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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Care and Feeding of Warriors, the column dedicated to arms, fury and protection warriors. Despite repeated blows to the head from dragons, demons, Old Gods and whatever that thing over there was, Matthew Rossi will be your host.

In the past, I’ve done Year in Review columns and liked them well enough. The first one I wrote was in 2007 and discussed rage normalization, which to my eyes was the biggest and worst change the warrior class had undergone in The Burning Crusade. Flash forward four years. Here we are in 2011, and rage normalization has been with us for a year and the sky didn’t fall. This has me in a contemplative mood. The future is Mists of Pandaria and a new talent system, but right now, it’s time to look back at what were the biggest developments for the warrior class.

I don’t necessarily mean good or bad, here. These are simply profound changes, things that may have also affected other classes but which definitely affected us. While 2011 was a year we made contact (because we’re melee, we have to make contact) it was also a year of a great many changes.

Mastery

I’ve talked about it before, but mastery really has been a game-changer for warriors this past year. Fury warriors got so much out of the stat before patch 4.1 that the amount of mastery they have at base was nerfed from 8 points to 2 points. It worked, after a fashion, because until patch 4.3, it became impossible for fury warriors to assemble enough mastery to make them interested in the stat again. It may be possible with Dragon Soul gear for TG fury, but with arms the dominant DPS spec for warriors in Dragon Soul raids right now, it’s not likely to be tested exhaustively.

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The Care and Feeding of Warriors: 2011′s warrior in review originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Magmaw, the first boss of Blackwing Descent
Every week, WoW Insider brings you Totem Talk for elemental, enhancement, and restoration shaman. Josh Myers once only tackled the hard questions about enhancement but has recently expanded his sphere of responsibility to all shaman DPS specs. (And no, two-handed enhancement is still never coming back.)

It’s hard for me to believe that Cataclysm has only been out for slightly over one year, especially given how we’re already on the last raid of the expansion. It’s been a turbulent year for the shaman class, and elemental as a spec is no exception. Between legendaries, highly fluctuating DPS, and more tweaks to AoE then I care to count, elemental has had more than its fair share of ups and downs this year.

Tier 11: The lows

Elemental was not a strong DPS class in the first tier of Cataclysm raiding. Fights like heroic Halfus, Maloriak, and Sinestra brought our lack of competitive AoE damage into the limelight, while Cho’gall, Conclave of Wind, and Ascendant Council all highlighted how elemental’s mobile DPS was terribly low. With Unleash Elements and shocks being our only mobile cast — not to mention low levels of haste that left us with terribly slow Lightning Bolt casts — and we really struggled to pump out respectable numbers on any fight that wasn’t Patchwerk-esque.

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Totem Talk: 2011 in review for elemental shaman originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Lichborne for blood, frost, and unholy death knights. In the post-Cataclysm era, death knights are no longer the new kids on the block. Let’s show the other classes how a hero class gets things done.

As 2011 draws to a close, we have come to an end in some places. Patch 4.3 has been confirmed as the last major raid patch for the Cataclysm expansion. Certainly, Blizzard could always change tracks and create another raid or two if it can’t get Pandaria up and running fast enough, but we can probably assume that most new class balancing will be put off.

With that in mind, it’s a good time to look back on the year that was 2011 and see what death knights have been up to, what’s happened with our class, and maybe make a few guesses about what we can expect going forward. 2011 was strange for us. We were never, perhaps, horribly underpowered, but we had some weird quirks, some strange deficiencies, and a lot of mechanical stuff to worry about. If I had to give it a title, perhaps I’d call it the year of contradictions.

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Lichborne: 2011 in review for death knights originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Last Wednesday, another story came to a close. Readers were shown the early days of not only Brynne and Lisaara but their indomitable Papa as well, the older dwarf who adopted and loved them like his own. We got to see the heartbreaking story of Komlir Stonestrike, who even after answering the Alliance’s call lost everything he held dear. Finally, we got to see how our dear Horde grunts fit into the whole time line.

The writer, Jeff, and I felt it was important for the readers to have a sense of what their adoptive father was like. We felt that it not only fleshed out the girls’ history much better, but you would also get a much greater sense of loss, knowing what a great man (dwarf?) Stonestrike really was. Yes, he was a workaholic (can you be a workaholic in the military?), but he ended up paying the ultimate price for it. While it’s short, Papa had a story of redemption and acted on his new-found desire to make up for unwittingly abandoning his family.

As with all projects I undertake, I always hope to come out learning something new. I felt that as a whole, this little morsel of a story turned out quite nicely, although drawing dwarves is hard; I won’t lie. There’s the “Samwise look” I had to study for the first few pages …

Gallery: Safe Passage

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Safe Passage: The Prologue in review originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Shifting Perspectives for cat , bear , restoration and balance druids. Balance news comes at you every Friday — learn how to master the forces of nature, and know what it means to be a giant laser turkey! Send questions, comments, or something you’d like to see to tyler@wowinsider.com.

Greetings from the slums of BlizzCon! Although I sit at home in eager anticipation as I write this, by the time you read it, things have likely already spirialed far beyond control. The build-up, the thrill, all of it finally releasing on this day — and look, I get this poor little column fighting against all of the headline news. How special I must be. While at the time of your reading, there is undoubtedly a barrage of new information to sort through, I want to take a slightly different turn, to change the relative pace of the day, if you will.

Many, many months ago, back when I first joined the WoW Insider staff, I wrote at length on the history of balance druids, how we had changed as the face of WoW itself developed beyond anything that we could have possibly imagined back in the days of Molten Core. I would like once again to reflect upon our past, the trials and tribulations that led to what we are today. It has not always been easy to be a balance druid, and certainly we have much to be thankful for. In tune of celebrating all things Blizzard, I want to take joy in the strides that have been taken in making balance the respectable spec that it is today.

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Shifting Perspectives: Balance history in review originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sat, 22 Oct 2011 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, September 9th, 2011
WoW Insider’s on a Daily Quest to bring you interesting, informative, and entertaining WoW-related links from around the blogosphere.

Way back in vanilla, I remember questing with a friend out in Azshara — well, maybe “questing” is too strong of a term. It was more like “murdering mass amounts of dragonkin and grinding out XP” than real questing. While merrily stomping dragons, all of a sudden we heard a zone-wide yell from Azuregos, a new outdoor boss that had just been put in. My friend, being the hit-things-first-ask-questions-later type, decided to run up and smack the dragon in the face. After all, he reasoned, it was only a dragon. How hard could it be?

This was when we both learned the valuable lesson that creatures with ??? listed as their level should probably not be messed with unless you’ve got a substantial amount of backup. Oddly enough, I kind of miss those days.

Today, we’ve got some posts looking at different parts of Cataclysm and sharing some thoughts and reviews on the expansion.


Hey, bloggers! Wondering what it takes to be featured in The Daily Quest? The answers are after the break, so keep reading!

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011

There is no shortage of World of Warcraft applications out there for your iPhone or iPad device. You can check and optimize your gear with Mr. Robot; you can chat and play the auction house with the official Mobile Armory; and you can protect your account from hackers with the Mobile Authenticator.

This week, you can add another app to that list: Healbot, a free, stand-alone iOS game that simulates World of Warcraft boss fights from a healer’s perspective. Your party takes damage; it’s your job to heal through it. If the boss hits zero before your party does, you win. Just like real life! Well, real life in Azeroth, anyway.

If the name app’s name sounds familiar, that’s intentional. According to the game’s developers, Healbot is “based on the mechanics of the Healbot mod in WoW.” But how does this simulation stack up against the real thing? And is it worth your dear, sweet, precious time?

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Review: Healbot now available for your iPad or iPhone originally appeared on WoW Insider on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


Sometimes you’d like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It’s not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around — past, present and future.

PAX East 2011: One Massive(ly) roundup
PAX East has already begun fading into memory, but there was a lot to see and do over the three days of the convention. Even if you disregard the numerous fan gatherings and community events taking place, there were an awful lot of games on the floor, with showings from MMOs that dwarfed last year’s offerings. Head over to Massively to check out all of their coverage of the event.
NCsoft makes multi-million-dollar Japanese relief donation
NCsoft is throwing a considerable contribution into the relief drive for victims of the recent disaster in Japan in the form of 500 million Yen (or 4.5 million Euros/6.3 million USD, for those of you counting along at home). NCsoft’s Sung Joon Park explained that the sum equals a month’s worth of sales.
Trion responds to RIFT account hacks
Trion World’s Scott Hartsman responded to the hacker attempts, reassuring fans curious about what steps were being taken to secure their accounts. Citing “constant attacks” since the launch of RIFT that have impacted 1% of accounts, Hartsman said that the team is blocking hackers and botnets as quickly as they are identified but that this will also be an ongoing process.
World of Warcraft bloggers fight back against RIFT
While RIFT is certainly a four-letter word, it’s becoming that kind of four-letter word for certain bloggers in the World of Warcraft community. Reala of Click the Lightwell went so far as to whip up a graphical badge certifying WoW blogs as RIFT-free zones in response to the amount of virtual ink devoted to Trion’s title on Azeroth-centric websites.
Massively Speaking Episode 141: PAX East wrap-up
Massively Speaking is back this week with a special PAX East wrap-up episode. Eliot Lefebvre, Larry Everett, and Karen Bryan join Shawn to talk about their experiences at the event, including panels, interviews, and an exciting hands-on demo of SWTOR.
Massively’s Week in Review: New promise for an Old Republic
Don’t let WoW Insider do all of the talking when it comes to Massively’s best content of the week. The Massively staff themselves have picked out what they think is the best content their site has to offer in their own weekly roundup.

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MMO Roundup: PAX East in review, RIFT account security, and more originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Jesse Cox has a lot of fans. Jesse’s a great guy and incredibly talented; we’ve featured his work more than a few times around here. Jesse has a new series out in which he does a Weekly Review of the week’s news. It’s a pretty fun summary and is totally worth checking out.

In a similar vein, the Glitch Hunters over on YouTube have been putting together a great series featuring the landscape — and bugs — of Azeroth. Using methods completely available to every player of WoW, they are constantly exploring even the unintended landscapes. Balista tipped us off to these videos, saying, “Like imagine if Oxhorn was a documentary filmmaker.”

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The Classifieds: Weekly review and exploring the world originally appeared on WoW Insider on Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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