Strange framerate problems abundant in Silvermoon City Olivia volunteered a (we hope) disposable Horde character to investigate this, and something weird is definitely going on. SachaKightlinger in the comments suggests the problem's coming from a phased area in the Court of the Sun.
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EU servers suffering connectivity issues We followed this one for a while. For the better part of a day, EU players found themselves stuck at 90% on loading screens, when they could get into the game at all.
Officers' Quarters: My rant about raid roles This article and the issue around it fascinates me. Scott doesn't get irritated with people often, but I feel he's justified here. Rather than try a new role (healing), many people will stay whatever spec they're already playing and simply allow a guild to fail. The comments section is enormous but worth your time, and I think there's a valid point here from players who argue that the increasing complexity of DPS rotations makes it harder for people to jump into that role. (Then again, when was the last time any guild went bust for lack of DPS?) Player patience with others' learning curves is a significant factor too.
Are rogues a dying class? The boost to rogue population numbers toward the end of Cataclysm (courtesy of Fangs of the Father) didn't stick. Cynwise has been following class population for roughly a year at this point and turned up some disturbing statistics.
Hellscream is my warchief Pretty much the last editorial I ever expected to see Rossi write, but he's got a point about Garrosh being a note-perfect avatar of the orcs as the creations of a hostile planet (Draenor), and whose continuing ambition isn't always a bad thing. Anne does not agree.
WoW Moviewatch: A 25th Christmas Fabulous voice acting, funny as hell, and expertly crafted. We're hoping the 25th Line keeps delivering with their new series in 2013.
WoW Moviewatch: Hunters Are Just Awesome A collaboration among several famous hunters (including our own Frostheim) and players in the community celebrating the hunter class. As a hardcore druid player, even I have to give some grudging respect.
Has Patch 5.1 broken PvP? I'm cheating here as this encompasses a lot of commentary that Olivia's written this month on early PvP problems in Mists. Burst damage, CC chains, healing nerfs, and the ability to upgrade gear all hit at once in patch 5.1, and the results weren't pretty. And, as Olivia later noted, trinket nerfs aren't doing enough to fix the massive burst certain specs are putting out, and the role that gear should play is always a question. Venruki, a world champion gladiator mage, had similar observations later this month in an interview with Lisa.
Blizzard takes a stand against pre-made battleground groups We've all been on the business end of a pre-made in random battlegrounds, and the results are rarely pretty. Now that rated battlegrounds exist specifically for such groups, Blizzard would much rather that pre-mades stop curb-stomping randoms.
Know Your Lore, TFH Edition: Something is wrong I have to agree. Either something's wrong with the Pandaria timeline related to the Townlong Steppes and especially the Dread Wastes, or there's a lot more going on with this continent than we've been told. Where is the seventh Sha?
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