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Adventures in World of Warcraft, Dragon Age, the real world, and beyond

May 2012

Sweet Electric Catharsis

Monday, May 28 2012 at 8:09am CDT
"...and the right to shoot lightning at fools." - Anders

It's been quite a while since I've posted. You all can probably guess what happened to keep me away doing other things.

World of Warcraft was my first MMO, and my second experience with a Blizzard game. When I heard it was coming out, I was in the thick of playing Diablo II, which was unlike anything else I had played since Moria. It was a bit of a step up from Moria.

Recent Changes, Alter Time, and a Frost PvE Q&A

Sunday, May 13 2012 at 8:25pm CDT
Shang Thunderfoot, polishing his giant melon. I'm not sure why I expected anything else.

First, I'd like to urge anyone reading this to vote in the poll I posted this weekend. This sort of cosmetic glyph is, I believe, a relatively easy thing to implement; feedback on playstyle and balancing is important, but Blizzard likes to hear about the lightweight, fun stuff as well; if we can post some results with healthy participation, who knows, it may make an impact.

Second, I intend to write a post explaining the basic playstyle of Frost PvE. Frost has been considered a PvP-only spec for so long that I'm seeing quite a few people asking both whether that's going to change in Mists of Pandaria, and how it will work.

Poll: Minor Glyph of Water Elemental

Friday, May 11 2012 at 3:14pm CDT

If you could ask Blizzard to make a minor glyph to change the Water Elemental's appearance, which would you ask for? Select up to three of your favorite options. Click through for a list of links to images of the various models.

Note: There is a problem with the function that prevents anonymous double-voting which is preventing all anonymous voting, apart from the first person who voted. I can fix it, but not without wiping out existing votes. For this poll, you'll need to register to vote. I hope to have it sorted out for the next poll.

Glyph of the Elegant Water Elemental: Your Water Elemental wears a top hat and monocle.
42% (9 votes)
Glyph of the Ice Avatar: Your Water Elemental takes on the appearance of an Ice Avatar.
38% (8 votes)
Glyph of Dehydration: Your Water Elemental is smaller. More compact. More adorable.
33% (7 votes)
Glyph of the Water Sprite: Your Water Elemental takes on a distinctly Pandarian appearance.
33% (7 votes)
Glyph of the Waterspout: Your water elemental takes on the appearance of a securely bound Waterspout.
23% (5 votes)
Glyph of Fouled Water: Your Water Elemental has been fouled with...something red.
9% (2 votes)
Glyph of the Iceshard: Your Water Elemental crystallizes into an Iceshard Elemental.
9% (2 votes)
Glyph of Corrupted Water: Because Mages have been asking for green water since...wait...is that right?
0% (0 votes)
Glyph of the Waterlasher: Your Water Elemental takes on the form of a Waterlasher.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 21

Mists: The State of Frost, 15668

Tuesday, May 8 2012 at 11:34pm CDT

I've posted this in the beta forum as well, but wanted to put it here for those who aren't following the beta threads.

The playstyle itself seems to be pretty well settled. There are a couple of people who dislike it, but most people seem to think the basics have turned out well and that what it mostly needs at this point is some spit-and-polish. This is basically a compilation of the spec's remaining issues that appear, to me at least, to have reasonable consensus behind them. I'd be interested in your thoughts.

Few Updates, Slow Testing

Saturday, May 5 2012 at 5:28pm CDT

We've had a few smallish beta pushes since I last updated. Apart from the removal of the last reagent requirements from our spells, the only real changes of note have been some damage adjustments to Cone of Cold, Flamestrike, and Arcane Barrage's secondary target damage. These changes have been implemented in the TheoryCraft-o-Matic Lite, so feel free to play with them.