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The following is the text of what I originally wrote as my reasons for leaving the game when the Acct Mgmt page asks you why. Apparently it’s too long and the page just reboots when you put this in and try to cancel. So I’m posting here and trying to cancel without giving a reason or somesuch. Acct time runs out June 30th iirc. Hopefully by then I’ll be well on my way to do the irl pvp thing.


TLDR: Lack of a “WORLD” in the world of warcraft. Plus pushing the enforcement of server rules, naming rules, forum moderation onto the player base. Specifically the Naming Policy, with grumpy old me just not happy with seeing people run around with racist or sexual or massively-high-ASCII names.

Log in.
Instanced raid.
Instanced arena.
Instanced BG.
Instanced dungeon.
Log out.

Sound like fun and interesting MMO story-driven gameplay to you?

Take away the teleports. Make BGs a part of the open world. Make raids a part of the open world. Make flying mounts just as dangerous as ground mounts. Give everyone a way to dismount people hovering afk. Give everyone an auto-parachute. Stop faction transfers. Promote server communities instead of battlegroup anonymous instanced content. Stop people posting on alts.

What’s the lore justification for being able to click a button and teleport out of a dungeon or Wintergrasp?

You’re right, there isn’t one. It’s not a story anymore. It’s not a world anymore. It’s just a collection of instances with some fancy scenery in between.

You ban me from the forums but prefer to keep the anonymous alts posting hate and vitriol. Good luck. I’m sure you’ll be very successful with the convenience now-first-last-and-always crowd. RP rulesets that aren’t enforced unless players complain??

How many character names do you expect me to report every day? 10?

At which point does too much become TOO MUCH?

Players on Normal and PVP servers are there because they don’t care if someone is named “Darthbunny” or “Arthasxxlol” or “éûzzøolπ”. But there’s absolutely no support whatsoever of naming regs on RP and RP-PVP servers. “Turdburglar”? “Skinheadswp”? “Analboi”?

You push ALL of the responsibility for this onto the playerbase, and I’m not interested in fighting that uphill battle anymore. I no longer care about the environment on my server, since every single dungeon and BG I go into has people from different rulesets that I only see for a few minutes and then never again. Seen a few names now with one or two normal characters and the rest high-ASCII. What?

World pvp.
Tight-knit server communities.
Rivalries. Vendettas. Faction pride.

Congratulations, you’re hugely successful. But this game isn’t for me anymore.

Minor issues:

Tauren on flamingoes and dragonhawks. Graphics clipping. Invisible walls. Easy Raider ™. Lack of an Algalon unlockable encounter in ICC. Stop-gap stuff like the Argent Tournament. Lolburstlolpvp. Homogenizing classes. Overloading my UI and my skills at macro’ing together the 20-30 abilities I use on a regular basis in or COMING OUT OF cat form. And now you want to just add some more stuff? Mushrooms?? Life Grip? (A.k.a. “Griefer’s Paradise”). Greater Internet F***wad Theory haven on server and other forums. Sure the game is tons better now than it was back at 60 and pre-60. But it was also a WORLD back then. Now it’s just a collection of instances with some fancy stuff in between.

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I’m not a talented artist or programmer or manager. The game would have had a cult of subscribers but not 11+ million.

Very little graphics clipping.

Very very few ways to get on a non-race-appropriate mount.

Little technology and no space stuff.

Mostly open-world endgame options, with a few instanced things here and there, usually involving the opposite faction.

Every non-lowbie zone village capturable, and some larger, more heavily defended cities like whatsitsname in Wetlands. Capture the village, the opposite faction questgivers move to the nearest town.

NPC night/day cycles. No more Hira Snowdawn (?) walking around selling bread in perpetuum or always finding the same guy in the same place repairing your gear.

Want your gear repaired? Find the dude by the forge/repair shop and then wait and watch while he does it.

Flying mounts? Sure, but you’d be just as vulnerable up in the air.

No more “summoning” mounts. You call them, they appear running out of the distance. Sorry no motorcycles.

Hero-class available after you CAP out your first char – making a DK is the reward. DKs have one tanking tree and two dps trees. All three specs have some pvp ability/utility.

Every person who targets you or sees you on the forums also sees the name of your highest-level/most-achieved/most-geared/highest HK number character. No more hiding on alts unless you have another acct. No more rude and filthy internet F***wads – your reputation and your actions will have consequences. Ignore one, ignore all on that acct.

Two-click reporting for everything.

Sorry no LFD, instead a focus on making it much much easier to build relationships and groups and pvp groups ON YOUR OWN REALM.

Probably no cross-server BGs either.

BGs are now open-world with WG-style Tenacity, and Tenacity being the “tuning knob” to make things semi-even.

Important NPCs like the faction leaders and BG mobs being adjusted continually as players accumulate gear.

No name changes.

No faction changes.

You are who you are. No more hiding. Faction pride. Server pride. Building long-lasting communities where what you do matters and has consequences.

Sorry you’re not riding a giant mammoth inside a city. You’re not hopping on a tiny little dragonhawk if you’re a Tauren.

Travel takes time. A LOT LESS teleports.

No invisible walls. If we need to stop you from going somewhere then there’ll be a fence or guards or a real wall or you’ll zone in/out.

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I’m now in charge of WoW development.

And you’re not gonna like it.

Blizzard is gonna lose about 3-4 miiiillllliooon subscribers.

Arenas are now situated in the open world. There’s about 50 more “arenas” added. In the center of any designated arena spot is a pole. Get more than 50 yards from the pole and you will lose the match within 30 seconds. Still battle-group-wide though. Someone interferes – here comes The Cleaner.

BGs are now real zones. WG-style Tenacity buffs in each. You have the choice to queue for a server-BG or battlegroup-BG, but not both at once – too complicated. If server you get Tenacity, and the buff is balanced on both vehicles and players. The buff will be adjusted until every single realm is within +/- 5% win/loss ratio no matter what the population imbalance is.

You have a choice of whether to queue for arenas, BGs and dungeons with only server people or battlegroup-wide.

Each neutral or contested zone now gets Tenacity buffs. Each minor town is now capturable, with the old questgivers relocated to nearest non-occupied friendly town.

Flying mounts are now affected by Fatigue, and can only hover in place or fly for so long. Any person dismounted receives an automatic parachute. Every single class gets a way to dismount people.



World PVP all of a sudden becomes just as much of a priority as rated arenas and rated BGs. Achievements fall like rain. Most achievements are only doable with no Tenacity buff. If you click off Tenacity you won’t get it back til you hit another zone – with a 20min cooldown.

You may now loot maximum of 10g from each dead enemy player. Each player can choose how much gold to keep in the bank and how much to carry. Screw that, too problematic. The last part, that is. You still lose 10g every time you get killed. Feel free to take the open free transfer to a PVE server, as long as you move to the underpopulated side of one of them.

No more teleports straight to dungeons. You will have to use a Meeting Stone. We just lost 3 million subscribers.

No more Sanctuary auras. Tons of new guards in a few places – that go straight through Feign Death, Vanish, Shadowmeld and all that. Flying guards. You will get omgwtfpwnt if you try to start **** in Dalaran.

No more invisible walls or floors. If you can see it in the game world – then it’s most likely solid, unless deliberately designed and visually indicated otherwise. VISIBLE walls implemented in areas of ICC and Ahn’Kahet and whatnot where people could exploit. Places where a player needs to fall without taking damage (TOGC etc) will have a narrow pit at the top, or a funnel-type mechanism to make sure you land where we want you to land. Areas with no NPCs and no real reason for anyone to go there are now open for exploration – as long as there’s no competitive advantage to be had from going there, in which case there’ll be a visible wall, or big nasty The Cleaner types.

Racial leaders now gain in strength with each new release of gear and tiers and stuff. Successful defenses give buffs. Same thing with all mobs inside BGs.

Every single tower and building in the world now has a usable door and a way to get up and down.

Tons of new hidden staircases and paths added to enable you to reach the top of every mountain in game.

All Draenei Shamans will be give ONE free class change and the option to faction transfer. If they do not choose they will become Paladins.

All Blood Elf Paladins will be give ONE free class change and the option to faction transfer. If they do not choose they will become Shamans. This will be the only way to be a BE Shaman.

Paladins are now Alliance-only.

Shamans are now Horde-only.

Sorry, no Worgen or Gobbo Death Knights. Lore is lore and up yours, script kiddie. No more spaceships, either. Technology is funky and cool and not completely understood and breaks and explodes all the time and is pretty much dwarves, gnomes and goblins only.

Each new raid instance will have a super-cool ultra mega extra boss like Algalon. That’s only unlocked after you do X, Y and Z achievements or w/e. All other tuning issues remain about the same.

You will have a new opt-in feature to join a Bounty-Hunter board. Depending on things like your activity and enemy kills, you will reach the top of the board. Once you’re there you’re all of a sudden worth about 20, 000 Honor and 1000 Arena Points.

World PVP kills are now tracked separately from BG HKs.

The official forums are revamped on the model of the Wowhead comments sections. Each CM can spend 10 000 points daily, and remove all accumulated points with a single click. Each player can spend 10 points daily. One-click reporting enabled. People who gain the most points get a tiny tiny cosmetic posting buff. Insightful/witty commentary is rewarded. You can only post with the character on your account that’s the most progressed in either pvp or pve or both – your choice.

The name filter now kills all names containing “lol” or “arthas” or “xx” or anything that’s been deemed unacceptable in the past, and all attempts at camouflaging a name with high-ASCII accented letters is treated as the normal letter. Basically a giant list is built up with each and every name reported. No more “Turdburglar the Patient” in BGs.

Players and NPCs can no longer walk through each other. If someone tries to block you, you get a button to enable 20 seconds of walking straight through stuff. Disabled around Auctioneers and the like. The button doesn’t work if there’s enemy players around. Collision Avoidance – that’s what it’s called. Took me forever to remember.

All players and NPCs now turn a bit more realistically – it takes about a second to turn 360 degrees.

Missiles and arrows and bullets no longer go through terrain. You can now dodge behind a tree to avoid a few things here and there.

Flying monsters all of a sudden appear in the skies of Northrend and Outland and Old Azeroth and begin attacking unwary players, who are forced to the roads and established “cleared” paths patrolled by friendly forces.

You cannot queue for a dungeon unless you’ve first completed it after actually physically going through the entrance. You can’t even get summoned there via Meeting Stone of by a warlock (within a 300-yard radius or so).

All items which give instant teleports are re-balanced WITHOUT the teleport.

Blizzard now publishes weekly statistics on BGs, Arena, World PVP and WG.

Faction transfers are put on indefinite hold, unless you’re going TO a side on a realm that’s designated as BADLY HURTING.

Same thing with server transfers. Come to think of it, these are allowed, but only when you’re going to the under-populated side.

New official machinima forum.

You can now use all the titles you have ever earned on an account on any character.

World PVP is now rated. Somehow. Haven’t quite figured out how – but if the devs can figure out how to balance arena and rated BGs they can figure that one out too.

Neutral Goblins are in charge of Bounty-Hunting and Arena.

Each major city gets a nice thing like the Ironforge trench where attacking players can drop aggro on guards.

Old Ironforge is a new arena, and open to the general public.

Taurens can no longer ride ostriches or horses.

Orcish shoulderpads are now reasonably-sized.

No more items are implemented that clip a player character.

Same with mounts.

Every single item or skill that had a ridiculous graphical effect like Mangle now has a more reasonable “realistic” effect like Rake/Rip/Claw/Shred.

Every single new raid now has something fun & cool for healers like the Dreamwalker fight.

Every single frame on the UI is now movable. Reset button included. Individual frames can be reset, as well. Specific buffs/debuff icons can now be move independently and resized etc.

Both the PC and the Mac version now comes with a BASIC built-in recording feature.

Boss mod timer addons are rendered obsolete with new slightly-random mechanics timing thingies.

Threat meters destroyed.

All the functionality of Grid and similar raid frames now comes standard.

Every patch now has a summonable open-world raid boss, protected by a layer of NPCs that make sure each raid gets a fair shot with only so much interference “outside the bubble”.

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  1. Adventures of Karlfriend. Buy Karlchants or get hit with big lead pipe! http://www.youtube.com/user/Quadstriker#p/u/0/VF7Q6aLRDqU
  2. Sebudai, Motivational Speaker of Juggernaut, Mal’Ganis



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http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/internal-cooldowns.aspx (My choice.)

http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/cooldowns.aspx (My choice.)

Basically the idea is that you’ll get tons of procs early in the fight, and want to line up Berserk with that, plus Shattering Throw. Then DBW is on a 105sec internal iirc – which may or may not be worth lining up with your 2nd and 3rd Berserk DEPENDING ON THE LENGTH OF THE FIGHT. Losing a Berserk at the tail end of the fight is no good. Using three Berserks, the first at 00:10, the second at 03:10-03:15 and the third at 06:20-06:30 in a fight that ends at 08:00-08:30ish with you having 1ish minutes left on your Berserk timer, with X number of DBW procs in the fight, but only 1 Berserk synchronized – is a bad thing, unless the fight mechanics play havoc with your plans (run in/run out – type stuff). DeathBringer’s Will. Educate yourself. Realize that each bossfight demands a different approach. Situation dictates tactics. Heroism/Bloodlust is another key – usually you’ll have a Shattering Throw during this. Also keep in mind that you have a Potion of Speed cooldown available – and the option to burn one right before going into combat – the double pot trick.

Before the progression fight:

What’s the Shattering Throw schedule?

Who’s getting Vigilance?

When will Bloodlust/Heroism go off? – Mr. Raid Leader, I need to know this so I can line up my burst dps cooldowns. It’s okay if you can’t tell me to the second, just a general idea/phase of the fight is perfect.


I’m a very visual person. I have cooldown numbers on my hotkeys, and the DBW internal cooldown countdown conveniently right next to my Berserk cooldown. When I see the Ovale Berserk thing start to become un-greyed-out I quickly glance at my DBW/Berserk cooldowns and make a snap judgement based on what I know is gonna happen in the fight, how long it’s gonna last and whether or not it’s worth delaying Berserk for however long is left on the DBW proc + 1-5 seconds. Understand that DBW won’t proc immediately always – and run in/run out will mess with this. Enjoy that little extra boost if you get it right. Also enjoy Saronite Bombs. It’s a dps increase, free AOE dps every minute. Not a lot but a little and it’s fun, kinda like popping NG and seeing a OOC proc every 3rd/4th time you do.

Other options:



Proc Watch?


FBN has a trinket-proc-watching thing, but it’s out of date in general and bloated as all hell and Gucci.

Level I:

Oh hai guise wassup ok less kill tha boss yeah dead woot. Dps dps dps woot ouch ok kill dps woot we won!

Level II:

Hmmm. What’s the guides say about this fight. Ok, average successful fight lenght on WOL says Xmin YY seconds. That means my Berserk schedule will be THIS. And the Shattering Throw will be a bit off but hopefully I can adjust my timeline on the fly and catch at least one if not two, depending on how many warriors show. Others are saying the double-pot trick will/won’t work. Most guilds seem to Heroism/Bloodlust in THAT phase, which means there’ll be a Shattering Throw there.

Level III:

All that stuff is just second nature. I’ll just dig it while moving and concentrate on making up for others’ mistakes, making my in/out moves so smooth that people don’t have a chance to catch up, get my trinkets and stuff sync’d and then see about whacky cool stuff like maximizing the payoff on my grenades and mid-fight GOTW/NG etc. Might even sneak in a Moonfire or instant-cast Wrath since I have to have a margin of error/safety while running around, which means there’ll be a tiny tiny bit of dead time that I can use for funky stuff.

Level IV:

Don’t ask me. I’m barely halfway to level III.

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So I posted the main list on MMO-Champion’s General Forum (…yeah, I know what you mean). Which has ridiculously high traffic and moves almost as fast as the official General Forum. With about the same level of content and stupidity and …well, ok, maybe a bit better. Whatever. Turns out a bunch of people had good suggestions.

  1. The Unbreakable by Warfox. Warlord-rank 2H Enhancement Shaman with the legendary Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros. http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=20866
  2. Classic Alterac Valley. Classic AQ Gates Opening (incl. boss who punts players clear across the zone). Very good Ulduar cinematic preview. http://www.youtube.com/user/Realityshock#p/u/7/xPvofce1Z0U
  3. The Most Dramatic Rag Kill…EVER. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oju6cjG3vJM
  4. Serenity Now Bombs WoW Funeral. WARNING. You may be offended. The person being memorialized may or may not have laughed along with this, as they apparently enjoyed PVP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHJVolaC8pw&feature=fvst
  5. Not-terribly-awesome-rogue meets awesome warlock pet. Rogue head explode. http://www.wow.com/2008/04/10/forum-post-of-the-day-rogue-killed-by-an-afk-warlock/
  6. Tales of the Past – This is your story… by Martin Falch. http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=9641 Huge production, lots of story, acting, lore …all that stuff.
  7. Classic mage pvp. Funny Steam Tonk Abuse video. http://warcraftmovies.com/pv.php?t=3&l=Vurtne
  8. Seduce + nuke warlock hero. http://www.drakedog.net/community/about.php
  9. AskMrRobot – DPS gear simulator that’s VERY easy to use, very smooth, 100% graphical and newbie-friendly. Not as complete as Rawr but much easier to use. As of March 2010 supports DPS DKs, Boomkin, Ferals, Enhancement & Elemental http://www.askmrrobot.com/WowSimulator.aspx
  10. Wowcrendor’s Interactive Horde Onyxia Attunement Chain. http://www.youtube.com/user/wowcrendor#p/u/7/vyQ-7o397Uk Plenty of other good stuff, too.
  11. Stunherald. TBC arena weapon only used by the most skilled of the über-skilled players, and only those who played the highest-skill class, Warriors. http://static.wowhead.com/uploads/screenshots/normal/66701.jpg Did I mention that using this weapon correctly takes a lot of skill?
  12. Troxed soundboard. http://www.troxed.com/soundboard1.swf
  13. Flexx soundboard. Arcades hates you! http://chipotlefarm.com/flexx/soundboard.html
  14. “The amount of fun Blizzard is willing to sacrifice for the lameasses who can’t pick the right realm-types for their toons is saddening.” – loo
  15. Adventures of Karlfriend. Buy Karlchants or get hit with big lead pipe! http://www.youtube.com/user/Quadstriker#p/u/0/VF7Q6aLRDqU

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Are you constantly /afk on your flying mount?

Do you like to hang out in Dalaran or some other main city in between queuing for chain Heroics and/or BGs?

Does your character name contain more than one high-ASCII char, or is it completely bloody gratuitous?

Do you like to tag-team or 10v1-gank on some poor SOB and then /spit/tea-bag/use the Flag of Ownership at your lolburstpvp gankee?

Did you faction-transfer to make sure you’re on the winning side of WG?

Do you consider the combination of Plate, Bubbles, Judgement of Ohshitcantrun, Stuns and Wings of Lol to be really cool and captivating gameplay? [Yes, I’m aware they’re balanced around all that, and they’re certainly not OP overall right now.]

Do you care more about YOUR loot or YOUR arena rating or YOUR achievement score than you care about seeing everything that WoW has to offer?

Does your character name contain the word ‘Death’ or ‘Deth’ or ‘Lol’ or ‘Nub’ or ‘Turd’ or similar juvenalities?

Do you find that posting on forums as an anonymous alt is strangely liberating and also a bit exciting, exhilarating?

Does it amuse you to find fault with someone’s arena rating, gems, spec, achievements, enchants or whatever?

Do you enjoy tearing down, insulting and denigrating someone else’s hard work – be it organizing a guild or raids or events or creating art or whatever – while you yourself make no effort to create anything of the sort?

If YES – then please kindly get the hell away from here. Don’t read this blog. You don’t belong. Get out. Feel free to troll. It takes me about 0.5 seconds to delete comments. 99% of comments are approved. While you’re at it get off my RP-PVP server.


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