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Leap of Faith can be used for evil too

I went disc healing spec for heroics ( more on that another time) and so I went to the BG’s to practice my new  spells and binds.

Faced with my growing disillusionment of the quality of azerothian pugging  kind, and an increasing itch to raid – I have have naught but Pvp to turn to. So I have been Disc healing BG’s and feeling better about priest survivability.  As holy in BG’s you do more healing when your dead, and as a squishy shadow priest I would often be lost in the deluge of CC.

So I get to live longer,  help others live longer, and practice my Disc priesting.

I’ve found the most use for Leap of Faith, aka” Life Grip” the Priest equivalent to the death-knights Death grip to be  in PVP.

It has been great for flag carriers.  I can either ride a head of them, and pull them closer in my tender embrace, or pull them out  the pile of Horde they ran into thinking they were tanking critters and not carrying precious cargo on their backs.

It is fun to yank someone away from an enemy target – and you can imagine them thinking ” where did they go…?”

I can also life grip flag carriers in Eots WHEN THEY RUN THE WRONG WAY.

It took several comments by people in the BG eg ” Are you blind”: WTF are you doing” in a Eots to work out what two people were doing.  Grabbing the flag, and running towards Horde controlled bases only to get smashed down by the Horde defense, and Horde cap it. So I started lifegripping them back.

They did this a few times much to our frustrations.

By this time we were 2 bases to 2 bases and close to 100o points a side and relying on that flag cap to get ahead, and they were losing the flag,  and potentially sabotaging our win.

They finally said ” Oh we are doing an achievement”

“letting horde cap our flag and us lose is your achievement?” I asked

They were doing storm trooper.

Eventually they got their achieve .  and yes we won the BG because when they got their achievement ” Now we can win”  says one of the achievement hunters

I’ve made it clear before that I am not really an achievement hunter and I am biased against single agendas ruining a game.  What erks me  though is that they didn’t tell anyone.  If they had of we could have helped.  Would we have helped? weeellllll People are fickle.  I am sure if we were winning comfortably, and one or two people said “sure”  we would have helped / been more accommodating,  rather then  getting upset at the lack of consideration to 13 other peoples game, especially when their actions were bringing us closer to losing.

Yes I lifegripped them back the right direction at the flag spawn area after I found out about the achievement attempt, but only once! So I am only a little evil, and yes that was me being spiteful, and its a 1.5 min cool down so I couldn’t do much harm.

I’d like to think that most of the time when I lifegrip someone that I am making the right decision.  Taking them from harms way,   helping a flag go a little bit closer. I don’t ask them” would you like a lifegrip?   I was lifegripped once and a whisper along the lines of ” lifegripping you to me” let me know what suddenly I was feeling strangely disorientated. I imagine the real life equivalent would feel much like some random in a Hawaiian shirt grabbing you on the dance floor and twirling you around.

I hesitate life gripping melee because I think, especially in a pvp situation that they just want to go all Starbuck on them and “fight them till they can’t.” Me removing them from a glorious death may upset them.

Another time I was running behind the flag carrier in WSG, and he was getting into some trouble in a pack of horde. I had a  nano second to consider that it was probably bad to go backwards,  but he was gonna die if he stayed there.  So I yanked him to me,  he still died.  Then I did.

So I hold to that when I do use it,  I  feel I am using it for the benefit of your safety,  even our AWOL flag carriers in Eots.  At the time I thought they were confused, and just going the wrong direction, so the life grips were more a “hey..  this way mate”  but has anyone felt that they have been ‘inappropriately  life gripped  ( beyond in jest with friends)

I’ll also link this comic  from Shannagins from Deviantart on lifegrip  because I think we should all consider the gravity of our boon. A comic panel says….

” Man, that’s going to be the most abused spell ever made”

”  I know, right? That’s why they’re giving it to us holy priests. You Know, for safe keeping

It was given to Priests for safe keeping.  Besides a Pally’s Divine intervention and 10 min cooldown, for which the Paladin must save on repair bills sacrifice his life to use. We have been granted an ability that interferes with friendly targets, and we should,  my fellow priests. Use it wisely.

Aiming for Justicar

I’m 790 Rep short of Exalted with the League of Arathor, which is realistically  close enough,  but I have a long way to go for Silverwing Sentinels.

Apparently working on 35 Rep a flag return and 23303 to go untill exalted   with the Sentinels thats  665.8 Flags I need or 221 WSG Wins ( 3 flags in a win) .

If I play all weekend on a WSG weekend I apparently get +10 more rep per flag –  

/sigh  my life will have to be WSG for  the next month or three.

Is it worth changing my race to human so I need 66 less flags? ( or there about)

Why would I do something so Insane?

I love Pvp.  If there was a title amongst all the titles that I felt meant something to me.  Justicar would be one that represented where a lot of my time and love and hate goes.   

How does something so repetitious still be enjoyable?   It could be the pesky pally that JUST WON”T DIE!  Or the Warlock that chains me and goes  *opps when I have fear warded, and I have dotted him to death for a change.  The hunter who sends his pet after me,   and forgets to resend after I have Shadow Melded and his pet runs off and then I kill him, the thrill of chasing flag carriers – dispel fear, dot – the thrill of being the flag carrier.  Dispel, fear,  heal trinket ” HALP!”  Yelling at people to get out of the middle.   That first time everyone heads to the flag room in WSG and  your part of a team! untill the rogue stealth, some go up the tunnel,  some up the ramp.  Some one starts the fighting in the middle.  levitating off LM to BS and hoping no one sees you in time for a ninja cap.  The sound of your bikes engines roaring as you ride through the crisp clean snow in AV and so on. 

I get more out of Pvp emotionally then a raid.   So getting the PVP title would be more meaningful to me then my current “Of the Nightfall”  which while sounds cool – was done by bugging out Sarth, and dps zerging .  – how is that an accomplishment?

Night Elves Shadowmeld for Priests in Battlegrounds

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  • Shadowmeld (Racial)
  • Instant cast
  • Activate to slip into the shadows, reducing the chance for enemies to detect your presence. Lasts until cancelled or upon moving. Night Elf Rogues and Druids with Shadowmeldare more difficult to detect while stealthed or prowling.

Wow Insider recently talked about the usefullness of Shadow Meld in Arena.
Advice for those with Drinking problemsand how if you can get out of combat ShadowMeld is very useful,
Personally I’ve never been about to get out of combat in arena  so I’ve never used it for that because usually I’m dead by the time i get to use all my mana..  I have used it to confuse an another arena team,  If you can remain hidden  they can’t target you straight away, so your survival increases by 3 secs, as long as you have not entered combat. I’ve used it to hide under the bridge and sneak up behind the other team.

Wowiki Shadowmeldsays that “You use it as a counter spell resource: as soon as you use it, spells cast made on you will be interrupted (only on PVP)” But I’m not quite sure how this works as Shadowmeld is not usable if you are in combat. You’d have to catch the spell as it was being cast, if it did work then it would useful against polymorphs in arena if it was the 1st spell cast so you weren’t in combat, and you managed to react in time. Those variables are too scarce for me for it to be viable.

What I have found Shadowmeld useful for is if a target is running at you , and they see you as soon as they get off their mount they are going to attack. So hit Shadowmeld and you disappear, if they don’t have the ability to see hidden, or make you visible then they can’t target you.

Shadowmeld makes great use for ‘suprise’ fears
Its also useful for guarding flags in AB. Hug the flag pole and as a Priest or another class with a fear, eg Warriors, let them run up to the pole, and only when they start to click on the flag hit your fear.

Shadowmeld can also be used in Eye of the storm to fool or trick the opposition into thinking a tower is an  an easy target. However, by going into stealth the ‘presence’ bar on EOS of a Node you are trying to take will stop registering that there is someone there, and can go backwards, so Only stealth at a node if your side has full control over it.

You can use Shadowmeld in WSG if you are guarding the flag in the flag room. Its harder to time the fear in WSG because Fear only has an 8 yard range, and the opposition can pick up the flag with a single click, often I’ve found that I can’t fear them until after they have picked up the flag, and then its dot dot Mindflay trying to slow them down so others can get some attacks in. So stand in front of the flag, and as soon as they get near you fear them off.

And in Av when Guarding a flag its useful for surprise fears.

Its often a racial that people dismiss, and I would agree it certainly has more use at least for priests in a PVP context, if anything is good for freaking people out as the noise made when going into it sounds like a Rogues stealth.

I’ve been doing alot more PVP hence more PVP orientated posts as I have not been raiding regularly.   I say Regularily because even though I’m officially permanently AFK  I have been pulled into several raids recently because they were down a Shadow Priest or a DPS.    Still not enough to make me change my mind, at least about 25 mans.   I might start venturing into ZA again soon, but I don’t want the guild confused that I am available for raiding again,  but if I pugged it It would be disprestful ect ect..   Its been good to actually “play” though.

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