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Breakfast Topic: Alt-zheimer's


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My pally will always stay near and dear to my heart. He's my beloved main, and no other class is ever going to take that coveted position from him. Recently, however, I've found myself leveling a few alts just for the fun of it. I always used to be a one-character kind of guy, so the experience has been new and exciting for me. During these excursions into altoholism, I've learned that I find a death knight's blood DPS -- may it rest in peace -- to be extremely fun to play. I've also learned that healing isn't quite the frightening endeavor I once thought it would be.

However, there are a few other things I've learned during this time, which I'd like to share with you now.

  1. Priests are not tanks, and running head on into the first pack of mobs in a dungeon will likely make one die.
  2. Death knights cannot leap from ridiculous heights with impunity because they do not have Divine Shield.
  3. Paladins cannot Death Grip loose mobs.
  4. It's dangerous to bind Divine Intervention to the same key as Power Word: Fortitude.
  5. Responding to a trade chat ad for Vault of Archavon from a level 45 character will get you ignored rather quickly.

I could go on, but I'll spare you all of my stories of momentary in-game fugue. The point being, bouncing between alts can make it very easy to forget exactly what you're doing at any given time. Of course, the more alts you're leveling at once, the harder it becomes to keep track of each little difference.

For many of us, World of Warcraft is full of moments like these. People jump off of cliffs because they fail to remember that their trusty epic land mount can't fly. Keybind discrepancies lead to interesting mistakes with unintentionally hilarious results. The myriad of abilities offered by the 10 classes can make even the sharpest player forget that some of them exist.

As you may know, the internet is partially fueled on the most renewable resource in existence: embarrassment. So, let's do our part in keeping it powered for one more day. We want to hear your stories of alt-induced failures. While you're at it, let us know if you've got any clever tricks up your sleeve to help the rest of us avoid these symptoms of Alt-zheimer's disease.

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