Where PvP Gear Often Helps

Yesterday, I talked about How to Read PvP Gear for PvE, and shortcuts on how to evaluate PvP gear when it comes to enhancing your PvE set. The big takeaway from the article was: use PvP gear to patch your PvE set, not for overall gearing.

Today, I'll list as many of the commonly-patched cases I can think of. If Blizzard's going to keep polluting sprinkling in pvp items in your pve instances/raids, you might as well cherry-pick pieces from the pvp side that will actually help you in PvE.

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Intro to Using PvP gear in PvE

Raids and instances are PvE. Battlegrounds and Arena are PvP. You get to play multiple ways with the same toon, it's really fun! The cool thing about WoW is that even in PvP, with no group, you can get gear to help you in PvE.

This article is written for the PvE player looking to supplement their gear with some PvP gear. I'm assuming you are a newbie raider who has been to a couple of instances and wants to take the jump to Kara, ZA, Gruul and so on and not suck at your role. To do this, you can definitely help yourself out with some well-chosen PvP gear.

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The Declarative Voice and Blogging

A friend and I recently had a conversation about blogging. We talked about how when you're blogging and you have something you want to say, you have to write in the declarative or else the text comes off wishy-washy. He knew it was right, but it was his biggest hurdle to get over.

I agree that it's strange to sound so authoritative… I mean, I hardly ever speak like this in vocal conversation, unless what I'm saying is irrefutable, like "My daughter is awesome." or "Fire is hot."

At first, it did feel weird to write these articles where I'm stating my opinion as if it's empirical truth. I don't say that it's absolute truth, but I also don't start every sentence with "In my opinion". That phrase is one of many that activates a hidden voice in a reader's head that says, "Stop reading this."

Writing for a blog is just like writing an editorial for a newspaper.

Like editorials, it comes down to leaning on the reader to understand that the blog's author is just another person who feels compelled to write. Express your opinions, trust your readers–they can handle it.

Disconnectors: Internet Impaired or Pug Menace?

I went on my first pug raid in quite a while: a full Kara clear with my mostly-battleground hunter. It was decently fun; Kara's a good time although by now I've spent entirely too much time there. This being summer and all, the raid chatter tended to center around genitalia and bodily functions.

Over the course of the 3.5 hour run, a total of five of the ten initial raiders left during the raid, every one of them by disconnecting without warning.

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