Give Raid Leaders a Chance: Restricted Free Agency

World of Warcraft needs some way to address the fundamentally selfish attitude of most raiders.  We are playing a “team sport” where the general manager and coach have almost no tools to properly incentivize their players to stay with the team.  My solution: implement restricted free agency.  Yes, it’s a complicated and potentially radically solution, […]

Conquerors of the Useless

So last night I watched 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless.  It was a pretty well made documentary.  Here’s a little plot summary from IMDB: “Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked […]

Buff Shaman Single Target Heals

The premise: Resto shamans are in a pretty decent place in 25 man content, although they still lag behind in certain fights.  Playing a resto shaman in PvP is generally pretty competitive, and in some cases, almost overpowered.  In contrast, we are almost universally the worst healing option for most 10 man fights.  You can […]

Offically AFK

If you are one of the 3 or 4 people out there who are anxiously awaiting an update to my blog, I just wanted to give everyone an update and explain that I probably will not be doing much writing here in the near future.  A combination of things have led to my current lack […]

Answering Questions the Lazy Way

I haven’t made a ton of time to write lately, and I know that for every comment I get asking for help, there are probably 10 other people who are wondering the same thing but not asking. Unfortunately, my energy is pretty limited these days, and writing often takes more out of me than I […]

Resto Shaman Tier 11 Loot List

If you are still gearing up for raids, please check out the pre-raid lootlist. However, if you’re starting to gather most of your pre-raid set and are looking forward to some new raids in the new year, you’ll want to look at this list for planning purposes. Based on my experience so far, Spirit gear […]

Tracking Shaman Crowd Control Abilities

If there’s one thing that is certain about the Cataclysm expansion, it’s that Shamans are going to be featured front and center.  If there are two things that are certain, it’s that crowd control in instances is going to come back in a big way.  With that in mind, now is a good time to […]

A Fresh Start

Patch 4.0.3a (a.k.a. “The Sundering Shattering” for those who prefer catchy titles) is nearly upon us.  By most accounts it will be arriving tomorrow, or perhaps today depending on when you are reading this post.  Change is all around us, and it’s pretty exciting. Inspired by the coming cataclysm, I’ve made one superficial change and one rather […]