Was a ton of fun. At least that is what I keep hearing from everyone. Slice was telling me that over and over again while on the phone after the raid. My brother kept whispering me telling me how much fun he was having. Sorak pings me on gchat and tells me how last night was a lot of fun. When I was talking with Repgrind she also told me she had a lot of fun.
Who knew raiding would be fun like this in the 11th hour?
I personally was just stressed to the max healing. So while everyone was having fun and getting phat lewts, I was freaking out over healing and developing a stiff neck.
Normally I wouldn’t be freaking out but trying to 2 heal ICC with the “new” mana regen was not fun. Arv and I double druid healed. He didn’t have much experience with resto druid healing, but he is pro so I wasn’t worried about it. The problem I was having was the fact that I was going OOM in every fight. There wasn’t an opportunity to sit back and let my passive regen happen. I know that if I was having a problem that Arv was probably having even more of one. I was using a flask of pure mojo AND spirit food. I was popping innervate every time it was up and mana pots when I was dead in the water. The druid healing style of Wrath doesn’t fit with the current system.
In ICC there is a TON of damage coming in from all angles. The tanks are getting whacked with huge hits and the raid is being slammed with constant damage as well. All during Wrath druids would blanket the raid with rejuv and pop in a few regrowths as needed or even spam nourish.
You can’t do that anymore.
Nourish now takes too damn long to cast. You don’t really want to use it because it just doesn’t work with the fast paced environment of damage in ICC. There is the option of using it with nature’s swiftness, but it doesn’t heal for as much as healing touch so you don’t want to gimp that big heal. Let’s face it, if you are using your NS macro, then you are hitting your “oh shit!” button and you need as big of a heal as you can get. So Nourish is out of the running.
Regrowth got its timer lessened. Now you get a nice big heal upfront and a very short duration of a hot. I really do like this spell, don’t get me wrong, but I am not used to the new version of it. My mind still thinks of it lasting longer so I still treat it like it is the old version. This results in me forgetting to keep it up on the tanks. Otherwise this is your go-to spell.
Rejuvenation isn’t all that changed. With everyone’s health pools being so large this heal doesn’t feel like it does all that much anymore. I hit this spell more out of reflex than anything. I am then left feeling very unsatisfied afterwards.
Kind of like how I felt with some of my exs . . .
Yeah you knew that was coming 😉
This all added up to me freaking out. Yes I have healed since the patch changes, but it was with Sorak and he is so damn OP it is ridiculous. Although it was freaking hilarious last night when he logged into Sorak to heal Sindy with me. He hadn’t logged into him since before the patch so his talents had to be set up and he had to put his buttons back on his action bar. Then he was all “What! I have to dps to heal!?!” Yeah it was funny.
I think that was my favorite part of the night.
It certainly wasn’t the part where I had to swim on VDW. Sad tree is sad. I always feel ineffective when I have to swim. For the most part I can hit the bubbles and get stacks (I ended up with 30 when she hit full health), but I always end up at her ass end and have to run to the front where all the fucking portals are. So yeah, not exactly fun, but what are you going to do?
I do agree with Slice though. It was really nice to see people get upgrades for once. My brother has been attempting to level his hunter for months. He took like a 6 month break when his computer died. He now has a new one (I am so jealous of it and how gorgeous everything is on it) and finally dinged 80 on Friday. We ran him through a bunch of dungeons and got him some crafted gear. When he set foot into ICC last night he had a 3200 gearscore. He was in a few purples, several blues and even some greens. I think he is in half leather too. Poor guy. He did snag some pretty nice upgrades, including the bow that drops off LDW. I think he creamed his pants when he saw it. Now he just needs to get all gemmed and enchanted up before tomorrow’s LK continuation.
It was cute. I got a whisper from him last night when we were closing down shop “Can I go with you guys again on Thursday?” Yes you can silly. We aren’t going to bring you through ICC just to tell you that you can’t come to the LK fight. I really hope that we don’t have anymore DC issues so that we can get him a title. I am excited for him. He might not have ever raided in WoW before, but he definitely learned fast and everyone was very pleased with him. I hope he will be able to raid with us at 85.
I really enjoyed getting to play with Rep. She is already a ton of fun, but to see her in action is pretty awesome. Her toon wasn’t even Ulduar ready and she was holding her own in ICC. As she said it helped to get a buff when everyone else got a nerf, but even then you have to be a good player to pull off what she did in the gear she had. I was very happy to see that she got several upgrades too.
I don’t know if there really was something that made last night more fun than our raids usually are, or if it was just knowing that this was the last time we will ever have to raid ICC. I like to think that our guildies & raiders are just awesome people. We had people come in and raid who really didn’t want to. Thank you guys again! It warms me to know that you guys are willing to help out when needed. If they hadn’t then the raid might not have happened. Sorak and Slice both thought that we wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I was going to pug people if I had to. I wasn’t going to get people’s hopes up with being able to raid then tell them “oh we didn’t have enough people, sorry no raid for you.”
Yeah I didn’t want that.
In other news PPP is now 65 and cruising through Outland. I have a feeling she will be replacing my druid in Cata as my primary healer. I don’t know if it is just that I haven’t come up against what Northrend can throw at healers or if Disc is just so easy that I have a false sense of healing security. I do know that healing as Disc is easy and yet a lot of fun. While I bitch and moan when the tanks pull the whole room and I end up OOM keeping everyone alive, I still feel all pumped that I was able to pull it off and keep everyone alive. I usually emote flexing on PPP. Then flex in guild chat. If I didn’t have to keep my hands on the keyboard and mouse I would totally flex IRL too.