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Two Bosses Enter: C'Thun vs. Mother Shahraz {WoW}

Nov 19th 2007 2:48PM I've done C'Thun both at 60 and 70, and it is still one of the most difficult encounters in the game. Lots of guilds have downed Mother Shahraz (mine is at RoS), but fewer have downed C'Thun.

C'Thun wins hands down.

Breakfast topic: Your server's [item] {WoW}

Nov 7th 2007 10:27AM [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker] has been spammed so much in trade chat on Aggramar that a number of people have had their accounts suspended for it, and it continues to happen every. Freaking. Day.

Want to win a 60d gamecard? Caption This! {WoW}

Oct 29th 2007 10:00AM "They said '30 minutes or your pizza is free' but that was 40 years ago!"

Hands off those shoulders, Arena loser {WoW}

Oct 23rd 2007 3:44PM My apologies for the double post there. Had a brown out at the office, and it looked like the network connection dropped too, so I hit post twice.

Admins, please delete #25, thanks.

Hands off those shoulders, Arena loser {WoW}

Oct 23rd 2007 3:34PM @21 "So raiding is work? Who's forcing you to raid?"

So is pvping and doing arena's work? Who's forcing you to pvp?

I fully acknowledge that I raid for both the thrill of the experience and the kill, and to gear up. I also fully acknowledge that I'm 100% with what another Blizz Dev said @ Blizz con re: Gear. "Gear is meant to be upgraded, no kept and coveted." (I paraphrased - can't remember the exact quote, but that was the gist).

I full acknowledge that the leet purplez I pickup from Illidan and Archimonde are just temporary. That's how it is in an MMO. Every few months something comes around and is better, and you replace your old stuff with new stuff.

But.

The gear raiders earn from killing bosses is a reward, and symbol of merit. You could say the same thing about PvP gear, except it's really not. The best folks in Arena's get special prizes - armored netherdrakes, special titles, etc - along with the same gear that everyone else can collect by being just plain terrible.

PvP'ers get their special prizes for all of the hard work they put toward being good, and raiders at the bleeding edge of content get their special prizes and rewards via drops from Tier 6 instances at the moment. Making the most distinctive slot, the shoulders, having a special additional value attached to it is Blizz's way of acknowledging that, and us elitest raiders appreciate it.

And besides all of that, tier 5 shoulders (which match the season 2 set) are a joke to get. Any guild with 25 mediocre raiders can go into TK and kill Void Reaver. Tier 6 shoulders... well, I'd like to see all the folks wearing season 2 shoulders go up against Mother Shahraz.

Hands off those shoulders, Arena loser {WoW}

Oct 23rd 2007 3:34PM @21 "So raiding is work? Who's forcing you to raid?"

So is pvping and doing arena's work? Who's forcing you to pvp?

I fully acknowledge that I raid for both the thrill of the experience and the kill, and to gear up. I also fully acknowledge that I'm 100% with what another Blizz Dev said @ Blizz con re: Gear. "Gear is meant to be upgraded, no kept and coveted." (I paraphrased - can't remember the exact quote, but that was the gist).

I full acknowledge that the leet purplez I pickup from Illidan and Archimonde are just temporary. That's how it is in an MMO. Every few months something comes around and is better, and you replace your old stuff with new stuff.

But.

The gear raiders earn from killing bosses is a reward, and symbol of merit. You could say the same thing about PvP gear, except it's really not. The best folks in Arena's get special prizes - armored netherdrakes, special titles, etc - along with the same gear that everyone else can collect by being just plain terrible.

PvP'ers get their special prizes for all of the hard work they put toward being good, and raiders at the bleeding edge of content get their special prizes and rewards via drops from Tier 6 instances at the moment. Making the most distinctive slot, the shoulders, having a special additional value attached to it is Blizz's way of acknowledging that, and us elitest raiders appreciate it.

And besides all of that, tier 5 shoulders (which match the season 2 set) are a joke to get. Any guild with 25 mediocre raiders can go into TK and kill Void Reaver. Tier 6 shoulders... well, I'd like to see all the folks wearing season 2 shoulders go up against Mother Shahraz.

Hands off those shoulders, Arena loser {WoW}

Oct 23rd 2007 2:40PM I'm one of those "leet" raiding jerks with a guild in Hyjal and BT, and personally I think it's a good thing that Blizz is making us earn the right to get certain pieces.

The term "welfare epics" struck quite a chord with the raiding community when one of Blizzard's own employees said it at Blizzcon 07, and I think that the audience's reaction to that term was a bit of an eye opener to the Blizz Dev's.

I think they saw that people who spend hours a day, 5-7 days a week working on bosses were feeling like they were getting shafted because any idiot with 1/2/4 friends could setup an arena team, do poorly, and (slowly) collect gear that is of the same quality, or in some cases slightly better than that which others had to really work for.

Now, before you start flaming and QQing that I'm an "elitest raiding jerk that's a minority blizz caters to hand and toe" , I'm not saying PvP and Arena's are easy. They aren't. But the truth is that you CAN have terrible Arena teams and collect great gear for it. Skill and gear go together like steak and potatoes, but the fact remains that it's a bit unbalanced in terms of overall effort when comparing the effort involved in raiding to get your gear, versus doing 10 games a week and collecting pieces every 3 - 5 weeks (if you're on a poor team). That's not how it works in PvE.

Anyway, go ahead and start flaming. I love a good lambasting from pvptards who say that raiding isn't hard and "Illidan's a pussy - I could totally one-shot him with my pvptard friends."

Rewarding the old timers of WoW {WoW}

Oct 18th 2007 9:43AM Just 'cause you started playing in January 2005 doesn't mean you "know what they're doing and who might not." I've been playing since end of original beta, and a lot of the people I've known since then still can't play their classes worth a damn.

Interesting idea, though. They could add a suffix to our toons names, like "Sergeant Major Mayo, who has paid Blizzard $493.35 since January 2005" ;-)

Retribution gets passive threat reduction! {WoW}

Oct 16th 2007 3:18PM I must admit, I'm surprised. After all the QQing, I guess some ret paladins really took the mature suggestions to heart and presented a valid, logical case to Blizz devs, either via PTR feedback or on the forums.

Impressive.

Retribution Paladins in patch 2.3: buffed or betrayed? {WoW}

Oct 12th 2007 2:49PM I'm a holy paladin who occasionally respec's ret for fun on AV weekends, when I'm tired of healing in BT and Hyjal.

While I've never raided ret, I can understand the hardcore ret pallies wanting threat reduction, and I think in this case, with the changes being made to the ret tree - specifically the fact that Crusader Strike is being reverted back to 6 seconds from 10 - some kind of passive threat reduction in the top tiers of the ret tree would be a good, valid, necessary thing to have if the class is being buffed to be more "raid viable".

That said, I really don't care too much about it. I think overall ret pallies did pretty well in 2.3. If the ret paladin community truly wants to make a case about getting passive threat reduction added, then they need to get organized and start raiding hardcore on the PTR's.

They need to make a mission out of screen capping threat meters and showing how their even faster burst damage generates more aggro than before. If they make a valid case and present enough evidence in a clear and mature way, I suspect Blizz Dev's would be more open to making the change.

Simply posting on the paladin forums in threat after thread and bitching like 12 year old girls isn't going to help it. Prove it, folks. Prove it like mature adults with rational and logical arguments supported by reproducible evidence.