Feb 15th 2008 3:57PM "BRK is a hack, and if you read the hunter forums you'll see that many hunters agree with this, including the top-listed arena hunters, raid veterans, and other players who are familiar and comfortable with their class and do what they do very well."
Does my opinion as a raid veteran count? I disagree with them. I admit, i'm mostly a druid and my hunter is only a Kara-running alt. Still, i think i can safely say that name-calling like you find on the WoW forums is no match for solid data like you find in his blog. There actually -are- posts of value on the forums, but what you described is merely fruitless name-calling.
Top-rated Arena Huntesr:
I'm pretty sure what the "top-listed arena hunters" say is quite thoroughly irrelevant, as BRK's columns are generally about PvE, not PvP. I could call V'Ming a hack (just as an arbitrary example -- i don't actually dislike his stuff), but my credentials as a druid don't lend much to my authority on the subject of warlocks. I could call Big Bear Butt a hack if he starts talking about PvP, but my experience as a raider means nothing when it comes to PvP, so i'd be entirely baseless to do such a thing. The same goes for "arena hunters", as you put it.
Casual players? Priests? Why would they get involved? I think you're making that part up.
I find his writings to be very informative to those who didn't do the painful research of reading the WoW hunter forums before BC, like i did. It's much easier to absorb his advice on the BM spec and general hunter tactics (he doesn't go into detail on SV and MM), backed up by data and instructional videos, than it is to work out what the hell hunters are supposed to do by reading the flaming pit of feces that are the WoW forums.
Some people are offended by his writing style. Why? Are they upset that he would come at them with data that doesn't agree with their bias and then present it without obeisance and temerity? Do they think themselves worthy of greater respect because they hold dominance over outdated facts? Do they think he insults the SV and MM specs, despite the way he completely /doesn't/? Are they afraid their e-peens are going to shrink when they see another WWS post with his damage output in the number one position?
Maybe what's most offensive is that he's correct, and they just can't stand to see someone be correct about something they don't want to hear.
Seriously, i haven't heard a good argument against BRK's writings. The closest anyone has come so far is, "he uses 'we' instead of 'i', and that's unusual, so i hate it". Most of it is just "BRK sux".
Feb 15th 2008 3:36PM Indeed! My WoW forum signature (i usually post on my druid, Melnayo), when i choose to show it, consists of links to those guides.
Feb 15th 2008 2:45PM Oh man, a properly stacking physical group can be downright frightening. Fury warrior for +380 AP. Hunter for +3% damage. Feral druid for +5% crit (and a touch of self-healing). Enhancement shaman for totems (for the druid, that's around 250 AP + 10% AP). Rogue for... well, he gets the buffs, at least.
Feb 13th 2008 4:49PM I have two problems with this. One is that it uses flash instead of java, meaning i can't use the right mouse button to interact with it (and it seems the scrollwheel doesn't work either). The other thing i dislike about it is exactly what you like about it: the fact that it's there on the page of the item, where it shows up and uses resources even if i didn't want to see it. Still, it's a nice system.
Feb 12th 2008 7:28PM Some people think suits like that look good. I'm just surprised male outfits are generally less revealing. Why does my priest have to wear a skirt? Show off his legs!
Feb 12th 2008 7:15PM Indeed! Keep in mind, there will probably be another expansion after WotLK, so are you sure you want to play during WotLK at all?
I stopped playing for about 2 months before BC (and i THINK we knew the precise release date at that point), but i would have cut that down to probably only a few weeks had 2.0 not been a factor. When the 2.0 patch hit, my addons were largely nonfunctional, and with the expansion looming in only 2 months, i decided it was time to go play some other games i wanted to catch up one while i waited for my addons to be updated. A few days before the release, i got back on, installed all the updates to my addons, and prepared for BC goodness.
The point of that story is that i didn't sit out for 4+ months, and the only reason it was more than a couple of weeks (which i would have spent levelling an alt) was that 2.0 disabled my interface. The previous commenter is right; if you won't play now because of what may be coming in the near future, then why play in the near future when you know something will be coming in the distant future?
There are other games out there that don't change. They can be quite fun. I recommend Okami on the PS2.
Feb 8th 2008 10:18PM Ah, i love when someone comes up with something interesting or uncommon to do with the game. Kudos!
Feb 5th 2008 7:05PM Another common aspect of some of these is that the players with comprimised accounts are using an automatic addon updater from wowui.incgamers.com called "UI Central", or something like that. Their servers have been comprimised a few times and trojans inserted into that program. I don't have any reason to believe that the owners of the site are actually intentionally causing the issue, but nonetheless it is a problem and you should definitely not use the program until we're CERTAIN it won't happen again.
Jan 29th 2008 6:55PM for spells, yes (hit cap being something like 16%, leaving 1% to miss); for physical, no (you can totally never miss).
Jan 17th 2008 2:32PM Surely it's not just the VOLUME of traffic, as such an issue would have easily been revealed earlier, whenever the user tried to download or upload anything of significant size at a web site. There must be something far more interesting at work, here.