Friday, 31 December 2010


So, it's been a while.

I did something I've never done before in WoW. I sent out Christmas and New Year greetings to people -- and because I was/am in something of a sentimental mood, they varied from including actual presents, to including joke-nostalgia presents, to just containing words of good-will for 2011. I'm now on Defias Brotherhood, where I don't know many people, so quite a few of these messages were on servers I once called home, to people I rarely talk to any more.

I should probably find time to update this again. It would do me good.

Happy New Year, everyone. Celebrate well.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Wowhead Priests

... have the best community in WoW. Evidence here. I love you guys.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Almost a pet class

So, there are some amusing changes currently on the Beta regarding Shadow Priests. The new PvP talent, Sin and Punishment, has been developed further with elements that PvE players will enjoy. And I really hope it stays the way it currently looks.

Obviously, all those pesky things like crit rating and haste rating will be harder to acquire in Cataclysm and will result, therefore, in us having less of them percentage-wise. But, still, what? 20 second reduction on Shadowfiend just from critting with Mind Flay? In 9-10 crits, assuming a 15% crit chance, you've reset the cooldown. That's ... We're going to be swimming in mana, and more than ever will we be using Shadowfiend for the damage it will deal rather than the mana it provides. Archangel will result in high uptime on a large mana restore...

But maybe I am thinking about this the wrong way. I have had the growing concern that Mind Spike is going to replace a great amount of Mind Flay's damage in Cataclysm. Expressing this as a "concern" is a slightly silly thing to do, of course. Think about it: Mind Blast will have a 6.5 second cooldown in Cataclysm. That means that, between each Mind Blast, you can fit two Mind Spikes and a Mind Flay, with a bit of dead space (0.5 seconds plus hasted excess).

At this stage of the beta, I posit that this will be the best way to DPS: The Mind Spikes will give the subsequent Mind Blast an extra 60% chance to crit on that target and cause it to be instant. The Mind Flay will refresh SW: P and keep Evangelism ticking over, ready to be consumed by Archangel when you're at five stacks. (Look at the disparity between Evangelism and Archangel, by the way. Archangel isn't a nuke button; it's a "Use whenever you get five stacks" button. 15% on all damage rather than 10% on periodical damage? No-brainer.) You then have a half-GCD's worth of dead space. You can fill that with a DoT refresh, another Mind Spike, or a Shadow Word: Death if that proves to be good with its relevant talent.

And if this is the correct way to go, we'll need all that extra mana. Mind Spike is almost twice as expensive as Mind Flay.

Looking forward to it, in either case.

Friday, 27 August 2010

And it's over

After much QQ,
Wowhead ends their beta trial
of polling systems.

Monday, 16 August 2010


My internet is being retarded, so I'll keep this one short from my phone.

Cataclysm is a four-syllable word.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Haiku contest? Hells yes.

So, I'm going to Ireland shortly -- and I will need to do something on the plane. As if by magic, Wowhead announces a haiku competition.

They have no idea how hard I am going to spam them when I get back tomorrow.

Additionally, my luck has been utterly bloody ludicrous. I have a guaranteed job at the end of my six-month placement with my place of work (details to be discussed on Monday), and my Stormrage Death Knight hit level 80 last night... And look how geared he is. Yes, that is Needle-Encrusted Scorpion. Yes, I ran FoS specifically to get it before signing myself for the daily random. Yes, there was zero competition because both of the other DPS were casters and the tank didn't roll need. Yes, it was my very first heroic -- and I earned the "Dungeon and Raid Emblem" achievement from it when Bronjahm died.

I fucking love my life. See you tomorrow, bitches.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Americanisms, Part II

This isn't another rant. It's just an amusing coincidence. 10 days after I posted this, this appeared on YouTube.

Like I say, it is an amusing coincidence. I love David Mitchell, and I think he rants about the subject way better than I did. I like to think I successfully held the fort while he constructed a much better demonstration of why "I could care less" is idiotic.