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Cataclysm hotfixes for Jan. 5 {WoW}

Jan 6th 2011 11:47AM Before you make the bow, make a couple Electrified Airs. I made 3 of them while gathering the mats to make the bow. While I was out farming ore someone was wondering which one he was missing, so I looked at my list. Lo and behold I had apparently learned the last tinker while making the Air. So now I have 200 elementium ores to do whatever else with besides making that stupid bow!

The Queue: In short {WoW}

Dec 29th 2010 6:44PM On name changes... How do you go about getting this information? I did a search for the name I wanted when I server transferred, and it's a level 6 guy. Since the armory won't show info on anyone lower than level 10, how do you tell how long it's been since they logged in? And how do you petition a GM? Just submit an in-game ticket? On my server, tickets can take days to be answered. If I put in a ticket and it's answered days later and I'm not logged on to see, I could miss out on the name release.

I understand that's the gamble. And sorry for all the questions, but I'm kinda of excited about this information. I had to take a stupid alternate spelling of my name when I server transferred and have been bitter ever since. Clearly the character isn't being used, since he was a level 6 guy almost a year ago when I transferred.

The Queue: Monster {WoW}

Dec 20th 2010 4:44PM The cogwheels in TH are the actual item, not a recipe. They're a bit unique in that you don't "buy" them, rather you trade another engineering object for them. For instance, one of the wheels can be purchased with a Goblin Barbeque. The crit cog with 4 handfuls of obsidum bolts.

And yeah, other than the few tinkers you discover leveling up, that's all there is. I've been unable to find any other schematics. Not even any world drops. So sad :(

Scattered Shots: Marksman hunter 101 {WoW}

Dec 20th 2010 4:00PM BM was laughable in Wrath as a raiding spec, true. However, I think Blizzard fixed that.

I was under the impression that Kill Command was BM's signature shot. Even though the other 2 trees have access to it, it still hits like a truck under BM. I've been doing heroics, and so far BM is right up there with MM as far as damage. I use BM when we don't have a Shaman or Mage for Bloodlust. I've seen upwards of 30k crits with Killing Streak.

So, I don't who is telling you that BM isn't viable for raids, because everything I've seen says otherwise. Plus you have more access to those missing buffs/debuffs with the exotic beasts. And like I said... Bloodlust!!!

Scattered Shots: Marksman hunter 101 {WoW}

Dec 20th 2010 3:45PM Why bother with Resistance is Futile if Kill Command isn't in the rotation at all? Rapid Killing might not be good, either, but there must be some place better for that point. Perhaps that final point in One With Nature or Pathing?

Personally, I did put it in Rapid Killing, just so I don't have to change specs when doing dailies.

The Queue: Monster {WoW}

Dec 20th 2010 11:05AM What's going on with engineering? I've been reading a lot of forum posts from people who are furious about the profession. It's always been a quirky profession but there were lots of useful utility things like portals and repair bots. But now, the changes they made have everyone out for blood, and I'm about to jump on the bandwagon.

They moved a lot of the gear stuff to the belt, and they added unforgivable malfaunctions. One does 150k damage over 10 seconds. Another increase the chance you'll be crit by 100%! And these malfuntions happen way more frequently than they used to. I remember rocket boots failing maybe 5-10% of the time. Once the expansion hit, it seemed like they were failing 40-50% of the time.

And the glove enchants aren't much better. The tazer gives you a damage ability every 2 minutes or so, but for only around 6k damage? That seems hardley worth it. And now I'm reading that once you hit 525 engineering, you can't learn any more tinkers. So if you were unlucky enough not to discover them all before you hit max, you're out of luck. Most people think this is a bug, but who knows.

One cool thing about engineering was that you could always find clouds with elementals to harvest. Now you have to have a gathering profession in order to do this? That's not fair. Why change it now?

So, no elementals, we can't use tinkers in BGs or arenas, we can only put stuff on our belt or gloves now, can't learn all of the recipes, and the stuff we can do fails frequently and generally kills you.

Why so many nerfs?

The Queue: Min-maxing archaeology {WoW}

Dec 13th 2010 11:31AM WTH do I have to do to get the portal to Hyjal to show up in Orgrimmar? I'm half-way done questing in the zone and I still have to fly there after hearthing.

The Queue: Late is better than never {WoW}

Dec 9th 2010 12:26PM Hey, what happened to the new troll flight form for druids? I'm still a bird!

WoW Insider's Cataclysm launch giveaway: The Shattering {WoW}

Dec 6th 2010 10:59AM I've been wanting to read this...