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Monday, 20 October, 2008

Post Patch Blues

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:00 pm

Rambling post, tooth I’ve been ill over the weekend and haven’t fully recovered.


Most of my addon’s are now working again, orthopedist and I’m beginning to suspect that the Curse client has its downsides. It keeps prompting me to identify the a whole raft of addons when I’ve already done that several times. Bah, why can’t you just work!

One of the biggest losses to me has been the loss of the Mars Bar part of MarsMod, which means I no longer have a menu system for dropping my less used situation totems (tremor, poison, disease, Mana Tide, resistance). Most of the others are bound to Shift 1234567890-=. Thank heavens Auto Bar is working.

I MUST get speech back into GotWood, 5 minute totems means I’m even less likely to remember to refresh the little buggers on time.

New spells

I still have to learn when to use Riptide and whatever that other new spell is called, the crit on demand one. I think I can handle the “Cleanse Spirit” which I’m gonna call my Asprin spell, because it helps gets rid of all ailments.

With the loss of down-ranking utility I’m now going to add some new shift+click options to healbot:

  • Shift+left click = asprin
  • Shift+right click= riptide
  • Shift+middle click= dead cert crit + chain heal (if it can be fit into one click)

I need to find out how to get healbot to show debuffs.


I was ill this weekend and not good for much, so Flowersz has leveled her fishing from 5 to 215, which was not so much relaxing as simply mindless. I think I’ll keep the fishes to sell to DK’s for leveling their cooking (though I don’t know if that’s going to be a genuine market). Herbs on the other hand are going for insane amounts of gold as the pundits predicted.

I discovered something on Friday; there’s quite a few of the top level guildies logging on during the day, which at least explains how come they’ve got so many level 70 alts.

The achivements system seems to be popular with some guildies, lots and lots of old dungeons are being run and there are several “Jenkins” running around.


Oh MarsBar how I miss thee. 24 totems, 23 post patch, 22 if you ignore the Sentry Totem (sentry=dead toon in this case), and only 12 hotkeys, and a player that simply can’t be assed remembering that [alt]+[leftShift]+[swizzle stick] is the magic key for Nature resistance totem.

OK, so the keybindings for my most common totems are:

  • Healing Stream    shift+1 (rarely used with a 5 person limit, might change with 10 people)
  • Mana Stream    shift+2 (need to add alt+shift+2 as mana tide)
  • Wrath of Air    shift+3
  • Windfury    shift+4
  • Fire Nova    shift+5 (used when multi mob grinding)
  • Searing        shift+6 (used when single mob grinding)
  • Strength    shift+7 (now useful in raids because it incldues agility)
  • Stoneskin    shift+8 (solo, used to be default in raids simply because there was nothing else)
  • StoneClaw    shift+9 (grinding, rarely used)
  • EarthBind    shift+0 (grinding, very occasionally used in raids)
  • FlameTongue    shift+- (raiding, rarely used in reality, dropped just for a fire totem)
  • Grounding    shift+= (Used a fair bit)

which leaves:

  • Tremor Totem – Raid use.
  • Fire Elemental – usually makes an appearance once a raid. Could live with it as a clicky.
  • Cure Poison – raiding
  • Cure Disease – raiding (rare in kara, might have a use in Outland)
  • Fire Resistance – raiding (Illhoof)
  • Nature resistance – not recently used, but has been known to make an appearance in Coilfang
  • Frost Resistance – never used.
  • Grace of Air (agility, now wrapped into stoneskin) RIP
  • WindWall – never used to my recollection.
  • Earth Elemental – Grinding, usually when I want to get to a mining node and finish the mob of after I’ve looted. Could be a clicky.
  • Magma Totem – hmm, I’ve never really liked this one since I saw a bunch of level 20 mobs kill it when I was level 60.
  • Tranquil Air – nope, what was that again? Healer aggro? get a better tank.
  • Sentry – giggle – “oh noes Sentry Totem killed me!”

So I’m going for:

  • ALT+T = Tremor
  • ALT+P= Poison Cleansing
  • ALT+D=Disease Cleaninsg
  • ALR+F=Fire Resistance

until I find a “proper” substitute that lets me use letters instead of numbers for the totems.


I need macros to:

  • If in party Interrupt target or focus with not threat, if not in party interrupt target with max rank EarthShock
  • Nature’s Swiftness + Extra Crit + Greater Healing Wave
  • err, that might actually be it! Healbot can do the rest.


Now we’ve got spellpower instead of seperate +heal and +spellDamage a middling bit of Flowersz’ offspec”/grinding kit is now as usable in healing as it was in grinding. I’ve started rationalizing the extra gear and banking (for later sell-off) much of the duplicate stuff . I’ve been trading off a tiny bit of spellPower for +crit and have with talents gone from 10% crit to 20% crit with only a minimal loss of healing power. Flowersz still has to sort through her rings and trinkets, some of which are now incontrovertibly sub-standard, previously they gave benefit in +damage instead of +heal, now that’s not longer the case. I think she has 8 rings and 6 trinkets.


You can tell I’m still not really with it.

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