Monthly Archives: June 2011

How I learned to stop worrying and love the new Holy Shield

Of the major complaints I’ve seen about the new version of Holy Shield, there are two that really stand out in my mind as the “loudest” – in other words, the ones I see most often. We’ll take more damage … Continue reading

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Good Idea/Bad Idea: Vengeance

I got my start in blogging back in November, when I wrote a guest post for Rhidach’s blog, Righteous Defense.  I posted at the time about Vengeance, and some of the problems that I foresaw at the time.  The other … Continue reading

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One Tank’s Opinions about Tanking.

This isn’t going to be a raid leader post, and it’s not really a theorycrafting post. Instead, it’s going to be an overview of how I think about the role of tanking, and what playing to the best of my … Continue reading

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Planning Cooldowns

I’ve been asked by a couple of people to write up a post about how I plan and use cooldowns. I didn’t think that it would make a very interesting post at the time, until my co-authors here told me … Continue reading

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Math about Mastery and Holy Shield

There’s a lot of discussion going on about what Blizzard plans to do with our mastery.  We know they’re tinkering with it behind the scenes because they don’t like that we can reach a mastery cap.  However, we can only … Continue reading

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Metrics: They’re only useful when you can still see the Forest

In general, I don’t like to spend too much time commenting on PTR changes until there’s some indication that the changes are close to being finalized.  Too much goes on behind the scenes at Blizzard and we’re only ever seeing … Continue reading

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