Analysis Spreadsheet Completed!

Hey everyone,

Today I finished up the Live version of my Protection Paladin Analysis to show effective spell usage. This chart should analyze any difficulty of Malkorok log to give a total DPS lost by spell usage, and to also give an understanding on how using holy power incorrectly could cost the player a vast number of HPS and increase their DPS intake.

Here’s the example picture I took of a log I had seen:
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The spreadsheet is actually fairly simple, most of the time I spent on it was problem solving how it would calculate estimated spell uses, but once I figured that out, it wasn’t long before I finished the whole analysis. It all works on Warcraftlogs.com numbers, so the best thing about it is there isn’t any guess work or expectations of the player’s gear/talents/glyphs. It’s entirely about using your rotation correctly, and not wasting procs.

Basically it predicts the paladin rotation, which is:
CS/HotR
Judgement
Filler
CS/HotR
Filler
Judgement
CS/HotR
Filler
Filler

Then after that, based on sampling the rotation by filling in the remaining spells, it calculates the frequency of the fillers usage, and from that it will fill up the whole fight duration. Then calculate average damage per spell, and loss per spell. It also compares uptimes of your Shield of the Righteous and Eternal Flame, compare them, and show the missed healing, and damage intake that you could have with maximized uptimes. It won’t assume past 95% for Eternal Flame though, it assumes that there is always error, and fight rampup.

Note that this analysis does not care about your CD usage. That portion of your play is usually judgement based, and developing a program to calculate every single time you could have used the CD, it would be controversial to tell people when they should have and shouldnt have used the CD. If you need advise on defensives personally, you’d have to ask me directly.

The link the analysis is here, and you can respond with your own log so that I can do an analysis for you if you want.

I’m glad I’ve finished this, now I have more time on my plate for other things, like fuller blog posts, work on my school, my new tablet, Icy Veins moderating, and other opportunities.

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Halfway Point Update

Hey everyone,

Today is day 10 in my 20 posts in 20 days, and it has been a long journey for me. I didn’t truly realize how much work it would really take to provide interesting content daily. Based on this ‘experiment’, which I’ve had a lot of fun with, I think I’ll be changing how often I want to post.

When I first started I had it in my mind that it wouldn’t be often, say 3 times a month or so. I originally came up with this number because I believed that there wouldn’t always be new things to talk about, but I was wrong. I think it will be much easier for me to think of new topics, enough so that I can even do 2 posts a week, and split extremely long posts into several segments to spread it over the course of that week.

It should work out pretty well, and I want to thank all of you for visiting the page, telling friends, and sticking around with me. Each time I see my statistic page with number of page views each day going over 20 I feel great. Ive only done 9 posts so far, and most of it has been about me, my opinions on things, or my what I liked in the past. There’s been one or two opinion-based posts which will be the style of my blog in the future, “Things I Miss” and “Game Barriers” are examples for my future style.

For those curious about how I’ve been doing: if I exclude the starting days where I spent the day customizing the layout, I’ve spent 9 days blogging and I’ve hit 200 views. I think that’s a pretty decent start up, especially with no advertisement past Icy Vein’s Off-Topic section, a post in Natural Order’s forums, and just linking it to the facebook chat of my raid team.

I don’t have many milestones past that, 4 followers, a few comments, likes, all from 9 posts. These numbers will grow in time, and I understand that it will take effort to get them to do so. It’s been a fun but hectic ride so far, I can’t wait for it all to slow down in terms of posts per week, but I really want to see an influx of visitors.

For those who have some blogging experience, I’d like to hear some stories of how you managed to get your viewership up higher, or if you have any suggestions for me. I’m interested in seeing other people’s experiences and perspectives.

That’s about it for todays post, thanks a ton guys! I’ll give a little bonus today, two pictures of me: my before and after haircut!

Before: (Funny note: that shirt is of the straw man from Wizard of Oz saying: “If I only had a Braaaaaaaaain,” because hes a zombie.
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After: (Funny note: I’m actually wearing a Hunter tshirt, since the paladin shirts were sold out 😦 )
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Yes, I do need to shave 😛

 

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Things You Don’t Know About Me

Hey everyone,

Today’s topic is much more personal than the past several posts I made. For Day 9 of my 20 posts in 20 days, I’m going with 10 things people don’t know about me. Some are fairly obvious to my close friends, but others will be completely new to everyone.

Number 10 – The Army of Paladins
Something that is considered common knowledge to those who have known me for a few weeks, or have seen my Icy Veins signature, know that I love Paladins, however, most people seem to underestimate just how much. I have 9 characters at 80 or higher, and 4 of them are Paladins. When the prepurchase 90 is released, I am likely going to get a 5th paladin (would be my 3rd 90 currently, soon to be 4th thanks to my level 86 Dwarf Paladin). The interesting thing about this that not many people know is that I have never once played Retribution. Ever. (This is excluding times I had to play ret in MSV to coin haste gear for prot, because I didn’t try to learn it, and was using Shadowmourne)

Number 9 – Chicken and Potato
The meal of a champion, well more like the meal of Fouton. Easily my two favorite foods, I often have mashed or baked potato up to 3-4 times a week, and usually its more than one potato when I do. Chicken is also close to the same, it’s often a topping on my pizzas, salads, or other non chicken based meals. My ideal home would have a freezer dedicated to cooked and uncooked chickens I can use, while having its own Minecraft-style potato farm.

Number 8 – Goaltending
As I mentioned in my intro post that talked about myself, I love being a goaltender for Ice Hockey. However what most people don’t know is that it would be my favorite career choice. I absolutely love the rush it brings, and I’ve always dreamed of making the NHL. Sadly, I never knew where to start, and am fairly small in build, so I never brought it up from a casual level. I’m also very proud to be able to say that my team won the championships of our league 3 times in 4 years, with me being the MVP for several seasons. I also have decent amount of MVP trophies, a skills competition, and a few tournament wins. I absolutely love the sport, and would give everything I had to be a professional goaltender.

Number 7 – Metric
My favorite band of all time is easily Metric. I’ll give you a bit of a personal history with them. I was first introduced to them in grade 10 or so by my friend Emily, and from there I had slowly listened to more and more of their songs. I had also been known to have tremendous rage issues, which shined when I played PvP games with some inadequate players, though mostly players that purposely didn’t try. For the first time ever, I decided to let it all go, and listen to some music (41 Metric songs on shuffled loop). Within an hour I was playing peacefully with my durptastic teammates, and since that day I’ve had very little rage. I would say that Metric saved my life.

Number 6 – Favorite Shows
I’m not much of a fan of movies. You won’t often see me at the movie theaters, and you won’t often see me purchasing movies from a store. What you will see is me using netflix very frequently for my top three favorite shows. How I Met Your Mother was easily the most viewed show for over 2 years from me, and now with the addiction of the 2005 Doctor Who series, I’ve started to watch that series again. I also have most episodes of American Dad, Futurama, and Family Guy on DVD. I’m mostly a comedy watcher, but most genres entertain me. The best way for me to watch a show and enjoy it is to sit down with one of my close friends and watch it together.

Number 5 – Master of Colours
One of the least known facts about myself (Mainly because I’ve forgot about the cubes sitting at the corner of my desk) is that I can solve 3 types of Rubik’s Cubes. 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cubes I am able to solve in under 2 minutes, 5x5x5 I can solve within 10 minutes, and the 4x4x4 I used to be able to solve within 20 minutes, though I haven’t played with the 4 in a long time because it has some very obnoxious rules towards fixing some alignment issues. They’re a lot of fun to show that you know how to solve them, and they’re surprisingly easy. All there is to solving the 3x3x3 cube is 4-5 memorized patterns, and knowing how to apply each one in the correct order. It’s more repetitive than anything else, but looks really cool if you do it really fast.

Number 4 – Injuries
I’m known to be very injury resistant throughout my life, except for two spots on my body: both of my hands. I’ve had the tendon on my ring finger of each hand get cut by having a football hit the tips of them too hard, I’ve bent the bone on my right hand’s ring finger when I was in highschool, and my pinky finger of my left hand cannot be fully straitened on it’s own. Surprisingly enough, none of these injuries were long term except for one of the tendon breaks which took me out of my hockey league for one whole season.

Number 3 – Game Ideas
One of my hobbies I enjoy working on is creating game ideas, building off of those ideas, and developing a frame for a game. They usually don’t come off the ground and go anywhere, but I have several ideas going on that I think would go well when Xbox One or Playstation 4 unveil more detailed explanations on how their Indie Development is going to work. These qualities are often seen through my posts as well, you will see me analyze problems with a game and state solutions that I deem reasonable for a company to be able to complete.

Number 2 – Second Best Career
As you saw from Number 8, I would absolutely love to be an NHL Goaltender, but what is my second favorite dream? Personally I had never really thought of it, so I have been going to university and college with a vague idea of what to do. At first I wanted to be a Chemical Engineer, but after finding out it lacked chemistry, I moved to Accounting since I excel at mathematics. However, all this was simply for a feasible job that could pay out nicely for the rest of my life, instead of what I loved the most. Right now I’m finally seeing what that really is, working for my favorite games in a very community based way. The blog has opened my mind up to the aspect of being a part of the community, and I really hope it grows from there. I would love to be a top WoW blog writer, maybe with a podcast and stream, all while working for Blizzard, or a highly respected website that works alongside Blizzard. I think it would be tons of fun.

Number 1 – Fears
I’ve never spent too long thinking about my own fears, but there’s some that come to mind. The first is loneliness. I can deal with having no friends in real life, or no friends in games, or just friends that I can talk to from time to time. However if there is one thing I never want to experience; it’s having no community of friends or fellow gamers around me to talk to. If I were stuck without internet for a week, I could manage through games. Without internet for a month, I’d be in serious trouble because my interactions with the world is what sustains me. Anything past that I think I would actually go insane if I didn’t find a suitable replacement for the network of friends and relationships I’ve developed over the years.

There’s probably more that I haven’t thought of, but these are the main parts of my life that I can think of off the top of my head. If you share any similarities with me on these topics, let me know and we can have some fun chatting about it!

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Busy!

Hey everyone,

Sorry to those hoping for something to read today, but I’ve been fairly busy. I’ve been working on something for Icy Veins lately, and it’s taking up a lot of my time. Combining this with my school work and family being around, I didn’t have time to write anything good, so this is just a quick post that I don’t even plan on editing.

I’m working on some Protection Paladin spreadsheets that help me analyze logs to allow me to help show the loss of damage and survivability when you use the incorrect cooldowns, spells or hold off casting a proc. I’ll also be working on a Holy Paladin cooldown tracker to better see the effectiveness of their abilities. A Ret Paladin spreadsheet will be my final project and likely the least important to me, since I don’t play ret and I am not known to advise others on ret. I may ask for help from Auriel to set it up completely.

Tomorrow I will come back with a longer post. For now, I’ll put in the top blogs and podcasts that I enjoy.

Top 3 blogs I know of:

Sacred Duty – Theck, who is behind a lot of the work in the Prot Paladin community has his own blog, and often talks about the math behind every paladin

Monplayswow – Monica is my friend who found my blog on Day 1, I was excited to see I already had a follower not from my usual advertised areas, so we quickly came to talk about blogs. Her blog is fairly playful, and talks about her personal experiences.

Azeroth Life – Feirah seems to write about the vanity of the game, Mounts, Pets and Transmogs. It’s all there and it’s all pretty nice. I started looking through her blog only recently, but it is a very nice outlook on those subjects.

Top 2 Podcasts I know of:

ConvertToRaid – I began listening to them from being at my cousin, Velmathris’ house. They cover a lot of good subjects about WoW, and it’s one of the better podcasts I like to have in the background when I play games. I’m also in AIE where Koltrane and Pat Krane used to be in.

The Instance – Also from AIE, Scott Johnson and pals (Sorry I don’t have time to look you all up!) talk about WoW in a very laid back and entertaining way. It’s sorta like being at the table with your buds and listening to them chat about the stuff you want to hear. It’s perfect.

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

 

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Game Barriers

Hey everyone,

Today’s topic is a little off the path that I expected to go on, because today I broke the game. That’s right, I did something purely by accident, got thrown through some barriers, and now I’m enjoying the world I should have never seen. (This is still counts as Day 7 of my 20 posts in 20 days)

Before I talk about what just happened with me, I want to talk about game barriers outside of WoW first. Whenever I play any videogame, usually with my brother Restomak, we like to find those strange places you shouldn’t be able to reach. In all games, for example Halo, we would wall jump whenever we could, and do everything in our power to find that missed wall so we could exploit the terrain to our advantage. We would find the better sniping point in a defensive mission, the alternate route for a timed mission, or even just some strange location with broken graphics because we weren’t supposed to go out that way.

Lately games have cracked down on barriers, and now most of them have some very finite borders. The freedom of the player has gone away pretty noticably, roofs have an upperbound rooftop so you can’t get higher in the level (Common barrier in Borderlands 2 that we found restrictive), or walls get cut off before you even reach the graphical edge of them just for simplicity of the programmer’s sake.

It’s all fairly reasonable, but I wish they could have taken another approach. Maybe if you somehow break those limitations and go somewhere you shouldn’t be able to, you get teleported to a funny location that the developers decided was the “you win breaking out of the game, congrats, now get back in bounds” location, or even just you fall to your miserable death.

World of Warcraft used to have some fairly open grounds for movement, such as wall jumping and finding your way under things, however mostly it was taken away. That being said, I still find World of Warcraft one of the most open games out there, having the freedom to go wherever I choose, and sometimes farther than intended. I believe underneath Stormwind City is still a reachable location. There used to be a hole in the wall of the Cathedral District as well, and Orgrimmar had some holes before Azeroth Flying was implemented. Well, now theres one more that I know of, and it’s inside Halls of Lightning.

Here are some images from my adventure:

Attack on Titan
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Titan Tapestry
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Under the Slags
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New Desktop Background
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WARNING: Blizzard can consider this type of thing exploiting (for whatever reason) and can ban for doing it. Don’t do it unless you know you won’t get DC’d. When you fall down in that area it’s like a DC minefield. I recommend not exploring it yourself, and enjoying the images I took. (There’s really nothing cool other then those. The titan area is safe however, so you can take some nice screenshots in that area. Don’t walk through things and you’ll be okay)

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Things I Miss From Previous Expansions

Hey everyone,

Today is day 6 of my 20 posts in 20 days. Don’t forget to check out the previous posts if you missed them by clicking the 20 in 20 category on the right. Today’s topic is Things that I miss from WoW. There’s a large number of things that I miss, but I think I’ll go with some of the more important ones.

These important parts of the game were essential to me as a casual player, and even when raiding hardcore they would still provide a large amount of fun in this game. This includes Divine Intervention, Crafting epics (or more specifically, grinding the materials for crafting epics), and even the community itself. These were some very important parts of the game for me a few expansions ago, and while divine intervention was simply a spell, it means much more than just a spell to the community.

The removal of Divine Intervention has bothered me a lot since it happened in 2010, and it marked a very important time in WoW. This was the day special (non-raid/pvp) class abilities died. All those unique abilities that had no real value inside of raids, battlegrounds, or arenas were taken away from all those who used them for the entertainment value of each individual ability. There’s more that doesn’t make sense about their removal, many strange abilities were brought into the game with minor glyphs. If a paladin can glyph for contemplation, why can’t a hunter glyph for eyes of the beast or eagle eye? The community is still outraged by this, you can simply Google the ability names and quickly find some rage posts about the removal, or polls and suggestions to bring the abilities back.

People can argue that these abilities had ways of breaking the game, Divine Intervention had the power to remove vital abilities of a fight (Saurfang is the last fight with an ability I know of that could be of relevance), and Eyes of the Beast had the ability to walk a pet around like a normal level 5 mob and cause lowbies to attack it and get flagged. However, a rogue can simply just pickpocket a low level kobold and use the RP walk function to trick lowbies as well. The griefing is still in the game, and the reasoning for their removal just makes no sense to me.

The second portion of the game that I miss from previous expansions comes from one of my fondest memories. Being able to spend a whole day grinding out the materials for an epic piece of gear, without waiting for 14 days of cooldowns, or some universal crafting material. In the Burning Crusade I spent my weekends farming some crafted entry level 70 raid gear materials for friends that raided casually with me. It made me quite happy to donate my extra time to help others, make them smile, and increase their dps or healing with it.

In the more recent expansions, such as Mists of Pandaria, all crafting epics have required either a daily Cooldown that took over a week, or required several Spirits of Harmony. Spirits of Harmony were a step in the right direction compared to bringing back farming epics, however the problem is that it’s still is a universal drop. Everything can drop the material, there’s nothing special to fight, and nothing exciting between any of the epics. I enjoyed when you needed to fight specific mobs for specific materials. Back then items made more sense in general , now every single item is made by the exact same material with a bit of metal or cloth making them different. The current crafting method makes no sense, and in my opinion isn’t as exciting.

The final portion of the game that I miss is server communities. The servers feel so purposeless now. Maybe it’s because I spent so much of my recent time on Stormrage, the most overpopulated server I have ever seen. It has been ages since I’ve seen a server talk about a specific player for weeks, whether it is for something bad or good, and mean something to the server. In the past, people learned who the jerks were, whether it was people or a guild, and people learned who to ask all sorts of questions. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually worried about talking to anyone on my server because I knew there was a large chance I would never see them again. Now that I’m off Stormrage it’s more likely that this feeling will come back, but it could be that the whole feeling of culture was killed with CRZ and ease of transferring.

These are three very important parts of the game to me, all of which have left the game. The first was removed so that beginners wouldn’t get flustered with bloat spells, but they could easily re-implement it through minor glyphs or a vanity item. The second was removed to allow players who aren’t online often to get all the same gear as the players who do, leveling the playing field. However I disagree that it was detrimental to the game, I want to be able to put 8 hours in on an epic all at once, rather than 5 minutes a day for 20 days. It doesn’t feel rewarding. The third is very hard to put blame on blizzard as they did something they had to do to keep the game working properly. I wish I could return to close knit servers that had a close community that knew each other, and perhaps I have found that in Argent Dawn.

I’d love to hear about the things you miss from previous expansions, your take on my opinions, or even suggestions for future blogs. Please comment below!

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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Favorite Items in WoW

Hey everyone,

Day 5 of my 20 posts in 20 days challenge, and today I’m going to talk about my favorite items, vanity items. I love them to death; they’re my favorite part of the game and I can’t stop collecting them. The rares of Pandaria, and the rares on the Timeless Isle, brought back a large collection of amazing toys I could play with. They are some of the best vanity items I’ve seen since The Burning Crusade, and it really makes me happy that Blizzard is bringing them back. There are so many different colouring effects I can put on my Pureblood Fire hawk with these items, and each combination has it’s own allure. However, these specific vanity items will not go down as my most favorite items ever.

My favorite item has to be the Time-Lost Figurine. It has the ability to turn you into an Arakkoa, which no one ever does these days. It is so unique, and has a semi annoying grind to obtain it, so it really feels special when you use it. You have multiple different models to turn into when you become an Arakkoa, and the greatest part of all: their dance. The Arakkoa dance is the classic guy dance moves from High School where they just move very slightly to make it look like they’re dancing, it is hilarious. With the addition of Ai-Li’s Skymirror, you can also turn yourself into one without having to keep the trinket on! It is by far my favorite transformation item (and I love my transformation items), and with the 6.0 change that has it’s own vanity tab, I can use it without even having to equip it in WoD. It is going to be incredible.

My second favorite item, and I have to be careful when mentioning it or trade chat will flock to my blog, is Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker. The reason I love it so much is because of the tornado it places on the enemy. There have been so many times where I have pulled this sword out on current content, just to see how big the tornado would be when applied to the boss. It’s always a unique size for me to enjoy, sometimes its terrifying, like when I used it on Al’Akir, and other times its just the size you’d expect a dwarf to have. These are the effects that need to show up on current items. They make the game so incredible, and even if you’ve been using the same weapon for ages, it always makes you smile to see that silly little proc that has that silly little animation.

These are the things I love about this game, silly unimportant abilities that give bloat to your bars because you put them on it for fun, or just additional procs to an item. How happy would you be if you found a staff that made your warlock minion change shapes between all your minions occasionally even if it was still just an imp. Or maybe even just your imp randomly rotates between all the imp models in the game each time you summon him with the staff equipped. Just like the staff from firelands, we need great additional gadgets on our items to maximize the fun we can have from them.

This topic closely relates to a topic I will be doing after my 20 in 20 is done, which is the destruction of variety between classes, by removing all the ‘bloat’ spells, such as Eyes of the Beast from hunters. I’ve got a long post planned up on that subject, so stick around, it’ll be coming up shortly after the final 15 of my 20 in 20s.

I’d love to hear from you what your favorite items are, comment below with what you think on my items, your items, or the loss of bloat I talked about. Infact, comment about whatever you want!

Thanks for reading, I hope you look forward to the future posts. Leaving feedback or suggestions is appreciated. As a final reminder (and shameless plug), I am the Paladin Moderater on Icy Veins, one of the leading sites for all sorts of WoW Guides. I recommend checking them out as you main source of class knowledge.

I can be contacted at Fouton@live.com, messaging me through Icy Vein’s forums, or by finding me in-game on Fouton-Argent Dawn, Eiliar-Argent Dawn, or Deathfouton-Earthen Ring.

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