Archive for August, 2011


Raid Mindset

So, on Sat night, we went in. After a ton of wipes in phase 1, and one in phase 2 (that was in between the phase 1 wipes) We killed Rhyloith. And to paraphrase our Raid Leader: “Why the f*** can’t you do this all the time?! I just saw you take Rhyloith down so smoothly Casually Addicted”, the top guild on our server,”would be jealous! And yet we’ve wiped to stupid s*** on other attempts. F*** switch are you all throwing to do stuff like this?” He’s constantly saying stuff like that. And, well, he has a point. We can go into Firelands, and for some reason on all the good attempts, everything goes smoothly. We’re communicating, we’re not standing in anything, we’re stacking or not stacking and getting everything down correctly and the dps range from 16-24k. I saw that on Shannox and Lord Rhy-Rhy, and, well, I agree with our raidleader.

We’re not in a raid mindset on the wipes. And when we are, we are quite capable of beating down anything we d*mn well want to with only a few attempts. I’m not sure why sometimes, the switch flips and we suddenly become, again steal words from Jjesse’s mouth, Paragon, or any top guild.  I wish I knew how to make sure that in Firelands, it was always switched. It’s quite frustrating to wipe to Beth’tilac time after time– after we’ve seen her at 2% and if she just hadn’t eaten one spiderling, she’d be dead. We had to call it. WTF!?

So, I look at my healing. I look at who I’m healing, my overhealing, my HoT uptime, my activity, who died when. I’m proud to say that the part of the raid I heal is highly unlikely to die first. It happened once twice tonight, on a dozen or so wipes. One time, the spiderling killer was out of range, and one time I just didn’t get to the person fast enough, and I’m beating myself up about that. If they’d been alive, would we have had the kill? I try to make sure that I AM in raid mentality. That I AM doing everything I possibly can. That I’m bringing potions, cookies, flasks. Even though the guild provides feasts and cauldrons, we can run out of feasts. We all need to farm more. I try to use my warlock cookies, and I try to use tranquility every time I can use it and still have it when I need it. I’m certain there’s something I could do better. Maybe some reforging, I know that I’m not quite at a haste breakpoint and so I should either reforge to get to it or reforge to other stats until I can reach it. I give my innervate to other people. I still get 10% mana, and I have the luxury to potion of concentration, they don’t.

I know my raid group can kill the bosses when they’re in raid mentality. It really annoys me that sometimes, we’re not.

I know I did everything I could think of at the time, and it wasn’t enough to kill the boss. I know it’s not all on me. But f*** it, I feel like it is.

….After all, don’t you know it’s always the healer’s fault?

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So have I mentioned that I recently got my wisdom teeth out? It hurts like a female dog, I’m on fricken’ heavy duty pain drugs (That aren’t doing a whole lot as far as I can tell), and I am still healllling.

We’re currently working on Lord Rhylioth and got him half of the way down on the first night, so life is good. What’s going on is that the steerers are getting the hang of it and we’re getting the hang of seeing everything on the ground and communication and all that.

Also, we downed Shannox for the second time. Got another eternal ember. Also, remember what I said about being on heavy-duty pain meds?

One wipe, not due to me but lag spikes.

Second time, perfect execution except for one crystal prison trap the RL, ironically enough, took.

And I did top healing and 2nd in overheals, which, well, doesn’t mean a whole lot since you know meters, but HAH. It’ll also help we check out how to mess around with my glyphs. And now I need to go take another dose of pain meds and pass out.

 

ALSO! If by some chance, you read this blog, you are on Gilneas, or want to go to Gilneas, and are on the Alliance..

We are currently interviewing a frost DK, but we need an arcane or fire mage, preferred arcane for the buffs. We are 1/7 and working on Rhylioth, we are semi-hardcore (which basically means show up on time, put raid face on, but we understand that when RL stuff happens, it happens), and we make jokes. It’d be nice if you can use ventrillo to communicate also, although if you have dental surgery, or strep throat, stuff like that, there is obviously and exception made. Go to  http://itwasepic.guildlaunch.com/ make an account there and APPLY. Please I love you?

Shannox

Good news, everyone! On Thursday the 11th, instead of going in BWD like we had planned due to a warlock being a bit late, although we knew that was going to happen. So, the RL polled for common consensus and  we went to farm Firelands Trash. And then when the ‘lock got on, we decided “hey, why not just keep on doing this and work on SHannox some more? We can always just do BWD sat or something.” We cleared enough trash that Shannox appeared (and got 3 epics and one epic pattern in the process, woot woot). After one wipe, during which our main tank our our tank’s healer’s computer (I’m not really clear on this) randomly decided to restart. Ooooops. WIPE.

But then… but then, on the next pull, we did it. Cleanly. The only person that died was the MT, literally 2 seconds before Shannox died. And we got an Eternal Ember, which, after much discussion, went to the warlock.

Our not-very-complicated strategy:

Kill Rageface.

-easy enough, just focus the dog

Take Shannox to 35% and then kill Riplimb.

-we postioned our Riplimb tank in such a way that the stacks would reset with just the dk slow.

Kill Shannox.

Druid Healing, Kind of

(I apologize for random spaces I might miss, I’m typing this on my IDevice and it will autocorrect to wrongness.)

K, so, if NO ONE IS OVERWRITING MY HOTS.
Okay, so say the fight is Shannox, which I need to work on anyways considering that’s where our progression group is at or at least was at before my trip.

If someone is trapped in a crystal trap, you can do nothing to help them. Or at least, I don’t, as I know that I will need all my mana for healing. As we gear up that might change. They are out of your LoS, and you cannot help them. At all.

For immolation traps, first, call out on vent that someone got hit by one. They are COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE. You are making your healer waste mana healing and dispelling you if you are in one. *cough shann tank I’m looking at you cough especially when they add 40% more damage on you cough* After that, I’ll toss either a nourish or a rejuv on them. 80% or lower, rejuv, and check to make sure they don’t have rageface on them. Otherwise, nourish to around, oh, 95.

Rageface. I am always on raid heals so far, so I know how I respond to this.
If he’s face raging someone, they get rejuv+nourish spam and swiftmend if they drop low. Now if they get below 15-20%, you have a problem because no one is critting rageface for enough to get him off that person. At that point, I toss regrowth at them and pray that someone crits, or spam healing touch if they are a VIP. (You need 150 healer points to become a VIP… Or be a healer tank or dps pulling required dps.). And of course, he will focus people, at point you need to just heal them. I use nourish and rejuvenations for that, if they’re a clothie I might mix in some healing touches.

When Shannox tosses his spear, there’s the initial AoE damage, which is nit avoidable. If possible, I like getting people to temporarily stack up so that healing rains and effloresences can get heal everyone up. Of course, there is the trap problem, but if they just go into dbm and say to announce it everyone will yell out if there’s a trap on them. And then you can move, no?

I save tranquillity for phase three, although I do pop it in phase 1 at the beginning just to help with mana and so it will be back up. In phase three, stacking makes my life much easier but it is not always manageable. Rejuv and swiftmend, along with wild growth, allow for pretty nice raid heals, which is a big necessity in phase three due to the major raid damage. At that point I just pray everyone stays alive while healing my little heart out.

….. I realize that’s not really my priority system, but gosh darn it, it changes every fight and with every new patch, with gear, enchants, flasks, potions, team makeup(a red lipstick with pink blush is to be most heartily avoided, just like a team made up of only paladins and death knights)