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You’re All Wrong; Where To Really Place The Blame

Mortigan started this and he’s wrong. No, not just that he’s Undead, which is wrong on a whole other level, but that he’s just wrong.

Amber picked up on it and bless her heart, try as she might, she’s wrong too!

Wipe #1
Cause of Wipe: The Tank just sucks.
Person to Blame:  Blizzard. Heirloom gear has spoiled the leveling game where people are supposed to learn their classes, but everyone avoids the instances now. The debacle that passes for gear progression in end-game is such a mess that again everyone avoids the earlier raids and is ill-prepared to tank current content.
Possible Solutions: Remove heirloom gear. Bring back gear progression.

Wipe #2
Cause of Wipe: The Tank dies.
Person to Blame: Blizzard. They nerfed our poor tanks. Probably due to some PvP imbalance which royally screwed tanks over.
Possible Solutions: QQ on the public forums.

Wipe #3
Cause of Wipe: Boss immediately ignores Tank and 1-shots the DPSers.
Person to Blame:  Blizzard. Again the tank nerf screwed them over and they can’t build/maintain threat. Also it’s probably patch/maintenance day and the encounter is bugged.
Possible Solutions:  QQ on the public forums.

Wipe #4
Cause of Wipe: The Healer dies.
Person to Blame:  Blizzard. If a healer aggro’d, the encounter is glitched. Or possibly another version of Wipe #3
Possible Solutions:  QQ on the public forums.

Wipe #5
Cause of Wipe: The adds are killing everyone.
Person to Blame:  Blizzard. Again encounter is bugged and/or tanks can’t maintain aggro because of their nerfs.
Possible Solutions:  QQ on the public forums.

Wipe #6
Cause of Wipe: The DPS is too low, and the boss Enrages.
Person to Blame:  Blizzard. They didn’t make the encounter easy enough to cater to the casuals.
Possible Solutions:  QQ on the public forums.

Wipe #7
Cause of Wipe: The Healer dies, even though you have a rocking Tank.
Person to Blame:  Blizzard. Again similar to Wipe #3 and #4.
Possible Solutions:  QQ on the public forums.

Wipe #8
Cause of Wipe:  People don’t know the fights.
Person to Blame:  Blizzard. Encounters are too easy so everyone feels they don’t have to research up on it OR encounters are so complicated that no one understands it anyway.
Possible Solutions: QQ on the public forums.

So who’s really to blame for all our problems?



Crit By The Healing Meme

OK, all you healers out there are already aware of the healing meme/webring started by Miss Medicina going around. And I got tagged by Christine although she did it via a comment on my blog, and again by Amber. In fact, I got crit by the healing meme as I have four freaking healers!

OK, I’ll be a good a sport. Here’s how it works.

Post this questionnaire, with your answers, on your blog. Pick the healing class you know most about (or is the focus of your blog) for the questionnaire, and then send it over to another healing blogger you know and love who heals with a DIFFERENT class. Include a link to the blogger who sent you the questionnaire, as well as a link to the blogger to whom you are sending it.

  • What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
  • Since I have one of each class and they are all main spec healers, I’ll just point out here that Kyrileanthos (Paladin) is my main toon, always has been, and always will be. That said, Erdkrieg (Shaman) is my main healing toon right now because we usually have access to at least one paladin healer, or at least other paladins for buffs, and Amber’s effectively recruited EVERY FREAKING PRIEST HEALER on our server and a few other servers as well so Maedchen (Holy Priest, cuz Disc Priests are just fooling themselves) is out. And then Selfreya (Druid) is somewhat undergeared for our current content, although the next time we do Ony25 I may have to beg to bring her along because she’s never going to get geared otherwise. So everyone wants my uberleet chain heals…yeah ok, they’re only interested in me for my heroism. Bastards!

  • What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
  • Raids. I rarely run 5-mans anymore because I refuse to grind emblems and I get really bored of content that provides no challenge. I rarely if ever have healed in PvP. Most of you are well aware that I dislike PvP, although I’ll admit to having recently taken my Ret PvP gear in battlegrounds while tank spec’d. That was actually fun at times because I had a hard time dying, even though I couldn’t kill crap!

  • What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
  • Paladin – Holy Light is just cool, especially when it crits! But honestly I’m a Flash of Light spammer.
    Shaman – Chain Heal because I like watching it fly all over the place and attempting to anticipate the best directions to cast it.
    Priest – Circle of Healing. I love the group aspect of this heal. Prayer of Mending is fun, but I have a hard time tracking it.
    Druid – Tranquility because it has a great animation. (Yeah it’s purty and I’m a guy! Sue me!) All kidding aside, I still haven’t figured out tree healing yet. I use Rejuv the most I think and Nourish too. Nourish is actually pretty cool.

  • What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
  • Paladin – I use them all. It used to be Holy Shock because it’s a very ineffecient heal, or was. I think they made it a lot better now and I’ve gotten more comfortable with the insta-cast FoL, because my HS crits a lot! Usually heals in the 7-8k range when it does. I always Beacon, even on trash. I judge. I spam FoL. And I use HL on tanks and emergencies on dps.
    Shaman – Healing Wave. I’m rarely on primary tank heals. Although I barely use Lesser Healing Wave either since the mana cost between that and Chain Heal is close enough to make Chain Heal the better choice when more than one person is taking damage, which is often.
    Priest – Divine Hymn and Greater Heal, although to be honest I think I have cast Greater Heal at least twice. Not sure I can say that about Divine Hymn.
    Druid – Lifebloom has to be a great healing spell, but I haven’t yet figured out how to best decide rolling it vs. letting it bloom. I also don’t have the mana pool to roll it anyway. As I said, I’m still fairly new to tree healing.

  • What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
  • Paladin – Tank healing. Beacon the tank taking the least damage. Heal the other one with Holy Light and you have a killer combination.
    Shaman – Throughput. Chain Heal can heal for a lot over multiple people. Mana regen is great. I only ever have mana issues when I die and self rez.
    Priest (Holy) – Versatility. I think the priest has a fuller arsenal of spells than any other class and can switch roles on the fly if necessary.
    Druid – Pre-emptive healing. A druids HoTs are amazing.

  • In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
  • Paladin – Tanks.
    Shaman – Raid. Personally I’m not spec’d for tank healing, though I can still do it fairly effeciently.
    Priest (Holy) – Raid.
    Druid – Raid.

  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
  • Paladin. Ever since the changes in Wrath, Paladins have become more versatile healers in the sense that they have more of an arsenal of things to deal with. When I don’t heal with my paladin after a while, it is somewhat of a struggle to remember how to juggle all the different spells. They may not have the versatility of a priest or the HoTs of a druid, but damn they’re fun!

  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
  • Druid. I think this is primarily due to inexperience. The druid to me is a totally different type healer than the others. Even though Holy Priests have HoTs, I still play one as a reactive healer rather than proactive which seems to be pretty much what druids are. And I haven’t even tried Disc Healing which I think I’d find rather foreign too.

  • What is your worst habit as a healer?
  • Getting too comfortable watching the unit frames and not what’s around me. I run with a pretty good bunch of players, regardless of what some people say*, and it becomes very easy to get a little too comfortable that things will be OK regardless of if I’m paying attention. This makes it more difficult when I get back in a progression raid.

  • What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
  • Someone who calls for heals. I have unit frames. Fancy enough, I can even see my screen. I don’t drink so I’m not squinting at the screen wondering which of the pretty colors are YOUR health bar. Asking me to heal you is like asking you to target hostiles and not the tank (minus any assist macros). And I admit to having let people die because asking for heals got annoying. I will more than likely continue to do so. I have a priority list and unless you’re the tank, who I’ll just yell at to “Shut Up!”, you will end up at the bottom. I will leave you to another healer or your own devices.

    I do need to point out my 2nd pet peeve. Range. Get in range. Seriously! Why do I have to tell you?! Can’t you see you’re 60 yards from the nearest healer in the raid?! WTF?!

  • Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
  • God I hope not! I seriously hate this attempt to homogenize all the healing classes. What’s the point of having a squishy priest healer if the plate wearing paladin can raid heal just as easily? What’s the point of having a tank healer if say the Holy Priest could tank heal as good as or better than the paladin AND be able to raid heal all at the same time?

    I understand the problem a lot of guilds were having because of an excess in one class and lack in others, but to make them all balanced would be asinine. Each class should have something that sets them apart from the others. Keep homogenizing the classes and you may as well just make 3 classes total. Tank, healer, and dps. Don’t even give them special names like Warrior.

  • What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
  • Used to use Recount a lot. I will from time to time still look at it, but I rarely evaluate myself on it anymore. The criteria I use is: Did my assignment(s) die and was mana an issue?

  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
  • Paladin – Either that we can’t raid heal or that we should raid heal. We’re not the best raid healers, but we can still do it. I’ve been in groups where I was the only pally healer with priests, druids, and shamans available and been assigned to raid heal. Think that was an ego trip somewhere, but ok…
    Shaman – Can’t tank heal or heal 5-mans. I read a post somewhere this week, or last, where someone was ignored for a 5-man invite because he was a shaman. Sorry, can’t remember who wrote it. Must have had a bad experience, but that’s seriously ignorant.
    Priest – Although I’ve never healed Disc, I have run into several people that think Disc sucks because they’re always last on the meters. I’m not even going to comment further other than to say that people who evaluate healers solely on the numbers are bigger idiots than those that spec 100% into a single tree**.  Ironically, it’s those evaluators that usually pick on those that spec that way.
    Druid – Can’t tank heal. I’ve seen some pretty good druid tank healers.

  • What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
  • Trick question. I think healing is fairly easy. It doesn’t take long to figure out which spells to use when. Even druid healing, which is still foreign to me, I’m pretty sure will be easy to learn. The difficult thing to learn is how to pay attention to your surroundings. It’s really easy to look at health bars all day long and never look at where you’re standing.

  • If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)?
  • First, let me state that anyone who attempts to evaluate my performance using Recount is asking for a smack upside the head! The reason why is because I have run into too few people that know how to evaluate a healer using Recount. They look at the numbers and that’s it.

    Paladin – Flash of Light spammer, although come to think of it I do use Holy Light a lot more now in Wrath than in BC. Low overheals. High output.
    Shaman – High output. Low overheals. Chain Heal spammer to the extreme! We’re talking 65-70%. I know that’s probably bad and a really bad habit, but Healing Wave is rarely required and Lesser Healing Wave is only about 100 mana cost less than CH which will heal more people so… I do use Riptide a lot on the tanks though.
    Priest (Holy) – Middle ground output and overheals. Flash Heal and Renew spammer. I’d like to say I spam Circle of Healing, but with the cooldown I just cast it when I can. Low Prayer of Mending. I cannot for the life of me remember to keep this bouncing around and I’ve seen some healers have it as their highest heal!
    Druid – Haven’t played enough to see a consistent pattern.

  • Haste or Crit and why?
  • Paladin – Crit. Even with the Illumination nerf, I still get decent mana regen. Besides I get enough haste with Judgements of the Pure.
    Shaman – Haste. Faster chain heals. That’s one slow ass spell! And mana isn’t an issue with faster spells.
    Priest (Holy) – Haste. Slow heals again. Crit’s for Disc anyway.
    Druid – Not sure yet. My gear is a mix of nice epics and crap greens.

  • What healing class do you feel you understand least?
  • Druid. Lack of experience. I’ve healed a few 5-mans and no raids…at least that Amber and I can remember. We questioned it the other day and neither of us could remember. 🙂

  • What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
  • Mouseover macros on all my heals, cleanses, etc.
    Deadly Boss Mods & Big Wigs

    I cannot bring myself to configure Grid and I hated Healbot. I really need to sit down and configure PowerAuras. I’ve never gotten it to work quite the way I want though.

  • Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
  • For paladins, I used to stack crit as high as it could go. To be honest, I really don’t care about my stats anymore. If I can get through a fight without experiencing major issues, like running out of mana, then I let the gear fall wherever it may fall. If I notice mana issues, or spell output not being high enough, then I’ll look at stats like spellpower, haste, crit, etc. Otherwise, I feel like I really have better things to do now.

    I suppose that’s sort of a lazy place to be and the road to a failplayer, but honestly I’ve lost interest in that aspect of the game due to…let’s call them personal issues and leave it at that. But this isn’t a rant so that stops here. 🙂

Consider yourself tagged Mikata!

*Yes, this is becoming a sore spot for me and this is my coward’s way of letting them know because I haven’t figured out how to broach the subject.
**I believe that you can spec however you want. It may not make a whole lot of sense to me, but if it does to you and you’re happy, then more power to you! You may not get invited to a whole lot of raids or instances, but that’s your choice too.

Arthas: Rise Of The Lich King


I finally got around to finishing this book last week. I bought it a couple of months ago and I’m a little embarrassed that it took me so long to read. I seriously need to quit playing WoW so much and start reading again. Hell, The Gathering Storm came out yesterday and I still haven’t read book 10 or 11 yet!

Anyway, this book was definitely a fun read. As someone who played Warcraft 3, albeit badly, it was kind of fun to experience the story again. In fact, it got me wondering how much like the game the book really was. Did they stay true to the story? Did they take a few artistic licenses?

So what I did was start looking around YouTube for answers and found one of the many various playlists available for Warcraft 3 videos. As I started watching, I remembered a few of the things surrounding Arthas, but found I had forgotten several other things like how Uther died. Yeah, I’m a paladin. Sue me! It’s been nearly 10 years since I last played and as Mikata is so keen to point out, I’m old! My memory isn’t as good as it once was.

What I began to notice as I watched was how familiar some of the dialogue was. In fact, it sounded spot on! Sure enough some of the exact dialogue was penned in this book. Actually a lot of it was. The book just expanded on it.

The book itself covers events from Arthas’ early childhood, before events in Warcraft 3, setting the stage for his eventual fall from the Light. The story continues through the events of Warcraft 3, including his growing relationship with Jaina Proudmore which is only hinted at in the game unless you actually read the Game Manual which flat out states there is one, and Arthas becoming a death knight for the Lich King.

Wait! What?! Arthas wasn’t the Lich King?!

Yeah, a lot of us know he wasn’t the original Lich King, but there are a lot of people that play World of Warcraft that have never played Warcraft 1-3. Shock! Awe! Sputter! No!!! Although I have no proof to back it up, I’d venture to guess that less than half of current WoW players have ever played Warcraft 3.

Anyway, the story continues and ends with events from Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne, the expansion set to Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos. Although a lot of the game deals with other characters rather than Arthas, the book grabs a lot of those details and stays true to the lore already established by Blizzard. The book builds on the excitement as Arthas races to the Frozen Throne to become the Lich King.

Remember how I said I was bad at Warcraft 3? I wasn’t very good at it in single-player. I was abysmal in multi-player. Hot keys? Point-and-click is easier. Yeah…

Reading the book and watching the game videos got me really excited about lore. But after watching the videos of The Frozen Throne I began to realize something. I never finished the game. I was so bad at it that I now remember getting frustrated and quitting after the first couple of levels. No wonder Burning Crusade made little sense to me! Anyway, I was so intrigued about the lore that I went out and bought the Warcraft 3 Battle Chest and am slowly working through the game again.

It really is amazing how much more sense Burning Crusade makes now. Why was Draenor (Outland) in pieces? Who was the original Lich King? Who the hell was Magtheridon and why wasn’t he in the Black Temple? I’d already forgotten who Kael’thas was, if I knew who he was to begin with, and his relationship with Lady Vashj and Illidan. In fact, he’s now a much more interesting character than he was for me previously. The book actually adds an interesting twist to why Kael’thas hates Arthas aside from the fact that Arthas destroyed the Sunwell and his home.

But perhaps the best part of the book for me was the actual ending. The book answered a question I’ve had for years. Who is the Lich King?

For those that don’t know, Ner’zhul was the original Lich King. Ner’zhul was an orc shaman that struck a deal with Kil’jaeden that ultimately led to the orcs enslavement and was responsible for the events in the original Warcraft. He was replaced by Guldan when Kil’jaeden decided he didn’t have what it took and Ner’zhul defied Kil’jaeden by refusing to help further. He was ultimately responsible for the destruction of Draenor and was later caught by Kil’jaeden and tortured near to death. He was placed in the Frozen Throne, made into the Lich King, and given the responsibility of bringing about the plague on Azeroth in preparation of the Burning Legion’s next attempt at conquest.

At the end of the book and of the Warcraft 3 expansion, the Lich King is under attack and sends for Arthas to save him. Joining with Arthas, Ner’zhul is freed of his prison, but the question remains. Who is the Lich King?

Has Ner’zhul taken over Arthas’ body and Arthas is trapped away in some corner of his mind? Is Arthas the fallen hero fighting for redemption even as we prepare for battling him in Icecrown? Could we be moving towards saving Arthas rather than defeating him as we now believe? Can someone say Return of the Jedi?

Is Arthas in control having absorbed Ner’zhul into him? Has he truly forsaken all that he was and is an evil son-of-a-bitch that we’re eventually going to enjoy sticking it to?

Or have the two become something new, something greater in power, something ultimately more evil than the two were apart? Are they now a new being that really is the Lich King and nothing more?

You’ll just have to read the book*. 🙂

*Or the ending you cheating bastards!

Moar XP!

Apparently the Kalu’ak Fishing Derby is headed our way in 3.3 and I can’t wait.

Wait! Did he just say he can’t wait?!

That’s right, guilty as charged! The guy who’s pissed off about progression (or more specifically the screwed up gear progression enticing people to skip entire sections of raiding) and wanting a chance to finish Uld25 or even get into heroic ToGCs, or whatever the hell they’re called, does in fact want patch 3.3 to hit as soon as possible*!!!

Holy Hell, the world ended!!!

Be that as it may I like fishing, but haven’t done it in a really long time**. I already have my fishing title and the guild still has sufficient fish feasts, so there hasn’t been much motivation…

…except for that damned turtle mount that will not drop…

…anyway now I have even more reason. According to Blizzard:

  • The derby happens at 8:00pm Server Time every Wednesday. OK, a little tiny issue with raid times. Fortunately, we have several healers so if we’re running 10s I should be able to wiggle my way out of a raid now and then. But I don’t wanna!!! Crap.
  • You have to be the first person to catch the Blacktip Shark and turn it in to win the Derby. Awesome! Just like the Stranglethorn Fishing Tournament…which I already won…on a PvE server…I’m on a PvP server…this is gonna suck!
  • The quest giver, Elder Clearwater, is located in Dalaran. Um…OK, but isn’t this the Kalu’ak Fishing Derby? Shouldn’t the quest giver be in one of their villages? Then again I’m on a PvP server that’s got a serious Horde advantage. OK, maybe that isn’t such a good idea.
  • Two item rewards. One is a ring, and one is a pair of boots.
  • Winning the Derby increases Kalu’ak rep by 5000. Too bad I’m already exalted.

Oh wait! That’s right. What about the items? The boots are actually kind of cool.

    Boots of the Bay
    Binds When Picked Up
    Requires Fishing (200)
    Equip: Increased Fishing +15. – Woohoo! Yeah, I don’t need it, but whatever.
    Use: Whisks you away to the finest drinking establishment in Booty Bay. (1 Day Cooldown) – Yeah…don’t care.

The item I do care about?

    Dread Pirate Ring
    Binds on Account – Awesome!
    +34 Stamina
    Requires level 1 to 80 (80)
    Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 53.
    Equip: Improves hit rating by 29.
    Equip: Experience gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 5%. – HELL YEAH!!!

I so want that ring!!! I’m leveling 5 toons to 80. Another 5% definitely wouldn’t hurt. Come on Patch 3.3!

*Screw it! I can be pissed off all I want, but I can’t change anything so I may as well accept it and find something to do. 🙂
**I haven’t fished in months. I started fishing again on Saturday after I got my Violet-Proto Drake. The only fishing achievements I don’t have are that stupid rat and the turtle mount. Don’t really care about the rat, but both of these guys have eluded me for almost a year now. I spent the first six months of Wrath farming them…

What A Long, Strange Annoying Trip It’s Been

Violet-Proto Drake


Having been a huge fan of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, I can’t wait to see this game!

“WoW Is Too Easy”

Double post today. It can’t wait.

Larissa ranted about “WoW is too easy” statements. And unfortunately because work blocked her site and I don’t read blogs at home because I’m too busy playing, I’ll totally forget to comment later. So instead I’ll just do a response post here.

I agree with Larissa in principle. I would argue however that certain aspects of WoW have become too easy. Either that or the gear progression has become such a problem that it’s impossible to find out if it’s too easy.

What I mean is just as Larissa pointed out, I am one of the many that cannot say I have defeated Yogg. And as we all know I’ve got my panties in a twist about it. I’ve tried it twice. It’s difficult. There’s a lot going on. I loved it! But now we struggle to even get enough interest to go back. And Ulduar25?! Pffft!!! I think I have to resign myself to the fact that the only way I’ll ever complete that is by pugging it. Crazy Cat Lady in 25?! That was nuts and I loved it! She kicked our asses, but I loved it!

The problem with Yogg is it takes a while to get to him. It takes a little skill. It isn’t exactly easy. At least for me and a few of my fellow raiders. Apparently, as has been pointed out by Warla (a guild officer) on countless occasions, he doesn’t even drop anything really worthwhile…not anymore anyway.

We had a discussion about this last night. Ulduar is still difficult and challenging; the main reason I want to go back. ToC in my opinion has really simplistic boss mechanics, is quick, and offers better loot than Ulduar. And this is where I disagree with Larissa a little.

I think ToC and Ony are easier than Ulduar or at least the latter half of Ulduar. Last night was my first ToC25 on regular mode and was a total snoozefest! There was no challenge for me with the exception of Twins and Anub’Arak. And I’m in Ulduar10 gear! Not Ulduar25. Ulduar10!!! I experienced more problems in Ulduar10 than I did in ToC25!!! And to top it all off, we had several people who obviously hadn’t even experienced ToC10. Believe me, it was obvious. 🙂 And yet we didn’t wipe all that often.

Anyway at least Anub appears to just be difficult without gear period, or maybe that was because the adds kept getting out of control. Twins is actually a little challenging because oh no I have to pay attention to my debuff, deal with floating balls of light and darkness, and heal all at the same time! Thank God they don’t ask me to chew gum too!

Point is that even though I think ToC may be a little too easy when compared to Ulduar, I would have to agree with Larissa that in general the game isn’t too easy. In fact, I’m willing to believe that ToC probably isn’t as easy as I perceive it right now,but that my judgement is clouded by gear progression being screwed up.

And remember, I haven’t even seen Heroic ToC and I hear that’s a bitch! 🙂