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Ready Check: Casual meets hardcore {WoW}

May 16th 2009 4:41PM Why do you assume your mother even wants to raid? If anything, the biggest "ignorance" is your assumption that she plays the game for the same reasons you do.

WoW is like a deck of cards, a set of tools that allows many different types of fun. Do you assume that someone who enjoys bridge refuses to play poker out of "ignorance and incompetence?"

Ready Check: Casual meets hardcore {WoW}

May 16th 2009 4:14PM I think you attribute too much of your mother's shortcomings to Questhelper. More likely, like me and my wife, she simply doesn't enjoy playing the game under pressure.

Raiding, even with guildies, entails that failure will cause inconvenience to others. The fear of failure, and the embarrassment of being "corrected" by a surly kid 20 years your junior, is a powerful disincentive.

I play the game for me, not for others. The minute I have to worry about them, it becomes a job instead of a game.

Ron Paul's World of Warcraft rally {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2008 3:31PM Are you sure you'd gank them? Are you sure you wouldn't just 9/11 the 9/11's, and then 9/11?

Separating the players from their classes {WoW}

Dec 5th 2007 1:49PM I didn't say that DPS wasn't needed. But the fact is, not only are there 3-4 hunters competing for every slot, there's rogues, warlocks, mages, and every other class, including the dps specs of traditional tanking and healing classes. In other words, it's not like the role is hard to fill. Thus my claim that they're superfluous. Yeah, the freezing trap is great CC, awesome CC. But half the hunters I team with don't know how to use it, because it's not necessary in their soloing the way sheeping is to a mage.

As for the "hunters are essential in raids" argument - a) so is every other class and b) I know it's not popular to say this but RAIDING IS NOT THE ONLY THING IN THIS GAME. I'm sure they're amazing in raids, but raiders are theoretically the "best of the best" at PvE anyway, so it's disingenuous to act like the chain-trapping badass of the endgame outnumbers the feign-death-drop- aggro-on-the-healer moron at every point up to that.

There are morons of every class, including tons of priests (I know, because my warrior has grouped with them). But there's waaaay more hunters than anyone else, so yeah, I'm a little suspicious of them.

My solution isn't to eliminate hunters. Mine is to completely rebuild the survival tree to make it a tanking spec, if not for raids, then at least for heroics. (dunno how exactly, but a 51-point talent to wear plate would be a start, plus something to buff HP and armor when the pet isn't out). Tank shortage and hunter overpopulation solved in one blow.

Separating the players from their classes {WoW}

Dec 5th 2007 12:54PM I hate hunters. Ever since my first-ever instance run, with some hunter yelling "heal pet" every 3 seconds at me, I've hated them. I've leveled 2 of them to 40, pretty much with my eyes closed, and I still have next to no respect for them.

I've heard people say "Hunters are easy to play, but hard to play well." But the fact is, even if it is true, it's a pointless statement, since EVERY class is hard to play well.

Are there good hunters? Yes. Undoubtedly yes. But I still dislike them, because every one playing them is someone NOT playing a healer or a tank. If you're that good at being a hunter, then you've got enough skill to be a warrior, druid, pally, shammy or priest.

I was in a great Ramps group once, with 3 hunters, a warrior and my priest. I expected the worst, but it was a cakewalk with 3 people who knew how to lay down freezing traps. It was almost enough to make me reconsider...

Then, the next time I was there, with a different hunter, I read "HEAL PET" in my chat screen while a Fel Orc beats me to death for the second time (on the third pull of the instance).

Bad hunters, please stop. And good hunters, reroll and use your amazing skillz to fund something besides superfluous dps.

The Light and How to Swing It: Heal me! for dummies {WoW}

Dec 4th 2007 10:16PM "you don't really need to be a healing spec to heal regular, non-heroic, non-raid instances"

QFT

I'm not even a pally, but this can't be stated enough. My shadowpriest has main-healed every 5-man through Blood Furnace with zero points in holy, usually with an arms or fury warrior (or ret pally) tanking. I'm sure it'll change at some point, but at the moment a modicum of skill seems to be a fine substitute for 50-some-odd talent points.

Before 70, waiting around for a non-dps specced healer or tank of any class is ridiculous. Just make sure the person is fine doing the role you need them to do, and get on with the instance already.

A formal pronouncement of (ingame) marriage {WoW}

Nov 29th 2007 8:08PM Mankrik's wife unavailable for comment.

Starting a guild from scratch {WoW}

Nov 28th 2007 8:26AM If my experience in trade chat is any indication:

Apparently, you have to inform people that you're "helpful" and "fun." Make sure to note that you're "new, but growing" and that you're going to "have events, pvp and raid when you have enough people"

Don't forget to tell people you have a tabard!

Do BG's need diminishing returns? {WoW}

Nov 26th 2007 11:40AM @1

Honor farming in WSG still happens. (in my battlegroup, the twink guilds Crazy Eighty Eights and AK Forty Seven are the probably the biggest offenders).

If there's one thing that sucks more than being pwned over and over again by an enemy premade with no intention of capping the flag, it's being held hostage by your own team when you only need 3 more marks, forced to wait out a deserter debuff or wait 1-3 hours until the kids get bored.

If they'd put some sort of time limit on WSG games, so that they'd actually end, I'd be all about it. It's not like diminishing returns is stopping it as it is.

(45 minutes, high score wins, ties get 2 marks, 0-0 ties get 1 each)

Breakfast Topic: Why be a tank? {WoW}

Nov 26th 2007 9:36AM Because I love to laugh at the Hunters in the trade channel spamming "LF2M, need healer and tank." Really? You managed to find three dpsers looking for a group? Good job there champ.

My main is a healer, but my primary alt is a tank (level 33 so far). The fact is, healing and tanking are the two most important roles in the group, and the ones that can call the shots. When I'm in one of those positions, I know it's filled by someone I can trust (not that I'm the best ever, but at least I know my health isn't in the hands of some 13-year old who's mom is yelling at him to take out the trash).

Very few groups are going anywhere until they've got those two roles covered. When I'm one of them, it's one less thing I need to worry about. Usually, I just send tells to priests/warriors, depending on what I'm playing, and line up a complement for my class. Then I broadcast "Healer and Tank LFM" in general chat and watch as I get 10 tells in under a minute.

Tanking is hard, so why do I do it? Because when I say "I'm at the meeting stone. If someone isn't here to help me summon in 5 minutes, I'm leaving,' people listen.