 strangers would be the ability to communicate quickly to all those in the raid. Most people are spoiled by the quality that paid servers provide and hate to use the in game voice chat by comparison, and for good reason.
An upgraded sound codec, coupled with a restriction where only the raid lead and those with /assist could broadcast, would have pushed the raid finder from good to perfect.
Having to type out instructions to strangers with little patience and a pug mentality must be a nightmare. This is something Blizzard has overlooked that could have gone a long way towards the success of the new feature. I'm sure the raid finder will work just fine without it, but better voice chat could have made things less frustrating.
Nov 5th 2011 2:24AM If I still had an active account, I would try to post this on the official suggestion forums and get the Wow Insider community behind this idea.
Oct 25th 2011 1:08PM It's inevitable that some references to this twitter exchange will wind up in game some day.
Oct 22nd 2011 2:25AM The devs claim there will be no cookie cutter talents anymore, but I just don't see it. As soon as the top players in the world figure out which talent combos are the most successful for each encounter, those combos become the new cookie cutter specs.
If everyone agrees that using utility talent A on Big Bad Boss #3 is the only way for your class to handle phase 2, then there goes your perception of choice. Use it or leave, please. Same deal with PvP. Certain talents will always offer a slight advantage over the others, and thus will be 'mandatory', even if the advantage is negligible.
It is my humble opinion that this is not Blizzard's best decision.
Jul 15th 2011 11:55AM Q for the Q: As a fellow Brooklynite, I'm curious to know what Matt's favorite Brooklyn pizzeria might be.
Jul 15th 2011 11:52AM Question for the queue: As a fellow Brooklynite, what's Matt's opinion on the best pizzeria in Brooklyn?
Jul 14th 2011 1:19AM I notice a lot of new prot pallys also ignore Divine Plea. Being able to get off a Shield of the Righteous or an Inquisition right away does wonders for your initial snap aggro.
Casting Divine Plea as you run in, popping your wings, and opening up with your top priority ability is pure win.
Jul 10th 2011 2:31AM If this finely crafted article isn't enough to get you past the lvl 20 hump, then I present to you the following youtube video on how to properly play a mage:
Screaming at the top of your lungs with each ability you use will easily increase your damage by a good 10-25% depending on how loud you are.
Jul 5th 2011 2:35PM I also agree that the market is not 'broken'. Simply in its infancy. The current patch is only a week old. It's a bit early to declare that things simply aren't working.
In Fox's defense, him and Basil do need to come up with a compelling topic for the column each week. I'd imagine any publication needs to stretch reality a bit when there just isn't anything newsworthy to report on. Every media outlet practices this, and is simply a part of a news-hungry customer base that has grown used to getting up to the minute information.
Keep in mind that it has also become a bit more difficult to provide the amount of compelling wow-related news that WoW Insider was able to provide during the Lich King expansion for one reason: Ghostcrawlers' silence. In Wrath, he provided insight into character and raid balancing on an almost daily basis. It supplied Wow Insider with a steady stream of topics to cover, and a few comments from Ghostcrawler was enough to provide a healthy does of analysis and speculation to each columnist here for a good couple of weeks.
I myself used to read WoW Insider almost every day during Wrath for the above mentioned reason. Now, I can easily go for 3-4 days at a time without feeling compelled to do so. It has nothing to do with the quality of the articles published. The guys here still provide a top notch blog. It's more of a content problem, and not the sort that anyone can do anything about.
Jul 1st 2011 9:56PM @Musedmoose-
Except Blizzard was aware this sort of behavior was possible. According to mmo, this 'sort of behavior has happened in the past' (paraphrasing). I've looked up and found blue posts from archived blue trackers as far back as 2009 confirming that faction changing resets raid IDs.
The only difference here is that someone did it in the first week content was available on a guild-wide scale.