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A Big First Look at WoD Alpha Notes – Part 2: Resto Shaman Changes

(If you haven’t already checked out Part 1 of this two-part analysis, you can find it here). Continuing on with this incredibly verbose commentary on the Alpha Patch Notes  … On top of all the changes we’ll be seeing with the healing game, we’ll also be seeing some changes aimed squarely at Resto Shamans’ arsenal […]

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A Big First Look at WoD Alpha Notes – Part 1: Healing Changes

As it so often happens for me (thankfully), when WoW activities cool down and farm content starts to age, my work oftentimes picks up to fill in the gaps. It’s been easy to let WoW slide into the background in the past couple of months, as I’ve increased my work hours and diverted my remaining […]

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Non-Critical Healing Noise in Mists of Pandaria

(Alternatively titled: Why we throughput classes maybe, kinda shouldn’t hate Disc Priests and Paladins all that much) It is a common occurrence on raid nights the world over—the healing team is assembled for the evening, and with every absorb class added to Group 5 (or whichever group holds your healing bundles of joy), the groans grow ever […]

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T16: Raiding with Friends

It was the first pull of the night, the warm-up before we got into an evening’s attempts that would be filled with missed interrupts, bad positioning, and the inevitable tank deaths. And then, in barely the blink of an eye, it was over and Garrosh lay in a heap on the corrupted ground of Stormwind […]

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Giving Glyph of Chaining Another Chance

Artwork by: Paul Mafayon (http://mafayon.cghub.com/)  Admittedly, since its introduction into the game with Mists of Pandaria, I have not been a fan of Glyph of Chain Heal (Chaining). “Punitive” was probably the word I used most to describe it, as the glyph itself draws heavily on the idea that a Major Glyph should affect how […]


 
 

 
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Pre-MoP-Preview: The State of Resto Shaman

It seems like only yesterday I was sitting in the front rows of Blizzcon, all atwitter over the shaman talents on display on the big screen. And although I’m sure that a significant amount of work has gone into Mists of Panda...
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End-Game Gearing, Part II – Devising a New Solution

Gearing, as one component of a PVE environment, has come a long way since WoW’s inception, tracing a path through different sizes of raid content, varying levels of difficulty, and a host of distinct distribution systems, fro...
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End-Game Gearing, Part I – An Evolution

Whenever I think about the process of gearing in WoW, I invariably picture MC Escher’s famous print, “Ascending and Descending”. Although more people might be familiar with the movie Inception’s depiction of the Penrose...
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Resto Shaman Mailbag #5: Your Dragon Soul Questions, Answered

It’s been just two months since Dragon Soul was released, and whether due to the holidays or maybe just the excitement of consuming new content, it seems like time has been racing by. Judging by the number of emails that I’...
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T13: Thoughts that Pour from a Weary Mind

Amid a torrent of cheers and sighs of relief, Cataclysm raiding came to a close last night for Vigil’s raid team. HM Deathwing finally succumbed to the Aspects and to our determination, and although no epic legs or cow-themed...
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WoW Wishlist for the Coming Year

It has become a tradition of sorts for my Significant Other and I, when making the trek down to the parents’ house for birthdays, holidays, or other celebrations, to use the time on the road to talk game design/philosophy.  ...
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