• RE: Arcane mage playstyle/viability

    Ah I think that is how they used it. To double up the mp5 just makes it very interesting to see how you could leverage it.

    posted in Theorycrafting
  • RE: Arcane mage playstyle/viability

    One thing I saw someone theorize is a mana regeneration technique with arcane. Now that we have classic test it out and fill us in. The idea is that you can pair an arcane missile set with a pyroblast. On private servers mana only ticked at the beginning of arcane missiles, and of course at the end of pyroblast. So the theory went that if you did them together then you actually get outside of the 5 second window for two to three ticks. I think they called it arcane weaving to give it a name. The question with it is: does arcane missiles pull the mana at the beginning or does the channeling have the rule kick in only at the end of the cast like other spells?

    posted in Theorycrafting
  • Topic Tuesday - Blinded by BIS part 1

    This is one of those long lasting issues that was something I had blinders on for too long and it took some hard numbers for me to admit to the truth. With that short caveat let me explain what I'm talking about.

    Everyone wants to be BIS

    It's no secret that WoW is a game about gear. We might lie to ourselves and say that it's a social game and we do it for the PvP or the dungeons or the raids but the bottom of the line is, if you aren't getting new gear then it's a short path to no longer logging in. Stagnation in the game means people stop playing and the ultimate stagnation is when you have no gear to aspire to. So we all want to get the best gear possible which led to the idea of looking at what is the best item that can be obtained for your class for that slot, aka best in slot (BIS). Once you have that list of items, now you have a list of goals to achieve and people spend endless hours working on that list attempting to get to that point.

    BIS Lists

    I myself have spent countless hours developing said lists and tools (soon tm) because I like to see upgrade options and enjoy exploring the odd items that Classic has in it. If you haven't seen them, here's the two I did for tanking.

    Warrior BIS

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vS8tQpCaT_vaVnEejSjovH_5WQNJuaeuJX3Ne4FFSzD5E_JqwdsESe3QG7NCWZ37aoUDxSxg4jVlxv_/pubhtml#

    Druid Tank BIS

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSVcmgixKaP9LC-rrqS4D2rojIz48KwKA8QBmJloX1h7f8BkUloVuiw19eR2U5WvVT4InYgnPunUo49/pubhtml#

    BIS is not static

    But in making these BIS lists I didn't and still don't like the idea of "BIS" as an all encompassing thing. There's too much variation in how buffs work and encounters from a basic standpoint to have a fixed list. Also and more importantly, BIS changes depending on what you have in your other slots. People's specific single BIS list is all well and good but it's tailored to itself. If you don't have every. single. piece. then there very well may be and are items that are actually better for you that you should know about. An easy example is hit. If you don't have hit cap or the items on the list that correspond to conveniently be exactly the hit cap you need, then your set isn't performing optimally.

    If you want to be performing optimally you should take a smart approach to your gear and always look at how to optimize your set with what you have but also see it for what it is - a constantly moving answer depending on your encounter and setup. Only you can can know how long your guild takes to kill bosses, how much down time between pulls there is and the consumes needed to get the job done. These numbers will help you understand how to value stats like intellect for more burst mana needs vs pure Spell Power or even MP5. See the MP5 Topic Tuesday for more on that.

    When you have a handle on your encounter you can start to make sense of the kinds of gear to shoot for. Don't stick with the set BIS list people show you. Explore what else is out there and what options you can look for that can adjust to your play style and your guild's raid style. At that point you will be in control of actually understanding what is BIS for yourself rather than copying what someone else says is best.

    posted in Shows
  • CWL Community Spotlights - Interviews at Blizzcon

    Blizzcon a month out

    Blizzcon is sadly turning into a bit of a faded memory. But while we were there we grabbed some fun interviews from a few of the Classic WoW fans that we found and hung out with. Since the con didn't have much in the way of Classic news we wanted to make sure that there's still some Classic content to enjoy. Everyone was happy to talk about the game and it was interesting to see the different interests and reactions to the game and what's next.

    Interviews

    Tiffatron

    Youtube Video

    Pohgren

    Youtube Video

    Cleavis

    Youtube Video

    Kargoz

    Youtube Video

    Graysfordays

    Youtube Video

    Platinum WoW

    Youtube Video

    Quissy and Pastaface

    Youtube Video

    Taladril

    Youtube Video

    Apolojetx

    Youtube Video

    Sushi

    Youtube Video

    Chicknbasket

    Youtube Video

    Nessaz

    Youtube Video

    Thanks

    Thanks to all of the interviews! It was so fun to meet and talk to you all at Blizzcon. We look forward to seeing you there next year.

    posted in Shows
  • WoW Classic: Herbalism Profession Guide

    About This Guide

    Herbalism is one of your nine primary professions that you can learn while playing World of Warcraft Classic. In this profession guide I'm going to talk about nearly everything you need to know about Herbalism such as what it is, how you can earn gold, skill bonus gear and enchants and how to quickly level to a 300 skill level. This guide is meant as an introduction to the profession, and an easy to use reference for viewing while outside or inside the World of Warcraft.

    Youtube Video

    Topics of Discussion

    Introduction to Herbalism
    Herbalism Basics
    Earning Gold
    Skill Bonus Gear
    Leveling [1-300]

    posted in Professions