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Adventures in bubblebotting

07/11/2010

Just a quick post, seeing as it’s Sunday, but I had to say something about this.

Last night, my raiding group had three paladins, two shaman and one druid sign up for healers.  (Since I stopped being healing lead, we run 6 healers instead of 5.  It isn’t a choice I generally agree with, but change can be good.)  That healing make-up is pretty… mediocre, especially for the Lich King fight.  So the raid leader and healing lead asked me to get on my Disc priest to help out.  Of course, she’s my PvP character, so my gear on her is less than good.  I believe her average ilevel was 252, which is a bit low for healing 25-man hardmodes.  Needless to say, her gear was by far the worst of the 6 healers.  I’d never even stepped foot into a 25-man ICC with her.

Somehow, I got #2 on the healing charts on her anyway!  I probably would have had a better showing, but I have a terrible tendency to forget to watch my PoM cooldown.  Not to mention I spent the first few Infests on Lich King playing with PW:S ranks.  (Rank 9 was perfect with my gear.)  It just proved to me that all those times I have told Disc priests that bubblebotting is the most useful thing they could do was correct.  Even with my terrible gear and my complete lack of experience, the theorycrafting really paid off.

I’m pretty sure that all that PvP I’d done as Disc helped a ton, too.  Even when lagging during Sindy hardmode, I was quick enough on my feet to make sure I got a Pain Suppression off on myself so I didn’t die.  During Festergut hardmode, I was put in with the melee instead of standing to one of the sides like I’m used to, so I got to do lots of running around to avoid green slime being lobbed at my head.  If I had been keyboard turning, I’d have been utterly screwed.

All in all, it was a hilarious night for me.  I probably would have had a better showing had I actually done any of the fights on normal as a Disc priest, but I did alright.  One-shotting the Lich King fight was probably the highlight for me, seeing as I spent the entire fight absolutely flailing around with spell ranks and living in fear of being Defiled.  (Got it once, but dealt with it no problem.)  Maybe they’ll want me to switch to Disc full time?  I would laugh and laugh if that were so.

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ZAPZAPZAP

06/25/2010

I’d forgotten how much fun Elemental shaman are.  I’m leveling mine so that the SO can have the other one back and so I can make her a -dwarf- with the expansion.

Can I tell you all a terrible secret?

…healing on a shaman is more fun than healing on any other class!  There, I admitted it.  With the expansion coming out, I can’t help but think about switching mains to a shaman.  Because it is fun.  I want to CH all over the map!  Of course, they’re making changes to how healing is done in Cataclysm, so it might not be as fun as it is now.

Thought I’d just let you know that, though.  I have to go prep for Dungeons & Dragons now…

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New 80 Healadin List(s)

06/17/2010

This has been bopping around my head for a bit, so I thought I’d let it out into the wild.  It actually started because I wanted to think about what sort of gearing strategy I’d use if I were to take part in Gevlon‘s Blue Project.  I can’t actually join, since I’m a US-server account, but it was an interesting exercise.  It moved on from that to “what would I suggest a new 80’s pre-raiding list look like.”  Couldn’t hurt to share them?  If you disagree or have suggestions for either, do let me know!  I am -utterly- open to such.

– First there were blues –

The profile for this one can be found here.  I am pretty unhappy with the amount of haste I was able to scrape together using blue gear, but I had to keep an eye on having at least some MP5 and crit, as I can see mana being a huge issue at this gear level.  Not being able to use -any- purples really put the kibosh on my libram choices, too.  At first I was leery of including anything tradeskill-wise, but I just can’t see not being a jewelcrafter for this.  I would probably replace the Soul Preserver with the INT owl trinket.  And I would probably be a blacksmith, too, for the two extra gem slots.  But as it stands, here is my take on it without tradeskills.

Head: Battlemap Hide Helm
Neck: Choker of Betrayal
Shoulders: Dark Runic Mantle
Back: Ancient Dragon Spirit Cape
Chest: Drakewing Raiments
Wrist: Bands of Fading Light
Hands: Traditionally Dyed Handguards
Waist: Girdle of Ice
Legs: Frozen Forest Kilt
Feet: Sabatons of Erekem
Finger 1: Ring of the Traitor King
Finger 2: Solitaire of Reflecting Beams
Trinket 1: Soul Preserver
Trinket 2: Spark of Life
Libram: Savage Gladiator’s Libram
Shield: Facade Shield of Glyphs
Weapons: Gavel of the Fleshcrafter

– And then there were purples –

The profile for this set-up can be found here, but of course.  I was going for high INT with as much haste as I could get, but on the whole it is much heavier on the crit than I’d like.  You’ll note that I don’t have any of the expensive BoEs for this set, nor any Frost badge purchased items.  I wanted this to be easy for anyone just farming 5-man heroics to get, without having to set foot in a raid.  Likewise, putting items on here that cost thousands of gold just seemed cheesy, so I omitted them.  Yes, there is a single piece of PvP gear on there, but it is one purchased with Wintergrasp marks and very easy to get.  The best gems and enchants are listed in the profile (as well as what I’d consider a “new healadin” spec and glyphs set-up), since there is just no excuse for not having the best available in those.

Head:  Helm of Inner Warmth
Neck: Arcane Loops of Anger
Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Cavalier
Back: Titan-Forged Cloak of Ascendancy
Chest: Chestpiece of High Treason
Wrist: Bracer of Worn Molars
Hands: Rusty Frozen Fingerguards
Waist: Strip of Remorse
Legs: Legguards of Frosty Depths
Feet: Mudslide Boots
Finger 1: Oath of Empress Zoe
Finger 2: Heartmender Circle
Trinket 1: Talisman of Resurgence
Trinket 2: Tears of the Vanquished
Libram: Libram of Renewal
Shield: Protective Barricade of the Light
Weapon: Bone Golem Scapula

This isn’t a BiS list, obviously, seeing as there are at least 9 items up there that can be upgraded nicely by laying down hefty amounts of gold.  (If you can find someone selling, of course.)  But this is a decent list.  This sort of gear in the hands of a skilled healadin will get you into ICC-10, a good place to start grinding out Frost badges.

– What I learned –

You can almost think of this as “old pre-raid gear” vs “new pre-raid gear.”  I remember gearing up in ilevel 200 blues to get ready to raid Naxx back when the expansion first hit.  I liked knowing that I would be replacing those blues with shiny purples.  There just isn’t as much of an “ooo, aah” element when you’re going from epics to better epics, frankly.  5-man heroics are now just something to farm for badges with a bunch of way over-geared people.  It makes me want to shake my cane and tell stories about how things were in -my day.-  Darned kids!

And of course it makes me remember that New Year’s Eve when I accidently sold my boots (ilevel 200 blues, but they were still my raiding boots at the time) to the vendor, which proceeded to not let me buy them back.  I still get crap for that, even from people who weren’t even there!  Don’t log on after parties while smashed, I guess.

I still have the BWL boots that I used for a month after that in my bank…

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what is this i dont even

06/16/2010
what is this i dont even

That low part? 150-ish views per day.

This is what happens when WoW.com links you two days in a row.  Part of me wants to say “thanks” and part of me is laughing hysterically at the thought that so many people got to hear me positively -blather like a fool.-  Or, well, read me blather like a fool as the case may be.  This is still less scary to me than the whole podcast thing I did.  At least I can control my tone when it is in writing.  I sound like a bloody princess when I talk!

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Explosions!

06/15/2010

Er, hello all you people from WoW.com.  I just happened to look in on my blog stats to see that I had well over 1200 views yesterday and am already approaching 800 today.  It almost makes me wish I had something wonderful and informative to write about today.  I suppose the best I can do is to make sure you all know that you’re invited to start any conversation with me that you’d like or to ask any questions you feel like.  Mi casa es su casa.

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I’m a PvE Hero

05/27/2010

No, the title doesn’t refer to my performance in PvE encounters, but instead to my performance in PvP ones!  Due to some serious pushing (and guilt), I’m trying to gear my paladin for PvP.  What this means is that I am running battlegrounds on her in all PvE gear, making me one of those hated “PvE Heroes” that we hear about.

I know I should craft myself some of the blue PvP gear, but it is so hard trying to force myself to put away my 277 gear for it.  And I know I should change my secondary spec so that I have necessary talents like Sacred Cleansing.  I -know- I should!  I grumble and bitch about other PvE Heroes in battlegrounds while I’m on my priest, trying desperately to keep them alive as they eat damage like it is cake.  But… I just can’t.  I don’t want my 10k FoLs to go away, I don’t want my Sacred Shield to become a weak imatation!

When I started gearing my priest, I had no issues stuffing her into the craft cloth PvP gear.  I was beyond squishy and her PvE gear wasn’t all that much to write home about.  I rushed into arenas in the stuff, even, perfectly satisfied knowing that my throughput would be crap, but at least I had some resilience to keep me from becoming a schmear on the floor in a single global.  I went about gearing her in the time-honored tradition of “survivability first, then throughput.”  Heck, I’m still working on her gear, since I’m such a PvP noob.

My paladin is a whole different matter.  My throughput is so incredibly high (for PvP, at least) that I just can’t bring myself to sacrifice it for such little return.  (Because not getting destroyed is such a -small thing,- obviously!)  Even swapping out my mail PvE chestpiece for a Furious one made me frown.  It is utterly illogical, but it is entirely true.

I am a PvE Hero.  Don’t be like me!

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Dragon Age – my other gaming obsession

04/30/2010

I have a passion for Bioware games, a really big one.  I played Neverwinter Nights online for a very long time and really enjoyed the roleplaying I found there.  My current obsession is Dragon Age, one of those games that I recommend every WoW player check out.  It is masterfully done and well worth the money.  (The expansion is fun, but I recommend waiting until it comes down in price.  I cleared it in about 10 hours and didn’t really find it all that compelling to play through it again.  I’ve -yet- to clear it a second time, yet I’m on my 6th play through of the original…)  Let me introduce you all to my characters, because I think we need some levity around here.  No, this won’t be all of them.  I’ll probably end up playing through this thing at least 10 times, if not more…

Nikkal Amell

Nikkal Amell - Human Mage

First, let’s meet Nikkal, the first character I beat the game with!  Yes, I named her after my WoW priest, because I wanted to start playing the game immediately upon opening instead of sitting staring at the character creation screen.  She is a very sweet girl, this a touch of rebel in her, but is still a “goody-two-shoes.”  She isn’t very religious, but she does believe in the Maker even if she thinks the Chantry is in general way overbearing.  Her main squeeze is Alistair, who she is traveling the world with now.  Yes, she went with the -other person- in the big choice and then made the other terrible, evil choice.  When it comes down to it, she wouldn’t be able to live without him and she felt that was worth making some less than stellar choices for.  She also made the choice to help her fellow mages gain additional freedoms, since she remembers just how tough it was in the tower.  Her skin tone was much darker when I went about creating her and I’m not really a fan of how wooden she looks, but she’s a doll.  (And a healer!  Arcane Warrior/Spirit Healer, to be exact.)

Jora Tabris

Jora Tabris - City elf rogue

One of the characters I’m currently working on!  Jora is amazing in that she’s incredibly strong and isn’t afraid to do questionable things in the name of the Wardens.  She is very business-like, but harbors a real dislike for humans.  (Considering what happens her back story, I’m not surprised.  Yeesh.)  She doesn’t make friends very much with the humans in her party, but she’s growing pretty close with Zevran.  She sees in him a reflection of herself.  Well, Leliana has taken a strange liking to her, maybe because they both favor the bow and both like singing.  Being as pragmatic as she is, I’ve yet to see what will happen in the game’s major moral questions; I have a feeling that she’ll be loath to miss the option of increasing the Wardens’ chances of success, but won’t see any real point in bringing something into the world that she might have to eventually fight.  To her, the Wardens are absolutely her home and her duty now.  I’m really, really happy with how she turned out looking, too.  She’s the most natural looking of my characters so far.

Glorunn Aeducan

Glorunn Aeducan - Dwarf noble warrior

Oh, man, Glorunn.  She is so darned noble and honorable that she won’t do -anything- that might come close to being questionable.  That goes for everything, by the way, so she ends up being pretty much a martyr for the cause for the entire playthrough.  (Yup, all the way through it, for those who have played.)  It… doesn’t make Leliana very happy, let me tell you.  She never fails to remind her party where their duty lies and makes her decisions with a level head.  The experience of being royalty also tends to make her a little hard on all the other royalty she runs across, but they can’t really argue with her logic, so it works out for the greater good in the end.  I tried to make her a little more “butch” looking that my other characters, but she still has some pretty girl in her, when she is destroying things with her two-hand sword.  She pampers her lover -rotten- though, let me tell you.  Leliana is -swimming- in flowers and shoes.

Silvia Cousland

Silvia Cousland - Human noble warrior

What a little spit-fire minx Silvia is…  Her romance with Alistair is based on her teasing him to no end and being pretty bossy.  When she finds out his secret, she doesn’t even let him into the major battles anymore, taking to “tanking” things for him.  Heh.  Considering that she went with the “sparkles and unicorns” ending, you can imagine how things will turn out for the two of them in the long run!  Religion is rather a large part of her life, but she’s isn’t that big a stickler about enforcing the rules.  She’s just too busy having a good time, I guess.  Being raised a pampered noble daughter has given her a bit of a brat streak that she’ll have to keep in check, but I’m pretty sure the world will be fun place from now on.

Rylik Mahariel

Rylik Mahariel - Dalish elf rogue

(That’s a pretty epic screenshot that I couldn’t help using, despite Rylik being off to the side.)  People laugh when I tell them that Rylik is my “main” for this game, but he really is.  He is so well-balanced and calm, yet isn’t afraid of having a good time.  He and Alistair have the most awesome “bromance” ever, it’s hilarious to see the two of them together, picking on each other.  Even though he’s Dalish, Rylik has flourished since becoming a Warden, in no small part because he felt he had issues fitting in with his clan.  The Dalish are strongly interested in increasing their numbers and Rylik is homosexual, making him rather the “odd man out” in the tight-knit family of his people.  Since meeting Zevran, he has really blossomed and come out of his shell, in a professional matter as well as romantically.  He and Zev are twin terrors with their daggers, both favoring the shadowy skills of assassinations.  Rylik never loses sight of the smaller consequences of his actions, trying to balance the greater good with personal feelings.  If anything, I’d say he is staunchly against taking anything to extremes.  On the looks side, yes, I have a thing for red-haired elves it seems.  I tried to make him not look incredibly feminine which is really -hard- with elves, but he’s such a darling.  He makes quite a pair with Zevran!

Deren Amell

Deren Amell - Human Mage

Deren is being hilariously fun to play, since he is such a -jerk.-  He absolutely detests the Circle and the Chantry, going to some pretty extreme lengths to work against the both of them.  Morrigan adores how utterly ruthless he is, doing anything that will gain him power and cutting down anyone in his way.  Survival of the fittest is absolutely his motto.  People have to earn his respect and so far few people have done so.  He pretty much ignores Alistair and only barely tolerates Leliana, although he and Sten have a grudging respect for each other.  To him, really, the Wardens are a means to an end, that end being more power and his continued freedom.  Without the Wardens, he’d be in big trouble as he is a Blood Mage.  What he wants, he takes.  And it’s pretty fun to be along for the ride while he does so!  Yes, both of my mages are black, mostly because the skin tone looks ridiculous on dwarves and elves.  Well, and it would be pretty funny as a human noble, with the rest of the family being white!  Well, okay, I kind of envisioned Deren being Nikkal’s younger brother, although I know that doesn’t really work as far as the story goes.  It was an amusing idea…  I don’t know -why- Deren seems to have such a big chin, but I guess he doesn’t really care that much about how he looks.  He’ll just set people who comment about it on fire.