Author Archives: melofedge

I was a 25H Progression Tank

I don’t play World of Warcraft anymore, and I haven’t in a couple of months.  There’s a lot of reasons for that, and I really don’t want to turn this into a QQ post, because I’d actually like to come … Continue reading

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Another Take on Active Mitigation

Last week Theck posted about Active Mitigation, based on the glimpses we’ve had from the class talent calculators for Mists of Pandaria.  We had a very active email thread about that post.  He called me a philistine, and I called … Continue reading

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Where Gating via ilvl goes wrong

I was thinking about the upcoming LFR, and ilvl requirements, and listening to some feedback from guildmates who have run LFR, and I made the following statement in the email thread that we spam with theoretically blog-related discussion: I can … Continue reading

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How I learned to be a Raid Leader

Way back in the olden days, at the dawn of this millennium, I had a very odd career.  I ran factories.  More specifically, I took over bad factories, and made them into good factories.  The hours sucked, but the job … Continue reading

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On Nerfs and Difficulty

In the current era of WoW, it’s inevitable to expect content nerfs over time.  In some ways, this is a good thing, since it allows Blizzard to release difficult content, and then proceed to make it more accessible after the … Continue reading

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Active Mitigation – The locus of all our hopes

I have to admit, while I don’t agree with the changes to threat, I’m very much looking forward to Active Mitigation.  I sincerely hope that it will be an interesting and engaging model.  However, I find myself concerned that there … Continue reading

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Threat was Good

A recent developer blog has mentioned that threat is being, for all intents and purposes, removed from the game.  In return, so that tanks have something to do, at some point in the future all tanks will be moving to an … Continue reading

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Protection Paladins: The Death Knight Redux

I went on record during the PTR saying that the 4.2 Protection Paladin would be overpowered, probably in an unbalancing way.  In private discussions with Theck and Anafielle, I’ve made the claim in stronger terms, but I wanted to see … Continue reading

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Tanking Circle Questionnaire: The Melbot Edition

Since Rhidach tagged us to answer these questions, we all decided we’d get them done.  Theck and Ana’s are upcoming, but they’ve tasked me to lead the way.  So with no further ado: 1. What is the name, class, and … Continue reading

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Tank Theorycraft Needs to Involve Healers

We tanks are an egomaniacal bunch, in general.  There’s two tanks in a 25man raid, and there’s 18 DPS.  We’re NINE TIMES as important as DPS.  The math doesn’t lie. Tank theorycraft, in our infinite ego, tends to gloss over … Continue reading

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