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Ghostcrawler -- Hammer of the Righteous
I think if Hammer of the Righteous went back to its old design of hitting 3 targets, you'd see the forums swarming with paladins in a few weeks demanding some way to AE, such as... removing the cooldown on Consecrate again. There is no way to change the Prot paladin rotation up without changing some core abilities, and we are committed to changing the Prot rotation up.
We have some room to experiment with the proc rates for Grand Crusader, but remember that the more often it procs, the weaker it has to hit.
Ghostcrawler -- Tinfoil hat use is high
WOTLK, The infatuation with HAT was the bane of all the would be sub rogues. So sub rogues remain used for years so the devs could keep sub signature ability. HAT which was at one point good in a raid in a few unique situations but left the other 99.999 percent of the time player a sub rogue terrible.
That being said, just about every time I see a post about this is some spec "signature" is this one talent we can't change it, you can bet the farm the devs are hit by cupids arrow again and the game is going to suffer for it.
A lot of tinfoil hat speculation about how developers do their jobs and not much discussion on class design, which is the actual focus of this forum.
Ghostcrawler -- Elemental shaman changes in next beta patch
In the next beta build (or the one after that), you will see two important changes to Elemental shaman. First, you will use Lightning Shield (for damage!) instead of Water Shield. Second, you will want to use Earthquake for AE over Fire Nova. These changes, especially the former, will provide Elemental shaman with a bit of an upgrade in the rotation over what you're used to in LK.
I don't want to oversell it, because players have a tendency to imagine herds of glittering ponies when left to their own imaginations, but it should be a fun change.
Mumper -- Guild XP
Any quest that rewards experience to you will also reward guild experience. The amount of guild reputation earned is based on the amount of guild experience rewarded. Note that daily quests will also reward guild experience.
All guild reputation is gained as a factor of guild experience.
No. As I mentioned in the other post, anything that grants guild xp will also grant guild facton. So that means that winning a rated BG with your guild or completing specific guild achievments will reward faction as well as completing quests or killing instance bosses.