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Archive for October, 2008

Build-a-Mage – Can We Fix It?

Sadly, there is little I can tell you about “end game” builds for 70.

With the new main nukes (you have visited the mage trainer and picked up your new ranks for arcane missiles, fireball and frosbolt, right?) the massive nerf to all raid encounters, and the fact that our trees are being balanced around having 71 talent points to spend…

Well. To put it simply, it doesn’t matter a whole bunch where you decide to toss your talent points. 61 points into frost? Sure! Go right ahead! Stick with 30/31? Why not? What could possibly go wrong?

I can tell you, though, that the following specs look like a laugh riot and a half to try out… (more…)

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Two Server Restarts Later…

I’d laugh, if the extra time I have because of this wasn’t letting me hunt down addons. As it stands, over 95% of my interface was either completely destroyed or buggered by this patch.

You know the old adage on patch day… log in, load your out of date addons and see what breaks? Well. EVERYTHING BROKE.

Also: Who messed with my swim animation? I look like a spastic frog…

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Whatever Wednesday

It’s Whatever Wednesday! The day where I post whatever the heck happens to be on my mind!

Graphical improvements everywhere I bother to look. The Flying Machine finally has a bunch of smoke pouring from it’s exhaust pipes. Environmentally friendly, it is not. The new shadow engine is AWESOME. It even works when on a flying mount. You can look way, way down, and see your shadow… as you fall to the solid ground… Damn it…

Guide to getting the “Going Down?” Achievement!

This achievement asks you to fall 65 yards without dying. Hop onto your flying mount, hold the space bar for a little while, then dismiss the mount. Right before you hit the ground, hit Ice Block, and there you go! Free achievement!

Using Blink does not work. By it’s mechanics, Blink actually resets your fall distance, so it cannot be used for this achievement. By the same token, Slow Fall doesn’t count as “falling”. Sorry, you gotta use Ice Block.

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What follows is a complete analysis to all of the talents in the frost tree. Each talent will be discussed from a Raiding (PvE), Leveling, and PvP standpoint, and finally, given a rating on the following scale:

  • Must have
  • Solid
  • Okay
  • Poor
  • Skip it

All talent descriptions are assuming you have the maximized talent. (more…)

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What follows is a complete analysis to all of the talents in the fire tree. Each talent will be discussed from both a PvE and a PvP standpoint, and finally, given a rating on the following scale:

  • Must have
  • Solid
  • Okay
  • Poor
  • Skip it

All talent descriptions are assuming you have maximized the talent. (more…)

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What follows is a complete analysis to all of the talents, old and new, being released in patch 3.0 and moving forward into Wrath of the Lich King. Each talentis weighted for it’s use “raiding” (end game group content), “solo” (leveling, random quests), and “PvP” (battlegrounds, arenas). Each talent is given a rating as follows, for each area of the game:

  • Must have
  • Solid
  • Okay
  • Poor
  • Skip it

All talent descriptions are assuming you have maximized the talent. (more…)

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A combination of sudden illness (fever, stuffy nose, massive amounts of green goop leaking from places I’ve never even heard of) and Thanksgiving weekend (family, stuffy aunts, massive amounts of green goop leaking from strange foods I’ve never even heard of) has resulted in not a lot of time to write.

Currently, I’m walking on what I thought was going to be a brief guide on the talents. Yes, walking. Not jogging. Friggin’ hate jogging. If there’s one thing I’m going to do with my time, it’s dress up like a moron and stupidly run around as the sun rises.

There really needs to be a text prompt for sarcasm. Something like [sarcasm] This is a great idea [/sarcasm] would work.

So this guide on the new talents of 3.0 and beyond has transformed into a very long trilogy. The Arcane one is finished, clocking in at over 2700 words. I expect the other two will be just as long.

Gonna spend some time trying to put in some pictures to break up that wall of… nah, friggin’ SKYSCRAPER of text. I’m thinking along the lines of a guy squinting for Arcane Concentration, and a firing squad that’s glowing for some reason for Arcane Barrage.

Beware, dear fans, for I am on drugs. And these things amuse me

If you’ll excuse me, one of my cousins was just hit in the face with a lamp.

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I’ve finally succumbed and fired up a second account for myself. Dual boxing for the win?

In game, the guild I’m in (basically a collection of people from the old raiding guild) is made up almost entirely of people dual boxing and the like. One of ’em already has… seven? I think it’s seven 70’s. The rest have a bajillion alts, and it’s unnerving to log out with 2 druids at level 12… log back in the next day, and both of them are in their mid 40’s.

So I decided to get in on the hyper speed leveling.

The result?

Well. (more…)

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BAST: WoW Killers

BAST stands for “Blog Azeroth Shared Topic”. Now you know.

This all started when ex-Intern Intern Andy (that is what they call you, right?) over at Rogue’s Eye View took a shower. Like many men, he feels that things like showering and pooping are largely complete wastes of time (pardon the pun). However, where as I purchase a laptop and bring that into the bathroom with me when a bowel movement is needed, he chooses to think.

William hung?

So think he did.

It’s going to be a WoW killer!

Many have claimed that whenever a new MMO comes out. Some, such as Tabula Rasa, have very few advocates for it’s Blizzard murdering promises; others, such as WAR, have a seemingly endless fanbase of rabid idiots with terribly geared hunters.

Now all of these MMOs have either filled in some niche WoW hadn’t, or folded up and died. Not one of them has even been capable of taking a firm swing at WoW. (more…)

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Elemental Shammy Quest Rewards

Ok. So sue me. I thought y’all were joking, or exaggerating.

I thought, there’s no way there’s that much elemental shaman gear floating around Outland. That just doesn’t make sense.

But there is. Holy spell damage and spell crit mail gear batman!

I swear, no exaggeration required, every second quest has mail gear with spell damage on it as a reward.

How the hell does a single spec for a single class USE all this stuff? Do they die a lot and never repair or something?

Good heavens, just give me some friggin attack power or agility already.

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