Thoughts From My Free-to-Play Days

I started out my MMOing career with free-to-play games, commonly abbreviated as f2p. Actually, it probably went more like chat rooms -> Neopets -> free MMOs, but I’m not here to talk about internet creepers or angel paintbrushes. I think I started playing MMOs about a year before WoW came out, and then well into the first two years of its existence. The last two years of high school were spent with my face buried in a CRT monitor, burning away six to eight hours a day grinding in these games (high school is a weird time for most people). Thanks to that, I’d like to think I know (or knew) a bit about hardcore f2p MMOs.

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Tank Comparison: Low Level Abilities

Even with the upcoming changes to Swipe, I still believe that bears are way too weak at low levels. Their passive and active defenses are frighteningly low, and they have very few tools to do the job until later in the game. In this post I will compare the rate druids learn tanking skills to the rate other tanks learn them, and show exactly where low level druids fall behind.

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What’s happening to bears in 4.1?

Quite a few people have asked me about this, so maybe the world needs to know!

Here’s the TL;DR:

  1. Bears will be have comparable AoE mitigation to other tanks.
  2. Bear damage has been increased, as well as AoE threat, but single target threat remains the same.
  3. Bears get a few quality of life changes and should probably take a look at their spec.

From ALAMO teeches u 2 Burnin Croosaid!

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A Tank Comparison: Cooldowns

Today I’m going to look at tanking cooldowns. This is not supposed to be an argument over who has the best cooldowns or who is overpowered or blah blah blah. This is a learning exercise so that everyone can better understand their tanking teams. Remember that cooldowns are not balanced in a vacuum; Blizzard takes everything into account when they balance tanks, not just your damage reduction cooldowns.

All pictures are from Wowhead.

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What Everyone Else Should Know about Bears

Bears are pretty special. They’re so different than the shield tanks that it’s hard to understand just how special. Here’s my list of things other people should know about bears so that they will know how to use them well or help their raid’s bears improve. This list gets more and more detailed and complicated the further you read, so if you feel like you understand “enough”, you don’t need to read the whole thing.

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