World of Warcraft: Cataclysm – Warrior Protection Talent Tree

World of Warcraft Cataclysm – Warrior Protection Talent Tree
This talent tree focuses mainly on increasing damage soaking abilities, armor gained from various effects, and other benefits that assist in the party role of Tank and leader in World of Warcraft Cataclysm. Choosing this as your main talent tree unlocks Critical Block Mastery, Shield Slam, Sentinel and Vengeance. You can find various images available through clicking the numbers 1-5 located on top of the thumbnail above.
Game Description: A stalwart protector who uses a shield to safeguard himself/herself and his/her allies.
Warrior Protection Mastery – Critical Block
Critical Block: After learning Mastery from your trainer at level 80, Critical Block grants your Warrior +15% chance to block and +12% chance to critically block. Each full point of mastery gained through means like increasing your mastery rating, causes Critical Block to grant +1.5% to both attributes.

Warrior Protection Special Active Ability – Shield Slam
Shield Slam: Shield Slam is a Melee ranged, instant ability that requires 20 rage and an equipped shield. Deals damage based on your attack power while dispelling a single magic effect on your target and causing a high amount of threat. Shield Slam is useful to help keep agro on yourself.

Warrior Protection Special Passive Abilities – Sentinel and Vengeance
Sentinel: With Sentinel your total stamina is increased by +15% and block chance is increased by +15% as well. Attacking targets that are not currently targeting you will also cause you to generate 50% additional rage with Sentinel known.
Vengeance: Having Vengeance means taking damage causes you to receive 5% of the damage taken as a bonus to your attack power. With Vengeance this caps off at 10% of your total health applied as a bonus this way.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm – Warrior Protection Talents
You may click any of the links here to be taken to that talents respective guide. Numbers in ( ) represent how many ranks a talent has or how many points must be spent in the tree to unlock a tier.
Protection Tier 1 (0): Incite (3), Toughness (3), Blood and Thunder (2)
Protection Tier 2 (5): Shield Specialization (3), Shield Mastery (3), Hold the Line (2), Gag Order (2)
Protection Tier 3 (10): Last Stand (1), Concussion Blow (1), Bastion of Defense (2), Warbringer (1)
Protection Tier 4 (15): Improved Revenge (2), Devastate (1), Impending Victory (2)
Protection Tier 5 (20): Thunderstruck (2), Vigilance (1), Heavy Repercussions (2)
Protection Tier 6 (25): Safeguard (2), Sword and Board (3)
Protection Tier 7 (30): Shockwave (1)

Tips on Avoiding Runescape Scams

For Runescape players out there, there is next to nothing more horrible than losing your most prized items–not because they were taken off of your slain player’s body, but because you were tricked into giving them to someone in a legal trade.
There are a few major scams that abound: the ‘Hey, give me your items real quick and I’ll give you something cool.’ scam, the ‘Drop Your Items and Hit Alt + F4’ scam, scams where one player goes into the Wilderness following a player they believe to be their friend into a trap, among others.

A scam that has worked extremely well in the past for many a scammer is the one that goes like this:

Someone advertises a Rune Scimitar certificate for trade. You’ve been looking for a Rune Scimitar for a while, so you go to the player and tell him you want to trade. He offers a trade with you, and you accept. He puts the Rune Scimitar certificate on his side, and just when you’re about to put your money, the scammer will switch the Rune Scimitar certificate for a Mithril Scimitar certificate.

When you confirm the trade, you’ll find that you just bought a Mithril Scimitar for the cost of a Rune Scimitar–something of a 300% overpaying.

A variation of this trade scam works basically the same way, except instead of switching the certificates at the last minute, trying to time it before you accept the trade so that you don’t notice, the scammer will put the Rune Scimitar up on his or her side of the trade, and you’ll accept it, having checked time and time again that it is, in fact, the Rune Scimitar, because you’ve heard of this scam before. But this time, the scammer will exit out of the window and claim that his computer froze or something, and will re-initiate the trade with you, the idea being that you will be in a hurry, put your money up quickly and accept the trade, without noticing that the scammer has switched the Rune Scimitar certificate item he had been trading earlier with a Mithril Scimitar.

These scams work because the Rune Scimitar and Mithril Scimitar look very similar to the new player or hurried player. These two scams work on rushedness and impatience. Always be careful with who you trade with and make sure you inspect the trade carefully. If a trade goes bad, and you have been scammed, report the scamming via the Report button in your game screen.

Another very well-established scam is this:

A player goes around advertising that he is starting a clan (or faction, or club, or party, or whatever you want to call it.), and that one of the requirements is that you have X item. For the purpose of this example, let’s call Item X a Mithril Scimitar. The would-be clan-leader that is a scammer also advertises that, if you join his clain, he would be willing to take your Mithril Scimitar and give you a Rune Scimitar–just for being in the clan.

Because you’re a cautious player, you’ll wait for one of the others that are being invited and initiated into the clan to exchange the Mith for the Rune first. You see the two players go toward each other, trade initiated, and a few seconds later, the person supposedly receiving the Rune Scimitar exclaims something to suggest that they are extremely satisfied. They go show everyone that they did, in fact, get their Rune Scimitar. Now, you’re convinced for sure.

You go give the guy your Mithril Scimitar, and then he runs away with it, without giving you any Rune.

Here’s the trick: all or most of the people supposedly joining the clan are friends of the scammer. They pretend to exchange Mithril for Rune, and show everyone to prove it; then, when they ask you to give them your Mithril, they do. They then run off with your Rune and Mithril Scimitars.

In an even more advanced measure of this scam, once the trade has been completed, the main scammer who is supposedly dealing out Rune items will log off, and then his comrades will exclaim that they’ve all been scammed! They then all claim to report him, and tell you that they’ll go log into the different Servers/Worlds of Runescape to go look for the revealed scammer.

They will try to get you to log out and check another World as well; but once you do this, it becomes impossible for you to report him, because your event log and screencapture from that logon session have been cleared!

Be very careful who you trade with, Runescape players.

For a game, it’s a very treacherous world.

World of Warcraft – Warlock Guide

World of Warcraft Warlock Guide
Part 1 – Choosing Your Race

World of Warcraft is a MMORPG of epic proportions. There are millions of subscribers across the globe that fight for the glory of the Alliance, or defend the honor of the Horde. One of the most intricate classes to master is that of the warlock. This is a multi-section guide which will focus choosing a racial class, talents, casting guides and macros, gear, pvp strategies, and of course, demons.

A warlock is basically a mage who dived a bit too deep in the magic of demonology. Forgoing such schools of magic such as arcane, frost, and nature, the warlock focuses his or her power on the magic of shadow and fire. Most importantly, warlocks have the ability to summon mystical demons which will defend, fight, and add attributes to the warlock master.

The first step towards creating a warlock is to determine which racial class is right for you. All warlocks are able to use daggers, wands, swords (with training), and staves (with training). Warlocks are only allowed to wear cloth armor which renders them highly susceptible to melee damage. Keep these facts in mind when choosing a race for your warlock.

The races available to warlocks are undead, orc, and blood elf for the Horde. The Alliance are allowed to choose from humans or gnomes.

Racial Class – Horde

Because the warlock is essentially a caster, it is important to choose a race wisely. There are three races available to the Horde warlock: undead, orc, and blood elf. The Alliance can have human or gnome warlocks. Each class has their advantages and disadvantages both with stats and racial abilities. This portion of the guide will review the attributes of each race as well as certain key abilities which are essential to a warlock’s survival.

Undead warlocks start with a balanced total of stamina (22) and intellect (20). This balance is very attractive as it allows the undead warlock to evenly cast spells with adequate health points. An undead warlock has two racial abilities which are key to a warlock’s survival. Will of the Forsaken is an instant cast ability which allows the warlock to break fear effects. This is a tremendous advantage especially during pvp fights. In addition, undead warlocks can use Cannibalize to eat a humanoid corpse to gain health. Because warlocks use Lifetap (converts x amount of health into mana) on a consistent basis, it’s handy to have another means to regenerate health.

Orc warlocks stats are tilted slightly more towards stamina (23) than intellect (19). This makes for an interesting situation as orcs can use Lifetap more liberally thus gaining mana easily. Orc warlocks also benefit from their racial trait called Hardiness. This ability gives orcs a 15% bonus resistance to stun and knockdown effects. This is key for a caster as a stunned, or knockdowned caster cannot cast spells. Since warlocks can only wear cloth armor, this equates to a very quick death.

Blood elf warlocks start with the most intellect (26) amongst all Horde classes which equates to the most mana. Their stamina is low however (19) which makes for a slightly more fragile warlock. Blood elves have a racial ability called Mana Tap and Arcane Torrent.Mana Tap reduces target’s mana by 51 and charges you with Arcane energy for 10 min. When combined with Arcane Torrent it will silence all enemies within 8 yards for 2 sec also, you gain 5 + 1/Level mana restored per Mana Tap charge. Basically this equates to another source of mana. Although this ability is a plus, the fact that warlocks can Lifetap make this ability underpowered.

Racial Class – Alliance

The Alliance gets to choose from two racial classes for their warlocks: humans and gnomes. Like the Horde classes, each race has their advantages and disadvantages.

Human, like the undead, offer the most balanced stats. With 21 stamina and 20 intellect, humans can easily bounce back and forth from health to mana with the use of Lifetap. Perhaps the most limiting factor of human warlocks is that their racial abilities do not directly help with combat. Humans do get Perception which will increase stealth detection. However, warlocks also get Detect Invisibility which essentially does the same thing. The only useful racial trait humans get is The Human Spirit which increases spirit by 10%. However, most warlocks do not concentrate on spirit stats as Lifetap can supply mana faster than spirit regeneration.

Gnome warlocks are intellect heavy (26) while low on stamina (20). Interestingly enough, gnomes start with 200 mana which is the highest compared to the other races. In addition, gnomes have two racial abilities which are important to the survival of a warlock. Escape Artist allows a gnome warlock to break out of a root or snare effect. This is similar to the undead version Will of the Forsaken, however allows gnome to break out of immobilization effects thus taking the gnome out of melee range. In addition, gnomes get Expansive Mind. This handy little racial trait increases intellect by 5%, thud decreasing the need for Lifetap.

In summary, each class has its advantages and disadvantages. If you decide to play a warlock, look carefully at your playstyle to determine what class will suit your needs. All classes offer benefits as well as disadvantages. Also keep in mind that there is no limit as to how many characters you can have in World of Warcraft. If you make an undead warlock and do not like it, you can easily replace it with a human warlock. Good luck and happy casting!

Runescape HD – a Unique Review

My first impression of the game is very good – it is very easy to set up an account and the introduction is fairly detailed, though it seems to lack information in all parts of the game. The graphics are very good, in 3d, with a wide range of details so any computer, fast or slow, can play it. The music was fitting with the game, and very high quality, if very repetitive. The game also has a large amount of free content, and anyone could easily play the only the free version of the game. To make sure my review is complete, I bought the pay version of the game for one month, using my credit card, at the cost of 5.95$USD. The game offered a wide range of payment methods, though credit cards are the cheapest. You can buy membership for a wide range of time lengths, or a monthly fee.
The game had a large amount of skills and quests. The quests were fun, and there were different lengths and difficulties available, for players of any skill level. The skills were fun, if slightly repetitive. The game was just difficult enough to make it fun, without being frustrating. The explorable world was huge, and there was a large number of “minigames”. I was able to play for hours at a time without loosing interest. The in-game economy seemed well developed, and I was impressed by the holiday events released each year around the time of certain holidays, such as Halloween or Easter.

Compared to other games, Runescape offered a lot of content for free. You could play a majority of skills, and level them to the highest level possible, 99. You could play some quests, though you could play far more in the paid version of the game. The accessible areas were very large. There was an advertisement at the top of the page, but it was a small banner advertisement, and in no way effected the quality of the game. If you are not interested in paying for a game, Runescape is a very good choice.

I would recommend this game to just about anyone. It is fun, has a large amount activities, and has a large number of options for those willing to pay to play, as well as those who are not willing to. The graphics and music is very good, and it requires no downloads, making it accessible everywhere.