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Officers' Quarters: Overruled {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2009 2:21PM Start recruiting. If people ask why, tell them. I mean be blunt "You guys aren't signing up and the raids are getting sloppy - we need to think about what happens if stuff IRL comes up, ppl quit the game, etc. and right now we don't have enough raiders to have any cushion." If they don't like it, they can leave. If they get off their butts and signup, great.

Breakfast Topic: Has the upcoming release of Wrath changed how you play? {WoW}

Nov 9th 2008 2:27PM The cool kids need to pull their heads out then. 3.03 buffed spriest dps quite a bit (MF ticks for over 800 now with 1200 dmg). No, raids won't stack several of us for infinite mana, but we're credible dps and have OK utility.

People who try to min/max are missing the point of the 3.0 changes which is that you can bring pretty much anyone and do well vs having to stack classes in order to beat encounters.

An end to Hallow's End {WoW}

Nov 2nd 2008 4:24PM When you say mount are you talking the broom? Or the horse mount he drops?

The future of Activision Blizzard {WoW}

Dec 3rd 2007 7:13PM The interesting thing is that this isn't a merger - Vivendi bought Activision and owns 52% of the company. Yet Activision's CEO is in charge of the company. Hmm...

"Welfare epics" {WoW}

Nov 30th 2007 2:06AM Not afraid of anything. Not crying either. Simply pointing out that the weapons ARE welfare epics. There's really little disputing that. They are stupidly easy to get, are equal to the best weapons in the game and *are just as useful in PvE as PvP*. The armor *isn't* so I'm not talking about that...

And yeah, I noticed S3 is here... in fact, S3 in some ways made the situation worse in that people have to /dance less with the S2 price drop.

I do play for fun... the problem is that this DOES affect enjoyment and fun. Imagine that you like raiding... taking down a boss with 9 or 24 other people is fun for you. Gear is good because, as you gear up, your toon becomes more able to take on challenges that it couldn't with lesser gear. A simple example of this are the enrage timers on various bosses - if your DPS can't reduce the bosses hitpoints to zero before the enrage, the raid fails. Better gear helps you do this, right? As a reward, you sometimes get new weapons that let you put out more damage. They're sought after and, if you're a damage class, big upgrades in weapons are very, very significant to you.

So you kill a boss... Say Solarian in The Eye, a T5 level raid. To get here you've raided Kara, Gruul, SSC... not jsut once, but many times. People have gotten better, they've gotten gear that helps them. You're a dagger rogue... Solarian dies! Heartrazor drops!! It's a great dagger... 96.4 dps, great stats! a HUGE upgrade for you... you'll be able to be even better in raids and might make the difference in some close fights that your raid has struggled with!! Oh... hold it... the thing I got by /dancing for a few hours is better. This kills some of the fun - it's FUN to achieve a goal and get, well, treasure. All that work, all that strategizing and playing... and you're about to turn one of the best daggers in the game into a Void Crystal because you can /dance for 6 hours and get something better. That's a letdown, no matter how much you enjoyed the encounter and it's silly that the 2 weapons are even comparable.

The solution to this is and was obvious... equalize all weapons and armor when you zone into an Arena or a BG. Gear goes out the window, and it's all down to how good you are. Of course, that would make it pointless to BG or Arena for gear... but we're not doing that anyway are we? It's all about the fun.... :)

"Welfare epics" {WoW}

Nov 30th 2007 1:01AM The OP in the linked thread missed the obvious point that both 3 and 5 got here... that the problem with Arena is the weapons. The OP on the WoW forums is looking at it from a PvP point of view, ignoring the PvE implications of the weapons.

Pre 2.3 the rogue sword itemization SUCKED. After the Aldor reward, there really isn't anything that's a significant upgrade until the 4th boss in SSC (Yes Kazzak has Hope Ender and Blinkstrike is out there... but they're not significant upgrades from Vindicator's Brand. Neither is Spiteblade).

Or you can get a very good upgrade for 18k honor. The S1 MH sword is just as useful in PvE as in PvP. It's 91dps... a huge upgrade for little effort. If the weapon changed outside of BGs and Arenas, that would be cool.. but it doesn't. It has the same DPS in a PvE environment. Heck, it's not far off Heartless, the MH out of ZA.

It's THIS that people complain about, not so much the armor. I'll have the S2 MH next week. Combined with the OH, I'll have swords that I won't replace short of BT...for playing an hour or so a week on a sucky Arena team. Total time invested? Maybe 15 hours. Costs? none... there's no durability lost. Skill required? None, really. We tried a bit, but none of us CARE about ratings so we just played and if we won 2 or 3 of our ten games... cool. Hell, I've played against teams that walk in and /dance... they still get 250-300 points every week. For doing THAT they can get a BT level OH in 4-6 weeks and a BT level MH in maybe 10-12 weeks. For DANCING... so yes, Arena weapons are welfare epics.

Encrypted Text: Enchanting your gear, part 2 {WoW}

Nov 29th 2007 2:49PM As with part 1, this is a good guide. One thing to note is that the mats required to cut the gems are usually just the uncut gem (e.g. Noble Topaz to be cut into Wicked Noble Topaz). So, check the AH prices on the uncut versions if your guild has JCs that can cut the gem you want. At least on my server the price difference isn't huge... 5-10g... so it's no big deal if you're talking about one gem... but if you're replacing green gems with blue or regemming en masse... it adds up.

Encrypted Text: Enchanting your gear, part 2 {WoW}

Nov 29th 2007 2:43PM Pay attention. This is the ROGUE CLASS column. You fail.

New Arena vendors in place and selling their wares {WoW}

Nov 27th 2007 4:09PM The vendor in Nagrand ONLY has S3 gear... no S2 gear. That's still in Area 52 (I didn't check the BEM vendor). Silly if you ask me... but they didn't. :)

Hiding from justice {WoW}

Nov 25th 2007 4:08PM Um, to quote from the FAQ on paid name changes:

"What about my guild and my friends?

Your character will remain in your guild, and you will remain on all friends lists for people who had added you. The only difference is that you will have a new name, so you should let your friends and guildmates know it's you.

Can people use this feature to get off my ignore list?

No. Characters whose names are changed will remain on your ignore list, but their names will be updated automatically."

So this person wasn't on ANYONE'S friends list? Hmm...