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Wednesday, 22 October, 2008

Thoughts on raiding in my new spec

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:07 pm

So, cheap a couple of thoughts on raiding with the 3.0.2 talents.

  • Mana wasn’t an issue, treat I did get low once, but that was seconds before the end of the fight and I think I still had a Mana Tide available.
  • Mana Tide only got used twice, and one of those was because another healer went OOM.
  • I’m learning to use Riptide, I’m still not sure how well its working
  • Trash healing used to be 923 (908 overall), and has increased to 1033 (1109 overall), though that’s comparing Kara against ZA. So that’s a 10% increase in healing. Chain Heal seems to have benefited the most, probably from the RipTide bonus. I think the DPS have seen bigger increases post-patch.
  • My “interrupt focus” macro appears to be working, though I had target and focus set to the same boss. I can even use it if the cast is fairly slow.
  • I managed to “Cleanse Spirit” a few times. Woot! Interrupts and dispells, all I need to do is add Purge and Flowersz will have to get rid of that trained monkey!
  • Raid wide totems means I now have to decide whether to help the Casters or the knife wielders, though usually the DPS are using poisons and the like so they won’t benefit from Windfury, and the Strength of Earth with its Agility will help the droods and hunters anyway. Healing Stream healing 10 people now makes it look like a viable totem if Mana isn’t going to be an issue.

Bobbing for Apples

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 11:42 am

An interesting night last night.

Flowersz offered to heal a group for the Headless Horseman, more about just like hundreds of other healers, and it was a pretty lucky set of fights, in 6 summons we had:

and other stuff that no-one could loot because they already had it. Flowersz lost the rolls for the [Magic Broom]s which disappointed me, but she won the [The Horseman's Reins]. Everyone was freaking out a little about this, but I didn’t really get it at the time. Flowersz had just reached exulted with Stormwind and bought herself a Palomino in Pyjamas to ride around on, so getting another horsie (even one that was perhaps a little uncommon) didn’t seem like anything to get that excited about. /facepalm! Of course now I know, this isn’t just any old horsie, it’s a flying horsie! I didn’t find out that it could fly though for a few hours later when I jumped off the lift in Shattrath and didn’t fall. You see Flowersz had been in Zul’Aman in Azeroth and it definitely didn’t do any flying there.

Super-Duper Woot!

Gotta think of a name now;

  • there’s Bobbin’ short for Bobbing for Apples and a pun on Dobbin.
  • or Parkin, a Northern England cake often eaten around this time of year.
  • or even Binky, though I’m going off this because it’s not really a skeleton horse.

Flowersz now feels obligated to do at least one HH run for her mates a night to give them all a chance. After all she’d just look like a 12 year old PuGger if she just stopped the instant she got what she wanted.

BTW, Flowersz is calling it Parkin.

Zul’Aman

As soon as she finished healing the Headless Horseman Flowersz joined the group for Zul’Aman, she’s never been in there so she was a little nervous. Not helped by the fact her chat window completely stopped responding when the RL was going through the strategies. A relog  later (disabling any mod that might screw up chat) and off we went. Well I say off we went, there was a small problemette opening the door. The entire raid spent a couple of minutes under half an hour bashing away on the gong! Really, half a bloody hour!

After that we did two timed chests and actually cleared the place! It’s kinda nice that Blizz have nerfed the place so nubs like me can have a nosey around.

As you might expect mucho loot dropped, Flowersz got a new pair of shoulders [Hex Lord's Voodoo Pauldrons], a teensy little bit more spell power than [Dragon-Quake Shoulderguards], less stamina, and her first piece of haste gear. There was an unfortunate mix-up with loot distribution meaning Flowersz got an [Amani Divining Staff] that should have gone to our tree druid, we raised a ticket, but no GM appeared even after a couple of hours. I’m gonna re-raise the ticket this evening if it hasn’t been fixed in the meanwhile.

I was particularly dissapointed at the time to see the recount healing stats on Hex Lord Malacrass

1. T              304406 (926.7, 28.4%)
2. D             280337 (891.2, 26.1%)
3. P              245999 (1493.5, 22.9%)
4. Flowersz  183781 (633.8, 17.1%)

Flowersz being out healed by, well, by everyone!

I have a combat log of the event, but because the new patch has re-set the log range I don’t think it’s particularly useful. It agrees fairly well on the Hex Lord fight. It does at least place Flowersz higher up on the healy list for most of the fights. Good for preening, crap for relevance.

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