Posts tagged ‘Resto Druid’

Weekend in Raiding

This weekend in WoW went from looking very eventful (first normal BRF guild run) to not so eventful (returning to normal Highmaul) and finally to very successful (beating Brackenspore as a guild for the first time!). Thought I was very excited to run BRF for the first time, we had a tank that was a bit under the weather and were going to have to use some alts. My husband was recruited to switch from his Warlock to his (undergeared) DK tank and we had some other alts join as well.

It went pretty well. I will admit that it is much harder to heal the alt tanks than it was to heal our normal tanks. However, we did end up getting Kargath and The Butcher easily. I got an off-hand from Kargath too (Bileslinger’s Censer, something I had no idea dropped, not sure how I missed it in the loot table before…).  Plus I was able to hit 33k HPS on The Butcher. I am not sure how it happened since I usually am stuck between 27k and 30k on a boss, but it did. I did make some gear changes and tweeked my rotation a bit and I could notice that I had much better performance than I have had thus far. That four piece bonus on the tier gear is really nice too! On average I found that the Mushroom ability (which is what recount is calling it) is doing about 200k per boss. And it proc’s on Ysera’s Gift which in my book is equally amazing. I did not have time this weekend but I would like to analyse my logs and see how things looked.

After The Butcher, we went over to the twins since that has been an easy win for us most of the time. Not this time however, but after a couple wipes with alts, many people switched back to their mains (tanks included) and we were able to get them down fairly quickly. We then decided to do something that we have been skipping for the past few weeks, and that was Brackenspore. For some reason, Brackenspore was just not clicking for us. But we had some time and we thought we would give it a go. We kept it to mains since this is a gear check fight and lo and behold we got him down on the first try. And that Hunter bow dropped that a hunter in the group wanted/needed! All in all, it was a good night of raiding.

Once I can pull together my logs and also get my screen shot uploaded of the wondrous 33K HPS (because screen shot or it didn’t happen right?)  I wanted to talk a bit about rotation and the gear (ilvl 661) I am currently running.

What is your rotation when healing and current ilvl?

Happy Healing!

My Raid UI, Showing Addons 2.0

As promised, here is what my UI with addons looks like while I raid.

Here you can see that I have Grid arranged horizontally and by group. This helps me fit the addon in the little corner of my screen. I use Grid to heal which means I spend a lot of time looking at that corner. I like to make sure it is not cluttered and that everything is crisp. You can also see Mik’s Scrolling Combat Text. Mik’s Scrolling Combat Text is a completely cosmetic mod for me. Not really a necessity but something I like. It shows me how much I am healing (on the right side) and how much damage I am taking or what I am being healed for (on the left side). The top tells me abilities I have gained (ie auras, buffs) and mana gained during combat. The bottom reports when my abilities are off cooldown. One addon that you cannot see here is Quartz. Quartz is a customizable casting bar. It will report any lag that you are having and shows you casting time clearly. I do not usually see it very often since most of my spells are instant.

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In this next picture you will see a bit more of Pitbull, Deadly Boss Mods, and Mik’s Scrolling Combat Text. Pitbull here is when I have a target and it also shows the target’s target. Now I rarely have anyone targeted since I use mouseover macros to heal, but I wanted to show what my targeting looked like. I also placed it on the left side right above grid because during most of the time I am healing, I am just focused on grid and putting my target there is pretty logical for me. Deadly Boss Mods is a must for any raider. This mod tells you bosses abilities on timers. You can choose where the bars are and how you want information to be displayed.

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Happy Healing!

Rez all the things! Or not.

Back in 2010 when there was a massive change in Rebirth I wrote this blog post. Now there are some new mechanics for all of the ways to rez in combat as you can see below and originally here:

  • During a boss encounter, all combat resurrection spells now share a single raid-wide pool of charges that’s visible on the action bar button.
  • Upon engaging a boss, all combat resurrection spells will have their cooldowns reset and begin with 1 charge. Charges will accumulate at a rate of 1 per (90/RaidSize) minutes.
  • Example 1: A 10-player raid will accumulate 1 charge every 9 minutes (90/10 = 9).
  • Example 2: A 20-player raid will accumulate 1 charge every 4.5 minutes (90/20 = 4.5).
  • A charge will only be deducted when a combat resurrection is successful (when the target accepts the resurrection).
  • Raid frames now show a debuff indicating that a dead player has a pending combat resurrection available.
  • Outside of raid boss encounters, combat resurrection spells retain their normal cooldown behavior.

I believe this works very well with the current raid style though I have seen some disagree, mostly when they are lying on the ground dead from fire. There are some still who I think do not understand that there are a limited number of rezzes available, at least when I am in LFR. With this new rule, this will make many who have the ability to rez rethink who they are going to rez. Will you rez the 10k DPS who died because they stood in fire, the healer whose HPS is below a tanks, 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 rez? These are now questions that we will now have to ask ourselves in combat. Plus we will have to ignore all the “REZ PLS” and “SOMEONE BR ME” that we see yelled in chat during LFR. It seems for Normal and above raids, this job of picking will now fall onto the Raid Leader. They will be the ones who will need to make the tough choices on the fly.

Here is a fun little flow chart to help you get in the Battle Rezzing mindset! Click on it to make it bigger and not so squished!

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(Angry Tree Image from Murloc Parliament)

How do you pick who you will rez? Does your raid leader dictate who and when someone will be rezzed?

Happy Healing!

Rejuv, Rejuv, Rejuv, Flash of Light……!?

I love healing. That should probably be tattooed across my forehead. I heal in everything that I can. WoW, D&D, World of Darkness, you name a game with a healer class and I probably have played that class if I have played the game. It is engrained in me, and I am not going to say that is a bad thing. Hanging out with mostly guys my whole life, I just sort of fell into that role. In D&D they all wanted to play Barbarians, in WoW it was Hunters, Warlocks, Tanks; none of my friends wanted to heal. So to ensure that our groups would not die all the time, I would just take on that role. But I felt at home doing it. There were sometimes when I rebelled and played a Psion or a Deathknight, but when someone else would heal and would not be doing it the way I would have (I do not want to say incorrectly, because it was the right way for them) I would get frustrated and back to being a healer I would go. I guess you can say I found my niche right?

Well you already know I Druid heal, but what about other healing classes? Let’s start with Shammy, I was horrible the one and only time I tried it as a level 80! Priest went well, I actually leveled a disc priest and I enjoyed it. I never tried healing as a Monk (oi!). What about Paladin you ask?! Well I have a lot of Paladins, and I always level them ret (I really like hitting things in the face with a HUGE weapon in my free time). But a call to arms has been challenged to me and I have been healing as a holy Pally on the Horde side. Let me just say it is different, so very different, but I am having a blast. This is such a new challenge for me. The way Druids heal and the way Paladins heal is extremely different. The way I like to heal as a Druid is for me to make sure that EVERYONE has full health. Yes, tanks and healers have priority, but I really hate to see anyone be down negative health.  It hurts my soul. This means that I love to throw out Rejuv’s to any and every one. I am a HoT roller to the max.

Then there are Paladins who cannot HoT roll, but have to heal in other ways. Now, I am not max level yet, so I am sure I will find other and better ways, but currently my husband and I are leveling as Recruit-a-Friend and only running dungeons to level since he is a tank (Druid) and I am a healer and we get instant dungeons pops. We have made 52 levels in about 4 hours. Insane right?  But so far this is all I need to do: Holy Shock, Flash Heal, Flash Heal, Holy Shock, Flash Heal, Flash Heal, Holy Shock, and Word of Glory. I have to say that I am kind enjoying healing this way, and not everyone can be topped off at all times (which is my biggest stressor). Well, they mostly are since these are easy dungeons but there are times when I am just tank spamming. I think that as I climb up the food chain in levels and get more abilities I will feel way more confident and enjoy it even more!

I need to do some Paladin healing research, especially if I want to raid. It is a different world, but I think I will enjoy it. Broaden out my healing skills so to speak. Who knows, maybe playing a Paladin will help me not be so obsessive about keeping people topped off on my Druid…probably not though.

Any great Paladin healing sites that you use? Pop them in the comments and help get me on my way! And stay tuned for next time when I talk about UIs!

Happy Healing!

Healing Again

So the time has come when I get to jump back into WoW. Not only did we fix our internet so that it works in the basement, but my lag is almost non existent! We had to buy new wi-fi cards for the computers, but I can tell you it was completely worth it. I am still only really playing while the baby sleeps, but since she is getting old, it is easier to just play at night when she goes to bed. My real goal is to raid again, which I was worried would take years to achieve again (well maybe not years but at least a few months) but when I read the recent patch 4.2 notes, I feel more confident that I will be healing raids again real soon. Now I am excited with the gear changes with the patch. Since you can buy tier 11 items with this patch, I think I will be able to gear up quickly and with that gear I will be able to run heroics for other gear more effectively.

So since I have been not playing much, I was very worried to partake in heroics. I thought that since I heard everything was insanely hard that I would not be able to do it until I had amazing gear. But practice makes perfect I guess because I got talked into a heroic and did just fine. Yes it was stressful and I was nervous, but it was fun plus I got gear!

Once, we are ready to raid, we are going to need to find or start a group in the guild that will be able to raid later in the evening, but since we live on the east coast and the server is a west coast server, it should be pretty easy to find others who want to raid as well. I hope it will be easier since we already have me as a healer and my husband as a tank. Only one more of each to find! Plus, I know there are plenty of other in the guild who want to raid but cannot yet, so I am hoping that putting a group together will be easy.

To change the topic a bit, I find it funny how my opinion of WoW has changed since I have become a more casual player. I used to think that changes with gear like this patch is implementing was horrible and made people lazy gamers. Yes, I know that is rude, but I really just thought that if you wanted the gear you needed to earn it the hard way by raiding. But my perception has completely changed now that it is difficult to play constantly and I am happy that Blizzard makes these changes in order to draw in the new players and the returning ones. Once I heard that it would be easier for me to get to a higher level of gear in a short time frame I know I jumped completely on board. And who wouldn’t? I know that some of you will still have a problem with easy gear, but now I am thankful that I will be able to participate in one of my favorite activities again.

Feels good to be back!

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!

Blackrock Shock!

On Friday, a friend of mine thought it would be fun if my husband and I were to do a heroic with him and a tank friend. Now, I finally have a 334 gear score so I knew I could get in, but my gear was still not up to par. My husband on the other had, was sitting at 319. Our friend told him it would all be OK and to just buy some gear off the auction house at higher level and get himself to 329. We laughed knowing this was risky business, but I had no idea what was going to be in store.

Rage Quit Number One

First off, the dungeon starts and we have me healing, my husband is a DK, our friend a hunter, his friend is a druid tank, and then a mage who was randomly with us. Things were going well to start with the DPS being pretty high and healing was not so bad. When we got to the first boss, the tank just pulled and with him come some adds. Of course we wipe! My husband and I get on vent with our friend so that we can be told how the fights work. Well the mage was angry the tank pulled the adds, sighed, and left.

Rage Quit Number Two

The reque was quick and we ended up getting another mage. We were told the fights on vent and all seemed well as the boss went down. If you have not done the instance before, you will find the beating of the adds amusing! Now, our hunter friend lives in Hawaii and was having a few internet problems due to the tsunami. It cleared up fast, but he was disconnected for a few minutes.   During the time he was offline, the tank said that he hoped he was OK and the tsunami did not get him. My husband and I were in agreement since we did not know where he was located exactly but we knew the tsunami was hitting Hawaii. All three of us were genuinely concerned with no laughter or joking.  Apparently, this mage was not too happy we were talking about the tsunami and said  “You guys are horrible, you know people died. This is not funny.” And then he left the group. All of us were completely confused since none of us were saying anything rude or insensitive about the horrible things that happened in Japan. In fact, we were all sending our thoughts and prayers to all the people of Japan during this time of need. The only thing we could come up with was they had family in Japan and were upset about the situation and were having a rough time. But really, there was no need to leave and be upset.

Rage Quit Number Three

After the mage left and our hunter friend was back online and stable (he was fine, the tsunami just knocked his internet out), we requed and got a shadow priest. We were waiting near the second boss and they got ported to us. After the priest buffed and they entered shadow form the priest started running and ran smack into the boss. Death again hit us. I had never seen someone run right into the boss, but we laughed it off and waited till everyone ran back. Well, I thought we all laughed it off. As we were running back to our bodies,  the priest wrote in chat “Lesson: when you are having new members come into the party, DON’T STAND NEAR THE BOSS!” and then they left. Now, being my first time needing a replacement in a Cata dungeon, I had no idea new members would come to where everyone was standing. But, looking at what boss we were on (still the second) and where he is located, I do not see how we could have stood anywhere else. And really…who does not look before they run ahead!

Smooth Sailing

The next person to join our little party was a warrior. He was a great player and a trooper to mine and my husbands noobness! He even stayed after each wipe. Yes, we wiped once on each boss. This being due to mine and the tanks gear, we just needed a bit more to be able to handle each situation. Really, I found this dungeon interesting and fun. It was challenging (due mostly to gear level), which is something I think is much needed in WoW. Sadly, there was no good drops for me or my husband.

Ragin’ Nation

Now, I have been out of the for a little while, but during Wraith, I know there were rare times when a DPS would leave the party due to the long cues. These DPS seemed to be dropping like flies! I guess I just do not see the need to get so angry when playing a game, and I know I have discussed this before, but it is a game. Is getting mad and quitting because of a simple mistake really worth another half hour que? I do not DPS in dungeons, but even if I had a horrible tank or a rude DPS I always tried to stick it out and just ignore it. I do not like, nor think it is necessary to start conflict when you are only going to be with these other players for max an hour. I just like to sit back and enjoy playing, especially since my time to play is few and far between with the little one.

Have any of you had instances like this? DPS that just keep leaving? Tanks that pull too many mobs or are squishy? Healers that cannot heal out of a wet paper bag? What does it take for you to bail on a group?

Helping Others

If you would like to help out Japan after the earthquake, here is a great place to do it!

Brother’s Brother Foundation

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