Written by | Posted November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm A Girl and her Dog

The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across […]

Dear …
comment 9 Written by on December 17, 2008 – 10:20 am

Dear Blizzard –

I know it’s pretty common to wipe once on a boss that nobody in a group has seen before.  And I know sometimes weird stuff happens and people randomly keel over when they aren’t in combat yet (wtf, Cyanigosa, W.T.F?).  But I really do think that you could tweak the helpful little crystals in Violet Hold that are meant to bail you out when things get rough.

Because, in heroic mode, they do about 20% of the total health of any of the trash mobs.  It’s actually more useful to leave your DPSers in the fight than waste the time running over to the side to poke the crystals.  Really – not very helpful, even if you’re just using them to try to speed the instance along a bit.

Love
Anna

Oh, and PS: To My Readers

Just a fair warning – I don’t mind disagreements, and love getting comments and emails – you guys have been awesome, and I’ve enjoyed our contact outside the blog.  But if you’re going to send me nasty, asshattish, internet f*ckwad theory emails, they WILL get published and publicly ridiculed.

I don’t like having to address this, but there’s been a bit of a trend of late – so let’s nip that now, and get back to enjoying civil discourse and totems. (:

Resto Shaman 101 – Spells
comment 18 Written by on December 16, 2008 – 12:03 pm

This is not a strategy post.

It’s not going to tell you any awesome stupendous shortcuts to healing as a Resto Shaman – but it *will* introduce you to the various spells and abilities that you’re going to want to remember and use as you are healing as a Resto Shaman. Consider this Resto Shaman 101.

Resto Shaman 102 and 103 are in the works to cover gear and customizations.  Resto Shaman 201 will be when I start raiding again, and I have a massive Totem Overview post in the works as well (since Totems are for more than just Resto Shamans, I’ll be doing that as its own thing).

For those of you who are NOT Resto Shamans – this is for you too.  This is for anyone that runs instances with a Resto Shaman, is their healer lead, their raid leader, or their loot-distribution-specialist.  This is basic, no frills, standard (healing specific) Resto Shaman infos for your brains.

(And yes, you can expect some “Holy Paladin 101″ posts too!)

Basic Spells:

  • Long heal - Healing Wave – 2.5 seconds talented, this is your bomb heal.  It’s less mana efficient than Chain Heal, but more mana efficient than Lesser Healing Wave.
  • Short heal - Lesser Healing Wave - 1.5 seconds talented, this is your “flash heal”.  It’s not very mana efficient, but it’s fast!  You can glyph this one so it’s more effective for oshit moments when healing a tank, but it’s still more of a situational heal.
  • Group HealChain Heal - 2 seconds talented, this is your “smart heal”.  If it hits one target, it’s not very mana efficient, and it hits for somewhere between a Lesser Healing Wave and a Healing Wave.  But Chain Heal bounces to targets within 15 yards that need healing (and it’ll pick the target with the lowest health to bounce first!).  If Chain Heal hits three targets, it’s the most mana efficient spell we have.
  • Instant HealRiptide - an instant heal with an accompanying HOT that also buffs your next Chain Heals on that target.  This is your “oshit!” heal, your “run away!” heal, and your “don’t stand in fire!” heal.  It’s also a nice thing to douse your target with if you are expecting a lot of incoming damage.
  • Passive Heal - Earthliving Weapon – talented, has a chance to put a HoT on your healing targets.  It’s not huge, but it’s a really nice weapon imbue and also increases your +healing.
  • Passive HealEarth Shield – throws a giant rock that spins around your target, healing them whenever they get hit.  Six charges.  Your tank should ALWAYS have Earth Shield (except in situations where you’re taking tons of spell knockback, which is a much lesser problem now than it used to be!).

(Your) Buffs to your Healing:

  • Tidal Waves – a buff for small group more than raid healing, this increases your healing and decreases your cast time of Healing Wave and Lesser Healing Wave after you use Chain Heal or Riptide.  Tidal Waves is intended to make it easier to switch between Chain Healing to keep a group alive and Main Tank healing – and it does a nice job!
  • Tidal Force – Increases your chance to crit with healing spells by 60% (decreasing each time you crit).  A nice spike damage modifier, this is a good one to use if you know that the boss is about to use his giant AOE stompy spell and you don’t want the nubhat rogue to keel over.
  • Healing Way - Currently after 3 applications of Healing Wave (but in 3.1 will require just one) your mana efficiency of Healing Wave goes up significantly because of this buff.  Great for tank healing.
  • Flametongue Totem – nom nom nom spellpower.  use it!

So that’s your basic breakdown of the tools in your toolbox.

But Anna, you ask, what does all that MEAN?

Well, it means that you have a lot of tools at your disposal, and that rather than being relegated to chain heal spam (like we were in Burning Crusade raids), we have a lot more utility.  The addition of Tidal Waves and Riptide gives us some flexibility in our healing – and no, we can’t keep up with a Paladin for long term tank healing.  Chain heal/group healing is still our forte, but in a pinch, we can definitely keep a tank alive.  We’re capable 5 man healers, excellent additions to any 10 or 25 man group thanks to totem buffs, and we’re hawt too.

There was some discussion over at EJ and PlusHeal about using the Lesser Healing Wave glyph and PILES of crit to be an effective fast-heal tank healer – and this works relatively well in small group situations, and will likely be the way that you’ll find yourself healing in 5 and sometimes 10 man situations.

In a 25 man raid, however, it’s an effective way to get out of a pinch, but riptide plus chain heal is still a more reliable and sustainable method of healing – particularly with the massive raid and tank damage found in raids in Northrend.  Chain heal is still incredibly desirable, useful, and efficient in large raids – but the new mechanics make it so that a Resto shaman can absolutely pinch hit as a tank healer with little ill effect.

Unfortunately, farther than breaking down the spells, I can’t tell you “hit button 3, button 4 and then button 2 four times to heal any situation”.  One of the advantages of the new abilities that we have is that we’re more flexible healers.  Each of us will have slightly different rotations based on our gear, the gear of the tank and group we’re healing, the instance we’re in, and whether or not this is the 14th wipe on this boss.  So be flexible, and know your stuff.  With Riptide and Tidal Waves, even raid healing has flexibility for more than just chain heal spam!

Remember, getting better at healing is a two step process:  first – knowledge and second – practice!

So good luck, and may the Loot Fu (and the Totems!) be with you!

Mutter, mutter, Monday, mutter, mutter…
comment 2 Written by on December 15, 2008 – 11:44 am
  1. Annorah is about halfway through 75.  I’m working on it – I promise.
  2. I’ve discovered that as much as I love endgame as a shaman, I really – *really* – dislike leveling them.
  3. Even in Grizzly Hills.  Which, though the quests are not epic and the lore isn’t that awesome, is such a *pretty* place that I forgive it.
  4. Aely has her first 25 man raid epics, and a heroic epic too.  TRI did a pickup 25 man Sartherion raid, and (as expected) we were very successful and oneshot the dude.
  5. She finally hit revered with the Puppy-men, so she’s got her new pants and gloves.  I’ve not had any desire to take her over to do the Oracles quests though.
  6. Rirri is 61.5, Blood specced, and loving semi-life except for the fact that she’s *still* in Hellfire Peninsula.  Very ready for Zangarmarsh, Terrokkar, and Nagrand, plz.
  7. I’m really trying to connect back to Annorah as a character again – in hopes that will help some with her leveling.  Sadly, I am failing at coming up with actual storylines for her, and anything I’ve written regarding Northrend lore/interaction has been… uh… bad.
  8. Hopefully we’ll be getting ready to start 10-man Naxx soon – hubby-pally and I are itching to do some of this content that we’re hearing so much about.
  9. A raid buddy, guildmate, and friend of mine is starting her own blog – and she’s got an interesting point about how Northrend content is just… darker than previous WoW content.  I agree with her, and some of it has been downright unnerving.
  10. Icecrown is boring and grey.  The little jumpydude is pretty cool though.  Questing there tires me very quickly.
  11. So many quests have relied on questgivers lying, being deceitful, being in the lich king’s pockets, or dying anyway that Aely is starting to resent questing at all.  Due to some other situations, she’s not been sleeping much, and it’s wearing her down.
  12. Winter Veil is here!  Hooray for fun, lighthearted RPs and making cookies!
Moar Wallpapers
comment 2 Written by on December 14, 2008 – 11:49 pm

New Northrend Wallpapers – consider them your Sunday Screenshots!

(either that, or I could post a picture of the amberseeds, with a big sign saying “DO NOT EAT”)

Very First Impressions

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So I haven’t finished the intro quests yet (the server queues from the reduced server capacity due to the DDOS attacks meant I only got about an hour to play yesterday), but I’m finding that Draenor is pretty cool so …

A Girl and her Dog

November 13, 2014 – 12:30 pm

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Counting down to Warlords

November 11, 2014 – 3:09 pm

What a long strange trip it’s been. I’ll be the first to admit that, at the beginning, I wasn’t sure Pandaria was going to be for me. I’ve made clear my dislike of daily quests, and that seemed to be …

Elevation

October 24, 2014 – 12:01 pm

Squire Benjamin William Sullivan stood in the middle of Light’s Hope Chapel in his underpants.

Actually, it was white linen pants and a shift, but the effect was approximately the same. The little chapel was warm, on the edge of …

Introducing the Newest Anna

June 29, 2014 – 4:39 pm

So I’m not really in a position where I should be creating alts. This, of course, does nothing to deter me from making alts when the inspiration strikes. I’ve been really enjoying my Alliance hunter, and she’s my raiding main …

Deconstruction

November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

Patrol

November 13, 2013 – 9:59 am

The cathedral bells stop ringing overnight, except for chiming the hours. Three bell strikes, and Angoleth padded softly around another corner of the Cathedral District, staying carefully in the shadows. Trained ears picked up Mogget’s soft breathing – nearly inaudible …

Riders in Lordaeron – Memory

November 7, 2013 – 1:33 pm

(Written by Jolly, Tarquin, and Annalea)

The highlands of Lordaeron were not for the faint of heart; be it the putrescence of the Scourge’s long-lingering remnant, or the rock-strewn hills and valleys that made farmers out of only the most …

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