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Server back up.

Logged in as Jacemora, hearthed to Dalaran and ported to Stormwind… WOW. Flying over SW is cool, and now I am not sure I will visit IF nearly as much.

Nice, found the starting point for Level 80′s in Cataclysm. Right in the middle of the trade district.

Whoa, let me highly recommend going to SW, accepting the quest to Hyjal, and taking the port to Moonglade instead of porting yourself to Moonglade and flying yourself to Hyjal. That is all I am going to say… if for no other reason some easy XP.

Ok, I see the FP now at Nordrassil… son’t know how I missed that early excpt that the green ! are no longer on the mini map for some reason… could be me… I now have connecting Flight Paths in Hyjal.

More observations…

  • Still getting Wrath dust for DEing
  • I hit Honored with Guardians of Hyjal

Dinner Time, more later.

THANK YOU!

Brotha got a Beta!

Downloading now, lots to come!

Departure from WOW… just this post silly.

So every now and again I write a post about something unrelated to World of Warcraft, not as often as BRK used to with his coffee ramblings, but once in a blue moon… this is one of those posts.

I can’t tell you how excited I am that Windows will be releasing a competitor to the Apple IPhone. Take a look HERE.

Most people know that many years ago in the infancy of personal computing Windows was made popular by taking ideas from the Apple OS, just as Apple did from Xerox and since then it has gone on and on and back and forth.

My beef is with Apple making the absolute horrible choice to tie their product down to one phone carrier (a bad one at that). Many of us are tied to certain carriers through our jobs, multiple year agreements, or area availability. Apple has always relished in turning it’s nose up to the masses and I can fully appreciate how it is going to bite them in the rear once again.

Microsoft failed with Zune, no one can argue that but it was due to Apple putting the Ipod product out there in mass at all price points, colors, sizes, and with a wonderful software product to make using them easy (Itunes).

Make no doubt Microsoft is about to borrow another idea from Apple and do the same thing with the Windows phone they did with the Ipod… I can just hear all the nerd squeals as people think about the apps they are going to be able to make for the Windows phone using Silverlight (just a guess as dev’s don’t know yet how apps will be made.)

Check out THIS slick Silverlight App out there now for ferals (ok, I had to slip in a Warcraft reference somewhere in the post.)

Bottom line, since I have Verizon as my carrier and have been 100% satisfied with my service and coverage, I am praying that the Windows 7 phone does not let me down this Holiday season… I believe my wait for an IPhone will soon be ended… and I can just point and laugh at my Iphone buddies and their continuously dropped calls and bad reception… muhahahahaha.

Disclaimer – I am in no way getting a free early Windows phone for this post and I will still have the Iphone wordpress plugin for my readers… psssst, if you work for Microsoft I would take one though and write awesome things about it.

Farewell to Toskk

Toskk has decided for the time being to move on from the game of WOW.

Just a shout out wishing him the best and saying thank you, your theorycrafting saved me countless hours of doing my own math and selling / buying / grinding the wrong gear.

Good Luck in your future endeavors.

Oh man, first nerfs to content and now nerfs to tanks?

How about just leave the content and our classes alone and work on something else Blizzard?

Blue post on tanking avoidance changes…

Avoidance changes in 3.2
The main goal of the change was to make parry not so much less attractive than dodge as an avoidance stat. Since tank avoidance is so high already, we wanted to do that by nerfing dodge a little, not by buffing parry.

This hurts druids slightly more than other tanks, but the emphasis is on “slightly.” This is not the big druid nerf that some forum posters have predicted. We will continue to evaluate tank survivability and threat generation based on PTR tests with “Patchwerk” to decide if druids need to be nerfed or DKs buffed or look at Prot warrior dps or anything else.

This is also not the big avoidance “come to Naaru” that some posters predicted. Overall, we think avoidance is too high and the game would work better with lower tank avoidance, but suddenly dropping everyone’s avoidance by 20 or 30% would be a very big change with many ramifications for healing and gear among other things. It would also feel like a big nerf to the many players who didn’t understand why it would be better for the game in the long term. But I still expect it is coming at some point. (Source)

What the hell? I just started ramping up my avoidance set and gearing more for avoidance than stamina and now this? Bears are going to continue to get screwed I can just tell. We had our short lived hayday at the beginning of Wrath and it has been all downhill ever since.

Some reminders Blizzard…

  1. We don’t have block and parry.
  2. We don’t get bonus armor any longer from items.
  3. We get less health for stamina now.
  4. We get less dodge from agility than ever before already.
  5. We get less threat stacking the only decent stat left in stamina.
  6. We have a buggy version of block that doesn’t work right and wasn’t that great to begin with.

I know warriors could use some help. I know DK tanks are OP. I know pally tanks I play with are just fine with good threat.

Where exactlly does that leave us bears that have done nothing but take nerf after nerf… with more nerfs to fix the other classes?

Yes this one change, taken by itself just hurts slightly. But factor in everything else we have lost and it hurts a lot. And behind this little hurt change you mention nerfing us more down the road.

Blizzard, did you know most of your Ulduar encounters do a lot of raid wide damage that tests the healers abilities, now you want to make the tank harder to heal as well? Really?

Do you guys know how challenging tanking already is with rotating all the verious mitigation cool downs we all have now?

I am thinking the blue poster meant Driud buffs and DK nerfs when referring to patchwerk testing… or at least I hope he did.

Rant over. Kitty Pew Pew incoming.

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