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Big Daddy Olga’s Rules for Raiders Number Three: Bring Food, Drink, Flasks, and Reagents

You eat and drink a lot in a raid instance, especially after a wipe.  Be sure you bring plenty of consumables.  Consumables include: Food, especially buff food.  Know the stats that most benefit your class and spec, and bring plenty … Continue reading

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Big Daddy Olga’s Rules for Raiders Number Two: Get Your Gear

Get the right gear for your class and spec, add the right gems and enchant it correctly. Continue reading

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Big Daddy Olga’s Rules for Raiders Number One: Know Your Class, Spec, and Role

If you ran dungeons at all while leveling, you have at least a basic familiarity with the overall roles in the game: Tank Keep the monster’s attention. Damage (often referred to as DPS, short for “damage per second”) Generate damage … Continue reading

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Slow down, you level too fast!

With all the new content, I’d love a way to slow down leveling. It would be great to have a toggle so I could turn off XP for gathering, for example. Continue reading

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What is the Law of the Sea in Azeroth?

Warning:  This post contains spoilers for the pre-Cataclysm novel The Shattering by Christie Golden.  Read no further if you want to avoid the spoilers. Conflict between Garrosh Hellscream and Cairne Bloodhoof begins early in The Shattering.  Cairne is dispatched to … Continue reading

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A Foolish Druid

The other day,  my troll shammy drew the Sewer Stew cooking daily while waiting in the random dungeon queue.  I had collected my carrots and was hearthing back when something attacked me.  (My shammy is on a PVP server.)  Looking … Continue reading

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Name that toon! Part 2: The McManus Effect

I wrote earlier about the Germanic influence on the names of my Dwarf toons.  When I go to play other races, though, that approach doesn’t fit.  I don’t see humans and Draenei as having the same Celtic cultural influence.  So … Continue reading

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Name that toon!

The Twisted Nether blogcast recently suggested a post theme on how you name your toons.  It’s a good one for me to address, because I get comments on my toon names a lot. Let’s start with my dwarves.  I have … Continue reading

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To 310 or Not to 310

…for me, it’s not a question. In Patch 4.0.1, Blizzard made 310% riding speed purchasable, rather than tied to specific mounts.  If you previously acquired a 310 mount (such as one of the achievement mounts from Ulduar or ICC, or … Continue reading

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Starting at a strange time

At this point, coming to the end of Wrath, and with the release of Cata just over a month away, starting a WoW blog could appear an odd endeavor. The game is definitely in pre-expansion doldrums fight now.  Most of … Continue reading

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