Archive for the ‘Paladin Healing’ Category
I’ve had a few people ask me about the power auras that I use for characters other than my druid. I’ve been slowly working through the posts (read: I’m lazy), but I figured since I got Kitai’s up I’d be remiss not to get Dannie’s out as well. Dannie is my second most played toon, and I feel that I am comfortable enough with her that I’d be able to swap between her and Beru if needed. I’ve been slowly working through the T11 content with her in a one day a week (3 hours!) alt run that we’ve been doing for fun. I think she’s currently sitting at 10/12. The only encounter I’ve yet to do any healing with her on is Nefarian.
Before we get into the pictures and exports, I want to comment on my style. When I was learning Power Auras, the person that helped me learn the mod had told me that he tends to use icon settings so that he remembers what each setting is for, indicating that when he just used auras and squiggles and what not, he tended to forget what each “aura” indicated. As I went on my Powa journey, I found that this was true for me as well, so all of my settings will mirror icons.
Now, there is no “right” way to do this, so if you prefer “auras” and that works better for you, you should set those up! Everyone will find that something works different for them, and should experiment until they find something they feel comfortable with.
On to the Auras!
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It’s been an incredibly busy week for me this week, and I’ve had the good fortune to catch the office bug and have been quite ill (hence my lack of posts :(). I actually had a fun post planned for today about the adventures my priest is having, but much to my delight Tam has asked me to chime in on a questionnaire that Ms. Medincina posted about, to get a feel for why we heal, how we heal, and well just healing in general!
So, I thought I’d graciously take Tam’s light nudge, and give the questionnaire a spin! One thing that I’d like to do that is a bit different though, is I am going to answer the questionnaire from the perspective of all three of my healing 80s with raid experience: Druid (Beru), Paladin (Dannie), Shaman (Mynn). I will refrain from the priest, since I haven’t priest healed since BWL and while I am quite enjoying healing with lasers beams of light, she’s only level 73 :) I am also going to post my answers, and then go back and read what everyone else has written…so I don’t get outside influence on my replies!
Before I get going, I’d like to offer my own gentle nudge to the following bloggers who I’d love to see respond: Lath over at Hots and Dots (*grumble about being days behind and seeing Lath already tagged!*); Lissana (if she hasn’t been tagged yet) from Restokin; and The folks over at Divine Aegis. I’d also like to invite anyone who reads this, wasn’t tagged, but IS interested in participating!
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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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This was the question that I asked myself about 10:00 am Sunday Morning.
Sunday’s are often one of my favorite days. I can sleep in, when I get up I can make a proper breakfast, I get to actually cook a proper meal for dinner, and generally I can just laze around and do whatever I want until it’s time to raid. I tend to take the time to bake (peanut butter cookies this week!), and watch some telly or read.
This Sunday started out no different from any of the others. I stumbled out of bed, brushed my teeth, played with the puppy for a bit, and then sat down and started up WoW. I thought that I’d go do the new argent tournament dailies, since I haven’t done them yet…like ever. I got chillmaw and the jousting done, and someone in guild was looking for more folks for an Ony 10 and asked if I wanted to come help heal.
I thought hey, why not, so I logged out and hopped over onto Dannie who desperately needs a new healing weapon (yes…I know it has hit, but it’s a fabulous paladin weapon too!). As they were still scrounging for a tank, I asked Brade (who was playing some PS3 game called Infamous?) if he wanted to come along. He said “sure”, and brought his ghetto fabulous Death Knight. This ensured that he would be the add tank, as the toon needs a lot of work yet and while I’m sure he *could* tank Ony, someone with a bit more life would probably be the better option. :)
As it was, we had a Feral druid in the raid much better geared who ended up being our Ony tank. We told everyone to hop on into vent, and moved about our happy way. The DPS was largely all guild, but we had one tank and the other two healers who were picked up via the LFG channel. Normally this wouldn’t have been a problem. I generally have the patience of a saint when it comes to PuGs, and I’m pleasant and I walk everyone through the fight and keep a positive attitude as we wipe our way along.
But Sunday, I don’t know what came over me. I don’t know if it was the druid tank that took Ony through the raid (killing half the raid) to a tanking position in phase 3 that meant the healers got either tail whipped or cleaved, or if it was the fact that I had provided 70% of the heals with my paladin while the two HOLY priests together comprised the other 30%, or if it was because I’d not had my morning tea, but for the first time ever I snapped. With a PuG. In Vent.
“WTF why did we wipe?”, was the question presented in vent. And where I would normally have calmly analyzed the situation, and provided direction to those that needed improvement, I didn’t. I hit my push to talk button, and what came out of my mouth was a clipped, blunt, not quite rude, this is how we failed analysis that is similar to what I might give our raiders when we are struggling with something for a boneheaded reason. While I didn’t tell the Bear he sucked and torched the raid, I also didn’t sugar coat the fact that he was the main cause of our failure in that wipe. While I didn’t tell the other two healers that I was doubling their healing combined, I did comment that a little more healing support would be nice. I think I might have even been snappy at Brade’s poor DK for botching something up.
Was I horribly mean about it…no. I’m quite certain that these fine folks have probably been treated to far worse than my snappy response to them in the gamut of their PuG experiences. But I felt like a total bitch. I honestly really do like PuGing. I like providing a positive experience to something most people expect to fail. I like getting those tells after a raid thanking me and telling me that it’s restored their faith in the PuG and that they had a lot of fun. It’s really nice to go into a raid with zero expectations and come out totally surprised and thrilled with your success.
So what the hell happened that Sunday? I’m used to tanks that need a bit more direction, I’m used to dominating the heals in a PuG with healers that may have lesser experience and/or gear. Am I really so spoiled that I can’t deal with less than stellar play? Have I really become such a snob that I faulted these folks for not doing as well as I would have liked?
Dear God, I hope not :( I truly hope that it was just a combination of early morning + lack of caffeine + mild peachbellini hangover + random crankiness that lead to my mouth to open without filtering what my brain was thinking. Even Saint Teresa had to have a bad day every now and then, right? I’m hoping the fact that I recognized my less than stellar behavior and felt really bad about means there is hope for redemption.
How about you? Have you ever had an experience where you were a bit of a WoW Snob? Did you regret it after the fact?
Bits of Randomness
Dannie Update - While I am still pining away for a weapon upgrade (I can’t even get the ToC 5 mace!), I took her into our Ulduar 10 this weekend for a full hard mode run that I was running for folks to finish our their drakes and got a her a rusted protodrake of her own!
Ulduar 10 Update - Never. Going. Back. WooHoo! I have done my last Ulduar 10 clear…and I am thrilled to announce that I will finally have some free time again!
Algalon Update – We pulled him. I know…not much of an update. But I at least wanted to get a look at the guy. We’ve had our keys for a few weeks, just never went in to check him out. It was pretty nifty.
Currently Reading – The new Dan Brown Book “The Lost Symbol”. I’ve heard some mixed reviews of it, so here is hoping I find it a good read!
You all remember my panic from yesterday, right? Well, since the patch hit today, I’ve decided to embrace it and take the bull by the horns. I started searching for anything and everything that I could find regarding the first encounter in the coliseum, in my attempt to prepare for my raid to face the Northrend Beasts tomorrow night. (If the servers are stable, I imagine Monolab will go into the 10 man for some exploration tonight).
I read through all of their abilities many times and started making notes on potential ways to deal with them, adding questions I had on what I read, and different things that might be worth attempting. There is a surprisingly small amount of information on the encounters currently available, which makes the strategy planning part of the raid kinda fun, but puts my OCD self very much on edge.
And then I found this (spoiler warning, don’t click if you don’t wanna know). If you have not discovered it yet, I would whole heartedly recommend trekking over and giving it a once over. There is some wonderful information available, with healing advice, to give you a jumping point on the encounter, as well as a video of the encounter (which is rare!). I certainly will be sharing it with our raiders before tomorrow night!
Dear Matticus, if you make it over to my small corner of the world, I would like to say thank you so much for putting the time and effort into putting the write up together. You have no idea how much calmer I feel after having read your thoughts (and realizing that I was spot on in some of my thinking, and not so spot on in others!).
Good Luck Everyone as you enter the Coliseum!!!
Last night’s raid was fantastic, and I am still super stoked about it! We managed to get not only Heroic: Obituary but Heroic: Heartbreaker completed as well. Now…I’m not so sure that I’m qualified to comment on Obituary because we struggled with it, and like in our 10 man made it by on the skin of our teeth with only 2 vehicles standing at the end (it’s not a Monolith kill if we don’t have a 1-2% wipe first, and if it’s not nail bitingly close at the end!).
However, even though our XT kill was close, and of course, by close I mean “every one spread and and nuke as hard as you can” as the enrage timer was going off, it was a relatively smooth kill and I feel a very repeatable strategy. We had spent about 3 hours over two raid resets on it previously, so had the basic strategy down, but we were still struggling with people dying during tantrums and being quite aways out from the enrage timer when we were hitting it. Yesterday we made a few tweaks to our strategy that worked fantastically (and frankly made me feel like a nubcake for not realizing our errors sooner) and got him down on our second pull, first successful heart phase, last night. So, I thought I’d share my thoughts on how we got it done.
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As my blog’s name references, this blog was originally to have some information on Paladin healing in addition to Druid healing. I got so busy with Ulduar, and all the juicy resto druid topics, that I haven’t had a lot of time to give many paladin tips! So I thought that I would share one now.
As you know, one of the Holy Paladin’s key spells with Wrath of the Lich King is Beacon of Light. One thing that I often had a spot of trouble with when healing with my paladin was making sure that beacon didn’t drop on me mid-heal. If you too have this issue, I would like to recommend Beacon Countdown. It is a really fantastic, lightweight and un-obtrusive mod that provides a countdown and a soft click for you when your beacon (or sacred shield) is about to expire.
I have also set one of my corner text indicators in GRID to provide me with my beacon’s time, but I still find that I prefer the mod as my reminder. I’ve often got so much going on when I’m healing on my paladin that the flash and soft clicks really help me to re-establish my beacon on my target.
Monolith pulls Yogg-Saron.
Frankly, I’m tired of this Vykrul bitch that has been yelling at me for weeks on end. I’m tired of her damn clouds, I’m tired of her grabby tentacles (not to mention that I’m fairly certain they are trying to feel up my branches when they grab me). We have a less than perfect raid make up, which includes 4 people playing in their off-spec…
Phase One ends with no adds up. Our shadow priest eloquently advises us that this is a sign from God…”don’t fuck it up!”.
Phase Two ends with 3 corrupter tentacles up. The melee decimate two of them as they pop out of the brain.
With less than 10 seconds left on the enrage timer, Monolith has finally silenced this Old God. We did it with a less than perfect raid composition. We did it with less than perfect DPS.
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The past week or so I have been living and breathing the General Vezax encounter in my mind. Our 25 man got to him last Monday night, and we just had one of “those” nights (you all know what I’m talking about, we all have them!). After a fantastic raid week, it was almost like we just ran out of steam. From bizzare multiple pulls of the boss during clearing the trash (FYI mirror image during trash clears in the room with Vezax = BAD), to just stumbling around the mechanics of the encounter.
All in all, we probably got maybe 2.5 hours worth of online attempts in on the encounter our first night…which was about 10 pulls. This fight has a number of things going against it with regards to the “learning” curve.
First and formost is that you are up against a good bit of trash every two hours; which in itself is fine. However, this is the only boss in Ulduar so far that actually has a “run back”. There is no teleporter to take you right outside of the bosses room. And for the first time in quite awhile, we found it quicker to “recover” after a wipe then to have everyone release and run back. We set a five minute recovery benchmark, this means that everyone needs to be rezzed, buffed and ready to pull within five minutes. Our pulls were averaging 5-7 minutes in length a peice; add another minute to that for everyone in the raid to wipe (FYI rogues, hunters and mages, just bloody well DIE already, so we can recover faster…PLEASE). That puts each attempt at roughly 10-13 minutes, which allows you approximately 4-6 pulls an hour. Read the rest of this entry »
A lot of people recently have been milling over the introduction of the new healing legendary, and how to deal with it’s distribution. Both Averna and Lissanna, as well as the folks over at WoW Insider have all given some thought about what to do with this weapon. There is even an entire page dedicated to the mace and tracking information surrounding it! So I thought I’d go over what I know about it, my thoughts on it, and how my guild has decided to handle it’s distribution.
What we know about Val’anyr
It is restricted to four classes: Priest, Paladin, Shaman, Druid
It will require 30 (yes, it’s been changed back) shattered fragments of Val’anyr to create
The Shattered Fragments of Val’anyr will be a drop from bosses inside of Ulduar. It is strongly speculated that the fragments will be limited to hard mode bosses, but there is some suggestion that it may be an extremely rare drop from all bosses, but a more prevelant drop from hard mode encounters. Think about it…if it only drops from Hard Mode bosses, that means that fragments can only drop from 10 of the 14 encounters.
Once you have 30 fragments, you can combine them that will start a quest chain to complete construction of the mace. Part of this quest chain will require you to defeat Yogg-Saron before you can recover your reforged hammer.
The only known stat of the mace is a data-mined equip effect that reads “Your healing spells have a chance to cause Blessing of Ancient Kings for 15 seconds, allowing your heals to shield the target absorbing damage equal to 15% of the amount healed”. Read the rest of this entry »