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Wanna be my Power Infusion B*tch? – Under the raid buffs


I ran a 10 man TOC on my main as Shadow with a friend. He was  healing as a Disc Priest – “Wanna be my Power Infusion  B*tch he asked? ”

Infuses the target with power, increasing spell casting speed by 20% and reducing the mana cost of all spells by 20%.  Lasts 15 sec

“Of course” I said.

I did top damage on the run.  Not hard – I outgeared them – but still – I had made an under the raid kinda deal – on the pure basis that he had it – wanted to give it away – and he wanted to give it to me.

Batts eyelashes

Was I the best person to benefit from this extra buff in a raid?

I am not sure if he did it every 2 min’s but this special treatment I was getting is not uncommon.   There are classes with special abilitys that may not be used as part of the raid leaders strategic arsenal and allocated or controlled and get handed out on the basis of the ‘owners’ preference.

I used to raid with a feral druid that had a deal with the Rogue to cast Tricks of the Trade on him

The current party or raid member becomes the target of your Tricks of the Trade.  The threat caused by your next damaging attack and all actions taken for 6 sec afterwards will be transferred to the target.  In addition, all damage caused by the target is increased by 15% during this time.

While the additional threat  could have been dangerous for the Feral Druid  – however with a Tank  in the middle of the fight in front with a massive  threat gap,  the 15% increased damage gained would be very nice for that druids Dps, and made sure he outdps’d the other feral druid every time.

Take also the druids Innervate – When I was gearing up my hunter – I was running with a friend playing a druid.  I would get Innervate ,  not the Caster DPS chewing through mana, or the pally tank.  I the huntard.  All because it made my dps higher as I didn’t have to go in and out of viper on speed runs.

While I was Healing ICC last the Mage was giving me Focus Magic

Increases the target’s chance to critically hit with spells by 3%.  When the target critically hits the caster’s chance to critically hit with spells is increased by 3% for 10 sec.  Cannot be cast on self. 

and a Warrior friend that would chose their Vigilance target carefully

Damage taken reduced by 3% and 10% of all threat transferred to warrior.

I am pretty free and easy with my Guardian Spirit  now when I heal.  I don’t care if you’re the tank or a DPS that thinks you’re a tank.  Got wings?

Calls upon a guardian spirit to watch over the friendly target. The spirit increases the healing received by the target by 40%, and also prevents the target from dying by sacrificing itself.  This sacrifice terminates the effect but heals the target of 50% of their maximum health. Lasts 10 sec. 

Because I have it glyphed on both my priests healing specs

Glyph of Guardian Spirit
5 sec cast
If your Guardian Spirit lasts its entire duration without being triggered, the cooldown is reset to 1 min.

I can use it every minute  ( if you don’t die) – and give my target 40% more healing. Got lotsa wings

When we look at DPS metres that show intricate combat details – those extra buffs will show up  – however on the surface of something like recount – you see the person who is out dpsing you – even if you think your gear and skill is on par – if  you don’t know why – have a look at what other people are giving them, and  that it’s sometimes which is definitely worth asking someone else what they can give you.    Knowing what other classes can do for you – makes your dps /healing look better  because you can either do more damage or take less damage – increasing your chances of survival  – and therefore do more damage.

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7 Responses to “Wanna be my Power Infusion B*tch? – Under the raid buffs”


  1. 1 Klepsacovic February 22, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Somehow I never even thought of how buffs like that would affect individual damage. I’d only been thinking of their overall benefit to the raid.

  2. 2 Wikwocket February 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    If you were the top DPS player there, you were the right person to get Power Infusion. 🙂

    In general, I think buffs like this are best left to the discretion of the player. The warriors know who should get Vigilance, the priests can see who will use PI the best, the mages can coordinate a Focus Magic rotation, etc.

    A raid leader could assign all this, but 1) that is a little big brother, 2) it’s a lot of extra burden on the leadership for a small gain, and 3) the net gain won’t be as good as if the players work these things out themselves. When players work these things out, they know the buffs are coming and can use them to the best of their ability.

  3. 3 Geoff February 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Plus being shadow that little bit of raid healing probably made his job easier too. 20% more damage is 20% more raid heals 🙂

  4. 4 gnomeaggedon February 24, 2010 at 2:40 am

    In a VoA25 the other night the Mages were chaining FM… The chain didn’t include me because I couldn’t supply it… I could have used the crit tho…

    PS… Been catching up and loving the read!

  5. 5 Cassandri February 25, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Oh in my guild I’m perfectly aware of who gets what. I, too, am the happy recipient of Power Infusion – us Priests have to stick together!

    Although, to be fair, it helps to have a macro-friend Character name.

    Focus Magic is the one buff that I would seriously love to have, but I know I’ll never get it in a guild run. I really dislike the Mages we have at the moment (and they know it). We also have 2 Moonkin in most of our 25 man raids and if there is only 1 Mage they always give FM to this one particular Moonkin…

  6. 6 Nikki March 13, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Really enjoying the blog. I wish I had done one when I played WoW, now mine is just a personal one about life after graduation.

    If I was in a group with a good friend who could make use of Focus Magic I would give it to them. Otherwise me and the other mages would trade it. When my boyfriend healed on his priest in the guild he’d power infuse me, okay maybe I persuaded him to!

    Not sure why but this post reminded me of the Gruul days where we had to put amplify magic on everyone, probably because there was no group buff for it so we had to go round everyone individually! Was such a pain.


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