I can't believe people are crying about the catch-up cap. Wow you have 20k to cap? Be glad they even allow catching up now. Does everyone forget a mere season or two ago when there wasn't any catching up? Or how about all the BS pve gear? Yep that's gone too.
I agree deserter sucks for I indeed tanked my 2s rating too. But it had to be implemented. 2s is the gateway to arena and 1100's should never be facing gladiators. We want more participation in arena and by having them hazed by glads in the 1100 bracket is counterproductive. It turns many away.
And flavour. Stop. You're too white for that sh*t. And frankly no one respects it. You sound like a wanna-be vanilla ice ice tea ice cube gangsta fruitcake. Right when Regentlord left the flame is carried by someone else, you...seriously why does someone always fill in the others place since I can remember?
Finally @ Lolflay...what's happened? Since TBC you were my priest hero always adding great input to the game. I loved reading your insightful posts and you definitely made me want to be like you on my priest. But ever since you've left the game all your posts seem to be trolling or complaints. Like an old renowned star that's become senile about the sport they've played. It's depressing.
The only time it'd be a skill cap that's tangible if there are major offensive and defensive benefits to dancing. Just throwing requirements on abilities isn't going to do anything but make people annoyed.
I played alpha for a couple of days and we also did a lot of war games (mostly WLD vs RMP, WD vs RM, WD vs MP). The charge change fits the other mobility changes. Personally I played with 20 sec charge and it absolutely did not feel bad. In Wotlk or TBC we had to play with charge + intercept. Now we have charge and heroic leap which gives us similar mobility, if you add storm bolt to it we actually have similar range control, too. It really doesn't feel bad and with less instants in the game, it doesn't hurt the overall performance at all if you have to walk for 4-5 yards instead. The only thing that hurts is when you waste your gap closer but who would waste it? ;-)
About the CS change: Unless you're a tank, you only have 3% parry. All dodge is gone except evasion but due to the lack of overpower, evasion is finally a cooldown. So basically unless you're lacking awareness and CS into die by the sword / evasion, you're pretty much sure it'll land.
Gladiatorstance is more of a fun thing. I did a few duels vs tanks and it's not impossible to beat them. Gladiatorstance is more about being a viable dps in your raid (the dps actually looks decent, about 70-85% of a pure dps). Sure it takes a bit longer to kill a tank in gladiatorstance than it does to kill an arms warrior but keep in mind that second wind is basically gone, i.e. you don't have to worry to kill through it.
If you wonder about self healing: enraged regen looks very good atm. 2nd wind converts dmg to healing but the problem is.. you have to do dmg, so it's not viable against range classes or if you're stuck in a stun. Same with impending victory. The 20% healing done by enraged regen feel good now that battle fatigue is gone in WoD. :-)
About the stancedance thingy: I like that it's back. Last time I played it wasn't live yet but from what I've seen it won't hurt you. The game already felt very smooth but something was missing. I think stance dancing will fit into the "new/old warrior" thing they're trying to build.
The new mastery looks very good and is a lot more fun to play. No more small hits. I really like the idea of having a few big hitting abilities, after all we're using a 2handed weapon and not two 1handed swords. :-)
I played warrior (arms and prot), priest (all three specs). mage (fire) and rogue on alpha. I have to say that warrior is in a fairly decent spot. It's not a mindless class at all on alpha. Sure you lose some of your abilities but because you lost some, you actually have to think about whether you want to use (or waste) your other cds. less defensive/offensive cds makes for a much cleaner gameplay and you know that as soon as you managed to get a major defensive cd w/o using your offensive cds, the enemy will be in trouble. It's not like today "oh i forced parry nvm he still has wall". It feels much cleaner.
One last thing about the stance dancing: I think we have to "d up" again if we expect burst or stun / cc on us. We can't use rallying cry in bstance so having a good understanding of the current state of the arena game will be crucial. Are we offensive? Are we defensive? Am I on stun dr? It's not viable to sit in dstance all the time, you'll sacrifice too much dmg.
I agree boosting probably doesn't have a positive impact on the entire ladder, but I believe it does at the top of the ladder. No point arguing this anymore though, different opinions
Put yourself in mine or even a low rated players shoes. I for one rarely log on nowadays but every 3 weeks or so I'll log on and que between 2400-600 rating for a couple hours just to catch up with mates. Do you have any clue how annoying it is to meet boost teams who are 2300-700 with players who play way more than you, are categorically better than you, and shouldn't even be in the same bracket as you (Aka they belong at 2800+ which is substantially different to 2500)? Thankfully we can still win games vs these sort of people but what about the guys at 2300 who end up meeting boost alts all the time? It's lame as fuck because most boost teams tank down people who are deserving of their rating just by queuing up.
I don't expect you to understand most middle rated players opinions on this subject but the fact of the matter is it's like taking players from Manchester city or Barcelona and making them play two divisions below them for profit and then claiming it's all fair game and it's not harming the league.
Drpro has been banned, had to verify with the VOD. Usually skype logs can't really be used as evidence since it's easily faked, however admitting it yourself on a stream is another thing.
DDOSers and wintraders with concrete proof will be banned, however this is a hard thing to do. It's very rare people openly admit to it on stream. Evidence such as in game messages and skype logs are really hard to verify with.
As of the moderator issue, most of the moderators of this site has been cleaned many times. If you have a problem with any of the moderators make sure to PM me.
As always make sure to use the report feature! That's usually the fastest way to notify a mod about an issue with a post or user.
I recently watched a documentary series on youtube about Super Smash Bros Melee:
I would reccomend it to anyone, even if you don't know much about the game.
ANYWAY, the movie reminded me a lot of WoW and its presence in MLG and its recognition as an eSport that was never meant to be. The regional rivalries in the US scene remind me a lot of the constant EU/US rivalry when it comes to blizzcon.
One of you rich guys should make a documentary about WoW and its evolution as a competitive game. There are a lot of players that could potentially be interviewed (me being one of them, of course).