The Gray Place

Half A Heroic: LCT

Posted in General Me, Half A Heroic, Instances, Preizt, Walk-Throughs, WoW by mrfenris on January 24, 2011

Below:  My Holy Priest colored glasses look at the Lost City of Tol’vir.

Now:  Random riffs.

Re:  MMO Champion.  How long is all that paladin pink going to stay at the top of the recount meters?  Dunno, but 85% of us aren’t pro enough that we should care.

Journalism, social responsibility, and WoW.  Man talk about three topics that I never want to even think about in the same sentence.  It really is a slow week when this shit is getting kicked around.

WoW is dead.  Or at least its old player base is.  Yes that’s 95% of you.  No I’m not mad at you.  I can’t expect you to get married, get real jobs, have kids, and play the same game for five years.  Notice the lack of passion in the Cataclysm fan provided content?  Look at the Wowhead comments or lack there of.  Look at the once rabid class sites.  Look at your own blogs.

It’s alright.  Nobody blames you.  Everything has an end.  You’ve moved on.

Re:  Curious-  Would a gangbang count as AOE damage?

Coming up this week:  Half A Heroic: Grim Batol, we (lol “we”) finish SFK, and I giggle like a little chubby girl as my Spirit almost hits 4k when my trinkets and staff proc and Heal becomes “free to cast”.

Half A Heroic:  Lost City of Cat Dude- style- (are there no female Cat “Dudes”?  And if there were, would they have multiple furry juggs?  I’d hope so.  When I was a kid we had a Chihuahua with nine nipples.  Not 10, not 8.)

The Trash-

It’s all boring.  But you can handle all of it in Chakra: Serenity.  I tend to automagically go into Chakra: Sanctuary as a default mode but Serenity can handle more than I think we give it credit for.  Your party will rarely take AOE damage to death except on bosses so just keep your deeps stable and you can just direct heal your tank.

Oh but watch out for the Tol-Vir Merchants.  They try to hit your face with a kumquat.  Seriously.  They throw fruit.  15 feet tall and they throw fruit…

General Husam

K.  This boss is simple in theory.  It’s not much different then it is on reg.  HOWEVER, this boss was the hardest I had to heal on the entire instance.  I would recommend healing this encounter in Sanctuary due to the large amounts of AOE damage that end up flying around, especially if your group is all melee like mine was.  In hindsight the tank damage on this encounter is very light.

Bombs baby.  Bombs.  Supposedly they are easy to avoid.  They were not.  We had players (myself included) running into them, getting tossed into them, blowing up other people with them, etc.  It hurts.  Eventually we ended up having our tank kite the General around the two pillars in a circle (which borks Holy Word: Sanctuary, but don’t worry).  This kept our happy little feet away from the bombs and made the encounter 10x easier to heal.  Toss Lightwell in the middle between the pillars and demand that people click it when they go by.  The other damage is not really worth mentioning.  Yeah someone will get randomly pounded via Bad Intentions.  Yeah Shockwave hurts move out of it, yadda yadda.  Handle it.  This is Half A Heroic we only talk about half the stuff, so deal.

Two things.  1.  I should have been moving ahead of the tank along his kite path instead of being in Chakra: Noob and lingering behind with the bombs.  2.  You can Lifegrip a player down who bugs and gets stuck on an object after they get bounced via Bad Intentions.

Lockmaw & Augh-

I have no idea why people have problems with this fight.  Drop a Lightwell as appropriate near Lockmaw for your deeps.  You can stand on the Croc statues and not take damage and avoid the Croc adds supposedly, but seriously it’s not all that hard to hit Fade.  Our tank just picks them up and DPS burns then down.

Not really much to mention here.  Yeah the little Pygmy Augh comes in and whirlwinds.  It damages people.  It’s your job to heal damaged people, blah.

The Croc does have an Enrage at 30% but I never even noticed if our Rogue Shived it off (remind Rogues they can Shiv off Enrages now pleasethankyou).  All in all a simple fight except when you screw the pooch, forget to heal yourself because you’re trying to get your Shadowfiend to target the boss, and you Fail Angel.  WTF is with Shadowfiend lately?!?!?!

Augh jumps in at this point (you still have time to res and regen before he is pulled) and he does some more Whirlwind type stuff.  Kite him when he’s WW (and he is tauntable during this), hope someone else cleanses Paralytic Blowgun Dart (you can Cleanse it off yourself if your specced for it), and wait for Augh’s Enrage (+60% damage).  Wowhead doesn’t seem to think you can remove this Enrage, so just act accordingly and Guardian Spirit it or have your tank blow some CD’s.

High Prophet Barim

Wipe city till we did one simple thing.  More on that later.  So yeah High Pro can be a bitch.  First off let me mention that if you Fail Angel in the Shadow Phase it pops you out into the “Sun” Phase and you can’t heal anyone.  At best you can hope for a Kumquat on your face from a Tol’vir merchant.

Secondly.  Your Lightwell WILL transfer over to the Shadow phase nicely.  However I don’t recommend placing it near the boss.  Instead place it in the middle of the path that you’ll be kiting the Dark Phoenix during the Shadow phase.  This way your deeps and tank can heal up as they move around.

This fight is extremely mana intensive.  Get used to your deeps hovering around 30% during the Shadow phase.  Do not panic like me and PoH them back up constantly.  Your HW:  Sanctuary works great in the Sun Phase but in the Shadow phase it’s kinda wasted.  I still stayed in Sanctuary for some extra umph on the AOE heals.

Pro tip.  Don’t be a noob like me and go stand in his Hallowed Ground.  It looks just like your HW: Sanctuary graphic.

K we could talk about what everyone is SUPPOSED to do during this fight but we don’t care about them.  We only care about Holy Priests and to a lesser extent other healers.  Don’t be afraid to pop Divine Hymn during the Shadow phase at all.  The boss himself doesn’t hit that hard once you figure out how to keep your tank from taking a metric ton of damage via Fifty Lashes.

The problem we ran into was that I can heal through the Fifty Lashes, no problem.  It just it caused me to burn through my mana (especially with people standing in the sun beam of doom) and for me to be bone dry by the time we dropped out of the Shadow phase.  You can probably do Chakra:  Serenity during the Sun phase no problem, then switch to Sanctuary during the Shadow phase.

Fiddy Lashes and how to beat it.  Disarm.  The end.  Our tank went from taking big gobs of damage to a small amount that Renew/Heal could keep up with.  If you don’t have disarm I’ve also heard that kiting him can cut down on your fiddy lashes.  Or maybe you’re a baller and can heal through it and have enough mana left for the rest of the encounter.  I cannot yet.

This like many fights is one where the more DPS you have the easier it’s going to be for you.  If there’s one thing in this encounter I can’t stress enough, it’s to PACE yourself.  This fight is all about proper spell selection and the “rippin’ and the tearin'”.

Siamat-

And in the grand design of our Half a Heroic reviews we come to the point in the instance where I basically only run half the heroic.  However no big legged baby could pull me away this night as usual, instead the endless march of time would be my nemesis.  We put in one attempt on the boss and decided “screw it, we’re tired” and two healed it.  So off logs his DK and in logs his Resto Druid and we had a blast laughing and giggling as we two-healed the final boss.

So I have never actually finished the final boss by myself but it seems entirely doable.  One thing to mention is Lightwell can be a pain in the ass to place in this fight as it seems some of the floor blocks line of sight.    However I did notice a few things that gave me pause on the first attempt.

Obviously this fight lends itself quite easily to Chakra: Sanctuary and you can drop HW: Sanc right on the group that’s killing the large Servant of Siamat add.  These adds cast a Thunder Crash as they die which stacks a nasty/good debuff on your players, Lightning Charge.  This not only causes your party to take more damage it also allows them to deal more damage.  The bad part is that it stacks and can get out of hand if your handling Chain Lightnings from the other adds, spells from Siamat, and players standing in the green swirls.  Remember to keep moving your feet during this encounter because this area is large enough that players can get out of range as they chase down the adds.

Don’t be ashamed to ask a Hunter or Shammy to toss-up Nature Resist as theirs a TON of nature damage being flung around.

We could have done this encounter without us switching to two heals but it was far easier to just half-ass it.  My old healing partner and I completely trivialized it by two healing it.

During the second phase Siamat will toss players around and into nasty stuff on the ground.  This part feels like a burn phase to me.  Hit your CD’s like Guardian Spirit and Divine Hymn to power through it.  You’ll want to keep your party high on health since there’s so much AOE damage going around.  I don’t think you’d ever need to get out of Chakra: Sanctuary for this encounter.

Lost City of Tol’Vir, Half A Heroic style.

Half a Heroic: SFK

Posted in General Me, Half A Heroic, Instances, Preizt, Walk-Throughs, WoW by mrfenris on January 18, 2011

See we here (and by “we” I mean just me) at The Gray Place (I linked myself LOFL) don’t believe in being the best you can be.  We don’t want you squeezing out an extra .1337 DPS by changing all your gems to the new epic hotness for your ilvl 300 gear.  Instead we advocate using Wrath gems because their cheaper and ALMOST as good.  We want you to save your money to pimp out your pre-raid gear.

We don’t want you to slave over forums, elitist jerks, wowhead, and youtube to find the hidden Theory of Everything for WoW so you can be a true Kung Fu Master (in a video game *snort*).  Instead we want you to do simple things to make you a better player like key binding, understanding the encounter, and making smart choices during said encounter.

Simply put, we (and by “we” I still mean, just me) want you to put in the minimal amount of your real life’s time into this game and get the maximum output into the game itself.  Your real life is far to precious and should be spent eating pie, petting puppies, fucking billy goats, and other things you enjoy.

So all that being said.  In the grand tradition of being a “casual” WoW player I bring you…

Half a Heroic:  Shadowfang Keep style. (Largely written for Holy Priests btw, since that’s all I really give a shake about atm.)

First.  Why start with SFK?  Because as a priest you wear the equivalent to gauze bandages.  No srs.  Your job is to stand there in presence of freaking dragons and wear something completely flammable.  Cloth!  Cloth brings you to SFK.  There are 5 cloth drops alone in SFK.  Sure some don’t have spirit on them but if you whine enough to can steal them from a Warlock (psst, they aren’t real people anyway) and reforge them.  Get it into your heads.  Cloth = SFK.

Second.  It’s the only heroic I’ve run.  Hey some of us have real lives…

Honestly if your worried about being ready for Heroic SFK I can’t give you a magic number of “OK GO!”.  But myself I went in there with an equipped 227 ilvl, 1600kish spirit, and Potions of Concentration.  Forget everything else.  Take a handful of PoC with you.  It makes your life 10x easier and their dirt cheap.

Trash-

The trash is largely boring in the front half of SFK.  However I would like to mention that Mindless Horrors have a Fear and can drop some damage on melee party members.  They hit pretty hard and can be easily pulled as a single mob (which I’d recommend for now).

Baron Ashberry

First time I went to SFK I didn’t understand this boss and laid there dead on the floor as I watched our Rogue tank and kill him.  After the lightbulb went on the next time I went through I kept everyone alive.

Forget what you’ve heard about this fight.  It’s actually easy due to two facts.  1.  The Stay of Execution he casts does your job for you.  2.  The hard parts of the fight are other people’s problems.

This fight calls for going into Chakra:  Sanctuary as it’s all AOE healing and you’ll tank him right where he’s standing.  As always pre-pull you’ll want to drop your Lightwell (which won’t aggro bosses remember) off to his side so your pesky Rogue doesn’t stand on top of it.  This Lightwell is extremely important in this fight because he will at one point lift everyone up in the air and “stun” them so you won’t be able to heal and reduce their health to like 1%.  HOWEVER Lightwell is still clickable during this so make sure you party knows to click it when they are up in the air.

So you’ve got your LW down, your PoM on the tank, you’re in Chakra: Sexual Healing mode, and you start the encounter.  Everyone is going to be clumped up pretty tight together so toss down your Holy Word: Sanctuary and then do nothing.  No seriously because eventually the good Baron is going to Asphyxiate the entire party down to 1% health so don’t bother wasting your mana.  Click the Lightwell while your unable to cast, Circle of Healing as soon as you land, then I toss out a Prayer of Healing and then I stop healing by and large.  Don’t invest your mana in party health that your just going to lose again next phase.

In fact about the only thing you’ll be doing for the rest of the party is dispelling the Wracking Pain dot off your party.  This MUST be dispelled because it does stack and will wreck your day in a hurry with all the AOE damage in this fight.  Otherwise just sit back, keep your tank around 60% and your golden until the last phase of the fight.  (FYI I like to drink a Potion of Con right after I heal up the party after Asphyxiate.)

At 20% the boss will start to drop large amounts of damage on everyone due to his Calamity ability.  As long as you just didn’t come out of Asphyxiate you’ll push through this just fine dropping Divine Hymn and rounding out with a few spammed Prayers of Healing.  Obviously you’ll want mana during this stage and you should have plenty since you’ve been under healing this whole fight.

This fight is made for Holy Priests.

Baron Silverlaine-

Almost a complete tank and spank.  I tend to do this one in Chakra: Sanctuary but I don’t suppose it really matters.  The only thing that you really need to look out for in this encounter is a massive healing debuff he puts on the entire party, Cursed Veil.  Don’t click the link I’ll save you some time.  CV not only deals party wide damage, it also puts a debuff on the target that negates 75% of your healing.    That can hurt once he starts summoning adds, your tanks being pounded on, and you find yourself in a “heal hole”.  (That’s where your behind on your healing and trying to pull life bars out of the “hole”.)  It seems like CV could be interrupted since it has a cast time but your deeps are probably going to be busy burning adds.

The half-hearted info I’ve found on the adds all show they don’t do anything major and therefore “aint yo problem”.  Heal around it.  At any rate, that CV debuff hurts and once I tried dropping a Mass Dispel and I nearly cried as my entire mana bar went away since it was about an 8k mana cost.  Bleh.  It’s up to you on what you want to do with the debuff, but I tried just keeping everyone topped up once it hit and just healed as normal through it.  There’s a decent delay between his casts of CV so just get everyone back up around 80% and you should be fine before the next one hits.  If I take it off anyone I take it off the tank.

Commander Springvale-

K this is the one EVERYONE and their mother says to be afraid of.  But you’re not gonna be because your no punk ass wanksta.  This is like many other encounters in WoW.  If you do it wrong it’ll seem impossible.  If you do it right, you’ll be all “no big deal”.

The most important part of this fight are the adds.  Both adds have an ability that gives Commander Rick Springvale an Unholy Power buff.  Once he has three stacks he will cast some nastiness on your tank and party.  The first is a cone affect and while it hits hard it’s “meh just damage” and you’re a Holy Priest and Blizzard says it’s your job to heal damage.  The second ability is downright bugfuck nasty… Word of Shame.  Yes it’s the same word your mom used when she found you in the bathroom with a copy of Chunky Asses.  This acts as a soft enrage effect and eventually you will be out of mana and unable to heal through it.

So while adds are generally not your responsibility, these adds are Undead.  Being a Priest you have some of the best Undead crowd control around in Shackle.  If needed you should Shackle one of the adds while the party burns down and interrupts the other from buffing Rick Springvale.  Then burn down the Shackle and the boss is basically a tank and spank.

We ended up pulling the boss all the way out to the courtyard and CCing the adds as soon as they ran out the kitchen, but your mileage may vary.  In addition to the adds Springvale drops a DnD on the ground so your tank should move him out of it.  Our tank just slaps his back to a wall (cutting the DnD in half) and moves him up and down the wall as needed.  If you do get a second set of adds, just CC and rinse, lather, repeat.  Now I’ll be honest the second time we did this boss he evade bugged, but he reset on his own sans adds and it was a yawn fest.

You MUST control/burn the adds at this stage in the game.  If your party can’t do it, then their being stupid and it’s not your job to heal through stupid.  Opps forgot.  One of the adds has a Mortal Strike debuff too.  Blah, fucking handle it.

Bang dead boss.

And now you’re at the point that I’m at.  Where your happily healing along, chatting in vent, and drinking your coffee and your big legged infant decides he’s going to wake up screaming (single dad duty that night and to be fair I did prewarn the party) or your previously mentioned big legged son wakes up and decides to wet through his diaper and get his jammies and his sheets, so you apologize real quick and log off to go change sheets and help out your wife.  Same spot.  Both times.

The deadliest boss in all of Shadowfang Keep… my son.  For the record I’ve sworn off Heroics until he starts sleeping through the night.  I don’t mind ditching WoW for real life, but I don’t want to waste four other people’s time.

Tada.  You can now heal Half a Heroic:  SFK-style.

Snow

Posted in Gaming, General Me, Preizt, WoW by mrfenris on January 12, 2011

k back.

Patch 4.0.6 PTR notes sayith…

“Binding Heal and Holy Word: Serenity now refresh the duration of Renew on the target, in addition to the other direct heals.”

And let me me tell you why I LOVE this more then the CoH buff.  HW: Serenity is an instant cast spell.

Forget everything else.  Focus on the fact that it’s an instant.

Keeping Renew refreshed on the tank is no big deal.  It’s easy.  But lately I’ve been poking about putting Renew on a DPS player and seeing how often I can keep it refreshed in order to try and get a maximum return on my Renew initial cast.

However, often I’d find myself unable to keep that Renew rolling on the DPS due to everything else I’m doing.  I’d look down and notice I’d only have less then three seconds left on the Renew before it ticked off and I couldn’t get a Heal off in time to refresh it.

Enter HW: Serenity.  Now you can.  I am not declaring uberness due to this change.  I am however declaring that if it goes through it might just become feasable to keep that Renew rolling on a DPS in certain situations.

And I can cast Binding heal to refresh it too!?!?!  Wicked.

Meh.  State of Mind.  Personally I’m not specced into it as of right now anyway, but a talent that low in your tree should be useful.  Lets hope they change that too, if Chakra is going to last longer then some of you in the bedroom.

And if this math is correct in this thread, then even the Prayer of Healing nerf wasn’t that big of a nerf for Holy priests as it seems to be on the surface.

Mind Sear still weak if the buff goes through?  Hmm.  Maybe they could work in an increased percentage of Shadowy Apparition proccing.  This way you still have to dot up your targets before you start lolsearing and you can’t move while channeling Sear to tweak your SA proc rate even further.

“Sometimes we’ll listen to others
And I can be wrong…
Put a little love in bit of candy
We gonna climb high, higher than a mountain
”  -Mathematics

I think I got to play WoW three times the whole 10 days I was on vacation.  Silly me.  Here I thought to myself, “man I’ll get my ilevel up for Heroics, starting grinding through some, get my face mashed in, but have a blast because it’s a challenge, FORTHAHORDE!, etc”.

But no.  I didn’t even get past ilevel 327.

I did go out for dinner (an average Ribeye) and drinks (weak Gin and Tonics) alone with my wife.  It was so nice, not hearing the roar of my spawn in the background.  We spent the whole dinner talking about them and of course then we went shopping at Toys “R” Us for them after dinner.

I did nothing but cart kids around to various assorted schools, doctors, and play Xbox all vacation.

Is Resident Evil Five racist?  That was the knee jerk reaction back when it was released.  I honestly don’t care.  I’ve been killing stereotypical ethnicities my entire gaming career and this time it’s supposedly different?  All I know is Chris Redfield is nowhere near as pimp as Leon Motherfucking Scott Kennedy is.  Poser.

Five kinda is missing the Resident Evil Foh mark, IMO.

“She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love”  -Radiohead

I know some healers get annoyed with Warrior tanks who pull quickly and charge ahead without the rest of the party.  After tanking on my lowbie warrior I’ve figured out two reasons why.

1.  To get rage, in order to ACTUALLY USE YOUR FUCKING ABILITIES!

2.  To use said abilities before THE FUCKING DPS STARTS SPAMMING SHIT BEFORE YOU EVEN TOUCH THE MOB.  HELLO FUCKFACE DONT AOE BEFORE I GET OFF MY REND SO I CAN THUNDERSTOMPY THE PACK AND SPREAD REND AROUND LIKE AN STD AT A FRAT HOUSE.

Srs.  I’m not a pally that starts with a full mana bar.  I work backwards.  I have to actually hit people or get hit by them to… you know… like tank.

And quit fucking killing critters.  I use them to generate rage pre-pull.

Jackwagons.

I realized I really missed tanking.

Dissonance

Posted in General Me, Preizt, Riffs, WoW by mrfenris on December 30, 2010

84.5 and I just stepped into Uldum.

Random thoughts?  Immature behavior?  PuG stories?  Top 10 lists?

You betcha.  This post has it all.

“That’s me on the street with a violin under my chin
Playing with a grin, singing gibberish.
”  –NOFX

Adam we both know your only going there to get that rare Sparkle Kangaroo mount.

Ran 2/3 instances last night as Shadow.  Am I just supposed to dot up skull, SW:P all the other mobs, then go back and MB/MF skull?  Is that what Spriest AOE is these days?  Well that’s what I did.

Mind Control is fun.  I’ve never has so much fun being the the body of a furry, four-legged, cat dude my whole life.  If it had boobs I’d never leave the house.

So basically all Cataclysm bosses can be explained in 3 brief sentences.  Stay out of stuff.  Move “here” when “this” happens.  DPS down the adds.  What?  That’s not some new fangled game design?  Crazy.

We had a DK nerd rage on us due to his death on a trash pull.  He tossed around l2Ps, fails, sux his dix, and at one point called our healer an abortion.  He then linked his DPS on trash and was booted or left, I honestly don’t remember.  We had zero wipes, made it through the whole dungeon fairly quick, and still he wasn’t happy.  Maybe he just wanted to go sit in a 45 minute queue.

Why do Disc priests say Holy is easy and Holy priests say Disc is easy?  And furthermore why does anyone really give a damn if it’s true one way or another?  Isn’t your job to keep your party up?  Just STFU and do your job.  Tank this, DPS that, and Heal them.  Besides we all know Resto druids are EZMode.  Kidding- the only reason I put a disclaimer on this is because both my healer partners were/are Trees and I would automagically take them into every single raid with me.

Because their OP.

2011 is bound to be yet another year people wall themselves in a protective bubble filled with “like-minded” people via the guise of community, facebook, twitter feeds, blogs, poli/social clubs, and brand identification.  They’ll live in an environment where these things are mirrors of their own “beliefs” and reflected back upon themselves, becoming completely retarded (in the original sense of the word) and stagnant to any external ideas or stimulus.

Sit in your bubbles.  The real world is still out there and it’s got sharp edges.  And some of us teach our kids to play with knives.

“turning true emotion
into digital expression
one by one we all fall down”  -Bad Religion

I hate end of the year top ten lists.  Here’s mine.

Top Ten Things Healers Need To Get Over in 2011-

  1. Keeping your party at 100% health.
  2. Not getting your propers.
  3. Yes those fucking Mages will roll on items with Spirit.
  4. Starting a trash pull without being at full mana.
  5. Just because your DPS has healing abilities, doesn’t mean they’ll use them.
  6. Healing through stupid.
  7. Not telling someone whose standing in stupid to get out of the stupid or don’t get healed.
  8. DPSing in your downtime (What?  You want the DPS to heal during their’s right?).
  9. Letting the tank run them ragged.
  10. Letting someone die.

“release me from moral assumption
total rejection total destruction
nihilistic feelings are moving
if you try real hard you’ll see right through them”  -Rancid

I’m off on vacation till January 10th so I probably won’t be posting much if at all.  I’m going to an excitable, loud, violent at times (never touch my daughter’s stuff.  Ever.), raucous place.  My house.

It’s filled with two stupid Chocolate labs named after Star Wars characters, two formerly stray cats, a lovely chubby red-head wife, a seven-year-old nerd son, a crazed Cheerleader/Amazon three-year-old daughter, and a four-month-old baby who has a big leg and doesn’t believe in sleeping at night.

It’s the only place I’ve wanted to be all year.

Sub Drop

Posted in Preizt, WoW by mrfenris on December 21, 2010

This might be a let down to some folks…

There is no magic Elitist Jerks formula as to why I respecced from Disc to Holy.  (Although anyone else notice that Power Word: Bubble seems to scale poorly from 80-85?  However to be fair Disc single target heals seem to scale fairly well.)

I once again call upon the powers of Lambi who once posted…

“…IT’S A TALENT FOR THE PRIESTS HERE THAT PLAYS WITH A KEYBOARD AND MOUSE, AND IT’S NOT A TALENT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT PLAY WITH A CALCULATOR AND PENCIL”

I’ve riffed on this a bit before.  We players sometimes give formulas, coefficients, and perceived beliefs a greater value then they deserve.  At times we view things in a “Perfect World” scenario only.  It’s where everything lines up as it should, DPS can do the two-step to get out of the fire, tanks never hit a bad string of incoming damage, and healers always ALWAYS pick the right spell.

And now we make the usual disclaimer.  Yes I think such things as data stolen er found on Elitist Jerks, youtube, and theory crafting sites are valuable tools.  Yes I think they can make you a better player.  I just think that we can get lost in these “truths” and become so obsessed with them that we expect them alone to make us better players.  We fall headlong into the “link Achiev and GS for weekly” mentality with some piss poor basic gameplay habits.

Instead I made the choice to switch to Holy from Disc on three simple things, Hope, Reality, and Ego.

“Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination”  -4 Non Blondes

Act I:  The sweet hopes of a balding fat man-

My healing in the past sucked in regards to technique.  I was a “Wrath Baby” healer.  I could stack Int on my Holy Paladin and SPAM Holy Light and overheal any boss to death.  Mana did not matter.  Spell selection did not matter.  My flowchart would look like this.  Does tank have Bacon of Light on him?, —-> spam offtank or raid with Holy Light, —-> eat nachos with free hand.

Even when I rolled my Discipline Priest it was amazingly simple to Bubble Yawn your way through encounters.  Oh sure I had to cast other spells, but I found Disc to by highly un-engaging in terms of healing.  “Ok AOE phase coming?  Here lemme bubble you.  Oh the bubble broke?  No worries here’s my OP Druid partner to HoT you back up to full.”

Yes I over generalize.  Save me your “earned” healy tears about how there’s more to healing than spamming.  I have heard it all before and even believe some if it.  But I found Wrath healing boring and worse, it rewarded half-ass spam healing.

Then came Cataclysm, who tried to seduce me with heavy petting, Smite/Atonement and Chakra.  And we all know I am a sucker for heavy petting.  Well that and women with lazy or crossed eyes.

So here we are with the changes to healing and my hopes that it stays “tight” in terms of difficulties.  It’s in Cataclysm that I wanted to work on an actual healing technique and understanding of the mechanic.

Act II:  The reality of said fat man-

I have joined a guild that actually has almost too many healers.  *GASP* In fact we have so many lovers of the art of sexual healing that most our healers had two heal specs and even our alts were healers.  I remember one night we needed DPS and we were laughing because none of the three healers that were on had a DPS spec.

My guild is not in need of healers (but we need Hunters go figure).  Out of the healers we have, we’ve got everything but……you guessed it.  A Holy Priest.

Have you ever accidentally crossed “swords” with another man?  Yeah that’s the feeling two Disc priests have when they try to Power Word: Shield someone who has another Disc priest’s Weakened Soul debuff on them.

So why would I want to give my guild the offer of “Hey guyz, I know you’ve already got a Disc priest going, but choose me so you can have a second!”  I know in theory it could work, but I realize the reality of my situation meant that I could offer more if I was Holy.

Act III:  Hard = Better = TWSS.

Let’s be brutally honest.  “I hurd Holy wuz hard.”

That’s one of my main reasons for speccing it.  No seriously.  It is what it is.

When you peel away a layer of skin and get down to the all the fun nerves, veins, and muscles, there’s an attraction I have towards Holy.

I know Priests in general always get thought of as having the biggest “toolbox”. (“Is that a toolbox in your pocket or are you just happy to heal me?”)  We have 1894 different heals in our medicine cabinet and we love to let everyone know about it.  (srs my mouse has like 12 separate heals bound to it.  Because I’m better than you…)

Then when you factor in the options such as Circle of Healing, Chakra and Holy Word: Shazaam spells give you as a Holy Priest you’ve got a ton of “extra” healing options and methods.

I wanted to actually “learn” to heal instead of wank my way through encounters as I did in Wrath.  While it seems like Disc’s single target output is higher in raids at 85, Holy’s multi-target heals and abilities blow away their Disc counterparts.  I want to be a RAID healer.

Circle of Healing (yes it scales sucktastically at 85 right now), Serendipity stacked Prayer of Healing, glyphed Prayer of Healing, Prayer of Mending, Holy Word: Sanctuary, and ECHOS OF YOUR MOMMA’S FREAKING LIGHT are all awesomely tempting to me.

My ego cannot be contained anymore by being the guy the makes one bar stay full by being bubbled or only moving one bar at a time.  Now with me being Holy “all your bars, are belong to me!!!”.  I now heal 8931 people at once with a key click.

“ZOMG I TURNED INTO AN OP WRATH DRUID!!!!”

“You want it all but you can’t have it
It’s in your face but you can’t grab it
What is it?
It’s it.”  -Faith No More

There is no magic “Holy is superior to Disc” bullet for me.  It’s something that I want to do in order to learn a new method of healing, provide a unique role for my guild, and play with new abilities that I’ve never been able to use before.

Once I’m done using my Shadow spec to level I fully expect to have both a Holy spec and a Discipline spec for healing again.  I just *feel* like I as a player can get more enjoyment and functionality out of Holy right now then I could Disc.

btw

Interesting read by Zan.  I don’t agree with it 100%, but if I did it would be boring.

Dr. Holy MD

Posted in Instances, Preizt, Walk-Throughs, WoW by mrfenris on December 17, 2010

I have healed my first 2 normal 80-83 dungeons.  I am an expert.

Not really of course, but I did lose my Cataclysm cherry.  So yay me.

Prior to actually healing the dungeons, I wasn’t “scared” per say, but instead I was cautious and curious, like a man who knows better than to look “down there” while his wife is pushing a big-headed baby out, but the man does anyway knowing he’s not going to like what he sees.  (All ours were “big”, 8lbs 6oz, 9lbs 4oz, and our 35 weeks pre-mature baby was 8lbs 11oz.)

I am notorious for being stubborn and “slow” when it comes to preparing.  I will not budge until my UI is perfect, my spells are properly keybound, and I have the time to give something my full attention.  Some people rush off in with a newly trained spell still dangling by its umbilical cord after hastily being placed on their cluttered action bar.  Not I.  Everything has its proper place and I won’t go try it out until I’m positive that I’m satisfied with its binding, power aura, or its placement.

I spent most of my limited playtime on Wednesday respeccing from Disc to Holy (more on that at another time), rebinding ALL my healing spells to my mouse, setting up my UI configuration, and practicing the new bindings.  I was too tired to run anything yet that night so I bagged it until I got a chance to run a few last night.

“You ain’t as green as you are young”  -John Cougar Mellencamp

So since I’ve had some awkward fumblings (I still can’t undue a bra strap unless I use my left hand) with the new instances, I figured they’re some other folks who might be in the same boat I was;  Not worried but curious if their mana can handle it.  I am not proclaiming “this is how it is”.  I am only sharing a few impressions I had from my runs.  I realize that things are not going to stay the same.

I got a whisper from a bunch of old guildies/friends that had formed their own guild after our old one split and they asked me if I wanted to heal.  We had an 80 Prot Pally, Rogue, Hunter, pug, the DPS ranging from 81-83, and me obviously on my newly minted 81 Holy Priest.   I hopped on Mumble and off we went.

Now.  I am in a large portion of T9 gear + ICC 10 man epics, my gear has never been the greatest but my Priest only became my main at the end of Wrath.  I still had Heroic gear in a slot or two.  I definitely think it helped out in regards to the fact that I wasn’t a green and blue cobbled together brand new lvl 80.

Overall Impressions-

Mana at my gear level and given the competent players we had last night, was a non-issue.  I used Shadow Fiend but I did it proactively to try to get into the habit.  I never dipped under 70% mana at all and only needed to drink to top off before bosses.

I underhealed people.  If they were at 90% health or more, I ignored them in terms of directly healing them.  If they were DPS and above 50% of health I only cast Heal on them.  I never Renewed a non-tank at anytime.  Anything under that I used Flash Heals on them or obviously AOE heals if 3+ people were taking heavy damage.  Basically I did not cast CoH or PoH unless 3 people could benefit from it.

Get used to Heal.  It doesn’t “seem” like it hits for a lot (think mine crits for 9-10k) but it’s about sustaining health it’s not used to pull 25% health bars out of holes.  You’ll drop it on your tank and their life bar will barely budge BUT don’t fret because your tank will not generally take two back to back hits that will squish him like the old days.

I honestly stayed in Chakra: Serenity almost all night.  Renew refreshed via Heal was enough to keep my tank above 80% on most trash pulls.  When he’d take a spike, I could stabilize him with a Flash Heal followed by a Greater Heal.  I actually had a hard time keeping Serendipity up because 1.  I am new to Holy and 2.  There wasn’t enough damage to warrant Flash Heals on a regular basis.

AOE damage didn’t seem to be much of an issue except on boss fights and the one mob I’ll mention later.  Circle of Healing was enough to tweak everyone’s bar back up.  Prayer of Healing saw action if I saw 3+ dip under 60% health.  Good gravy, Prayer of Healing rocks when you’ve got 2 stacks of Serendipity up.  I found myself under using Prayer of Mending (I know, shame on me right?)  Mostly my mistake was caused by me just focusing on too many new things.  I used to have a set routine on my Discipline priest pre-pull, but now it’s all new to me since I don’t want to pre-cast PoM to activate my Chakra: Sanctuary and I don’t want to cast Renew before the pull either.  It’s just something that will come with practice.

I lost two players each on both runs.  It happened during boss fights, and a few of them we’re my mistakes.  I’ll get into details below.

To summarize the overall healing: Holy is a blast.  The fact that you have 9492 million spells to choose from excites me.  Mana is not an issue, YET.  You will have time to sit there and DPS from time to time.  It was not “hard”.  However it can get ugly and the fact that we had good players went a long way to making it seem easier than it could have been.  You will sometimes see people drop to 40% health and fall into the Wrath mind-set that they are already dead.  Not true.  You can get them back.  Lastly, you can still power heal through stuff if needed as this stage of the game.  This will change in a few levels IMO.

A couple of details that might take the edge off.

Blackrock Caverns-

Used zero CC this instance.  The trash pulls before the boss were unremarkable.  I lost two people on the first boss due to a stupid noob mistake of using my old Prayer of Healing keybinding (which now currently binds Dispel Magic) and two people got fried in AOE damage.  (I’m sitting there Shift-Right Clicking going “WTF where is my Prayer of Healing castbar!?!?” over and over.  Noob.)

A note:  We did have some mob/targeting issues here, where people could get LoS for some reason and once I couldn’t get LoS on my tank for no apparent reason.  Dunno.

More trash to the second boss.  Big Dragonkin guys will do some spike damage on the tank.  Heal, G. Heal it or Flash Heal for Serendipity stacks.  Very little AOE damage on trash overall here.

Second boss, Beam-lady-thingy.  You can stand in the beams to avoid the adds.  Just rotate before your stacks get too high.  I honestly don’t remember this being hard to heal at all.

Third boss, Lava-Slime-Big-Dude.  You’ll have to AoE heal a bit here.  I was in Chakra: Serenity, but next time I’ll do it in Sanctuary.  I didn’t “sweat” on this boss, but I was seeing lots of 50% bars in the party.

Fourth boss, the Corehound and the poor puppies.  There’s a fear.  Meh.  I went Chakra: Sanctuary for AoE heals and it was unremarkable in terms of being hard.

Last boss.  I don’t even remember healing it.   Seemed like a Heal and Spank.

Throne of Tides-

The trash is harder in here in my opinion.  You see more damage spikes on both the tanks and AOE damage on the party.  We used CC on two pulls.

As far as trash goes, the little Goblin Hunters can be a pain in the ass if you’ve never seen them.  They will hit the tank really hard on the pull, so a pre-pull PoM and Bubble will smooth it out.  I also just ended up Fading and precasting heals while the tank rounded them all up.  I did have to spam 2-3 flash heals on the tank before the goblins started dying and I could go into a Heal mode.  There’s also a version that does a knock back with hardly any damage like the first set.

There is also a large mob the deals massive AOE damage after it tosses you in the air (Note:  Use CoH or Holy Nova while your in the air if you need too).  It’s a Faceless model if I remember right, and it’ll cause you some grief if your party doesn’t run out of the area where it’s pounding the ground.  2-3 back to back Prayer of Healings will even it back out.  Don’t be an idiot and stand in the AOE and casting heals like me.  There is one particular pull of these guys where you get two at once.  Pop a CD accordingly ( I think I Guardian Spirited the tank) and I probably should have hit Divine Hymn.  A suck ass group could wreck your day on this pull.

Note:  Do NOT get ahead of your tank in any hallways.  There are adds that burst in from the sides.  There is also a gauntlet event but I found the party takes more AOE damage due to stuff on the ground then the tank.

First boss, Naga-chic.  Meh, don’t remember her hitting unnaturally hard, but beware her big blue geysers that blow out of the ground.  If they hit a player whose already damaged get them topped off ASAP while their in the air with something big or Bubble them.  When they land they take a bunch of damage.  Precasting FTW.  Boss has adds.  Just Fade as needed and run to your tank (watch possible cleaves *shrugs*)

Second boss, Pussy-Fist (It’s a long story).  Okay I was warned by my tank that this guy can “one shot a tank” and he can.  He will mangle your tank to about 35%-40% health in a blink of an eye due to an ability he does.  I would recommend a tank CD on the first one and your CD on the second one.  I lost my tank here due to me being midcast on a DPS and not cancelling it.  This is a BURN fight.  Our Rogue ended up tanking him (and she barely needed any heals) and we killed him.

“Third” boss, The-Guy-Doing-A-“69”-With-An-Octopus.  Meh.  Single target heals seemed to do the trick.  He will “mind control” a player and must be DPSed, once he jumps off make sure to dispel any lingering effects.

“Last” boss, Adds.  This encounter pumped up my HPS due to all the AOE healing.  There’s a phase where you go “around” the room avoiding an AOE on the ground.  It hurts when people stand in it.  I don’t really remember much about it.

“We’re going to party
Karamu, fiesta, forever
Come on and sing along!”  -Lionel Richie

Not a fantastic write-up (It was almost 2am when I logged and I was up at 5:20am), but it might take the edge off  a few early attempts.

I’ve been thinking of doing a series of healcentric walk-throughs once I start running these on Heroic.  They would be 10x more detailed, concise, and structured then this little blurb.  I remember when I made the transition into healing I found the healing community very helpful, but at times it was beyond my understanding and past the content I was seeing for the first time from a healing point of view.  Not everyone was a Fail Angel from back in Molten Core.

Dunno.   But I do know is I can’t WAIT to get back into some five mans and get some sweet-sweet Chakra love.

Flynn

Posted in Gaming, Preizt, Riffs, WoW by mrfenris on December 16, 2010

Overall…are “good” DPS players finally getting some respect?

Because by and large you get players (mostly always being tanks and healers) who lump all DPS together as a bunch of mindless bots who exist for the sole purpose of sucking, annoying said “real” players, and providing fodder for titties everywhere.  (If your new as some of you are to this titty, the word “blog” is not allowed here.  It’s a stupid word and therefore replaced with another stupid word.  Titty.)

I’ll tell you a dirty secret.  Under geared or insecure tanks and healers LOVE awesome over the top 84228k DPS players.  Forget aggro (which you did in Wrath anyway) if you had 3-18 big dog DPS in your fives or raids you didn’t sweat near as much.  Everyone liked to gnash their teeth at their DPS-mates in general, but if they could lay the smack down then they could completely trivialize an encounter or mechanic.  You could blow your cooldowns and prop up your under geared ass for the first big damage mechanic because you KNEW there wasn’t going to second one because by then the encounter would be over thanks to the deeps.

There are a lot of tanks and healers out there that got propped up by good DPS and they don’t even realize it.

“No soft sucker with a parrot on his shoulder
‘Cause I’m bad gettin’ bolder – cold getting colder
”  -Beastie Boys

Over at Specced fo’ Drama, Ana repeated aloud a comment made to her by a friend.  /cast Copy Paste rank 1 #show tooltip (target=targ=targoftarg=mouseoverbullshit)

“They made it so it’s much harder to play a tank/healer, and much easier to play as DPS.” -Person I do not know but I’m sure they like gravy

I’m ignoring the first part even though I agree a bit.  I mean don’t tanks and healers WANT to be special anyway?  Aren’t they gifts from heaven above, whose bottoms should be nuzzled by woodland creatures, while being fed Fig Newtons by pasty large breasted German MILFs, as the lower themselves to mix with common folk DPS?  I know I am.  “Away with you dirty Huntard!  Do not gaze upon my magnificence as I face roll my tanking rotation!  You are not fit to see my one button macro!”  (Albeit less true today they yesterwrath.)

Where was I?  Right.  German MILFs.  Gives the term “coming back to the Mutterland” a whole new meaning for me.

Now I am admittedly reading the quote without any context given.  So we don’t know if it’s about Wrath vs Catastyle, a general comment, or a quip made in response to another quip.  That’s fine, because I’m not PvPing the original poster in a “internets idea warz”.  I’m just using the said quote to riff on my own points.

Wrath vs Cata:  DPSing got “harder” only in regards to undergeared healers and tanks at this PARTICULAR stage in the expansion.  Do you really think raid gear won’t trivialize heroics?  Because unless Blizzard changes the ENTIRE game’s “time played = better upgrade” design, then we are going to be near Wrath levels at the end of the expansion.  Doubt me?  Tell me how scary the “new” ICC five mans were on heroic once everyone and their mother had welfare gear?  They weren’t.

We could say DPSing got easier in Cataclysm simply just due to game changes made by Blizzard in 4.infinity.  Now you have abilities that help you manage your resources better like moving combo points for Rogues, using some abilities on the run, and not clipping your dots, built into the core game-play.  Nothing made a sadder panda then a old Rogue who just worked his ass off to get his 3  debuffs up on a trash mob, stack 4-5 combo points,  and then see some huntard Kill Shot it before the Rogue can get his finishing move off.  And people wondered why Rogues cried salty, hatey tears over the Fan of Knives nerf?  (God it was sick though).

Furthermore it could be said that DPSing got easier in Cataclysm because Blizzard introduced “helping hands” likes the Power Aura style procs that you can get from abilities.  Before it was only Power Aura junkies that would get such special treatment.  Now whenever you the lab rat press the right buttons, in the right order, magical sparkles shoot from your fingers to light up which abilities you “should” press next.  You get rewarded by the big neon sign that says “HEY DUMBASS YOU’VE GOT A PROC & MOMMA LOVES YOU!!!”.

(Oooo.  On the flip side can someone make an addon that gives a player an electric shock every time they flub their optimal rotation? “Ring that bell and drool you deeps bisches!”)

Or maybe tanking and healing are not really HARDER but they just have consequences that have a more severe impact on the party.

Did you forget to pop shield wall during his enrage period.  Oh sorry.  Your party all wiped.

Did you mistime your Hymn of Hope?  Oh sorry your party died.

Did you fire off Arcane Shot instead of Kill Command?  Oh sorry you lost 300 DPS for this encounter.

Hmmm.

“I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee”  -Carly Simon

I no longer care about this post.

However I do not cast dispersion on my DPS brothers and sisters.  I do not cast (a lot) of dispersion fellows tanks and healers.  (I can’t help it.  Anything that’s put on a pedestal demands to be pulled down and smashed into a million pieces as a fundamental rule of the “thing which cannot be spoken of”.  And trust me, I’ve put myself waaaay high on that tank pedestal before.)

Instead I say “What the fuck?  Does it really matter?”

It’s a sodding video game.  (Can only Brits, Aussies, NewZews, and other folks get away with saying “sodding”?)

And the fact that we can sit here are talk about how hard a game is speaks volume to the leisure in our lives.  And now like the true hedonist I am, I’m off to eat an Apple Hostess Fruit Pie, play with the heated mirrors in my work truck, and hope to God I come across an orgy of halfway decent looking women with horrible standards and/or an insatiable lust for balding fat guys.

I’m in like Flynn.

1:33

Posted in General Me, Preizt, WoW by mrfenris on November 22, 2010

Hark the Angels did singth and nuzzleth each other’s bottoms, and the Lord spake and proclaimed “Let thou’s goodith wife take her chubby red-headedith ass backith to work!”

And so she did.

And so they sang.

And mrfenris didist dance a plump mans gay jig for now hist wife was no longer a stayith homeith wife.

“Can’t stop addicted to the shin dig.” -Red Hot Chili Peppers

Maternity leave is dead.  God bless maternity leave.  I’m sick of yo ass always being home.  I need my space.  I need my Starcraft 2 fix on my lunch break.  I don’t need to see you seven days a week.  TAKE YOUR ASS BACK TO WORK WOMAN!

Oh quit launching your estrogen filled, ovary bombs at me.  Your independent and equal.  You guys can vote, have your own special toilets, and ladies day at the Quick Lube.  Besides she makes more money then I do, why would I want her at home?

My children’s future is pretty much bleak anyway (srs have you met them?), so that extra mommy time is pretty much wasted.  Besides they’d rather have an extra X-mas present or two around the house then mom home for an extra dinner or two per week.

I appreciate their practicality.  It’ll get them further in life than an extra hug.

“So let’s sink another drink
‘Cause it’ll give me time to think
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
And I’ll be dancing with myself” -Billy Idol

Single dad weekends are back.  That means in addition to being Mr. Mom, I get to catch up on my DVR shows, Netfix, and Gaming.

I logged onto my priest for the first time in two weeks and immediately jumped into ICC.  Yes people still run it.  I like the fact that my guild is still running “old” content just because they 1.  Like to raid  and 2.  Like to get new members into the mix.

I had actually never healed past Saurfang since I’ve recently switched to a priest main.  I broke my own first rule of raiding and went raiding with a completely new untested UI and boy did I end up looking a noob.

mrfenris: “Uh Turmi, your solo healing this…”

Turmi: “That’s fine.”  (She’s a good resto druid who proceeded to heal all the plague trash and mini bosses, while I watched in panic as my healing add-on decided to stop working.)

And the best part is when I figured out of the conflict (it was between me turning off my raid frames and my UI considering Vudoh my raid frames.  Idiot.) I had already reloaded, relogged, and reset back Vudoh’s default and had to re-enter all my spells.  I can’t just set a stapler down on Rejuv dammit, I’m a priest.  I have to cast more than one spell.  (Kidding.  Besides I set my stapler on Power Word: Shield.)

Festergut went down smooth.  Rotface went down smoothish (except I forgot to re-add my cleanse spells like a nub and had to manually click them in my spell book HAHAHAHA.  Ahem.  Nub.)  “No rly guyz I can healz!”

Professor Putracide was 10x smoother then I imagined it to be.   Disco Druid combo FTW.  I looked at the WoL report this morning and besides my nub gaffes I didn’t do bad at all.  I still need to remember Power Infusion more, I need to do a better job of re-casting that.

After the raid I jumped on my Unholy DK, rocketed my way from 78 to 80 and immediately thought,  “Huh.  Now what do I do with him?”  So I went to bed.

Srs.  Really?  An 80 Death Knight DPS.  Their about as common as a used Honda Civic.  That’s me your average neighborhood Unholy Civic, parked in front of your house leaking Unholy oil on your street.  Little undead minion crammed in the hatchback.  “Me bite….?”

“Tell sanchito that if he knows what is good for him
He best go run and hide
Daddy’s got a new .45”
– Sublime

I have noticed something mildly annoying.  Since I’ve leveled my family and gone from two kids to three kids, I’ve noticed people seem to have a sort of set smugness about how many children people are supposed to have.  As if I suddenly became a bad person going from two to three.  It’s subtle but it’s there.

Suck a peen you morons.  I get up at 3am to get them drinks of water.  I hold a baby so my wife can get stuff done around the house.  I do dishes, homework, and bathes on single dad nights.  Me.  Not you.  My kids have clean clothes, get taught consequences, and have mom and/or dad tuck them into bed nearly every night of their lives.  Handle your own shit before you even THINK about talking to me about me and mine.

Everyone is too busy being worried about everyone else in this fucking nanny state.

Blarg.  Fuck you in case you didn’t notice.

This titty is slowly turning into a different titty.  And that’s okay.  I’m content to sit back and watch it happen.  It’s mine.  I am not beholden to it.  I think I’d like to take a more “healing” centered focus once Cataclysm hits.

Dunno.


The Ultimate 4.0 Holy Priest Guide

Posted in Preizt, WoW by mrfenris on October 20, 2010

Yesterday I saw a young mother with her three small children on the side of the road.  She could have used a little help.  I did not stop.  Instead I turned and kept going.  I wished I had a good reason I didn’t stop.  I just don’t feel like I have the capacity to reach out to anyone or anything right now.  These last two months have used up anything I’ve had.

I wish I could blame it on the fact that I’m largely broken as a person, I wish I could blame it on the “thing that I can’t talk about”, I wish I could blame it on being tired and distant.

But I can’t.  Point blank, I should have stopped.

The Smite/Atonement Discipline Priest build seems crude and clunky.  I think that’s largely a result of Smite being direct and vanilla.

Smite as a spell is largely boring.  I press this key, it fires of a chunk of raw direct damage, the end.

Then when you wrap a mechanic around it, it almost becomes this hard clunky metal box wrapped in tissue paper, it’s hard edges tearing out of the gift wrap.

The timing of it feels all wrong.  Smite, smite, smite, smite, quick activate Archangel before your stacks drop, etc.  I think the stacks need to have a longer cooldowns themselves.  The mechanic doesn’t feel integrated into the game.  Instead it feels copy pasted.

I’m sure the fanboys are clamoring for me to defend myself with a better idea, so here it is.

“Dear Blizzard:  Make something that I like better.”

What?  It’s not my job to develop video games.  That’s what I pay them for.

I will be keeping my Disc spec but I will speccing out of the Smite/Atonement build.

I love Holy.  Love it.

I hear people describe it as confusing and I’m puzzled.  Lots of things confuse me in life.  Women, anime, math, all sorts of stuff.  But the new Holy spec is far from confusing in my opinion.

Here’s an abridged version for all you cunfuddled players out there.

Mrfenris’s Guide to Holy Priests 4.0-

1. Chakra.  Press it before you cast Prayer of Healing, Renew, Heal, or lolSmite.

2. If you cast PoH in step one you have bleu circle things at your feet.  You are in AOE healing Chakra mode.  Top the meters and giggle.  You can also cast Holy Word: Chastise and drop an awesome AOE heal on the floor so your DPS can stand in it and the fire.

2a. If you cast Renew in step one you have green circle things at your feet.  You are in Renew healing Chakra mode.  Go out of mana and QQ on the forums.  You can also cast Holy Word: Chastise and it magically turns into the HoT Holy Word: Aspire.

2b. If you cast Heal in step one you have douche colored circle things at your feet.  You are in Douche healing Chakra mode.  You can also cast Holy Word: Chastise which turns into Holy Word: Douche, which is what you are for using the suckass Heal spell before Cataclysm.

2c. If you cast lolSmite in step one you have red colored circle things at your feet.  You are in lolSmite damage Chakra mode.  Smite your way into 2k DPS and obviously you’re not needed as a healer and you should have gone Shadow.  You can now also cast Holy Word: Chastise like my mother used to when I was less than perfect.

There.  That’s all you need to know about Holy 4.0.

Of course it broke.

Posted in General Me, Preizt, WoW by mrfenris on October 14, 2010

Burned out from tanking, bored in-game, and having an overall short attention span I decided to roll a priest one day.

Having only ever healed as a Holy Paladin…Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  *snort* Oh sorry.  Fell asleep.  Yeah that’s how much fun it was.

Anyway having only healed on a Holy Paladin, I had heard about how good priests were hard to find.  My old guild had always been a short bus guild that had odd make ups in our roster (one night we only had Rogues and Hunters for DPS in our raid) and had never had a Priest for very long.

Furthermore I had heard it be said that Holy Priests were difficult to master and decided that’s what I wanted to be.  I was immediately intrigued because Holy Paladin’s had only 3 heals at the time and Priests had 10,391.

Resto Druids seemed a dime a dozen and for some weird reason I can never get a Druid past 30.  Resto Shaman looked interesting but I was really attracted to the fact that Priests had two separate specs devoted to healing.

So there I sat in front of the character selection screen.  I immediately selected Blood Elf and let me tell you why.  It’s not the flowing hair, it’s not the models, it’s not the racial abilities.

It’s the starting zone.  There was no way in hell I could take another Orc, Troll, Forsaken, or Tauren through the Barrens or Brill.   Can’t do it.  Won’t do it.

The Silvermoon and Ghostlands zones were newer as of TBC, designed better as their quests are centrally located, and overall much quicker in leveling speed.  That’s why I picked a Blood Elf.  I’ll prob switch to a Goblin when I’m able too.

So I sat there trying to think of a name.  I honestly don’t put much thought into such things, I just have a few rules.

1.  It has to be four letters long.  Quirk.  (Likewise all my children have names that can be broken down into three letters.)

2.  It has to start with an “S”.  (My Hunter is the only character I have that doesn’t start with an “s”).

So I’m figuring I’ll only have this character till I decide I hate it at level 30 (see Druids) and delete it.  I hit the random name generator button a few times, find a name, shave off the fifth letter and viola!  A Priest is born.

I smite my way into boredom.  I get a wand and wand my way into boredom.  LFG is born and I heal as Shadow all the way until I can get Circle of Healing and then I go Holy.  I hardly do any quests (I still hardly have any flight paths) instead I keep my nose to the grindstone and level almost exclusively in LFG.  Being the pure being of goodness I am, I never have to wait very long for a group since I’m “Teh Healer” and not a dirty DPS.

So I’m a happy Holy Priest, blending and weaving my subtle and gentle heal spells through the party until I find myself a stranger in a strange land populated by these dark, savage beasts, who seem hell-bent on their own destruction…

Death Knights.

Now I like Death Knights.  I have one sitting at level 78.  I’ve tanked on him a bunch until I decided to go back to my pally.  I like healing Death Knight tanks.  In fact there isn’t a tank I dislike healing as long as they have some idea of what their job is.

But Death Knights are a dime a dozen in Outlands.  Everyone makes em, gets a few levels on them, then ditches them.  In the process they destroy countless lives of healers and their children as they act like jacktards and slop their way through five mans.

So.  Constantly out of mana (Holy mana isn’t very forgiving in the 60’s, having to drink every pull, and basically feeling slowed down by stupidity I do the unthinkable.

I respecced Disc and never looked back.  So here I be.  Penancing, flash healing, bubblezing, afking, and slouching through Wrath of the Lich King.

These days I actually get excited when I have something to heal and sometimes I’ll let my tank get curb stomped just to warrant casting Penance.  When I see a DPS getting their face chewed off I let them until it’s worth my limitless mana pool to heal them.   When I just want to mail it in I just bubble my party and go get a Pepsi.

I love getting a new tank who’s nervous and when they explain in party that their new or have never done this boss, I like to be able to tell them.  “No worries.”  And I mean it.  I like being the guy between life and death.

Sometimes the shit hits the fan and I zig when I should have zagged.  I make mistakes and have dropped people I could have saved.  It happens.  But I like to think of myself as the backbone of the party.  I know the tank has 3 other DPS they are trying to keep aggro from, they’ve got mobs and environmentals to deal with, and they’ve got that question that is seared in the back of EVERY tanks mind “Am I strong enough to take all this damage?”.

The last thing I want them to worry about is “Am I going to get heals?”.  Yep.  Yes you are, because I’ve got you.  I’ve been there.  I’ve tanked it all, I’ve had all the problems that you face as a tank, and I’ve asked myself the same questions.

So I’m heading into Cataclysm as a Priest.  I’ll probably stay Disc, unless my new guild’s healing roster composition changes or as strategy dictates.

I honestly never thought I’d end up healing, but I find it extremely calming and even when things go south I like to be the guy that’s a large part of the reason, they only go south and not all the way to Hell.

It’s odd.  When your with any other healer people tend to measure how good their healer is by how much damage they healed or how many people they saved from near death.

But us Discipline Priest’s we’re different.  When you don’t take any damage at all, that’s where were at our best.  And you may never even notice it.

I was hoping to reflect on Smite/Atonement today.  But of COURSE IT WAS BUGGED AND NOT WORKING SINCE IT WAS THE ONLY FUCKING THING I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING.  OF COURSE I NOTICED IT MID-RUN DURING A GUILD VoA WHERE I’M SUPPOSED TO BE HEALING AND I’M NOT SEEING ANY HEALS FROM IT!

Film at 11.