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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”


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.

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?


    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.

    Dps: undervalued.

    This post is about dps. And how they are important even though people always talk about healers and tanks being the only important ones. I know the name of the blog is Restobear, and I said I was going to talk about tanking and healing as a druid and stuff related to WoW. But this is related to WoW. You see, tanks and healers undervalue the dps. When you see a dps not being the best, do you think first “what could be affecting this” or “lol, fail dps”? I’m using the extremes here, but the dps are being maligned by tanks and healers whenever they fail to put out optimal dps. They could be new to their class, they could not have done all their research, or they could be lagging. And don’t forget, on some fights, when they have to move around a lot, that’s going to affect ranged and melee dps.

    The poor dps have a very long wait to get into a dungeon, and when the first thing they here is that they’re not good, they are fail, and their gear is terrible, what makes them want to do it anymore? If, as a tank/healer you were constantly badgered when you weren’t the best possible, would you want to heal or tank anymore? Would think it was worth it?

    Have you hugged a dps today?

    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.

    Rant about tank druid gear.

    SERIOUSLY, WHAT’S UP WITH IT!? We are rolling against all other melee leather users (well, that’s really rogues. And cat druids. But still!! There’s a bunch of them! And nub ehn shamans/hunters). We just gem differently, really. I get much more gear healing because only moonkins want my gear, and even then there’s generally a nice line saying this is resto and this is balance.

    But us Bear Tanks? We sit in a corner and watch everyone else get gear while we are falling behind, which generally means we have to switch stuff out and just roll on tanky stuff as OS while healing/lol MOONFARE spaming. I realize not all moonkins lol MOONFARE spam, but I’m trying to get to a DIFFERENT point. Maybe some of you are obscene gerund lucky about your rolls and you get your gear. Maybe you’re looking at this and thinking ‘Wow, way to blow it out of proportion, I get gear all the time.’ If that is you, I wish you good luck and stare at you enviously.

    My guild is, -cough- a five-man guild, we rarely get more than 5-6 people on at a time. I raid in the harsh environment of guilds who need a few PuGs and can afford to be choosey and drop people. I still really need to get around to regemming, but my computer decided to corrupt the danged WoW file and I need to get around to reinstalling and repatching and guess what it’s the holiday season. But I digress. All these guilds are fair and I’ve not run into any loot councils, so I roll and get my loot. But I’m often told that my 30k bear tank is not good enough in complete PuGs, so I run healer and grab myself tanking gear that drops as offspec. It’s sad. I only tank in my guild now, and we’ve got a dps with an alt protadin who’s gathering gear. (I SWEAR WHEN I GET BACK ON I WILL PUSH YOU TO TANK EXACTLY AS YOU PUSHED ME! REVENGE!) So while I always get gear from there, it is measly heroic gear and we haven’t gone into the IC dungeons yet because it’s like herding cats getting us all on at the same time.

    I wish we could expand to 10-man guildishness because then I could tank more. I would love to tank more. I love to tank. But when people in the raid I’m PuGing need it for their MS, no matter that I was tanking before dual-spec when I went tree and tree is more an offspec for me, guess what. Your MS is what you are in the raid as. I’m apparently only good enough to tank naxx that no one wants to go to anymore, but I’m good enough to heal TotC 25. *Goes off to call guildmaster and talk about sucking in friends to get to 10-man size*. So the only way I can know I’ll get gear, because our one and only rogue generally heals,(Edit-Clarification. The rogue has a priest alt, and heals on that. Not as a rogue.) is guild runs. There’s generally too many other people in guild runs unless I get lucky and they’re going to something that they don’t really need, they’re just doing for giggles. WE NEED MOAR TANKING LEATHER. Not homogenized leather that you can shove at dps and tanks! Next time I’m stuck for something to post I’ll throw my OMG BEAR TANKS GOING EXTINCT WHY!?!?!?!? rant at y’all.

    Patch 3.3, Impressions

    Random Dungeon Tool:

    I’ve had a good time with it. I haven’t gotten bad PuGs, ninja PuGs, no no no. Only good PuGs. You may be amazed now, but I think I just haven’t used it enough. Eventually, I’ll find the group where I /facepalm and toy with the idea of dropping. My druid actually hasn’t gotten much out of it except for badges, gold, and a ring she vendored. My shaman, however, has leveled and run out of rested experience, so she’s sitting around in Ironforge, having trained her new spells. Maybe she’ll get played some more today/tomorrow. However, whenever I enter as a healer/tank, what I invariably have to do is tank. So I switch off, tank to heals to tank to heals with different dungeons being run. The same was true on the PTR: enter as tank, you’re going to have to tank. Now, my advice for healers and tanks. Druids.

    Tanks: be prepared to tell the dps that if they are pulling in the first few seconds, to back off. If they don’t, then >=( and tell them again. 3rd time, let them die. I’m going to put in a diagram here. (rummages around looking for how to add picture) …Once I figure out how, I will. But basically, be very cranky. CRANKY TANK. Always check that it really was their fault, however. Never good to falsly accuse someone!

    Healers: Be prepared for the bad PuGs who stand in fire and stuff. Heal them when you can, but the priority chart here is:
    Tank/if tank is about to die and it can’t be stopped you(healer)
    High dps/if tank is about die and it can’t be stopped highest health dps
    Medium dps
    Low dps
    Blanket rejuv if you have to (and their are some fights were you’ll likely have to–new dungeons while people are learning them, for one–) And if you keep on wiping and you’re giving out your best heals, then you should politely ask why do people think you’re wiping so much.

    Now for something completely different.

    I have a devart, and I posted on something of Bellwether’s.(her blog: http://4haelz.blogspot.com/) She responded. <=D made me happy. She was first resto druid blogger I read, which made me think I could try it, even if I went tank and healer. And now I’ve got to toddle off and have dinner. And finish up my paper. And….etc.

    Computer troubles already!

    Actually, I’m just switching to a new computer. That’s going to take a day or two more, but in the mean time, Alienea shares this tidbit of wisdom with you:


    Healers, unless the tank will die if you don’t get a heal on them, move out of the bad stuff. Druids? You should have HoTs on your tank and swiftmend, so you don’t have this excuse. If they die, dump aggro and rebirth them.
    –Put HoTs on tank, keep them on at all times. Now, assuming you’ve done this, the following checklist.
    1. Is the tank going to die if you don’t cast a heal? Yes? then move to step 2 and it had better have been spike damage doing that. If not, move to step 5
    2. Swiftmend and do step 5. Is swiftmend down? Move to step 3.
    3. Are you doing to die if you stay in it long enough to cast Regrowth/Nourish? Then go to step 5, if not go to step 4
    4. Cast Regrowth/Nourish and then get out of it and heal your tank up. WG them to help the melee that refused to move out of it. If they still don’t, let them eat floor and don’t strain yourself to help the melee, especially if they have been told to get out of it, and they should know not to stay in stuff on the floor unless told to do so. Ranged shouldn’t encounter as much and should move also, but it they don’t, rejuv them and then let them eat floor if they stay in it, same as melee. All need to learn.

    TANKS! The healers would rather not have to heal you through that when there is ALWAYS! ALWAYS! A melee or ranged dps who refuses to move. We need to help them, without worrying you’ll be telling us whether the floor really tastes of chocolatey goodness, as we try not to find out. So please, please… move out of it.

    DPS! Move out of it. The momentary loss of your dps is better than dying, and hurting the group, not to mention your gear, because you refused to move out of the BAD STUFF.

    Now, tanks. Of course we always move out of the bad stuff. But when you have time on your hands, try to help the healers out by popping your cooldowns when big spike damage comes. I do this by using survival instincts if I get low, because then my healer is not going “AHHHHHHHHH HEALTH IS SO LOW MUST RISK OWN LIFE FOR THE TANK!” Of course, some of them shadowmeld and let us wipe. That is recommended when it’s been called a wipe and your gear is about to break, but not before then. And of course, be willing to pop innv on the healer if it won’t kill you. If it will kill you, then it’s just not helping, but you can ask them to come closer and you’ll trade them a mana pot or something similar.

    Thank you,

    P.S. I made this post on my iPod for those wondering. Very annoying -.-