Aug 24th 2009 2:01PM For what reason would a raider not be able to do that, if anything, it would be easier for someone who raids to amass large amounts of badges and co-ordinate farming and crafting.
I see a lot of people who complain about there not being enough content for non-raiders, and I find that statement ridiculous. Raiding isn't particularly difficult, it's a time investment, yes, but it makes sense that someone who invests more time in something gets a greater reward, the same applies to PvP and to collecting, questing and making gold.
It annoys me that people stereotype and assume anyone who takes PvE content seriously cares more about loot than people. Yes, I expect a certain standard of effort and skill from the people I raid with, but it's no higher than the standard I set for myself. If you choose not to raid, that's your choice, arguing that you should get your own exclusive content because you can't raid is illogical, you can raid, but you choose not to, the only thing that makes raiding content "exclusive" to raiders is your choice to not raid.
Aug 24th 2009 1:54PM If I joined a guild and I was told that all of my loot would be "guild only" and would vanish upon leaving the guild I would leave.
I can't get that gear without the guild, but the rest of the guild can't get that gear without me, in essence, a system like that would take the right to choose any guild I want away from me, gear is both a tool for progression and a reward for success. Making it so that I can't leave a guild without losing all of the gear that I've worked for is a terrible system, you don't lose the money you've made in the past when you leave a job, and there's a reason for that.
Aug 4th 2009 2:32PM One thing that really bothered me in this article is the comment at the end about Threat of Thassarian and Rune Strike.
Let me be perfectly clear (mildly abrasive and possibly rude), if you are a death knight, and you tank while dual wielding, you are bad.
Not only does rune of the stoneskin gargoyle completely compensate for a possible lack of defensive stats on a 2h weapon, but unless you're expertise capped (at the expense of more valuable and effective mitigation and avoidance stats) you will take more incoming damage than a 2h tank. This won't be an issue in heroics (except for possibly the trial of the champion) or maybe even in naxx, but when you hit ulduar or the new raid, it will crush you. Whenever the boss that you're tanking parries one of your attacks, it gets an extra swing, if you attack twice as fast as a 2h tank with the same amount of expertise, you get twice as many boss parries. More boss parries = more incoming damage. If you beat this by capping your expertise, imagine how much more mitigation/avoidance you could have if you geared/gemmed/enchanted for defense, dodge, stamina or parry instead.
Aug 4th 2009 2:22PM 0/53/18 (or 3/53/15 if you have threat issues) is the ideal frost Dual-Wield spec for 3.2.
IT/PS is better than howling blast, since the damage from both diseases is being buffed, and the current dual-wield philosophy revolves around spending Unholy/Frost rune pairs on Obliterate and only HBing on rime procs (preferably when KM is up as well) and then dumping RP with FS.
so http://talent.mmo-champion.com/?deathknight=0000000000000000000000000000320053503520030123000330013512302003050030000000000000000000&glyph=171318000000&ver is what i'll be rolling with in 3.2.
The "slow weapon" preference isn't about speed, it's about topend, 2 weapons that have the same dps and different speeds will have different top-end damage, the slower of the two will have a higher top-end, which is the "weapon damage" used in strike damage calculations. Slow weapon = better strikes.
Aug 4th 2009 2:15PM While your logic is sound, dual-disease is the way to go.
The frost dual-wield mentality with ToT is based around Obliterate spam, with the buffs to disease damage and the way Obliterate scales, a two-disease rotation is ideal.
Killing machine procs should be saved for rime, if rime does not proc, you dump RP normally and get a FS crit.
Ideal build is http://talent.mmo-champion.com/?deathknight=0000000000000000000000000000320053503520030123000330013512302003050030000000000000000000&glyph=171318000000&ver
The 3 points in blood can be moved to Blood-caked blade if there are no threat generation issues.
The author's "ideal" frost dual-wield spec wastes points in Hungering Cold, Improved Frost Presence, and Deathchill while skipping Icy Talons and Improved Icy Talons.
The haste from Icy Talons is very, very, very good for dual-wielding of any kind and skipping those talents is/would be a mistake.
Other than that the general theory behind the posted DW build is solid.
Sorry for wall of text.
Jun 3rd 2009 4:51PM Warlock = [Name] Felheart
Warrior = Warmaster [Name]
Shaman = Farseer [Name]
Rogue = [Name] the Blade
Priest = Archbishop [Name]
Paladin = [Name] of the Light
Mage = Arcanist [Name]
Hunter = Stalker [Name]
Druid = [Name] Wildheart
Death Knight = [Name] the Risen
May 7th 2009 7:47PM I can't believe that you're being serious.
Sports72Xtrm, you claim that the current Horde is identical to the demonic Horde, obviously you've never even encountered this thing called "lore", in this "lore" the demonic horde is distinctly nomadic, bloodthirsty, and destructive, not to mention that they worshiped demons. The current Horde is not nomadic, it's reverted back to shamanism, the orcs have a main city now, they have pig farms, they moved out of the Eastern Kingdoms to a desert so that they wouldn't conflict as much with humans. Sylvanas and the Forsaken were betrayed by Varimithras and Grand Apothecary Putress, don't tell me you've never heard of humans betraying their allies under the influence of a dreadlord *COUGH-SCARLET CRUSADE-COUGH*. Varian is making decisions that are bad for his people by refusing to negotiate with Thrall. That's right, that guy, you know
THE LEADER OF THE HORDE. Don't give me that Garrosh shit, Garrosh is an imbecile and he fights with Thrall often, once literally. Thrall is a perfectly reasonable person and if Varian could put aside his blind hatred of orcs for a moment, he'd see that.
"This racist has held off of war for five years."
What crack are you smoking? Varian has just recently (Patch 3.0 actually) gotten his shit back together, and ever since he's been blaming everything that happens internationally from skirmishes to flatulence on the Horde. His foreign policy is in the vein of the "no negotiating, i'm always right" school of thought, and he lets his anger rule his decision making. If Jaina Proudmoore didn't exist, he and Thrall would be at each other's throats (mutual blame here, it takes two).
The lumber/copper comment was a reference to the WoW comic, in which negotiations between Thrall and Varian are interrupted, and deteriorate because of, an attack by the Twlight's Hammer, and it's metaphorical rather than literal. However, the problem in Ashenvale is the Warsong clan, yet again. Garrosh and the Warsong clan are a recurring internal problem for the Horde and I anticipate the day when either Thrall or High Overlord Saurfang kick the shit out of Garrosh.
One thing that really got me about your reply is your statements about the Undercity. The Undercity is Gnomergan II, it's completely uninhabitable to humans, or pretty much anyone else for that matter, the water seeps with plague (old-school scourge plague, not the new plague). Also, Sylvanas' plague research was (to her knowledge) geared towards creating a potent anti-scourge strategic option.
Your comment about "butchers of humanity" amuses me. You seem to assert that humans are entirely without fault in the greater scheme of things in Azeroth, ignoring the fact that a human, Medivh, was responsible for all of the dark portals, humans (the cult of the damned and kel'thuzad) were the main agents of the Lich King in the destruction of Lordaeron and humans are just as easily manipulated, or as willing, to do evil things as all of the other races on Azeroth, case in point:
Archimonde, Kil'jaeden- eredar/draeni
Illidan, Fandral Staghelm (shut up, he's a villan)- Night Elf
Most notably Zul'Jin, but many others too- Troll
Gul'Dan, Rend Blackhand etc.- Orc
Mekgineer Thermaplugg (okay, not a lot here, but they're GNOMES)-gnome
Scarlet Crusade, Cult of the Damned, Defias, Syndicate, Medivh etc-human
Dark Irons, Irons (despite the subsets, i'm calling these dwarves)-dwarves
The undead list is expansive, but that's expected, the forsaken are the exception, not the rule- Undead
Kael'Thas, Kael'Thas again, Illidari Council, more Kael'Thas-Blood Elves
Honestly, every race in Azeroth has some pretty srs cockups in it's past, Dwarves have the War of the Three Hammers, Night Elves blew the continent in half, Humans have the Cult of the Damned, Orcs were controlled by Demons.
My issue with Varian is that he's a shallow character, he's angry and emotional and racist and that's about it.
I'd be more inclined to like him if he weren't so one-dimensional and didn't attempt to see the world in black and white.
Thrall is a compelling, complex, deep character, Varian is a shallow attempt at a badass with anger issues.
May 3rd 2009 3:56PM Varian Wrynn is a racist, self-pitying, whiny, overly conflicted imbecile who allows his emotions and mildly-founded personal grudges to control his decision making.
Thrall is even-tempered, level-headed, and intelligent. He's successfully managed to turn the orcs from a massive slavering army of destruction into (largely) a group of lumberjacks and pig farmers.
If Varian Wrynn were right, he would make the decisions that were best for his people. He would negotiate with the Horde, trade Elwynn lumber for Durotar copper, and focus on the Scourge, the Burning Legion, the Old Gods and the Twilight's Hammer, the Naga, the Dark Iron Dwarves, and the Black Dragonflight.
Instead he's hard-headed, he argues with Garrosh and ignores Thrall (Garrosh is an idiot, but that's an entirely different argument) and Jaina. He holds Thrall accountable for the incident at the Wrathgate, despite the equal measure of casualties sustained on both sides, and the fact that there was a full-scale coup in the Undercity.
I could go on and on, suffice it to say that the current Horde is not Gul'Dan's Horde, it's come very close to being the same in name only. Many people who argue against "Horde Apologists" gloss over the fact that if you ignore demonic influence (just as they do) that the humans are responsible for the current situation with the Scourge, due to the actions of Kel'Thuzad, Arthas, and the Cult of the Damned the whole world of Azeroth is, yet again, in peril.
Apr 30th 2009 7:00PM Congradulations, you're an idiot.
If this was one person's screw up in Blizzard's in-game support division, they should be reprimanded, they made a minor mistake.
If they did it on purpose, they should be fired for being irresponsible and causing this mess, the person who acquired the item in the mail should be permanently banned for accepting and using an item designed to circumvent the rules of the game.
The issue here arises not from the fact that Karatechop acquired the GM item, it's that he USED it without questioning it at all.
You're suggesting that we should take away numerous peoples' JOBS because they messed with some foolish WoW player's HOBBY.
Yeah, it's a hobby, it's fun, you (and I) spend a lot of time on it, but it's a game.
Also, the entire guild only got a 24-hour ban and a warning, and the GMs have little to do with 3.1 issues and bug fixes, they just get to deal with all of our shit when we can't play WoW, cut them some slack and don't be so reactionist, if you're that mad at Blizzard, don't play WoW.
Please excuse my commasplices.