For the past couple of weeks we have been running Heroic 10s as part of our raid schedule as a test experiment. We do them after our normal 25 run and break our guild into three groups: Thrall, Sylvanas, and Bloodhoof. The goal when we set this up was to have two groups that were stong enough to kill Anub, and one group that could easily do the first 4 bosses, but not anub as we are using alt healers/tanks in this group.
We stack our two Anub groups to maximize DPS and synergies. Thrall is our melee group, Sylvanas is our caster group (who we give a rogue for MS and interrupts on Anub), and Bloodhoof is a mismash of who we have left that aren’t in one of the first two groups. We rotate our melee/casters into the Thrall/Sylvanas groups each week, so the groups are always slightly different to some degree. We allot Thrall and Sylvanas ~90 minutes of time, and Bloodhoof ~60 minutes of time on our given raid night for the zone.
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If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I will randomly use this space to fester out issues that I’m having with my guild. Either personal issues, progress issues, or just things I need to get out of my system. Having an avenue to do that is one of the reasons I started blogging. I find blogging to be…well, therapeutic, I suppose.
I’ve been extremely frustrated lately, which I think has certainly come out here. So I wanted to share the last few days. Caveat: There isn’t anything informative here. It’s just me sharing my experiences, so if you aren’t interested just check back later! Read the rest of this entry »
Well…I did it! Mynn managed to find herself at 80 on Sunday! She’s such a big girl and grown up so fast! I’m so proud! *sniff*
As soon as I hit 80, I went about my way spending lots of my suga-momma’s hard earned gold having some epics crafted to get me going. I mean…a girl’s gotta look good on her first night out on the town, right?! Of course she does ;)
I put on all my pretty new things, and set out on my way, mace in one hand and shield in the other, to see what kind of trouble I could find. As I was doing this, I realized that we hadn’t see our raiding resto shaman in quite some time. /sigh Monolith is a shaman graveyard…no really, we are. I can’t explain it, but we have been the last stop for many shaman since vanilla WoW.
Of course, this got me to wondering…what’s up with Resto Shaman? What makes them so hard to come by? You always see recruitment open for them. And once you have them, what makes them so hard to hang on to?
- Is the healing boring? My limited experience so far has been fairly fun, certainly more interesting than my paladin. More buttons to push :) But maybe shaman healing isn’t the cat’s meow?
- Is the healing weak? I don’t think so. Our most recent shaman performed very well, and I have certainly seen other shaman perform very well.
- Leveling? As anyone that’s made a shaman knows, the first 30ish levels are just horrid, in any spec. I think this makes the shaman a rarer breed in general.
- The awesomeness of the DPS shaman? Perhaps? We have had one of our TBC resto shaman go elemental. And I personally preferred the enhancement tree in TBC, and find the elemental tree immensely enjoyable currently. Perhaps the DPS trees are just more interesting than the resto tree? I don’t see how this could be though! Riptide is hands down the coolest healing graphic in the game!
- And then it dawned on me! Totems! That must be it! All that damn button pushing every single time we move from one place to the next has burned them all out! I do hate having to constantly drop all those totems (yes! I know…I know nothing of totems you say, Mr. vanilla shaman!).
In all seriousness, though, does anyone else have a hard time recruiting and maintaining resto shaman on their raiding roster? I’m quite curious if it’s just our bad karma or if it’s something in the gameplay that makes playing a resto shaman less enjoyable to play after extended periods of time.
Bits of Update Randomness
Last Hodir Kill: 3 minutes 5 seconds
Val’ynar Fragment Count: 23 (almost there!)
Number of Yogg -1 attempts: 3
Currently Reading: Book 3 of the Sookie Stackhouse Series – still enjoying them!
Next Alt: Isulde – Tank time here I come! RAWR
Looking for: a mod that monitors my earthshield charges. Any suggestions?
As 3.1 approached, we made a post on our guild forums where we strongly suggested that our tanks and healers consider acquiring (and work on mastering) a DPS dual spec for raid utility. For me, I opted to take a Moonkin dual spec. Yessssssss! You must now fear my lazor-chicken!!! Pew, Pew, Pew!!!
One thing that is important to me is that if I am called on to contribute in this role, I can adequately perform my function as a DPSer. This is especially prevalent as we start to focus on hard mode bosses in Ulduar. So…I started collecting off-set gear and went about my way to learn the ways of the space chicken. I had done a decent amount of reading on EJ but still felt a little bit lost, until I found a wonderful “how to moonkin” video series done by Foofy and a discussion about moonkin specs by Graylo.
With Foofy’s help I had my gear gemmed and enchanted, I had all my glyph’s chosen and I had a rotation in my head. With Graylo’s help, I had what I felt was a viable PvE raiding spec. That’s right, step back now! I almost look like a real Moonkin! Armed with my new knowledge, my eyes wide with newbly expectations of my new super-fantastic dps abilities, I boldly set off where no moonkin has gone before *dun dun dun* the training dummy!
*sad droopy feathers* So…perhaps I was a bit optimistic with what I would be able to do. I beat up that training dummy until I thought he couldn’t stand anymore! I just kept hitting him and hitting him thinking the more I starfired him, the better I would feel. But I just couldn’t seem to get past 3500 DPS.
Dejected, I started to pack up my feathers and spells, when the oddest thing happened. That training dummy looked me square in my beady owl eyes and said “Much learning you still have, mmhmmm. Give up you should not my young feathawan”.
My first thought was: WTF! How did Blizzard manage to hire Yoda from Lucas Arts?! And how much did they have to pay him to sit in Org all day and get the shit beat out of him?!
I was quickly brought back from my thoughts (can Yoda read minds? I sure hope not!). “Foolish are you to think you could master the force so soon.” (w.t.f.) “So young, so ambitious. Perfect will practice make you”. And just like that *snap* that training dummy left me with those thoughts.
Ok, ok…I get the message Yodadummy. Of course I can’t just read a few things and expect to be OMGAWESOME, even if it is me. So, my master, I will go out and bravely use the power of the starfire in my quest to master the moonkin.
And practice, I have done! I don’t often get the opportunity to pew pew, but I do take advantage of the opportunities that I do have. I am not 100% comfortable with the spec, yet. It does not fit like an old shoe. I still have to watch my timers like a hawk, and if I’m leading the raid where anything wonky happens that I have to focus on I find that my DPS, well, plummets.
Even though I still feel kind of clunky with the spec, I try to keep a positive attitude about it. I don’t hate it, but I also don’t love it. It’s akward and different, and certainly not second nature to me. I struggle on fights where I have to move a lot. But…practice makes perfect. I will only get better by giving myself more opportunities to improve. Every time I DPS, I try to do better than I did the time before, I try to remember to summon my treeants before the bloodlust, I try to not botch an eclipse proc.
And…it has paid off (sorta! small steps!). I ran just under 4500 DPS on a Patchwerk the other night :) Next time…let’s see how close to 5000 DPS I can get!