March 13, 2008 – 11:54 pm
Raid leader’s sick, sounds awful in vent, had to leave early to try to sleep. Raid assist has 2 year old twins with the flu. Main tank is Raid Assist’s husband. Healer Lead skips out 20 minutes in (school or something), leaving yours truly to coordinate again (no replacement is brought in for him). AFK’s galore, disconnects left and right, can’t seem to get either of our usual mages to stay connected more than 2 minutes, and Al’ar bugged out and reset at 9%.
I know. Al’ar doesn’t have a reset. But at 9% we all dropped combat and he went back to flying around the top of the room. I don’t know either.
Then another raid leader (from another raid) steps in as a sub, and while she’s very nice… she’s not really our raid leader. She’s got a few of her own raiders with her as subs as well, and while she was nothing but courteous and soft spoken, her other raiders proceeded to tell us what to do, what we’re doing wrong, call out for various skills/abilites that they think people should be using RIGHTNOW OMG, including a mage who told our pallytank how to play (and that he’d rather just have hunter pets tanking adds) but couldn’t manage to wait 3 seconds to start DPS on the adds so that the tank could get aggro.
Said mage also said in raid chat “rez me lol!” when I was the only surviving raid member and hadn’t rezzed any of the priests yet (selfrez ftw!) – no sh*t you need a rez, idiot – I can see that you and everyone else around me are corpsed! Also couldn’t figure out what spells he should use to fight Al’ar since he’s fire invulnerable. And he sounded like Beevis in vent.
3 hours of wiping on Al’ar. Funny how 3 hours of wiping can feel like you’re making progress and learning a fight, or it can feel like you’re in a room with 24 other incompetent morons beating their heads against a flaming death chicken. (And yes, I include myself in the incompetent moron dept.)
And I get to do it all again Friday/today! Since apparently there’s a group of the raid that want to do MORE WIPING instead of getting a chance to recoup some of our losses and gear up on things we know. This week was supposed to be “wipe on Vashj” week – so much for that.
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March 13, 2008 – 7:36 am
Well, obviously this one depends on the character, but I tend to go with as many consumables as I can justify bringing for the cost for my priest (who is not a progression character) and all available buffs/flasks/potions for my shaman (who is). I bring both flasks and elixirs to most raids, in case things don’t go as planned. Progression nights are definitely flask nights, but the rest of the time I try to judge based on how the raid is doing and on how many wipes we’ve had.
Also, I try never to log out without repairing, so I don’t noob it up and show up at a raid with 40% durability…
In game lists:
- Golden Fishsticks (20)
- Blackened Sporefish (20)
- Superior Mana Oil (2 vials = 10 charges)
- 1-2 Shattrath Flasks of Mighty Restoration
- 10 Elixirs of Healing Power
- 10 Elixirs of Major Mageblood
- Mana Potions (usually not less than 10) – especially SSC/TK specific pots
- 1 stack bandages
- 5+ Ankhs
- Fish Oil (20)
- Shiny Fish Scales (20)
- 40 water/coffee and 20 food of whatever type I can buy
- Three full sets of gear – one equipped, two in bags
- Crunchy Serpent/Bluefish or other +damage food (20)
- Spicy Crawdad or Fisherman’s Feast (20)
- Superior Wizard Oil (2 vials = 10 charges)
- One Flask of Supreme Power
- 10 Arcane Elixirs
- 10 Elixirs of Draenic Wisdom
- Mana Potions (usually not less than 10)
- 1 stack bandages
- Sacred Candles (60)
- 40 water and 20 food of whatever type I buy
- Two full sets of gear – one equipped, one in bags
And of course – a few things that I usually have out of game too… sticky notes (for coordinating healing), some simple knitting, and something to drink. (No, I don’t knit while healing, only while waiting on wipes/breaks/raid start).
Depending on how well/poorly the raid is doing, that something to drink will occasionally contain alcohol, but never/very rarely caffeine. (see last Friday and the Amaretto Sour) I’m *extremely* sensitive to caffeine, to the point where a soda or a glass of iced tea after about 3pm will keep me awake all night – sometimes any caffeine during the day at all. So I don’t really ever have the stuff, and I won’t have more than one drink either.
I also usually have a cat on my desk for raiding. This is not a necessity, and is often an annoyance. As yet neither of them have caused any raid wipes, though other feline members of the raid family have. However, in the presence of successive frustrating wipes, having a fuzzy, sleepy, purring cat to pat and snuggle is decidedly stress relieving.
So what are your raiding necessities?
March 12, 2008 – 8:42 am
Teaching job has taken over, so no post today – hopefully back in the swing of things for tomorrow. (and I’ll be done with this job on Friday)
March 11, 2008 – 8:21 am
(Warning – RPer content ahead)
So, when I’m not busy being a restorelemenhancement shaman (since I love all three specs, but am currently resto), I can be found playing a priest. Annalira leveled holy, aside from a short stint with shadow from levels 63-67ish, and she has always been intended to be a healer. Pre-BC she raided Molten Core and BWL as an auxiliary healer – never really had the gear to sustain main healing. She was the first character I got to 70, but when I rolled Annorah she took a bit of a back seat.
And then Totally Raids picked up Annorah – my enhancement shaman, who was NOT supposed to be a healer. And two weeks later Annorah became my resto shaman.
Having two level 70 fully-specced healers, and no other alts at 70… blows. I couldn’t farm, I could barely quest (as long as the quests were 3 levels lower than I was), and I got tired of the run around it took to get a group to get anything done, as well as the constant expectation that I would heal for whatever anyone wanted me to heal.
So in one great marathon I dropped herbalism, leveled tailoring from 0-350, respecced Shadow, and started working on Anna’s frozen shadoweave set. And all was good. Until I started to have in-character interactions, and realized that as much as shadow is useful, and has great DPS, and is a wonderful addition to a group… there was no way I could reasonably justify Annalira’s shadow spec without totally redoing her character (not going to happen).
This was a few months ago. Since then I’ve tried a few things (from only using shadowform when I’m actually nuking things, to wearing pretty not-arcanist-reskin gear around town) but in the end things haven’t felt the same with Anna. And while I’m connected to all my characters very strongly, she’s probably the one that I identify with the most – feeling a disconnect from that meant that I stopped writing about her, stopped talking to her really.
And I started thinking (dangerous, I know), if there were some way to have her be primarily focused on Holy/Light, without having her automatically be a healer. Two things came to mind. Heavy discipline/pain suppression priest – a PVP healer; and a smite build. Now, I’ve not tried deep discipline in awhile, so I suppose that’s a viable alternative, but that’s not a DPS build – and she fills a DPS spot in a Karazhan raid and a Zul’Aman raid, and I’m not sure I want to go back to having two level 70 healers (though having Angoleth at 70 would help).
Smite builds? Well, there’s a reason they’re called Lolsmite builds. Can you do the DPS? Yes, kind of. But you’re not a mage, and you’re not a warlock. You lose all the utility of the shadowpriest but you don’t get the scaling damage of a pure damage caster. Unlike shadow, you have easy access to mana-efficient backup heals, but there are lots of classes that do that with much more utility than a smite priest (elemental shaman being the one that comes to mind).
And thus you see my dilemma. The most logical spec for Annalira is something like the 34/27/0 build that I’m experimenting with right now. And damn if it’s not a fun way to play. Lots of usable spells, equivalent DPS to shadow, easy backup healing – the Heroic Mechanar run I did Sunday night went well, as did the heroic Shattered Halls and heroic Mana Tombs runs I did Monday, and the playstyle is really enjoyable. But if I ever want to bring her to anything more complicated than Karazhan? Well, from a raid leader standpoint, there are no situations that I’ve experienced up through SSC/TK where I would say “You know, I wish we had a smite priest”.
So far I really like this build, but I don’t want to get groups only with people that already know and like me (not that I don’t like grouping with friends, but it’s nice to know that you’re there both because they like you AND because they know you’re not a noob).
So when is it, really, just a game? At what point do you say “spec how you like and have fun with it” and when do you say “you know, you just can’t hack it, time to respec or find the door”?
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