Dynamic Duo!

I got that achievement last night.

That means I have two level 90s of two different classes.

Now before you get all up in my junk about what the hell was I doing leveling another character before I got all my reps complete etc; let me tell you that it was for a good reason!

I wanted to fly and herb at the same time >.>

I told you it was a good reason!

Just kidding. :D

PPP was leveled to 90 so we would have an extra healer should we need one.  So far it hasn’t been the case since Zari and Bocat so graciously stepped up to the plate to be the flex healers.  Now I honestly don’t know how much play time she will actually have in end game because outside of Lyssi, we don’t have a brez.  Also, the raiders apparently really love my cookies.

Who knew?

This post is mostly because Navi has nagged at me for not posting more.  She scolded me and told me that I was a very lazy blogger.

Now when Navi scolds you you best get off your duff! ;-)

Love you Navi!

In all honesty I really needed to post more.  As I have mentioned in the past I just don’t have the time during the day that I used to have.  The only reason I am writing this now is because my boss is out of the office on vacation and no one has come over to bug me for something this morning.  Have I mentioned how I run the office here?  Yeah I don’t think I did.  On top of being my boss’ assistant I also have his other assistant as MY assistant AND I have to act as the assistant for the Jr. partner.  So I have two people coming to me with tasks that I either do myself or assign to my assistant.  This is on top of all the “emergency” fires that are created because my boss has to do everything as soon as he hears about it regardless of what is going on or what needs done.  But hey, it is a job that pays well and I am appreciated so it works out.

In the game front I’ve been busy busy busy.  After many painful wipes (seriously, painful) we FINALLY got the first boss down.  I am proud to say that I was not the cause for any of the wipes, save one and that one wasn’t REALLY my fault, I just added to it because I am a tard.  We had like 3 people dead but for some reason I thought there were 5 people dead so I just assumed it was a wipe and ran into some bad and just stayed there until I died.  Slice then looks at me and was all “Did you seriously just go stand in bad and die?!?!?”  That was when I realized that I had looked at the screen wrong and we in fact were NOT wiping.  Turns out that was our best attempt prior to killing the boss.

Yeah fayle lock!

Speaking of Fayle, his newest thing, which Adoe has picked up on, is that I cannot read because I am a warlock.  Forget everything else, I cannot read because I am a warlock.

He isn’t even a mage!

Stupid stinky rogues & hunters.

I dunno maybe it is justified.  I did pull a complete fayle too.

I have always been an affliction warlock.

I have always aimed for haste, crit then mastery.

I play destro now.

Destro is Mastery, crit then haste.

I was um, gearing wrong.

I was also enchanting, gemming and reforging wrong.

It gets better.

I was not only using the wrong pet BUT I was also using the wrong grimoire!  20% vs 25%, yeah, no brainer >.<

Prior to my realizing I was fayling I was doing about 30k, which was pretty bad.  I was the lowest dps in the pack.  Upon realizing my fayle I fixed things and jumped up to about 47k and moved into 3rd – 4th place which is where I usually reside since Fayle, Zug and Adoe rule supreme in damage dealing.  Now I just need to work out my rotation a bit more.  I keep wanting to save my embers, which from everything I read I am not supposed to.  From what I understand I should be popping a CB every time I have an ember.  I will admit I haven’t gotten into the hang of that.  I am getting better though! :D

The other part that is funny is not actually raiding with a pet.  I am so used to having a pet out that using Grimoire of Sacrifice is odd.  I will say that I love the control demon ability part.  It puts the special ability of your demon as a spell for you.  During the Dog fight I would sac my voidwalker because then I get his ability to increase my health.  For non warlocks: Frenzied Enrage.  It is on a pretty short cooldown so that was nice to have!

Speaking of cooldowns, I took Mortal Coil as my talent and let me tell you it has been a LIFE SAVER during raids.  I hit that sucker and I get about 62k health back.  The best part is it is on a 45 second cooldown.  My healthstone is a 90 second cooldown.  I would pop a blue trap then hit my MC button and BOOM! full health!

Oh and remember to place your portal.  It has helped get me out of the bad on the floor more times than I can count.  It will also break the root that the blue traps leave on the ground.

So yeah, things are starting to move along in game.  I think once we get the rust off we will beat out the scrubs on our server that think they are hot shit.  I understand they beat Heroic DS and we didn’t.  But they also beat it at the 30% buff and we quit raiding.  When the top guilds on the server leave or stop raiding the scrub guilds try to fill the void.  To be honest I think some of them are even pugging a few spots.  I know one of the guilds tried to get Slice to come heal a raid for them.  We’ll see how things go and if our guildies pull their heads out of pet battles. ;-)

So there is my update for a while.  Hopefully this tides Navi over for a little bit. :D

Screenshot Friday

Sometimes you just feel small in the scope of things

Screenshot Friday – Road Edition

A backdrop that is ideally suited for PPP

We should be driving through Missouri at this point in time.  We’ll be home tomorrow night! :D

ZOMG she was playing WoW!?!?

I’ve had a crazy last few months.  I have been busy, stressed and just feeling like I was about to burn out.  As I mentioned previously, I hadn’t really been playing much.  I had essentially quit running dungeons.  I wasn’t farming.  I really didn’t do much at all.

That kind of changed up on Sunday.

Saturday one of my friends had a baby shower so I went home to visit and join in on the fun.  The original plan was for me to spend the weekend at my mom’s house.  Well the shower ended at 4 and I just decided that I was going to drive home and relax for the rest of the weekend.  This meant that Sunday would be free to do whatever.

I woke up pretty early on Sunday (7:50 am >.< but I didn’t roll out of bed until 8 am) and just popped down on the computer.  The previous night I had run a few troll dungeons with guildies (I was really close to getting my tier chest) to which they all gave me flack for actually being in a dungeon.  I think both Slice and Sorak whispered me (while in a raid mind you) because they were in shock to see me in ZA.  /sigh  It does happen from time to time boys!

So anyway, I woke up and logged in.  I got my normal stuff out of the way then went to do the JC daily.  Just my luck it was the stupid Elemental Goo.  Normally this isn’t a problem for people, but my DK was only 76 (he dinged 77 that day) and can easily die to the mobs.  Luckily Rep was online and I asked her sweetly to come help me kill stuff.  The daily complete I moved on to the MF dailies.  Lyssi was just missing one Lieutenant and one guy from the bombing run.  So I went through and knocked out the dailies so that I could see if what I needed was there.  The last Lieutenant was up so I knocked out that achievement.  Unfortunately the guy I needed for the bombing run wasn’t up.  So I am one person away from having a snazzy new title!

Afterwards a few other people had come online and I asked if anyone wanted to do a heroic.  I pulled up Lyssi’s dungeon finder just to see that I was 30 points shy of capping.  Wait, what?  Yep.  Apparently killing 5 raid bosses, 1 reg heroic and 2 troll runs had me almost capped out.  That kind of put a dent into my plans.  Oh well no biggie!  I will heal!

I popped over to PPP snagged the 359 healy staff out of the gbank (yay for me!) and snagged Rep on her DK for some regular heroics.  While I know I can heal the troll stuff, I’d rather not so I just did a bunch of regular heroics.  For the rest of the afternoon Rep (sometimes Zari and Doz joined us) and I ran heroics.  We had some good runs and really didn’t have too much of a problem with people.  We got lucky early on and ended up with a tank from one of the top guilds on our server.  Most of the people in his guild are pretty nice and he was a good guy.  We did several dungeons with him and had fun chit chatting.

A few times I just queued up alone, even though there wasn’t a satchel.  One of those runs put me into heroic Vortex.  I was grouped up with 4 people from Cenarion Circle, two were from one guild and the other two were from another guild.  It was kind of funny.  They were a great group.  The tank wasn’t hard to heal and the dps didn’t stand in bad or cause problems.  All in all it was one of the best 5 man PuG runs I had ever had the pleasure to heal.  Thanks guys for making it fun! :)

Speaking of 5 mans.  The other night (I think Thursday night) there was a Call to Arms for healers so I switched over and queued up.  I got Deadmines.  I hate this place.  Not because it is hard but because it is so damn long.  We zone in and there is a male cow pally tank, an undead warlock, a belf hunter and a cow DK.  The tank runs in, gets hit by the cannon in the first doorway and promptly runs around the corner so even if the dps had gotten in the cannon it wouldn’t have done us any good.  No biggie, I kept him alive and barely kept the DK alive.  As we started moving forward the hunter ran off in the other direction and started dying.  Now I wasn’t going to chase him while the tank was in front of me dying to his overpull (he was NOT geared enough to pull the way he was) so he ended up dying.  Before anyone could react he dropped group.  Ok no biggie, we’ll get another dps in quick enough (this should have been a warning).  We get to the first boss and picked up another hunter, this time a troll.  First boss is pulled and no one moves out of the bad.  I have adds all over me and I am apparently the only one who knows you have to keep moving and dodging the bar of fireballs.  Of course the tank couldn’t be bothered to move or pull the adds off me.  I manged to keep everyone alive until the end when I lost the DK, but at that point I was on fumes.  I sat down to drink after the pull and typed in chat “Man you guys take a ton of damage.”  Apparently that was the wrong thing to say because after the loot roll the tank dropped.

/sigh

We all sat around waiting to move into the next room once we got another tank.  A few minutes went by and we get a male belf pally.  He starts clearing trash but no one frees the monkeys and people are taking a TON of damage.  So I quickly do what I can and start freeing the closest monkeys.  Now as anyone who has ever run this dungeon knows, you turn right and proceed that way through the tunnel.  This tank went left, into the dead end portion of the tunnel.  Did you know that at the very end of the tunnel there is an entire room full of those monkeys?  Yep an ENTIRE room.  The moment I saw those monkeys I immediately started freeing them because we would have DIED if I hadn’t.  After the last mob was killed I moved over to the CORRECT tunnel and luckily (for me) the tank followed me and started pulling.  Now you know those guys that throw the axe to the head, well he pulled all 3 at once.  So you can imagine how much FUN that was.  He then ran in and pulled the boss along with the trash (oh joy!).  Again we down the boss and I managed to keep everyone alive except the poor DK (who had died to trash already) and was on fumes AGAIN.  I whispered the poor DK and told him I wasn’t letting him die on purpose.  Found out that the DK was an alt and their main was a healy priest.  Heh.  We then moved into the next room and the tank pulled 2 groups of trash.  Despite my best efforts there was just too much damage.  I lost the tank and the DK.  The warlock and the hunter were able to finish up the trash that was pulled and I rezzed the dead.  We finish clearing the trash and get to the foundry room.  While I am asking if anyone knows how to drive the reaper the tank leaves.

WTF?

So we are again sitting there waiting for another tank.  The DK says that he can try to do it but had never done it.  I explain what he needs to do and eventually we get another tank.  Another male cow pally.  Seriously here?  For a moment I thought it might be the same one we had at first (the names were similar) but it wasn’t.  We re-buff and he starts clearing the trash.  No one gets into the reapers that we defeat. /sigh.  Eventually we start the boss encounter.  The fight is going well until close to the end and I lose the warlock.  He hadn’t moved from the edge of the ledge and had no where to run when the boss did his harvest thingy.  As I was trying to find his body, the tank dropped.

Seriously?!!?!

So again we are waiting for yet ANOTHER tank.  Luckily it wasn’t a very long wait.  The dps and I were joking that we were getting a new tank for every boss.  We finally get another tank and it is a female belf pally.  Oh look guys pally tank #4!!  I piped up in chat “lucky pally #4!”  She goes into the tunnel and starts pulling trash.  She got out of LoS for me and as I was running to find her I got those stupid swirling blades so I was trying to not hit everyone else AND still heal her.  It didn’t go so well and she dies.  Then one by one everyone else dies.  It was our first wipe of the run.  Considering some of the problems we’d been having this was pretty awesome we hadn’t wiped yet.  I run back (the tank and warlock don’t bother to release which I hate) and start rezzing people (mass rez FTW).  Once the tank is rezzed she drops.

>.<

Here we are sooooooooooooo close to finishing this horrid dungeon.  At this point I was NOT dropping.  I was going to get my damn satchel.  The dps weren’t bad, just kind of noobish.  We weren’t doing anything that would have stressed out a tank enough to drop.  So I have NO idea what the problem was.  After what seemed like our longest wait yet, we get our 5th tank, a druid.  Yay! No more pallies!  This guy was fricken awesome!  We started telling him about our pally tank woes and he was laughing up a storm.  I never checked his gear so I’m not sure how well geared he was, but he was by far the easiest of the 5 tanks to heal.  As we are running in to the ship I get a whisper from the hunter that he is going to drop and that it isn’t my fault.  I replied back to him that we were almost done and to just hang in there.  He stuck around and we made our way up to Ripsnarl.  Surprisingly enough that fight went VERY smoothly.  Cookie went over well despite no one but me eating anything.  The gauntlet was started and immediately someone died.  I stayed there and rezzed them.  I think it was the poor DK (I swear that guy’s armor HAD to be close to broken by the end of the run).  We get through the first 2 guys then face the Mario room.

Now anyone who knows me knows that I die to this room almost every single time.  Knowing this I stayed in the back and waited for everyone else to get through.  Sure enough 3 people died right away.  I rezzed them and then started making my way through.  The DK died again as I was running through.  Shockingly enough I made it through alive!  I never even got hit!  I was so proud of myself.  We moved on and started on the rest of the encounter.  Things went VERY smoothly.  Then at the end during Vanessa’s final explosion the poor DK stood next to her still trying to DPS her down and was killed.  We all laughed and looted the bitch.  I whispered the hunter and said “aren’t you glad you stayed?”  He whispered back with a yes and a smiley face.  We all said goodbye and wished each other well.

I opened my satchel on Lyssi (in case there was a pet or mount) just to find out it was a stupid int flask. /sigh

ANYWAY! Back to my original story!

I took a few breaks here and there.  I didn’t cap out PPP but she did all of the regular heroic dungeons that she could for the week.  All she has left are some trolls (which I will only do with guildies) or raiding.  We have a T11 run planned for tonight.  I will bring her in to heal then switch her for Lyssi on Cho’gall.  Lyssi is still rocking blue shoulders!  So I just might end up with 2 VP capped toons in one week.  Crazy talk I say!

When I came back from a small break Slice and Doz were PvPing on their DKs.  I whispered Slice asking if I could join them.  He said sure as soon as the BG was done.  I switched to Lyssi and popped over to her PvP spec and gear.  I made some crafted stuff for her and purchased what I could with the honor and JP I had.  She also had some pants that she won from the TB boss.  So she is rocking the crafted set bonus and the season 9 set bonus.  I think I am at around 1800 resil.  I know that isn’t all that much but it is enough for starting out in BGs.  Most people don’t even bother getting the crafted stuff.

Now Slice has been doing arena with Adoe and Zug and is ALL decked out in gear.  Doz has been grinding BGs on his DK so he is decked out too.  The three of us were in vent and just started chain running BGs.

It was so much fun!

Normally I die in BGs a LOT.  Like seriously a LOT.  It is like people see a warlock and HAVE to go after them.  It almost feels like we are the most hated class in there.  The few times I did arena I was the first killed, every time.  Now I am NOT a good PvPer.  In fact I am pretty bad at it.  So it just astounds me when I am the first to die.  I almost want to tell them that I couldn’t kill them even if I tried.  But oh well.

This time around I actually lived for most of the night.  Even when I was separated from Slice I survived.  The resil I did have was awesome.  I was getting stunned by rogues/warriors/DKs and I lived!  I got out of their stuns, fear bombed them then dotted the fuckers up.  All while running away.  I seriously love soulburn!  I can instantly get my VW out and bubble.  Best thing ever.  I was even doing fairly good on the boards.  I wasn’t capping or anything like that but I was protecting the flag carriers (in those BGs that have them) and defending flags and just generally creating havoc everywhere I went.

It was a blast!

During one WSG we were faced against a team that had 1 healer.  Our flag carrier had no opposition.  It was kind of sad.  Doz and Slice were actually fighting in the middle because that was the only place the other team was actually at.  Most of them were in blue PvE gear.  I think Slice had like 2 guys on him and they couldn’t kill him.  It was kind of funny.  When I got bored of following the flag carrier and doing nothing I joined them in the middle and just started killing people.  A few people tried to kill me but Slice kept me alive.  They didn’t even bother going to him.  Silly people.

Afterwards I jumped on my roguelette and opened up the MF dailies.  There are patterns and gear for her to earn.  I think Rep was shocked I was doing the dailies on another toon.  She said something about how she couldn’t even do them on her Alliance toon.  I dunno, I actually like the MF dailies.  They are quick and easy.  The funny part to me about getting gear for my rogue is I still have no clue how to play her.  If I can’t kill the mob in the first few hits it just becomes a matter of who can survive longer.  Maybe one day I will learn how to play her.

So yeah that was my Sunday.  A few times I was asked what I did with myself and who I was.  It’s cool though.  Gotta keep these boys on their toes.  Can’t have it where I am too predictable. ;-)

Healing meme Take 2!

Well the the healing meme is going around again and I got tagged twice.  As some of you might remember, I filled this out in the original call for it.  Although I am no longer primarily healing (I get to pew pew bitches!) I still heal from time to time.

Now I am going to preface this by saying that I don’t heal much at all so a lot of my answers really won’t have long replies.
 

1. What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?

Naedaessa aka PPP.  She is a Disc priest.  Although I think she is in her shadow off-spec for dailies currently.  I used to heal with Tattia (Tatia the nelf in the original survey) but I found that I just don’t enjoy my druid the way I enjoy my priest and I switched over as soon as I could.

2. What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

PPP primarily does 5 mans or our 10 man alt runs.

3. What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?

Penance bitches!  Lazer lights up your butt!  I love to see the ticks crit for 20k a pop.  It makes me giggle and smile.

4. What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?

Well this particular answer isn’t so much because I don’t like the spells, it is just because I FORGET I have the spells and thus forget to use them.  >.<  I am BAD at priesting here people.

So let’s go down the list!

Renew – too expensive and doesn’t heal enough to warrant the spending of mana;  Prayer of Healing – I forget I can hit Inner Focus and use this every time IF is off cooldown;  Lifegrip – Forget I have it until someone else grabs me thus pissing me off that I have been grabbed;  Divine Hymn – Forget I have it until Slice calls for it;  Hymn of Hope – Forget I have it unless it is asked for;  Some others I forget to use:  Pain Suppression, Power Infusion, Binding Heal.

I told you I was a bad priest!

5. What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?

We are fantastic single target healers and are very flexible with healing roles.  This is especially helpful in 10 man raiding.  We can do it all bitches!

6. What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?

AoE heals.  I can single target heal a person up very well, but when you bring in more than 2 people I start gasping for mana and die in the vapors of my mana pool.

8. What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?

Well I have only healed with a pally and a druid.  So I really can’t answer this well.  I just don’t have any experience with other healing classes (or enough in this case) to really know what I like and I don’t like.

9. What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?

See above.

10. What is your worst habit as a healer?

See #4.  BAD PRIEST!

11. What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?

People telling me how to heal if they place that class (I’m looking at you Slice! *glares*).  If I am doing something wrong and people are dying, then yes by all means step in and fix the situation.  If people are living and I am not OOM then STFU.  I play my priest a bit different than most (all you have to do is see my spec to see this) but I get the job done.  I am sure if I had more practice healing in raids (soooooo not happening) then things would probably change, but until then STFU!

12. Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?

I think that Disc is ideal for playing with others.  We can even play nicely with another Disc priest.  Everyone loves us and our Power Word: Nipple.

13. What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?

Did Slice lecture me?  Did people die?  Am I OOM in the beginning of the fight?

14. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?

That you cannot bubble spam and have mana (I can and do!) and that Heal sucks.  I LOVE Heal.  I think I am the only priest out there that does.

15. What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?

EVERY FUCKING SPELL A PRIEST HAS.  Seriously though, we have SO MANY spells that if you learned to play a priest like I did (LFD with bubble/Penance/Renew/Flash Heal as my only used spells) then you might have some issues.  I know that I had to actually keybind OTHER spells when I started healing 5 mans in Cata.

16. If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?

Honestly I couldn’t tell you.  I haven’t really researched my healing on recount/WoL.  Most of the time when I am playing PPP she is healing a 5 man and that really isn’t much to look at for comparison.

17. Haste or Crit and why?

LOL I wish I could answer this one.  When I get a new piece of gear I ask Slice what I should do with it.  So see his answer.  Now with my druid I knew I wanted Haste, but I just have no clue with the priest.

18. What healing class do you feel you understand least?

It is a toss up between a Holy Pally and a Holy Priest.  I have played a lower level Shaman so I have some idea (not a lot but SOME) of what you need to do but I haven’t ever played a heally Pally, nor have I played Holy.  My very first priest (a space goat named Lyssiana of all things) was Holy but she only made it to like level 30 before I switched back to the lock.  This was also way back in BC era so things are different now.

19. What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?

Vuhdo through and through.  I use the mouse click options for my spells.  Macros hate me so I only have 2.  One that announces that I am OOM and another that I spam when I am getting hit that says “I am being HIT!”  I love to spam that one. :D

I use Power Auras when I dps but I haven’t set up any for my healing.  I probably should, but I am very lazy so it probably won’t happen any time soon.

Let’s see, whom do I want to tag on this . . . I want to see if I can get the other healers in SR to do a guest post and answer these questions.  So I will tag Sorak, Zarm and Zerl’s Pally Lery.  Of course all of them are in their DPS specs.  /Sigh.

Screenshot Friday

PPP makes such a pretty princess ;-)

Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere, but not a drop to drink . . . yet!

As most of you know, PPP hit 85 a while back.  Since then I had been mostly using her to grind out TB dailies and to farm herbs.  I did a few heroics (she only had 4 green pieces when she dinged 85 ^_^) but those were as shadow.  While I was leveling her post 80 she didn’t set foot in a dungeon.  Which considering she was leveled in LFD is kind of odd.  My main reason for this was so she could herb as she leveled.

Yes I am serious.

The other reason was because I knew that Disc healing in Cata kind of sucks until you have some gear.  A fresh 85 (usually) doesn’t have the gear to not struggle.  Even though I had already popped my Cata healing cherry with Tattia (and it didn’t hurt all that much tbh) I was still apprehensive about healing with PPP.

I think a big part of it was because I leveled with the old style of Disc.  The bubble spamming Wrath-era Disc.  Where I could bubble everyone in the group and spam Flash Heal when someone dropped below 75%.  Even though I knew I could no longer play my priest that way I still was slightly worried.

The funny part was I was kind of getting used to playing Shadow.  It isn’t quite like Affliction.  It is more like the ugly redheaded step-child of Affliction.  I still prefer Affliction’s playstyle, but I will admit that Shadow is fun.  While with Affliction you have to watch all of your DoTs and keep them refreshed, you really don’t have too many procs to look out for.  With Shadow I have found you have the DoTs to track but the vast majority is spent building up stacks and using the  procs.  I find that while I am herbing in Uldum I get attacked by every croc and snake out there.  If I end a fight with an orb proc or an archangel proc I feel like I need to pick another fight just to use it.  The closest Affliction has is a Nightfall proc.  Unfortunately that proc has only a few seconds vs 30 some odd seconds for the orb proc.

I know that Slice and Sorak have been trying to figure out what I am planning to do with my priest.  Mostly it involves complaining that I am not healing heroics on her.  Because heaven forbid I level an alt to just farm. :-p

As I mentioned above, I had been grinding out TB dailies on her.  My main goal was to get her the healing trinket.  Well I finally got it on Friday (I think) (Edit: Thursday!) and thus had run out of excuses.  Saturday I got her enchanted up (some basic ones at the least) and then said that I was ready to try healing.

A normal.

Yeah I am doing this the correct way!

AKA the wussy way according to some people.

Slice offered to tank on his pally, Rep brought her mage, Arv nabbed his priest and Sorak brought Sorac, the fury warrior.  Luckily for me Rep & Arv were 81 and Sorac was only 83.  This meant that they wouldn’t be doing too many horrific things to me and we would get a fairly low level dungeon.  I knew it would either be Throne or Blackrock.  Sure enough Throne popped up.

I had no issues.  In fact I was rather bored.  To be fair it is a level 80-81 dungeon and I am heroic ilvl (I did say I had 4 greens) so I overgeared the place, as did Slice’s pally.  So it really didn’t count.  Arv & Rep got a few upgrades.  I think Sorac even got something so the run wasn’t a total waste.

After we finished the run Sorak decided we were done with the “pansy normals” and people switched out to run a heroic.  Arv got on his pally to tank, Sorak got on his rogue, Rep switched to her DK and Slice got on his boomkin.  We queued up and got Heroic Halls.  For one I was excited because lots of bosses = points & lots of chances for gear.  Then the other part of me freaked out because the first part of that place is HELL on healers.

Slice was in vent with me and was teasing me about pulling out my hair.

It never got that bad.

Mostly because when Slice can heal on a toon, he does.  Even if it is dps spec.  He throws out heals on his priest his pally AND his druid, no matter the spec.  I don’t think he can help himself.  So I know that the run would have gone A LOT rougher had he not been there on his druid.  I think he actually spent more time healing than I did.  I finally had to ask him to stop healing so I could see if I could handle it and would ask him for him if I needed it, which I did.

I will say that the fire shield guys SUCK without someone that can deal with their shield.

I use Vuhdo to heal.  I love it.  The problem is I don’t always remember which button combination gives me what spells.  While leveling PPP I didn’t really have to use many spells.  It was mostly bubble and forget it.  The result is I don’t know what half of my spells do, nor do I remember to use the ones that I do know.

PW: Barrier?  Yeah I forget I have that to use.  Pain Suppression? Yep forget that one too.  Power Infusion? Oops! Forgot!

I kept finding myself wanting to use my right mouse button to spam heals.  On my druid this button is Rejuv.  Previously on my priest it was Flash Heal.  I changed it to Heal.  So I’ve been spamming heal.  I have Penance as my left button and PW: Shield as my middle button.  Shift+Left Click is Greater Heal.  Button 4 is remove magic.  Button 5 is remove disease.  And that is the extent of what I remember I mapped. >.<

What I really need to do is update my spells.  I need to put Flash Heal where I will remember it (I specced into Surge of Light, yes I know, but frankly I like it and the free big heal is nice).  I also need to get Prayer of Mending on a button.  99% of the time I forget to cast it.  PS and PI need to be popped on there too.  A big problem I have is because I am Smite specced (and I do Smite, sometimes) I don’t have Vuhdo set up to where I target the person I am healing.  This allows me to keep a mob targeted (and not lose it) so I can Smite.  The issue comes up when I want to use a spell that I either don’t have mapped or if I need to target a person for some reason or another.  Then I either need to remember which F key is which person or I need to click on the party frames.  This of course causes delays etc.

Yes I am fail!  Trust me I am aware of it! :-p

At the same time I don’t know if switching to the targeting (like I have on my druid) would work with my Smite Spec.

Oh well I’ll figure it out with practice.

Other than wiping to the fire shield guys we actually didn’t have any major issues.  I let Sorak die several times.  Mostly because I just cannot heal more than one person THAT much at once.  AKA you pull aggro and don’t lose it, you die.  He was on his rogue.  If he couldn’t drop aggro then he is a bad rogue.

Psst!  He couldn’t drop aggro. ;-)

About halfway through the run Arv had to go and we kind of made Rep tank.  She DOES NOT tank heroics.  So thank you again sweetie for tanking! :D  She did a fantastic job and really wasn’t tough to heal.

Funny thing:  When you go into heroics with a green level chest (hey I did TRY to do regulars) getting a blue heroic chestpiece is a HUGE upgrade and makes healing soooooooooooo much easier.

We did another heroic with a few people switching out.  We got SFK.  Sorak was on his shaman and we dragged Zari in on his shaman too.  Slice tanked and we picked up a PuG DK to dps.  As we grouped up Zari was all “where are the DKs?”  He just HAD to jinx us. >.<

Actually the DK wasn’t bad.  Was kind of a jerk but wasn’t a bad player.

Now that run was VERY easy to heal.  I blame the shamans.  I have a feeling one of them was running healing stream.  I think we only had like 1 or 2 deaths.  The only time I panicked was during the first boss fight where he drains everyone’s life.  Slice was telling me when to use my Barrier (which I had COMPLETELY forgotten about and not used once all day) and I of course used it at the wrong time. /sigh  This led him to ask me why in the hell I had used it when I did.  Yeah I panicked.  It is all good though!  We made it through!  Sorak even said that he wasn’t helping me heal at all!

We did a couple more changes and Fayle decided he was going to tank.  Slice wanted to heal on his pally.  Zari switched to his priest and Rep came back on her DK (she had been afk).  I came along as shadow because I wanted the points and a chance to steal gear from Zari (which I totally did!).

Just FYI – I SUCK at trying to make it around corners without pulling mobs we are trying to skip.  So if you are in a party with me and you are trying to cut corners *cough*Sorak*cough* remember what happens.

Yeah I kind of wiped the group. >.<

In my defense I was trying to eat pasta (brown rice pasta is GROSS when it gets cold) while it was still hot.

Not a very good defense, but there it is!

The elusive wand dropped (first time there and it drops! win!!) and I snagged it.  I don’t know if Zari needed it or not.  Tis mine though!  On the final boss we changed up the specs a bit.  My dps is shit as Shadow (main spec is Disc after all) so Slice went prot, I went Disc and Fayle went dps so we could get the adds down.  At this point I had replaced my helmet, chest and wand (2 of those were green) and OMG the difference!  I actually had been remembering to use my Shadowfiend (I can never think of him as anything other than Nigel thanks to Tam) so I didn’t have any problem with mana.  I actually made mana pots for PPP and have yet to use one.  The boss dropped a staff (woot! upgrade over the Very Manly Staff).  After that run I was “told” I was coming on one on my lock. /sigh

All in all it was a good weekend.  I got boots from the quest reward so there went another green.  Yes my new helmet and boots have hit on them, but frankly I don’t care.  They were upgrades!  It wasn’t like I was taking them from anyone else who could use them.  The only green item I have left are my bracers.  Yes I know I could craft the PvP ones, but I refuse to.  I will get bracers when I get bracers.

As an aside, bracers dropped in the heroic I was in with my lock.  Go figure.

Tonight is raid night and the funny thing is all I want to do is to run heroics on the priest.  I had gotten to where I wasn’t a fan of them.  Now with the new challenge they are interesting again.

Go figure! ;-)

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