Monthly Archives: May 2011

Defining Good Rotations – Part III

This is the third in a series of posts discussing our tanking rotation.  In the first two parts, we investigated the topic in an abstract sense to try and describe the features that make a rotation enjoyable and interesting.  In … Continue reading

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Agility, Tanking Gear and Ana’s Inbox

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard. Agility gear on tanks is officially dead. Death Knights, paladins, and warriors no longer receive any bonus to their chance to dodge from Agility. Their base chance to dodge is … Continue reading

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Is there a role for melee in Firelands?

Tier 11 hasn’t been a very friendly tier for melee.  There are very few fights where you can’t improve your chances of success by removing a melee and adding a ranged.  This is a consequence of a couple of changes … Continue reading

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Defining Good Rotations – Part II

This is the second in a series of posts discussing our tanking rotation.  In the first two parts, we’ll be investigating the topic in an abstract sense to try and describe the features that make a given rotation enjoyable and … Continue reading

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Defining Good Rotations – Part I

This is the first in a series of posts discussing our tanking rotation.  In the first two parts, we’ll be investigating the topic in an abstract sense to try and describe the features that make a given rotation enjoyable and … Continue reading

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Why Sunwell Radiance is a good mechanic

This is an extended version of a reply to a comment on Rhidach’s latest blog entry.  The poster (Selyndia) suggested that boss expertise, which is functionally not very different than a progressive Sunwell Radiance debuff, is a bad mechanic: Also, … Continue reading

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Not A Post About Heroic Ascendant Council

I’m going to preface this post by noting that I occasionally have some pretty bad insomnia. It kicked in last night. I recall glancing at the clock as it said 6:30 AM. I woke up at 8. I’m running on … Continue reading

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Killing DPS for Fun and Profit

If anyone has been wondering why the “About the Authors” page mentions that I have a  tendency towards rampant murder of DPS characters, I’ll explain. My co-tank and I play a game that we call Bingo. The rules are pretty fast … Continue reading

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Don’t worry about it, Tirion, I got this.

With Firelands and 4.2 nearing, I thought it might be a good time to talk about a subject that has bothered me on occasion, and in one case very nearly left me sour on an entire expansion: NPC involvement in … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Efficient Raiding

In conversations with friends, I have mentioned some of the very small min/max things we do in raids that never seem like they’ll make a big difference, but that really add up.  These aren’t personal tips, but things a raid … Continue reading

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