Category Archives: Raiding

Gear Check: Gemming With the Jigsaw Puzzle Analogy

Gear Check provides casuals with an insight on gear choices, enchantments, and gems for all occasions, as well as basics on how the system works, what your gearscore means, and why you got kicked because you had a iLevel 200 in a ToC raid.

Good God, So Many Gems!

Gems can be overwhelming if you simply look for a Jewelcrafting link. Like many other things, you need to know your needs and how to reach them. As a fresh 80 being met with new gear with sockets, gems are a necessity that will visibly improve your DPS, tanking or healing. Each class has certain needs, but not necessarily every need should be gemmed. Before this article will make much sense to you, I advise you first do a bit of research on your class’ needs: great places for that can be found on the Links sidebar.

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That One Casual Guy

From the Runetotem server comes a new kind of casual… a casual who cares, who understands the inner workings of the game and their classes… sort of. This casual has a name… and that name…

…is Xicon. Actually, that is one of my three names. Nazg├╗l (Blood Elf Death Knight), Eorlingas (Blood Elf Paladin), and Xicon (Undead Warlock). But to you kind readers I am Xicon.

Now I’m sure the first thing you notice when you look at my Armory pages is my fairly weak gear quality. I’m very clearly a casual player. Now those two words seem to set off alarms in the heads of most players these days. They are too often associated with “poor” and “scrub”. For fairly obvious reasons, naturally – casual players don’t normally take the time to read forums such as Elitist Jerks to maximize their damage, tanking or healing efficiency. In fact, many of them could hardly make a case for one stat over the other or explain their gear choices. A new day is dawning, however. And that day is the day when casuals will finally understand what things mean, how all these numbers affect that number under “Recount – DPS for Overall Data” or how this talent makes that boss attack you and only you.

That day is not today, however. Until then, I’m here to fill the void.

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