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I Like Big Crits and I Cannot Lie

I am diverging from my usual posting style to talk about a project that  I have been following. I’ve been following this project from the preliminary talks and buzz on Twitter, to the latest episode: Big Crits. Big Crits is something that Stoneybaby has been working on for the last several months. Many of you know Stoney from the Totem Talk column at WoW.com, Big Hit Box, and his Starbucks Foursquare updates on Twitter. This project is really somewhere between a documentary and “Real World: Azeroth”…complete with the “Confession Booth” like interviews — and I love it.

Written By: on May 27, 2010

Lich King Shielding & Infest – More Than Just Bubble Spam

Ava did a great post a few weeks back called How To Disco With the Lich King, and it has generated some great feedback and questions on the encounter. I do, want to dive a bit more in depth to the Infest mechanic of the fight and how PW: Shield works at handling it.  (Both on Heroic and Normal Mode 10/25). One very common misconception about Disc Priests and the Lich King encounter is that it is all about Bubble Spam– nothing more, and nothing less. If you have a Disc priest, Infest is irrelevant: just spam and /profit. This couldn’t be further from the truth – the key to this fight is an INTELLIGENT Disc Priest, not just some Bubble Monkey. There is a lot you need to keep …

Written By: on May 17, 2010

Why Raiding Guilds don’t care about your Gearscore.

Because it doesn’t tell us jack shit about what a raiding guild is really looking for in a player. Thanks for reading! See you next week! What, you actually want an in depth answer? No one wants an in depth answer any more ! No one wants to THINK! If they did, we wouldn’t have this WUTS UR GS mess in the first place.

The One About Identity and Culpability…

“To ensure all participants in the Arena Tournament have the best experience possible, there will be a zero-tolerance policy for any inappropriate character or Arena team names created on the Arena Tournament realm. Characters with inappropriate names will be deleted. This means that you will need to customize another template from scratch and re-earn all personal and hidden ratings. Keep in mind that in a later phase of the Arena Tournament team rosters will be locked down. If your character is deleted during this time, no exceptions will be made and your team will need to use whoever is left on that roster in order to continue competing. Arena teams with names deemed inappropriate will be dissolved. This means that you will need to create another charter for your team …

Written By: on May 4, 2010

Thoughts on Cata Raid changes from an “Entitled Elitist”

God damn Casuals, ruining the game once again. I bet that’s what you were expecting to read when you came here. Your blood is already pumping, preparing to blast us for for subscribing to the “only 25 man raiders should get exclusive loot” school, and and tell us to tuck our pathetic virtual e-peens away and quit the game. Man, are you going to be disappointed when you read this. So take a deep breath and let me explain what us “elitist pricks” have to say about all this.

Written By: on April 26, 2010

Healing Tips for DPS

I originally wanted to entitle this post as “How not to piss off your healers”, but that seemed to make my message come off as being a giant pissing session. I didn’t want to set the tone of this posting to be so negative. I really want this post to allow DPS a glimpse into what healers have to deal with on a nightly basis. Afterall, we hold every single member of the raid in our hands… and I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t smile when I see a DPS die and they pissed me off already in that evening. So, I guess we’ll consider this an open letter to all DPS out there.

Written By: on April 23, 2010

How to Disco with the Lich King

Ooooh I, I love the nightlife…I got to boogie……On the disco ’round, oh yea. Oh, I love the night life….I got to boogie on the disco ’round, oh yea… What? Disco is dead? Shit, I guess I didn’t get the memo. Thank god, because Disco music sucks. But I’ll tell you what DOESN’T suck! Healing the Lich King fight as a discipline priest. If for some reason you still run with a group of window lickers that still don’t understand the benefits and abilities of a discipline priest, this fight alone should change their mind.

A Dark Nemesis Gratuitous Self-Congratulatory Post

Before I dive into this brief post/update, one thing we did learn about blogging is that your reader is smart enough to know- so don’t try to fool them: When you are doing gratuitous self-promotion, tell them. Consider yourself notified. That being said, we’ve been busy. We completed Glory of the Icecrown Raider on 10-Mans and got our very sexy Frost Wyrms. They’re almost as frigid as Derevka, but way cooler.

Written By: on March 29, 2010

AddOn Corner: AVR- A Strat and Positioning Mod

Communicating to your raid the strategy you will be using is a key part of being successful in a raid. Well, duh. How many times have you gone over a fight and said, “ok if you get the bad stuff… go run over here. You are the bomb!!!” (Molten Core reference, anyone?) Let’s tell a story… a long time ago, in a raid far far away…. Raid Leader: “Ok now everyone remember, if you get the Super Bad debuff, you go over here.” *pings map* The encounter begins, and Raider Joe is targeted by the Super Bad debuff and runs off to the wrong location. Raid Leader: “Joe! Joe! Wrong way! Run to the east!!!!” *pings map incessantly* Debuff goes off, and wipes the raid. The End. Now, in a …

Written By: on March 25, 2010

Priests and Valithria Dreamwalker

DPS love their meters. Who’s epeen is bigger than everyone elses? Look to the meter! Healing is a bit different, meters don’t tell the whole story- even if you analyze World of Logs or WWS reports, you still can’t really understand healing by meters. There is just too much unquantifiable information that exists. Enter the Valithria Dreamwalker encounter. Blizzard finally implemented a fight where you have to ‘heal a boss to death’… erm life? Healers rejoice!! Finally a fight where we can flex our epeens, show off our HPS numbers, and have the proverbial pissing contest with all the other healers.

Written By: on March 10, 2010