First time into the raid known as Blackwing Descent…I would say not the smoothest of runs but still fun and educational.
The 1st 2 bosses are going to be:
Magmaw (to the left) and Omnitron Def. System. (to the right)
Magmaw, as many others have noted is a heavy raid damage fight. However, the real issue is the managing of the spot points and the adds that spawn. We put some attempts in, but the adds in the end was the mechanic that got us in the end.
The Def System, I have to say is a lot more fun. Or at least a very colorful fight. Even more mechanics to keep you on your feet. Observations to note – dont DPS that shield down to far, so the tank with that add does not inadvertantly blow it up lol. Run away from slimes, pull them out of their buff zones, place them in debuff zones. I am not too worried about this fight, the Magmaw fight has me more worried.
Anyone have any hint/tricks for the adds in Magmaw’s fight? And is there a proper cooldown order for the tank to handle mangle easier?
Our setup was:
1 prot pally
1 ret pally
1 fury war
1 aff lock (can’t stop the dots!)
x2 Survival Hunters
1 resto druid
1 resto shaman
1 Holy priest (me)
For all the Magmaw fights – I do admit I got a little trigger happy with the PoH but when he was finally on the ground and chained, I was not gasping for mana. Where we had a mana issue was with our boomchicken at times, and when I would panic and spam ><)
We had two gathering points for the ranged and the healers, when he would cast flame pillar we would move to other spot, hunters were placing frost traps in between the two gathering points. Boomchicken would typhoon at the right moment.
I don't think it was the healing as, the dmg he causes is very healable, and once we get used to the fight I bet could even 2 heal this. DPS appears ok? But I am not 100% sure on that.
I have now had the chance to run a few more Heroics with the guildees, and I have to admit kudos to Blizzard on the difficulty and challenge of healing them.
To date I have run Grim Batol, Stonecore, Throne of Tides, Deadmines, and Vortex Pinnacle (a portion of it). the LFD tool only seems to like these Heroics lol.
I have to say Heroic Grim Batol can be brutal on a new group, and a new healer.
The “gauntlets” in Throne of Tides can quickly sap a healer’s mana pool.
Deadmines….actually is not too bad. Trash/bosses are easier than the other Heroics in my opinion, but Deadmines hands down is probably the funnest one. Great RP, setting, and characters.
(Now I have only run these as a guild group, so I cannot speak of the horrors or pain that it is dealing with PuGs. Also I am a holy priest now, I have turned away from the cult of the bubble and have seen the light(well))
All I can say is mana regen helps a lot! Many of these fights will last sometime, so having as much mana regen as you can help out, but make sure you still have the stats to throw out worth while healing.
Also make sure to use all tools available to you to help out with incidental dmg, the days of just topping people off are gone.
I will admit, I was did laugh at the idea of the Lightwell, but now it is an invaluable tool in my healing tool set. My guildees have learned to use it and watch for it. Precast it before a fight, it doesn’t pull aggro. This will help people see where you have placed it! Make sure to have a macro for it as well, to announce that you are placing it down.
Learn the fight and expect when heavy dmg is incoming. People having a hard time getting to a safe spot. Cast a bubble on them for the speed boost from Body and Soul. Or hell Life grip em errr Leap of Faith. (I was a real hater on this…but I admit, in certain situations it has been useful as hell!) Heavy tank dmg, get some serendipity stacks ready. Cast your Greater Heal after the Holy Word: Serenity for that extra crit chance. Also remember you LOCK imp poop…errr LOCK CANDY. Saved my butt more than once.
Don’t be cheap, enchant, reforge, gem. A.K.A. E-R-G
If you are having a hard time with a heroic, maybe its time to look into ERG. Or perhaps stop hoarding that JP and buy some gear, or look into Reputation vendors.
But foremost to remember is: knowledge is power, use it. There are many sources out there to get info from, no excuse not to use it.
Also remember to have FUN!
Cata is now into week 2, more people are now 85 and hitting the dungeons.
I think my gear is ok…a few pieces here or there could be better, but theoretically I could jump into Heroics.
What is stopping me from jumping in head first?
1.) The few normals I have run as a healer were guild runs and the 1 random, I did had a group of people accustomed to the new Cata style and things went smoothly. Other than that, the horror stories about the LFD pool is making me think the headache and repair bill is not worth it. (Mine own experience in Heroic Deadmines with a PuG tank….needs more booze)
2.) The healing style I grew to love in Wrath, just does not cut it. Discipline – does not have the punch to keep things in check. If something goes wrong, someone stands in bad “by accident”, mobs CC gets broken, and people get face owned…..Disc does not have the same oomph it had to push things through. Disc is all about dmg mitigation, and the main source of this PW:S is not longer viable due to a couple of things. A.) mana cost and B.) it gets popped so easily now.
You maybe thinking, “But Slice! Prayer of Healing now procs DA 100% of the time!” Sure it does…but the with the actual amount that PoH heals…the bubbles it creates…they do not absorb all that much.
Power Word: Barrier and Pain Suppression are a very sexy spell duo indeed. But again even with these cooldowns…you are still lacking in the HEALING DEPT.
1.) Heal seem meh….
2.) Flash Heal….can heal for a lot, but will leave you sapped.
3.) A Borrowed Time + Greater Heal can be nice…but still will leave ya gasping for mana.
4.) Prayer of Healing – DA procs yay! But still not a super amount of healing when shit hits the fan.
Disc at this time, is not working for me at least. At the higher gear levels it may be a viable choice for me, sure I could do it right now, but why struggle. Better stats mean stronger bubbles, less pain being lovingly showered on your group!
3.) Lots of member of SR are either on vacation, getting to 85, or gearing up for heroics.
Lamenting the loss of me bubbles, I have committed apostasy. I have went away from Discipline and rejoined the Choir of the failangels….aka Holy.
And wow…Holy IS A FREAKIN blast to play now. The different Chakras and make playing a holy priest a fun monster to play. The modification to Holy Word: Chastize depending on which chakra state you are in is a great idea. You need AoE? cast Holy Word: Sanctuary?
Need a harder hitting single target heal spell which also increases the chance for healing spells to crit? Look no farther then, Holy Word: Serenity!
The hurdle with Holy is the Chakra swapping and that takes a few minutes to get accustomed to, but once you get the handle of it, it plays out quite nicely.
Also this talent in the Holy Tree is soooo win, it really helps out with mana regen (while in combat) so much.
P.S. This talent has just been buffed today to increase the amount of mana regened from 20% fully talented to 40% fully talented. Sorry I need a new towel
Although, the amount regained from Rapture has been increased from 2.5% to 6%…it is still really low when compared to Holy Concentration. Also rapture can occur only once every 12 seconds.
But at this point, appears Liyhe the bubble priest, will now be Liyhe the failangel, defender of the lolwell.
Never participated in one…so lets take a shot!
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1. Disk or Download? Download FTW. As much as waiting in line can be fun….
2. Did you experience any difficulties? IE: Login servers crashing, late delivery, etc? Nope none at all!
3. What are you doing first? IE: Speed leveling to 85, rolling a new race, completely avoiding the new content, etc? For my main – speed leveling to 85 is 1st!
4. Mt. Hyjal or Vash’jir? Went to Mt. Hyjal 1st, and then went to Vash’jr to get the seahorse!
5. Worgen or Goblin? WORGEN! /howl!! Although, I am a hordie at heart!
6. Questing, dungeons or both? At this point, questing….although it drives me crazy.
7. What was the first piece of gear you replaced and with what? Hmmm…..I don’t remember? call me weird, but if i don’t like the piece I will not use it….unless I absolutely have to.
8. Did you take any time off from work or school? Sorta…does getting sick count?
9. Will you be keeping the same spec and main, or changing to a different toon? Same toon. Bubble Priest GO!
10. What’s been your favorite aspect of Cataclysm so far? Hmm. The Cutscenes for sure, and the less convoluted quest system. (no more go to A to get quest from C to D then go back to D)
I cant wait to check out the rest of the areas, dungeons, and most importantly the raids!!!! /drool….I CAN HAZ RAID!?
So last night 5 of us braved the trials of Stonecore….not very scary imo.
If you don’t know where to find the new dungeons here is a handy link to find them all!
Anyways the Stonecore…
The party composition:
Tank – Arvash: Protection Paladin – 83
Healer – Sorak: Restoration Shaman – 85
DPS – Moogik: Balance Druid – 83
DPS – Zerlegen: Marksman Hunter? – 82
DPS – Liyhe: Shadow Priest – 82
Anyways when you 1st zone in…we Wrath’d it for the most part. You know what I mean bruteforced thru the 1st few packs of mobs. Was not too bad. The only issue was the big elemental dudes with their annoying AoE whirlwind thingee. Stay away from it….seems to do more damage the closer you are to it. We had all ranged to did make it easier, but i bet with some form of stun/CC may have been easier.
Also when you get to the conjurer type mobs, kill them 1st as they constantly stream in imp mobs. Then I would say the ogre mobs, as they can charge out and interupt casters. Then depending on your setup, either the melee guys or the fire AoE dudes (sorry I dont remember their names). More melee kill the fire AoE dudes (their ability seems to stay around the tank)
The 1st boss Corborus – Worm boss – lame!
He does not really seem to do much on normal mode:
1.) Don’t stand in bad!
2.) Dampening Wave – Dispel this! It can stack up to 20 – each stacks absorbs healing. So too many stacks and yeah it can get painful.
Other then that he was easy.
Next up: Slabhide
1.) Don’t stand in bad. Don’t stand in front of him!
2.) Tank don’t stand in lava! *stare Arv!*
3.) Watch out for shadows on the ground that means rocks from the ceiling are about to fall in that area. Also healers, ranged DPS these rocks may LoS you to the tank or the mob.
3rd up is: Ozruk
1.) Watch your DBM warnings! if he has the melee spikes on him: melee DPS dont hit him. ranged DPS watch out for his reflect ability. When he ground pounds – melee run away!
2.) Healers watch your tank – he does toss them around quite a bit.
3.) Other then that watch his enrage – 50% more dmg
Just pay attention and pew pew.
And finally: Evil Priestess Azil
Let me say 1st of all….sooo annoying.
1.) Curse of Blood : Not sure if dispelable? I know as a priest I cannot. But if you can seems like a good idea.
2.) Energy Shield Ugh!
3.) Force Grip Looking back probably should have interrupted this if was able to.
4.) Seismic Shard You can use these to kill the numerous adds. But it does do quite a bit of damage to yourself as well. You can avoid it as well. Think like Garfrost in PoS.
5.) Gravity Well Kite mobs thru these.
Looking back on this fight, interrupting Force Grip may have allowed Arv to pick up mobs easier. Poor Sorak had to heal and kite lol.
Throughout the fight she will become invulnerable and float back to he starting position and summon a boatload of adds. Don’t let them nom on your healer if possible.
Other then that she is not that bad imo.
Not the best write up I know but it really did not seem that bad. But as a PuG I could imagine it to be quite bad. AoE has been nerfed to hell. So no more picking up 8 million mobs and burning them down.
yes I know this was taken before Cata, but thought it was cool….look at all that gold! Zug’s gold? hmmm. Also…why is the floor slotted? So gobs can look up skirts?
Hmmm. I always knew humans were repressed! Look! It’s Sorak’s Sheep!
TURTLE!!!!!!!!!!! Squirtle! go!
So awesome! flying to oblivion!
Are you going to head straight and smite evil?
Or are you the money type and will sit back, level some professions and let the others fight first?
Maybe perhaps you will start over from level one once the Cataclysm hits? Playing a Alpo fueled Worgen, or a crafty lil’ green skin? (WAGHHHH!!! errr wrong game) Epic-haired Blood Elf Warrior, or a Sun touched priest or paladin?
Perhaps you will take a walk in your enemies shoes and swap faction? For the emperor….errr the alliance! (I had to slip in a Imp. Guard or Space Marine reference in there!)
I know myself, I will be walking the path of getting to 85 as fast as I can and raid ASAP. (Liyhe – sigh, no break for me!)
For my other toons, I think I will slow it down and take my time to see what the new Cata zones in their entirety.
On a differnt note: I am glad to see some of the changes in the world, it brings life back to an otherwise, totally under utilized portion of Azeroth. It was a very good idea on Blizzard’s part to being it back to the “old” school world. Bring back the Warcraft universe back to its origins: Orcs vs Humans. (Horde bs Alliance) Things were getting a little too buddy buddy. Eventually it may have to be that way, but for now, this is a good way to get back to the original conflict. (although, Garrosh still needs to DIAF!)
With less then a week to Cata, I am sure many of us are chomping at the but for the new content!
1.) WORGEN WARRIOR (FURRY errr Fury)!!
2.) Leveling and seeing the new Cata zones. (priest 1st, then maybe druid 2nd)
3.) Raiding and 5 man instances.
4.) WORGEN (Rogue – combat biatches!)
5.) Worgen priest….Shadow!
6.) Hopes Garrosh DIAF!
Even with these new changes coming next week….is there anything we are going to miss from WoTLK era? I know change is good but is there something that will be missed?
1.) Dalaran – I know it was a small ass city with tons of people in it…but it was homey in a way. Don’t ask me why lol. I guess it would be that it was pleasant and not warlike? The city of magic, mages, and fancy towers. Org looks like a military camp, even more so now, and Stormwind is too closed in with the narrow street etc, probably even more so with the latest patch.
2.) As much as I hate her….gonna miss Sindy! /tear. She reminds me of my mother…constantly nagging me!
3.) WoTLK raid instances (specifically TotC and ICC), this is where I really started to get into raiding and WoW and where I met some of my closest friends and my lovely lock! These instances have a special place to me. <3
4.) The look of the WoTLK Tier sets. Although I only really ever collected 9 and 10, Tiers 7 and 8 looked cool imo. Especially the priest T7 or was it T8?
5.) Cairne Bloodhoof RIP homie. :(
6.) Thrall as Warchief!
Is there anything you are going to miss from Wrath?