There are a lot of people out there, and a lot of guilds for that matter, that just flat out hate alts. I don’t know if they’ve had a rotten experience with them or just enjoy a monogamous relationship with their main toon, but the result is often the same: someone says “alt” and you can just see them cringe. It does not matter who is behind the character, they just don’t want to deal with an alt.
I think that this is the wrong attitude to have, and that there are a lot of benefits that a guild can enjoy from fostering the growth of their alts. Read the rest of this entry »
I am a pretty fail shaman. Amongst other things, I constantly forget earthliving on my weapon…but I think I’ve gotten pretty good about keeping watershield up now! I desperately want to unfail as a shaman, but I just am not quite sure how. I am pretty stubborn and hard-headed at times, and generally try to figure things out on my own by researching, “reading the manual” and trial and error. Unfortunately, these things aren’t helping me :(
If you follow my blog, you know that my main is a fairly accomplished resto druid (Beruthiel). What you may, or may not know, is that I also have each of the healing classes at level 80, with a Holy Paladin (Dannie), Disc Priest (Earenn) and Resto Shaman (Mynn).
It’s Mynn that we are here to talk about today (Hello, Mynn).
I leveled Mynn as pure enhance from level 1-70, and played exclusively enhance throughout TBC. I was good at it, and I really loved it. However, with WotLK I found that I didn’t care for the enhance changes and I decided I’d try something different and went Elemental giving her dual spec resto. With the constant need for heals, resto became my main shaman spec quite early on in her leveling process, with Elemental becoming just a means to level. And even now, my resto gear has so far surpassed my elemental gear that I’m not even sure why I mention she has an elemental spec.
But here is the problem: I am not at all comfortable in my shaman skin, and feel like a failure of a resto shaman. If mediocrity was my thing, I’d be golden. But it’s not. And I want to do well.
My struggle is this: I feel that I’m a fairly competent healer, but I find that I struggle horribly with my shaman in just about most settings from 5 mans to 25s. In 5s with a good tank, and DPS that doesn’t do too many stupid things, I am fine. But, put me into a challenging situation (say, H HoR) with a slightly undergeared tank (say, Brade’s DK) and some DPS that doesn’t always assist and I just flail. Give me a simple 25 man raid where there is just lots of raid damage and I can fall asleep on my chain heal button I feel OK…but put me in a 10 man, such as a TotGC where I have much more responsibility as a healer and I just feel like I can’t keep up my end of the deal.
I’ve done a decent amount of research, realized that I made some errors in my gemming/gear that I’m working towards fixing (silly shaman trying to gem like a paladin, get yourself some more haste already!). I think I have a decent spec and viable gear, but I could be wrong, and I know that some of her pieces need upgrades (and her boots enchanted!). Perhaps it just all comes down to that I just don’t “get” shaman healing. I feel so clumsy and uncomfortable when I heal with her and often at a loss when it comes down to being in a pinch. With my paladin, priest and druid everything feels so natural to me, yet my shaman feels so…forced.
The best way I think I can describe it is that with my other healers I feel that they have something they “excel” at, but my shaman truly feels like she’s a jack of all trades, and master of none. Now from reading varying sources, I know that this isn’t necessarily true. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong or how to make healing on Mynn feel more natural. Hell, I’d even settle for just being a more competent shaman healer!
So I ask you, my fellow trolls, tauren, orcs and spacegoats, what am I doing wrong?! (You will find Mynn in the normal parses, and to be slightly fair to myself both Nazyud and Virile are main healers on our progression team). What are your secret tips and tricks in tough situations? How do you remember to keep earthliving on your damn weapon? (I swear, I never had trouble remembering to keep WF on them as enhance!). Have I completely failed in my gear, gemming, glyphing choices? I want to “get it”, I want to learn, I want to hear the wind, dammit!
Will trade the secrets of the grove for totem talk!
I know that many people have already given their, largely unfavorable, opinion on this asinine new “tool” that has entered the game, but I thought it was time for me to pitch in my two cents on the matter. For those of you that aren’t interested in another gearscore rant, here is the TL:DR version: Gearscore can kiss my fuzzy tauren ass.
Over our holiday weekend, I partook in any number of PuGs through the looking for group system on just about all of my 5 level 80s. I’ve done a good number of these on Beru, so that I could finish off my achievement and nab up Perky (which I did this weekend!). Brade and I also always make a point to do the daily random for our two badges of frost. One of these days, our queue popped us into the Culling of Stratholme, which is one of my favorite instances. Read the rest of this entry »
Like many people this weekend, I spent a good deal of time utilizing the new dungeon finder tool. I did groups with all my characters from Beru to Tsuname. Some I did as complete PuGs, and some Brade joined me as a tank and we just had to PuG DPS. Overall, my groups have been fairly solid, with just a few hiccups, and I’ve only had to place 3 people on ignore. But I have noticed one thing: more often than not, the groups never say a single thing to each other.
I really do like the dungeon finder tool, and it is quite clearly very popular. But I wonder if it has taken some of the socialization out of what is supposed to be a social game. It is a little bit disconcerting to enter into a group and never even get so much as a “hello” or “good evening” before you get down to business. I understand that people aren’t necessarily there to shoot the breeze, but would a little bit of social courtesy be such a bad thing? Read the rest of this entry »
Between the Turkey Holiday and finishing up organizing our anniversary Celebration I’ve not had loads of time, and the time I did have I spent in game, rather than in blog :)
As such, I thought I’d just give everyone a quick update on what I’ve been up to this post holiday morning! Read the rest of this entry »
Today we will spin the tail of the snob in the sissy robe
™, aka Earenn. Yes, this little priest is turning into quite the prima dona. It’s something else, if I may say so myself!
Yesterday was just one of those days. So by the time I got to my priest I was feeling pretty snarky. I logged in with the intention of doing the daily heroic with Brade’s warrior, so we could get rep and much-needed badges. It was Utgarde Pinnacle, ugh. I loathe Utgarde Pinnacle. I have spent too many hours wiping on Skadi with any number of bad tanks that I basically flat out refuse to do the zone without Brade tanking. It just isn’t worth losing my sanity over.
So I set out about my happy way to set our group up, asking in guild first if we have any interest (having been late, there wasn’t). As such, I decided to take it to LFG and pug our way to the zone. Because we live on the west coast, but play on an east coast server, we frequently PuG for instances because it’s so late by the time we get “free time”. It isn’t always easy to find a PuG after raids when we have time, largely due to the fact that it’s after midnight for a good number people. Regardless, through the LFG channel and the City general/trade channel I had a mage, warrior and death knight respond to my shout out for “LF3M DPS Heroic UP” in fairly short time. Cool, the group was ready and it didn’t take too long. Time to head out! Power rangers HOooooo! (uh…no clue where that came from :P) Read the rest of this entry »
As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been leveling my priest up to level 80. Having stepped down from leading the optional 10 man raids on our off nights, I now have all this free time again! In this free time, I’ve pulled Earenn out of her hiatus and perma-position in Dalaran as my enchanter. I’ve had some interesting experiences with her so far, so I thought that I’d share!
My current state in priesthood has me at level 76. For 76 levels I have been shadow, and for 76 levels I have remained a terrible shadow priest. No, seriously! I’m not making this up! It makes leveling a snap, sure, but I just cannot get the grip of shadow priesting. I’m so terribly horrid at it that I’ve thought about completely dropping the spec altogether on her once I reach 80.
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Hello. My name is Beru, and I have done something of which I am not proud. (Hi, Beru).
I think that there must have been some wierd alignment of the planets last night or something, because I wasn’t the only one behaving a bit oddly. Seriously. Ok, to my tale…
I run an Alt/Friends & Family 25 man ToC every week on Tuesday. It’s all members of our guild (we had a few from a small 10 man guild that we were quite friendly with, but their guild has dissolved a bit and a good number of their members have joined our F/F ranks), and we set pretty strict loot rules before our very first raid a month or so ago. There isn’t really any drama, and it’s mostly everyone having a lot of fun for a couple of hours on an off night. The runs tend to go fairly smoothly, with a stumble here and there on Faction Champs and Anub, but we usually finish early enough that we have time to trek over to Ony and knock her out too.
I have been taking my paladin to these runs since their inception. The biggest upgrade for her at this point is a healing weapon, as I have been unable to upgrade the Naxx 10 mace I had been using since…well, Naxx 10. This has not been for a lack of trying though. I lost the roll on the 10 man ToC mace to a guy who plays once or twice a week (but, hey, it’s ok, I told myself, I will have more opportunity to see the item than him since I have the opportunity to do this 10 man every week, and he may not…of course we are assuming that the damn thing will ever drop again). And I’ve run the 5 man ToC heroic until my eyes have bled to no avail (I have earned over 100 champion seals on Dannie solely from this running instance). So this weapon issue is a bit of a sore spot for me.
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