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WoW Moviewatch: DPS-adin III

Esotarious is back! Being a DPS-adin myself, I'm always excited to see pallies do respectably in PVE and PVP DPS roles. You may recall that back in September, Mike Schramm gave Esotarious a quote to use in his next video. We're happy to report that yes, Mike is indeed quoted near the start of Eso's latest creation.

I really can't get over how good this makes paladin DPS look. I actually put on my pvp gear and headed out into Arathi Basin right after watching this video. Though his Dark Edge of Insanity makes my Herald of Woe look like a sponge bat, Esotarious has inspired me and legions of paladins everywhere to stop shutting up and buffing and get into the fray!

Here's the link to the Dark Paradigm forums where Eso and his fans discuss the video. You'll also find links to download the full high-quality version of the movie there.

Filed under: Paladin, Machinima, PvP, WoW Moviewatch

Dealing with off-specs (or being one)

Righteous Fury has an interesting little piece up about off-specs-- you know them, they're the weirdos who play their class to do something other than its standard role in endgame raiding. Feral druids, DPS-adins, Fury warriors, Enhancement shammys, and (perhaps most of all) shadow priests. The convention says warriors spec prot, pallys heal and buff, and priests use +healing gear, but these guys (and girls) choose to buck the curve.

What he says rings true to me because the guild I play with has finally reached the point where we're getting serious about raiding. My GM hasn't asked anyone to respec yet, but he's put it out there that we want to beat these bosses and get the gear-- if you can't do the job given to you because you're specced for PVP instead of raiding, you've got to move out of the way for someone who can, or do what's best for the raid. And I'm right there with him. Holy priests are the best healers in the game, so most priests should be holy and healing. Protection warriors have the tanking tools, so if you're MT, you better be prot.

I'm not saying there's not room for off-specs-- there's a guy in my other guild who's such an awesome shadow priest (shout out to Gregorus on Thunderhorn-A!) that the whole guild has shadow priest alts just because they've seen what he can do. I main tanked for him in Strat, and when he told us early on that he "tanked by healing," he wasn't kidding-- the mobs all hit him way more then they hit me, and yet he kept us all healed and up with Vampiric Embrace and his +shadow gear. After seeing that, of course I had to have my own shadow priest, and when she hits 60, I already expect that I won't be able to raid with her under normal circumstances. No problem-- I'll melt faces in PVP with her, and raid with my prot warrior.

On the other hand, if I need a DPS for a raid, and a shadow priest can roll out as much damage as a rogue or a warlock, then we're talking. But from what I've seen, off-specs can do those things, just not as well. Gear to gear (without extremely expensive potions), can a feral druid tank as well as a warrior? Can a shadow priest out-dps a rogue? Because if not, I'm giving those spots to PVE specced raiders.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, PvP, Instances

The DPS-adin is at it again

Boy if Pallys who want to be DPS need a hero, they need look no further than Esotarious, the DPS-adin whose first video (of him critting over 2000 in Naxx) I showed here about a week ago. And now Eso's at it again. Lots of people had concerns the first time around (that he was critting holy dmg on undead only, that he was only showing his best crits, and that even though he said he was challenging rogues, he didn't show it). Now, he's back to answer them, and in a new video fighting Patchwerk, he breaks 1800 crits again, and again, and again, and again.

Say what you will about the whole DPS-adin theory, this guy's got some great production values. I'll even give you a quote for your next movie, Eso: "Esotarious has done more than anyone else to show us what a Paladin is really capable of." -Mike Schramm, Can't wait to see it.

But, I've got two more concerns for you supposedly DPS paladins to answer, too. Find them after the jump.

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Filed under: Paladin, Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Blizzard, Instances

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