When In Doubt, NINJA!

So, I wanted to talk a little about some healing experimentation I’m doing, but I’m lazy and when my blog reader coughed up this lovely nugget from Amber of I Like Bubbles, I figured why waste the energy? Plus, it allows me to do some shameless plugging for my blogging guildies. And, as a lovely side bonus, it introduced me to the new blogger who started the whole thing! Hi there Jessabelle of Miss Medicina!

Thank you Amber for just being awesome and a general inspiration!

View the whole crazy link round-up here!

Kelynaria, (a.k.a Amerya, a.k.a. Big Daddy G), your treeness has been tagged!
Myrah, I know you don’t WoW blog very much, but let’s hear a spacegoat’s point of view! (OMG! Myrah has accepted my challenge! Check out her reply here.)

Your mission, should you two chose to accept it:

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.

Onward to the questioneering!

  • What is the name, class and spec of your primary healer?
    Maegwen, the Holy Priest.
  • What is your primary group healing environment?
    Raids, both 10 and 25, with a healthy does of 5 mans. Practically never PvP and absolutely never arena.
  • What is your favourite healing spell for your class and why?
    Circle of Healing (a.k.a CoH). Cause I’m laaaaaazy. Though, Prayer of Mending (PoM or “bum heal” is a very close second).
  • What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
    lolwell. Because seriously, lolwell.
  • What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? Versatility and usefulness. Tank healer? Sure! Raid healer? Sure! Buffer? Why not! Pewpew? Of course!
  • What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? Cloth. Splat!
  • In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel is, in general, the best healing assignment for you?
    Float healing or healing one specific group of people (i.e. melee on XT).
  • What healing class do you most enjoy healing with and why?
    Tree droods have nice compliments to priest heals. Plus, we have a lot of them and I’ve grown fond of them, they don’t want my loots (much) and having more than one around gives me the giddy feeling I’m at a baptist revival. (And brez. Woo brez!)
  • What healing class do you least enjoy healing with and why?
    Healadins. Jesus christ getting a bunch of -adins of all stripes to get their shit together and buff and aura and then not have anyone in the raid whine about the buffs is like fifteen percent of my nightly raid headache.
  • What is your worst habit as a healer?
    Just one? Uhm … prolly a tie between my clicking playstyle and my general lack of attention to my *own* health.
  • What is your biggest pet peeve about healing while in a group environment?
    Lack of concern for the healers in terms of situational awareness. I’ll bring this mob right to the healer! Maybe I’ll run right at them during light bomb! Or eye beams! Healers love eye beams!
  • Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
    I think trees have a few more tricks up their branches than priests. And I miss my OP CoH. But overall, I think we’re quite good at what we do.
  • What tools do you use to evaluate your performance as a healer?
    Is anyone dead because of my fail? No? Ok, cool. I also check overhealing meters from time to time just to make sure I’m not too far up on them.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?
    I don’t know, to be honest. Maybe that they’re hard to play?
  • What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
    Binding heal seems to get forgotten a lot. Mana management is a little harder for priests just learning – at least in my experience. I’ve watched a lot of new healers in all the classes learn and not “panic healing” is a big one for everyone.
  • 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)?
    I’m not always on the top – and I’m fairly high up on overheal, but that’s not a bad thing, lol.
  • Haste or Crit and why?
    Crit – it seems to have slightly better synergy with my spec and playstyle. Though I wouldn’t say no to assloads of Haste either.
  • What healing class do you feel you understand least?
    Shamans. Shamans in general are a little confusing for me. Though, I used to say that about paladins as well.
  • What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
    Errr …. DBM. I mostly WoW naked. I am toying with Grid to see if that gives me any massive improvements. A story for another day!
  • Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
    Not really, I like to load up on int, but a good balance is best for priests. Which is nice in some ways, but aggrivating in others.
  • Can you tell I’ve been focusing more on my healer and less on my hunter these days?

    Post Scriptum: Updated Blogroll. Observe!


    Oops, I Did It Again!

    So, second verse, same as the first!

    Maegwen is now among the ranks of the leet. I got her to 80 yesterday afternoon after a weekend of determined questing. I was soooo thrilled to respec her back to holy and I am deeply appreciative to those guildies (especially the two tanks!) who humoured me with a few heroic runs so that I could go and greet a few of the elders. I only have two elders left now to get me my title and just in the nick of time too!


    (Tanks, I’m sorry I was such a lousy healer last night. I’m actually a pretty good healer, I just had crappy SSC leftover gear and quest lolgreens on and my mind was still in dps mode a bit. So I’m sorry for the repair bills and you have my eternal gratitude for not yelling at me when we wiped again on Skaadi.)

    Maegwen’s ding was far from the zen-like Perfect Ding that Oriniwen had, but it still had it’s charm. The little runaround quest to save the life of Crusader Bridenbrad was really entertaining, and I tried to time it so that my ding was actually back in Shattrath, which I thought would have been very funny. It was not to be, alas, but I guess that my hard work, determination and the fact that I was basically dragged from 70 to 80 kicking and screaming didn’t go unnoticed.

    Even the Naaru came out to congratulate me.

    astonished chiming noise

    What Kind of Priest Are You?

    Blog Azeroth Shared Topic So, I’ve decided to try my hand at a bit of a poll, or more correctly, a questionnaire. This is one of the Blog Azeroth Shared Topics, suggested by Sydera. I’ve been mulling it over for a while, and trying to come up with enough things that are actually funny. Or at least worthy of a twitch of the corner of a reader’s mouth. So, if you’re feeling brave, go ahead and click the picture below, and find out what kind of priest you really are.

    And don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know how it turned out! I’m super interested to know if there are more Discipline priests out there than I suspect … or if shadow priests really are slowly taking over the world.

    *shifty eyes*

    Picture for the Holy Priest is from here.
    Picture for the Shadow Priest is from here.
    Picture for the Discipline Priest is from here.
    And apologies to Blog Azeroth for messing with their logo.


    So, today is the day!

    The Patch comes down today! I took the weekend off from my guild, getting my Horde on and doing the family thing for Canadian Thanksgiving. It was nice and relaxing, the shamadin is at 46 now, so I’m optimistic I can get one of my hordies up to 70 before Lich King starts. I also did this so that I had three solid days away from both my priest and my hunter. Three days to do some mindless (but fun!) level grinding with another faction on another server. It was a nicely meditative background for me to think more about how I’m going to re-spec my two mains.

    My priest was the more simple concept, but more difficult to execute. She is a healer, always will be, and I wanted to spec her to be the best healer possible. I’ve been trawling the forums and keeping half an eye on Elitist Jerks for some time now, and the spec that I cam up with for her at 70 seems like it will do well. I’m not enthusiastic about the Serendipity talent, but I may end up having to spec into it to deal with some of my CoH overheal. Incredibly excited about the Guardian Spirit, though. I loved my “heal bitches” in Kara, and this is something I will be using lots, if only for the sheer giggle-inducing fun I will have with it. I’m not happy to be losing all the talents I had in the Discipline tree. I know I will be getting some of them back at 80, but losing the improved Fortitude is terrifying.

    The hunter was a little more difficult. She needs to really pound out the dps, and I’ve fussed and tuned her spec and gear to be just about right as she stands now. On the other hand, when I saw the exotic beast taming ability on Petopia some time ago, I had to do a few laps around the room squealing. For me, hunters are all about the pets, and I have wanted a devilsaur since the first time I laid eyes on one. I actually made a photoshopped screenshot of one following me around like a proper pet would. Blizzard has heard my prayers and now one of my hunter fantasies is coming true! I’m also a huge fan of the chicken pets. It was the first type of pet I tamed and every hunter I have has had one at one time or other. I’ve had the gorgeous blue rare spawn since I could tame her. It’s nice to know that such an endearing but much-maligned pet is getting quite a handy little PvP talent. I like to think that my hunter spec for 70 will still allow her to do damn good raid dps, as well as allowing me to experience more of the yummy, fun new things the Beast Mastery tree has to offer.

    I’ve deliberately kept away from places like Big Red Kitty and Elitist Jerks this weekend. I wanted to make my own specs, with my own knowledge of the two classes and give them both a try until likely the weekend. Then I will head out along the series of tubes and see what other opinions are out there. I was not in beta or the PTR and so this will be a whole new world for me tonight.

    I’m very glad to be at work today, because I couldn’t stand being at home, waiting, watching, praying for that patch to come down and the realms to open up. It’s election day here in the Great White North, and I have to stop off at the voting station on my way home, which is another deliciously painful way to prolong the anticipation.

    I’m not sure I’m going to make it …

    WTB Fun

    So the poo dood came by the geo laydown yesterday. Not to get too scatalogically correct, but the essence of the matter is we have a port-a-potty out in the yard and every now and then some poor bugger (the aforementioned “poo dood”) comes by with a Jesus big vac truck and sucks all the effluvia out. It’s a thoroughly nasty job, and I’m glad I don’t have to do it, but I’m always happy to see him, because that means I’ll have a day or two where the port-a-potty doesnt smell so bad it would gag a plague rat. He needs to come by more often.

    But the various and sundry gurgling, blurbling and other disturbing liquid-y noises coming from the yard distracted me from trying to think if I could have a facies transition from shore face to estuarine without any evidence of a tidal zone in between (short answer: no) and lead me to start thinking about poo. Specifically poo in the World of Warcraft.

    Now I’ve called Burning Crusade many things. The World of Rangedcraft (hell *yes* my hunter can dps); The Shit Talk Expansion (shut *up* Magtheridon! SHUT UP!); and of course The Poo Expansion. I will direct your attention to two quests (sorry, both I believe are Alliance quests. I don’t have a Hordie in Outlands yes. Please lol at my fail. Ok you can stop now.) one in Hellfire Peninsula and one in Nagrand. While the adorable little quest that has you follow Fei Fei the dog around and find the “buried treasure” is not strictly about poo, per se, it does put one in mind of it. The other quest is the “dig through talbuk droppings” quest that gives you the unbeliveably delightful “poo cherry” quest reward. Poo cherries! And you eat them!

    Now I enjoy some good toilet humour as much as the next person (ok, maybe more than the next person, but still …) and those two quests – especially the poo cherry one – left me in giggles. It was such enjoyable humour on Blizzard’s part, and I accessed both of those quests early on in my BC experience, so I was immediately charmed with the expansion! To me, Blizzard has made WoW about showcasing the sense of fun, the sense of play and childish delight in their work that their designers have. I could spend hours listing all of the fun things that are in WoW, the puns, the easter eggs, the toungue-in-cheek quest/NPC names. The exploding rocket chicken. A ROCKET CHICKEN!

    When I head to the priest beta forums (or the QQ Club, as I think of them) I see a lack of humour. A lack of fun. Are we so mired in our theorycrafting and sundry that we don’t see the fun anymore? I generally enjoy my class and while I see that there has been a lack of developer attention to it so far, I’m not ready to reroll tree druid just yet. Why are there so many unhappy folks on these forums?

    I will certainly have to admit, though, that my overall response to WotLK is a great big “meh”. Deathknights, meh. New priest talents, meh. Frozen stuff, meh! I want fun!

    I want more fun items like the motorcycle and flying carpet mounts.
    I want more fun pets like Mr Chilly the baby penguin.
    I want more fun skills like Exotic Pets.

    I just plain want more fun! And I want other folks to want more fun too. Why as I wade hip-deep in QQ and /wrists do I see only a single suggestion of how priests could be more fun? Not just better healers, or more useful raid spaces, but fun. (For the record, that one suggestion was that Holy Nova should have a knockback. Woo for more ways to fling folks off cliffs!). I want spell and talent balance, I want there to be a useful, proper and credible niche for my class and spec in lv 80 raids, but I want to enjoy it! I want to enjoy getting to 80 and when I’m there I want to enjoy the raids, too. I want more poo.

    “Boycott shampoo. Demand the real poo!”