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Sarindre’s To-Do List

So I mentioned yesterday how I felt frustrated and lost with being a resto druid at this time and that since I do not have a lot of time to play I will need to narrow down my focus so that I can get the most out of my play time. I decided to create a to-do list for her so that i can better follow these steps and get to be a better resto druid again.

  1. Look up and compare best specs. There are many sites that are saying which spec is the best, and currently I am running: 8/2/31 and I am really not sure if this is the best or most effective.
  2. Research gear. I have a list of the best pre-raid gear, but I need to find it and print it out!
  3. Figure out the best healing rotation.
  4. Relearn mana costs and efficiency.
  5. DO DUNGEONS. This is a must. I need better gear so I need to get on and play! Not play alts…
  6. Try to get into guild raids for gear. They will help me get some gear so I can become better.
  7. Play, play, and play some more. This is hard with the baby, but I can play during naps…I hope!

Looks like I need help kicking my butt into gear!


Finally 85!

On Sunday, the hubby and I finally made it to 85. It really did not take as long as I thought it would. What really helped was us doing a dungeon. The baby was asleep for a while and we thought we would give it a go with a friend of ours. I was nervous, especially since I was not 100% sure on my class since the changes had been made. I replaced my gear, finally, and felt like I could give it a go. I just hoped for a good group so that I would not need to worry too much.

We were 83 when we signed up and ended up getting into Vortex Pinnacle. I was shocked by just how easily I fell back into the healer role. The heals flowed nicely and there was no deaths! Well…there was one death but it was my husband and completely his fault! He used AMS during the final boss instead of running into the triangle. We got to laugh it off in the end. I quite enjoyed the instance as well. The set up was interesting and it was  a very quick run. I love when this is so, especially with the baby. I even picked up some gear: Rainsong and Captured Lightning. I am not sure on the validity of Rainsong, how well it actually works, or if it will be useful for me, but for not it is better than my other options. Though, I have yet to see it proc, which is weird because most items I get the notice of the proc with my one addon, so I do not think I have had a proc yet. Sort of depressing.

I know that Heroics are quite a bit harder, but I can sure say that I am excited to run a few when I can, which is not too far off. I am currently at a 327 average gear score now. This is, in large part, due to the new gear I picked up with Justice Points. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of points saved up from WotLK dungeons. I am currently not sure how many you get per dungeon run, but I will need to look that up so that I can pick what is the way to save up for the new gear. What I did pick up was Blessed Hands of Elune and Thatch Eave Vines.  I find they are making a nice addition to my random blues I have received and the two I got from Vortex Pinnacle.

I am excited to run more dungeons and get the gear and practice for raids!

My Fail Class

I was reading WoW Insider today and happened upon their Breakfast Topic for today. It asked, “Is there a class you just can’t play?” Yes, I know this is a resto druid blog and most would think that would be the only class that I can play. Most days this is very true, but there are other classes that I am able to do…somewhat well at and there is a class that I am just abysmal at playing.

When I am not playing Sarindre, I tend to migrate towards melee classes. I love the feel of bashing the crap out of something with a huge mace or sword, heck even an axe! My favorites are Ret Pally and a DK. But, for the life of me I cannot play a warrior…AT ALL. I am just horrible and I have no idea why! I think I have a problem with the rage mechanic. It is really not that difficult to understand how to manage, but for some reason I am always out of rage and unable to do anything.I have tried to make may warriors in the past but have yet to achieve greatness with them. The last failed attempt was called Rambosaur. I thought a fun name and playing with my husband’s priest healer would make leveling them more enjoyable, yet I was wrong and she sits there at some low level I cannot even remember.

I seem to also have a problem playing most other classes past the point of 60. I get burned out and despise the leveling factor of the entire class. I have a total of 5 Pally’s, yes 5, and I can never get any of them to max level. The closest I have came was 71. I have a few priests too, none are above 70. The most I have leveled another character was my DK and she is only 80 at this point and has crappy gear.

To me, I believe that this is all because I have problems letting others heal until I get to the point I know they are awesome and will not let the raid die. I get anxious when I am not in the healing drivers seat. Even my husband makes me nervous, and I know it drives him crazy. But I love healing and do not have the time to make multiple raidable characters so I will be sticking with Sarindre for a long time to come!

Is there a class that you fail at? Is there a class you just do not enjoy? Why do you think that is?

When Purples are Obsolete and Greens are Ruling my World…

Getting back into the swing of WoW was not as easy as I thought it would be. In fact, just relearning my class is making my head spin, and I have learned that my daughter can sense in her sleep when I log on and will wake up instantly! But, I am lucky enough to have a ton of wonderful sites available to help me get back on track. I just did not know this track was like the mile run in high school: I can do it, but man it took me a long time. So after spending two days just pouring over blogs about healing, (mostly focusing on Restokin and on Keeva’s  Healing Guide ) I think I am finally getting back on track. But, I know I have a lot left to do.

I had been putting off replacing my epics with greens since I started the journey to 85 (currently halfway to 84 yay!). Honestly, it makes me feel a little sad every time I have to do it. Every quest reward that I knew would replace one of my epics, I would just hide deep within my bags and try not to think about. That was until the comparisons that pop up when you mouse over an item went blaring green to show me that the green I was hovering over was indeed better than my hard earned epic. Now I know this is common practice when WoW comes out with new levels. But I just hoped this time I could hold out and cherish my epics a little longer this time. Of course I was wrong. But I am not really in a rush to replace them just yet. As I have said before, I have not had a chance to run any dungeons. I would really hate for the baby to wake up during one and cause me to bounce out of there. But, a few guildies know what is going on and would not mind if I had to leave in the middle, so I just might start. My fear is that since my gear is outdated, would I even fair so well. Heck, since my healing is a bit rusty, I have this constant fear people will just die and I will be labeled a failure. Pathetic I know, but this is how I feel every time they change up druids…inexperienced.

So now I have a bag full of potential green upgrades that I just do not want to look at. At first I told myself that I was not 100% sure what stats were relevant anymore (lie) and that I would need to do a little research (partly true). I am not dumb, I know that strength and agility are magically the stats for me to take, but I truly was not sure of the priority on the gear. I know Intellect is the way to go, but what about this new Mastery, where does it fall in the grand scheme of my gear? How about Haste?! Did I still need a million points in it to be effective? I now know the answer to these questions, thanks to the blogs listed above, but I still do not want to log into the game and start the process. I can blame it on the baby hormones all I want (they are still floating in my system a little bit…I still cry at car commercials…yes I know, my husband laughs at me too) but I know they are not the only cause of my laziness. And neither is being tired, which is not happening here since the little sapling sleeps great at night (last night she slept for 10 hours straight!). I just have a hard time replacing purples with greens and it is just ingrained in my brain that this is a bad thing, even though I know it is not.

What I really should be doing is signing up for instances, getting blues, and practice my healing a bit. This will take a stretch of baby sleep time which I cannot be 100% certain about yet, but replacing with blues seems a whole lot better in my head. But tonight is the night when I will look through those greens and put the purples away (I could just DE them, but I like to hoard them till my bank is completely full…yet another character flaw!). If not tonight then tomorrow! Well I am busy tomorrow so then Friday! Hmm I might have something to do on Friday…bah it will happen I swear! 🙂

I also need to get caught up on raids, instances, professions, and achievements ( I am an achievement whore!). I have a whole lot of work to do it seems.

Does anyone else have the trouble replacing their purples with greens? Or is anyone just getting back into the swing of the game and getting overwhelmed by all the new goodies?

82 and Counting!

So being 82 and about halfway to 83 is kinda exciting, especially since I only need to get to 85 this time. Granted, I would rather not level at all, but at least it is way more fun again, almost like it was in BC.  I have not had a chance to do any dungeons yet, I would hate for the baby to wake up in the middle of one and have to bail. As always, I am leveling Resto and following my husbands DPS around to level faster. I do cast Wrath and Moonfire, but he usually kills things way too fast. Being Resto does allow him to pull a large amount of targets and not be afraid of dying, which is always a bonus.

As I was saying, I feel they have taking a lot of the daunting work out of leveling. I used to loathe having to grind all the way, but the new quests are simpler and much easier on the gathering scale. I will not lie, there are still gathering quests, and with two people questing together it can get rather annoying. But I have noticed that the drop rate of items is way better than ever. It finally does not take 30 minutes or more for 2 people to complete the gather quests. Bravo Blizzard.

Another happy change is the way swimming works. I will not lie, when I heard about all underwater zones, I was pretty nervous. I have always hated the way swimming worked in WoW, heck in every game that has some sort of underwater moving. However, I think Blizzard has made it a lot better. For one, the ability to run on the bottom of the ocean is pretty great and makes moving around easy. Granted I can just go into swim form and move quickly in any way but running at the bottom was simple and I did not get all turned around like I usually do. Secondly, the mount quest is easy, fast, and very early on allowing everyone to get a fast way of moving underwater. I do love the Seahorse mount and at first I used it, that was until I noticed that Porpi form (what I call swim form) is just as fast as the mount, that is if you have the glyph for faster swimming. I thought this was pretty cool, my husband, however, thought it was druid cheating at its best!

As far as class changes, I really have not had the time to notice. I mostly run (actually swim) around, throwing Moonfires and Rejuves. Plus, with the baby we are leveling as quickly as possible so I do not have much time to sit and analyze as of yet. The one change that I did take a look at was the Tree of Life Form, just the form not the major changes yet. Once I saw there was a glyph to not look…well like an ugly tree anymore, I rushed off to the AH to buy it and have not looked back! I am happy that I can look like myself again, even if it is only for a few seconds.

I do plan on taking a closer look at the class, talents, and spells here soon. I just need to wait for the weekend (tomorrow yay!) when there is more time and there are two of us around for baby duty.

What do you think of the new zones? How is the underwater level treating you? Better than before?

Rebirth…or Not?

This is something I forgot to mention a couple of days ago, and is something I am really on the fence about. Rebirth has changed dramatically.

Now, I am not talking about the cooldown change from 10 to 30 minutes. This is something I completely understand. Yes, we were spoiled and could rez pretty much every boss fight, but it was really not needed, well not necessary I should say because I think we can all name a few fights where Rebirth is loved and desired.

What I am disappointed with is that only one Rebirth can be used per fight. I do not think there were guilds stacking Druids just to receive 6-8 Rebirths per fight. Most we even ran with in our 25 mans was 4, which I would think is about an average number in many guilds. I do not believe it is something that is truly abused by the masses.

But Blizzard thinks so and with the one Rebirth per fight rule, this will make many Druids rethink who they are going to rez. Will you rez the 10k DPS who died because he stood in fire, the healer who makes mistakes, or the tank that is taking way too much damage for the fight? Or will you wait to see if someone who is a better choice dies before you BR? These are many questions that I do not want to ask myself during combat. Our Raid Leaders are good about letting Druids use the BR according to their best judgment, however it seems now, they will need to call the shots so that the wrong person is not rezzed by accident.

This is another change that will take time and practice to get used to.  Here is a fun little flow chart to help you get in the Rebirthing mind set! 🙂

***Added some arrows for ease!***(Angry Tree Image from Murloc Parliament)

What do you think about the new Rebirth rule?

New Druid Healing…First Thoughts.

First a quick apology for not being very “posty” these past few days. My husband and I are planning an unexpected move so my brain has been mush…wait…it may be mush because of the pregnancy, but I really cannot tell anymore! 🙂

I have done two 10 man runs in ICC over the past week and have had some time to sit and think over what I like and what I am not liking at the moment with the state of Resto Druids and some other WoW features.


Mana – After the patch, my mana pool went to around 42K, which was way higher than before. I know costs can seem a bit skewed at the moment so I think the high mana pool is really not letting me see any of the mana issues that I will be having when I reach 85. I think this is a good and bad thing. Before the patch, I was already having little to no mana issues so I am used to cruising though fights. Not much has changed with the patch with that aspect. I am thinking there might be a harsh reality check when we hit 85 and are in raids.

Tree Form – I cannot count on both hands how many times I hit the number 5 on my number pad and went into Tree Form accidentally during these raids. It was happening to the other Resto Druid in the group too. This is something that is so automatic for me. For example, after we killed Rotface, I was just standing around when I saw a trap went off, I shifted to cat, dashed to the scene and….went Tree Form. Wasted that cooldown. In general, I already posted how I am unhappy with the cooldown, and I can say that playing with it has not made me happier. Most fights I would not even enter Tree Form and I feel awkward and clunky in caster form (weird seeing that I used to be a tree huh?).

Regrowth – I do enjoy the instant cast Regrowths in Tree Form, something that I will probably hate at 85 with the mana cost associated with it, I am not a fan of the 6 second HoT tick. I feel with the mana cost and the limitation on Lifebloom on only one target, then the tick should be for at least 10 seconds or more. This is something that will call for  a major adjustment and mostly will be used as a “Flash Heal” that will help for a few seconds later. In fact, I have currently taken this spell our of my rotation for now, and only using it when the “Oh crap” situations arise.

Lifebloom – I am someone who used Lifebloom ALL THE TIME back when it first came out and was way too overpowered. I loved rolling LB, especially on the tanks, and now I feel only being able to cast it on one target unless in Tree Form is very limiting. And I cannot even count how many times I forgot and started stacking it on the second tank therefore not even healing the main tank at all. At this moment, I feel the healing is there, but not quite. There are times when large spikes of damage are on the tank and my HoTs are seemingly doing nothing. The only way to counter act would be to let the LB bloom, which has always been counterproductive in the past (mostly due to mana cost).

Swiftmend – This has always been a spell that I used as my “oh crap” button. I would save it for just the right moment and use it on the dps that accidentally pulled aggro. Now, it is more advantageous to use it whenever it is off cooldown on the tank to help with healing (or where ever there are group members clumping up). The other druid in the raid was WAY better at remembering to do this than I was. This is another aspect that will take much practice to perfect.

Effloresence – Speaking of Swiftmend, its counterpart Effloresence is cool, but like I said I forgot to Swiftmend all the time so there was very little healing done for with it. I will need to practice this rotation better.

Rejuvenation – Currently there is no real change to this spell for me. I was not having any mana issues so I could cast this freely. I know at 85 there will be some major differences because of the mana cost but for now I feel ok casting this on the raid and tanks for the healing it does. Plus it is always nice to make sure I have a HoT on someone so they can be Swiftmended as needed.

Nourish – Boy to I miss the fast casting time of Nourish. I really feel I am lagging when I cast this spell, although there was no lag at all. This was one of my favorite spells to cast on Tanks and raid members that needed a big heal before they would die. I found myself casting this in the same situation and they would either get healed by someone else or…they would die because of my slowness. I really am not a fan of using this spell now, I know it will be better when I am just tank healing, but for now I am really not in a situation where I am solely doing that job. I will need to practice on timing and try to use this spell, especially with the Mastery help you will get when it is used on someone with a HoT on.

Healing Touch – This is a spell that I will need to force myself to remember to use. Before, unless I was using it with Nature’s Swiftness, I never would use Healing Touch. Again, one of the many in my “oh crap” arsenal. I did use this spell when doing Dreamwalker, I actually got to go in the portals! I was having some great crits and generally high hits with it. With the same cast time of Nourish, in fights like Dreamwalker it was awesome. But, with the very high mana cost, I will need to closely pick and choose when I use it.

Wild Growth –  I have always loved Wild Growth, and since not much has changed for me yet (ie no big mana effect) I am still casting this spell with glee. I am not too worried about the longer cooldown. I remember when this was an instant cast and we druids were just insane, so I have been through cooldown changes before. I think a longer cooldown is good here. With the increased mana cost, we need to have the reigns pulled back a little bit so we are not draining ourselves dry.

Tranquility – I am hoping there are more good fights to use this spell in. So far I using it very sparingly, but it would be cool to see a fight where it is a needed spell to blow.


Swift Rejuv – Right now I do not think this talent is working. I read you needed to have 2 points in it for it even to work at all. I placed two in it but have not seen the benefit yet. Hard to tell if there actually is a decrease in the global cooldown or not.


While raiding, I was having the addon day from hell, mostly with Grid since I could not seem to get it to work right for me. As I have stated in the past, I use mouseover macros and Grid combo to heal with. Well, my old version of Grid would show me icons of the spells on the player they were on. For example, with Lifebloom I would see the icon and a little 3 when I hit 3 stacks. Without that addon, I was flying blind. I know, I should not need a crutch to heal, but they are always helpful. I ended up keeping the tank targeted at all times and counting them manually on him with Pitbull. Way more annoying. Plus I could not see all the correct debuffs with Grid either.

I hear Grid is being fixed, but if you have any idea as to how to get my icons back, please let me know!

I tried the new raid frames that Blizzard provided since I could not get Grid to work before my first raid. I was impressed with the amount of info you could see, but the inability to completely resize was annoying. They would only go to a certain size and they were way to big for my area I wanted them in. My OCD was making me insane with them looking too big for their spot! Plus the ugly bar/arrow thingy on the side of my screen was an eyesore.

I have yet to try out all of the new Blizzard features, I really have not had the time, but I would like to soon.


I am really happy with the new glyph system allowing you to only buy them once. I feel bad for inscriptionest though. Seems their money maker is gone. But really, were they rolling in the dough before? I never had one so I am not sure what changes they are making for them. But I will say, not having to glyph and reglyph is great!


All in all, I am still on the fence about Resto healing. There are aspects I am really enjoying and there are some I still feel need some work. Reading other blogs and posts has got me thinking of trying new healing ways out and working on my rotation better. I will see what I think after a few more raids!

What do you think? Are you completely happy with your Druid?

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