History is the Essence of Innumerable Biographies

Thomas Carlyle

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my mother, Lee Ann, passed away about a week ago. I’d written about her before, but came across a weekly writing challenge called “Traces” in which we are challenged to write about leaving our mark on the world, and she’s the first person I thought of when regarding this challenge.

When reflecting upon my mother, of course there are fond memories, there are not so fond ones, too. My mother was not a saint… far from it in fact, but I loved her even more for all her misgivings. She was raised in California, dirt poor, in the 1950’s and 60’s. She had two older half brothers and one younger sister. She didn’t like to tell me stories about the things she did when she was young very often, but I know she was picked on, hated her own image, and made some rather poor choices in husbands early on.

When I tell other people about my mother, I don’t sugar coat a thing. She was honest, and so too am I. Her honesty could hurt sometimes, and maybe she wasn’t always transparent with everyone, but she was with me. When my sisters and I reminisce of her, we don’t talk about that trip we took or that time she was so nice… we tell stories about how people stared in horror as she yelled at us in a Mc Donald’s play place to get down or she’d “rip our arms off and beat us over the head with it”.

So why am I writing about my mother in a challenge about leaving my mark on the world? Well, I’m pretty certain that I’m (one of) her marks on the world. Sure, she made some awesome stuff that will still be around, now that she’s gone. She met lots of people, even took some of them in and cared for them when they were down. Those people will remember her and what she did, too. But I (and my siblings) are the result of her molding. Her mindset; brought to life. I am the product of her lifestyle, choices, personality… her everything. I am her mark on the world, and so too my children will be, after I’ve had more time to mess with their little minds and mold them into my little clones.

I am not my mother’s twin, but I carry a lot of her with me. We had the same hair, the same laugh, and the same pace and tone when speaking. People mistake me for her on the phone. Her views and mine were like night and day on some topics, and on ones we agreed on, we’d still debate the same side. She wasn’t the most understanding of what I thought, and nor I of her. She and I weren’t physically affectionate either. Honestly, I should have hugged her more. My mother loved the crap out of me though. I know she was proud of me, she said so often.

Now that she’s gone, her legacy is what she made. She made tons of objects, like dog agility equipment, painted rocks, polished rocks, paintings, blankets, and shadow boxes. However, it was the life she made herself, and those who gravitated towards it, that are her true legacy. I am who and what I am because of her, and I know she altered other lives outside our family, too. She was naturally nurturing, and people always just found her. Her legacy is her story, and now that she isn’t here to tell it, I suppose I should someday.

I hope someday I have impressed upon my children the importance of legacy; of family, and how they are my mark on the world. I’ve learned from my mother’s shortcomings and try not to have the same ones, but I’m sure the ones I do have will be remembered by my children. Someday, when they talk about legacy, I hope they think of me, I hope they know that THEY are MY mark on this world… and pass that on to their children. My story, my legacy, my mark on the world, is family.

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Counter-Terrorists Win!

If you can really call us that anyways…

This particular post deals with the response to the death of Osama Bin Laden. My friend Dechion and another member of the blog community Big Bear Butt have also committed posts to this view. Their opinions are different than mine, and I do not mean to offend them. I found their works to be rather thought provoking as well. I encourage you to see their opinions… if you’re into political and moral debates. If not, walk away… quickly… 

Disclaimer:
 I rarely have to put one of these before something I write. However, this post will touch on topics of extreme sensitivity, and subjects of mass debate. If you are easily offended by discussions on politics, religion, Osama Bin Laden, terrorism, Military or any other of those “Shhh you can’t talk about THAT” subjects, I advise you to walk away. My opinions are often either really harsh, really from left field, and sometimes laced with rather inappropriate humor. Also, I am generally long winded. After this break, you may read on, and have your own opinion. I encourage you to share it. I however will not tolerate hate posts, general ass-hatery or nonsense. You have been warned.

I was in high school the day the World Trade Center North and South towers bit the big one. I was unable to immediately comprehend not only the massive amount of lives lost, but the idea that a foreign guy I’d never heard of planned and initiated a war on the United States. It however became apparently rather quickly that Bin Laden (OBL) had effectively kicked the trash out of New York City, The Pentagon, and airlines in general.

Up until September 11th, 2001 I had believed the United States was untouchable, and I was damn lucky to be born on her freedom lovin’ soil.

I walked home from school that day incredibly aware of the silence in the sky. No planes, no helicopters, even PSNS (Puget Sound Naval Shipyard) was eerily quiet… (and on lockdown). The silence was unnerving, but even more worrisome was the unspoken fear of the adults in my life. War was coming, they knew it, they understood it, and I didn’t. I was clear across the country from all the chaos of that day, and yet it was like it happened down the road. I wasn’t sure how to respond, how to feel. I was only 16 years old.

I have always been fairly removed from the situation. I lived on the west coast. I had no friends or loved ones lost that fateful day in New York. Every male in my family had either served or was currently serving in the military, and sooner than later I would find myself married to an active duty Coast Guardsmen as well.

Despite all that I do not know what it feels like to walk in the shoes of the soldier overseas. I do not know the pain of the mother who’s child was on one of those planes. I did not know the sinking feeling of watching someone I cared about leap from a burning building to their deaths. I did not have to wait to hear my mother would never sing to me again. That my brother would be deployed for the third time, or that my husband would never kiss me goodnight again. I never had to explain to my young children that their parent paid the ultimate price to ensure their continued safety and the cost was they could never ever see them again. While my husband does serve this country, and my father did serve this country in other wars, and my brother served, as well as my uncles… I never once this entire ten years had to feel any sort of personal connection with this war other than being an American who lived during this time.

So does this mean I feel nothing for all this fighting? For the values we are trying to defend? For the people who have died, those that will still die, and those who have to decide if we need to continue fighting? Of course I do! I am invested in this country and while sometimes I want to bang my head against the wall; this is my home, too.

OBL is dead. I couldn’t believe it when I heard the news. I caught the headline that the President would address the nation at 10:30pm on a Sunday and feared that the news would be more war. Some horrible thing had occurred…

Instead I was blessed with the news that the longest game of hide and go seek with the world champion of hit and runs was over.

I was overjoyed. I lept off the couch and hugged my husband. I called my Mom to ensure she’d heard the news. I called Bill and told him, too… for he had been recalled to serve twice and even had to leave his father who was dying to serve in this war, only to have to return a mere three weeks later to attend his funeral.

Was I dancing in the streets chanting USA? No, that’s not my style. Instead I find insanely inappropriate pictures to display my sense of humor and joy at the situation and share them with Garen and friends, but I was indeed celebrating, in my own little way.

But in this I’d lost nothing. NOTHING.

There are so many out there missing someone because of this mess, and if I were them you bet your ass I’D BE CELEBRATING! Like really celebrating. Did a human die? Was a soul lost? ABSOLUTELY, if you could accredit him with such things and/or call him that.

To those who see this as a case of the human condition, I am sorry that I’m offending you. Yes, he was a living being. Yes, he was human, who had intelligence, and a family… who killed other’s families. Who used his intelligence to make us afraid, to make us fight, to make us lose so much. He used his humanity against the entire country, and in my mind, he willingly threw his humanity out the window.

I do not feel this way for him alone. The Australian man I read about today who posted on Facebook as he murdered his two year old child to seek revenge on his ex wife lost his humanity too. I’d like to see a navy seal put one in his head, undefended even, like that little girl was. Harsh? Maybe. She’s not even my kid… but she’s two and she died without any reason, and without the ability to defend, at the hands of someone she loved and trusted. That man seriously has a way overdo can of karma whoop ass headed his way.

Charles Manson? I can think of quite a few who wish him dead. Who’d happily watch him die. I bet there’s even a few who’d love to pull the trigger. I don’t see anyone touting on about Hitler and how it’s so sad that he died. Lets discuss how you feel about that random neighbor who was so nice he cut your grass for you, and then he kidnapped, raped, and slowly bled out your 4 year old daughter to death. If you aren’t first in line at his execution swearing to invent ways to bring him back to life so you can kill him again… I’d be worried for you.

I believe in God. I believe that God does not wish us to kill needlessly. I do however believe that God has fought wars, I believe that God has defended his people against other people, and I do believe that God has once or twice kicked a few asses, or had others do it in his name. This is not God’s fight… He’s staying out of this one really, at least… on our end. I however do not think God would find this mans death… or those people who are celebrating it unreasonable or unjust. Of course, I like to think that God is a pretty rational guy, myself.

God aside, this is America’s victory. This man sought the lives of our entire nation… we sought his. Armed or not he killed thousands with a freakin’ airplane. He hid for TEN YEARS. If I’d been that Navy Seal… I’d have shot his ass dead, and then double tapped for good measure, even if he’d been unarmed, naked, helpless, old, dying and surrounded by hundreds of witnesses of family friends and unsuspecting cute creatures, like bunnies and children. He begged for it, he invited it to his front door, and if he didn’t hear that helicopter crash in his front yard and and didn’t grab a gun, I’m thinkin, he had a death wish too.

So excuse me while I am happy to watch the people dancing in the streets, wavin’ their flags and singin’ something akin to God Bless America (Or perhaps what I’m hearing is America, F*** Yeah). Either way, Some of these people waited ten years for justice. I’m gonna let them have one freaking late night.

Just my .02 cents….

P.S. Obama, Bush Jr. Bush Sr. and every other leader of this country that ever was, along with all of their advisers, aides, military and fellow American citizens should be credited with this victory. Bush Jr. had to carry the burden of the attack. His father carried a different fight with the same guys, Obama had to decide to act now, wait longer or do nothing. He had to decide if dead or alive was an option, and he had to decide who’s lives to risk and who’s world to shatter when he decided to send in the Navy Seals. I won’t even pretend like I could sleep at night with that kind of responsibility. I don’t pretend that I could have pulled the trigger to save my own skin, and I certainly don’t pretend to know enough about what’s goin’ on to make these kinds of choices. I don’t think any of us could walk their shoes… and nor should we try. I’m grateful that they’re doing everything they can to keep my family safe, happy and healthy, and while it’s not always graceful, and it’s not always what I want to hear coming out of their mouths… I will not forget how lucky I was to be born on American soil… and I will not begin to bad mouth my fellow Americans or her leaders now.

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My First Poll!

I don’t do polls often. Why not? I dunno… just don’t think about it really. But last night Hubby was checking out the new layout of the blog, and decided that he downright hated it. In fact, he likes the old one better. Now his opinion doesn’t matter (haha, but I still love him) but yours does! So vote away on your preference… and let me know… because this blog is for you, the reader.

Thank You, Veterans!

Thank you to all the armed forces that serve this country and allow me my freedoms! We are forever indebted to you! This thank you includes the Navy, Army, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard, and all reservists and guard members of those respective services! What you do for us is beyond compare and I hope today, you get thanked for it. Please know that you are loved, prayed for, and cared about here at home.

On the note of Veterans Day, As I’ve perused some sites, it occured to me that many people didn’t know that the US Coast Guard is a recongized part of our defenses. They are considered an Active Duty Military. Maybe you aren’t familiar with what they do, so here’s a couple of videos, (THAT I DID NOT MAKE) that I think show case what they do rather nicely!

Building Rapport

I had an assignment today for my Business Communications class that asked me to pick a reader that I had rapport with. As I did this assignment and discussed things that could help an author build rapport with their readers it occurred to me that I hadn’t really don’t much to build a relationship with my own readers. I haven’t really got a set topic I stick to, as I like to write about just about everything, just as much as I love to play all of my alts. I also haven’t really said too much about myself personally, as usually, people don’t care that much about who you are as much as they care about what dirt you want to spill.

So here I am, wondering what is it that brings back those few readers I have the seem to check in on me daily. I wonder what thing I have in common with my readers that keeps their interest perked. Could it be the multiboxing? Perhaps that I have ten thousand alts? Maybe, it has to do with that female thing. I don’t really know. What I do know is someone out there on the interwebs is actually reading my thoughts. My very random thoughts that I often don’t plan out before I put them down. I like the Fire, Ready, Aim! approach.

This is after all, a blog. It isn’t supposed to be organized. I’m not running a business here. I am not making any money in writing. I simply randomly blurt out whatever random thought comes to mind and then run with it. It’s like a free write, where the only corrections I make when I am done are to my spelling. So I suppose my rapport would be with those who take life as it comes. They are random, they don’t always care about the facts. I personally, run on emotion. It is my emotions that drive my opinions, and my opinions that drive this blog.

So to all you folks who actually read this mess, thank you. Thank you for understanding my randomness and not demanding that I set a tone, or a topic. I love having you and I love hearing from you. I hope that the same is true for you to me. So until next time,

Potatoes are awesome!

Some Things You Should Know…

Hello readers! This is another Shared Topic From Blog Azeroth where Aos asks us to share what we know about the classes when considering them for building a group.

Before we start let me say that this is mostly a matter of opinion. While I tried to remember every little thing about each class I must admit that while I’ve tried them all, my experience with some are less then others. This is just a basic knowledge of what to look for when building your group. A standard ten man group is two tanks, two healers, a hybrid (say a shaman to dps but throw in the occasional heal) 3 CC and 2 sheer DPS.

Lets start with TANKING:

Warrior

  • Has a decent amount of hitpoints
  • Has average armor
  • Has the best damage mitigation as far as tanks go
  • Has slower aggro build but sustains the longest
  • Has stances that can be changed to make him/her unfearable
  • Has limited party buffs

Warriors have for a long time been, THE standard tank. And with good cause. Though thier ability to tank multiple targets is limited, thats what we have Crowd Control (CC) for. This class does suffer a little bit as rage must be built, and they start with none, so some time must be given for your warrior to gain rage, and thus, aggro. Warriors have been given a good amount of hit pointsand damage absorption to make them quite hard to kill. Healing wise a few Heal Over Times (HoT) can do the trick for most trash. As long as your warrior has its 490 defense, is spec’d properly and in the case of higher content, is even uncrushable there is very little this class can’t take.

Paladin

  • Has the lowest hit points of the three tank classes
  • Has average damage mitigation (relying heavily on block rating)
  • Has average armor
  • Has the ability to heal themselves or others should needs be
  • Has versatile party buffs
  • Has the ability to resurrect
  • Has instant aggro gains
  • Cannot sustain for too long without the aid of constant healing
  • Can tank multiple mobs with ease
  • Can sacrifice self to save a run back after a wipe

Paladins, though always able to tank, have really only recently been seen as a potential main tank on a run. Avengers Shield is their primary aggro gain and can and will hit three mobs in succession. Recently Blizzard also added the bonus that this will no longer break CC. Generally in a five man setting you will not need to bring other CC as your paladin tank is better off holding all the mobs as it is more mana efficient for them. Paladins do start with a full mana bar and go down from there, but their mana can be replenished easily with mana pots and with the aid of healers. Paladins will regen 10 percent of a heal back in mana. Obtaining uncrushable for a Paladin is harder then that of a warrior but still possible. They suffer from relying on the use of a libram and a spell called Holy Shield to achieve it though. A paladin’s strength also comes from having some spell damage because Avenger’s Shield and Concencrate, a Paladin’s heavy hitters, are scaled by thier Spell Damage. A paladin would not be ideal if you are in need of heavy CC. Healing wise Paladins are only sightly harder to heal then a warrior as they carry about the same mitigation but usually will have less hit points.

Druid

  • Has the most hit points
  • Has the most armor
  • Cannot block/does not have a shield
  • Has the least mitigation
  • Slower aggro gain
  • Decent party buff
  • Can heal when needed
  • Has an in-combat resurrect

Druids are, in my opinion, the MOST versatile hybrid class out there. When Feral for tanking druids definitely can hold their own. They have abilities like Feral Charge, Lacerate, and Maul to build aggro and they do so well. They are on a rage system similar to a warriors so will require some time to build up thier threat. However while in bear form a druid cannot use a pot or healthstone, so healers beware. Druids are interesting because they do not use a shield and instead have massive armor and hit points to make up for this difference. Druids cannot become uncrushable so spikes in their health will be common, and like a warrior are limited in the ability to tank several mobs at once.

So you pick your two tanks and we move on to the next must have, the HEALERS:

Priest

  • Has great mana regen
  • Has HoTs and regular heals
  • Has an aggro dump
  • Has great party buffs
  • Has the ability to throw in some DPS
  • Can group heal
  • Has the least armor and hit points
  • Has CC for undead mobs and humanoids
  • Has the ability to fear

Priests are the old school healer. When someone says healer this is the first thing that usually comes to mind, and for good reason! Priests have the ability to toss big heals, little heals, DPS and Heal at the same time, and heal the entire group in one shot. Priests, like all healers, are heavily gear dependant and can have amazing mana regen if they manage to get enough spirit into their gear. Also useful for limited CC with Shackle, Mind Control and Fear.

Shaman

  • Has average hit points
  • Has average mana regen
  • TOTEMS!
  • Has the ability to self resurrect in the middle of battle or out
  • Has the ability to group heal
  • TOTEMS
  • Can add DPS
  • Does not have HoTs (Except Gift of the Naaru)
  • No aggro dump (Well except for dying :P)
  • Did I mention TOTEMS?

Shaman are THE group buffer to have. Their totems add to everyone and are an excellent resource to any raid. The shaman shine for raid healing and group healing with their spell, Chain heal. They also have the ability to resurrect themselves, in or out of combat. (This only works on the shaman). I admit my knowledge on shaman is limited but are equally useful as a healer in a raid or to solo heal a five man.

Paladin

  • Can spam heals like a crazy person
  • Has an aggro dump
  • Has versatile party buffs
  • Has the best chance to survive pulling aggro
  • Can have crazy mana regen
  • Can crit lots and lots
  • Single target healer
  • Does not have HoTs (Unless they are Draenai)

Paladins are spam central. They can cast their smaller heal, Flash of Light, over and over again without running out of mana, and should their aggro begin to climb, a bubble will surely take it down. Paladins seem to be split into two though, the Mp5 Paladin and the Crit Paladin. When it boils down to it though, both end up looking at the mana regen so I wouldn’t trouble yourself over that. Paladins lack the ability to heal multiple people at the same time and are best to have focus on a tank. Thier ability to add in damage is limited to Holy Shock and the occasional Hammer of Wrath at the end of a fight. They have no ability to CC.

Druid

  • Has a special form just for healing
  • Lots of HoTs, Powerful ones
  • Usually wont die in one shot
  • Does not have an aggro dump
  • Has a limited use CC (Outdoors Only)
  • Has a decent party buff
  • Has great mana regen
  • Can summon up some tree buddies
  • Has the ability to resurrect in combat
  • Not considered a rezing class

Druids have really come into the spotlight in recent months. Despite the lack of a resurrect ability, druids are in high demand for their HoTs. Druids are great for these as their HoTs can stack and be equally as powerful as a full regular heal, only they are mostly instant cast. They also have a heavy AoE heal that is quite the relief after a raid takes a heavy hit all the way around. For these reasons Druids are best suited to raid heal and to keep HoTs up on the tank.

**Whew this post is getting long. Lets have an intermission. Ima have a smoke, AFK**

**Ok back, still with me? Good**

Alright we’ve got our healers, we’ve got our tanks, the rest of the raid goes to DPS. Lets start with CC DPS

Mage

  • Have (usually) very little hit points
  • Have little mana regen
  • Ranged DPS
  • Carry some huge pew pew
  • Has the ability to make Mana Biscuts
  • Can port you to any major city
  • Has the ability to CC using Sheep and Frost Nova
  • Has an aggro dump
  • Has a decent party buff
  • Has great AOE ability

Mages have become the must have for raids, unfortunately this is mostly for their mana biscuts, but they also have the awesome ability to CC. Sheep and frost nova are must haves for any group looking for an easy run. Mages also have the buff of AI and can add easy to a tank’s job by using Counterspell to bring a caster in closer for the kill. Mages can also add buffs to themselves by using Spell Steal. Also adding to the already large package mages can AoE damage using arcane or frost spells, this is really handy when using an aoe paladin tank. Overall mages are heavy hitters in cloth armor so they must watch their threat and can dump it at any time using Ice Block, which is available to any spec mage nowadays.

Hunter

  • Has a pet companion that can really help in a tight spot
  • Have the ability to CC
  • Has an aggro dump
  • Has limited party buffs
  • Has sustainable DPS
  • Can Kite
  • Has decent hit points/can take a hit
  • Has the ability to track

Hunters seem to be a fairly common class played but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know how to play them well. A great hunter can add substantial DPS to your group and also provide reliable CC. A hunter who has taken the time to learn can also trap multiple mobs at a time, really making their class shine. Though a hunter has very little to offer his other mates in his party, his aspect can and does help here and there. Hunters are also very viable for kiting mobs. His AoE damage ability is limited but it is there. Though a straightforward and easy class hunters are still considered highly valuable to have around.

Warlock

  • Has the ability to make healthstones
  • Has high hitpoints
  • Has various pets to help in different situation
  • Has the ability to CC (Though Limited)
  • Has the ability to make healthstones
  • Has heavy DPS
  • Is restricted by Soul Shards
  • Has an aggro dump
  • Has limited party buffs
  • Has the ability to sustain mana

Warlocks are not usually classified as a CC but I’m gonna go ahead and put them here anyways. Warlocks rely heavily on the use of soul shards so you’ll want to make sure yours has some. Warlocks have the ability to banish demons, fear humanoids, seduce humanoids, see invisibility and stealth, and fear bounce. For these reasons I’ve classified them as a CC. They are also heavy AoE’ers using Rain of Fire and Seed of Corruption as their primary spells for such a cause. Warlocks also can sustain themselves and using a Felguard or Voidwalker, called “Drain Tanking” (Using the pet as a temporary tank and slowly draining my own life into it to keep it alive). Warlocks also have instant cast DoTs (Damage over Time Spells) that can be put up on all the mobs to help them die quickly. With the addition in recent months of Soul Shatter warlocks also now have a way to dump their aggro, making them an awesome DPS to have.

Shadow Priest

  • Has average hit points
  • Has no aggro dump
  • Regens Mana and Health for self and group
  • Has decent party buffs
  • Has the ability to CC (Limited)
  • Can heal if the situation should call for it
  • Has the ability to resurrect

Shadow priests are becoming more and more common. Their ability to regenerate mana and health for their party makes a healers life much easier. (Pally tanks love em too!). They also carry the same buffing ability as their healing counterpart so if this is your soul reason for them I’d think again. They also carry the same CC abilities as thier healing copies, so again, if you have a holy priest an Spriest would simply duplicate these things. They are average DPSers, though.

Druid

  • Has average hit points
  • Heavy DPS
  • Moonkin form adds an extra party buff
  • Has the ability to CC (Limited)
  • Does not have an aggro dump
  • Has a decent party buff
  • Can heal if necessary
  • Has limited ability to AoE
  • Can stealth

Moonkin druids are crit heavy and can and do pull aggro easily and have no way to dump it. Make sure your tank is prepared to tank against this extremely heavy hitter. A feral druid is not so bad, and while in cat form (I believe) can cower, this only lessens the threat and does not completely dump it. In a Feral spec DPS is decent and sustainable, and is fairly similar to that of a rogue. Overall a Druid can be a great addition, but has many of the same abilities of a healer druid as well.

Rogue

  • Has average hit points
  • Has sustainable DPS
  • Cannot AoE
  • Has the ability to CC (Limited)
  • Can Stealth
  • Has an aggro dump
  • Can “Evasion Tank” for a short period of time
  • Can pick locks

People tend to see rogues as the bitch of the group. They are often seen as giving nothing and taking all. But this is not true. While their CC Sap is limited to humanoids for the most part, Rogues still have much to offer their group and raid. Since little is spent elsewhere their DPS is huge and can hold out the entire fight. They have the ability to get out of a sticky situation using sprint, they can open locked doors and chests, and can Vanish out of a bad sap attempt. They also have the use of Kidney Shot, Blind, and Gouge to very shortly control a mob. And of course if a tank goes down in the last few precious moments of a fight, a rogue can be there, evasion tanking you to a win.

Non CC DPS

Shaman

  • Can self resurrect
  • Can toss a heal
  • TOTEMS! (Deja vu huh?)
  • Does not have CC
  • Can Resurrect
  • Does not have an aggro dump
  • Powerful party buffer

Ok shaman I admit it. I’m in love with your totems, which are attached to you so I guess I can accept you as well :P. Enchantment Shaman bring a big boost to your melee with Windfury. Elemental Shaman are a favorite for your casters, either way, on their own shaman are still a viable DPS, and while they will not likely top a rogue or a warlock, they’ll be closely riding their tails. Shaman are more of a boost the party class then a class that tries to help itself. You should always try to have a shaman in your raid.

DPS Warriors

  • Can take some massive hits
  • Can sustain long term damage
  • Can offtank as needed
  • Cannot heal
  • Cannot Resurrect
  • Has limited party buffs

DPS warriors are an interesting lot. Mostly seen as a PvP item they too can hold up in PvE. DPS warriors can and do sometimes end up tanking here and there, but without no mana bar to worry about, once their rage is built up can sustain their DPS until the fight is over. For the most part this class has no other use then DPS so make sure your CC is all filled in before bringing in a DPS warrior. (Sorry guys, but I ❤ you still)

Retribution Paladin

  • Has all the same buffs and abilities as thier Healing and Tanking buddies

(LOL gimme a break you should only have to say the same thing so many times :P) Anyways, Retribution Paladins are much like the DPS warrior. They hold very little means outside of sheer DPS. They can and do occasionally hold up in PvE but honestly my experience with them outside of PvP is extremely limited and I cannot say much for them. While thier buffs are just as good as those of the Tankadin and the Healadin, this is one of those “Filler” roles.

So there ya have it. A lot of this is my opinion, and the basis I use to build any raid or group I may be doing. I certainly hope someone out there in the interwebs gets some use out of this 😛 I also do note that I did not include the Disc Priest spec in my post. This is because in my three or so years of playing I truely and honestly have NEVER SEEN ONE!