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Happy Monday Everyone! Today I’ve a lot floating around in my head, so rambling ahoy!
On Raiding – Valithria HM had our number last night. We got close! (98%) But couldn’t quite shore it up. About the time our portal team got everything together, the rest of the raid was pittering down, not that I can blame them; I do believe the non-portal portion of the encounter is very tedious. We pushed her for our full Sunday raid night, which in hindsight perhaps was a mistake. But it was hard to be so damn close and not keep going…and I think most people were of the same mind set.
Personally, I did terrible. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I think I was too concerned about the raid. I am capable of running around 24-26k HPS…and last night averaged only about 12k. I need to shut off my leader, must save everyone, instincts and just heal the damn dragon. If I didn’t need to worry about the health of those taking the portals with me I would just turn GRID off completely for the encounter.
We were definitely close. If we had gotten a tad more time on another raid night this week, I think we would have gotten it but we are out of time this week if we want a LK kill. This is the first week that we’ve not gotten our target HM boss down, but I have no doubts that we will be well on our way and will get it done this coming week. After reading some…I’m thinking about sending a 5th healer into the portals. Hmmmm.
On Alts – So mini-me (aka Elentari) hit 52. I didn’t really play her a ton, because I wound up playing some of my level 80 alts, which was also fun! However, I learned a very important lesson regarding LFD. There are just some zones you do not PuG. Like Suken Temple, for example. I must admit that I got into one late Friday evening…and I was a bit tired, and maybe a little cranky, which in itself might have been just fine. However, the poor tank had never done the zone before…and the first two pulls took us somewhere in the vicinity of 15 minutes. I politely bowed out. And honestly just told the group that I didn’t have the patience for the zone tonight, and that I was cranky and felt I would just make the group miserable. I felt a bit bad about it…but by the end of the zone I’m quite certain I would have been snappy and turned into one of those people that I hate in the LFD system.
I had some fun with both my shaman and my paladin in ICC. My shaman is now over 1100 haste, I’m so proud! However, I think the thing I am more proud of is a VoA 10 that I did with my shaman. Why? Well, you see we were having trouble finding tanks so I told the other healer (who also has a tank), that I might could solo heal it, but I wasn’t sure. And you know what? I sure did solo heal that sucker. Both the ice and fire guy. On my little shaman who could. The healer that I’m the least comfortable with, and it was a lot of fun and between the two bosses, I didn’t lose a single person! While that may not seem like a bit deal for some (and I never would have questioned being able to solo heal it on my druid), my shaman isn’t sporting the best gear out there!
I received a compliment on my healing from someone who never passes them out which made me feel pretty good =)
On Failing as a Moonkin – So, my progression 10 man (that runs one night a week) is now 10/12 HM. For whatever reason, Putricide is giving us fits. Although to be fair, we’ve spent maybe 3 hours on him over two raids. We’ve seen phase 3, but for some reason couldn’t get there on Saturday. Anyhow, I digress. So in my progression 10 man, we decided that I would moonkin on DBS while our paladin and priest healed it, so that I could knock the adds back, a’la our 25 man strategy.
Last week when I did it, I did OK, but I had been pretty lax about keeping up with my moonkin gear. Not snagging up off-spec pieces where perhaps I should have, and I realized that I was still sporting 2 pieces of 232 T9. I felt that I really needed to get myself together and felt a little embarrassed that I had been a little lax, and so I purchased my 2 T10 set, and made some adjustments to my gear. I need some ring and trinket upgrades…but I can finally stop using my hit trinket from Naxx 10. Although, I’m fairly certain that I’m just going to replace it with my heroic Abacus until I can get my hands on a spyglass.
Anyhow, I digress again. So I got my moonkin gear in order. And while I do good damage staring down a target dummy, I really don’t moonkin much, so felt I should get some practice in. And so I DPS’d a ToC 10…and while I wasn’t killing the meters, I did respectably well. I certainly left feeling more confident in my abilities as a moon chicken. I also did a VoA 10, with Brade’s warlock, and I managed to pass him as well. (And believe me when I tell you he’s competitive!). However, I could be doing better. So, I have decided that I am going to try to run at least one raid during the week as a moonkin, to work on improving my performance so that I am more comfortable wearing my feathers.
On Druid Changes In Cataclysm – They’ve made another announcement regarding another resto change in Cataclysm. That is to say that they will be increasing the cooldown on Wild Growth again. Really? Ugh. And the comment that was made by Ghostcrawler was terribly contradictory. He indicated that they could just make the spell so expensive that you really had to think about using it, as opposed to just utilizing it off of cooldown. Um…well, isn’t the whole reason that you are making all of these changes so that healers have to “think” more? Anyhow…
Just something else to tuck away into the “let’s see how it goes” file. Man that file is getting pretty damn full.
On Reading – I am still chugging through that JD Robb “In Death” series. I’m somewhere around book 12, I think. They are still pretty much like crack, and hard to put down, but I’m really enjoying them so that is good! I’ve put off the newest Dresden Files book, much to Brade’s chagrin, because I’ve not wanted to switch pace. However, the new Sookie book comes out here in a week or so, and I’m not quite sure if I’ll want to stop and get my Sookie fix in! Of course, if I do that, I may as well get my Dresden fix in as well. Ahhhhh! So many books, so little time!
And Now This Message Will Self Destruct! But not really! Any musings about your weekend happenings that you’d like to share?!
“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”
I’ve had a few things running through my mind lately, so I thought I’d get them out of my head so that maybe they would stop picking at my brain and give it some rest! These are just my random thoughts, thrown together in a random fashion, likely in the same jumbled fashion that they are floating around in my head!
The Lich King
1.2% That was our wipe last night in our 25 man raid. He’s a goner soon, no doubt about it. But why does it always have to be the 1% wipe? I’m actually pretty excited about this. Even if we don’t snag the kill tonight, for whatever reason, he has been put on notice. I’ve been incredibly proud of our guild progress this expansion. Sure, maybe we are “months behind” on some things, but we’ve actually done just about everything available in the game thus far. Overall, I think we are in a pretty good place as a guild, and that makes me happy.
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As you might have seen from my Thursday post, I created an alt over on Argent Dawn and have put her in Single Abstract Noun. I spent a fair bit of time on her this weekend meeting new people (some that I’ve felt I’ve known forever!) and generally just enjoying the game. But my time over there has taught me a few things, or perhaps reminded me of some things I may have forgotten.
I’ve become very spoiled in my alt-ing. I have 6 level 80s, 3 toons level 70+, and my rogue waiting for Cataclysm to be the bestest goblin ever! However, with that many alts I’ve become accustomed to certain things. When I started my toon over on Argent Dawn, I thought “this will be fun, I haven’t done a ‘pure’ alt in a long time”. About the third time I saw “your bags are full”, I lost my resolve and said “fuck this”. ‘
I transferred over a level 60 alliance paladin that I haven’t played since vanilla with some pocket money and bags aplenty. I am no longer the pure alt, I have entered into the realm of “dirty twink”…which is where I find I like my alts these days. I’ve been playing the game for 5 years, through 2 expansions, and I’ve done the grinds. I am going to admit now that I like having the option to shop the AH for some gear, and to have the gold to buy those glyphs. It’s different than other’s views of how they like to play their alts, but I play my alts for a bit of fun, and I think I much prefer letting them be a bit spoiled :)
That…and I may actually race change that paladin to make her a hawt space ghost and level her up…but I haven’t decided yet!
I really love my guild. There is this saying about love, that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I’m sure that you’ve all heard it and are familiar with it. Well, it’s 100% true. I spent a fair bit of time on the mini-me over on Argent Dawn, and at first it was the most exhilarating, wonderful thing. Being able to log in to…nothing. No insta-tells complaining about something or asking for something. No PMs in my mail box that needed my attention. I could just log in and play, and log out when I felt like it.
And that is/was really great.
But by Sunday, I started to miss my guild a little bit. I started to feel a little bit guilty that I had been “hiding out” as it were, on this alt over here. Not enough to stop playing her and leveling her, and talking with the new people that are part of SAN, which is great. But enough to make me realize that I absolutely love my guild, for all that it is. All it took was that one weekend away from “home”, for me to want to click my heels together and return.
And this was a…refreshing feeling.
The Night Elf Starting Area is Beautiful. It had been more than 5 years since I first entered shadowglen, and found my way to Darnassus. And I had forgotten how breathtaking the zone really is, and how beautiful the music is. While I was questing I didn’t have anything going on in the background. I just appreciated the setting, and the game, and took the time to enjoy everything around me as I traveled along.
I’m actually a bit excited to travel through the alliance lands once again, since it’s been so long since I’ve done so, and I find the change of the lowbie questing revitalizing.
Druids Still Own! Again, it’s been almost 5 years since I leveled Beru. I am finding that I’m really enjoying re-exploring my druid roots from scratch again. Even though I told myself I’d go feral, I found myself putting my first talent points into balance and getting clique set back up as I get my healing spells. I’m just putzing along at my own pace, enjoying some different conversation in a different atmosphere.
I don’t know how long I’ll hold interest in this little side project, but I’m enjoying it at this moment.
And that was my weekend, in a nutshell. Just me, enjoying a few of the simple things…and having some of the more complex things fall into perspective when I wasn’t looking for answers for them. Just some simple fun.
Just a quick note while I’m beating my head into the keyboard trying to figure out all the math for the post that was supposed to be here in this very spot today (ouch! that hurt! *rubs forehead*)…but, uh, might make it up later?!
In case you missed everything that has been swimming around the blogosphere lately regarding my dear friend Tamarind, he’s been going through a rough time right now. The short of it is that he’s run into a bit of trouble where his blog has conflicted a bit with his guild, and he is going through a period of trying to identify the best way to deal with that.
While he struggles with the decisions that he’s made and the decisions that he has left to make, and to come to terms with those choices, he thought that it might be fun to created a guild for those in the blogosphere to actually, you know, get together and hang out on occasion. And so being the resourceful, young, and very well dressed gentleman that he is, he put the wheels in motion to do just that! And thus Single Abstract Noun was born!
Of course, there was one very serious setback for some of us…we weren’t on an EU server :( Curse that damnable ocean that separates us! I rue the day that I cannot make a character to go and chatter with one of my favorite blood elves and discuss the latest in fashion from the Silvermoon House of Design. But, never fear! Miss Medicina saw the injustice of it all, and decided that this side of the ocean needs a sister version of their very own!
I found the idea fascinating, and it sounded like it could be a lot of fun! And so “Berutoo” was born last night before my raid (I wanted creativity…but I also wanted people to identify me for who I was! Gimme a break! And “Beru” was already taken :(). I don’t know how often I will be able to make it over to play with my schedule, but I do intend to stop by with some frequency, and a level or two, even if it’s just for a few minutes here and there :)
If you are interested in joining, take a peak and both Tam’s and Jessabelle’s respective posts for information. And have fun!
Friday night Kitai hit 80. WooHoo!
In the weeks that I have been leveling her I have been gathering gear for her so that when I hit 80 I wouldn’t be laughed out of LFD as I made my early attempts at tanking heroics. Like most problems in life and WoW, you can solve them by throwing a little money their way. And so I threw a little money and crafted myself the starting tank gear, and while I was at it, made myself a couple of “treats”, being the two 245 crafted items. (P.S. Screw titansteel. No, really. What a huge pain in the patooty that every last single item for plate wearers takes massive amount of titanstell!). I had also made sure that every day that I played Kitai I did they daily dungeon, which at level 70 starts awarding 2 emblems of triumph. In those 10 levels, I had managed to collect enough emblems to buy one of the 30 emblems items at 80.
I was very close to 80 going into the weekend, and so I knew my goal would be to hit 80. Friday night when I got home, I was halfway there, so I hunkered down to finish it out…only to be distracted when Brade got home and asked ‘want to go out for dinner”. So few hours, and a couple of peachbellinis later, I was back at home, a little giddy, and ready to get down to business. I was sooooo close!
Brade was sleepy and headed to bed early, but I was on a mission. 80 or bust! I was starting to get sooooo sleepy, but that little leveling bar was so close to full! Just a few more quests, I can do it! And sure enough, 5 quest turn ins later I had succeeded and immediately logged. I was tired! Training could wait for the morning. Read the rest of this entry »
A little while ago I did a post asking for help with my shaman. I read through everyone’s comments on the post and read a post on Power Auras, and made a few changes to Mynn (special thanks to Lash who took the time in game to help me figure out configuring power auras!). Drug was curious on how my shaman adventures would turn out, so I thought that I’d give a little update!
First, let me say that I have not completely re-gemmed yet. Most of my gems are SP/Haste, but I know that I should rock straight haste gems in my yellow sockets. I’m a’workin’ on it! Oh…and while I did enchant my boots since my last post, I got NEW boots that need a gem and an enchant still. I’m a’workin’ on that too! :) Ok, now that we have that out of the way!
I made a few changes. Most notably, I picked up Power Auras and made some very minimal settings for things that I needed help with. Such as:
Keeping earthliving on my weapon. This was something that I absolutely sucked at doing. I’d go an entire instance/raid without realizing that I had forgotten to put up/refresh earthliving. That is why this particular setting is massive and “in my face”. It only comes up when earthliving drops from my weapon, and it will stay on my screen until I refresh earthliving. Needless to say, my absentee earthliving days are in the past :)
The next setting that I did was to let me know when Riptide was on cooldown. While I had previously thought that I did a fair job about incorporating riptide into my rotation, I was flat out dead wrong. I had apparently been a riptide failure! I just didn’t realize it until I had something pointing out how god awful I was at making sure I kept riptide active. The actual text in this shot is from MSBT, I need to go in and turn it off, as it’s repetitive and un-needed, I just havent’ done so yet.
Much like riptide, I never really noticed how much I let my earthshield fall off until I had something pointing out when it wasn’t up. Now, I have GRID set up to show me when earthshield is active on a target but in the heat of battle would often look and see that it had fallen off, and I wasn’t sure how long ago. I also really struggled at keeping it up when I was in 5 man settings and not using GRID. This bad boy pops up when earthshield has fallen off my party/raid and needs to me applied. Much like my earthliving reminder, it will sit on my screen until I refresh it.
And lastly, watershield! Just like everything else, I was shocked to learn how frequently I was letting this drop. This reminder acts just as my earthshield reminder above.
So, how did that work out for me?
Well, here are a couple of parses from raids I did with Mynn since my post, and making the changes to both my healing and adding a few power auras settings (you will find Mynn only in the 25N ToC portion of these parses, and the second parse provided had a fair few of our progression raiders healing with me, which means I was much lower overall on the meters, but my personal performance breakdowns were still much better I feel). Overall I was quite pleased with the changes. My healing shows a much higher diversification of spell usage, and much higher uptimes on both my earthshield and riptide usage. The higher uptime on riptide also meant I had more uptime on tidal waves, which was significant as well. And while I know there is a still a long ways to go, I feel slightly more confident in my abilities to heal as a shaman, and didn’t feel as if I was floundering around quite as much!
Mynn is still a project in the works, but one that I feel some improvement on and that I’m starting to enjoy a bit more! As always, any additional suggestions on how I can continue to grow and improve are welcome :)
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 »