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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?


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*


-Bows head in respect-

Bellwether of 4Haelz has left the blogosphere. Apparently she has become bored with the game, and her beta access wasn’t making her want to wait for Cata either. She’s got some IRL stuff that she wants to do, and apparently her account has been closed for a month and a half. (sadface) I respect her decision, but I will miss the first tree blogger I ever read, and I hope she has a wonderful, happy life. Ishnu’alah, Bellwether.

First off, thanks to Ambrosine of I Like Bubbles for giving me the idea for this blog post. She talked about cooldowns, and used Innervate as an example, leading to this post.

Also: This… will be ranty

So, without further ado, I give you Innervate: When, Where, and Why.

Innervate: Causes the target to regenerate mana equal to 225% of the casting druid’s base mana pool over 10 seconds. 3 minute cooldown.

Glyph of Innervate: Innervate now grants the caster 45% of his/her base mana pool over 10 seconds in addition to the normal effects of Innervate.

Cool! Druids can regen their mana, lovely. However, notice that ’causes the target‘ to regenerate mana? Sometimes druids are asked to save their Innervate for someone else. If they don’t have their own mana giving device, well, okay. Especially if you know you don’t need it my precious you can’t have my precious GOLLUM. However, if you’re OOM and you have a mana regen device you haven’t used, do NOT ask your neighborhood tree for their innervate. If there is a kitty, go ahead and ask. We don’t need it. DO NOT ASK YOUR BEAR TANK. WE CANNOT SWITCH OUT WITHOUT GIVING OUR HEALER A HEART ATTACK. Your Moonkin is a alternative if you’ve asked them beforehand so they’ve planned around it.

When to use Innervate: Raids and Heroics on Boss fights or during a facepull. Arenas… Um… I DON’T KNOW GO ASK A PVPER!!!

Raids: Use it when all of it will be put to use and not wasted. That’s one of my pet peeves, seriously. Don’t use it because ‘oh hey, 70% mana…’. Use it because ‘hey, I’ve got really low mana, and the end of the fight’s not coming soon.’ G’lord people, don’t use it when you’re only getting 10% of the effect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heroics: Just use it on boss fights when you need the mana, or if you are in Halls of Reflection/Violet Hold. Basically: Anytime where you need the mana NOW and you can’t drink really soon. In between pulls, they can wait for you to drink, honest! If they don’t, then they are bad, not you.


Where: Raids, Heroics…. Um…. for the pretty glowwy  effects in roleplay….

Why: Because you need the ©ø∂嵘´∂ ƒ¨ç˚ˆ˜© mana! Not because ‘oh look that person hasn’t used all their cooldowns yet let’s save them one’! Nonono, you need your cooldown, they have their own, shoo, shoo, go heal!

Sidenote: Use rejuvenation. USE IT ALWAYS! DO NOT SAY ‘Bah, Nourish is better’. Okay, okay, you have your (Wrong) opinion… but rejuv makes nourish BETTER SO USE IT. ALSO REGROWTH IS GOOD!!!!!

P.S. Beware the druid known as Packa. He is a fail healer who believes that rejuv is a ‘haha, maybe sometimes’ spell.