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Tuesday, 25 March, 2008

Changes needed

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 1:36 pm

After trying to heal a few Slave Pens pugs I think I still need to make some changes. Many things have contributed to this.

1. I’m getting low on mana during the boss fights, tadalafil occasionally going completely out and having to heal on my mp5 regeneration, this means a backup healer is needed though there often isn’t one available.

2. If I fight in my “normal” enhancement gear I get low on mana and/or health quite after most fights. The few times I’ve fought in my healer gear I seem to end up with a good health and mana pool after each mob. So my healing gear seems to be more than making up for the fact that the mobs don’t go down quickly. This is suggesting that my few points in enhancement aren’t contributing enough to make it worth fighting in enhancement gear.

Changes to do:

1. respec completely out of Enhancement. I lose

  • Lightning Shield which isn’t too great a loss as I now rotate Earth and Water Shield to top-up whatever needs topping up.
  • Shield Specialization which is nice, but not at all useful in dungeons.
  • Shamanistic Focus – this is a good talent, but needs too many points in enchancement I think, a bigger mana pool and Mana Tide should be able to offset this loss.
  • Thundering Strikes – coupled with Shamanistic Focus this was also nice, got to go though.

I gain:

  • Mana Tide – this will give me 25% of my mana back in 12 seconds. Essential for the end of boss fights.
  • 5% less threat
  • much better “pushback” resistance, so I can heal while being hit
  • 25% Better healing and mana spring totems – which is not insignificant, though not a deal breaker. This is needed for Mana Tide anyway.
  • More bag space.

2. Change my normal fighting gear to use most of my healing gear with a few concessions to damage output. Possibly lose the shield and go for a 2 handed axe. This will empty my bags somewhat as well.
3. Find more Intelligence gear. Likely suffixes are Eagle (Int+Stam), Elder (Stam, Int, mp5), physician (Stam ,Int, Heal), or possibly Invoker (Int, Spell, spell Crit)

With my current +heal heavy build I’m banging out big heals which is nice, but not as useful for “topping-up” which is needed in at least one boss fight in the slave pens.

A quick diversion into mp5 verses intelligence. Looking at a boss fight

15:06:32 fight starts
15:07:46 out of mana
15:07:52 drink a mana potion for 2.8k mana (a little less than half my mana pool)
15:07:55 first party member dies
15:08:20 second party members dies
15:08:37 I die (I still have a little mana at this point)
15:08:46 tank dies
15:08:59 last party member dies

The fight lasts 2 minutes 30 seconds, I’m alive for 2 minutes and oom at 1 minute 15 – I chug a mana potion soon after. Admittedly I didn’t run out of mana again, but only because I died first. It does show that I should drink a mana potion earlier, that way  might just have time to drink another one before the end of the fight – if I live that long.
So mp5 calculations:

in 2 minutes I’m getting 30*24 mana back =  720 mana – a little over 1 Healing wave

For Intellect to give me this much mana I need 720/14 intellect = an extra 51 intellect.

The standard ratio on itemization seems to be around 2 healing  for every 1 intelligence, so I’d lose around +100 healing for this much mana. I can live with that I think. Alternatively I can buy intelligence enchantments, since I don’t have any at the moment. The mana tide totem will, on its own, give me back around 1600 mana – that’s very significant, around 4 lesser Healing Waves and 2.5 healing waves!

Anyway my gear needs upgrading, it’s a getting a little out-leveled at the moment.
The respec comes first though- there goes another 25 gold!

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