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I’ve been’a’slack’in on my blog posts.  So here’s a recap of the last 2 weeks:

  • Decided Resto Shamans got nothing on resto druids as far as quality of play time.
  • Speced Ele-Pewpew!
  • Filled my inventory slots with any Ele-type dps items.
  • Hit 3,200 dps in 25-naxx and 2,500 dps in 10-naxx.
  • Played ten 3v3 games with a boomkin and mage.  Lots of fun!
  • Druid leveled to 74 almost.
  • Researching Inscription Glyphs. 
  • Exalted with Wyrmrest working on the Kirin.
  • Still no epic flying mount on meh Shaman(could have bought it, but I have other plans for my profit, what they are, I’m still fuzzy on).

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With that out of the way, lets move on to the juice.  I love Elemental dps.  I may not be able to pump out 6k dps(yet), but I’m having alot more fun in raids than I was healing.  I finally dug my heels into the ground enough to tell our raid leaders, “take me or leave me(as dps).”  I would have been content with either response(considering how easy it seems to be to get a spot in a pug).  Except for a couple jabs at me not being a healer anymore, they were gracious about me dpsing. 

‘N so my dps adventure begins, happily and vindicated.  I don’t have my exact specs right now, but I’ll tell ya estimates(unbuffed).

  • 21.5 Crit
  • 1600 Spell Power(yuck!)
  • 215 Hit
  • 430 Haste

That’s all the important stuff.  I suppose I could give  you my Int value, if I remembered it.  As it stands, maxing my Hit then my SP are my top priorities.  My Wrath totems helps immensely in raids as far as SP goes.  I’ll go over my talents at some point, right now, time isn’t on my side.

I’ll conclude this entry with a promise for better numbers, more posts, ‘n a stiff drink with the next one.   Pewpew!

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Arena: Frist Look

Last night, some friends asked me if I would like to do a 3v3 with them.  I hesitated saying, “hell ya!” because I have no resilence and four peices of cloth in my gear(not to mention no trinket either).  I warned them that I was squishy and accepted their offer. 

Sufficed to say, I died with in the frist 15 seconds of most of the fights.  Long enough to pop heroism and a couple heals, then I was dog food.  I walked in the situation anticipating this (apparently my friends did too), so my pride wasn’t hurt as much as it was when I did 5v5s with a friend and three pugs.  I could tell, they were trying real hard to win (not that I wasn’t, just a different mindset when you have the gear and when you don’t), again I would pop heroism and heal a bit, then get rocked.  Usually a dk and rogue, or dk and warrior slam into me once I’m discovered.

I have to admit, being asking, “Why are you wearing cloth when you can wear mail?!” was frustrating.  Was it such a forgien concept to that a PVEr would wear gear with the most spell damage, haste, or MP5 over a mail piece with less?  I mean, it makes sense to me.  I went into the games professing how squishy and undergeared I was for arenas.  “We wouldn’t be able to do the games at all without you,” was one response.  Regardless, we did all 10 games.  At least I’ll have points next week.  Gotta get the gear somehow.

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’.

80!

Level 80 reached! Not quite today, but last week. I know, I’m a bad blogger, but I’ve been busy with de’ heroics and bgs.

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The inevitable respec to resto has happened. I’m not so upset about it as I am disappointed. Does *anyone* play healer classes(specs) anymore. The obvious answer is no for now. It probably has to do with leveling specs and such. I know I would never level as resto, so I can’t blame other players for not being as practical as I am, at least in regards to killing bosses and getting the phat loots.

On the other hand, I have the bored feeling creeping back from months ago, when raiding was torture, and all i wanted for Christmas was three weeks off from the game. My excitement is still holding that horrendous nagging down; who knows for how long.

I do love raiding, on the good days. On the bad days, I want to cancel my account. A year ago, the good balanced the bad out pretty well, but the last six months of raiding before Wrath, was worse than working in customer service getting paid minimum wage(been there, done that, not doing it again). So I’m sticking around, holding down the fort, saving private ryan, at least until I can tell whether the Old Schoolies are serious about raiding or will fizzle out. I really hope there is no fizzling.

Happy Holidays!
&
Bros before HO HO HOs!

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.

Technical Problems

Unfortunatly, my computer has been on the fritz the last few days.  Thank goodness I remembers to log my characters into inns.  Hopefully before the end of the weekend I will be back to PEWPEWing. 

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I reached level 75 before my computer pooped out on me, and let me tell you, Lava Burst is freaking amazeing!  Frist chance I got, I Flame Shocked a mob and Lava Brusted it off.  BAM! 3200 crit.  None of my spells even get close to 3k crits.  I see fire and lava in my future, and I like it!

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.

    73!

    After finishing the Tundra(yes, all 130 quests), I moved to Dragonblight cautiously.  I had heard that some players like to go to Howling forge, some skip it completely.  After completing 10ish quests in Dragonblight and complaining about the how many times I had to return to the NPC hub to turn in quests, only to get 3 more quests for the same damn area, I decided to try out Howling Forge.  I’m hoping the quests there won’t be so back and forth.

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    After weeks of leveling my shaman, I’m hearing comments from forums and in-game about how Circle of Healing and Wild Growth are limiting the need for Shamans and Paladins 10 and 25-man encounters, namely some new Onixyia encounter.  I hope I haven’t picked the wrong class to level first!  Regardless, I’m sure the gap isn’t too wide, at least I hope it’s not.  GOGO Leveling!

    From leaves to lightning…

    I began leveling a Shaman about 6 months ago off and on, never really playing for more than a half hour, mainly because of being beat horribly by them in bosses in Black Temple. I have played a Resto Druid for nearly 3 years now, frist leveling a rogue, but then realizing how futile is was to find a guild without two dozen Seagulls…I mean rogues. (Have you seen Finding Nemo? Remember the Seagulls? “Mine, mine, mine, mine…” etc.)

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    Playing a Resto Druid was my life (well, for 20-25 hours a week, it was). I have rolled with the punchs for 3 years. I am not going to complain in this post(in.this.post.haha). I would say it is time for a change, nothing to drastic though, so in combination with the 3.1 patch, I decided to finish leveling my Shaman and make her my main for Wrath, that is the plan anyway.

    My druid will always be my frist Romulo-of-Characters, and maybe the “Tree of Love” will grow once more when I begin leveling her to 80 in a couple months. For now, I’m all Bad Ass-Lighting Bolt-Pew-Pew-Machine Gun of Elemental Fury Which Thou Hast No… anyway, although, I will add Riptide is my new favorite healing spell between both characters.

    Some comments on Elemental Shamans based on my 66 levels of expierence:

  • Getting jumped by a rogue or feral druid is devasating. Not because they kill me, but because I could kill them in 3 shots, if I could get that many casts off.
  • Water Shield should be considered the 10th wonder of the world. Before Water Shield, it was pew-drink-pew-drink with not a consecutive kill in sight. Now it’s rare I have to drink when questing or grinding.
  • Everyone says to level Enhancement as a Shaman. At the beginning levels, I am sure it is a smart idea. I, unfortunatly, have been a melee dps class, and found it very boring, hence I leveled Elemental from day one. I admit it was slow at frist but still enjoyable.