Why Have Gear?, Balkoth, Balkoth’s Word, 10/18/13.
In this piece, Balkoth, one of my favorite WoW bloggers, discusses the importance of the role of gear in WoW. He also heavily quotes and responds to Rowan of I Have Touched the Sky. It’s a great read.
Potential new WoW feature caught on video, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 10/23/13.
Is this a bug, or is this the dungeon scaling technology?
Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: Twists in time, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 10/20/13.
What’s up with time right now? err, back then? in the future?
The Daily Grind: Is crowd control in MMOs dead?, Brianna Royce, Massively, 10/18/13.
I hadn’t even realized it was so important before WoW.
A Counter-Intuitive Idea For Tanks in LFR, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 10/16/13.
Rohan notes that there’s room for bad healers or DPS in LFR but not tanks. He speculates that increasing the number of tanks (while keeping encounters tuned for two) would make tanking more forgiving and possibly yield more people queuing as tanks. It’s a great idea.
An Alternate Explanation for Gender Bias in Healing and Tanking, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 10/8/13.
Here’s another fantastic piece by Rohan. He provides an alternate explanation on gender bias in which he speculates that women prefer to stay at range while men prefer melee. It’s interesting.
Crowd Control & Diminishing Returns, Lore, World of Warcraft Forums, 10/11/13.
If you’ve wondered what CC shared diminishing returns, this great thread has you covered.
Know Your Lore: A brief summary of the Pandaria campaign, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 10/9/13.
This is a fantastic summary of what’s happened in Pandaria.
Reputation in review: Pandaria, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 10/14/13.
A consideration of the different reputation experiments in Mists of Pandaria.
Know Your Lore: The fate of Garrosh Hellscream, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 10/13/13.
Nothing new, but interesting look at why things happened the way they did.
Spec and Talent design likely to remain unchanged in 6.0, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 10/15/13.
If you read the article title, you don’t really need to read the article.
WoW Archivist: Spells we’ve lost, Scott Andrews, WoW Insider, 10/11/13.
An examination of spells that have been removed. I’m ready to lose more.
Mooglegem: I like frost magering!
Mooglegem: It comes with a Squishy! I think I might have the only frost elemental in Azeroth with low self esteem.
Devee: Why does he have low self esteem?!
Mooglegem: I used to have a glyph that made him big! But then I took it away, and now he’s a little squishy.
Devee: Put it back then!
Gemma: Nope! I’m trying to show him that bigger is not always better!
Gemma: … He also has “performance” issues.
Behind the Blogging Scenes Interview: Rohan, Matticus, World of Matticus, 10/5/13.
Matticus interviewed Rohan, one of my favorite bloggers.
I Think I’m in Love With 5.4, Balkoth, Balkoth’s Word, 10/3/13.
Wondering what’s so special about 5.4? Balkoth can explain.
Inventory fixes being worked on, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 10/5/13.
Yes yes yes.
Warcraft as a whole: story balance between RTS and MMO, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 10/7/13.
A consideration of the different ways the MMO and RTS games have interacted with story.
WTB generic glyphs, Sarah Pine, WoW Insider, 10/9/13.
Some interesting ideas for generic glyphs.
The Mists of Pandaria that never was, Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 10/4/13.
Things could have been a bit different.
New Refer-A-Friend system revealed, Olivia Grace, WoW Insider, 10/7/13.
The new system sounds good, but are there really people who are coming to play WoW for the first time still?
Breakfast Topic: Today, the Sky Golems invade Azeroth, Adam Koebel, WoW Insider, 10/9/13.
This is a pretty sweet mount.
I like that LFR is included, and I think it’s a great feature. That said, the experience is usually infuriating. People are usually under-geared, which is to be expected, but they also don’t know what to do and don’t listen to instructions. Honestly, LFR is open to everyone, and many people have never raided outside of LFR. I understand that it can be daunting. What gets to me, however, is when we wipe so many times and fall apart so much that it takes 2 or 3 hours to complete a wing. This happens pretty frequently, and it’s especially bad now that we’re in a new tier. Everyone’s yelling at each other, we have four stacks of determination, half the group drops, and I just want to finish.
Tuesday night after our raid, I decided to do the Vale of Eternal Sorrows in LFR. I was great on Immerseus, and we completed it in one attempt with no problems. The Fallen Protectors also went very smoothly, but I was beginning to get tired. We had no problems on Norushen either, but I was incredibly sloppy. I didn’t switch to adds, and I didn’t do anything but spam Smite and occasionally cast Penance or Holy Fire on the boss. By the time we got to the Sha of Pride, I was falling asleep. Sometimes I cast Smite on the Sha. Most of the time I did nothing. Yes, I was stacked at the correct spot, but I didn’t move. I didn’t fight the add. I didn’t use my healing CDs. Pretty much, I just slept.
Whoops. I was the bad that got carried last night.
Tuesday we cancelled our raid due to low attendance. We tried recruiting and taking trial members, but the couple that was planning on running with us restarted their computers and never returned. However, on Wednesday we breezed through Immerseus and the Fallen Protectors and finally completed the Norushen encounter! I got a belt, too. I think it was only on our second attempt of the night, although we wiped a total of 24 times.
Then we moved on to the Sha of Pride. If flex was any indicator, I expected this to be easier than the Norushen encounter, and I was right. We did wipe four times, but we defeated the Sha of Pride on the fifth attempt. Take that Sha of Pride! Who’s the best now? Us! Wait…
Hopefully next week we’ll be able to push into Orgrimmar itself!
The bag space problem, Adam Koebel, WoW Insider, 10/2/13.
An examination of the problem with bag space with possible solutions.
A lack of triumph, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 10/1/13.
The Siege of Orgrimmar lacks a triumphant feeling, and maybe that’s okay.
WoW’s Singing Sunflower sweetens the Lament of the Highborne, Lisa Poisso, WoW Insider, 7/29/13.
Whoops, I missed this one. Laura Shigihara, the voice of the Singing Sunflower pet (and the song from Plants vs. Zombies), sings Lament of the Highborne.
Brewfast has always been one of my two favorite holidays – the other being Hallow’s End. (It’s too bad they’re so close together.) The year before last, I obtained my Brewfest Ram. I still needed by kodo, so I continued to run Direbrew daily.
This year, I got my Brewfest Kodo! It shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but I do like it a lot actually. The next day, I realized it was a bittersweet victory. Now what do I do with Brewfest? I have every token reward except for on the drinking hat, and I actually had that previously and destroyed it. I have my Wolpertinger, which I do love. Now I had both mounts. Was this is for the holiday? There wasn’t even a stein this year! I think I’ll do the ram riding, calling through Orgrimmar, Dark Iron fight, and Pink Elekks on Parade quest once each just for the experience. I really wish Blizzard had continued to update the stein yearly though!