About a week ago, I made the decision to purchase the T11 breastplate so that I could obtain the T11 4 piece set bonus. Now, ideally I’ll snag a T11 helm and swap back to the Magmaw breastplate, but for now, even with the T11 breastplate lacking spirit, it is still an upgrade provided that I keep the 4 piece set bonus active. That’s the trick though, isn’t it? To keep the bonus active you must maintain a 3 stack of lifebloom. “Easy!” you say! “No problem, I do that anyways!” you say! Yea…that’s what I thought too. And guess what – I’m wrong.
Even though I generally have 90%+ uptime on my lifebloom in any given encounter, I have found that I am only keeping my “Bloom” buff up about 75% of the time. To me, this is pretty unacceptable considering that I took a lesser optimized piece of gear on the premise that with the bonus active it’s still an upgrade. And so, I set out to try and remedy this problem and increase my “Bloom” up time.
I created the below Power Aura to help me recognize when I’ve lost the “Bloom” buff – indicating that I’ve let my 3 stack of lifebloom drop and need to get it back up ASAP.
Version:4.9; b:0.6549; anim1:11; g:0.102; icon:INV_Misc_Herb_Felblossom; buffname:Bloom; texture:28; alpha:1; mine:true; exact:true; spec2:false; combat:true; size:0.5; y:52; inverse:true
The circle spins around – annoyingly – to get my attention straight away. The only thing I may change about it is the color. I have found that in Nef’s red tinted room the pink is rather difficult to see – and I’m wondering if a bright green circle might not be more visible. Regardless of if you use this aura, or create your own, I can’t recommend enough making sure you have an indicator to let you know when you’ve lost the “Bloom” buff to help ensure you are maximizing the bonus! 🙂