Archive for Raiding

Someone toss me an Innervate.

Posted in Guild Admin, Raid Night, WoW with tags , , , on December 23, 2011 by Sindanda

We didn’t kill Zon’ozz last night.  I’m…upset to say the least.  I lost sleep over it.  My bff who is a casual player reminded me today that I need to remember sometimes, it really is just a game.  Continue reading

A little less spirit(tual)

Posted in WoW with tags , , on December 21, 2011 by Sindanda

Prepping for progression night. I’m going to reforge my spirit to crit/mastery. I need more throughput. My mana regen is through the roof, frankly, and I don’t need it all. My spirit is at ~3400 with my persistant spirit buffs up, not including Heartsong.

We’ll see how it goes. Fear for me.

Slimes for days.

Posted in Raid Night, WoW with tags , , , , on December 7, 2011 by Sindanda

Our introductory sojourn into heroic Dragon Soul proved to be…. not as heroic as I would have liked. 

Morchok felt good.  My healing was solid, compared to the other healers.  And there was a progression.  The first few pulls were outright awful.  We did better though.  We were able to identify why we were failing, and improve on those points, until a kill came. 

Yor’shaj was not a similar situation.  It really felt like no matter what we did, what ooze combinations we tried, damage became unhealable.  Even with 3 A+ healers, it just wasn’t happening.  There was no learning, there was no progress, there was only pointless wiping.  I can only hope there’s some detail we’re missing, or the fight is ridiculously overtuned. 

We did a few pulls on Zon’0zz.  Not really enough to gauge what was happening very well, but it seems like it’s going to be a very fine line between how many times we bounce the ball and then let him into P2.  There’s adds, many adds, in that phase, and they don’t despawn.  The must be killed.  So you can’t transition him too often, or you get swamped.  But if you don’t transition him enough, tank damage gets unhealable.

Overall, it’s hard, which is what we want.  I’m not upset.  I’m frustrated.  But we will overcome, or we’ll break.  As always with progression.

It begins anew.

Posted in WoW with tags , , , on December 2, 2011 by Sindanda

So, 4.3 came out, and we hit Dragon Soul.  Hard.  All the bosses are dead.  We have neat titles!  But it begs the question, was it too easy?

This, for clarification, is normal mode.  But even in Firelands, we had some difficulty with the fights.  They were challenging, to a degree.  It took us two or three weeks to get normal Rag down.  And now, two days after Dragon Soul is open, Deathwing is dead.  Granted, that we have a tighter knit group than we did when we entered firelands, a better trust bond between tanks and healers.  Oh, and the full heroic gear doesn’t hurt.  But we had that going into normal firelands.  And this is a resonating sentiment among the vocal.  That normal Dragon Soul is easy.  TOO easy.  Wasn’t this what Raid Finder was for? 

It’s dangerous to listen to only the vocal though.  If you listen to only the people that are the loudest, which are usually extremists in the first place, than you can get into trouble.  I can only gauge my personal experience, and that experience was that the content was extremely simple to conquer. 

It makes me fear for the ease or insurmountable wall of difficulty that heroic may bring.  There’s a few paths of thought on this.  One, that the normal modes. we just over geared it.  Which is definitely a viable way of thinking.  This would mean that next week, we’ll be on par for the heroic fights.  I just can’t see any way that Deathwing Heroic could be any more difficult/challenging than H Rag.  I guess we’ll see.   The second philosophy could be that they just undertuned the whole damn thing.  Also possible I guess.  They probably undertuned Heroic in that case.

On the healing note, it felt good.  Resto shamans got a little bit of a buff, and provide something unique, in terms of the Ancestral Vigor buff, which is nice.  I have a bit of an obsession with keeping it up, or trying to, on the whole raid.   There’s a lot of opportunities to utilize Rains and Chains in this tier, which is our strongest point, in my opinion. 

We did Looking for Raid as a guild.  It was fun.  I can really see how resto shamans would thrive better in a 25 man environment rather than 10 man.  But it is what it is.

Not a real post.

Posted in Healing, Raid Night, WoW with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by Sindanda

The raid week begins again, and as we elegantly tripped our way through the 3 encounters we had previously killed, I thought about what was ahead.  Baleroc stands as a terrifying banner-bearer (to me) advertising proudly the horrors to come beyond his gate.  Staghelm and Ragnaros are between 2-4 weeks away, and my mind is already slipping to those world firsts, where there were no shaman to speak of.  And so much to-do about it.  I won’t get benched, simply because at the moment we have noone else.  But that’s not very reassuring.

What is reassuring is that I ranked again, on Alysrazor.  I’m very exctied about this, but I want to reinforce the fact that I do not now believe that meters and mundane numbers are enough to quantify a healers effectiveness.  My ranking, to me, only means that I’m capable of pushing throughput at a similar level as my peers.  If I never ranked, I’d still think I was a good healer, if I were saving lives, and making it through encounters.

Beth is on our plate for next raid night.  I hope to report a kill.  We were struggling last night, but we swapped the pally and I, and I’m now on the top tank/dps, and I’m using glyphed stoneclaw on cooldown, and things are going swimmingly.  My spell repertoire consists of GHW, Riptide, and UE up top, and Riptide when we decend.  I’m concerned about mana, as we’ve made it to about the halfway mark in the fight, and after trinket/tide we wipe and I’m at about 50% mana.  I think ultimately this is going to end up like Nefarian, where we’re all healing on fumes, essentially, saving the raid by the skin of our teeth.

Hello, my name is totem.

Posted in Healing, WoW with tags , , , on July 29, 2011 by Sindanda

1. What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?

Sindanda, Restoration Shaman

2. What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

10-man Heroic mode raiding.

3. What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?

Shamans have an impressive array of spells at their disposal, all of which have a specific and (I believe) clearly defined purpose.  Continue reading

I’m sorry ma’am, it appears you’ve dropped this totem.

Posted in Raid Night with tags , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by Sindanda

Accidents happen.

Dealing with frustration in a progression PvE setting is difficult.  If you’re in a PUG or otherwise solo, it’s simple.  Blame everyone else.  The problem is, when the time comes, at some point you’ll be in a group of people you respect, who’s opinions you genuinely give a fuck about, and you’ll get madContinue reading