Oh General.

General Vezax makes me want to cry in despair.   Never before  on a boss have I felt so useless.   Even more useless if I am not getting any Shadow Crashes. Stupid no Mana regen – I feel even more sorry for the healers.   We spend so much time learning to control our mana regen, and then it gets thrown out the window.  It’s even harder on us Shadow Priests because unless we can keep our dots up with chain Shadow Crashes, then we are down the bottom of the dps list again. 

I have a choice,  position myself in a place where I am at less of a risk of getting killed due to stupidity/cause stuff ups  or place myself closer to more people to increase the chances of me getting close enough to use someone else’s Shadow crash, and then competing with half the raid dps for space on a Shadow Crash residue.

We put range checker up,  and I have a spot I use week after week, It was close  enough to enough people to give me decent Shadow Crashes,  but not so much that I would have the raid on my crash.  In our most recent attempts at General ( we are trying for the Animus) someone  moved close enough to me to be in my range – and THEY DIDN’T MOVE.  They have the same range checker up as I do,  and if someones name suddenly appears after you have moved, you don’t stay where you are expecting people  to move for you ( unless your the tank)  you do the positioning shuffle where  you can both stand in that area and still be your 10 yards.  Did they even attempt to compromise.  Could I have done. ” I was here first”  or pretended I didn’t see that they were in my range, as they so casually ignored my name on their range checker. I didn’t. 

 So I am now banished to the back,  where I stay healthy,  but don’t get any Shadow Crashes.

If we do more attempts tonight I shall be back in my normal spot and they can move this time if they do that again.

I have worked out  that without Shadow Crashes I can still stick up my Shadow Word Pain once and wand a couple of times then refresh it with mindflay wand a couple of times refresh it with mind flay ect ect for most of the fight. This still only puts me just above the tank on damage, but hey I was actively casting, and it beats me standing there like a pretty shadowy decoration.

3 Responses to “Oh General.”

  1. 1 Mokhtar August 17, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I don’t want to be rude but this “get spread out” strategy sucks balls. Much better to have the ranged on one big clump, all getting Shadow crashes and to rely on reactiveness of your raid members to run out when targetted by Mark of the Faceless.
    On the whole it’s not that it’s not a viable strategy but you will have to master the ranged clump strategy if you want to have a shot at the hard mode and it’s not harder to do it that way (and it’s actually much less frustrating for your ranged players…)

  2. 2 leah August 17, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    agree with above. too much logistics involved in everyone spreading out and shadow crush buffs are too random.

    in my guild, we usually have 2 clumps if only to give dps a chance to actually use the shadow crush puddle before they have to run out again, standing on either side of the room. if you get shadow crush on someone in your group – everyone in that group/clump runs sideways to the center of the group, if someone gets mark – they run to the outside edge of the room (the only issues we found with it is when shadow crush decides to target a player you was just marked – generally means that we missed a shadow crush buff :/).

    at least as a shadow priest you can wand – my poor ele shammy just stands there looking pretty and refreshing flame shock between shadow crashes :(. I’m pretty sure Vezax was what finally pushed me into starting to actively collect enhance set.

    • 3 Shy August 18, 2009 at 10:32 am

      If you do the clumping up technique it’s a very good idea to read up on how life leech works exactly.

      Life leech has very specific mechanics that make it possible to clump up like this, but everybody needs to be aware of these mechanics and react accordingly.

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