What do you do for WoW Insider?
I'm a standard issues blogger, reporting on just about everything I can get my hands on. I like to concentrate on raid and high-end PvE issues, since that's where I spend most of my time in game. I've also go a few projects in the work for our sister site, Massively. I think my first article should pop up over there next week (knock on wood)...
What's your main right now?
My main is a Protection Spec Human Warrior on Eldre'Thalas. He's been my main since March of 2005. However, I have flirted at times with the possibility of switching to a Priest full time, but that was back in November of 2006. However that said, I also have many other alts that I give a lot of care and love. One of my favorite things to do is to run the level 70 five mans with friends, all of us running on our fourth or fifth alt. It's kinda fun!
More after the break!
For the Horde or Glory to the Alliance?
Alliance! Grab that sword and fight the Horde! Seriously, I don't play my horde characters much. I've got a 65 Blood Elf Paladin rotting away that I'll probably never pick up again. I'm not sure why the horde doesn't click with me, it just doesn't. Interestingly enough, I play exclusively on the evil side of EQ2...
Favorite thing to do in Azeroth?
I love tanking. There's something about going head to head, toe to toe, eye to eye with a huge monster and walking away from the fight alive. I'm a big fantasy an sci-fi fan, and have spent more hours then I care to admit reading about Drizzit Do'Urden standing up against some monster and fighting until his last breath. When tanking some of the bosses, I can let myself go and loose myself in the fantasy of it for a bit – bringing back that epic feeling.
What's the best instance in the game?
This is a toss up between Black Morass and Mount Hyjal. Black Morass is great in that it's short, challenging at times, and offers great rewards. I've often agreed to do a quick Black Morass run when I'm tired and otherwise would have not agreed to run another instance.
Mount Hyjal is great because of the story and episodic nature of the whole instance. While I had mixed reaction to Blizzard removing attunement, one thing I was happy about was that many more people would be able to experiencing the story line and unique nature of the instance.
It probably should be noted too that my favorite instances are both almost non-stop action, full of fast and furious pulls and boss fights. Chain pulling and not having a down time is something I like to do, as my guild is finding out in spades in Black Temple right now.
What's the number one thing Blizzard could do better?
I think Blizzard does a lot of things great. And for the size of the game, they're doing a crazy good job. I get kind of tired of some of the anti-Blizzard statements. They're the first company to host a virtual game world that has so many different levels of play, culture, and goals. This makes it more like the real world then most of us care to admit.
However that said, I think Blizzard needs to challenge itself to do better. They're already miles ahead of their competition in terms of community involvement and game support. SOE doesn't even come close, and LindenLabs just isn't in the same ballpark. But, that really doesn't meant they couldn't communicate and work with the players more. I look at Blizzard as the best baseball team in the world (the Minnesota Twins, of course!) (okay, kidding...Carl Polad gutted the team this year, they have a lot of work to do. But let's sat the 2005 or 1991 Twins). Even the best baseball team needs to improve their play, and can win that one extra game. Blizzard is like that. Sometimes I wonder if all of them realize this.
The best way to make money ingame is...
Selling things on the AH. I have way to make 5000g in a week on the AH if I work at it. Know how to do this and become rich in game. Maybe some day I'll share how I do it... but I have a few thousand other topics to write on first.
Favorite piece of loot?
Bulwark of Azzinoth. I will have it soon. Yes, my preciousssss.
When I'm not playing WoW, I'm...
Seriously, I get paid to play a computer game. This is a dream job for me, so I try to take advantage of it as much as I can. If I'm not playing, I'm either writing, working on my course work, or hanging out with the girlfriend and my cat. Oh, and for the record, my cat can tank Antheron. True story.
What accomplishment in-game are you most proud of?
I don't know if I can answer this without making one group or another angry. So I'll say I have a few. One is being part of an amazing tanking corps pre-BC. There were four of us who were geared to the bone, and we all got along great. Sadly this did not last, but is one the the things I'm proud of in game. Another thing would be killing Kael'Thas. The guild I was with (I've only been with 3 guilds in 3 ½ years, one I was with for 2 years) went from downing Gruul to Kael, and I was there for just about every step of the way. That kind of progression is great and is probably the most "epic" feeling I've ever gotten in game. Finally, the other accomplishment I'm proudest of is the friends that I've made through the game. It's a new thing to become close to people in a world where you might never see them. But nonetheless, I think the social aspect of the game has to be the thing I'm most proud of.