Posts Tagged ‘dps’


Legal Notice from out complaints department:
This movie contains no pvp, no arena, no uber gear, no boss kills, no pve, no anything that anyone looking for these things would be even remotely interested in. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Ok – I lied. There is one pvp fight.

Technical details:
1280*720 HD, 2300kbps data rate, H.264 codec, MP4 format, 20-24fps, 600MB pushed to the limit, no UI, all cinematic.

Deleted Scenes/Out-takes (not terribly good, honestly, just thrown together):


A tribute to the awesome WORLD of warcraft and the people that made it happen. Plus I like waterfalls. And jumping.

It’s safe for kids/work, has no offensive/hardcore music (though you will no doubt disagree with my music choice) and has very very little action or violence in it, so this is probably not for the greater majority of players. But if you want to see some cool stuff – relax, download, grab a Tasty Beverage (™) and hit the “view in full-screen” option. Originally it was gonna be just about waterfalls and cool scenery, but it got to be about a bit more than that after some help from Google and Youtube. There’s nothing new in it, so don’t get yer hopes up. All scenes filmed on live servers and no competitive advantage was sought or achieved. If you’re looking for world firsts, 3000+ arena rating or model viewer stuff you’re gonna have to look elsewhere. I’d suggest “Boom De Yada” or WCM for that.

No beer was spilled during the making of this movie. Total repair bill was more than for any other movie I’ve made.

p.s. If you like the music in a video please purchase it legally someplace where the artist might get a cut.

p.s. 2: Questions about something in the video?
Answer: JFGI

p.s. 3 I just sent a blue weapon to some random lvl 14 reroller who was looking to buy a weapon off a vendor. That was moderately amusing, I recommend you try it. The out-takes turned out better than the main movie imo. Oh well.

Music list (probably shouldn’t post this since it just generates hate, but what the crud):

Inva Mulla Tchako The Diva Dance The Fifth Element OST
Takida Jaded
London Music Works Requiem For A Tower Dream
Tyler Bates 300 OST Tonight We Dine In Hell (Dense Modesto Remix)
Jonathan Coulton Code Monkey
Rancid New Orleans (Acoustic)
Chamillionaire Good Morning
Ke$ha TikTok
Britney Spears I’m a Slave 4 U (DJ Tiesto/Paul Oakenfold Remix)

no matter your LFD
your BGs
your arenas
your easy epix
your linear, scripted content
your teleports & flying mounts

Please note that the most stylized and edited part of this movie wasn’t filmed or edited by me, but is an old clip from Unknown III by Pathologist a.k.a. dyF1.6 – used by permission from UrgeOfFlesh on Youtube.

for more Exploration see http://www.youtube.com/user/EnhacementReznik

And… to top it all off – I’m good. I’m really good. I ask questions that make people feel uncomfortable. I piss people off who then do anything they possibly can to try to stop me, including going through my forum post history to see if there’s something they can report me for. Like using the search function and asking a question on a legitimate topic (a way to earn max Honor in BGs, on the PVP forum) in a thread that was 2-3 months old lol. Or trying to gather statistics on WG defenses per-server in the WG Census thread. OH NOES THE INTERNET KIDS GOT ME. I’m pretty sure this is my 4th or 5th forum ban. OMG WUT SHALL I DOES? Have another bite of this tasty Turkey Club bagel sandwich and have a laugh, that’s what I shall do.


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Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous RNG

Or to take arms against a sea of vampires

And, by opposing, somethingsomethingcoolandrhymingscrewthis

Originally Posted by Allev View Post
On BQL, is it better for personal/raid DPS to Berserk at the beginning, or after the first bite goes out?

1. What is the empirical chance of you being bitten first?
2. How high on the list of people getting bit are you?
3. Does your guild HAVE a list?
4. Is your guild biting all melee first?
5. Is the relative level of gear/skill/performance fairly even amongst the members of your raid?

…boils down to:

6. What is the chance of you having been bitten and being in a good position to Berserk from 00:15 to ~02:10 in the fight?

Answer that question based on YOUR personal observances of YOUR raid’s behaviour and you’ll have a reasonably educated  S.W.A.G.

Before deciding how to lay out a Berserk schedule in any given fight:
a. expected fight length
b. class synergy issues
c. fight mechanics issues
d. item proc scheduled behaviour

Note: From now on and henceforth, ICC shall officially be known as Icecream Citadel. Because, as the Lord sayeth, Icecream is good, and good is God. And so it shall be. Amen. Go forth now and spread this holiest of gospel. Om shanti om nom nom nom.

Icecream Citadel

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/castsequence reset=10 Ferocious Bite, Nature’s Grasp

/use [nostealth] 10

Reset number and if there should be a failsafe NG or two is debatable. Experimenting right now, but I thiiiink I hit on something useful and good and workable and simple and easy and timely that’s not a pain to implement and doesn’t have a ton of negative side-effects and doesn’t take attention away from stuff you need to pay attention to on a time-critical level. The Fluid Druid (lol @ his new name) or Feral Aggression might be able to figure out if this is 100% or not.



In other news I’d rather not have first bite on Blood Queen. I’d rather have peace of mind for another minute longer. Too many explosions and graphical noise in melee.

UPDATE: Seems to work fairly well. You’re always gonna be OOE after an FB – so just doubletap with a GCD in between and you don’t even have to be aware of your NG cooldown for this. No need to have it in Ovale. No need for a separate hotkey for it. No clue if there’s a way to fix this up for a more pvp-focused macro.

UPDATE II: failsafe NG probably not needed as the castsequence won’t register a doubletap during the FB-initiated GCD as a legitimate buttonpress – meaning you can just hammer away like it’s cool on that button after the FB, if you see your Ovale register another GCD initiated or a paw over your head you know NG was off cooldown. Happy OOM proccing, peoples.

No need to thank me, bro.


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Sneak peek intro screen from Waterfalls/Exploration movie currently in edit phase:

CB06: Waterfalls Exploration


Quick easy full epix as soon as you hit level cap (til Cata).

5p dungeons double-pull AOE fests (til Cata).

Battlegroup-wide instanced content where you know exactly what you’re gonna get

Linear, predictable gameplay with predictable, “safe” reward paths

Number of players who don’t know how to find the instance entrance after a wipe.

Number of players who don’t know what zone the instance is in (dude, that’s “RP lore” stuff! LOL11!)


Complaints about not enough teleports

Loading screens

Flying mounts in your noob zone, in Undercity, in Ironforge and in your mom’s kitchen. Everywhere, pretty much.

People hanging out AFK on their flying mount waiting for something

QQ on the forums about players who AIR GANK these people on PVP servers.

Tol Barad

QQ about the Tol Barad buffs being too generous

QQ about the Tol Barad buffs being useless

WG-style not-instanced-BG-but-damn-near in every expansion so we can have a separate, sterile, designated “fair” pvp environment so pvp’ers won’t interfere in the rest of Azeroth.

Warrior/DK/Pally people with access to 25 Primordial Saronite and an Arthas-killing PuG

Shadowmourne-based arena teams

Caster legendary – coming “Soon” ™

Short BGs.

Rated BGs

Rated BGs drama and complaints.

Instanced pvp in general

Funny crazy Goon Squad antics in BGs.

Casual raiding 2 nights/week

Player health pools

Steady, large amounts of damage

Steady, large amounts of healing


Obvious boss emotes to lessen the need for boss timer addons




Smart itemization (them devs are getting good yo)

Emblems and currency rewards

Get in a guild or bust.

Loading screens north of EPL so you can’t swim under Ghostlands anymore

Different endgame character progression avenues



People gushing about the awesome new starting experience for Wolves and Gobbos

Population of the Exodar

Heroic everything. (Heroic Pop-Tarts? Heroic Urmomlol? Ultra-Heroics?)

Multiple difficulty levels for everything in instances.

Green Fire-glyphed/specced warlocks

Number of times Anub’Arak has featured in an instance

New Blizzard MMO rumours.

Players switching servers/faction/race/class/appearance at the drop of a hat.

Proc-based weapons (yeay!)

Balancing problems from proc-based weapons. (meh.)

Wolvar faction



Players complaining that Blizzard hates their class and ruined/broke the game.

Overall dps and tanking and healing balance in raids and 5v5, 3v3 and BGs (the game’s never been more balanced, folks)

Players not understanding that gear not on someone’s “BiS” list isn’t automatically useless for you.

Official forums set up to encourage http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19/ type behaviour.

Wowhead doing a great job of encouraging funny/insightful posts and making abusive posts easy to report

Complaints about Ensidia and other “top” guilds

Kungen complaining about Blizzard not catering to the hardcore raiding scene.

Kill rates on faction leaders

Number of temporary buff procs you have on at any one time (Ugh.)

Honorfarming in BGs to gear up for arenas/rated BGs

World events that spread the server and location load (no more AQ gates heh)

Achievements for everything (did you manage to put your socks on this morning? GJ! *DING!*)

Funny achievements with suggestive names (take three bosses, tie in a knot, MT jumps in circle backwards while warlock stands in fire *DING!*)

Warlock complaining about no new demons

Warrior complaining about scaling

QQ about no legendaries for “your” spec

Honor Cap (til Cata)

Number of players who have a hard time in arenas initially and say “**** this, outta here”

Wow.com blog marketshare making the mainstream pay attention

Other wow-related blogs getting blown up by a link from Wow.com

GM workloads on PVP and RP servers.

Bada** pvp’ers running around inside opposing-faction cities.

Phishing emails containing a legit-looking link to a website with a one-letter difference from a Blizzard website or something official-sounding

“something something …WAS MERELY A SETBACK!” jokes when Kael’Thas comes back as a janitor for Deathwing

“Anyone who agrees is a despicable fanboy – anyone who disagrees is a despicable hater” -type attitudes.

Players posting “@GC” threads.

Blizzard employees fighting the Tseric burn-out syndrome

Players getting owned for doing dumb stuff on the forums like http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?sid=1&topicId=5974349555&pageNo=1&ST=US-4541190-CMaTctbiXgpEsgxjhqhxctqlDciTBc2IZrp

The nerfbat pendulum swinging back and forth every patch.

People posting useless lists

People posting funny flowcharts like Vertidog’s http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e388/vertidog/catdps.jpg


Usage of http://lmgtfy.com/ so people can learn how to learn




Ragnaros (AGAIN)

Server communities

Faction pride

Brostorm+Puppies+blowallcooldowns arena strategies.

Complaints about arena after patch 4.0 (…fewer and fewer non-hardcore arena players)

Alliance raids every once in a blue moon on Tarren Mill just for the hell of it.

Use of PVE gear outside of PVE raids for most, but not all, classes (except trinkets and weapons)

Arenas and competitive small-group instanced pvp


Outland content

Northrend content


Aldor & Scryers

Dalaran (they’ll make ever more portals in the main cities or Dalaran will remain the hub of hubs)

World bosses

People setting their hearth anywhere but a major city

World pvp rewards

World pvp achievements

World pvp lip-service recognition like the Silithus sand fiasco

Being able to initiate world pvp on pvp servers

Players who know what the term “world pvp” means

Lolburstlol (thank god)

Paladin survivability

The population of Blood Elf paladins (Has to happen eventually – can’t go any higher.)

Arena rogues with 100% ArPen (funny while it lasted, though, as long as you weren’t on the receiving end)


Melee dps positioning requirements (only one skill left lol)

Bossmod timer bar addons (still the first thing you download after joining your first raiding guild)

PVP outside instance entrances


Attack Power

Block Value


Spell Power

15 different emblem types (yeay!)

SS-TM battles just for the hell of it by a bunch of old farts

Raid or die

“Passive” talents

Content that might block anyone from seeing instance X/boss Y/content Z (good and bad imo)

“PVP happened on a PVP server” posts

Gorloc fascist apologists thinking they can silence the truth about despicable Gorloc war crimes. Any who support of the Gorlocs are racists and have small brains. You can’t dispute it. It’s science.

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People on EJ like to theorycraft these “Dream Team” gearsets that 99% of the WoW playerbase will never completely put together. Usually they start doing this when the content that drops the items and the items themselves aren’t completely implemented yet. They are understandably concerned with figuring out absolute max performance with best possible gear on a level with that available to the top 100 most-progressed guilds.

Regular players such as me and you see these idiotically-named “Best-In-Slot” castles in the sky and think that anything not on that list then obviously must not be worth spending dkp or karma or rolling on.

If you’re one of those 1% of players who can reasonably expect to gather every single item they could possibly want for their mainspec in a specific tier of content before the next content is out – then by all means, follow the “BiS” list crowd and avoid upgrades that could help you but aren’t on the list while you’re collecting the listed gear, and then possibly be optimal after you’re done, just in time for the next raid instance.

Or – you can trust Rawr to figure out what’s best for YOU. Right NOW. In YOUR situation. Based on YOUR available gear, YOUR available raidbuffs/debuffs – keeping in mind that Rawr has limitations.

…Such as not being all that for dynamic fight analysis (yet), occasionally not immediately modelling a newly-released item mechanic correctly – or an item mechanic that keeps changing, like Nibelung or Deathbringer’s Will. It’ll take a bit of time until stuff like that is correctly modelled. And there’s bugs. And it’s confusing. And it’s decidedly NOT newbie- or user-friendly, despite claims to the contrary by the developers.

Final analysis:

Educate yourself on Rawr’s model and items. Understand why people on EJ do what they do with these lists. Then make an informed decision taking into account all available data.

Just because it’s at the top of the list for your current character, as it presently stands, does not mean it’s a BiS item per the lists posted on EJ. It means that that item would give your character the most benefit for what you have set up. If you were to move stats around and drop Hit Rating, that would certainly change what showed as top of the list on various slots as that would change what items give you the most DPS.

– Jothay, Developer

BiS lists are silly.  Those items are BiS in those slots IF AND ONLY IF you have all the other items in all the other slots.  So really BiS lists are not terribly useful except in very long term gear planning decisions.Rawr will advise you about what the best move for your character is NOW.  EJ tends to try to answer the question “What is the best set I can possibly have if I had everything”.  You can answer that question in Rawr too but it’s not as simple.  The models may also vary a little but that’s neither here nor there and can’t be easily quantitatively measured.

– khantal

Q: Did you ever completely fill out your “dream sheet” of gear from any one raid instance or tier of gear before the next raid or next tier was released?

If Yes – then go mess with BiS lists.

If No – then you’re with me and 99% of the rest of wow players. Not that Rawr is perfect. It’s confusing and unwieldy and a mess if you’re on a Mac like me and it’s waaaay too hard to figure out how to mess with “Gemming Templates” and whatnot. “Templates”?? Hey – I just wanna play the game, maaaan!

Another alternative is Toskk’s Dps Gear Calculator and Askmrrobot.com, but both of those have their own limitations. And SimulationCraft for the extreme computer/math guys. But that’s not me.

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Blizzard’s development team on all their games are comprised of people.

(Revolutionary insight, right? Bear with me… no pun intended.)

People make mistakes.

I make mistakes. Sometimes in my line of work when people make mistakes they die or other people die.

Luckily that’s not the case when game developers make mistakes. Blizzard has a QA team. I have no idea how big or well-funded/staffed it is, but it’s there and they’re working. I’m sure Ensidia would prefer if they worked harder and fixed the buggy end-boss encounters before Ensidia gets banned after beating buggy encounters – exploit or no exploit (I will believe that they deliberately bypassed intended game mechanics when I see proof of that in a chat log or vent recording or detailed report from the GMs watching their kill). I would also prefer if they caught every single bug with every new patch and expansion.

But that’s not happening. The latest patch introduced some good pvp shoulders on a new vendor in Wintergrasp. Do WG, eventually get enough marks to buy ilvl 251 pvp shoulders. Except the druid stuff only has the healer and offensive caster versions. The feral shoulders were marked “Class: Rogue” when they should have been marked “Class: Rogue, Druid” in the game item files thingamajiggy computer stuff that I have no clue about.

Internet searches later it’s been posted about by numerous irate customers and we eventually got a response on the EU forums.

This is what I posted prior to the acknowledgment that it was, indeed, a bug that would eventually get fixed (thread got locked – for no good reason imo):

They've gotten tons of bug reports and a few threads on this forum.
 It's 1/30 specs that's affected.
 It may or may not be hotfixxable.
 They'll get to it, I'm sure - just they've got worse things at the
 moment with buggy end-of-expansion boss encounters and whatnot.
 Yeah, sucks for those like me who went to the trouble of busting into
 losing WG's for a day or two only to find that
 ...no shoulders.
 Oh well.
 Soon (tm).

Now for the FUNNY PART. A reader of this blog – Druan of <Lemmings> on Ner’zhul:

Coldbear, much as I enjoy your blog and Feral play guides, why are you such a Blizzard apologist in these situations? They’ve made a mistake and should have measures in place to fix the problem in a timely manner.
Mistakes will be made in a game this large, stuff will get overlooked. The real issue is Blizzard’s unwillingness to fix it in a timely fashion.
If the “fix” requires an onerous process or complicated client-side patch, that is none but Blizzard’s responsibility for coding the game the way it is. Blizzard’s time would be well invested streamlining their ability to fix bugs, any up-front effort would pay off many times over in the ability to fix future issues quickly.

Apologist?? No offense, mate – you seem like a smart guy. But that was kinda funny.

All I can say is scroll down a bit and you’ll see my forum ban for criticizing blue posters. That should give me a bit of “street cred”, right? I guess the major difference me and this guy has (Hi, btw! Thanks for the kind words about the blog + videos!), is what really constitutes “…a timely fashion.”

To me, that’s like a week or two after they’re made aware of the issue – unless it’s absolutely game-breaking for people. As is, this affects a very small part of the player base, isn’t high profile (like the Lich King fight, they ****ed up pretty good with Ensidia on that) and there’s other options available. If you really need pvp shoulders you can pick stuff up for Honor or Emblems of Triumph (or Arena Points in a while). Ok, so those alternatives aren’t as good and the other specs/classes will have a slight advantage while we wait. But it’ll hold you over for a week or two.

Now for the JUICY PART.

The game is tons better now than it was at launch. At launch, when you chose your class you chose your fate. Warlocks were useless transportation services mostly. Warriors were tanks. No-one else was allowed to tank. Druids were healers and sucked the big donkey at pvp. Rogues were unstoppable ganking machines. Paladins buffed and healed. A geared raider was unbeatable. Anyone without raidgear sucked. It took forever to get bugs fixed and class issues were on a patch-by-patch one “class review patch” after the other. But it was fun and addictive and the WORLD was a huge and exciting place full of adventure and danger and WAR.

Now the class balance has never been better – it’s tons easier for casual raiders and pvp’ers and solo artists and 5-player dungeon runners to have fun at endgame. Classes are largely working as they should in pvp and pve. Sure there are issues.

Ferals in arena? Yeah, they exist. Or so I’ve heard. Either I just suck at arena or the spec is too hard to arena with – or a bit of both.

Some specs have damage issues in pve? Yep, sure is the case. Rake is a bit of a messed-up and NOT FUN mechanic atm, but less so than other spec’s mechanics iirc. It’s a bit late in the expansion cycle to make major overhauls, though. Hopefully they can incrementally fix some issues at least.

You hardly ever see anyone out in the WORLD anymore. You hardly know people ON YOUR OWN SERVER ANYMORE. It’s all battlegroup-wide this instance or that instance or queue for BG this or that now. They’re slowly killing off the server communities that used to develop. Now it’s your guild and not much else on your server, and then just random people you meet and never meet again. Good luck developing the kind of deep-seated guild rivalries or personal nemesis relationships that existed back then. You’d be hard-pressed to make a server-wide reputation outside of running instances anymore. I know there’s good pvp’ers on my realm – I just never see them. They’re in arenas or …whatever arena players do when they’re not in arenas. WHERE DID ALL THE PEOPLE GO? You know – the people that used to be in the WORLD of warcraft??

Teleports are everywhere.

Log in. Teleport. Instance. Teleport. Log out. Repeat. Not exactly the WORLD of WAR …craft that I was sold on.


I’ve got some major issues with where they’re taking this game – away from the WORLD and the WAR and the SERVER COMMUNITIES and towards instant battlegroup content that’s all instanced and “safe” and linear and very predictable and gives the player an almost certain expectation of reward. But they’re fixing the class issues and bugs faster and better than they ever have, and they seem to be getting better at that. That said – I’d rather hear “Soon ™ ” and “When It’s Done” than have to deal with crap like this shoulders issue.

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Read Muqq’s post about Ensidia’s world first kill of Lich King 25man (buggy encounter, use of Saronite Bombs etc):

Then – and this is the fairly hilarious thing, read Tigole’s post from way back when in Legacy of Steel EQ days (scroll all the way down):

Ahhh, I love the smell of drama in the morning!

I disagree with a lot of the things Muqq said. For starters the game is tons better today than it was at launch – mostly – with the exception of maybe world pvp as far as I’m concerned. But you can’t deny that Blizz, who supposedly pride themselves on Soon ™ and polished content and the “When It’s Done” philosophy – really did release a very bugged Lich King encounter and then banned the raid who completed it while it was still bugged – whether or not the one rogue who was using the Saronite Bombs that were causing the bug knew – or whether the rest of the raid knew – that they were clearly making the encounter significantly easier than intended. Until proven that the raiders knowingly exploited a bugged mechanic (show me chat logs, or a vent recording of them saying “hai guise – every time I drop a Saronite bomb the platform rebuilds itself – should we continue to exploit this?”) then I’m inclined to side with the people who did NOT release bugged content that had been inadequately tested.

Dropping Saronite Bombs as extra dps in a raid environment is an expensive thing to do, but it was clearly something that was very regularly done by this rogue. That the Blizzard QA team didn’t know about this mechanic and therefore didn’t test it is an indication that the QA team needs to be more aware of how players play the game. It should not be the responsibility of the players to alert the QA team on how to maximize their dps.

They fixed it quick. But it’s still just as bad as what Tigole had to deal with back in the day.

So mega points to Muqq for a well written parody post. And points given to Blizzard for a good game and hotfixing issues quickly – points then taken away for banning a raid for creative use of game mechanics and releasing bugged VERY HIGH PROFILE content.

I wouldn’t have care much if this was a bug issue on Festergut or Rotface. But Arthas? The Lich KING? Come on, this is the biggest bad guy you’ve ever set up to fall in the story of the game and the previous games and the game world.

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