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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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Firelands Dailies

…My druid can’t do them. She’s currently stuck in a lag vortex right after, oh, the first quest that gives marks of the world tree. I can’t even get her out of it, due to the fact that WoW runs at about 1 frame per 10 minutes on her in those areas. Oh, and the Thrall quests, which my shaman can do easily and with no lag to speak of, my druid also goes back down to 1 frame per 10 seconds. I have no idea what is causing this.

…Er, the two quests I did were fun, though!

And the Thrall questline has a nice cape for my shammy that she loves. Considering she was using a 333 cape.

*goes to try getting druid out of the area once again*

*sigh*

Insane PuGging

*has no good explanation for absence*

Shaniana met an insane PuG group today.

1 Worgen Warrior, 1 Night Elf Death Knight(tank), 1 Dwarf Hunter, 1 Human Paladin and Shani.

I zone in to an already in progress dungeon, sighing inside because that almost never ends well. I clicked on the DK to check his presence and.. he didn’t have one. Erm.

Understanding that I photoshop ftl, I started out everyone with black and a letter.

Blue P: Paladin is in Blue

Red DK: Death Knight is in Red

Brown W: Warrior is in Brown

Green H: Hunter is in green

the line inbetween Dk: In Combat and “Hold going out” is me saying “Er, you can switch in combat”

*cry*

Stuff like this makes your healer die a little inside.

…I realize that to some of you, vote kicking may seem extreme. *coughakomarcough* But if you’re not going to admit you can switch presences in combat, and you “never do it that way”, you’re getting a vote kick your way.

*cry* Dk I refuse to heal you. I reserve the right to refuse healing to anyone like this. You never tank like that? I’m sorry, I don’t heal tanks like that. We eventually stuck the concept in his head that you can switch presences in combat after one more minute of arguing. The Paladin is to blame for that minute, as he said to let him try. His methods consisted of yelling obscenities at him. After that, the DK kept on going in and out of blood presence, and the Hunter continued to make snarky comments. We downed Hadronax without having him overwhelmed by buggies and dying without giving us credit. We easily cleared the trash after that, and after engaging Anub’arak… the paladin left. Randomly. No “have to go, guild needs my main”, or “shoot I need to go emergency”. Just *poof* and gone. Alright. Fine.

The Death of a Bear

If you’re not J or V, then you don’t know about this. But a week or so ago, I had a run of truly terrible PuGs. I kept on getting dps that outgeared me and refused to pull back their dps. To give you an idea, they had 5-6k GS’s and I had around a 4.5. They would run around doing 5-6-7k of dps while my measly 1k tank dps tried to hold aggro. It didn’t work, and every time they yelled, they blamed me, and they wouldn’t tone back on the dps.

So after telling dps to stop and tone it back numerous times in one day, I got fed up. I realize that this was just a bad day, but honestly, I was annoyed. I’m a moonkin/tree now. And frankly, I see no reason to go back. I know that tanks are scarce enough, but maybe dps should think of that. I’m going to stick with restobear, though, because come Cata I’m going to pop back into sweet, sweet feral form for leveling. And then I’ll be a Bearkin! The restoration side of this blog will come solely form the shaman, and she’s level 44 now.

I apologize to all the dps who do tone it back, who do help the tank, and now will have longer queues. Slap some sense into the ∂嵘´∂ foolish dps who won’t do anything of the sort, and may the gods of the game be with you.

A more rational response.

My place in this argument is still firmly on the side of no ToL cool down. I posted over on the long, long, thread about it, and I actually got quoted a bit. Here are some of my comments and responses, with a list of why I just hate the idea below.

Q u o t e:
I really think all druid forms should be cooldowns, using the same argument being applied to ToL.


That would be even worse than just ToL form. We have abilities we can only use in bear/cat form. I already hate the fact that ToL is becoming another stupid gimmick, don’t change the rest of them. <-me

People here are summing it up really well. Tree of Life is our FORM. We do not need to DPS, we need to heal! Tree of Life makes it so we can’t dps, yes. If you want to dps than go feral or moonkin, don’t go hating on the fact you can’t dps in a HEALING form. <- me

Q u o t e:
Tree of Life is being changed because resto needs to sacrifice balance spells and utility to heal as well as everyone else.

Moonkin Form is fine because balance druids sacrifice healing to be closer to pure classes. Every other hybrid sacrifice healing, either by being in a restrictive form (see Shadowform) or not having enough mana to support it (ret paladins/enh shaman).


Being able to see you gear is side effect of the change, not a cause.


See above.
We have no reason to be dpsing in raids.
Do not screw over the raiders. <-me

Okay, I’m going to sum up some of what the annoyed resto druids are saying .
-This is a PvP nerf
-The reason ToL is being removed is to look at our armor and everything else could be changed while keeping ToL.
-The people who are saying they are glad it’s gone are mainly non-druids, or feral/balance druids.
-We are druids we shapeshift . Our forms is what sets us apart, and it’s an iconic part of the class.
-You’re taking away ToL so we get to look at our armor, but you’re not doing anything about moonkins or bear/cat, where you ALSO don’t see armor. WTH?
– Another on the armor side- It’s ugly, we don’t really want to look at it.
-We rolled to experience all the forms, and if we wanted to see armor we would roll priests/shamans/paladins.
-There’s the basic emotional response of “You’re taking something AWAY from us, and not GIVING us anything! And you think we will forget? That we will FORGIVE?” <-me

(I might have altered a quote from that guy at the Wrath Gate)

Q u o t e:
-We rolled to experience all the forms, and if we wanted to see armor we would roll priests/shamans/paladins. <me


Be careful. With this reasoning, you’ll attract all the druids that say they’ve been healing since Vanilla and don’t need any stupid form. When they can’t seem to realize that they are now the minority, and the majority of resto druids around now have only ever healed with ToL.  <-Lakeshumi


Q u o t e:

Be careful. With this reasoning, you’ll attract all the druids that say they’ve been healing since Vanilla and don’t need any stupid form. When they can’t seem to realize that they are now the minority, and the majority of resto druids around now have only ever healed with ToL.

Edit: Quote fail. <-Lakeshumi


My husband and I have been chatting about the druid changes (hes resto mainly and I am mainly feral). We are both coming to the fairly scary posibility that blizz wants to give us presences instead actualy form changes. So presence of cat/bear/moonkin, and the actual forms will be changed to that of what they want to do with the ToL. An on use ‘trinket’ to boost a specific area in the spec. In essence, killing the druid class entirely. If what they are aiming for is every class just like other classes. This would be the logical course in that case. <-Kyniska

Q u o t e:

My husband and I have been chatting about the druid changes (hes resto mainly and I am mainly feral). We are both coming to the fairly scary posibility that blizz wants to give us presences instead actualy form changes. So presence of cat/bear/moonkin, and the actual forms will be changed to that of what they want to do with the ToL. An on use ‘trinket’ to boost a specific area in the spec. In essence, killing the druid class entirely. If what they are aiming for is every class just like other classes. This would be the logical course in that case. <Kyniska


Oh no. No no no no no. That would definitely kill the whole idea of a shapeshifting druid. We were made to shift, and you’re right, this looks like it is leaning in that direction. <-me

Q u o t e:

I know it would 😦

To equalise what they are doing to the trees, perhaps they should take the hunters pets away and make them into an on use ‘trinket’ to buff their dps, equalising the hunters actual dps so that they wouldnt actually be ‘losing anything’. A ‘Call of the Beast’ on use ability with a CD. That would only be fair. <-Kyn again


Rofl. That does seem like what they are doing to us, doesn’t it? It really sucks, and I can only hope Blizzard will change their minds. I rolled a druid because I wanted to shift, not to have my forms a gimmick like a trinket.<-me

(I’m adding to this as I write in the list.)

Q u o t e:

I’m thinking the same thing. It doesn’t make sense to remove tree form for the reasons given without also removing moonkin. I could easily see bear and cat going as well, in favor of some kind of “spirit channeling” type of thing. <-Mishotem


If all of our forms went, 99% of druids would drop WoW right then and there.

Edit: Alienea (sp?) I’m stealing your signature.< Lorellell

Q u o t e:

If all of our forms went, 99% of druids would drop WoW right then and there.

Edit: Alienea (sp?) I’m stealing your signature.<Lorellell


Go ahead, steal it. I know I would stop if they changed all our forms. I’d just have to put 36 levels on my shaman and I’d have a new main. Well, 41 with cata. I’m beginning to wonder if blizz is even reading this thread anymore, though. <-me


Q u o t e:
So Tol is gone so ppl can go
“OO Lokz at mah shizy phat lotz!” in the middle of a raid as ppl drop like flies sinces their staring at their armor instead of healing ppl?
FAIL!

So Tol is gone so ppl can go
Ohh look i can dps now when i heal! …. Umm Weren’t the change to stats in cata made to force healers to work more and as more a HEALING team? (More damage, less regain,ect) If thats so where as going to be getting mana or time to work in a dps rotation in the middle of healing?
FAIL!

So Tol is gone so ppl can go
Wow, i’m so happy Tol is gone and i can heal in caster form without have to use that ugly tree form! (There are now almost 180 pages of people complaining about lossing that “ugly” form!)
FAIL!

So Tol is gone so ppl can go
Hurray we’re not tied to a form that does nothing but give us a passive boost with no real abilities!
(yet Boomkin and Shadowform remain neither of which grant any special abilities.)
FAIL!

So Tol is gone cuz GC said

Q u o t e:
) Hey, maybe staying in a single form all the time isn’t really that good for the class

So yeah why are moonkin,bear and cat not being change into caster form as well and just given crazy “I AM BEAR! RAWR! for 15sec on a c/d ? Hmm?
FAIL!

So Tol is gone cuz GC said

Q u o t e:
said this before, but we don’t think giving up everything (hyperbole, but you get the idea) to go into a dps form is that big a sacrifice, because you’re being compared to and presumably want to fill the role of classes and specs that do nothing but dps.

But the same doesn’t hold true for healing? As a resto druid i want to be compared to and fill the role of a class and spec that does nothing but healing (priest) and umm when is the last time u saw ur holy priest layeth the smite down? hmm?
FAIL!

If lossing ToL is a must and looks like it is can i atleast get the real reason why it being changed? <-unknown


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And now, for something completely  different. A List.

-This is a PvP nerf

No, seriously. We can’t be polymorphed, we have armor, and we heal. It was very hard to get us out of the picture because of HoTs and such. But guess what? Other classes are also hard to get out of the picture. (Except for squishy mages/priests. Lol squishy. And they could be hard also, if they were good.) Blizzard is just trying to disguise this as a PvE nerf. Well, they want it to be a buff, but guess what? It’s a nerf, taking away our static form it make it into a trinket-like CD.
-The reason ToL is being removed is to look at our armor and everything else could be changed while keeping ToL.

This seems oh-so-likely. They could hit ToL with the nerf bat instead of taking it away. We don’t need to DPS in raids, guys. We’re there to HEAL. The only time I dpsed in a raid was Onyxia, with all the whelps. I used Hurricane. And then I never did it again, because they all came to kill me.
-The people who are saying they are glad it’s gone are mainly non-druids, or feral/balance druids.

Also true. Look around the forum thread and you’ll see that the resto druids that are happy it’s gone are a minority. Now why would Blizz please the feral/balance druids about something that’s not their spec unless they had an underlying motive? Kyniska seems eerily close to a truth.
-We are druids we shapeshift . Our forms is what sets us apart, and it’s an iconic part of the class.

Yes! YES! I rolled to shapeshift! I rolled to be able to turn into a cat and a bear and a tree and a moonkin! Of course, I stuck with bear through BC, and then picked up tree in WoLK and loved it. Blizz is taking away a very important part of the restoration spec.
-You’re taking away ToL so we get to look at our armor, but you’re not doing anything about moonkins or bear/cat, where you ALSO don’t see armor. WTH?

Think about it, Blizz. Think. You’re targeting restoration druids here, not the other specs. Why are you hitting resto like that? We really loved where we were in the majority of us.
– Another on the armor side- It’s ugly, we don’t really want to look at it.

NO for srs, Blizz! Our armor is REALLY UGLY. DON’T MAKE US LOOK AT IT. And the stuff from TotC is just differently colored rogue gear.
-We rolled to experience all the forms, and if we wanted to see armor we would roll priests/shamans/paladins.

Yeah. Yeah. We rolled to shapeshift.  Not to go “ooo looky I can change into a tree for X seconds and then go back to ugly armor me!”
-There’s the basic emotional response of “You’re taking something AWAY from us, and not GIVING us anything! And you think we will forget? That we will FORGIVE?”

Honestly. We get no new toys to play with at all. And then Blizzard takes away ToL. I know we’re “in a good place right now.” If we were in a good place, then WHY, oh WHY, did you take ToL form away, Blizz?

Edit: The thread started April 08. It’s now April 11th. CONTROVERSY!

Blizzard? I don’t like you either.


Q u o t e:

  • Tree of Life is changing from a passive talent to a cooldown-based talent, similar to Metamorphosis. Mechanically, it feels unfair for a druid to have to give up so much offense and utility in order to be just as good at healing as the other classes who are not asked to make that trade. We are exploring the exact benefit the druid gets from Tree of Life. It could strictly be better healing, or it could be that each heal behaves slightly different. You also will not be able to be banished in Tree of Life form (this will probably be true of Metamorphosis as well). Additionally, we would like to update the Tree of Life model so that it feels more exciting when you do decide to go into that form. Our feeling is that druids rarely actually get to show off their armor, so it would be nice to have at least one spec that looked like a night elf or tauren (and soon troll or worgen) for most of the time.

  • No. Just NO. Please say you’re kidding, please say that this as all some cruel joke. I love my tree of life form! People can look at it and say that I’m a healer! Don’t make it a stupid gimmick. We don’t need to be able to use damage spells. We’re healing. We need our mana to HEAL. And-and other druid forms can’t see their armor, and you’re targeting my tree form? People complain about the big bear butts more! if you take away our, well, not-so-pretty form, we’re a regular person who can’t heal as well and have had our iconic symbol taken away. We will become broken inside! We have our niche, and after Ghostcrawler saying that you’re happy where we are, why are you taking away our non-broken, fun, iconic ability? Why?

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    Just change the model if you want it to look cooler. But at least give me a choice. I think this is stupid, and when I’m not so angry about this I’ll compose a list of whys. In the meantime, Bellwether or 4haelz has done a very good job of listing why we should NOT have it on a cooldown.

    A tale of Haste.

    Once a druid was almost at the haste cap. She strived for the one second global cooldown, and she had almost reached it. She had haste gems socketed in and some haste from her gear, but then patch 3.3 dropped… and lo, the haste cap was suddenly much higher! And there was much gnashing of bark and wailing of one tree, for suddenly much more haste was required! And she still strived for haste, and bemoaned the fact that the upgrades that dropped for her had nigh on no haste, but much spellpower, and she now had so much spellpower that it was pouring out of her bark. She bought more haste gems, and got the guild jewelcrafter to work on getting the recipe so that she would only have to buy the raw, uncut gems. But haste still avoided her, and she beat the wall of the Dalaran bank in frustration. The new 5-man dungeons never popped up for her as a random heroic, and therefore no lovely nummy hastey items were gotten. She wailed in frustration as her heals landed just to late, and she haunted the auction house for the recipe so that the guild jewelcrafter could make epic haste gems. To this day, if you listen careful around the bank and the auction houses, and even sometimes in dungeons after someone dies, you can hear the sound of leaves rustling in the wind, and of an ent, sobbing softly as more people die.

    Ranting about… erm.. a lot.

    ….Valentine’s Day has become a Hallmark holiday now. And yet, we still have it in World of Warcraft for two whole weeks. We pine for the Love Rocket and settle for the Oozeling. Actually, I want the Oozeling almost as much as the Love Rocket,  but in general. Although Love is in the Air is now happily no longer dependent on luck, there is still much to do. Since my schedule has been somewhat overloaded, and hopefully will become even more with a play, I know I can’t get it this year and just went for Peddlefeet. The only other thing I wanted to get out of it doesn’t work on my server. On Burning Legion, I have a friend making a killing farming lovely charm bracelets and selling them.. but his method doesn’t work on my server. And I’ve been sworn to secrecy. But anyways. Love is in the Air has one aspect to it I really like, the evil perfume/colonge makers. Think about it. Valentine’s Day has become something designed to sell us junk, and WoW has taken that and put it into the game. I really do love that, and I have fun thinking what else they could do with the perfumes if they were good, like making the horde and alliance be peaceful. Honestly people, the Lich King and Deathwing are far more important right now.

    Sometime within the next week I’ll post on how I tank or heal, depending on how I feel that day.  Sorry for the sporadic posts, but like I said, overloaded schedule getting a bit worse. Even though I want it to get a bit worse.

    My First Bad Group(kinda)

    So yesterday I popped online and queued up for a random heroic! Lo and Behold, I –wait a sec, dungeon finder just popped. Okay wait, it popped again. Okay, I’m back.—-had my first bad group. I’m amazed at how bad it was. NO one broke 3k dps, not even the rogue. The tank, however, was tanking ret. I mentioned it and he said “I can handle it, I’ve got my tanking gear, I just forgot to spec my secondary.” They all had really good gear, ilvl 232 and up. And yet I was second on the who is taking damage meter, the tank was above 2 of the dps on the dps meter, and my overheal was tiny. Why? Because they were taking so much damage that my HoTs were almost always healing something instead of overhealing. Nourish became the 1# used heal, followed by Rejuv and Regrowth. The only reason I didn’t die was because I sacrificed the dps to the death god that King Ymiron worships. And then, on the first boss, I said “Wait, let me grab a drink before you pull.” I’d been using my innervate on myself and no one else(shut-up mage, I’m healing you! I need my mana!) but it was on CD. The tank /shrugged and so I sat and drank. And then, at 1/2 mana, he charged up and pulled, with the dps close behind. I was fed up, so I just kept on drinking until full mana, and then tried to toss a natures swiftness+healing touch the tank’s way… but LoS prevented me. Of course it was LoS and not my wish to see them all die ;>.> <.<; . So the boss chewed through all the dps and I popped shadowmeld.

    “WT*??? healer sucks!”
    “Yeah! Why the **** did you not heal us!?”
    -> the mage “And she won’t even innervate me! kick her!”
    At which point I remarked “You may have a tank, but healers are still something you wait a few minutes for.”
    So I wasn’t kicked and I made them all run back. We went through the boss with only one death. (mages aren’t tanks, dangit!). And continued on. On the next boss the tank dies and I refuse to battle rez him, so the rogue tanks and holds much better aggro. We kill the boss and move on after rezzing the tank. On trash pulls (trash pulls!) the tank overpulled 3 times. As in 10 mobs at once, all over the group. All these times I pop shadowmeld and rez them, but they aren’t getting GoTW now, oh no. They are getting MoTW and the tank is only getting thorns because he needs it. Once we finally get to the final boss…

    The tank forgets to pull the mobs first:
    “WT*?!?!!?!?!??! How did that thing kill us all so quickly?”
    Me (Shadowmelded):
    “……Because you’re an idiot? You’ve been overpulling the entire run and now you forgot to pull the trash first. You’ve got a ret spec, the dps can’t break 3k, and I should’ve left after the first boss.”
    I get sworn at and told
    “We’ve got great gear, we can handle a ****ing boss.”
    I just sit and rez them, we kill the trash, I delay until shadowmeld is back up, and let them die. I get sworn at again “OMG JUST HEAL US! WE DON’T REALLY NEED YOU, OUR GEAR IS GREAT!” They pull the boss and I leave the group with a “;-) Have fun killing it with your great gear and no healer!”
    ….it was worth the 15min debuff, it really was.

    The moral of this story: Tanks and Healers go together like frosting and cake; you can live without one or the other, but you won’t be happy. Dps, bah. They’re sprinkles! We only need them because we haven’t figured out how to kill stuff quickly yet.

    Glyphs, Glyphs, Glyphs.

    My current major glyphs are Glyph of Innervate, Glyph of Rebirth, and Glyph of Nourish. I’ll explain my reasoning behind all three, and why I’m making some changes to this set.

    I’ve got Glyph of Innervate because I raid in PuGs, and there will be someone who will call out ‘Toss me an innv, I need mana.’ If I know I won’t need it, I’ll pass it to them. But sometimes there’s mana-intensive fights that I need my innervate on, and so if I toss it to them I still get some of the benefit. Most of the time I first ask if they’ve used their mana-regaining abilities. While I’m on this, warlocks…. Please don’t lifetap down without calling it out so that you’ll have HoTs and not die to random RNG. Or Koralon.

    Glyph of Rebirth is kept for the same reason- when someone goes down, especially if it’s a tank, I want them back up at full health. PuGs are not perfect and I can’t assume another druid will have the glyph. Heck, I can’t even assume there will be another druid. One time in a 25 man VoA pug, there was no other druid. So of course only moonkin gear dropped. It helps save the time to heal up a tank, when during that time a boss can be decimating the dps or the healers.

    Glyph of Nourish is the glyph I’ll likely be dropping. I’ve got enough gear I don’t need it tanking healing in heroics. I’ll probably be switching it out for Glyph of Swiftmend. The better glyph for me at the moment, Glyph of Swiftmend allows me to roughly equal an instant-cast nourish. I can work out the math later and stick in a different post. Feel free to work it out yourself and comment to that effect =D. Now if only there was a smaller cooldown to swiftmend… but that would be OP.

    What, did you expect me to lay out all the glyphs and recommend them? Well, for casual puggers, I would go with this set of glyphs. It helps cover for people’s mistakes while helping you. Innervate/Rebirth/Swiftmend. Feel free to change them out, the only one I have to strongly recommend is, ironically, the one I need to slot in, the Swiftmend glyph.

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