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  1. Base mana is being ramped way the fuck up along with base hp. Given that all our abilities scale in cost with base mana, it won't make any practical difference whether we have 5-6k as now, or 13-15k come Cataclysm (or whatever it actually ends up at at 85).
  2. And of course the unspoken line between the two there in that blue post is "Mostly because none of us has the slightest clue what the fuck you just said anyway."
  3. Given the changes to the glyph system (where you "learn" a glyph and can swap any you've learned freely at will), i can see a lot of the more borderline/situational ones getting used occasionally, when they're appropriate and useful. I mean, i'd love to be able to swap my SoV glyph for SoC for Valithria heroic (fuck those manaburning frostbolt volleys and the "oh look, all your mana is gone instantly" void zones), but i'm not going to keep stacks of them both around constantly for one fight a week. Especially with the new "medium" glyphs, which they seem to be talking about being mostly secondary/situational things to begin with.
  4. The way they've said that the heals will work is that the lesser/flash "quick" heals will heal for around the same amount as the base efficient heal, just significantly faster and at a substantial mana penalty. The "big" heals will heal for substantially more, but with a much longer cast time and middling efficiency. So fast heal: highest HPS, worst HPM, useful primarily for getting people who've been spiked dangerously low up to a stable state as quickly as possible. middle heal: highest HPM, worst HPS, bread and butter heal used for most situations. big heal: middling HPM, middling HPS, useful for when you need higher sustained HPS than you can get with the efficient heal, but without blowing out your mana completely like the fast heal would. Not much use in pvp or any other situation where you have to respond to sudden unpredictable spikes due to the cast time. Will probably end up being the standard tank heal later in the expansion once healers have the regen to support it and the tanks are taking enough damage that it's needed. At least, that's the theory. No doubt the players will do their damnedest to break it once it goes live.
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    It's... odd. They've been having a different director for each episode (including the actual director of Saki for that parody episode), so it's kinda schizophrenic. Some episodes are fairly standard harem rom-com, some are standard harem comedy situations done in a completely insane way (see ep4), and some are, well, see my previous post.
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    So, is anyone else watching Mayoi Neko Overrun? Started out as as a pretty generic harem comedy (with a few awesomely WTF moments, like the ping-pong game in ep4), but somewhere along the line, someone apparently decided that that was entirely too boring. So, ep7 was, completely out of nowhere, the final episode of a super robot show. And now ep8 is, well, Saki. With Jenga.
  7. New patch has the male worgen dance. It's, er, well.... What is this i don't even
  8. Ulduar has always been fun (except for wiping repeatedly trying to get Orbituary). Malygos became fun when they added gear scaling so that you didn't have to rely on the mouthbreathers in your raid to do things right to actually get a kill at all.
  9. I can understand complaining about homogenising actual combat abilities (such as some of the tanking cooldown changes in Wrath), but buffs? They're fucking passive. They're either passive auras, or you cast them once before the fight (and maybe refresh them a couple of times mid-fight in cases like Battle Shout/Horn of Winter/totems). All having a large number of unique buffs does is turn building a raid (especially 10m) into a kind of intricate jigsaw puzzle and still leave you short a few essential ones if certain classes can't make it. Having a few essential buffs that can be provided by a variety of classes is so much better than TBC/Wrath buff tetris that i just can't fathom how anyone would complain about it.
  10. He's king of a single human kingdom, not overlord of the entire Alliance.
  11. So apparently Blizzard forgot to lock the alpha forums to alpha-enabled accounts. Which has let the following leak out (warning, MASSIVE spoilers, read at your own risk): Non-spoilery summary: Garrosh looks like he might live up to his name after all, Wrynn is a dick.
  12. We'll probably be able to get a bit more mileage out of raid gear (at least for non-tanks) simply due to all the gem slots - entry-level gear will most likely be fairly low on them, and fully-gemming Wrath raid gear with even green-quality Cata gems (or blues if you're willing to pay out the nose) will provide a pretty massive stat boost (just look at how long the early TBC socketed levelling blues can last if you stick Wrath gems in them). I think i saw datamined gem stats on SA a few days ago, and they were what, 50 stats apiece (75 for stam)? Something like that, anyway. Even if that's the blues, the green quality ones are still going to be closer to them than current epics, which is going to be a massive upgrade (i think i have something like 20-odd sockets in my mostly-251 gear right now, so that's another 600+ stat points).
  13. That 1300+ stamina cloak is still clearly a bug. But yeah, looks like we're going to see 50-60k or thereabouts being a reasonable hp baseline for someone in level 85 quest blues. But eh, whether it's replaced by 81 greens or 85 blues, it'll be gone within a week of the expansion hitting anyway. If you're raiding for loot at this stage in the game, you need your head examined.
  14. As a 10 strict raider i'm feeling very, very smug right now. I've been saying it should work that way since beta.
  15. Grats kit! We spent a few hours beating our heads against Valithria and Putricide on heroic tonight (after downing Festergut and Rotface without too much trouble). Valithria (or rather, those cunting archmages) can FUCK RIGHT OFF. Every sodding frostbolt volley that gets through eats a good quarter of my mana bar, plus those sodding mana void zones. Ended half the attempts flailing uselessly against mobs while i waited for Divine Plea or Arcane Torrent to come off cooldown so i'd even have the mana to judge.
  16. Woo. [Heroic: Storming the Citadel (10 player)] get. Saurfang is fucking stressful. And i don't even have to heal it.
  17. It was saying 49% when i bought mine (and the queue was like 3m, 2-300 people at that point). So i think the stock level indicator is just broken.
  18. It's mailed to you on every character (including new ones you make), just like the CE pets. And yes, i bought one. And Lil'XT.
  19. Bullshit. There's certainly been considerable levels of inflation, but we're still a long way away from FFXI-level hyperinflation where the currency truly becomes meaningless. I don't know if anyone else here was in the WotLK beta, but that provided a good example of what happens when too much gold is injected into the economy (in that case, due to people pooling gold, up to and including their entire guild bank funds, on a single character, then copying repeatedly to the beta servers), and it wasn't pretty. We're talking hundreds (if not thousands) of gold for a single stack of ore, and suchlike.
  20. I'm actually pretty optimistic about that part - the way it's worded ("We feel Retribution paladins need one more mechanic [...]") gives me a feeling that they might be wanting to give us something to think about during our rotation, rather than just something to react to like the t10 2pc bonus. Think combo points or the new balance druid eclipse, something we can stack up and then later consume in some fashion, or something like that, rather than just proccing a cooldown reset on one of our abilities (although i'd agree that it'd be nice to have something like the t10 2pc baked into a talent as well as whatever else they come up with).
  21. They've been saying from the start that pallies were going to be delayed because they simply hadn't done much work on them. So yeah, the others all had more concrete ideas laid down already, whereas paladins are still in the brainstorming and concept phase.
  22. Well, that's all a bit vague and undetermined. I guess they did warn us that we were still very much a work-in-progress, though. Overall, not a lot to complain about, though. Was hoping to at least get solid confirmation on ret/prot getting an interrupt (the druid preview made note that they couldn't fit into a generic melee dps/tank raid/pvp/etc slot without one... and presumably the same should apply for ret/prot). Could be covered by the bit about pvp utility, i guess (along with some fucking mobility, pretty please, especially since we're losing cleanse). Blessing change is awesome (especially if they go through with merging kings/motw like they've suggested a few times recently, and back in WotLK beta). Hopefully PallyPower can go die in a fire, along with all the paladins too dumb to use it properly. The wording on the Holy Shock change ("core healing spell available to all paladins") makes me wonder whether it's being reworked to just be a heal, or whether prot/ret will get it available as another instant nuke. Maybe they'll make it a baseline heal, then add a talent in Holy to turn it into an offensive tool (since Holy gets pretty much jack-shit otherwise, offensively speaking). 30m Sacred Shield makes it much more useful for ret/prot, as you'll be able to just cast it before a fight and never have to worry about it again (unless they do something weird and add charges, like shaman shield spells). Definitely happy to hear that they're planning on giving Prot a more varied rotation for different situations (hopefully they do something to make it more interesting than just mashing 96969 constantly, to). Slightly anxious that they haven't said much about Ret's rotation, though, other than a vague "adding some mechanic" note (sounds like they've got about as much idea as we do what they're actually going to do with it at this point..). Slightly annoyed that they're taking the time to change Holy Shield, but by the sounds of it we'll still just be mashing it every 9s to maintain the amount of mitigation we're balanced around (unless that note is incomplete and they're actually changing it to a proper cooldown ala Warrior Shield Block). The new spells pretty much fit the mould of all the others they've announced - cool, but gimmicky and/or incredibly niche. Blinding Shield seems to have been pretty much designed specifically to give Holy/Prot another spell while locking Ret out of it entirely (requires a shield, ret gets no talents for it), and will probably be hilariously overpowered in pvp when they first implement it. Healing Hands is just a bit... uh... Turn yourself into a mobile healing stream totem for 6s out of every 15? That means it'll have time to tick... what, 2-3 times? Is that meant to be the solution to AOE healing as Holy? The Guardian is definitely the most interesting, in that it gives all three specs a new cooldown tailored specifically to them. Also, those are some fucking boring mastery bonuses
  23. I wouldn't be too surprised if Prot's third Mastery is block chance, or something - rather than occasionally blocking HUGE amounts like warriors will, we'll just more consistently block regular amounts. Also, FUCKING FINALLY:
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