Nov 16th 2009 4:20PM For ~50-Outland I recommend a combination of AV and UnGoro. I pretty much cleared the zone while waiting for AV queues to pop starting at level 54 and that worked out rather nicely.
I'm 65 now and doing the same thing in Nagrand until 68, then I'll head of to Northrend and continue the quest/BG grind there until 70. I'll start BGing again after I have a decent set of Northrend greens unless it is too painful. Will definitely go full bore BG grind at 78 when I can get the full starter PvP set since I'll mostly be PvPing on this mage.
Really looking forward to 66 and Ice Lance.
Jun 1st 2009 1:52PM I got to play OGC and a warrior this week (I realize that is not his normal comp) : http://www.wowarmory.com/arena-game.xml?b=Emberstorm&gid=6171892. Warrior-lock is definitely a really weird combo that I don't think I'd seen since S4 and we (ret-priest) played it correctly and won. (Repentance Lock>Fear, hammer the warrior's charge, freedom the priest and blow up the warrior (who died really fast) while LoSing lock. It was funny because I for some reason in that game was really scared of the lock, even after we had him 2v1 I was trying to turtle til hammer was up again and LoS fears and my partner was like COME ON MAN IT IS JUST ONE WARLOCK LOL.
Great interview! I'll say while rank 1 fives is a mean feat indeed 2346 is kinda faceroll. Conflag and Choas Bolt with Lava Burst and an MS is virtually unstoppable. Can't blame him for playing imba 5s though considering the state of locks in 2s and 3s.
Also great advice that I will echo. Find people who will play a lot of games. Have fun. I don't profess to be a great player, but I went from an average to a good-sometimes great player by finding 3 or 4 people who would log on to do arena and we just played hundreds of games a week. We didn't even necessarily do well, but I really learned a lot about positioning and how to shift between applying pressure (and learning what happens if I fail to do so) and responding correctly when the other team is successfully applying pressure.
Also regarding emberstorm. I rolled on this server there because it was the suggested server when I bought WoW. I still play there because I have a few PvPer friends there that I enjoy playing with who are good players. In S2-4 the battlegroup was largely a joke and was deservedly mocked. However it has gotten a lot better since many free PvP transfers opened up onto the BG and new servers have opened. That said the numbers are a bit small for example my 5s hasn't played many games, is at 1k rating and we're 74th or something on the BG. There are decent numbers of 2s and 3s teams, but overall the BG is just a little light on numbers, although some of the players I have faced are quite skilled.
May 22nd 2009 10:51AM Ret excels in battlegrounds because it has high survivability: plate, heals, bubble, LoH. There aren't a lot of healers in BGs. Many of the players are undergeared. Yesterday I soled a progression of about 8 undergeared players in ones and twos in at mage tower before I finally went down after using bubble, LoH and finally going OOM.
Ret is difficult to play in 2s arena becuase of no MS, and the current strength of resto druids, warriors, and DKs. Priest rogue can also be a difficult matchup, but takes more skill to play against ret than druid warrior or dk. That said, I'm at 2100 and we haven't been playing much since the first week.
The balancing issue starts to really be a problem in higher brackets, 3s and 5s, when you couple ret with an MS class and a strong healer. If you kill ret burst it goes back to being close to impossible to play in 2s. But would tonedown some of the complaints about melee.
I just advocate for making the class more interesting to play. It can be fun to be OP in certain situations but the overall feel of the spec is that it is just boring in its offensive system to the point that I quit raiding with it.
May 7th 2009 1:58PM I really enjoy arena. I've taken the time to understand it, and now that I have some kind of decent ability, I'm lucky enough to have been playing almost all of season five, and parts of seasons 3 and 4 with the same Disc Priest. Combining a reasonable level of skill, good gear, decent communication, and a strong comp (disc/ret), and we mostly find arena to be lots of fun.
I contend that most of the whining about arena is by players who simply don't invest the time necessary to understand the game and or gear up for it. Having pugged Naxx a lot in early WotLK I saw how quickly many people give up in PvE, and PvP is no different. Arena could probably be improved, but much of the problem is simply intrinsic to players that expect easy success, and quit very quickly when they don't achieve it.
I come from a sporting background where it took me many years to reach a high level of competition, I know great athletes are rarely simply born, practice and training is necessary for success.
Apr 14th 2009 10:26AM I have windows vista and I can't even logon to Curse's website. The page just won't load. Can anyone help with that/has experienced a similar problem?
Apr 9th 2009 3:39PM Everyone who does this must realize this is time you'll regret spending badly when on your deathbed.
Apr 7th 2009 8:52AM First thing I'll do: I'm going to level my 2s team up to 1500 and buy three furious pieces. I'm maxxed on marks and honor and they should cover that. Then I'll get my dual specs going. The guild raids W,F,Sun so we'll start on Uludar. I'm high on turn based loot distribution system and I'm hoping for a weapon upgrade, still have Death's Bite. Then will jump back into arena, hope to get over 18-1900 first week if not more. Time will definitely be a limiting factor, not to mention skill, heh.
Mar 30th 2009 7:20AM Another boring interview, and not even because of the setup he runs. Full of cliches. It is like a Kevin Costner's pat interview responses in Bull Durham.