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EDIT: Retracted. I hope to get some updates up soon, with a somewhat changed focus. Stay posted (like anyone cares).

If you have, somehow, found your way here I should inform you that you are in the wrong place.

Wherever you were going, this isn’t it.

Whatever you were looking for, it isn’t here.

Unfortunately I have too many projects and too little time. This is one of the things I don’t feel I have time for any more. Sorry.



Initial Thoughts On 3.2

Time to weigh in on the 3.2 patch notes that were recently released. There’s certainly a lot to digest in there, but the topic which seems to have gotton under almost everyone’s skin is the change to Emblems of Conquest for all content, and the new Emblems of Triumph for dungeon dailies.

Euripides over at CriticalQQ covered the attitude thing the best. Basically – you’re not special so quit whining that other people can get similar gear to you.

I also wanted to say this: Just because T8 gear will be available to anyone who can run Heroics does not ruin your raids! Your guild cleared Ulduar 25 Hard Modes and has Algalon on farm because you are good players – not JUST because you have great gear. Ulduar might be full of noobs a month after the patch – but none of them will get much further than Flame Leviathan. Why?

Because gear does not maketh the player.

Your gear enables you to play to your fullest potential, but I’m guessing you’d still be a good player in my gear or worse. A crap player is a crap player – won’t matter if they are wearing T8 or not. It will mean that the good players who are still up and coming will get a chance to shine.

There are already 10,000 people wiping in Naxx every night despite being in full 213 gear – because they think purplz = 733t (And because they can’t spell, but that’s a whole other bias).

Skill > Gear and always will be. If someone is crap despite their gear, don’t play with them again. Problem solved.

My Brute

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Holy Paladin UI

Palithras UI Solo

Palithras UI Solo

As promised, I present to you my UI. Commentary and addons after the break.

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Upcoming Posts

I still don’t have terribly much time to blog, but I have a small list of things I want to post about.

1. VuhDo: This is the most popular search that leads people here. I will try to do a post explaining how I have mine set up, which leads me to…

2. …a post about my UI. I spend a lot of time trying to get the perfect balance between form and function and I think I have finally got it right.

3. An update on Wolfsorish.

Coming Soon(tm)

In My Absence…

Well it has been quite a while since I updated here (of course, that’s relative – in real time it has been a few weeks, but in blogosphere time it’s an eternity). I try not to blog from work anymore and most of my spare time at home is spent playing WoW or taking care of the family, so there’s not much time for this humble blog. So to the two of you who actually read Cloth & Plate, I’m sorry. You know who you are 🙂

Patch 3.1, eh? Argent Tourney, Ulduar, two talent point refunds (caught more than a few people with their proverbial pants down that one). Lots of stuff going on but, since it has already been covered by far better bloggers than I, I will focus on what I have been doing.

Palithras has been getting a lot of love lately. Our guild has allied with a number of other guilds to help getting raids together. There is a great bunch of folks from Heaven’s Breach that tend to raid 10 mans at a time that suits both me and The Wife, so that has been fun. Plus our home guild has been scheduling 25-man Naxxramas for our weekend which means I have managed to log a few hours in there as well.

Not to mention a quick jaunt into Ulduar for the first boss, where I got to drive a demolisher. Most. Fun. Ever. Here is a small excerpt from the battle:

Raid Leader: OK, so are we clear on the strat?
Palithras: Yeah…but just to clarify something: I get to fling my passenger at the boss?
RL: Yes.
Pal: Literally hurl my passenger from a catapult?
RL: Yes.
Pal: And he’s just going to climb into the catapult voluntarily? No whips or cattle-prods?
RL: Yes.
Pal: And my passenger is a Warlock?
RL: /sigh Yes. In this case. Any other questions?
Pal: So I get to put a Warlock into a catapult, aim him at the side of a giant metal steam-tank and hurl him bodily at the boss…and then someone is going to pick him up and give him back to me so I can do it again?
Pal: /weep. It’s like all my Christmases have come at once!

Thanks Jaydizzle – you were awesome! You can be my wingman (or catapult ammo) anytime 🙂

ERRATA: Jaydizzle is a Warlock, not a Hunter as I had first posted. Mucho apologies, amigo.

All quiet on the home front.

Sorry I have not posted for a while – work has been pretty frantic in the lead-up to Easter Weekend. Not much happening in Azeroth lately either. Wolfsorish has been slowly dominating Hellfire Peninsula and has now relocated to Zangarmarsh – the humid climate suits him better, I think. Level 63 now and still enjoying Demonology immensely. I love Metamorphosis. Demon Form and Immolation Aura are like a huge red “I WIN” button for me. I have started throwing points back into Affliction now though. The aim is to get a bit of self-sustainability as I level, from Improved Drain Soul and Drain Life. We’ll see how it goes.

I did have a strange thing happen last weekend though, playing on Palithras. We had a guild group of five decently geared level 80 characters. We had a tank, a healer and three good DPS. We could have rocked the house in any Northrend Heroic we wanted to do. But, instead, we stomped through Magister’s Terrace, Steamvaults and Slave Pens. Why? Just because! Yeah, we were aiming to hit up some achievements, but no one, even once, mentioned heading off to do a level 80 instance…

I like that, sometimes, we can have fun on our max level toons without feeling the need to “progress”, or “upgrade”. So thanks to my guildies for an enjoyable afternoon.