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5 reasons you should love Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2011 6:48AM Mystery only works if they don't do a massive beta test. The endgame ALWAYS leaks out. As a non-tester, that's what ruined the game for me.

Tents At Redskins Park {Redskins Blog}

Jul 19th 2011 3:48PM Wouldn't want to have to pay ReMax back for the sponsorship, after all.

Blood Pact: How to spend your initial valor points as a warlock {WoW}

Jul 16th 2011 12:03AM @Tyler -- The what amounts to a "price of entry" logic is interesting. There's a sort of T12 price of entry per piece -- 1650 VPs -- and then a price to get that more efficient piece -- 2200 minus 1650 = 550 VPs. 550 VPs gives me a pretty good jump start on VP bracers if I don't have 20-30k gold sitting around, and gives me the T12 2P.

That's why I'm still thinking that I want a set with the most pieces possible with my VP that still includes a 2P bonus, though. I'm assuming you can keep the T11 2P bonus on top of the T12 2P. Now you're one drop in BoT away from having (Chest or Legs+Shoulders) * T11 + (Hands/Legs or Chest) * T12, and you can find a good BoT PURaid relatively easily, all things considered.

That's the way I was leaning, anyhow, and with your "T12 set bonus isn't >>> T11 set bonus" suggestion, gloves for VP seems even more like the cheapest way to get "2P+2P ~ 4P" and your valor bracers more quickly.

I mean, sure, if you could only have 2 T12 pieces, you go legs and chest. But here, I think it comes down to if having valor bracers more quickly offsets having fewer good stats on the T12 gloves. Is [again, on Boomkin; sorry to hijack the thread]...

86 Int
157 Sta
266 Mastery (1.48)
683 Armor
30 Haste (0.23%)
1 Sockets
-177 SPI (so hit, like you say)

... (the diff of T12 chest over T12 hands) worth 550 VPs? I guess you could argue yes. But 44% of 227 INT = 99.88, and 44% is how close you are to valor bracers and their 227 INT with 550 VPs.

Perhaps it largely matters what T11 pieces you already have.

Thanks for the reply. It's really too much for a casual guy to think through and feel confident about. Bring back BC and point-blank wrath-spam! ;^)

A New View From FedExField {Redskins Blog}

Jul 14th 2011 1:01PM Though, now that I look again, will the party deck be built to obstruct the view of the monuments? When do we get to see the proverbial artist's rendering?

A New View From FedExField {Redskins Blog}

Jul 14th 2011 1:00PM Very nice. You can bag them on losing and letting the waiting list dwindle, but given that, I'm not sure you can fault the party deck changes. The solar power cells are an interesting idea too, though I wonder who's subsidizing that one.

Much better view, not that I'll see it if I'm in the OV again. ;^) Thanks for the pix.

Blood Pact: How to spend your initial valor points as a warlock {WoW}

Jul 11th 2011 8:14PM Okay, admittedly, I only read this because I *can* find an RSS for Tyler, but not one just for Balance dr00d Shifting Perspectives articles.

That said, how do you quantitatively factor in tier set bonuses? Contra T12, you say...

"The most common thing that I see people do in situation such as this is that they always, always rush off for their tier gear first. The simple matter is this: Everything is an upgrade. ... Get the upgrades that you can get now first, and get the ones that come later, later."

Though locks apparently have hands alternatives, that's from Rag. You can PUG and get T12 gloves after a little over a week. Tougher to raid in a social guild.

But okay, let's even say you *can* bag raid gear easily. How do you factor in T12 2P bonuses? You know, for laser chicken, how do you measure the worth burning treants? For locks, um, how do you factor in whatever you guys get? Doesn't that make T12 items disproportionally powerful? Or, rather, why *doesn't* that make T12 disproportionally powerful? JP gear is nearly free with 70 points per Heroic boss -- I think for every run, regardless of if the 70 VP bonus has been maxed for the week after 7 runs. If I'm spending 2200+1650 = 3850 VP = a pretty solid month of PUGging, what are the numbers on getting 3850 VPs of random gear before two tiered?

Being a part timer (, Valor Points are something I can still earn without raiding. I think I go 2xT12 first, and gloves being only 1650, I think I start there. ?? If I can find 20k, I get valor bracers too. /shrug

Joe Gibbs: Marvel Comics Superhero {Redskins Blog}

Jul 6th 2011 10:53PM Looks better than when Cotton Mather appeared in Marvel Team Up?

Ready Check: The quest for Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest {WoW}

Jul 1st 2011 10:52PM So how do you game the system? What happens if the player with the staff leaves their guild? What happens if you guild gets the staff and then everyone *but* that player joins a new guild? etc etc.

ESPN Admires Redskins Fans {Redskins Blog}

Jun 30th 2011 10:48PM Hasn't waned unless you count the "waiting list" dropping down so far the team has to remove seats to head off blackouts a few years down the line.

Where Does LaVar Arrington Rank Among Redskins Draft Picks Of The 2000s? {Redskins Blog}

Jun 17th 2011 7:05PM Look, I like Mr. Hangout With His Wangout, but there's no way you put him above Samuels. Arrington loses some cred just for that. Cooley's great, but is he really unreplaceable like Samuels, ST, and even a healthy LaVar?

Arrington was one of two gamechangers from the 00s, sure, the other ST. The bottom line, though, is that he got hurt on the field and his career collapsed. Dumb to get bent out of shape by being called 4.

For braggadocio & filling up 30 minutes of airspace, LaVar gets #1. He's easily third as a player to Taylor and Samuels.