Raiding this week.

I cleared 10/12 ICC HM on my 2nd Priest ( Yes I have 2 ICC geared Priests)  she was  holy healing  with my old guild Wednesday night, I was doing ok, we had a mix of veterans and alts, and considering we two healed most heroics I felt somewhat proud that while at times it was scary, and OMG I am going to run out of mana,  I do not feel that I was at any point carried.   I logged back in last night so we could do H Sin, and some H LK attempts, and for the occasion,  I finally got duel specs for my 2nd priest. ( she was holy only )

I was fully expecting to pay the 1k duel spec cost,  So cringing at losing my 1k , much more precious since my main gold earner is off server – I asked the Priest trainer for training, and Oh..  It’s only 100 now – There is now NO excuse to not have duel specs.

I had done some disc healing before, but never on LK, and certainly never on H LK.   We didn’t do so well,  BUT!  we have high hopes for next week ( if I get invited)

It was very easy to slip back into the ” Oh I need to be home by *this* time because I said I would be available thursday night as well for the follow-up raid, and make sure washing was done, garbage was out, shopping done,   dinner was made, cat was fed, new light bulbs bought – all so I could be available to raid. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, but I work full time, and while I don’t have any family responsibility I was really enjoying being able to say – ” Sure – let’s go have a drink ”  or go shopping or not log in, and not worry or fret that I was going to miss out on a raid.

I’m not pretending I have an exciting life –  and I’m certainly not doing as much as I was pre WOW,  and some of that is financial,  Eg expensive singing lessons v Mortgage payment.   Mortgage won,  but I got to see a few friends in the last few weeks that had been too difficult to arrange otherwise – trying to fit into each others lives is much easier when someone doesn’t have a 4 night a week standing committment ( Looks pointedly at myself)   and the last few weeks have been a  lot of fun.

On the other hand my scrub pugging attempts on my main, v an organised, run on an alt has taught me  that some people will never raid in such an organised environment, and will have missed out,  not just on content,  but also just being surrounded by dedicated , and competent people – and as much I really don’t want to do 4 night raiding a week  – um maybe only for a little while yet.  4 nights gets you places that pugs/casual will not.

In the scheme of things – what you miss out on by doing something 4 nights a week in real life is also a  cost, and I was kicked out of a musical bout 18 months back ( I shouldn’t be proud of that – but I missed a ‘compulsory’ musical rehearsal for a raid, – It worked out for the best as I was hating doing it. A Board game will never be the same for me.  

But it does interfere with RL – how much you let it interfere is completely up to you, and yes I have been accused of picking Warcrack over wanting to see someone.

For now my alt priest  is  a ‘friend’ in the guild – I haven’t committed myself as a raider, and nor are they promising me a spot, and my Main priest is my main for a reason, and I am enjoying  Pvping so much on her  right now, 

next weeks installment may be  – “I miss raiding  – I’m comming back” buuuut..  two days might be doable – need to pretend I have a semblence of another life…

6 Responses to “Raiding this week.”

  1. 1 Narx October 29, 2010 at 12:58 am

    “need to pretend I have a semblence of another life…”

    No need for pretence at all.

    WoW > all other things.

    Nah, great to see you are having fun. The changes to alt’s don’t end there. Not only is dual spec now only 100g, cold weather flying is only 500g learnable at level 68 regardless if you are an alt/main. No more BoA tomes for your alts, just pay 500g at Valiance Keep/Warsong Hold (faction discount available too if you can wait that long.)

  2. 2 Anonymous October 29, 2010 at 7:18 am

    For what it’s worth, I think people often have a misconception of “hardcore” guilds.

    For example, my guild has had a 1-2 day raid week for the past ~5 months. In fact, we raid so little we _try_ to extend out our raids to make 2 days.

    But that aside, I think there is a huge misconception on time-commitments. I was the priest/healing officer in my old guild, and we always kept 50% more healers than we ever expected to use, roughly.

    It was/is okay to sit out and not make a raid. Perfectly acceptable with us. Of course, this allowance also means there is no right to bitch about not getting in to a raid.

    For most of Wrath we aimed to have 3-4 priests, 2 resto druids, 2 resto shamans and 2-3 holy paladins. Keep in mind, in Ulduar we did fights with as few as 3 healers and as many as 6.

    Also, a lot of top end guilds are not opposed to B-teamers or casuals, in fact they’re often desired and serve an important function. These are people who fill in a spot if they’re on an available. When content is on farm, we gear them up so they can fill in spots.

    What I am saying is, don’t assume being in a good guild means a 4-day a week commitment. Good guilds appreciate good players and often have shorter raid times and a great deal more flexibility.

    • 3 Pugnacious Priest October 29, 2010 at 8:43 am

      alas that’s all I have know 4 days = ur serious, and as for reserves, I don’t think I have ever been in a guild with reserves that are happy about not raiding, or when in the case there were too many of one class, one or two refused to sit, or chucked up a stink if it was even suggested

    • 4 Pugnacious Priest October 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

      oh and u now have a level 1 priest called Zahrah on your server.

  3. 5 Shiva October 29, 2010 at 7:33 am

    I have a feeling I made a post that is awaiting moderation. I wonder why Chrome isn’t saving my stuff!

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