Dreamwalker is fun !

Yesterday, the raid was cancelled. The usual raid leader had a few problems and was late and no one else was ready to take the lead seeing that the remaining bosses for the week were hardmode Lich King and ToGC. People spent 45 minutes duelling in front of  ToC before the officers released everyone. Anyways, people were not concentrated, and heading to Ulduar would have been awful.

So we were free for the night, and bored. One of my friends, a feral druid (who happens to be a damn good player), had his ICC10 id free and we decided to go and try to do a few bosses with the time we had. I logged my tree druid, we took a few rerolls in guild, some quite undergeared, some well geared and pugged a dk tank and two other healers, paladin and priest.

I took the lead. I usually don’t like leading, especially when I heal because I need a lot of concentration for healing. With the hunter, it’s quite easy to lead, but with the druid, I need to watch the raid’s life closely… Anyway, I had no choice. My druid friend doesn’t lead, most people in the raid, seeing I’m a former officer, expected me to take charge, so I took the lead, filled the raid with the pick-ups and we were on the road.

The group was good. People were nice and skilled, even with not that good gear. The pugged tank knew tactics, our rerolls new the fights, the comp was all right even with too few ranged (Saurfang wasn’t exactly easy, an elemental shaman doesn’t kite very well…). Trash went down in a rush, my druid kitty friend likes it quick went tanking, pulling the next group when the first one isn’t dead yet (but soon to be). But bosses were well prepared, checking before if everyone knew what he had to do, checking buffs, strats and assignments etc…

We did the Gunship Battle in hardmode, with only a wipe. For some reason, old daddy Saurfang decided to aggro and throw axes to the tree when everyone was back on the Alliance ship. No need to said he lumberjaked me down pretty quickly… I don’t know what exactly happened to the rest of the raid but we died, changed a few things (put undergeared people in the canons and assigned the dps to specific targets) and won our heroic loot.

After the first wing, we headed to the plague wing. Rotface went down quickly but afterwards, one of the pugged healers, the paladin, didn’t know the fights. I had to explain and was quite happy to have my guildies as backup to add anything I would have forgotten… The guy had never seen the fight, hadn’t read any strategy guide, hadn’t seen any video, and as I didn’t check when I « hired » him, I had to assume and explain. I hope I wasn’t too painful to listen to… But people were supportive and the paladin nearly understood everything (except the part when I asked him to stay under Festergut and take the spore debuff, and he nearly died from the plague, and I feared for the tanks when he began to spew everywhere…). Putricide was two-shot, my explanations were good it seems, we only wipe because the dk tank forgot to put his frost aura back after being in the abomination.

After that, it was quite late, and we decided to kill the valkyr in the frost wing for extra emblem and go to bed but Valithria was there, pleading for our help and we extended the raid for half an hour. As the paladin didn’t know the fight, he was « punished » and I and the priest got to go into the portals and have fun with green clouds. I was very stressed. But from 2 of the rerolls we had in the raid, one was our best healadin, and the other was one of our trees, both used to do that in the guild’s regular 10 or 25-mans. Both were very supportive and we won the fight on the second attempt.

It was so fun ! That encounter is really funny as a healer. I needed a few seconds to get the trick to get the clouds, moving in 3D is not very easy for me. And I totally forgot what I had to do, aka heal the damn dragon, as I was so excited at the idea to go into the portals… So first attempt wasn’t very good : I forgot to begin to heal the dragon before going into the portals, and when I came back I realised with horror that the dragon wasn’t on my raidframe… I use my Vuhdo frames to follow my hots, even when tank healing in heroics. Of course, my Quartz is set up to show my hots but I’m not at all used to watch it, unlike with my hunter dots. It took me some time to get used to how to follow my hots and to reapply them not too early.

Here is a screen from my Wol :

Healing Valithria

Healing Valithria

And here is the repartition of the spells I used :

The spells I used

The spells I used

I used Nourish a lot… I’m capped with spell haste now, and my nourish cast is so fast ! It was just spam. I rolled Lifebloom too, refreshing the stacks just before going into the portals, it would bloom while I was away. What I basically did each time I came back from the dream was : running back to the front of the room while firing my instants : Rejuv, Lifebloom x3, Wild Growth, then cast a Regrowth, and then nourish, nourish and nourish, refresh LB, refresh Rejuv, refr… Oh shit the portal ! … cast a LB and jump in ! I realise now that I didn’t used Swiftmend once, which is baaaad ! No kidding, that was very stupid not to use it. I too often forgot that tree’s best friend…

Anyway, Valithria is really fun. Once the first minutes of stress were gone, I really enjoyed the fight. The night had not begin very well but the raid was nice, nearly everyone got some shinnies, pick-up were quite good, and learned fast, guildies were sweeties, never complaining about anything, helpful, just enjoying the run. I was a soporific leader as always, using push-to-talk because I use to curse a lot while raiding, insulting mobs and so on and people could think I’m crazy… But that makes me quite silent on TS, my voice is not very dynamic either, and I had one of my guildies sending me a tell to check if I was alright, seeing we are used to a very talkative leader. I was alright, just healing.

I really don’t like babysitting people into dungeons. I expect everyone knows what he has to do, and if not, to say it before it’s too late. I don’t like having to ask for buffs, asking the tank to pull. I like to get in front of a boss quickly, give quick assignments or let competent people do it. Basically, my usual leading is :

– Ok, lets clean the trash. (Don’t kill the melees)

Full rebuff please, everyone knows the fight ? I remind you to yadayada (important stuff, takes 10 seconds)… Ok, who tank first ? Ready check. Pull.

Yesterday raid was nice because me, as a raid lead, enjoyed the run as much as everyone else. It was efficient. It was smooth. It was a good night.

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I haven’t had so much fun raiding for a long time

The guild I’m in with my hunter is getting through a tough period. Many people feel bored with current content, and now they’ve got their protodrake and the best gear for ToC, they decided that Aion would be great to try out. The rest of the guild can go look for strawberries…

(French expression : sending someone collecting strawberries means get rid of them with a useless activity, or just dismiss them by telling them they can GTFO… Or something like that… I’m not good at translating insults… The funniest example for Strawberries collecting is in this book : Asterix the Gaul, just thinking about it makes me laugh…)

So ! Raids cancelled. Dramas. Many officers quited, many other were kicked, to put it simple, there was around 7 officers a few weeks ago, and now only 2 left : the GM and the Hunter master… Many people followed the officers, they were originally from the same guild and melted with <Useless> a few months ago, and now the guild is bloodless.

Now you are wondering were I got this title for my post. Here we are ! Raids are cancelled, and the guild ambiance is bleeeeh… So I have time to connect my baby tree druid, and play with my old friends on Krasus. And that feels so good ! She changed guild and joined <Joker>, where our friends from <les anciens> are now, especially Sherydan. Their guild have been struck hard by Aion too. They were doing very well, getting access to Algalon with their 10-man group when most of the 25-man guilds on the server don’t. And half of the staff stopped to play Aion… Sherydan called back his old friends and is now raiding more casually, or rather, with less skilled players, but at least, they are still raiding. That guy is just… I can’t find words to explain how nice he is. All his friends came back to play with him, he’s just so great !

That said, last week I had time to heal XT-002 with some friends from my first ever raiding guild (the one I created and leaded, until I burned out and joined <les anciens>) and another guild where I’ve got friends, and they happen to know each other and do some 25-mans together, great ! It was my first 25-man ever with my druid (Emalon doesn’t count). I love Ulduar. Did I ever told you how much I love Ulduar ? Well I love it, it’s beautiful, it’s fun, it’s big, it’s diversified… And being there with all those friends was excellent ! I know those fights, so well that I could do them with my eyes closed on my hunter (seeing my UI, it’s nearly the case… ;P ). But there we were, with Ron on his warlock, explaining the strats that worked instead of their messy strat which was a good one in 10-man Ulduar, but crappy in 25-man… Second try, the big robot died ! Happy druid ! My first boss as a healer in 25-man !

And yesterday, my baby druid put foot in ToC25, with the Joker team. Some of those folks are really good at what they do. They have the best accessible gear they can have and so on. My druid is in emblems gear, with a single T8.5 piece I bought 2 days ago, and crappy enchants, because I have no time to farm or do dailies for her and for my hunter at the same time. ToC was frightening… I’m happy I got Vuhdo ready for raiding, it was a huge help. But actually, the fight was so cool ! I don’t like ToC, boring and ugly. But yesterday night, it was cool ! I discovered another view of the encounter and had a ton of fun playing with friends. More than I have had in the past month for sure… That is an understatement : the last month on Elune have been a nightmare, getting worse every week…

What is the point of this post ? First, I had fun, and it was like a sweet after the doctor made the vaccine you know, like a hot bath after walking under some winter rain. But I don’t want to go back there with my hunter, and I don’t want to stop doing high-end raiding content either. But I need to find a true community of nice players who enjoy playing together. I don’t know if I will stay in the guild Useless for now. They are in a bad period, and maybe with some people leaving and new recruits, it will get better. That’s why I’m looking for guilds on other servers, even if I’m not sure that I will quit my guild. Actually, I may make the jump to an English server. I’m fluent enough in English not to be afraid of the language, and confident enough in my gameplay to apply in any guild.

So this is a call : do you know a raiding guild, on a EU server, Alliance side, English speaking, raiding from 3 to 5 nights a week, doing hardmodes in 25-mans, recruiting hunter and mage, and with nice and sociable people ? Yes… I know… Actually, I found out a few guilds on Emerald Dream EU that are approximately at our level of experience.

Secondly, I loved those fights because I could bring more to the raid than just my heals. I know the strats, and the tricks of them too. What works, what doesn’t… I remember the raid leader from XT, who is an old friend. He always show us (Ron and me) much respect because we are doing endgame raiding, etc… Tamarind wrote a post this week about a crappy Naxx run, where an more advanced/geared player spoiled his fun. I don’t want to be that player ever. That’s just the most arrogant behavior I can imagine. Even with my experience in raiding in Ulduar and ToC, I try to always be humble with less experienced players, because I still learn every day and I know that everyone has his own rhythm to learn things. And if I can help them to better know the fight, I will. Shy reacted to the article by a rambling, and gave a few options about how the RL should have reacted to the arrogant raider. When in a raid I know very well with less experienced raiders, I would follow the raid leader until we wipe, and them /w him tips if I find they would be useful. But I will never try to make the other raiders uncomfortable. That’s rude. That’s pure asshattitude… I’m here to have fun, and not to spoil the fun from others.

I have been the less experienced raider. I have been the applicant discovering some fights for the first time when the rest of the guild knows it for weeks. I’ve been lucky. I’ve always been with people understanding that, even if they told me to pay more attention to the fight, to do more dps, etc… they never took me down, but helped me to improve. That makes great players. I went from a wannabe raider to a true raider in a few weeks and know, I’m confident with my skill.

But the best part of those few hours raiding with my druid is that I’ve no more doubts about my abilities to heal with her. Since the last patch, I was losing confidence. The new heroic 5-man is a nightmare for a druid and I’ve been running (and wiping it) a lot… It’s so hard that I don’t want to go there anymore. And I was thinking I was a crappy druid. But today, I feel good playing my druid my own way. It was great !

Shadowed UF + Vuhdo FTW !

There it is ! My new UI post !

I spent last week-end re-doing my UI, on the hunter first, and then on the druid. I listed all the addons I wanted to keep, the ones I wanted to get rid of, the ones that needed to be replaced by something better, or easier to set up, I spent hours on Curse and Wow Interface to find THE addon… I fully used Vranx’s site too, very, hugely useful site if you’re looking for some specific addon. I’m quite happy with the new look I must say. Let’s begin and do the list of the addons I choose.

The general addons of my UI :

I love Quartz. It’s one of the first addons I ever installed, maybe the first. It’s just not possible to play without it… It shows your latency, and I know if I can incant another spell even if the game tells me I’m not finished yet. And you can set it up so that it shows the buffs/debuffs you put on your target, so handy to time your explosive shot when Loak&Load procs. On the druid, I can keep an eye on my hots on the tank I’m almost always targetting. With my baby DK, I see the deseases I put on my target. In short, Quartz,  a must have…

NB on L&L : Actually, I don’t usually time my explosive shot with Quartz when L&L procs. Let me explain : when L&L procs, you have 3 explosive shots free of mana and cooldown. ES ticks 3 times every second : one on impact, then one second later, then one second later. That makes a mini dot of 2 seconds with 6 seconds cooldown. When L&L procs, you can fire 3 ES in a row but if you do that, seeing the GCD is 1.5sec, you will lose damage from your ES, not letting the 3rd tick out. One solution is to fire another instant shot (not Steady shot, that a loss in dps) between two ES, but if your other shots are on cooldown, you have only ES left. There is two way to deal with it : check your target and fire the next ES went the first one fade out, but with lag, and the time it takes for your shot to reach your target, you wait too much and lose dps. The second way is the way I use : fire ES, count the seconds in your head « 1, 2 », fire second ES, count « 1, 2 », fire third ES, go on with rotation… It’s not easy for everyone, but being a musician helps me a lot to do that. When I’m too lazy or too focused on something else to count, I still use Quartz, except I never wait until ES disappears, I fire the next one when there is only approximately 1/4 of the time remaining. End of hunterish lesson… How many people did I lose ?…

I used to have STUF for a while. But the config panels are a pain if you want to modify it, but if you don’t need to, you can just use it out of the box. It’s a nice UF. I tried Pitbull4 too, but you have to set up every single thing. You have to spend 4 hours to set it up before doing any group activity, even if the config panel is relatively easy to use (seeing the number of options). SUF is something like the combo of those two : you can use it out of the box, it’s pretty and functionnal. But if you want to change a few things, it’s easy to set up. And if you want to change every little thing, you can enable the advanced setting. The basic config panel is really easy to use. I didn’t try the advanced one at the moment… Big up for Shadowed, really great addon !

Like for the UF, I used STUF Raid which comes with STUF and loved it : simple, not too ugly, I didn’t need much more to raid with my hunter. However, when dealing with healing with my druid, I had to find something else. I used Grid for a while and loved it. I added Clique a few weeks ago and still need some training for clic-healing… But the horde of mods you need for Grid is just overwhelming… And Clique is buggy these days… And Grid’s a little bit laggy. So I decided to give Vuhdo a second chance (I tried it once and wiped my group for 30 minutes until I got Grid back… But it was because I was discovering clic-healing…). And this time, it was good. I will keep it I think, even if it still need a little bit of set up. And I installed it on my hunter too, to be able to misdirect by clicking. It’s oRa2 compatible, you can assist people by right-clincking them, it’s just excellent. So Vuhdo adopted.

I still have Decursive on my druid, even if I could probably use Vuhdo instead, but I like this mod, very handy.

Blizzard bars are just big and ugly. ButtonFacade make them pretty, Bartender make them movable, sizable, well, not much to say on this one actually. I have to many spells and abilities on my hunter, I try to get rid of some of them but it’s an every day battle…

And OPie came and saved my life : just have a look at it. I mostly use it for my aspects, I can change them by middle-clicking, a ring appears with my aspects and mounts, I just have to choose. It’s a great addon ! And pretty. And ButtonFacade compatible. And there is a lot of pre-set rings you can use. It’s just an awesome addon.

OmniCC adds a timer on my abilities when they are on cooldown.

I used Bison a few weeks, very easy to use. I installed SBF to try it out… Not much to say yet.

Power aura is much more interesting. I use it to tell me when no Hunter’s mark is up, or if my Serpent Sting isn’t up. I have an aura if I’m in Viper, Cheetah or Pack aspect, wild or beast too but smaller or if I have no aspect at all. I have a warning if low mana or full mana and still in viper… And of course, I have my Loak&Load aura, like the one BRK showed us a while ago… (the video isn’t working anymore…) I use it on my druid too when I’m Balance specced to follow my dots. Power Aura is great !

Let’s go on with the list of « don’t raid without that one ». Omen : to check your aggro. A must have as a dpser.

DBM is a classic boss mod. The other ones I know are Bigwigs and Deus Vox Encounter (DXE). Bigwigs is buggy. DXE is good and pretty, but I’m used to DBM even if it’s ugly. Actually, I miss the big blue warning « Shadow crash on you ! » « Move ! »… Well DXE do it too but not as visible and not with the same sounds… It’s disturbing… But DXE is really great, I think I will intall both of them actually… DXE does not work for 5-mans though if I’m not mistaken, nor for old instances : WotLK raids only.

oRa2 is for raid managing, so that you could track people cooldowns, and set tanks and main assists. Very useful, quite pretty in my opinion. Vuhdo is compatible with it so I may not even have to show the MT frame. My only concern is that Vuhdo doesn’t show target of target of the tank unlike the oRa2 frame. But actually, not a big deal…

Those 3 addons are mandatory in my guilde, like in many other raiding guildes.

Various combat addons :

That is one of my favorite addons. Simply shows every Misdirect in the area with a cooldown bar, in red when MD is active, and in green when the 3 charges have been used but MD is still on cooldown. One of the most useful addons I’ve found. I love that one.

This replace the usual messy battletext in a clean roll, and add many other indications. Quite spammy though… I didn’t take the time to filter what it shows and it’s still the standard config… I will have to check that one day… A classic

Like it says : Give me the range of my target, my focus, and my mouse-over target… So handy.

Loggerhead automatically enable the combatlog recording when I enter a raid instance and stop it when I’m out. I can then post it on World of logs and analyse it at will. Recount records everything you do in combat. An ingame World of Logs. A little bit resources consuming though.

Still in beta, changes the look of the nameplates (the one you can turn on/off with « V »). Not bad. I’m still not used to it and haven’t look at the set up panel.

Utilities :

  • ChatterNot much to say, a chat addon, that’s all…
  • Fubar and a few of its many mods :the Fubar is great to show many informations. Just choose the one you want.
  • AltoholicAltoholic is just awesome : there is everything you need to know about your alts, their gold, their bank, their guildbank, their professions, their skills, etc… Everything. And if other people in your guild have it too, you got infos from them too.
  • AtlasLoot : Atlasloot enable you to check the loot possible on any boss, but also to check recipes and item from every profession. You can of course link them on the chat.
  • QuestHelperGathermate and Cartographer : Questhelper and Cartographer are great for levelling, and Gatherer for farming ore and herbs.
  • TipTac : Change the appareance of your tooltips adding many useful informations, like guild, target,  spec, buffs…
  • Minimap : Sexymap and MinimapButtonFrame (MBF) : Nice addons to clean your minimap and move it where you want, squale it, and store all your addons’ buttons in a movable frame with MBF.
  • Auction House : Auctioneer and Postal : Auctioneer is a must to hope make some money from auction house. And I just don’t like the basic window. Postal makes your life easier with your mail.
  • Bugsack and !BugGrabber : with so many addons, I often have lua errors. These two addons prevent those error to show on the screen and keep them in a « bag » and you can check them later.
  • Addon Control Panel : with this addon, you can enable/disable your addons without having to log off your character.

Here is a screenshot of my current UI in raid. Still a work in process but much better than it has ever been.

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I’m still not exactly happy with it. Two MT frames, one of them will have to disappear… MSBT and the Blizzard error text (you know the red one saying « this abilitie is not availiable yet ») and DBM are spamming at the top of the screen. I don’t have anything monitoring my traps (how long they stay put and when they trigger, how long it last…) and that’s bad…

I may write more articles about addons, describing how I set them up. Feel free to ask for some specific addon settings in the comments.

We nearly had it !

Tuesday is Yogg Saron’s day.

Yesterday, we tried it with only 3 gardians. And one tank. That tank is amazing. We recruited him a few weeks ago and he’s still in trial (which is surprising, he should become a member pretty soon that one…). He transfered from another server much more advanced in the game than ours and was used to do this fight alone when we usually have two tanks. He was amazing. Never once mobs went away happily killing the raid. We had a few problems through the night with people having disconnection in green clouds… And the group going down at the brain (included myself) was strugling at the beginning. When I was asked to stay in the top room and I was really happy… I was very concentrated on my dps yesterday night because it was really important to kill those damn tentacles quickly, but I missed the green rays several times (they didn’t missed me though… dead hunter…). How frustrating, stupid huntress !

On the 7th try, everything was perfect. No disconnected in clouds, phase 2 was hyper clean, we had time to kill every single tentacle of the room before the melee group came back from the brain. And we arrived in phase 3 without any tentacle, it was THE perfect try. Everyone was very concentrated. We knew we would have it, the first heroic « Three lights in the Darkness » of the server. Noone was speaking on TS, no need. This time was the good one !

And then, people began to die. Ugh ? What’s happening ? And someone said : « the tank is disconnected ». Noooo ! The mobs killed everyone and Yogg +3 was at 9% after the most perfect try I have ever seen, even in normal mode. The poor tank had had a power cut in his house… He was desperate when he came back 5 minutes later. Not his fault, no hard feeling from anyone but he was really down. And everyone had lost concentration after that. We made a break but none of the tries following were as perfect as that one. We ended up adding the 4th gardian to finish the big ugly before midnight. But that kill was quite insipid… I got my T8.5 shoulders though… I’m now in full T8.5, that’s quite cool actually… But I’d happily exchanged my shoulders for the hardmode kill… I got « Drive me crazy » this time, last time an idiot (an arrogant hunter in trial, he wasn’t guilded…) got mindcontrolled.

Anyway, next week we will have it ! Oh yes we will !

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On another story, I did the new Crusader 5-man heroic with guildies with my druid. Poor darling. I haven’t even done it with my hunter. She died. On every boss. The group was quite nice with me, maybe because they had just kicked another druid they had found in lfg, who healed with Tranquility instead of decursing poisons… I managed to keep my group alive for most of the fights but generally, it was a little bit too violent for my little tree and she died, after saving the tank in extremis. The second boss, the paladin, even one-shooted her… He does a spell (I can’t remeber the name) which deals 16k damage. My druid had 15,7k hp… Dead druid… We had a good laugh ! I need a little more gear if I want to heal in that dungeon…

The good thing is that I trained myself to use lifebloom less and nourish more… I feel odd using incanted spells on my druid. If I’d wanted to incant, I’d rolled a priest, a shaman or a paladin… The only tree of my guild do not use lifeblood in raids anymore since 3.2. He said in hardmode you can’t afford it… I don’t know. I don’t do hardmodes on my druid anyway… But I want to play my druid well anyway, so any advice would be welcome. I’m quite lost with her at the moment. I have no time to reseach and to train my healing skills those days, focused on my hunter as I am.

I got loot. A nice shinny new dagger, and pants, and a neckpiece. We did the dungeon in normal mode afterward (the bear tank wanted his trinket). I will have to put enchants and gems in those. I really don’t know what to put in my blue gem slots… Is spirit still interesting since the new patch. I think I will try to find hybrids with spell power but what should I take for the other caracteristic ? Spirit or mp5 ? Should I put red spell power gems despite the socket bonus ? I’m concerned with the loss of spirit I have now with my new items. I got some more haste which is nice, I need it… Maybe I should take green gems with haste and spirit…

Here is the link to my druid’s armory. If any of you has any advice, I would be really glad to hear it… Don’t hesitate to tell me if you find anything odd in what I did for her (gems, enchants, talents…). I’m lost today… That’s a strange feeling. I’m used to know what I am doing while talenting, gearing, gemming and enchanting my toons… I usually felt like I was doing it right for the druid until today…

Even with my hunter, I still cannot decide what second spec to give her : my talents got refunded and I get my raiding spec back but for the second spec, I hesitate : BM pvp spec ? BM pve ? Marks pve ? I cannot decide…

Kel’Thuzad is hard, but gives great loot… and guild questions…

Did I tell you I finished Naxx 2 weeks ago with my hunter ? No ? Well I did. About time.

And I got the gun from KT which is great ! I love new weapons ! I have a soft point for range weapons, especially bows, and 2-handed axes and polearms… I’m a show-off just for these. I always carry in my bags my axe from KZ that transforms me in the undead bassist of the Tauren Chieftains.

But I really didn’t expect to down KT with my druid before a long time : she’s a reroll and should not have a spot in our raid except for extrem lack of healers. Well, we missed one healer tuesday night. I had to bring my fragile little tree to Naxx again. Poor dear. Only KT left for the week.

And there I was with my baby druid in front of the big bad guy of Naxxramaxx. I was so anxious. I didn’t want to screw myself in this fight but I don’t trust my skills as a healer enough.

The first try was tough. This boss is a nightmare. I let the offtank die in phase 1 while everyone was losing life and it was chaos and I panicked. I rezzed her. And she died in a double iceblock while, with the priest, I saved the tank ice-blocked too. When the two adds popped, they destroyed us… It was hard… I wasn’t prepared.

Second try, I knew what to expect. I was much more efficient. I choose my spell better. I kept everyone alive, except one hunter in phase 2 who stayed in the red circle, and got one-shooted. But I managed to save the offtank this time as she got ice-blocked again with the tank… I left the tank in the hand of the priest. Win !

We killed him ! And the loot was : well… great ! The dagger for casters dropped and they gave it to me ! Whoosh ! Level 80 since friday with my druid and already 3 pieces from Naxx 10… Happy druid. Later in the night, I did the Nexus with guildies and of course, The Mace dropped… Mouahaha, I didn’t need it ! The paladin took it for his offspec, we were here for that anyway…

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On another tone, I’m quite worry for the guild right now. Two weeks ago, it was a great guild, and today, it feels strange… The GM changed, his brother is now in charge. He felt he needed some rest. I can understand that. But many people are feeling the same at the moment, and building a 10-man every night is a pain nowadays. I wish I could go back to try and down Malygos at last, but the A team is often short in one or two key members…

And I feel tired too. I’m in the raid every night I’m logged. I love to raid but I would like to have some time to farm a little, do dailies, gear my druid and do some pick-up with her… And as much as I like people in my guild, I realise that I really prefer when Sherydan is around. He’s the one I know for the longest time and maybe I just joined their guild for him because I trusted him. But now he’s not connected as often, I feel different. Most people in the guild consider me as a full member and they know what I can do but I see myself still in test period, and the guild is too.

I hope it will get better. I wanted to do 25-man raids, that’s why I joigned. I wanted some challenge and Malygos10 is great ! But no Malygos for 2 weeks, and no 25-mans except a desastrous evening this week, with 15 or so guildies and pick-up the rest… I wonder if I should change guild before it get worst, or if I should stay until it get better… And where to go anyway ?… I’d like to be in a guild where they do 25-mans easilly. And with nice people. I don’t really need the top guild of the server but a guild with at least 23 other people wanting to wipe endlessly on a boss and finally down him. I said 23, because my boyfriend would follow me I suppose.

And here is my biggest problem. My boyfriend got promoted in our guild. He’s now class master of mages and even leads raids sometimes. I have no problem with that. I’m happy for him, he was acknowledge (not sure of the word here…) by the other officers who saw his value. My problem is that now, he’s got responsability for the guild, he cannot just leave like that. Like I could. I could leave tomorrow for a bigger and better guild. I saw the best guild alliance side is recruiting hunters. And I know that despite my « not that good » gear, they may consider to take me on trial, because I know my class, and can get the best out of my gear. And I know one of the officers there for a long time and he knows me as well. I’m sure he will back me up with my apply.

Actually, I couldn’t leave the guild tomorrow. Because I owe them much. They helped me when I was a bit lost after the end of my guild.  I don’t owe them stuff, because I don’t feel like I got many pieces without effort. I often let items to others or I just didn’t have had much luck with loots and rolls (Hunter’s T7 is a legend no ? Especially the shoulders…). I don’t care about loot (except some weapons… Black Ice… Drool…). But I feel like I owe them DPS… That’s strange. I know that if I leave, they won’t be really able to perform as well as today. I’m not being pretentious, I know they will need time to find or train  another good hunter, and another very good mage. And not to mention the theorycrafting we bring to them…

Well, that said, I’m not that happy with my guild. The people are great but I don’t know them enough to really count them as friends yet… I feel lonely maybe.

Scary…

 

My little druid dinged 80 last Friday ! Yééé ! And something happend the very same evening, something very scary… I was asked to heal at our Naxx10 run. Yep… It was scary…
Friday night we had our Naxx10 run with the guild and the healing team couldn’t hold the two tanks on Anub’Rekhan despite the three healers (very good disc priest, but terribad holy priest and beginner holy paladin).
This boss is usually a formality. But this time, we just wiped and wiped again, losing the MT or the OT, or the holy priest… Clearly, the heal wasn’t coming.
The guild roster was quite desertic at the moment and as we had no other choice, I was asked to switch to my new 80 resto druid, the holy priest speccing shadow. By chance, I already had the leatherworking epics, the crafted offhand and the rest was mainly blues from levelling dongeons. My gear was not that bad.
And that’s where the scary things began.
I know those fights like the back of my hand as a hunter, but the healing part of the fights are very opaque to me. I spent the various fights stacking my hots on the two tanks and trying to throw a few lifeblooms, wild growth and rejuv on various raid members loosing life (just before they got topped-off by the paladin…). The heal leader (disc priest) was quite nice and helped me when he had time but he hadn’t much…
I did fine actually, Anub’Rekhan was dead first try with my druid. And we one-shotted the rest of the wing, and Plague wing too except one little wipe on Heigan I don’t remember why… I died during the dance. I think I tried to select someone on Grid and got late on the dance and died in the flame. This never happend with my hunter…  And Loatheb was fun by the way… But I was happy it was the last boss and I have had 5 bosses before to get used to healing.
Raid healing is scary, but it’s so much fun ! And druids are just awesome. They drown in their own mana, they have powerful tools to keep people alive. They are cute in their little tree form, everyone love trees.
But I cannot decide what was the scariest fact of this friday night… Finding myself in a Naxx run the same day I dinged 80 ? Realizing how I loved healing ? Or getting two band new epics from Naxx after only 3 hours of /played at 80… Yes I got 2 items this very night : as a reroll she was allowed only leftover for loot, but healing leather is for druid… Noone else wanted it anyway ! 😀
And now, I need to get honored with the Sons of Hodir in order to put some nice enchant on my beautiful purple shoulders…

My little druid dinged 80 last Friday ! Yééé ! And something happend the very same evening, something very scary… I was asked to heal at our Naxx10 run. Yep… It was scary…

Friday night we had our Naxx10 run with the guild and the healing team couldn’t hold the two tanks on Anub’Rekhan despite the three healers (very good disc priest, but terribad holy priest and beginner holy paladin).

This boss is usually a formality. But this time, we just wiped and wiped again, losing the MT or the OT, or the holy priest… Clearly, the heal wasn’t coming.

The guild roster was quite desertic at the moment and as we had no other choice, I was asked to switch to my new 80 resto druid, the holy priest speccing shadow. By chance, I already had the leatherworking epics, the crafted offhand and the rest was mainly blues from levelling dongeons. My gear was not that bad.

And that’s where the scary things began.

I know those fights like the back of my hand as a hunter, but the healing part of the fights are very opaque to me. I spent the various fights stacking my hots on the two tanks and trying to throw a few lifeblooms, wild growth and rejuv on various raid members losing life (just before they got topped-off by the paladin…). The heal leader (disc priest) was quite nice and helped me, explaining the healing part of the fight when he had time but he hadn’t much…

I did fine actually, Anub’Rekhan was dead first try with my druid. And we one-shotted the rest of the wing, and Plague wing too except one little wipe on Heigan I don’t remember why… I died during the dance. I think I tried to select someone on Grid and got late on the dance and died in the flame. This never happend with my hunter…  And Loatheb was fun by the way… But I was happy it was the last boss and I have had 5 bosses before to get used to healing.

Raid healing is scary, but it’s so much fun ! And druids are just awesome. They drown in their own mana, they have powerful tools to keep people alive. They are cute in their little tree form, everyone love trees.

But I cannot decide what was the scariest fact of this friday night… Finding myself in a Naxx run the same day I dinged 80 ? Realizing how I loved healing ? Or getting two brand new epics from Naxx after only 3 hours of /played at 80… Yes I got 2 items this very night : as a reroll she was allowed only leftover for loot, but healing leather is for druid… Noone else wanted it anyway ! 😀

And now, I need to get honored with the Sons of Hodir in order to put some nice enchant on my beautiful purple shoulders…