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Late post is late. Herding Cats – Hey it’s raiding time!

February 16, 2010 6 comments

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!

Anyway.

Assisting the raid leader/GM

How can you be a good little raider?

1.) Be on time and ready to go. Don’t be Wintergrasp at raid time, don’t be on an alt running an instance etc.
2.) Be prepared with knowledge of fights. If you have a suggestion, don’t hold back if it is a valid suggestion.
3.) Have appropriate addon downloaded and updated.
4.) Come to the fight with needed items as needed.
5.) Listen, absorb, and evolve. Be ready for changes.
6.) Raid with an open mind – be prepared for wipes.
7.) Know your limits – if you are not feeling it, take a night off.
8.) If you sign up show up!!! If you are not sure…mark tentative, please.
9.) If you cannot make it, please advise.
10.) Be spec’d appropriately, gemmed correctly, rotation worked out, glyphed correctly, and enchanted appropriately.
11.) No ninja afking.

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Battle plans, and cheeseburgers.

February 15, 2010 7 comments

Ok the picture and the title have nothng to do with the actual “meat” of the entry. By the way, I am dying for a good cheeseburger, have not had a decent one for months. Five Guys burger is ok….Graffitti Burger is awesome, but kinda small. I am so sad Cheeburger cheeburger closed down, 1 pound hamburgers for the win! Thurman’s cafe is not worth waiting 3 hrs for a table. All the Fuddruckers in Columbus have closed i think. *SIGH*
Anyways back on track.
What makes up a successful raid? Concise battle plans? Composition? Raid Awareness? Mods/Addons? Cheezburgers?

A successful raid encompasses 4 out of the 5. Cow + cheez + bacon is optional.

Battle Plan aka strategy

There is something to be said about running head long into something and figuring out how things work, but meh who has time in this day and age to do so. So I am glad there are others out there figuring out intial strats and ideas. (Tankspot etc)

Now this may sound like a elitist notion (am i turning into Soth??) or me being an ass. But if you are not willing to listen, read, and watch….you probably shouldn’t be raiding. It is not up to the GM or the RL to explain down to the last detail on what one needs to do. Dozzer and Arioch give a great over view of the fight, hints and nuggets of win.

But in general…everyone should also research on their own time as well. Going over a strat right before a fight does not mean everyone will know the fight….in one ear out the other! Also if you go over the strategy you may find things you can add and also the RL or the GM may gloss over things that may not be important to your role. They are giving an overview of the fight, it is up to you to know what tricks are out there for your specific role.

For example, throwing a Pain Suppression on a tank after a slime explodes in Rotface – people tend to get scattered and you may need to spread heals a bit. Pain Suppression on tank will help a lot. Also in Festergut…saving Pain Suppression for the 3rd or 4 inhale, when hits on 2nd tank are getting crazy!!! Throwing shields on people during Festergut right before he exhales.

Composition

What was that one quote people like to throw around “Bring the player, not the class.”

No offense to those that think it is true or wish it to be true, but I really think that the comment is rubbish. As long as they design raids in such a way, that forces specific combinations, the above comment is rubbish.

Take for example, everyones friend, Festergut. Now he has a lovely ability where he causes people to vomit and cause everyone close by to vomit and take a metric crap ton of damage. Also while puking you cannot do anything. Now lets say Raid A takes in 2 tanks, 3 healers, and 5 melee DPS…..I doubt they will get past the 1 min mark. Raid B takes 2 tanks, 3 healrs, and 2 melee and 3 ranged DPS – as long as they can work together…they should be able to take down Festergut.

Further examples of having a butt load of melee DPS will make your raid night hell – Deathbringer Saurfang (sure it can be done…but prepare for a lot of marks and dead melee), Blood Princes – Beach ball, empowered fireball, empowered shock vortex, Lady D – the adds – without a decent mix of DPS – the adds can mess your raid up yo.

Raid Awareness

Now I will fully admit..i need work in this area. As playing a healer i get tunnel visioned a lot. Especially as the nights goes on and nothing is dying, except for us of course. I get focused on watching the tanks only and forget about others, and that is a bad thing. Unless you are tank healing, but helping out your fellow healers is not a bad thing.

Raid awareness can also be watching where you are standing and avoiding the various boss mechanics. (if you want chaos – look no farther then the blood princes). different raid call for different mechanics to avoid, some easier then others. Festergut for healers is easy…stand under his arse, heal, heal, heal, pop cooldowns so tanks dont die…collect loot. For the ranged DPS they have to watch for the spore and run accordingly. They have the tougher job for that fight.

Addons

Addons…..I have to say…don’t raid without them. And when I mean “them” some of the bare minimums – Omen, DBM. Please don’t raid without them….a kitten dies everytime a person without these causes a wipe.

Other add-ons will only make things easier for your associated job. Grid, clique, scroll text, buff watchers, etc etc. These things will only make your job easier and less of a pain to handle.

Make your life easier…get the addons! Don’t raid without them. Gotta get catch em all!
P.S. Also make sure you don’t have fishing macroed to your DPS buttons, have the wrong stance/presence on, or even a WHACK spec on before raiding. Your fellow raidmate will thank you for it.

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Priest chat. Prob not going to be G rated.

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

http://divineaegis.com/2010/02/11/upcoming-priest-related-podcast/

March 1st Raidwarning podcast.

Actually interested in this one…as its going to be all about priests!!!!

Some of the guests are ones from the blogs i read – Joveta from Snarkcraft!! Matticus from World of Matticus, and Lilitharien from Divine Aegis. And many others.

When i 1st started priesting Jov/Seri’s site had a lot of info for holy (I thought I was Holy4life) as that is where is specced 1st, then when i made the change to disc. Lith’s blog was very helpful.

Although, Jov may call me a traitor, I am entralled with disc. No failangel for me.

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Clash of the Titans pt 2 —– Holy

February 12, 2010 4 comments

OK finally got sometime to get around to writing up part 2 – How 2 holy.

Although, by no means am i an expert on all things Holy. I can give some insight as to what the basics are.

Comparing Disc to Holy

Disc is like having a blueprint as to how to heal, when to heal, and what spell to use at an appropriate time.

Holy on the other hand, is not as much as planning ahead but being able to react to a situation and using the best spell at the right time.

Prayer of Mending (instant cast)

“Places a spell on the target that heals them for 800 the next time they take damage. When the heal occurs, Prayer of Mending jumps to a party or raid member within 20 yards. Jumps up to 5 times and lasts 30 sec after each jump. This spell can only be placed on one target at a time”

Is an awesome spell, it a lazy man’s spell, let is go and watch it bounce around. Combined with T9 gear you can get it to heal for 20% more. On fights like Festergut, Twin Valkyrs, Marrowgar, it helps a lot, in my opinion.

I recommend using it on every cool down. Cast on a tank or someone you know that is about to take damage….Zug….tanks…..

Circle of Healing (instant cast)

“Heals friendly party or raid members within 15 yards of the target for blah blah blah.”

Also an awesome spell in a Holy Priests arsenal. This spell has advantages over its big brother Prayer of healing, as CoH hits targets that are needed, rather then the targeted party.

This spell is as use as needed. Use it when you know when raid wide damage is incoming.

Prayer of Healing and Greater Heal

“A powerful prayer heals the friendly target’s party members within 30 yards for X”

“A slow casting spell that heals a single target for X”

Both of these heals are situational. Both are too slow to cast without Serendipity.

“When you heal with Binding Heal or Flash Heal, the cast time of your next Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing spell is reduced by 12%. Stacks up to 3 times. Lasts 20 sec.” HOWEVER, watch your casting…don’t want to burn thru your mana by maintaining the stacks.

Flash Heal (1.5 second cast, affected by haste rating)

“Heals a friendly target for X”

Probably your most common healing spell. This will activate Serendipity along with Binding Heal.

“Heals a friendly target and the caster for X. Low threat.” Very useful spell. :) I prob should use it more often.

So in essence, holy can be a balance of Serendipity, raid healing etc. Holy is reactive rather then predicting.

Holy Stats, Gems and Glyphs

Once again Spell power is king.

Spellpower > Int/Spirit (some sort of ratio) > Crit/Haste > Mp5

One important thing to note is the ratio of int to spirit – this will help regen of your mana. As keeping your mana up is important.

As far as Gem use – Spellpower is king for red slots. As far as yellow slots – King’s Amber +20 int and the luminous ametrine – +12 SP and +10 int. For blue….that is an issue – I personally go for +12 SP and +10 spirit purified dreadstone.

Also I cannot condone gemming for haste or crit as that will come from your gear choices…but there are those who do so, to each their own. For Holy, if i recall, about 15% haste is what one should shoot for. But i have seen other get up to 750 haste as Holy, but to each their own. Choose what suits your playstyle.

Glyphs i recommend for Holy is Glyph of Circle of Healing, Flash Heal and Guardian Spirit. But choose what matches your play style.

Some use Glyph of Prayer of Healing – adds a HoT effect to Glyph of Healing.

Your Prayer of Healing spell also heals an additional 20% of its initial heal over 6 sec.

I used it for a bit….but i prefer Guardian Spirit Glyph.

Before I forget Guradian Spirit is awesome, I personally forget to use it sometimes.

“Calls upon a guardian spirit to watch over the friendly target. The spirit increases the healing received by the target by 40%, and also prevents the target from dying by sacrificing itself. This sacrifice terminates the effect but heals the target of 50% of their maximum health. Lasts 10 sec.” With the glyph the cool down on Guardian Spirit – is reduced to 1 minute if the effect is not used.

One last glyph worth mention is Glyph of Renew

Reduces the duration of your Renew by 3 sec. but increases the amount healed each tick by 25%.

Combined with full point into renew and empowered renew, and this glyph maybe worth getting.

Other blogs/sites i have found useful and fun to read.

http://missmedicina.blogspot.com/
http://snarkcraft.wordpress.com/
plusheal.com
tankspot.com – the healing section has useful entries on boss fights etc
http://www.worldofmatticus.com/
http://zusterke.orderoftheathanor.eu/ – useful calculators and such.

Part 3 specs when i get around to it.

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Cuteness overload.

February 11, 2010 4 comments

http://www.mmo-champion.com/news-2/icc-heroic-plush-pets-q4-2009-results-blue-posts/

Skip past the heroic news…look at the Windrider Cub…..wants. Normally i dont collect things like this…but the windrider cub is awesome. The griffon looks goofy and reminds me of a looney toon…blarg!

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Miracle Cold Cure discovered!

February 11, 2010 2 comments

My favorite food when I am not feeling so great. Also great when not sick. The heat will kill any nasty germs destroying your immune system, and will sweat all the nasty poison from ya. When i am sick I will make it spicier. The recipe link above is a very easy to make and taste almost like my mom’s. (I cannot quite duplicate her recipes yet!)

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Wednesday

February 10, 2010 8 comments

Going to be short and sweet. Still kinda tired from the raids last night.

Shadow Rising 1st went to Uld and killed Flame Leviathan and Razorscale. I was especially nervous as I have never been there…but went in with 24 poeple and got the achievments for both. (and 5 nom frost emblems).

After that popped over and got my new T10 helm….very nice, actually looked decent.

Then its off to VoA for another chat with the super easy Torvalon (sp?)….guess they had nerfed him again yesterday….was boring…nothing excited…looooottt dropped and there was much yawning. Killed his burning friend as well.

Due to some people having to leave…22 manned ToTc 25 (if full coulda went to ICC!!!). ToTc dropped some nice loots for people, i managed to snag some new boots and a trophy.

Again thanks to everyone who attended. Big thanks to Ari for doing what she does and being awesome. ^^ Hope your blog gets fized soon..going thru withdrawl. (enjoy the cat pics)

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