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I Want to Resurrect in Combat!

World of Warcraft Battle Rez

In World of Warcraft, there is a limit on the number of combat resurrections. Normally a player can only resurrect another player outside of combat; a combat resurrection allows for quick revival during a fight, which could make the difference between a success and a failure. In a 10-man raiding environment, only one combat resurrection is allowed. Twenty-five-man raids are allowed three.

Priests, Paladins, Monks, Druids, and Shaman—every class capable of healing—are able to cast a standard resurrection spell outside of combat. These spells have a cast time of ten seconds. Druids also have Rebirth, which is a combat resurrection spell with a two second cast time. Warlocks have Soulstone resurrection with a three second cast time. Death Knights have Raise Ally, which is instant cast but uses a significant amount of runic power. Lastly, Beast Mastery Hunters can tame a quilen, which can use Eternal Guardian to bring a party member back to life.

Put the Sandbox Tigers away, it’s time we talked about changing the status quo.

Is Blizzard Releasing Too Much Content?

Is There Too Much Content for World of Warcraft?

The big World of Warcraft news this week is patch 5.2, the Throne of Thunder, is due out by the end of February. It will likely come out on the 26th. It will have been almost exactly three months between Throne of Thunder and Landfall (patch 5.1).

We saw Landfall come out two months after Mists of Pandaria. In the span of five months, we’re going to be looking at two content patches this expansion. For comparison, Rage of the Firelands (patch 4.2) and Hour of Twilight (patch 4.3) were released six months apart.

I have to ask the question: Is Blizzard releasing content too quickly?

Are Pet Battles in World of Warcraft a Bit Morbid?

Many players enjoying World of Wacraft’s pet battle system are also fans of Nintendo’s Pokémon games. Pokémon has been frequently criticized for being a dark concept. A ten year old boy goes out into the world making animals fight one another to near death. He traps them in small spheres, several times smaller than the pokémon being caught, and carries them on his belt or in a digital storage box. The protagonist in the anime and in the video games is always trying to do the right thing and fight some great evil, but that does not necessarily make capturing wild animals and forcing them to fight acceptable.

Denying the similarities between Pokémon and pet battles is silly, and even though pet battles in World of Warcraft are nowhere near as complex as they are in Pokémon games, the core mechanics are all there. So how does World of Warcraft’s pet battle system compare to Pokémon? Can the concept be considered just as dark? Could it be less morbid? Could it be even worse?

Are Addons Required for Healing Yet?

Are World of Warcraft Addons Required for Healing?

In my experience, healers are regarded as the backbone of a party; if the tank(s) die, then the rest of the party is sure to follow, and keeping the tank alive is the healer’s responsibility. Who doesn’t have a story about the healer that wiped the group, or a story about how replacing a bad healer made the run so much easier? It’s not hard to imagine it’s a high-stakes role.

Players who are new to healing or considering sharing the hugs-and-cookies tend to be afraid of the horror stories I mentioned above. It’s not uncommon to see them seeking whatever advantage they can get. Add-ons tend to be seen as one of those advantages. It’s not uncommon for me to see the following question: “What addons should I get for healing?”

“None,” I want to say. I have to wonder though, are addons mandatory for healing at this point? It’s a more nuanced question than you might imagine. And really, it all comes down to the mouse and accessibility.

Jeremy Feasel: Master Pet Tamer? I Think Not

Patch 5.1 introduced a new NPC and daily quest at the Darkmoon Faire for pet battle enthusiasts. Jeremy Feasel gives an account-wide daily quest called “Darkmoon Pet Battle!” The task is simple; defeat him and receive your Darkmoon Pet Supplies reward.

Depending on how much you’ve trained your pet battle team, and how many tamers you’ve defeated, you may be surprised to see his team is comprised of three level 25 epic pets since pet quality levels beyond rare are currently unavailable to players. The best strategy to defeating him is nothing novel; simply play against his pet types. Once you know what you’re expecting, it’s easy to create a team that will crush him, so let’s take a look at his team:

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