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The People In Charge Get Tired Too!   9 comments

The past few weeks have been absolutely exhausting for me. Between traveling for work, Blizzcon and a major content patch, I feel like I’ve been running at high speed for a month straight, without a moment to stop and catch my breath. In short, I’m absolutely exhausted. Now, I’m sure that I’m not the only person that is feeling overwhelmed and swamped. Actually, I’m positive of that. So I’m not going to sit here and whine about how, omg, I’m so busy and act as if my busy is more important/different than your busy. Because that would be preposterous…and, well, I recognize that’s just not true!

But what I did want to talk about was how those super busy moments can have a direct effect on your guild/raid. And to do that, I’m going to use some examples from my own failings the past few weeks – learn by other’s mistakes and all that, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 4, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!, Guild Management

Monday Musings – Are We There Yet?   14 comments

 

On The Twilight of Wrath of the Lich King

I feel like a kid in the back seat of my parent’s car headed to the amusement park. You know the feeling: excited, fidgety, and impatient. Are we there yet?

We still have three more weeks of raiding before we take a couple of weeks off before the expansion, but I’m ready for it to be here already. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying the raiding. And while we could pare our raid nights down to two nights a week, the majority of people preferred to stay at 3 and just have earlier stop times. We’ve turned our Mimiron Head runs into a “how fast can this be done” deal, we clear out ICC, save a hiccup here and there, without event. And once they take out Mimiron’s head, our raid week becomes even shorter, not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. But…the feeling of being “finished” is most definitely setting in for me, and I’m sure for many others.

What was once new and shiny, now feels old and worn out. I can’t even be bothered to run ICC runs on my alts, which is quite unusual for me. I think about it – and then I think about if I want to spend 2-4 hours in an alt run in ICC – and mostly, I don’t. I can think of about a dozen other things that I’d rather do with the time, some that are even inside of WoW! I guess, perhaps, I’m just Lich King’d out.

I look at the calendar, and at the risk of sounding like the whiny 6 year old that I’m feeling like, December 7, 2010 seems so incredibly far away. Are we there yet?

On Bucket Lists

I’ve been picking at by WotLK bucket list since November of last year. If you look at my “goals” page, you will see that I posted that list on November 9, 2009. And you know what? I’ve managed to complete all but 3 things on my list, thanks to finally getting Anzu and catching that sneaky fish in Ironforge! Of those remaining 3 things, I’m actively working on leveling the DK, and I will probably make an effort to do the Dreanei starting area before the world changes. I doubt I’ll get that AB rep exalted ;) All in all, that’s not too shabby and I think I will leave WotLK feeling “completed”.

However, I am not the only person around the blogosphere working on bucket lists. I’ve read post after post about who is frantically trying to clear out their lists, and on the flip side from those who have looked at their lists and decided to rip it up into tiny pieces and let Cataclysm come regardless.

I’m not entirely sure that I could take Keeva’s approach, which while very admirable, doesn’t fit “me”. Of course, everyone will be different in what appeals to them and how they want to approach things, so while Keeva wants to be surprised and “unfinished”, my OCD kicks in and I just don’t think I have the same willpower to let things go that she does!

In looking back on it – I’m glad that I made my list and have picked away at it. That being said, I am now at the point that I’m ready to just move on.

On Alts

I have finally gotten everyone in order, save my hunter and warlock. And it was…painful. Which is probably an understatement.

I got Nadine situated over the weekend and tanked on her a little bit. And, I really like the new paladin tanking! I don’t know if it’s because I’m new to the paladin Prot spec or what, but I find it a lot more fun than it used to be! Of course, I always found warrior tanking the most fun to begin with, more immersive. Paladins are now a bit more like warriors and I like it!

I have also dusted off Isulde, the DK who has been sitting at level 72 for as long as I can remember, and picked her back up. One of the reasons that I shelved her to begin with was that I really didn’t care for DK tanking, and I had made her specifically to be a tank. So this go around I did give her a tanking spec, but I’m focusing on DPS with her. And unholy DPS is still a lot of fun. Over the weekend I managed to get her halfway to 76. The only question remaining is if my impatience with DPS queues will win out over my hatred of DK tanking.

On Heirlooms and Leveling the Goblin – Looking Ahead

I have come across a bit of an interesting issue this past weekend as well. You see, the majority of my heirloom items are on my main account, with Beru. My second account basically only has melee heirlooms that my paladin and DK have shared. Now, on my main account I have a full set of melee heirlooms for a rogue, including the leather BP and shoulders. However, I have no more character slots on my main account.

Which means my rogue’s placeholder name is currently being saved on my second account, which has nothing but heirloom trinkets to support her. Now, I could probably transfer a toon off of my main account to make room there for my rogue. Or, alternatively, create a toon to transfer over that I load up with heirloom items. It really wouldn’t be too big of a deal, I don’t think.

But then I got to thinking. And, predictably, that is where the trouble started. Do I want to level my rogue with the heirlooms? I mean, they have redone all of the old world content, and each of the new races has a brand new starting zone? Do I really want to rush through all of that? I’m not entirely sure that I do.

Of course, then I run into the “well, what about outlands and WotLK content” problem. Because I absolutely will want to level through those faster – even if I do want to take the 1-60 content slower. Then I start thinking about how just having the weapons might be nice, even if I don’t wear any of the +experience gear at the start of the adventure. And I find myself with quite the conundrum. I suppose I could always wait to make a decision. I mean, it’s not as if I will be leveling my goblin straight out of the gate. Moving my characters around can always wait until I’m actually ready to level the goblin, I suppose.

I will say, however, that this is the first time that I’ve considered not using any of the heirloom gear available to me, and I find it an interesting decision to consider.

On The Cataclysm Events Starting While I’m Stuck At Work

Boo. Just Boo. I’m insanely jealous of those that are at home and experiencing it currently! Alas, it is what it is, and someone’s got to pay the bills! So I suppose that I will just have to experience it tonight when I get home. Save some elementals for me please! :)

How About You? Are you experiencing the same “are we there yet” feeling that I am? What are you doing to help you whittle the days away while you wait?

Posted November 1, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!

Monday Musings: I Attempted to Raid on the PTR Edition   10 comments

Is it really Monday again? The weekend flew by me so quickly, I can hardly believe that it’s gone! Well, let’s go ahead and start the week with my usual Monday babblings, shall we?

On Raiding

We mercifully took the week off from 10 man raids. It was so…strange to have some free time. I really wasn’t quite sure to do with myself!

Our 25s last week were….tumultuous. I suspect that it’s a good bit of expansion lethargy setting in, but I actually got angry enough at the raid to holler a bit. No – it really should not take us 11 pulls to kill something we killed in 1 pull last week. While frustrating, I’m hoping that this week is better. In addition, we have a person or two that have mysteriously disappeared, also a bit to be expected, I suppose. But nonetheless, disappointing.

We went down last Monday and took a few pulls on Alone in the Darkness. It was…ok. We made it into the final phase without difficulty. (I also learned that you probably shouldn’t try certain achievements without any keepers…but we won’t talk about that!). We tried a few strategies for dealing with the final phase in our 5ish pulls that we took, with varying degrees of success. We had a few people post true “zerg” videos with some strategies that make liberal use of Army of the Dead and Rock Elementals, and the raid as a whole wants to give that a try, so tonight when we go in, we will be trying it out and seeing how it works.

Other than that, there isn’t really much exciting happening. I will, however, offer up some reports of how our attempts at a zerg go. I imagine it will largely be amusing and fun.

Raiding on the PTR

I have learned that trying to schedule anything on an unstable server is an exercise in frustration. What am I talking about? Well, we scheduled an ICC 10 on the PTR to see how things were panning out. As it turned out, one of our tanks couldn’t log into the PTR at all, and the other got kicked from the loading screen every time he tried to log in. Some of our DPS had to repatch the PTR and didn’t realize it in time. So we ended up with 5 people from the guild.
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Posted September 27, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!, Druid Healing, Raiding

Some Quick PTR Tidbits   6 comments

Due to the server crashing (and my body crashing, and me being ill), I had a little bit of time to play about on the PTR yesterday. I didn’t do much, and haven’t healed an instance or raid on the yet – but I am going to get in there and give it a try when I have a little bit of extra time. I will wait to offer any commentary on how the new abilities will affect current raiding until I have the time to test it out some.

I did do some number gathering on what my spells are hitting for on the PTR and on live, but I haven’t had time to sit down and do a comparison as yet. I am hoping to be able to spend some time with that this weekend. I am also running with my standard glyphs, and haven’t had the chance to play around with some of the others.

However, in my short time there, I did have a chance to look at a few interesting things that I hadn’t seen much mention of anywhere yet, so I thought I’d point them out. Let’s talk about what did stand out to me a bit right away though, shall we? Potential Spoilers Ahead
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Posted September 16, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!, Changes

Those Last Few Things   11 comments

As we fall on the eve of Wrath of the Lich King, and approach the dawn of Cataclysm I find that a lot of people are falling into two camps. The “been there done that” camp, that logs in, does their raids, and then logs out to enjoy some non-WoW time doing other things; and the “I need to finish” camp. You know, the people that are frantically trying to get “x” done before the new expansion.

Most nights in our guild, you will see somewhere around 30 people online at raid time, and within 15 minutes of the raid finishing that number dwindles down to somewhere around 10. I’ve also noticed that more people are taking their off-nights WoW free. I may see them log in to do transmutes or check their auctions, but a lot of folks are enjoying the quiet before the storm. Taking in movies, or doing some things around the house before Cataclysm hits.

I find that I tend to be in the second camp of folks. I had a small bout of WoW malaise for the past month or so, where I would log in to raid and take care of guild matters, but as soon as we were done I would log out to tend to other things. However, I seem to have gotten my second wind again. As Cataclysm draws nearer, I look at the list of things that I’d like to accomplish and find that I am fairly motivated to work on them, as a result I find that I’m once again spending a fair bit of time in game, and generally having a lot of fun! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 24, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!, Just for Fun!

Will Dungeons Be A Pre-Req For Cataclysm Raiding?   14 comments

Prior to this expansion, raid progression usually started with 5 man instances. You didn’t enter 5 mans to zerg them for badges, you entered them for gear, for quests or for attunements. The bottom line of it is that 5 mans actually mattered in your linear raid progression. I mean think about it, you didn’t enter Molten Core in your greens; you didn’t enter Karazahn in your Stormrage Raiment. Well, to be fair, that might have been because you couldn’t even enter those zones without having to trek through numerous 5 man hurdles to gain access, but my point still stands!

With Wrath of the Lich King, I feel that 5 mans changed. They were no longer a stepping stone to raiding, the pre-req that they once had been, either because of gear requirements or attunements, but they became throw away things that you didn’t really have to engage in because raiding was open and available to you as soon as you reached level 80. Not everyone zoned into Halls of Lightning and experienced how beautiful it was, not everyone explored the lore within Zul’Drak. They just dinged 80 and headed to Naxx. And honestly, I think it’s a bit of a shame that people weren’t required to experience some of the instancing that the game offered. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted July 28, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!, Raiding

How Are You Spending You Pre-Cataclysm Time?   3 comments

The last few weeks have been a little “WoW Lite” for me, at least compared to my historical play up to this point. Sure, I’m still raiding on my scheduled raid nights…but its taking us less time to clear the content, leave more “free” time outside of scheduled raids. I’m doing some alt raids on some of those nights, but frequently I’m spending some of those nights outside of WoW.

Hell, I didn’t even log in this weekend until raid time on Sunday! Granted, I had other plans and had to clean (oh god…housework!); but not even the offer of a 10 man ICC could draw me into the game over the weekend.

I have unleveled alts that have basically stagnated, their future uncertain. But when I go to think about leveling them I become unmotivated to follow through with the actual process of doing so. Granted, this is normal for me. I go through stages with my alts, so this isn’t hugely shocking! I think I feel another alt splurge building up steam, so maybe one of those sad, neglected alts will make its way up the leveling ladder soon. I just need to commit and dig in, and I’ll be fine. But it’s the getting motivated to commit that I’m lacking right now.

So exactly what have I been doing with my extra time? I have a long list of games waiting to be played that I’ve slowly been considering finishing. I just finished the first chapter of The Tales of Monkey Island yesterday (yarrr). I’ve been watching some TV, I’ve been grilling, I’ve been cooking more, I’ve been reading and I’ve been going to the movies. Nothing overly exciting, really.

I frequently run through a check list in my head making sure that I’m not missing something important that I want to complete with Beru, with the list coming up short or empty. Outside of taking the time to fish Old Ironjaw before everyone’s hanging out in IF again or PvP, there really isn’t much left for her in this expansion.

So, in my current state of bleh, I’m curious, how are you spending your pre-Cataclysm time? Are there certain things that you are trying to finish? Are there projects that you have set for yourself that you’d like to share? Are you still finding things in the game to occupy your time or are you finding things outside of the game to do?

Oh, and completely randomly, have a really yummy, but healthy, pizza recipe that I concocted in my free time!

Serves 2 (because there aren’t enough tasty things for just two people!)

Ingredients:

2 whole wheat pitas

1 Turkey Italian Sausage Link

16 Pepperoni (can substitute Turkey Pepperoni!)

1/2 – 2/3 cup Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella

Pizza Sauce (I like the Ragu kind)

Pre-heat oven to 375

1. Remove casing from sausage and brown meat. (This is pretty easily done, just use a knife to slice the sausage down the middle, and peel the casing away)

2. Lay each whole pita flat on a cookie sheet or pizza stone.

3. Add sauce to the top of each Pita – as much or as little as you like. I tend to put a little more than I normally would to help soften the pita some.

4. Add 8 pepperoni to each Pita. You can add more if you like, but 8 covers your standard size pita pretty well!

5. Add 1/2 of the sausage to each pita.

6. Top each pita with cheese (1/4 – 1/3 cup per pita)

7. Bake in oven for 10-14 minutes until cheese is melted.

You can, of course, substitute any toppings that you like on the pizza. These turned out REALLY well, and are surprisingly tasty as well as quick and easy to make!

Posted July 26, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!, Get Fit While Gaming!

Some Thoughts on Healing as a Tree in Cataclysm   17 comments

OMG! A druid…posting about druid things?! INCONCEIVABLE! (*****SPOILERS AHEAD*****)

Ok, maybe it’s really not, and I just wanted to be able to shout the word “inconceivable!”.

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya…

Wait, I’ve seriously started to digress! Where was I going with this post again? Oh yes, I remember now, the Druid Talent Preview! Well, if you haven’t heard yet Blizzard has released an official preview of the druid talent trees for Cataclysm (http://cata.wowhead.com/talent). Kae (www.dreambound-druid.blogspot.com) and Keeva (www.treebarkjacket.com) have already done some fantastic write ups of what has changed, what hasn’t, as well as what’s new and what’s not there anymore. I highly recommend that you check them out for a comprehensive listing of the changes.

Me? Well, I’m going to talk a little bit about where I feel these changes are going to take healing in Cataclysm and some things I find interesting about the talents. Keep in mind that these are largely my thoughts are PURE speculation. I could be completely wrong and then have to come back and eat my words when it goes live. As such, I am going to flavor this post strawberry, so that my words are at least tasty when I have to eat them.

Naturalist

The first thing in the new talents that caught my eye is that Naturalist is now a required talent to access Nature’s Grace. As such, it’s basically moved from a “nobody takes this” talent to a “required” talent for resto druids. While that is somewhat interesting to me, what makes it more interesting is that it is one of several shifts in the talents that lean towards direct healing for us. I’ve commented on it a bit before, but I’m really a bit leery of the push towards our direct healing spells that I have been seeing for Cataclysm.

If it’s done well, I think it could be fine. But for that to happen, I also think it’s going to be vital for the developers to remember that we are HoT healers, not paladins. I think this might work…as long as they find a way to permit us to creatively thread our HoTs, and utilize our direct healing spells as fillers, but not our main source of healing. What I do not want to see happen is a revert back to Vanilla style healing. Having done Rank 4 HT/cancel spam for an entire expansion and having seen the role of a resto druid grow into one of the most complicated classes to master with what I feel the most immersive healing (and I have all 4 healing classes with some raid experience on all of them!), I very much want to continue to be required to master the use of my HoT arsenal and not become a healer with a largely single target focus.

Something else to consider: If direct heals are going to be a large part of our healing rotations and mana is as much of a concern as it’s been hinted at, does this make tranquil spirit, another talent nobody puts points into, a necessity?

Fury of Stormrage/Imp Tree of Life

The next thing that worries me a little bit is the focus on damage. Fury of Stormrage give you insta-cast, no mana wraths on HT/Nourish crits (again with those direct heals), and Imp ToL boosts that damage by 15%.

I am of two minds on this. Right now, I am looking at this as a boost for PvP resto druids. This is giving druids the ability in arenas or battlegrounds to do a little more in a pinch than just heal. (As a side note, it seems that we will not be limited to only healing in ToL form). In this mind, I think these talents are fine. But, I am also going on the assumption that Fury of Stormrage is going to largely be considered a PvP talent (all resto druids will still take imp ToL for the 90 second cooldown it offers).

However, what has me slightly nervous is what if the devs aren’t on the same page with me here, and they are considering these PvE talents? I don’t think that is the case, but what if? I guess what is making me wonder is the way that Imp ToL has the damage component worked into it. Personally, I really don’t want to have the expectation that I will be doing damage when my primary task is healing. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s probably going to be great for our PvP folks, but it could be completely disastrous if it’s intended to be carried over into PvE.

Tree of Life

This is still completely lack luster. It has the given spell power boost (hello click on use trinkets, how I have avoided you this entire expansion!), but then the description still doesn’t tell us what the OMG AWESOMENESS is going to be. That tells me that the devs have no clue wtf they are going to do with it yet. As an additional downside the snare is back.

Um…wha?

I am hopeful that it doesn’t go live that way. There was good reason that they took the snare out in the first place, I am quite honestly a little bit surprised to see it back as part of the tree of life mechanic. Hello OMG HUGE DAMAGE, I need to ToL STAT! But I…can’t…quite…get…out….of…the…fire…fast…enough. Owie, one burned up tree. Anyone, remember Gruuls as a tree with that snare still active? How about Shade of Aran and trying to move from the blizzard? Yea…good thing we had barkskin!

It really does seem a bit harsh to put the snare back in, what other druid class is PENALIZED in their main roll for shapeshifting? This seems very counter-intuitive to the statements that Ghostcrawler has made for why they are removing trees from the game. I just don’t get it, honestly. Here’s hoping that it’s removed during the beta and doesn’t see live.

Empowered Touch

This is interesting. Again, a push towards single target healing, but the added lifebloom bump with nourish could be very good. Well, at least for tank healing anyhow! Unless of course lifebloom becomes a raid healing spell again. I sort of see this two ways: another push towards single target healing (boo), but also a bump up for an largely abandoned spell this expansion. I don’t think this is bad, per se. We will have to see how it plays out on live.

Efflorescence

I am a little bit excited about this, actually. It’s one of the first spells regarding our HoTs that has had a boost to our HoT healing. I also think it’s a bit of an interesting mechanic…and is the first thing that I’ve seen that leans towards making “interesting” healing decisions. I would think that you would want to pop that regrowth on a person that is clumped with other people to get the maximum benefit from the effect. The spell wants you to think about where you put it, and to use it smartly. To me, that is a little bit interesting.

Of course…if we have huge movement fights, I could also see people running right out of it. But then again “run to the flowers as you flee!” may have some promise. All in all, I think it’s going to be great…or terrible. I’m hoping for great!

Revitalize

I’m not really sure what to think about this change. I liked the way it worked before, and resto druids brought something very unique to the raid that no other class did. Of course, that is probably why it is being removed with the push towards homogenizing the healers. Another talent that is leading us back to our HoTs though…but oddly just regrowth and lifebloom. Two HoTs that weren’t widely used in 25 man raiding. (I think that we are starting to see a trend here).

However, anything that can return mana is probably going to be good. And it seems that the mana return that is going to be provided is greater than what revitalize currently offer. And think about the possible mana return with multiple lifeblooms ticking every second (even with the internal cooldown on the revitalize proc!), could be very om nom nom-y for mana.

Gift of the Earth Mother

This is a very interesting change. Very interesting indeed. I guess Blizzard really didn’t like the haste effect it provided previously, or don’t want to offer us so much haste upfront and want us to make smarter gearing decisions. But again with the push to lifebloom. I really think they are trying to get this spell back on our plate. However, I am happy to see an “empowered renew” type ability for our rejuvs go here. One of the biggest weaknesses today in druid healing is our lack of burst healing (somewhat covered by Wild Growth). I like that the T8 set bonus was a big enough success that they are incorporating it into our talents.

All and all, I think this is a good change. I think it will make for interesting decisions both in gearing and in choosing a spec. It also gives druids a boost in an area they were slightly behind the other healers, in my opinion. However, one thing that I think it may caution a little bit is perhaps we are going to move from a more pro-active healing style to a more re-active healing style.

What could be interesting about this is that our HoTs would still remain pro-active, to an extent, but the push to our direct heals will fall into a more re-active healing category. I think this could be a fairly cohesive way to tie everything together for us. At the minimum it has potential!

Empowered Rejuv/Nature’s Bounty/Genesis (Balance)

Two talents to boost swiftmend…and hey! Look! Push regrowth! Really, I like that swiftmend is getting a little bit of love. We have very few panic buttons as healers, and it’s good to see one of our two get a boost. I really don’t see a downside here.

Wild Growth

We knew that they intended to nerf the cooldown on this by adding 4 seconds. Really, I don’t think this is terrible. There were only a handful of encounters in WotLK that I tried very hard to stick to a 5:1 rotation with WG. Usually I use it when I think it’s needed but I don’t find myself leaning on the spell. Honestly, I just don’t see that extra 4 seconds being a huge deal.

As there is discrepancy on if the amount healed was nerfed also, I am going to be bold and say it’s not…and then hope for the best!

A brief few thoughts about the balance changes for resto druids

I don’t want to go into too much detail on it, and honestly I don’t have a whole lot to say about it, but what I find very interesting is how deep into the tree we have to go in order to access Nature’s Splendor. It seems strange to me largely because we’ve got to take some potential crap just to get to it. Why? It was clearly moved deeper into the tree for a reason, but I really don’t see that reason. Am I missing something here?

I also find it interesting that Celestial Focus no longer gives haste, another nod to needing to make different gearing decisions, and the fact that perhaps we aren’t to be casting every global cooldown and thinking more about what and when we are casting.

We also get a silence. Hmmm. Ok. Why not. (Although, I think this is more to help support Moonkins in PvP than anything else).

What I Think Is Missing

Druids still do not have any mitigation abilities or offensive protection abilities, such as paladins and priests. I was really hoping to receive some kind of cooldowns for us to use in case of emergency. A barkskin that is castable on another target, for example, would be really great. Even though they’ve given Swiftmend a few boosts here and there, we are largely missing some sort of mitigation ability. Even if it was a cooldown, it would be nice to have a way to temporarily “save the day” that didn’t involve just flat out healing.

Overall, General Opinion: They are really pushing spells that have fallen to the wayside very hard. Regrowth, Lifebloom, Healing Touch and Nourish all see some changes, while Wild Growth gets nerfed and Rejuv remains largely the same with a small burst buff. I think that this is a good thing. I tend to utilize all of my tools when I heal, but I certainly favor my powerhouse heals: Rejuv and Wild Growth. I think equalizing our other HoTs is a positive change, if that does in fact happen. The danger, however, is that we will just find a new “go to” heal. I hope that isn’t the case, but if history has anything to say…

They are also really pushing some of our direct heals. I am unsure how I feel about this as yet. I don’t want to just spam my HT and nourish buttons. But, there is some potential here if everything is done well to give us the option to fully use our HoTs and provide solid single target healing as well. I hope that we keep our identity as HoT focused healers, because that is one of the things that I enjoy most about my druid.

I also remember reading a post from GC where he said that in Cataclysm there is not going to be the expectation that the green bars remain full. So where currently we want everyone “topped off”, in Cataclysm the goal is to heal enough to “survive”. I think I like that. In that I think that it does mean that you have to make some choices on who to heal, and how to heal them. It also means that healers will have to make decisions on what heals to cast again. If someone only needs a little bit of life, maybe x heal will work, where y would be overkill. I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out. I think it has great potential to improve healing.

Right now, I’m going to go with cautious optimism. The only thing that I am definitively unhappy about is how lackluster ToL currently is. I have a few worries here and there, but I don’t think I can get worked up about them at this stage of these things.

So…what do you think?

Posted June 10, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!, Changes, Druid Healing

Shared Topic: Preparing for Cataclysm   11 comments

This week’s shared topic over at Blog Azeroth asks “what are you doing, if anything, to prepare for Cataclysm”? So I thought I’d chime in with what I’m doing to prepare, because just like all expansions you never know what is going to be added to the game, or change with the game! That is even more prevalent with this particular expansion.

First and foremost in my preparations is completing those things on my wish-list that I think might change or be removed. Some examples of this are Loremaster and The Timbermaw Hold grind. I don’t know that they will be going anywhere, but it isn’t a risk I wanted to take! I also want to make sure to gather all of my crocolisk pets, I still need two more for Beru. I don’t know that they will be taking this quest out of the game with Org changes, but I don’t want to miss out!

I am also making sure that I’ve done everything in Northrend, and with this expansion, that I’d like to do. We have a couple more ICC Hard Modes to finish out, but I’ve done all the quests in all of the zones on Beru, so I don’t have to worry about that. I think I’d like to go back for a Yogg 0 kill, and there seems to be a fair bit of support for that in the guild, so I am hopeful! Guild wise, we’ve started a “Pre-Cataclysm Wish List” asking what people would like to do before we get to Cataclysm, so I’d like to make sure to knock a few items off of that list for everyone as well!

Gathering. From herbing to mining, I’m stockpiling for early level profession skill points. A number of things are still of “orange” quality, which means that they will give me a decent number of skill points for things once my skill is raised. I did this going into this expansion, and I had flasks for all of my instancing, leveling and a decent portion of Naxx. So my banker’s bags are filled to the brim! Anything I don’t use will also sell fairly well if I hold onto it for a few months after the expansion releases and the items become rare.

Hoarding Gold. I don’t know what is going to be introduced, but I want to make sure that I have the coin to buy whatever I want! I have been gathering funds any number of ways, from working the AH to just not buying everything that catches my fancy (which is harder than it sounds!). I don’t know how much the new flight is going to cost, or what kind of toys they are going to introduce with cataclysm, but I intend to be prepared! I have frequently found myself pondering “how much gold will I need?”, and the answer is that I just don’t know! So I will just keep earning and sticking it in my “rainy day” jar…I don’t think there will be a “too much”!

Getting all of my alts “cataclysm ready”, from clearing out quest logs, to making certain that their off-spec gear is in order (I have 5 healers and a tank! That’s a lot of off spec DPS gear!). I would probably also include “finish leveling alts” in this category as well. I have a DK at 72 (/yawn), a hunter at 71, a warlock at 70 and my baby druid at 60! I don’t know if they will all make it to 80 this expansion or not. It depends on how much down time I have as we wind down, and if I find other things more intriguing than leveling them (right now, it’s reading!). I also might try to put together some alt groups for Uld 10 for 310 mounts for the toons that I don’t have them on yet….but I’m not quite certain if I’m that ambitious yet!

Capturing memories before everything irrevocably changes. I have been traveling the old worlds making sure that I have some memories of all of the zones. I am curious to see what is going to be changing as we go forward in time. I have a lot of very fond memories of Vanilla, and while I am sure that I will gather fond memories of Cataclysm, I don’t want to wash away all of my old memories either!

How about you? What are you doing in preparation for Cataclysm?!

Posted May 25, 2010 by Beruthiel in Cataclysm!, Just for Fun!

Say ‘Allo To My Little Friend (aka How to Grind Timbermaw Rep)   12 comments

Over the weekend, I was struck by a very nasty bout of apathy. No matter what I sat down to do, I ended up feeling very “meh” about it. Personally, I blame the never ending rainy season…if I don’t get some sunshine soon *mumbles* So I decided that perhaps it was the perfect time to tend to an item that was on my “things to do before Cataclysm” list…get my Timbermaw rep to exalted.

And farm I did. I went from neutral to exalted all in the course of a day. I don’t know that I would necessarily recommend grinding all of it out over the course of one day…unless, of course, you are feeling quite apathetic and nothing else tickles your fancy! However, here are the results of my efforts!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Cute little bugger, isn’t he?! What is that you say? You’d like one of your very own? Well, why didn’t you just say so! Here is the advice that I have to impart on the adventure:

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Posted May 4, 2010 by Beruthiel in Bucket Lists, Cataclysm!, Goals

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