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4 hours, 59 minutes ago on Enter to win an A4Tech gaming mouse from G-CUBE and NewEgg

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The ilvl of the gear was commensurate with at-level quest rewards, and the overarching benefit of the gear was and remains the XP buff. The time saved is worth the gold.

The *only* problem was meeting requirements to enter initial leveling dungeons, which frankly was as much a factor of non-heirloom slots being woefully low as the ilvl on the heirlooms.

15k to 20k is pretty much chump change these days, so yeah: meh.

In my opinion, heirlooms have always been too powerful.

10 hours, 23 minutes ago on WoW’s heirlooms receive an item level update

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I wish there were heirloom follower upgrades, or heck, heirloom followers.

10 hours, 42 minutes ago on WoW’s heirlooms receive an item level update

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Doesn't seem all that necessary to me, but whatever.

11 hours, 19 minutes ago on WoW’s heirlooms receive an item level update

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A contestant is me!

14 hours, 39 minutes ago on Enter to win a G-CUBE illuminated mechanical keyboard

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Whatever weird skeletal/bipedal form the frostwyrm Sindragosa would take.

Entirely for the voice work.

: )

(Bloodqueen Lanathiel would also be sweet, as would Alexstrasza.)

SUFFER MORTALS, AS YOUR PATHETIC MAGIC BETRAAAAAAAAAYS YOU!!!!!

14 hours, 41 minutes ago on Breakfast Topic: Who do you want to see in Heroes of the Storm?

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This is why time travel and alternate reality stories are Bad Idea Jeans.

1 day, 9 hours ago on Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat: The Destroyer of Worlds

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Sure wish I could get in the beta without paying upfront. Whatever algorithm they use for choosing participants, I guess I don't meet it. It's a shame, because I've actually spent money in League.

2 days, 8 hours ago on Heroes of the Storm previews: Sylvanas and Tomb of the Spider Queen

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The quasi lack of knowledge of that quest zone you guys were demonstrating made me feel self-conscious about how well I do. I'm not a professional writer on this game, but good lord do I know it well. :(

2 days, 15 hours ago on Catch all our Blizzard Watch Twitch streams on YouTube

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Unrelated: anyone else notice the music in Talador is thematically very similar to the overworld (pre-breaking) in Final Fantasy 3/6?

2 days, 15 hours ago on Breakfast Topic: Your favorite dungeon or raid

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Favorite dungeon ever? Probably Gate of the Setting Sun. Wall/siege defense as dungeon was just so cool, geographically and thematically, and fighting a giant kuchong at the end was epic.

Favorite raid is still ICC. SUFFER MORTALS!!!!

2 days, 15 hours ago on Breakfast Topic: Your favorite dungeon or raid

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I disagree strongly. Most totems now function as strong utility cool downs, and if you haven't found them useful in raid or dungeon settings, then you are leaving utility on the table. Earthbound Totem has useful applications in challenge modes. The Grace of Air totem (or whatever it's called) has crucial application on Ko'ragh and Imperator. Healing Stream Totem's effect is small, but still useful. And Capacitor Totem has so much vital importance in challenge modes and add management, it's ridiculous.

(I will say that I think the duration on tremor totem is too short for it to also require preemptive use. Blizzard should either revert the change, or increase the duration of its effect.)

The only totems that feel lackluster now, in my opinion, are the fire totems. Searing Totem, in my opinion, would be a much more interesting button to hit if it was a more intense burst of fire damage followed by a short (30 or 60 second) cooldown. You could fire and forget it if you want, but at least you would notice it, and smart, tactical usage would feel rewarding.

When totems function as strong (even individual) cooldowns, the net effect is that you don't feel shackled to having to waste a global cooldown setting them out to bring your functionality up to the level of, say, a DK who can just run in, runes ablazin'. They're best when our foes see us drop them and think "uh oh - I have to do something about that," and not just treat them like an afterthought.

5 days, 5 hours ago on Totem Talk: How could Enhancement get its totems back?

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Ret Paladins are perfectly suited to do boats on Maidens. Mass Exorcism is also essential for maxing our damage against the maidens. Hand of Protection does interrupt the piercing shot. To my uncertain knowledge, melee don't get targeted by piercing shot, but if you do, you can Divine Shield yourself. Note that it isn't worth using Hand on mages or hunters, who have means of canceling it. It also isn't worth taking attention off whichever boss you're grinding down (usually Marak) to try to help with turrets.

Re: Blackhand, I don't think melee can get marked for death until phase 3. A glyphed Hand of Sac can go a long way to help tanks weather smashes in phase one as well, saving your healers an external.

5 days, 8 hours ago on Lightsworn: Retribution in Blackrock Foundry, part 2

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You really want me to google that for you?

5 days, 8 hours ago on Blizzard Watch Leveling Bonanza live on Twitch.tv at 2 p.m. CDT

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You guys are competing with the release of Pillars! As much as I love watching people play the beginning of WoW again... I think I will be delving into my most anticipated cRPG of the year. :D

5 days, 11 hours ago on Blizzard Watch Leveling Bonanza live on Twitch.tv at 2 p.m. CDT

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Nope. It's the easiest and least expensive means of gearing up alts.


I have a stronger aversion to the heroic dungeon component of the questline, actually. As a DPS, those queues....

5 days, 16 hours ago on Breakfast Topic: Are you done with LFR?

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Trivialize is perhaps a stretch, but there are some encounters with soft enrages that can be overcome more easily by taking larger numbers of healers than practical in smaller groups. I've been in more than one successful heroic Kromog group that used three tanks to trivialize the debuff and seven or eight healers. Similarly, heroic Imp groups with eight or nine healers aren't unheard of.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Officers’ Quarters: Culture wars

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Yes. It's the best way for them to ensure a consistent level of challenge.

6 days, 7 hours ago on Officers’ Quarters: Culture wars

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Well, you could also make a strong case that the incomes of the target economic demographic for game sales have been pretty resistant to growth in terms of real purchasing power. :)

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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A corporation that doesn't properly value the continued good will of its customers in its quest to maximize profits can kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Businesses do this all the time. It's harder to measure, but no less valuable for it.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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Oh please. The cost of implementing this will probably be covered within the first two weeks. After that, it will be pure profit.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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Sure, but they've revealed their big twist, Blizzcon has been announced, and they alluded to it being a two tier expansion. They also alluded to flight not coming back potentially. I don't personally care about that at all, but their track record on following through on these sorts of statements seems pretty sound to me. It's not like they have a whole extra raid in the bank if they "feel" like the expansion could use a little more. Development happens on a schedule well in advance - it has all been mapped out already. This is just how they leave a little room for hope to let people down easy.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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I know that, but the aggragate effect is that people will effectively be paying $20 a month to play.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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You can rationalize the price increase all you want, but it doesn't change the fact that we have received less content for more money, by the standards set in previous expansions.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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I'm not missing anything. You're missing the macro argument.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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Blizzard seems more focused on this sort of nickel and diming of the player base rather than developing an awesome game that continues to deliver value. It's symptomatic.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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Yep. Net effect: someone's sub costed $20 a month instead of $15.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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It means that someone's subscription DOES actually cost $20 a month. It means they're just fattening their bottom line.

I get angry because I love this game, and I don't like seeing Blizzard take steps that appear to be destructive to it. Do you disagree with any of my other points? You yourself have been critical of the game on this site in the past. Maybe you should take a break from being such a patronizing person.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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You are right, these folks just aren't looking at it from a "macro" perspective.

This price point offends me. Also, it won't do anything to prevent people who can establish themselves as "reliable" from selling physical game time card codes.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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$20 as a price point is grasping. They can do what they want - it's their game - but making this cost a third again what a regular sub costs when this costs them essentially nothing smacks of pure greed, right up there with $10 more for a half-assed expansion that will probably have two-thirds the regular amount of raid tiers, and the $60 price point for boosts, banking on us being so desperate to avoid running the same old stale, will-never-be-updated content for the dozenth time.

F you, Corporate Blizz. Stop ruining your own game! You are not worth $20 a month in your current state.

1 week ago on WoW Token to cost $20, coming soon

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Brewmasters are flippin' hero class tanks this tier. Windwalkers aren't shabby either, and in all the pugs I've been a part of, mistweavers have been as desired as any non-disc or pally. The number of monks in the game is low because they were added last expansion, and had to be leveled from the ground up. If you check the stats on mmo-c, though, you'll see that they've overtaken rogues in the population of endgame raiders.

1 week, 1 day ago on Zen Meditation: The Art of Melee DPS Healing

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We should also have the option to vote for whether Fox's character goes shirtless again. I say YES!

1 week, 1 day ago on Decide our fate for our upcoming Twitch show

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I've never really really understood the difference between Corruption and Empowerment. The third option is nice, in a Chi Brew v Power Strikes kind of way.

I DO know that playing the class without one of these talents feels stupidly flat, so it was unequivocally a good thing that they aren't at level 75 anymore.

Maybe they should get rid of the row and bake in Empowerment as a passive skill at level 60, allowing DKs to glyph the "on use" function?

1 week, 1 day ago on Plaguebearer: Frost Runes and resource conundrums, oh my!

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Looks like someone's playing the World of Whinecraft!

1 week, 1 day ago on Breakfast Topic: What did you expect that didn’t happen?

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Would be so awesome if we could "flag for co-op."

1 week, 1 day ago on Breakfast Topic: What did you expect that didn’t happen?

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Maybe Teron'gor will use Admiral Taylor's corpse. Given the Cult of the Damned involvement there and both factions playing through that section, I think there's enough set-up for it, and there would be something appropriate about both him (well, his corpse) and Nazgrim having ended up as raid bosses.

1 week, 1 day ago on Breakfast Topic: What did you expect that didn’t happen?

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I expected there to be appreciably more non-raid endgame content than a bunch of kill-grind dailies for a currency that doesn't matter, a weekly gated garrison mission that I can do nothing to make progress faster on alts if I wanted to, and a bunch of seek-and-find knickknacks in the world that amount to one holiday's worth of content and have limited replay value.

I expected garrisons to be less essential to endgame raiding than they are.

I expected garrisons to have more variety and replay value than they do.

I expected gathering professions to continue mattering.

Fortunately for me, I'm a raider, and largely play the game for that reason. But you'd think after all the lessons they learned in Mists, they wouldn't have departed from them so radically. Was there anyone who didn't like 5.1 or 5.2 content? Lots and lots of people objected to the a Timeless Isle.

1 week, 1 day ago on Breakfast Topic: What did you expect that didn’t happen?

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Will the High Elves ever be made an option as a playable race for Alliance?

If they were, what would be a suitable race to join the Horde?

1 week, 2 days ago on The Queue: Disgusted noises

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I encourage everyone to vote for Rossi to tank as paladin early and often.

1 week, 2 days ago on Decide our fate for our upcoming Twitch show

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A gorilla from Stranglethorn is great for stats buff. In terms of cool models, there's a ghostly wolf in Eastern Plaguelands. There used to be a way to tame him so that it would preserve the sword in his head, but I'm not sure that's possible anymore.

1 week, 3 days ago on Locked and Loaded: Hunter Weak Auras to improve your gameplay

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Awesome! I'd kept my hearth at shrine, so going out and getting these pets was a matter of a half hour or so. Molten Core for Corehound ("Biscuit"), Tanaris for Silithid ("Snuggles"), Dragonblight for the Worm ("Fluffy"), Jade Forest for an easy Spirit Beast ("Pokey"), and just outside the ally garrison is a rare Rylek that flies by (haven't thought of a name for this one).

Went to BM from SV at level 94; am 98 now. I'm pretty amazed at the difference in feel of the gameplay - SV is much more about spreading Serpent Sting and letting it work. Barrage also feels a lot more vital for BM.

1 week, 3 days ago on Locked and Loaded: Hunter Weak Auras to improve your gameplay

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What is the most effective combo of (Exotic) pets to maximize potential buff coverage? Anyone have a good list of very basic pets to cover all the buffs? I'm a hunter neophyte, so haven't really started going for all the pretty things yet, but I want to be a conscientious raider.

1 week, 4 days ago on Locked and Loaded: Hunter Weak Auras to improve your gameplay

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Are you in BM spec?

1 week, 5 days ago on The Queue: Stabbing everything

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I recruited three followers with "scavenger." When they can stack in the same resource mission(which is often) the bonus seems to be multiplicative. I can end up with over a thousand resources for some missions, and even the small ones can yield 120 or so.

1 week, 5 days ago on Breakfast Topic: How do you prefer to get your Seals of Fate?

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At least half of my gear has come from seals. Not getting seals is the functional equivalent of not getting potions or flasks. It means you aren't really trying.

I use garrison resources, since they are always at risk of capping, I have no real other use for them, and they take the least effort of any currency to accrue.

1 week, 5 days ago on Breakfast Topic: How do you prefer to get your Seals of Fate?

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In the new flex paradigm, how does a fairly casual raid set minimal standards for performance?

I understand about wanting to include everyone, but with the way boss health scales now, if you have people in gear with an average of 670+ pulling 11k or 13k DPS on, say, normal maidens, they are passively making the encounter appreciably more difficult for the rest of the raid. This in turn can cause resentment among people towing the line, hurting morale and creating interest in greener pastures.

Even in a casual guild, the goal is still to have fun, and fifteen other people being clearly held back by one or two or three raid members with an evening of wiping falls on the side of not so much fun. At the same time, it is hard to establish a standard that isn't arbitrary. Help!

1 week, 6 days ago on Officers’ Quarters: Persons of interest

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That's what you huntards get for ninja'ing a Druid weapon. :P

2 weeks ago on Breakfast Topic: Your little gaming annoyances

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Overwatch will have its own engine though, and Blizzard seems committed to keeping their games available on Mac.

2 weeks ago on Breakfast Topic: Your little gaming annoyances

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Is it the client or the hardware? Which system are you playing on?

2 weeks ago on Breakfast Topic: Your little gaming annoyances

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As I mentioned, I use it for the work orders themselves, which award runes (193 to go for me) and also, although I don't have an immediate need for ingots, I'll probably need at least 300+ for the next upgrade, and the sorcerous elements are valuable for flasks and crafting for alts.

I could stop though, you are right. This is my second least favorite kind of activity in this game (the first being playing the AH/farming gold).

2 weeks ago on Breakfast Topic: Your little gaming annoyances

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