Archive for May, 2008

Raiding 101: Part Four – Atmosphere

May 28, 2008

Sorry for the delay. Life was a bit hectic for me last week. We now return to our regularly scheduled post.

We’ve covered everything in game to help you be prepared for raiding, now lets look at out of game. The atmosphere is a HUGE deal when it comes to raiding, especially as a healer.  Personally, the atmosphere I work best in depends on my mood.  Sometimes I like some kill music playing, sometimes I prefer something smoother and calmer, and sometimes I like it to be relatively quiet.  I can’t tell you what you’ll like, or what you’ll work best with, but I can give you some generalizations.

Personally my taste in music is very eclectic and varied greatly.  I enjoy everything from rap and hip hop to ERA to Evanescence to Green Day and everything in between.  One thing I can suggest is before you decide to listen to music in a 25 man, listen to it while healing a 10 man.  And before listening to it in a 10 man, listen while healing a 5 man.  If you succeed in a 5 man, go ahead and take it up a step.

I probably sound like your mother, but it’s bad for your eyes to watch TV in the dark and the same goes for staring at a computer screen.  Make sure that you have sufficient lighting near your computer so that you don’t have to read raid chat.  I used to raid in the dark and I’ll tell you what, I used to end the night with a huge headache every night. 

If you’re anything like me, raiding with a bunch of people yelling blabbing talking loudly in your ear isn’t quite what would be described as easy.  Usually while raiding I tend to prefer not to have any company, or at least WoW playing company so that they understand a small amount of concentration is required.

Ever tried raiding while your stomach is empty?  Or while you watch TV?  The ultimate variable in the atmosphere you raid in is you.  With practice, you can manage to ignore everything else that’s going on around you. 


Farming for Badges

May 22, 2008

There are a few easy and quick heroics that are great for farming up when you need Badges.  Of course we all have our favorites but these are the ones I’ve found best for farming.

  1. Botanica – Bot may not exactly be fast, but if you’ve got a couple of CC, it’s easier than most would realize.  If your mp5 is high enough, your tank will be able to chain pull for the most part, and you’ll be out of there in no time.  Try to grab a paladin tank as they’re great for AoE tanking, which will keep little mobs off you.  5 Badges
  2. Mechanar – Definitely one of the fastest and easiest group, though the fire chick is a bit difficult to heal if you’ve got to kite around one of the flames. Again, best with a CC or 2. 4 Badges
  3. Underbog – As a short instance with the last 3 bosses pretty close to each other, this instance is great for speed.  4 Badges
  4. Black Morass – I hate normal BM, but on heroic, I love this instance, as it’s guaranteed to only take a certain amount of time to complete.  It was nerfed, so bosses, Rift Keepers, and adds all seem to die faster. 3 Badges
  5. Slave Pens – Now this one is tricky. If you don’t have a good group, it can take forever, but if you do, you’re good to go.  A shaman makes this pretty easy, Tremor Totem is well… Hacks.  3 Badges

These 5 could probably be finished within 2.5-3.5 hours depending on your group comp.  If so, that’s an easy 19 badges you could make every day, even more if you get lucky and manage to get one of these as the heroic daily, which will give you an extra 2 badges. Good luck!

To Tired to Raid?

May 21, 2008

For some guilds, raiding is a three times a week thing. For others, it’s an every night or almost every night thing. For my guild, it’s the latter.  We are a late night raid group, we always start after 10:30PM server time, which is 7:30 PM my time. It usually gives me time to take a nap before raids, but sometimes a nap isn’t enough. 

The fact that my guild raids fairly late at night is incredibly helpful.  It gives me time for a pretty long nap, but sometimes it’s not long enough.  I try to let my guild know when I can’t make it, and I have our MT on my AIM buddy list which makes things easy.  Lately my sleep schedule has been kinda wonky, and I wouldn’t be lying if I said that I’ve fallen asleep in the middle of a boss more than once. 

Usually if I’m pretty tired and I want to raid, I’ll do one of a few things:

  • Drink something sugary.
  • Play some music behind vent.
  • Sit up instead of laying down (my preferred position for playing WoW is on my stomach).
  • Make some coffee.
  • Grab a one hand compatible snack.
  • Take a shot of alcohol, preferably something strong. One shot won’t get me drunk, but the harshness of it is enough to wake me up.
  • Talk to The Boy while I raid.

On the off chance that none of these work, I whisper my raid leader and let them know that I’m looking for a replacement, and then on trash pulls I begin my search.  I ask guildies first, then friends, then ex-guildies. LFG is always my last option as I usually don’t know anything about the person in LFG other than their gear.  Try never to just bail on a guild run, wether it’s a raid or an instance.  It’s a bad plan, and leaves a bad impression.

My Talent Tree

May 20, 2008

This is much less of a teaching or learning post and much more of a reference post. 

I decided to post my talent tree because I get asked often when asking for advice what my spec is and why I went with Circle of Healing instead of Imp Spirit.

Raiding 101 – Part 3: Your Stats

May 19, 2008

As most players know, your gear should match your instance. A tank in blues and greens in Mag or Gruul just won’t cut it.  Here are some minimum stats you should work for for raiding as a healing priest.


Mag & Gruul

ZA TK & SSC BT & Hyjal Sunwell
HP 5800 6600 8500 7500 7500 8000
MP 7600 8420 9500 9000 10000 10000
Plus Heal 1200 1450 1600 1620 2000 2400
MP5 110 150 210 190 300 350

These stats are easily obtainable with the Whitemend set and Primal Mooncloth set and some instance blues.  A full list of recommended gear for your brand new 70 holy priest was written by Matticus, feel free to check it out.

Magtheridon’s Lair/Gruul’s Lair
You can find a good list of gear for a Magtheridon level priest at the Elitist Jerk’s Holy Priest Raiding Compendium

Tempest Keep/Serpentshrine Cavern
Once you’ve got about 65-75% of your ups from Kara, Mag, and Gruul, you should be at or near the stats needed for TK and SSC.

Black Temple/Hyjal 
You’ll need gear from SSC, TK, Mag, Gruul, ZA, and Kara before you’re ready for BT or Hyjal.  The Shattered Sun Offensive badge vendor should have some great ups to get you ready here.

*You’ll be able to find links to other gear lists soon!

“Mommy! Don’t Let the Tank Die!”

May 17, 2008

Often, I get asked how I manage to play WoW and still be a Mommy.  Answer is incredibly simple. Time Management.  Although my daughter is currently down in San Diego visiting my mom, I’ve already began getting preparing for how I will manage to raid and spend sufficient time with my daughter while working. 

I’ve been a night owl for a long time, years and years of staying up late at night and reading under the covers with a flashlight contributed to that greatly.  I’ve been known to run 9 hour shifts at work on just 4 hours or less of sleep.  Because I normally work between 8 AM and 8 PM but never more than 9 hours a day/ 40 hours a week, it leaves me a good amount of time to spend with my daughter.  Being the parent of a toddler isn’t going to allow to play WoW and be a mom at the same time.  Of course, having a two parent household where both parties are willing to parent will help greatly.  Some tips to other parents who play WoW:

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Single Parents

  • Play while your child is sleeping.  Any parenting magazine you read now a days will tell you that bed time and nap time are the best time to relax and be yourself, not just a mom.
  • Join a family friendly guild.  You’re much less likely to get booted from the raid for answering your little one’s cries in a guild with other parents than in a guild full of teens.
  • Play during non peak hours.  Just like your cell phone and electricity, your kids have ‘peak hours’.  All children are incredibly active at certain periods.  It’s not the same for all of them, so learn when your kid’s ‘peak hours’ are and avoid instances or raids during those times.

For Two Parent Households (the same ideas apply from the list for Single Parents)

  • Take turns. If you and your significant other both play WoW, trade off on parenting. Maybe you raid one week and your honey raids the next, maybe you go by nights, the possibilities are endless.  If you don’t both play WoW, then offer to take care of the little ones while your sweetie takes some time to their selves if they’ll do the same when you raid.
  • Find a late night guild, if it fits your and your SO’s schedule. 

Above all else, and I can not say it enough, do not neglect your child for WoW, or any other video game.

New Badge Loot vs. Tier 6 Gear

May 16, 2008

With the new badge gear out, there’s a lot of annoyance coming from the higher end raiders. Take Adorned Supernal Leggings from Smith Hauthaa, the badge vendor and Leggings of Eternity off of Archimond in Hyjal Summit. Obviously the two are difficult to choose between, though personally I’d go with Leggings of Eternity for the MP5, though the Adorned are probably what I would work for until I was able to get the drop off ol’ Archie. A large amount of T5 and T6 raiders are unhappy about the ease in getting such decent gear. Heroics are getting easier and easier to pug and a lot of people are farming them to get the badge gear that’s easily T5/T6 equivalent. The problem with that is that these people may or may not have that skill level.

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With nothing but badge and crafted gear, a guild has no way to tell wether or not a new recruit with great stats has the skill and intelligence to match. I saw a friend of mine go into a Karazhan raid once with 1700 bonus heal and a decent amount of regen. He was 4th on the charts in healing when we only had 3 healers, the other 2 had bonus heal less or equal to his own. This is not to say anything bad about him, he’s a great friend, but at the same time, why did he do so badly? He had been collecting badge gear and had the Primal Mooncloth set. Afterwards, the guild he had been accepted to had a meeting. After hearing his stats and not checking his actual gear, they saw that they had made a mistake. This is not to say that anyone without raid gear isn’t a good player, this is just to say that good stats doesn’t always equal good player.

Raiding 101 – Part Two: Boss Fights

May 12, 2008

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There are 262 raid bosses in WoW right now.

And it is fairly difficult to memorize each and every one of them. Especially if you haven’t done the fight a few times.  For raids that you’re familiar with, it won’t be to difficult to know what to do and where to be.  Though in BC a large quantity of the bosses have similarities to other fights that are Pre-BC, they all still have there differences, and you, as a tank, healer or dps, are expected to know the similarities and differences of the ones your raid group encounters. 

This easy to do if you’re a seasoned raider and your group isn’t in any progression content at the moment, but what about people who were in a guild that raided strictly Karazhan that joined a guild raiding SSC?  Then, you have to do the research.

There are tons of options, if you know where to look.

There are tons and tons of web sites with information on boss killing strategies.  Clicking on the screen shot will take you to the site described.

BossKillers Screen shotBoss Killers – This site is dedicated to nothing but strategies for raid bosses. You can find both Pre-BC and BC, 10-40 man, instance and outdoor raid bosses. I searched the site and did not find one boss or instance that was not included.  The strategies are player submitted and the include contests that allow you to win money for submitting the first high quality strategy guide on a boss.

WoWWiki Screen shot WoW Wiki – Although it’s focus is not boss strategies, it still carries a good amount of them.  WoW Wiki is much like any other wiki site in the fact that it is user edited.  You can find anything from character info to in game mechanics and everything in between.  This is the site I used before BossKillers, and find that when researching a boss fight, using the two of them will almost always tell you everything there is to know.

WoW Head Screen Shot WoW Head – WoW Head is usually used as a search engine for items and skills. They don’t provide any strategies, but you can see what spells and skills a certain boss uses.  Each Item, NPC, Zone, Skill, and Boss has a comment section in which players are able to post a strategy guide if they’d like.  I don’t use WoW Head much for boss strategies, but it’s great for drops and skills. 

AMP WoW Screen Shot Amp WoW – This is a site that I just recently came across.  Their strategy section seems to be some what incomplete, however they do have a visual aid for the boss strategies that they’ve added, which I find incredibly helpful.  If the strategies get completed, I’m pretty sure this site will go on my list of favorites.


May 9, 2008

My First Attempt at Tempest Keep: The Eye

May 9, 2008

I thought that since tonight would be my first attempt at healing TK that I’d go ahead and try and give some updates, so I’ll be live blogging the raid. Once we’ve finished, I’ll add a few screen shots, but I’m not going to worry about that until the time comes.

10:10 PM: Pulls start… Full hour late, but hell, I don’t care!

11:13 PM: “OMG He’s so big!” ~A Random Guildy upon seeing Void Reaver

11:40 PM: Cleared VR’s room and going over the strategy.

11:55 PM: Pulled VR… Here goes.

11:59 PM: Attempt 1: Failed at 90%… I was second on heals though! Lol.

12:06 AM: Starting attempt 2.

12:15 AM: Attempt 2: Failed at 40%… One more go and hopefully we’ll get him!

12:26 AM: Pull #3!!!

12:29 AM: I died after 1 minute and 31 seconds… I need more stamina, me thinks.

12:42 AM: Called it, didn’t want to get repops. Hearthing and repairing. Will get some pix up soon!