Curulan: Pigeon raid boss. I love it. GET ON THIS, BLIZZARD.
September was pretty much all patch 4.3, all the time. The PTR didn't actually go live until close to the end of the month, but we definitely made up for lost time when it did. Transmogrification thoughts still dominated the site's more idle discussion -- who doesn't love cool-looking gear? -- but art-related talk kicked into high gear once everyone saw the visual proc off the new rogue legendary. That would go on to provide one of December's better jokes.
Officers' Quarters: Classic blunders Deciding how and when to give officership to players is always tough, particularly when you're lucky enough to have several outstanding candidates for a position. However, trying to simplify the process by just giving officership to your friends is not going to make your life any easier in the long run.
The OverAchiever: Why Icecrown was less fun than Sunwell and part 2 Achievements and raids often interact in ways that can really affect how players experience content, not always for the better. Having to keep a spreadsheet running to figure out which version of an encounter you need to do in a given week isn't really fun.
Gold Capped: Warcraft needs a new gold sink, and it needs it yesterday Fox concludes that Blizzard is surrendering in the war against inflation and warns of the consequences of WoW's middle class pricing newer players out of server markets. A really excellent essay on the dangers of MMORPG inflation and how players at the low, high, and middle ends of the market all influence server economies.
WoW Moviewatch: How to tell if your raid will wipe Wowcrendor anticipates the group dynamics of the Raid Finder by several months. As with much of Wowcrendor's stuff, half your time will be spent laughing, and the other half will be spent watching your soul die.
Shifting Perspectives: The state of feral raid DPS in patch 4.2 Chase notices a disturbing trend about Firelands-era feral DPS. If you're at or close to the bottom of the meters on a given fight, it might just be fight mechanics or a poor rotation. If you're at or close to the bottom of the meters on all the fights -- and there are hundreds of thousands of players just like you -- that's bad.
Scattered Shots: Hunter class feedback Blizzard had put the call-out for class feedback as it geared up for Mists of Pandaria (although nobody knew that was the expansion at the time, of course). Frostheim addressed the hunter class thread while reminding people that the opportunity to give feedback does not imply you will necessarily see your requests appear in the game.
Totem Talk: Horde races for elemental shaman "If I had my way, the Horde would be comprised of six different tribes of tauren who spent most of their days participating in competitive flower picking and saying 'Walk with the Earthmother.' Unfortunately, the Herd is not a real faction, and most people aren't tauren."
Ready Check: Dealing with a weak healer This is always a tough issue. There are a lot of things that can cause weak healing, and not all of them have much to do with the healer in question. However, there are a few ways to pinpoint what's going on when your raid has an unusually high number of deaths.
WoW Archivist: Shadow of the Necropolis If you started in Wrath of the Lich King, you may not have any experience with the original version of Naxxramas. It was pretty badass and probably one of WoW's finest raids, although you can also argue that it was kind of representative of the game's classic raiding problems en miniature.
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