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Heoric Sarth

Is easy as pie.

I went with a PUG consisting of mostly Focused Aggression and Wendigo Brewing Co.  I think I saw a couple Puppies in there too.  Literally, the directions they gave me was to either, enter portals or don’t enter portals.  Was Bliz trying to make all the content PUGable?  Because I can’t imagine there being any other impresssion after what I’ve seen in this 25-man. 

I would try to give a run down on the fights, but I don’t really know what was going on except the portal things and the fact that we either had too many healers or there just wasn’t enough damage going on.  I was overhealing with my instants, let alone my casts.  I think I could have spammed lightning bolts and been more productive. 

I’m starting to get the idea that all the instances, 25-mans and below, require 3 healers at the most.  I can see a well geared healer soloing most of the fights in Naxx, healing wise.  If they didn’t require the raid spliting up, I doubt we’d be useing more than one healer in 3 months.  Kinda sad.  I understand how tanks feel now when it came to raid spots in BC. 

When the dual-specs come out, players will be so much better off for encounters.  Loot distribution will be hairy though.  I know I’d be tempted to role on some hit gear…of coruse I’d never take it from someone who dpsed all the time, would I?

Happy Holidays!

Thank goodness they’re over…

My guild did our frist ever guild only Naxx run Tuesday.  We cleared all wings in under 4 hours.  I’m not sure where that ranks in other guilds, but considering it’s our second full naxx run, I think we did pretty well.  The Frost Drake is our next goal.  We pulled him/her a couple times, but there wasn’t any rush to get it done.  I’m at 2pieces of the resto teir-7 with a couple badge peices and the rockin’ epic caster mace from Heroic Nexus.  My mana regen is much better than it was, but my haste is really limiting.

I’m a shamed to say our pally, Nettogrof, absolutly rocked me on the healing meters.  Now don’t get the wrong idea, that I weight my skill solely on where I am in the list, but it’s a nice competitive edge to a very uncompetitive part of the game.  I like knowing I put out the most effective healing, but the bottom line will always be to do my job, which is keeping the raid alive and kickin’.

Intermission

Last night , I took a break leveling my shaman to heal for some friends who recently reactivated their accounts for Wrath.  My druid healed.  I miss my HOTs(Heal Over Time) spells.  Healing with my shaman requires much more attention to bars and incoming damage, where playing my druid, I maintain my HOTs and occasionally toss a Healing Touch or Swiftmend out.  In some ways, healing as a shaman is more engaging than as a druid, but in some fights, I really wish I had chain heal and my poison cleansing totem.

I was half hoping I could level in the dungeons with all the rested xp I had, but we had a couple 74s, which killed the EXP I gained.  My druid is still level 70. :*(  I half want to level her jsut to keep up with my friends, but it is more important for me to get my shaman to 80 so I can help the guild raid.

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In my opinon, healing for druid should be all about HOTs.  If I had my way, I would use nothing but HOTs.  I like that it’s our niche, but if I think of the shaman healing niche, all I come up with is Chain Heal.  While Chain Heal is a good spell(I probably use it more than I should), I think they need to define shaman’s healing style as well as they do with druids.  I think Pallys need the same attention, though this is based on observation and not practice.  I have not played a pally or priest, yet.  Priests on the other hand have a clear niche, at least in the Discipline tree.  Damage Mitigation.  It’s like a preventative type of healing instead of an additive type.  So instead of refilling the HP cup, they’re preventing the HP from escaping.   In the whole game of healing, this is probably the most original niche so far.

If they could tighten the niches for pallys and shamans, I think the healing game would be much more diverse.  While druids are the masters of HOTs, priests are the rulers of damage mitigation, Shamans and Pally could be the kings and queens of their own niches.  There are plenty of posts on new healing techniques, but most aren’t original or are too complex.  Something as simple as expanding on the lightwell concept, or the melee healer and totem niches would turn into very nice niches for either class.  Right now, both classes, while still doing thier jobs, are more of a combination of a druid or priest spells.

Resto Power!

Last night I got the itch to do some instances.  I swung my respec hammer(I mean staff) on top of the Restoration tree and began the instance Drak’Tharon Keep.

First off, the experience I gained from doing 5 instances that night was minuscule to what I would have received if I chose to do quests. Over all it was a bust when it came to leveling, but I met a couple really cool players that offered to do instances with me.

Drak’Tharon Keep consists of four bosses:

  • Trollgore: Large Troll boss. Easy tank-spank.
  • Novos the Summoner: Mob-spawning decurseing lich. If you don’t decurse, you have a problem. Thank goodness for Cleanse Spirit.
  • King Dred: Hungry dino! Watch out for the aoe fear! Tremor totem hooeeeee!
  • The Prophet Tharon’ja: This boss is fun! He turns everyone into skellies periodically. Make sure your group finds their heal buttons when they’re skellies or you’ll have a heart-attack.
  • Once I figured out the little abilities, like dino’s fear and Novos’s curse, this instance was a piece of cake to heal. We ran Drak’Tharon Keep probably four times before we tried run Violet Hold and realized I had no way up to Dalaran without a mage. Scrapping that idea, we tried Azjol-Nerub.

    There was nothing to troublesome in Azjol-Nerub; that may have been due to our 78 deathknight tank. The whole instance flew by in like 15 minutes. One instant I was webbed, but no one died because of it.

    I’m not sure if I will continue doing instances tonight or quest again. To be honest, I’m a little sick of questing; last night was a breath of fresh air… and loot.