With more players reaching the Lich King and "finishing" the expansion (although I wouldn't have suggested saying that to anyone toiling on the Icecrown Citadel drakes), the community turned a little more of its attention to the future. The community's appetite for all things Cataclysm was in no way sated by the trickle of expansion information in this period, and more and more of our writers began to speculate on possible changes.
Is there a place for MMO magazines? Zach had subscribed to the World of Warcraft magazine but hadn't failed to notice the constant delays in its arrival -- or the disadvantage of print media in an increasingly digital world.
What happened to Tour Guide? "There have been many addon stories that will live through World of Warcraft's history and beyond, as cautionary tales, expressions of visions or the refinement of a segment of the MMO genre that, rapidly, is becoming the norm in most games. Tekkub's TourGuide is going to be, if it is not already, one of those stories."
Raid Rx: A history of organizational healing Relatively new players are often unaware of the hijinks pulled in older raids that allowed healers to beat the content.
Shifting Perspectives: Tanks and the barrier to entry An examination of why tanks queue and why they don't. I almost wish I'd saved this topic for the Cataclysm launch given the flood of complaints related to astronomical queues in the dungeon finder. "Some of the (tank shortage problems) are the result of deliberate design choices on Blizzard's part, but the larger share is the consequence of a playerbase that needs tanks but is (ironically) hostile to beginners ... Be kind to your newbie tanks, my fellow players. At some point down the line, the time you save may be your own."
Blood Pact: Be a raider, not a robot "If you do pull aggro and have the boss come over to you, try and shatter while stood next to a mage. It may not help prevent a wipe but nobody will really mind as the hilarity will make it all worthwhile."
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