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Have offspec: Wants to raid.

After my desire to raid seemed to have gotten lost in translation, and working towards getting the numbers for 25 mans, became running 25 man raids – I was pretty much told there was no  room and I was free to pug  – I was left reconsidering my options again after a very disappointingly short time.

I never expected to be welcomed with a fruit basket and a baked cake, but  I wouldn’t have transferred if I had thought there was no chance. I couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone,  so I bugged the officers a little.  Because there was no app, I wasn’t a trial,   I tried hinting this desire,  told several I was heroic geared for healing too.  Was on at raid time,  asked them did they need a healer, even did some guild heroic runs as dps  as a see here, look at me. None of that seemed to work.   So I tried being direct Do you need a healer? I want to raid.”
Nothing like proving how bad you want something then changing your spec/Glyphs/bars/healing mod on the fly after getting a “ready now?”  and an immediate summons to a  full raid standing in front of a boss. A raid that you’d been convinced for the last week   you’d never see the inside of. 

I look to have that chance.  So I am going to need to prove my commitment and jump through hoops,  though I don’t think I’m doing flash hot so far. Haven’t convinced them enough to take me off friend rank. That they seem to be lacking healers means I’m getting invites to the 25′s but after almost a week , I’m not even sure it would let me spend my dkp if it came to it,  so this all could be a waste of time, but for now I shall be healing, and after getting my confidence with my Disc healing in dungeons  -back to holy is an adjustment.  But if I want to raid, I need to want it bad enough, I was the one who left them,  didn’t level with them and came back thinking I’d have a decent shot at 25′s, so I have to be patient and prove I’m committed, or I pee off.
So I have my chance ( unless I completely kurfluffed it ) but after getting it,  I had to reflect on myself that why can’t I transfer that the persistence  or passion elsewhere.

For every CEO that played Wow,  there’s 1000′s more that spent their time furthering their education,  how do you try and have a life and raid 4 nights a week,  work full time, do other activities, build a career try and be social and get sleep. It it really something your only supposed to seriously attempt once, and then move on because something, or  more than one thing suffers.

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Autonomy – Mastery – Purpose

If you haven’t seen this animation that made/is making the rounds  around the interwebs   RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us  and if you want something to think about it’s worth the 10 min of your time. Dan Pink from the RSA  ( Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)   gives a speech, and they have turned it into a very clever animation  about what motivates or drives us. The talk was aimed at more company’s, and employers – and basically that treating  people like donkeys by waving carrots in  front of their face is not how your going  to get results and good performance.

Note that this isn’t about fun,  it’s about engaging people the right way  for better results.

I am going to throw the idea out there – that  the people who participate. ( Not troll.  Participate)  in the / a community by contributing things on forums, blogs, boss guides, even if it’s a small community like your guilds,   that they are better players than the people who don’t. They have more understanding of the game,  do more, have better opportunities,  keep more up to date with whats going on, know where the best information sources are also more importantly share what they know and most  do it for free.

This is all relates back to  Autonomy – Mastery – and Purpose.

What does a video about motivation have to do with wow?  If you are reading this, then you already think things about the game beyond the screen in front or you.  Your already on the path of Mastery and a lot of you show that you have purpose too,  by your contributions.

As per the speech. Most bonus scheme philosophies,  in any business or activity is to reward  the top performers.  If you do better than anyone else you get paid or rewarded, but the study where students from MIT and replicated in rural india  participated in tasks found that  “Higher incentives led to worse performance” the moment the task stopped being simple.

Do you think paying a guild to play will make them perform better?

Wonder why things like guild supplied Enchants, Gems, Food and Flasks  – performance or kill bonuses,  effectively paying them to raid, won’t make your guild perform better? 

Good players already have sourced the things that will make them perform better.   To get a guild to perform better, Based on the idea of Autonomy – Mastery – and Purpose,  it could just be as simple as getting the guild involved more in the discussion of the raid,  where everyone feels important, and that they are contributing to the greater plan  – and are not just another dps, or heals, that they have voices and those voices matter.

Autonomy, Master and Purpose are

Autonomy -  the ability to self direct our own lives

Mastery – Getting better at what we do

Purpose  - making the world a better place, and feeling like you are making a contribution.

When I was working on Yogg I had a special dispel spec for that purpose.   I was doing most of the cleansing, and I was running out of mana, so I approached my Class leader,  told him my problem , and that I wanted to try this spec so I could do my job better.  He said fine,  and the results spoke for themeselves.

I was allowed the Autonomy to solve a problem, proved I could master it,  and then felt purposeful because I could see that I was being useful and helping contributing.

The Workforce wants engagement because engagement means better results, and you can apply this to a guild setting as well.

The 3 P’s

Patch

The patch has really thrown me off kilter. My toons are strangers.   I have 5 80′s on 3 different realms, two  are priests so it’s was a little easier sorting the 2nd one out, but I am happy with my Shadow and 2 holy specs between them.  I reforged 2 pieces on my Shadow Priest, lost some hit for Haste, and I am at 17.8 hit now.  I only need 17%

Hunter and Mage I just went duhhhhhhhhhh  smacked around a test dummy, and went this is is too complicated.

I use Vuhdu as my Raid Frames,  all my healers click to heal, I tend to look at health bars anyway so I have ingeniously set up my mend pet on my hunter as a click on the  pet bar raid frame, I will expand on this idea of other things I can stick on there like some more pet commands. I am a bad hunter in that I don’t care about my pet’s health as often as I should. This should make more aware.

Warrior is still sitting there waiting to be logged into. She scares me the most.  The tanks I have been healing have lost their smoothness, the confidence, the control – I am sure it will all come back,  but I didn’t so much have those qualities before the world got turned upside down. So I am not ready for her again. Yet.

There were so many things missing from my bars.  Food, pots, flasks, hearth stone. Like. WHY! * hunts rounds bags to find them all again. I am still missing spaces on all my toons, and I am thinking crap – what am I missing.

I don’t like Bging at this moment. I feel weak, and even wearing 1.2 resil – getting cut down way too quickly.  I am dispelling more in BG’s for now, there seems to be more to dispel, and people are dying to easily to dispellable things. I am liking healing holy for now though as I am able to pump out heals pretty quickly,  ( as long as I am resilenced up )  mana regen seems ok  or maybe I am just dying more before I get OOM.

Yeah for saving 5k on already having 310 flying – I had my Ulduar and ICC drakes on my main,

I am working on getting my 4k justice points,  1k to go and I dragged a poor friend through Heroics last night who was confused why I would be needing so many ‘badges’. I am hoping it will give me some advantage come Cata since they will still be rewarding JP points for the normal 80-85 runs.

Pugging

It burns. I am hurting.  I am tired of my soul being separated from my body after dying from the most stupidest things. I haven’t finished a TOC on Proudmoore yet.  ( insert random things pugs do to fail ) I think most issues could have been resolved with better communication and a little more patience. I would rather 2 extra min highlighting important parts of a fight,  then a wipe. I don’t care if you have your achievement.  It probably means you got it dead on the floor anyway.  Though vent as a communication channel in a bad pug is as bad as no vent in a bad pug.  Very hard to take a RL in ICC serious when he is stoned.  Though he did offer to let me take over RL  if I ” kept talking”  This was kind of funny because the girl who told the raid  that she was ” Blonde – hot – with a great butt” got less attention then me who congratulated someone on getting Trauma.  Next time I take it over. I swear if it means we actually get further I will raid lead. No more interjecting with small suggestions like kill the spikes – or waiting for the RL to finish slurring his so-called strat.  Lets see who I can pee off by being a pushy bossy chick because at this rate I don’t think I could  make it any worse.

I have a baby resto druid I am leveling through LFG. Lobie LFG’s are a bit like a DND dungeon – it doesn’t matter what your role is,  if you rolled a higher initiative then the tank you go first. I offered to stop healing a pesky tanking mage  – tank said to let him pull, so I worked twice as hard keeping the mage and the tank up. Thankfully the mage had to stop occasionally for mana. Another tank in stockades asked for a little patience because this was new to him.  He got it, and he learned from the experience.

A rogue critiqued my healing ” Why did I die”  he asked ‘ Maybe it was the 6 mobs you agro’d running ahead.”  I said ” Maybe it was cause I got no heals”  he said. So I told him ” I can’t heal through stupidit”  ” You can’t spell”

/sigh ( I was typing too fast!) It doesn’t matter what you say or even if you are right, it’s how you spell it!

I like my druid. Maybe because she’s a lobie, I get to learn her slowly.  I think too much time has passed between playing my mage and hunter regularly, so I don’t know them at all. Losing most of my buttons off my bars  didn’t help.  Since when do mages have mana gems? ( Jokes. Kinda. I sorta did forget.)

I did a  couple of gnomer  runs and taught the first group where to jump.   2nd party didn’t need instruction they just did it, and of course, mage and hunter pets were not dismissed and we wiped.

Releasing before combat ends in some instances means for what ever reason, intended or not that you  rez at the graveyard with hardly any health.  This seems like a lot of potential fun   nuisance on a pvp realm.

Priesting

I might be going holy in Cata.  I love shadow, and I will always have an offspec, but I always feel more wanted as holy. I know I should play what  I have the most fun playing,  but fun is  also seeing content, it’s killing things, it’s not dying, and half my problems and stress as a dps disappear when stuff like killing adds is no longer my problem at all, and if the DPS don’t get the healers out of things like spikes then they die, and being just another dps isn’t special. Especially when dps now seems so much more just that  they are damage dealers.  They just damage with different pictures on different buttons, where as a healer you enable people to do damage no matter what picture is on their buttons.

It’s not as often a healer links their metres to boast. Mostly because less people care about healer epeen,  ( though I know healers do also have egos) and stuff like overheals, and dispels can be linked as counterarguments anyway. Everyone else is being distracted by their DPS epeen.

I have been playing Shadow ever since I left my first kara guild, and I learned that the Shadow /Disc spec I was in was bad for my dps, and I upset them by saying – “I’m not spec’d right – I don’t want to be your spirit buff ho anymore” I have casually raided as holy, but I haven’t changed my mains as people do,  but I love the priest class.   It’s under my skin.  Maybe it is time to change to heals.

More MANA!

Another boring post about replenishment

I paid particular attention to my Vting and MBing on Hal Trash  ( not much good on Hal himself..  I got meleed  going into the portal on p2.  Guess I clicked too fast.)  but except one or two MB’s I know with absolute certainty I was Mbing with VT.

We had three sources of replenishment in raid, and I thought that replenishment would override existing replenishments  and that all replenishments were created equal, so I was surprised when I started taking SS of who was getting my buff using my Dot timer.  ( it’s not normally in the mid of my screen

Only 3 people got it  – but it proc’d and the whole raid was in range.

9 people this time

4 people

So is it supposed to proc on 10 toons/pets at the same time but it’s not.

So is  pally replenishment better than mine?  I know they do it more often but I started ssing because it was procing as what ever amount was on that list of people.  It wasn’t procing 10 and then 7 people falling off  within 1 sec.  People weren’t at 100% mana either,

I need your Hit Buff

I need your hit buff
I got to have your Hit buff
Close to me
Such a dps gain
Watch my AOE rain
Ramping up my damage
I want you close to me

Mash up of “I need your body” by Tina Arena

Players will  gear with the expectation that there will be a Shadow Priest,  and or a Draenei, firstly – arguably because it might be a little difficult to get that perfect gear combination, and secondly but most importantly. They don’t have to.

I liken this practise to overclocking a PC.  You have your recommended  specs, but you can push them a little to get better results, or better performance. However it has it’s risks, and limitations. If the person providing you with this buff dies, or gets out of range as is the case of Draenei’s  ( 30 yards) then you lose that buff,  and you have only your personal hit rating to rely on, and even as a Shadow Priest,  the  hit buff requires that the Shadow Priest has cast on what you’re hitting.  

There are several fights in ICC where the range of Heroic Presence,  the Draenei hit’s buff might be an issue, and probably isn’t considered when you tell dps to spread out on Saurfang. It’s a stationary fight, and  healers stand in the middle for the reason that it’s so you can keep range on as many people as possible.  I’ve healed that fight several times, and if your standing to the right of the middle,  you don’t have range on someone who is far  left.  So if a healer can’t reach you  -  then a Draenei’s buff  won’t – So if you need a Draenei for your hit – make sure not only they are in your party,  but they are close.  Suarfang is also a good example for relying on  a Draenei when range and melee is an issue.  Range, range can be upwards of 40 yards, and so they avoid the adds by standing to their max range to boss.  Not the max range for either providing that buff, or using it.

Of course some of the spell ranges/hunter ranges seem to be changing in CATA – but it’s something to think about for those raiding now.

StarCraft Cakes & Brain Dumpage

StarCraft  Just for something funny Via The Weburbanist - Makes me want to play Zerg. Pfft Pfft..  TERRAN all the way baby. 

Dreams I’ve been dreaming about Starcraft, more so the Bugs. I had bugs fall in my mouth in my dream, and I spent the next half hour in dream getting legs out between my teeth.  Possibly caused by   too many tower defence games where waves and waves of bugs run past you, screaming as they die  in gory puddles of bloody mess.  Those sounds shall stay with me forever. I have only dreamed about Wow a couple of times in my years of playing.  twice in 1 week I’ve dreamt about Starcraft. 

Chick = healer.  Medivacs have female pilots,  as do your Ground medic Units “ Tell me where it hurts giggle”  I should be grateful for the Valkyries also being chicks,  but I don’t build them anymore.  Much prefer my Battlecruiser fleet  with the old admirals and their pipes.  They obviously aren’t Honor Harrington Fans though, because she is a better Admiral!   I know this healer  = female stereotype is well  over done. I’m amused, not upset.  That they have kept this tradition in a space game. If Ripley can kill aliens in an exoskeleton girls can too, but” In the rear with the gear”  especially if they giggled after  a female voice - would sound – well  – wrong.  Really can’t be f’d being miffed by it. It’s funny.

 I have to admit that I was relieved to find out I had access to a  female avatar.  I looked kinda silly not looking like a girl while being named Zahrah.

WOW

My Human Warrior is now 74 – and seems to be defence capped for her level 466 ( and  I know she has to be defence capped – because I’m not working out the maths by level) because I put  a new piece of gear on it with 20 extra defence and only got another 6 defence out of it.  If not for a blacksmithing friend’s alt  who declared he needed the skill ups anyway – I was gifted with about 4 pieces at level 70 of defence gear which helped me massively.

Questing and Dungeoning atm.  May pvp when I get closer to 80.   Was doing the Dragon hunt quest in Coldara, and you get silenced while taming it, and two Hordies ganked me. – Had difficulties fighting back.  So I spent the next half an hour on my main making every single hordes life a nightmare – including my two attackers.  Chasing them cross the snowy plains.  They weren’t even safe back at base.  Dot them up, and start running from the angry Wyrmwrest mage that would try and kill me for breaking the sanctuary.  Run back when the mage was friendly again, and do it all over it again.

Wednesday – the monday of Raiding week is tonight.  We have been able to clear 11/12 hardmodes for the last few weeks on one night, we got to LK last week with 50 attempts left ( no end wing  boss wipes) .  Not doing well on single target smash fights like rot and fester in comparison to the other dps. On Putricide I do ok,   On Princes I kick butt -  will probably do a better break down  after I get to play with tonites logs and compare it.

Stuck in a Skirmish with you

I think my arena dream is over.

Our 3′s team has become well – for Sh*ts and Giggles, and not something we want to work on getting right. 

My enthusiasm for arena has died a little with the teams loss of enthusiasm.

But I found skirmish.   I will always have skirmish.  I don’t need a team,    and I win some, and I lose some, and it doesn’t matter how crap I am,  because I always meet someone worse  than me in a skirmish.  Though the Disc experience,  and my holiday as a proper  Shadow Pvp was a lot of fun.

However it’s easier to have my offspec as holy.   I know I should do what I want to do ,  but it’s the curse of a hybrid. I don’t want to be swapping my gylphs, and my talent points just in case and not have it used.    For now the rewards for having that offspec available to be used instantly outweighs what else  I could be using it for.

Guess that means I am back to Healing LFG’s again for the shorter Queues because I don’t have to wait the 13-19 odd min like the rest of the dps.  Fun times :)


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