If you’re just getting started with WoW — or even if you aren’t — picking the perfect class to play can be a challenge. But the number of class options doesn’t mean you need to close your eyes and see where your cursor lands in order to pick the class you’re going to play. With a bit of research, you can make an informed decision on which class best fits how you like to game — and we’re here to help. Today, we’re talking about priests , spiritual devotees who unleash the powers of light and shadow to heal or harm. Priests are unique in their talent specializations: while specializations for most classes mean multiple ways to do damage or fill different class roles, priests are the only class with two healing-focused specializations: holy and discipline. These two specs offer very different ways to heal, which can make priests very versatile healers… if you’re into that kind of thing. But even if you aren’t, don’t count priests out as on offensive class: their shadow specialization gives them access to a powerful arsenal of damage spells, which could make priest the class for you even if you never want to cast a healing spell. But does that mean you should be playing a priest? Read on and we’ll discuss just what priests can do. Continue reading Should you play a priest in WoW? Filed under: Priest , WoW Rookie Should you play a priest in WoW? originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Today I present you with the best cloth transmog item ever: Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves . What makes these gloves so special? Well, it’s that they don’t really look like gloves at all. They display more like a pair of bracers, so when paired with many cloth chest pieces they appear as though your character isn’t wearing any gloves at all. See why they’re so awesome? Few would dispute the universal appeal of having no gloves as an option. So far the Exiled Dabbler’s Gloves appear to work best with any cloth chest that have a bell sleeve. Sleeveless, short sleeve, and fitted sleeve chest pieces don’t seem to hide the gauntlet of the glove. Fortunately the gauntlet is quite simple in design, displaying as a black bracer with some silver detail. Coincidentally, they’re a pretty close match to the ever popular Black Mageweave Leggings . According to Wowhead , these gloves are a random uncommon quality drop from the Isle of Thunder and Throne of Thunder. So if needed more incentive to keep doing dailies on the Isle of Thunder, now you have one. What do you think? Will you be chasing these down on the auction house or the Isle of Thunder? Personally I think it would be interesting to combine them with Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes , so my character can go gloveless and shoeless. Filed under: Transmogrification The best cloth transmogrification item ever originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Every week, WoW Insider brings you Totem Talk for elemental , enhancement and restoration shaman. Want to be a sultan of swing healing? A champion of Chain Heal? Totem Talk : Restoration, brought to you by Joe Perez (otherwise known as Lodur from World of Matticus and content creation at InternetDragons.TV ), shows you how. Recently we’ve been focusing a lot on the here and now, which is always good, but this week I thought it would be time to take a look at what’s coming up. The PTR is alive with the sounds of music… or at least the thrashing and ravings of the soon to be defeated Garrosh. Patch 5.4 is starting to take shape with a the world receiving more changes for one particular area. There are some very interesting changes right now for restoration shaman on the PTR, and they lead us to a point of speculation on what the next tier of raiding will bring for us. These are changes to glyphs and new set bonuses for tier 16 gear that may be portents for the future of shaman healing. As always this is information gained from the PTR and is subject to change prior to going live. Continue reading Totem Talk: Restoration predictions and set bonuses for tier 16 Filed under: Shaman , (Shaman) Totem Talk Totem Talk: Restoration predictions and set bonuses for tier 16 originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Warlocks around the world have been weeping at the Patch 5.4 PTR intended nerf to Kil’jaeden’s Cunning and Mannoroth’s Fury . Blizzard Community Manager Lore had already posted an explanation for the tier 6 talent nerfs and some unseen PTR mechanics that were not in the patch notes to help aid warlocks in recovering DPS lost to movement. CM Lore is back tonight with another post of spell changes in the next build for warlocks in the continuing discussion of the Kil’jaeden’s Cunning and Mannoroth’s Fury talent nerfs. After the break, you may read about a minor note about Rain of Fire generating less embers (specifics currently unknown), so that the developers can further discourage use of the spell in single-target situations. Fel Flame is being reworked entirely: it will no longer extended DoTs and it has a 1.5 second cast time instead of being instant-cast. In return, Fel Flame will be castable while moving and has received a small damage buff. Haunt , in return, will go back to being interrupted by movement. Affliction is being further compensated for the loss of Malefic Grasp while moving by expectedly moving the damage done power back into Haunt and the three DoTs. Finally, Kil’jaeden’s Cunning and Mannoroth’s Fury are both on a 1 minute cooldown (down from 1.5 minutes) but also a lowered duration of 10 seconds (down from 15 seconds). Mannoroth’s Fury applies to only the main AoEs but it provides a 100% damage increase to the specific AoE spells as well as the expanded area. Continue reading Patch 5.4 PTR: More spell changes to facilitate warlock talent nerfs Filed under: Warlock , Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4 PTR: More spell changes to facilitate warlock talent nerfs originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Blizzard Senior PvP Designer Brian Holinka tweeted over the weekend in response to a player who sent over this image of a buff on his character on the PTR. “The Crowd Chose You!!!” i s a buff that, as you can see from the tooltip, gives huge additional damage, as well as preventing that player from taking any damage. The person who captured the shot tweeted to Holinka asking for clarification, as you would in that situation, and Holinka replied, saying that it was a tie-breaker . Naturally this caused quite a lot of excitement among Holinka’s followers, with some people getting rather upset and worried that this would somehow result in a race to see who was the first to press their button, or similar, so Holinka followed up with a further tweet clarifying exactly what the buff would be used for. Continue reading Patch 5.4 PTR: Arena tie-break system revamp with a 1,000% damage buff Filed under: PvP Patch 5.4 PTR: Arena tie-break system revamp with a 1,000% damage buff originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Welcome back to The Queue , the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft . Adam Holisky ( @adamholisky ) will be your host today. I’m not sure why Blue Cheese wasn’t listed as the best cheese in the world yesterday. But anyways, we’ve corrected the mistake. Because Blue Cheese is really the best thing in the world. Especially between two hamburger patties. Aliase asked: What effect will the next tier of LFR have on the 5.0 content? Will it be possible to even run it anymore? Continue reading The Queue: Blue cheese Filed under: The Queue The Queue: Blue cheese originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
An all-rogue guild seems like something of a disaster waiting to happen, but Vile Thorn of Defias Brotherhood (US-H) makes it work … with an admittedly high collateral damage toll. Submitter Arli sent in this screenshot demonstrating Vile Thorn’s traditional method of showing guild pride. The guy who’s currently dead with a guild banner sticking out of his back might not consider rogues so playful and mischievous, but who cares what he thinks? Gallery: Around Azeroth 3 Want to see your own screenshot here? Send it to email@example.com . We strongly prefer full-sized pictures with no UI or names showing. Include “Azeroth” in the subject line to ensure your submission dodges email spam filters; if you’d like to be credited, also include your name, guild and realm. Filed under: Around Azeroth Around Azeroth: A knife in the back originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Have you ever heard of the perfect storm of raiding?
Not a single cloud in the sky. Calm and steady waves. You have enough players present even though 1 or 2 players have signed out for the day. But you can’t quite shake that feeling it’s just too good to be true.
For us, it started out much the same. But then, a series of unfortunate events occurred. Lodur had a computer shortage. I had to race through the streets to pick up mom. Some people were going to be a little late due to overtime at work. We were ultimately left standing with 22 people. What could we do until everyone had returned to their battle stations?
On the perfect day, none of these things would have happened. But every so often, you get that day where the universe just likes to screw with you and cause havoc for players. As the GM, I admit that feel uneasy and anxious when not raiding. All that time is being wasted just by sitting there.
What do you do if you don’t have a full crew to work with? Are there options when someone needs to step out briefly for a few minutes?
If there’s trash still up, go do what your parents yelled at you to do when you were younger and take out the trash! By the time you clear it, the player should be back in business and ready to go.
Easiest solution. Is there any other players online that you can pull in? Most raiding teams have a bench or maybe you have a recruit who is willing to step in. Activate the members you have around who you can grab.
Just because there’s a player out doesn’t mean you can’t at least get warmed up and give exposure to your players. Have them get a handle for the opening phases. Start practicing some of the mechanics. Get them thinking about how they’re going to react to the different phases. By the time your other raider gets back, they’re the one that has to play catch up.
This is generally not a first option. I’d only consider this under a few circumstances. First, it’s clear that the players gone aren’t going to be back anytime soon. We’re talking an internet outage or a computer exploding or some other case where it’ll take longer than the rest of raid to resolve. Second, the raid group is nearing the end of the raid week. Maybe the raid is on a day 2 or a day 3 and it’s clear that there won’t be enough time left. Lastly, if there is still valuable loot to be had in the rest of the instance. Certain trinkets, weapons, or 4-piece drops that players are missing will warrant an instance clear.
Within instances like Naxx or the first tier of raids in Cataclysm, you had options on where to go and what bosses to do. Throne of Thunder is completely linear. In previous instances, your raid could have switched to a different wing and gotten down a different boss (preferably one on farm) while you waited for the lone player to return.
Easiest solution on the planet. Give people a breather. It’s not uncommon for players to switch screens or alt tab and browse other sites (like this one) and catch up on other things going on. If you’re on a progression boss, the wait can allow players to catch up on additional information. Or be like me and sneak off to grab a quick bite from the fridge. It’s free time to spend!
Don’t despair like me at the thought of an underwhelmingly numbered raid. There’s always something that can be done until your group is back to full strength. However, if you find yourself consistently at less than capacity, then you’re going to want to start addressing that.
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”
- Wayne Gretzky
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