Dynamic Duos

One of the great joys of WoW is how cou­ple-friend­ly it is. My wife and I are suck­ers for some coop­er­a­tive mul­ti­play­er, and we haven’t looked back since we set up her account. We play togeth­er all the time, doing dailies, farm­ing mobs, instanc­ing and raid­ing (although we’re learn­ing that being new par­ents isn’t real­ly con­ducive to raid­ing, so that’s trail­ing off). Also, lev­el­ing alts.

We have some expe­ri­ence lev­el­ing a num­ber of duos.

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WoW Itemization Dreams

Con­tin­u­ing yes­ter­day’s expla­na­tion of Wrath item­iza­tion, let’s exper­i­ment and take it a step fur­ther. Here are some fur­ther class changes Bliz­zard could make to sim­pli­fy the “nobody in our guild could use this loot” prob­lem. (Ram­pant arm­chair game design fol­lows.)

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WoW Wrath Class Redesign and Reitemization Explained

I love what I’m hear­ing about the new item­iza­tion from beta. A lot of it is still in flux, but there’s a core vari­able that isn’t: a num­ber of for­mer­ly sep­a­rate stats have been com­bined:

  • crit­i­cal strike = crit­i­cal strike + spell crit­i­cal strike
  • hit rat­ing = hit + spell hit
  • haste rat­ing = haste + spell haste
  • spellpow­er = heal­ing + spell dam­age

This is absolute­ly won­der­ful. If you’re won­der­ing why they’re doing this or why it’s so impor­tant to the qual­i­ty of PvE, let’s geek out a bit and look at each class, the kinds of gear it cur­rent­ly wants, and what just the spellpow­er (heal­ing + spell dam­age) com­bine means in terms of how it’s going to make your PvE instances and raids hap­pi­er.

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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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How to Read PvP Gear for PvE

Con­tin­ued from yes­ter­day’s Intro to Using PvP Gear for PvE.

(I apol­o­gize in advance for the for­mat­ting, I don’t have the patience for prop­er html cod­ing.)

PvP gear is typ­i­cal­ly heavy on the fol­low­ing stats. I’ll explain how each mat­ters in PvE.

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