May 08

Blizzard typically designs its raid zones in three different sizes: you’ve got the one- or two-boss zones, the half-a-dozen boss zones, and the raids with a dozen or so bosses – give or take.
And then, in this thread, Ghostcrawler says (emphasis mine)
…once we say “tanking niches” players have visions of the DK who parks [...]

May 08

Hey folks, sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately — between family health woes and recovering from being sick myself, I haven’t had two brain cells to rub together! Things should be back to normal now, though.
There are plenty of guides around – my own, and other people’s – that tell you what gear [...]

May 08

MMO-Champion has just posted information on the Tier 8 gear in the recent PTR patch (build 9704).
The sets:

25 man paladin healer set
10 man paladin healer set

First, let me say that the set does look better with a kilt than with pants, but I’m still pretty sad about the way this armor set turned out (compared [...]

May 08

A quick handy tip for you all that’s made my life easier in countless raids and instances: Zoom Out! On any fight with environmental factors, it can make a huge difference. Want to not be the nub who can’t dodge a lava wall on Sartharion? Zoom out!
But, of course, the camera doesn’t zoom out very [...]

May 08

Judgements: they’re not just for Retribution paladins any more.
There’s a fair amount of misinformation and misunderstanding floating around when it comes to paladin Judgements, and the issue of “who should Judge? when? why?” is something I’ve seen come up in discussion in a number of places recently, so: here’s a guide. First up is the [...]

May 08

Herein, a first look at Hodir, one of the bosses of Ulduar!
I knew I wasn’t going to be able to try this with my guild, as the limited testing times are restricted to American and European prime-time hours, so I had a chat to my esteemed blogging colleague Matt, of World of Matticus, and mentioned [...]

May 08

…and women, and – if strictly necessary – gnomes.
My guild, Southern Wardens of US-Proudmoore, is currently recruiting raiders for 25-man content. We’ve cleared Naxxramas, we’ve done Sartharion +1 Drake, and we’ve got Malygos on the ropes at the moment.
We’re currently looking for DPS players – more ranged DPS than melee, and we’re particularly interested in [...]

May 08

Whenever I read people talking about their progress in 10-man raiding, my immediate response is to hope they can get into 25-mans soon for their sakes. I know that’s completely irrational of me; a number of 10-man encounters are more challenging than their 25-man counterparts, and plenty of people are happier in the smaller raid [...]

May 08

Blizzard have finally released information on the dual specs feature talked about for months. You can read the full Q&A on the official site; here are some of the highlights, with my reactions.
Nethaera: Who will be able to use it?
Ghostcrawler: Players who have reached the maximum level will be able to set up dual [...]

May 08

Some information has started to trickle out from Blizzard about the way loot will work in the next tier of raid content. Some of it’s what I expected, some of it surprises me.
Here’s some of what we know, now.

There will be a new Emblem type: the Emblem of Conquest.
You will be able to spend Emblems [...]