Sylly just recently became a Grid convert and Keeva has been working on an indepth comparison of Healbot and Grid. I have been following Keeva’s research with some interest, as every 6 months or so I read something about how fabulous Grid is, and get it in my head that I must give it another go. Truth be told, I have actually installed Grid into my UI no fewer than 6 times from when it was introduced back in Vanilla WoW to now, and everytime I have installed it I struggle through the set up, get frustrated, swear…a lot, and then play with it for a few days. Every. Single. Time. I have hated it and uninstalled it going back to my original set up.
So after reading what Keeva has to say, and what Syll had to say, the bug is in my brain again that I should give Grid another go…but I keep thinking back to all those other times I’ve done just that, and am wondering if the results will be any different this time. I think I have a fairly clean UI (seen after the break), so I’m wondering, if it ain’t broke…
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Even though she may not know it, I am a huge fan of Keeva’s project’s over at Tree Bark Jacket (/wave Keeva!), with her most recent one being a side by side comparison of Healbot and Grid. So using her as an inspiration, I’ve decided to undertake a little, albeit much simpler, first project of my own!
I like to alt, and I like to play my alts well (yea, yea…I know I said I’m a horrible shadow priest, but there is something so fun about melting faces that I can overlook this small detail!). As I approach level 80 on a new alt the first thing that I do is go shopping (/squeal) for a pre-raid wish list! (Hey! I can’t help it that my X Chromosomes take over when I hear the word “shop”!!!) But one thing that I often find when searching the internet for this type of gear compilation, is that most people providing gear compilations tend to focus on raid gear, not what to look for before you enter your first raid. So, I am going to make an attempt to put together a list of Pre-Naxx raiding gear for not only newly minted level 80 Trees, but also lovely newly winged little paladins as well!
I often hear about how “horrible” a PuG is, or how people just won’t PuG because it’s going to be a disaster. Well, I have a theory about PuGs that I put to the test last weekend!
Saturday evening I was moderately bored when I queried the guild with “I wonder if I could lead a Successful Naxx 25 PuG”. Response was mixed, but I was certainly up to the challenge, so I offered to open it up to guild alts first, then alts from another raiding guild on our server, and then filling roughly half the raid with true PuGs from the server. The entire run took just over 4 hours, and the only place that was really wipey was Razuvious. We downed Kel, and everyone in the raid got some new shiny loot. After the raid, I got flooded with tells thanking me for organizing the run, and advising me that I had restored some people’s faith in PuGs, which made me feel really great. Overall I feel it was a success, and something I could see myself doing on a regular basis.
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