29 Jul 2011 7 Comments
27 Jul 2011 9 Comments
Yes I am a complete and utter slacker. You all knew this so don’t act like you are all that surprised. Most of my slacking has to do with just not having a whole heck of a lot to write about. The rest is due to work and personal life stuff that has just been hogging up my writing time. So while I have a little while to sit here and write before I head home to raid I thought I would catch everyone up!
Warning! Wall o’ Text crits you for over 9000!
I am still raiding on Lyssi (as you probably already guessed from the kill shot posts) and am currently 9/25 embers toward the first part of my legendary staff [edited to reflect the raiding done Tuesday night]. We have been extremely lucky in the ember drops. We also got 7 of the crafting items to drop. I know that we are making the BiS tank and healer stuff first. I managed to snag the recipe for the BiS dps caster boots on the AH for 4700G. We had the caster spirit gloves recipe drop our first night in the Firelands so I had that one already. I am just waiting until it is my turn to make gear with the items or when some actually show up on the AH.
So far I am really liking the fights. Despite the fact that Sorak keeps forgetting to start the parse for Shannox, I know that I end up #1 in damage for each kill. The multiple targets and the fact that for the most part I get to just sit there and pew pew makes for awesome damage and uptime for me. For both kills I was over 18k, which for me is just fucking awesome. Considering we have some amazing dpsers in our raid (I am usually #3 or #4) it makes me just want to strut around. BUT I can’t even prove my words because someone “forgets” to start the parse for the fight. :(
On Beth I get to go up top and pew pew the boss. This got decided because I absolutely suck at killing adds right away. I guess our melee dps could go up top and I could take his place on the drones, but I don’t have to move all that much up top where they would. I have worked out the best way for me to maximize my cooldowns (1st time up demon soul, 2nd time potion, 3rd time demon soul, then use my doomguard during lust in phase 3) and have seen a nice jump in my overall damage. At first I was having a hell of a time getting her even close to 80%, but now I usually have her to at least 80% or better. I think on one attempt I got her to 76%. *flex*
On Lord Rhyolith I just feel like I am going nuts. I have been put on add duty with the hunters and Zuggie. The only way I have figured out to properly help on the adds is to pop up BoA and Corruption on each of them. The fight is so hectic for dps (at least for me) that I honestly don’t know if I could manage to do more than that without standing in bad a lot. Since I like to pride myself on staying out of the bad, this fight just drives me up the wall. I do my absolute best to remain out of the bad and I just can’t seem to do it. I like to joke with Slice that the only reason that they keep bringing me to raids is because I know how to stay out of the bad (and trouble) and still put out decent damage. Of course the real reason is because I am the raid leader’s girlfriend. Duh :-p Because we all know that girls can’t play WoW.
Balroc has me as part of crystal duty. We tried me using my shadow ward and it didn’t absorb shit. My other option is to blow a Shadowburn: Healthstone. So instead of trusting me to save myself (I really don’t blame them here) we are just sacrificing Cayle. It seems to work because we got him down.
Slice has recently put an alt run for T11 up on the calendar. I’ve told him that I would rather sit them out but would go if we didn’t have enough people. I just don’t really want to raid that many nights. Two nights is good for me. More than that and I start to get fed up. It isn’t that I’m not having fun, because I am, but when I have to raid I can’t do anything else for the night. Me being on the west coast means I need to drive straight home from work and almost immediately get on the game. There isn’t any time to unwind from work, no time to cook, etc. Hell most of the time I have barely any time to check my bank alt for auctions and do my cooldowns. Forget trying to get my dailies done before the raid. This means the dailies are done AFTER the raid and thus I am online longer than I’d like.
TL:dr – To much raiding = grumpy Lyssi.
I actually enjoy doing dailies. I usually will do them on multiple characters. Yes I know I am weird. It happens. I have been really lucky in that I haven’t missed a single day of MF dailies. On the days that I was traveling back from Ohio, Slice was able to jump on and do them for me. Thanks sweetie! <3 Right now I am working on unlocking the last vendor. I should have it unlocked in like 2 – 3 days. Once I finish all that I need for my title on Lyssi I will finish the dailies on PPP. She is about halfway to unlocking the wardens/druids. I think I will start out with the druids for her just because there are so many achievements for them vs the wardens. Personally I prefer the warden dailies. They go MUCH faster and you don’t have to deal with the stupid fire. Seriously, who’s idea was it to make you re-do the fire clearing EVERY DAMN DAY!?!?!? Don’t get me wrong, the spire thing is annoying too, but the fire thing trumps it.
Other than the asshole multiboxer I really enjoy the Molten Front. I like seeing all of the lore figures coming out to help you kill the elites. I love how you can run through all the mobs and not aggro them, unless of course you are a warlock with a pet. Because heaven forbid the warlock gets to run through anywhere unmolested. Nooooooo I’m not bitter at ALL. Nope not me!
I really want to get back into the swing of posting, I just have to figure out how to get my groove back. I miss being able to spend the morning writing a post then enjoying having fun in the comments for the rest of the afternoon. Right now with the way my work is, I just don’t have the ability to do that anymore. It has sapped my will to blog and that makes me sad. As some of you know there are changes coming down the line in my future and I am hoping those changes will be just what the doctor ordered.
I have been doing pretty good with keeping up on my blog reading. Since I switched to Google Reader I have been able to not fall too far behind. There are a few blogs that I am way behind on, but those I am saving for a bored day. I really dislike blogger now. I can no longer subscribe to comments so I never know when someone replies to my comment I left. This has stopped me from commenting on blogs that I usually comment on. So if you have a blog on blogger and are missing my replies or comments, that’s why.
As you all know, SR is kind of hooked on AHing. I have my own little niche in the Netherweave bag market. Most of SR controls the gem markets. A few of them work the glyph market and enchanting scrolls, but they primarily focus on gems. This has helped to make me feel safe in my little spot. Recently there have been players who just do things that make no sense to me. For example: I had bags listed at 21g 95s 95c, a player came in and listed a bunch of bags at 14g 95s. There were no other players listing bags. Just me at almost 22g. So explain to me WHY you would undercut by so much?!?! It isn’t really the undercutting. Netherweave bags sell so quickly that I am constantly needing to make more, so that isn’t the issue. There is NO REASON to undercut by that much. The bags WILL sell. They usually sell for a hell of a lot more than what I had them listed at. I personally like to keep the market around 24-26g. I was listing them at 22g to move them and clear up some room in my bank for cloth. (BTW I seriously had to buy another guild bank tab JUST for bolts of Netherweave). I would think it was a personal attack at my listings (it is a vicious AH market Hordeside on Drak) but I have seen posts by this seller in markets I’m not in doing the same thing. I had an extra gem that I cut so I went to sell it. The SR gang had the gem selling for 147g. This seller posted theirs at 34g. The funniest part is the gem never sold because it got undercut so much. There were at least 20 more listings AFTER the 34g listing. I can understand undercutting to get rid of your product, but this kind of playing is just dumb.
I found another niche for my roguelette and I am trying to keep that one under wraps just because it is soooooooo profitable at this time. I had tried this route before but picked up some competition that ended up scaring away all the buyers. Waiting worked out in my favor though. He is no longer around to undercut me and I have been able to raise the price by 100g. I’ve toyed with the idea of raising the price some more, but frankly I don’t want to mess with success. I can sell 2-3 a night depending on how often I check my character. Business is booming. :D
I haven’t been feeling the alt-o-holic mode lately. The funny thing is the only class I wanted to level was another Disc priest though the dungeon finder. Why I do these things to myself I will never know. This time around things aren’t as bad as they were for PPP. My baby cow has had a bit more luck. It is nice having a 2nd account to make alts on without having to move to a different server or delete one of my own. On the other hand, if my brother ever does decide to come back to the game, I will have to say goodbye to my lovely little cow. At least I know she will be in good hands.
Honestly, I am starting to feel the burn. It hasn’t gotten to where I no longer want to play, I just find myself not wanting to do more than the minimum. This means I log in each day to check my auctions, do my cooldowns, JC daily and MF dailies on Lyssi. I might stick around if guild chat is particularly popping, but I usually just afk out. If it is a raid night then the only difference is I am raiding for 3 1/2 hours instead of afking out. I don’t enjoy running dungeons so I am never VP capped. I know that drives Sorak nuts, and probably Slice as well. I really don’t care at this point. I really am only enjoying a few things in the game and that is all I want to do. I am hoping that once the rest of my life settles down that I will be able to start enjoying my free time in the game. I have several alts that I want to get leveled that I just can’t make myself play. Yes Ana the dorf lock is one of them. Oh well, things will either pick up or I will crash and burn. I really don’t foresee the crashing and burning so much. I am still having fun. Once the fun stops, that is when the burning will begin. I think we are safe for now.
20 Jul 2011 18 Comments
We’re really knocking em out guys! Time to take down the fire birdie!
19 Jul 2011 5 Comments
Walked in, cleared trash like nothing! One shot Shannox, had some slight issues with Beth but got her down, then went in and 3 shot Rhyolith!
It was a good night!
Grats again guys!
14 Jul 2011 4 Comments
Sorak was kind enough to complete the meme for us and I have his replies here:
1. What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Sorak, shaman, resto spec
2. What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
5 mans and 10 man raids
3. What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
Chain heal, it’s very efficient provided you cast it in an ideal situation (when people stack or are clustered). I also like Healing Rain, same conditions as the prior (see a pattern developing here?)
4. What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
Unleash Elements, it’s fairly new in my healing career. I forget to use it because I’ve swapped mains to my DK and I don’t get to heal as much on Sorak anymore. It’s a good spell, can be used as a bomb heal in conjunction w/ Greater Healing Wave or make my Chain heal hit for more. Another reason is the CD is quite long on it, I believe 15 seconds.
5. What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
Totems, we can fill in a lot of buffs needed to round out a well balanced raid group.
6. What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
Movement. I can’t speak for other Resto Shams, but I never did very well with it. We only have one instant heal (Riptide, hits for a small amount and then applies a semi long HoT). More importantly after you cast Riptide, I get a buff that lowers the casting time on Greater Healing Wave and Lesser Healing wave to 1.5 seconds, for the next two casts of said spells.
We have a 2 min CD ability you learn at 85 called Spirit Walkers Grace which allows you to move and cast for 15 seconds. Again, only being able to cast on the move every 2 minutes or so isn’t what I’d consider good!
8. What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
I enjoy healing with classes that can mitigate damage, since I’m more of a brute force healer in 10’s. We’re not as blunt of a healer as a Holy Paladin but we’re nowhere near on the level of a Resto Druid or old school Disc priest for mitigation.
9. What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Another blunt healing class. Not much variety in our heals doesn’t make up for a good raid composition.
10. What is your worst habit as a healer?
I get tunnel vision in raids, too much staring at grid to pay attention to what everyone else is doing. Perhaps my worst habit is too much casting Lightning Bolt to regain mana back from Telluric Currents. C’mon, you know restoring 2k mana is more important than keeping party members alive, especially during Chimeraon!!
In 5 mans my worst habit is pulling mobs when the tank is too slow (ie mostly every pug), I’m a gogogogogo kind of person, and If I’m pulling as the healer, the tank is not moving fast enough.
11. What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
STACK UP BITCHES! Every successful raid plays to their raid comps strong points, when I’m healing, my most efficient heals require people to stack up! We have a lot of bad ranged members (the most notorious one starts with an L, and ends in yssianna). As soon as he/she (the verdict is still out there about a voice over program) get into range to pew pew, he/she stops and well………pew pews.
See the pic below for my Spirit Link Totem macro
12. Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
Now that Resto Sham’s finally have a raid CD we can use to mitigate damage I believe we should be on par with other healers. We won’t be top heals, but at least we can contribute raid damage mitigation, hell even fury wars received something like that before Resto Sham’s did!
13. What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
Did we down the boss? Recount and World of Logs
14. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
15. What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
As a Resto Sham, always keep Riptide on CD. It helps keep your casting time down to a minimum. Punish those that don’t stack, negative reinforcement is the way to go! Some ranged dps (the most notorious one starts with an L, and ends in yssianna) feel like they can survive on their own w/o any help from healers, he/she/they should be thankful I don’t heal much anymore!
Keep up Earthliving Weapon on at all times, keep Earthshield up on MT / OT or Zugzuug.
Be aggressive w/ Mana Tide totem, it’s a short CD, take advantage of it!
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)?
Too much Lightning bolt spam and not enough casting of Unleash Elements. In Cata I don’t tend to over heal as much, I think my healing output is OK, but I’ll let others determine that.
17. Haste or Crit and why?
Haste to lower your GCD down to 1 sec, and get an additional tick of Riptide on your target. I know crit is our lowest stat weight, but crit does help. When you crit a direct heal, you get mana back from water shield, you also proc Ancestral Healing and Awakening.
Ancestral Healing: reduces physical damage by 10% for 15 seconds
Ancestral Awakening: heals the lowest percentage health in the party / raid for 30% of the original heal.
18. What healing class do you feel you understand least?
All of them except for a Resto Sham. I’ve never played another healing class o I don’t know the mechanics to play one well. I happen to be lucky and play w/ pro healers. They do their job well and I leave it at that.
19. What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
In Wrath I’ve used grid, I’ve been using the default raid UI for a while, just a few days ago I swapped to Vuhdo. Totem timers, does exactly what you think it does. Power Auras to keep track of my CD’s.
I’ve always used mouse over macros since I’ve started healing, even though you can configure Vuhdo to do mouse clicks, I’d rather not rely on a mouse or addon like someone I know (starts with an L, and ends in yssianna)