The Gray Place

Ta Fucking Da

Posted in Preizt, WoW by mrfenris on August 9, 2010

On days I have time to titty I find myself molesting my USB port on my work computer.

It’s not my fault really, my flash drive is broken and besides you can tell the USB port is just asking for it the way it sits there.

I have to insert the flash drive about 1 or 100 times before the little blue light decides to pop on and for my computer to be able to read it.  So I sit there, trying to find the right angle, whispering sweet nothings into it’s ear, and do the old in-out, in-out.  I need a new one.

I make lists.  At work I have a yellow notepad.  If it’s not on the notepad it’s not going to get done.  The order of the tasks on my notepad may change but everyone knows if it’s on the notepad it’s going to get done.

I make lists when I’m at home.  I know how many new light switch covers I need, what size PVC piping I need, and what all I’ll need for upcoming home repair projects.  (Still waiting on ceiling fans to go on sale.)

I make lists (in my head) when I play video games.  If I find myself running out of mana when I’m healing in ICC, I make a mental note to figure out why.  If I get my ass kicked in StarCraft2 I make a point to remember where and work out the why later.

Which answers the question of why I get so annoyed at the people who make the same mistakes over and over and never bother to learn from it.  Is anyone really surprised that the balls on Halion spin?  Is it really rocket science that you can chain Ice Tombs on each other in Sindragosa?  Yet week after week people act like this is some new raid mechanic that Blizzard snuck in during the weekly maintenance.

Blizzard Developer #1:
*snicker* “I just added cleave attacks to all Dragons.  Won’t they be surprised!”
Blizzard Developer #2: “Dude!  You should totally give them a tail swipe next week too!”

I got invited to a 10 man ICC Saturday night on my Disc Priest.  I was a bit nervous since I’ve never raid healed on him and we were just taking two healers, but it was just Lower Spire and the whole 30% buff thingy eased a little of my trepidation.

The run consisted of our Druid healer’s “family” guild and several of my guildies.  When I logged onto their vent I swore I was in the middle of some New York Jewish deli.  (I have no idea if their Jewish, or New Yorkers, nor do I really care, I’m trying to convey this odd little accent I noticed they all had.)

We had mom, dad, son, daughter, and a various smattering of relatives.  Everyone talked at once, I heard references to old stories, and now and then everyone yelled at Uncle Bernie to get out of the fire.  It was a really laid back fun time.

So off I went bubbles in hand and entered Lower Spire.

Trash is trash.  Meh.  It’s always weird to see people do things different then “you” do it.  But that isn’t meant as critical.

Marrowgar.  Hmmm.  I have never seen anything so chaotic since the first attempt my guild put in on him back in the day.  However man they got Bonespikes down better than my guild did the first couple of runs.  We had lots of people eating the Coldflames, but all in all it wasn’t too bad.  I learned that an oncoming Bone Storm equals you bubbling the entire raid then whistling and waiting since no one is taking damage.

Lady Deathwhisper.  I admit she made me nervous before we tried her.  I over bubbled people this fight and it ran me into mana issues where I had to bashfully ask my fellow Druid healer (the Mom) for an Innervate.  I had a really hard time gauging incoming damage on this fight.  I’d see someone dip and I’d auto bubble them, but I would have been fine with a Glyphed Renew or letting the Druid pick them up.  I wasted a lot of bubbles with very little Rapture return on overbubbling people this fight.  On the add segment it was fine but it wasn’t a good way to handle the Deathwhisper damage to the raid while her mana shield was up.  At least not in my current gear.

Gunship Battle.  It’s the Gunship battle.  It’s funny when you hear “Your Mom battle ressed me right in the middle of a rocket attack.”

Saurfang.  I struggled with this one a bit with Mana being my main issue.  My tank would be fine, fine, fine, BANG 30% health.  The problem is when my tank was in the fine, fine, fine, mode I was bubbling and renewing Boiling Blood targets, and getting distracted.  My fault.  Again I think I overbubbled DPS and probably should have Renewed or Flash Healed them.  Seemed like we had a lot of DPS taking avoidable damage.  Dunno, but I wasn’t too stellar on this fight.  I wish I could redo this one.

Precious and Stinky.  I made a bad call to hold Divine Hymn after on particular ugly Decimate.  I know better than to save CDs for future bosses, but I wanted it up for Festergut.  We lost three people that time.  Decimate is weird.  I don’t know if I should bubble them all at 15% health, start Prayer of Healing, start Holy Novaing, or just focus on the tanks who couldn’t seem to decide if they were swapping at 5 Mortal Strike stacks or 94129 stacks.

My gut is telling me a Borrowed Time, Power Infusion, Prayer of Healing would have been the way to go after our tanks were stable.  Oh I just looked up Decimate. It doesn’t deal damage, it reduces health, so all my pre-bubbling was pointless.  Noob.

ARG.  I just thought about precasting Prayer of Healing to land right after Decimate.  NOOB!!!!  *shakes fist a the sky* I *knew* that.  I’ve done it on my Pally via Holy Light.  S’what I get for being a five man only Disc Priest.  (instant casts only)

We wiped on Rotface due to the Ooze tank (the Sister) misunderstanding directions and called it.

Awesome time.  Good people.  Great learning experience for me.

So I made a lists of a few things I needed to work on.  Got some gear upgrades already taken care of, changed into the Flash Heal Glyph to save on mana since I do cast it quite a bit, and I need to get better at preventing damage instead of reacting to it.  I think there’s a much bigger learning curve going from five mans to raids on my Disc Priest then there was on my Holy Paladin.  Most likely due to their spell pools I imagine.

I’m learning and adapting.

My biggest goal is to become experienced on my Priest.  Kinda like that “one girl” I knew in high school.  You know that “one girl” whose awesome to hang out with Saturday night but you don’t take her home to meet mom.  Awww who am I kidding.  I knew lots of girls like that and their always my favorites.

I mean after all.  Why marry a nice girl?

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