Disc/Holy again – awesomeness

April 29, 2008

So, I respecced Heilerin to 25/29/0 disc/holy last night since I was asked to heal a SP run. And she ruled. Only time mana dropped below 50% was at the 2nd and 3rd boss who doย TONS of nature damage to the whole group. Had to let a 61 rogue ‘go’ (ie. stopped healing to preserve mana) during Rokmar’s fight. Meh, enough of them out there anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I never really dropped below 90% mana until we hit the mobs before the 2nd boss. I actually told the Pally that I am bored and that he needs to make me work more. So he tanked 2 Myrmidons, and after the fight he asked me if that was better. I just told him “look at my mana pool” — I was at 98%.

Love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

He hates questing too, so I think we could make a good team leveling up. He is already at 66, Heilerin is at 63, but I seriously doubt that there is any lack for healing assignments 63 and up, so I will get to 70 soon enough. In fact, I need to purposely take time, because he also happens to be an officer who is playing a shammy with 2k + healing and he likes my healing style. This means that I may be relegated to healing in the raids, rather than tanking or DPSing on the Lock. I like healing a lot, I like tanking, but I also like nuking on my Lock (especially ever since I respecced to Destro), so I just have to make sure that I pace myself and am in charge of my game.

On another note, I didn’t realize that you had to heal a member to full to get rid of the poison dot that Rokmar debuffs you with, since I never healed that boss before. So, I was rezzing the rogue after boss was down, was out of mana, mana pots on CD, Symbol of Hope on CD, and Pally tank (guildie) says “HEAL ME”, I see his health go down. I heal him as much as I can (not much, since no mana ;-0), then he Lays Hands on himself to heal himself. Calls me a noob for not doing it, I only lol’d at him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Which led me to have a good idea: since I will be running this instance a bunch of more times, if there will ever be the case that I am in a bad PUG with one or more jerks, I will just let themย die from theย dot after the boss fight is over. This is fun. I am bad. Heck, even if I can’t be shadow, I can still have an evil mindset, can I not? ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, long story short, disc/holy 1: shadow 0.

BTW, critted a mob for 1200 Smite in SP last night as well, so I think this may be good enough for soloing whatever I will solo during leveling up.

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Tanking + Healing = srs bsns

April 28, 2008

My druid spent some time in Ramparts yesterday. Fun times..

Sunday morning I went into Ramps with my Priest, healing for a half guild / half pug group. My Priest was the highest levelย being 63 (still wanted to give the staff drop off Omor another chance, hell, get XP too, so why not), the Pally tank was a 60, Mage was a 60,ย Hunter wasย 59 and a feral Druid was 61). I knew that although the instance is posted as 58+, it is a fairly tough run if you are not in the 61-62 level range. There are a lot of relatively hard pulls and theย mobs hit for a lot (imagine 2 destroyers on a 60 Pally tank — constant heals).

We did good though, I managed to keep the group healed nicely – also due to my new rotation: I use Renews on the tank and a combination of Flash Heals + Greater Heals. I used to only use Greater Heals (different ranks), but ever since Slave Pens (yes, I healed a guild run last weekend too, Bosses FTL — very tough) I decided to change that to have a more even flow of heals going. This is where being shadow sucks: no shorter Greater Heal times (it isย a 3 second cast, takes forever if your tank is almost getting 2 shotted), no bonus effects to the heals. I had a weak moment debating whether I should just go back to Disc/Holy and level her up that way instead. I have gained almost all the levels through running Ramps + BF + some SP, I have not even started any quests in Zanga yet!

Anyway.. back to the Ramps run. So, run went well, we downed Omor (guess what, no staff drop – LOL) and were facing the last challenge: Nazan and his Dragon.

This is a very tough encounter for a PUG. The dragon’s fireballs hit for a ton of damage, they put a dot on you, and he has a fire breath that does another ton of damage to the tank. With people getting hit by the fireballs, staring at themselves while they are burning (and NOT MOVING :-/), plus the tank getting 2-shot by the fire breath, we wiped twice very quickly. During those attempts, I suggested different strategies, but they did not work out and people were getting impatient (nice run is a good thing, but you wipe in a group and the patience runs out VERY quick). So I said, screw it, and I brought in my hawt Sherman Druid tank to wrap it up. And wrap up I did. Sometimes, you have to cut your losses and just move on. ๐Ÿ™‚

The second time in Ramps was the heroic daily. I tanked a random PUG last night. I have actually never tanked Ramps before. DPSd, yeah, healed, yeah. But not tanked. I asked for lead right away (lets not waste time with miscommunication, just let me mark ๐Ÿ™‚ ). This was a good group setup — Mage, 2 Hunters and a Priest, so it looked like there was a high chance for success. And we did good. I took my time, LOS pulled many mobs, Hunters were on top of their trapping (have they maybe learnt their trade at BRK?), Mage was paying attention and re-sheeping if needed. The only issue was the damn dragon again *sigh*.

The Priest had issues keeping me healed up. She would letย me go down to 30/40%, keep Renews going but the heals were not too often and not too quick. We wiped twice because I did not get healed enough.

So I told her of the PUG-Priest-who-needs-healing-equation. In a boss fight, the only players that NEED to stay alive are: tank, healer, DPS. If we lose 1/2 DPS, no big deal, we take longer, and if you don’t run out of mana healing, we are fine. DPS was not to happy about it (the Hunter leading the damage meter made sure to post it in group chat to validate his claim to be kept alive ๐Ÿ™‚ ), but agreed to maintain themselves where needed by bandaging and using pots and such (what a fantastic concept, you being responsible for yourself).

Long story short, 3rd attempt we succeeded, I died at around 2-3% boss health, group was able to finish him up. Lesson for my Priest: never let the tank die. Ever. ๐Ÿ™‚

We proceeded to kill Omor after that. They must have nerfed him significantly. I remember running Heroic Ramps on the lock and we would just get completely chewed up and spit out by his fel hounds. This time, only 2 hounds spawned. After my lengthy intro to the groupย (“Felhounds suck, will kill you, stay spread apart from each other, etc etc”), the group was actually wondering if this was really the whole fight: it was over in like 30 seconds. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was positively surprised.

Anyway, I think that tanking + healing are the 2 toughest jobs in this game, period. DPSing is easy sauce. You can quote me on that.


I R survived Heroic Magister’s Terrace

April 17, 2008

I went in there last night, tanking for an excellent group of people: a hunter who could double-trap, a rogue with insance DPS, an excellent mage and an awesome Pally healer. We cleared that place out, 1 wipe due to me overseeing a Blood Knight hiding in the corner when I marked one room (duh!). 4 learning wipes at Kael — there is no way to kill that shield before he shoots his 50000 hp pyro at me. That is a hard encounter for a druid.. Wowwikie says: “Druid tanks are out of luck”. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The key would be to drop the threat, so rogue would get targeted, then he can cheat death and avoid pyro. Or, with a Pally, he can BOP and prevent it as well.

I told those guys (awesome group) that I will be running this instance once a day now until I get my tanking trinket off 3rd boss. I will try to see if I still have Hypnotist’s Watch laying around in my bank — or any other threat-reducing trinket.. I could also try to Cower in cat form, but switching to cat + hitting cower in time + possible resist… not sure.. I’ll just have to try it. ๐Ÿ™‚

We did clear MGT after about 4 attempts. We decided to just stop healing me once he starts casting his pyro and save the Pally’s mana.. I also threw an innervate on him right before I died — I am SO nice! Hah!

The non-caster DPS trinket dropped off 3rd boss btw. Nice trinket, I would have used it for cat, but I let the DPSers have it.. eventually, they will already have it if it drops again, and I will GRAB it. ๐Ÿ™‚


Outlands!

April 14, 2008

So, on Friday I had already resorted myself to not running any BRD to level from 57 to 58, but actually go to Winterspring and Silithus and grind my way up there. ARGH – UGH – NOOOOO… I hate Silithus, I hate bugs, especially 57 elite cockroaches and mosquitoes!

And then I was lucky.. I happened to check on the status and whereabouts of one of my buddies, and I saw his 70 lock in BRD. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, it turns out that he and another 70 hunter were running through a 53 Paladin, so I told him ‘Dude, you need a healer.’, to which he agreed. It can never hurt to have a healer in a group.. That’s why I like this priest a lot — there will never be anyone saying ‘NO, you can’t come’ to any instance run I want to partake in. ๐Ÿ™‚

So anyway.. it took about 5 hours and 2 wipes, but I can proudly report that I have for the first time ever been part of a group that did a complete clear of Blackrock Depths. ๐Ÿ™‚ And never again shall I put another step into that instance. ๐Ÿ™‚

Plus, I got an ENTIRE level out of that run.. I was 25k XP short of 58, but had yet to turn in 5 yellow and orange quests, which put me a quarter of a level into 58. ๐Ÿ™‚

I did the ‘Onyxia march’ (escorting Windsor to defeat the dragon dudes in SW keep), so next up would be an UBRS run to get Ony- and BWL attuned. Yes, I am crazy, but I really would like to raid pre-BC as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, since she started in Outlands, she has already replaced 90% of her gear with quest- and Ramps/BF-drops and she is halfway through 60. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yup, she got her epic mount as well. A swift palomino from Elwynn Forest, since she is exalted with Stormwind. I do want her to get a swift sabercat from Darn, but she needs about 19k more rep to be exalted with those guys.. Did you realize that you get full rep if you do low-level quests for a faction? I did 6-7 Darkshore quests with her and got about 3000 rep out of it. Even a couple hundred XP – ๐Ÿ™‚

Leveling in Outlands is easy. Plenty of drops, plenty of XP, plenty of instances to run (heal). It won’t be a problem whatsoever to get her to 70 ASAP.

I respecced her again.. she has 11 points in Disc now (improved Fort and Shield + Inner Focus), rest in Shadow. I will not need to respec again until 70 at least, when she will turn into either a full healer or stays a shadow priest. Depending on what the raids require. Which is good, as I have maxed out the respeccing attempts — its 50g per respec now. SUCKS!

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57!

April 9, 2008

Hit 57 last night on the priest. I gave up on trying to heal The Last Big Instance (BRD) — I have 6 yellow quests there, that would probably be around 60000 XP, plus loot, but I am not able to find a good pug for that for the life of mine. And the guild my mains are in (Raiding) certainly don’t care about BRD too much.

Therefore, I decided to go shadow again and just quest my way to 58.. Outland.. somehow looking forward to it — don’t ask me why ๐Ÿ˜‰

I kind of wish I had enough rep with Darnassus to get her a swift saber.. but I am only halfways honored (never did quests in Ashenvale etc – duh!)… maybe I can do low level quests and still get rep.. need to try that out – I want to level up herbalism anyway.

Note to self: try it out.


Magister’s Terrace — MrT or MgT?

April 1, 2008

I know, its insanely important. I am calling it mgt or MGT. There you have it. Suck it. Abbrevations are there to enable you to save time. “MrT, MgT” does not flow. Plus, I like the “g” version better. Henceforth I shall be calling this instance mgt or MGT.

I have spoken.

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Shadow priest + PuG pre-70 – No-Go

April 1, 2008

Heilerin is at 51 now. I respecced her back to disc/holy after realizing that there is no place for shadow priests in ST + BRD pugs. They need healers. Lots of healers. :-0

I think the next instance dry-spot I will hit at around 53-54, then I will go back to shadow until I hit 58 and start healing Outland instances.

I realized that you need to be flexible when you play a priest…

She will be a healer once she hits 70. I have yet to decide if I should level up tailoring or just use gear from instance drops. I may do a little bit of both. The ideal would still be the Primal Mooncloth + Whitemend set, but with the new instances, that gear can come naturally as well.. Also, if she is at least in all blues she will be able to heal Kara with no problem, so gear + badges will come en masse as well.

I may just save myself the time and gold involved in leveling up tailoring. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The other profession she has (not skilled up) is herbalism. I may still do that. Once I hit the 55 rough spot (ugh EPL/WPL), I may just chill out for a while and level up that skill.

I am in no hurry — yeah, I do want to hit 70, but I ain’t stressing about it. Plenty of healing opportunities will happen, I know that. ๐Ÿ™‚

BTW, in the BRD pug that fell apart after 3 wipes on the first 5 mobs, I realized that my DPS as a shadow priest was on par with a 49 shammy.

hmmmmmmm….. ๐Ÿ™‚