Posts Tagged 'cata'

Healing is not fun.

Merry Christmas!

Hope Santa was good to you.   My mother told me long ago that Santa only comes to people who believe in him,  so since I believe in any man that delivers…


Yes I have been quite on the blog front, but I’m not down and out.  Just needed to find the meaning of fun again, which is kind of funny considering Wow is  a game.

I was trying to pin point the reason for my malady, and I have come to the conclusion that I am having healing issues.  I do not like healing holy at the moment.

Dislike. Detest. Hate. Abhor.

It’s been ok when I know the tank, but pug tanks, pug dps – its a pain.    Some we will be fine on  and we will even complete the dungeon,  others multi wipes on the 1st boss.

It is against the core of a healers mindset to let people stay at half health. Must fill up health bar!

It has been a great source of frustration for me, and I can never tell when its my fault,  or someone elses.

Eg if the tank dies in Grim Batol because the dps didn’t kill / cc  the Malignant trog then its my fault for not healing the tank through the damage, because otherwise the rest of the party would need to know the consequences of that trogg causing a  damage taken increase to the tank.  A tank just sees his health going down. The Dps just sees the tank dieing and them getting agro. It’s quite easily the healers fault.

“I hope your better than the last priest” says one group.

” the two druid healers before you sucked”  said another

I got into a cat fight with a dps when I suggested that ” Maybe the party was taking too much damage for the healers to heal”  the freshly dinged and cheating to 329 ilevel dps told me to ” get out of his instance” for suggesting he was bad.  it got a little heated and ” I told him to die in a fire..  oh wait  he already was.. ”  my fault for baiting, but I felt obliged to defend the healers that had come before me and suffered.  It was funny cause that dps then made an alt on my server  – to wait….  apologize – other people I know get people making alts on their servers to troll them or say nasty things. I get an apology.

I can’t see how a healer in this expansion could be lazy.  Sure we make mistakes, or bad choices.  I shouldnt have tried to cast a 2.7 sec heal when I have a  1.3 flash but panic healing is gonna run me oom.

The majority of my successes have been with friends – where I get to dps 🙂  I’m finally in better gear – with much lesser mana issues , and just really need the rep pieces now.  I’m not touching the crafted pieces because  I don’t believe that they are a significant upgrade, and in some cases of lesser stats then other pieces available, and wtf is with the +10 mastery stat gem socket bonus on the crafted dps belt, and where are the healing crafted legs. Not on the vendor.

I had planned on healing more in Cata – but I think my offspec  shall be Shadow Pvp untill I overgear the mana issues for the heroic content.

I get the choosing the right spell  for the damage being taken.  I get choosing to prioritize  targets  I get the need to balance cool downs like Chakras and serendipity,  – and balancing using mana pots and whatnot  but this mana business.  Why make the healers job even more stressful

Cata was supposed to wake dps up a little,  that you can’t just faceroll the content and frack up because the healer or tank will save you,  it hasn’t woken them up,  it’s just shifted the blame entirely on the healer.  We can’t output enough heals to cover up bad.

Of course it’s different with people you know.   The people I run with have a no pug policy – they get people they know – heroics are done with everyone on vent.

Why do I still pug? – I want the freedom to run stuff when I want to.  I like pugs, you learn new strats,  get lessons in patience, and understanding, get challenged in different ways, but it’s getting bad trying to run  them.  I don’t have the heart anymore.



Cata – and LF Kindred spirits in ‘flair’

Cata is here.

Really?  Sif I would go to a bookshop to  buy books to read when I could be at home playing.

I am half a bar off 82   ( and the server goes down) – 3 nights of playing a couple of hours. I’ve not trained mindspike my new level 81 spell.  I need to hit a city soon to empty my bags of my DE mats, cloth and fish I’ve been collecting and will train when I get there I guess.

It’s not taking it slow for enjoyments sake.  I want to ding 85 as quickly as possible.   Just Tuesday night the launch at my time 7pm was a lot of stuffing around, so I logged off early,  and I’ve not had to be home for any particular time so I have been doing errands after work. Aiming for 85 this weekend.  We will see if I get there.

I sacrificed my L key as an interact with target  bind so I could get my flight training.  There was no such thing as personal space on launch night.  The first I have been awake/in game for.  “Lets AOE so the scrubs get dc’d”  said one or two bright sparks as what could only be the entire server pop stood ontop of the flight trainer in SW.

I did start work in a new area this week –  New boss,  took half of my work with me,   but it’s different reporting lines,  so I have been getting to work a little earlier then norm to make a good impression, and so I have been going bed a bit earlier, and not blogging!

But the thing about a new area  and new people is looking for signs there are fellow gamers or geeks,  looking for I guess some ‘flair’ that indicates a geeky side beyond a suit and tie.  I was the youngest by a fair bit in my old team,  but even now there seems to be a somewhat lack of geeks in my area.  Though I did  spy a chess set on someones fileing cabinet that looked rather neglected, and probably was a unwanted kris kingle present from years ago.

My new desk is looking bare of ‘flair’ . Give me time, a small silver xmas tree,  and a green tree frog is it for now.  I’ve moved locations about 6  times in almost 10 years  – maybe its an age thing,  but as I get older,  I keep less pieces of ‘flair’  Often because I end up having to explain it to people. Why did I have a copy of  a painting Cymon and Iphigenia or a portrait of  Ophelia  ( two paintings I love in our Sydney Art Gallery) –  I used to keep a crystal or two on my desk , a picture of two Nordic deities I felt affiliated to, a bands postcard  ( of course no one ever heard of  them.. ) that came free with a cd- once upon a time I had a Buddha, and a Mini Chinese Stone Warrior General  and even more recently,  my Holy Priest WOW Figurine, and a little plush count Dracula..  Yes I am odd.

One of my old old desks..   From Left to right.  Thor, Cute animal pic,  Within temptation postcard , Ophelia, I brake for Kobolds, Buddha,  as well as lots of post it notes,  bottle of water, bottle of V and a coffee.

It is also messy! I know.

But I have a chance to redecorate again,  and while there is over doing your ‘flair’ I like being surrounded by things that make me happy – makes it feel like my space.

I could stick up my Terry Pratchett  con flyer when I dig it out, my Battlestar Galaxtica cast pic, and my ‘I brake for Kobolds” sticker that’s been following me around cubicle to cubicle the last few years. I have played Dnd infrequently the last 12 months- battlestar finished yonks ago,  and the Con is next April and I haven’t got my ticket so i do need a refresh of ‘flair’

My fav bookstore had some of the WOW figurines in,  and I wonder if Thrall would cause too much attention..  Him and my Human Priestess could face it off over my harddrive.

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