Unbearably HoT

Strength, how does it work? More punching, less scratching in 4.2.

Posted by in Cat, Cataclysm, Patch Notes

After an apparently overwrought tussle about a “need” roll on an STR mace, a warrior[i] I know asked, “How good is strength for druids anyway?” “Complete shit,” I responded instantaneously. But that’s not entirely true. These days[ii], most druids know that it’s almost never preferable to take an item boasting STR rather than AGI, but STR still provides us with oft overlooked benefits. Currently, one point of STR grants us two[iii] AP. Come 4.2, that’ll drop to one point of AP per each point of STR. So if we’re not…read more


Malmortis: Always Rising to the Occasion

Posted by in Cataclysm

Hidden amidst a slew of changes most players no longer care about, Patch 4.1 gave vanity pet enthusiasts some love. In fact, many of you have probably already noticed: vanity pets now persist through zoning, logging out, and logging back in. Although I’ve always been more of a cat person, I can sometimes understand the appeal of coming home to a creature that would greet me at the door and would always be happy to see me.[i] Enter Malmortis. You may remember him from questing days of yore: he was…read more


Happy Anniversary.

Posted by in Blog

Two years ago today, I married a dude I met in game. I'm pleased to say that they've been fantastic years full of adventures, bad jokes, and makeouts, and I'm writing this today to remind everyone that if your passion is gaming, it's more than possible to find someone equally passionate about gaming and you. Allow yourself to open up to someone in game every once in awhile and don't be afraid to take calculated risks. You never quite know what you'll find. More to come as soon as I…read more


Dear Journal: I think that Blizzard guy is totally checking us out!

Posted by in Raiding

Blizzard recently wrote a follow-up to the backlash they received from the Dungeon Journal. You can read the whole thing here, but I'd like to just highlight a few sentences. That said, we have been listening to feedback as well and have trimmed back a little of the information. We also may consider (for the future) not documenting specific abilities for very difficult bosses like Sinestra, or heroic modes on final bosses like Ragnaros, or even what exactly causes Onyxia to deep breathe.  Getting solid constructive feedback that we can…read more


A Whisker Closer to 85

Posted by in Cataclysm, Feral, Guide

During the past week I’ve frequently asked myself what my time is worth;[i] specifically, whether the time it’s taking me to level a new druid (Smirkfang[ii]) is worth the $55 it would cost to realm and faction transfer Runyarusco.[iii] I’m inclined to say, “Hell yes!” but the reality is that it currently costs over $40 to fill my tiny Civic’s gas tank. Priorities, right? Thus I’ve resigned myself to the drudgery of questing through levels one through eighty-five all over again. Low-level content is greatly improved, so much so that…read more