Posts Tagged Paladin
Long time without a post from me! I guess that if you don’t check in with Bubs and I on twitter, you might have wondered what happened to me and why I stopped contributing. One part was boredom with Wrath raiding and a lack of ideas due to that, but the major part was the fact that I got a job after a long period of unemployment, yay! In August I started working at a preschool, and initially I thought that I’d take a couple of weeks off from WoW to get adjusted, then get back in the game pretty quickly. It turns out that I severely underestimated what my job would entail.
After a day of MANY BABIES (and it’s true, dwarf babies come out fully bearded and demanding beer), I was left feeling kind of like this.
Which meant that NO, I did not want to log onto WoW and hang out in ICC again. I didn’t even want to make the trip all the way from my front door to the bed. I seriously spent at least a month collapsing on my couch to eat dinner then go to sleep for a couple of hours until my boyfriend woke me up and made me go to the actual bed.
But I really missed my friends in Stands in Bad – I honestly enjoy goofing around with them while playing more than anything else about the game. I didn’t bother pre-ordering Cataclysm because I had no idea how I was going to feel about playing, but on the day of the release I went ahead and decided to pull my big girl panties up and get back into the game. I ordered the online download (which was amazingly convenient but now I’m kicking myself because I want the CE and the Underbitewing pet) and started playing the weekend of release.
And you know what? I LOVE IT. I was so burnt out on Wrath, and I’m so happy to say that I’m really loving Cataclysm. The class changes have me excited and enjoying holy paladin healing more than ever. Leveling wasn’t a pain in the ass at all – I got to 83 that first weekend then 85 over the next few weeknights even with my limited play time. The quests were interesting and engaging, and flying in Azeroth is the best (though QQ for the death of ground mounts). Light of Dawn and Holy Radiance get me all a-tingle. I can heal ALL THE THINGS with light that shoots out of my boobs.
Even the bad things aren’t that bad. I have about 3 hours on weeknights to play, and at first when I got to the appropriate gear level I tried to pug heroics. That was a Bad Idea, but realizing that LFD wasn’t going to work out for me made me decide to pester my guild mates for guild groups, which has been a blast. It’s hard not to have fun with people in SiB, especially in a group with Amber when we unintentionally have dying contests (I’m currently the winner). Even instances that have mechanics that I hate are pretty fun when you’re able to joke about your incompetence. Mario hall in Deadmines, I’m looking at YOU.
Every fucking time.
After running a few heroics to get a hang of that whole “hunter focus” thing, I went ahead and threw Ambrosine together for prot and had a go at tanking.
What the fuck is this holy power shit? It’s “like combo points”? You realize I don’t play a rogue because I HATE COMBO POINTS, right? Yes I know I played a cat, but NOTICE THE PAST TENSE.
Okay, so, um, I’ll throw down a consecrate and–HEY.
HEY GUYS ALLOW ME TO HIT HE THINGS WITH MORE THAN SHINY ON THE FLOOR BEFORE YOU ATTACK, KTHX.
Okay, so…969? Right? Wait, 3? 939? I…amg /flails at buttans
HAY HUNTERS. WTF.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU CAN’T GET MISDIRECT TO WORK? FOR FUCKS SAKE. WELL LEARN TO ASSIST THE TANK THEN NUBS.
…oh there go mobs again. Hm. RF is up, right? RF is up.
…oh there go…I swear to god, HUNTERS. I AM LETTING YOU TANK THAT.
…heeeeey, I haven’t gone OOM! Sweet.
I play a disc priest. I also play a paladin tank. I still sigh inwardly whenever a paladin asks me to please not bubble them.
I can not bubble you, sure. I have so much SP that my bubbles are officially Srs Bzns. I’m a raider, though, and bubbling is part of my routine. The muscle memory is there. Even if I don’t want to bubble you I probably will sometimes anyway, becuase god damn it, it’s a habit! Just ask Bingle, our other disc priest. Whenever we’re both in a raid we’re bubbling each other’s target(s) all the time, even though we don’t mean to, just because it’s how we’re used to doing things.
What’s the paladin tank to do? Deal with it.
It is easier to change your behavior than to change someone else’s.
Sure you can ask your healer to not bubble you. They may or may not happily go along with it. But why don’t you learn to adjust to the situation? When I’m on my paladin I’m typically taking off 1 or 2 pieces of gear. I might pull a little more as well. I’m usually still over defense cap, but I have some more mana to work with.
Treat it as an exercise. Alright, I don’t have much mana. What do I do?
How can I create the most threat with the least mana usage?
Can I take off three pieces of gear? How about wearing a holiday hat*?
Can I try a different seal? How about another Judgement?
Maybe it is easier to just ask the disc priest to not bubble you. “It gives mana when it pops” is all well and good, except for those of us rocking 4k+ SP. But trying to modify your own behavior is worth looking at, too.
*I’ve done it. No one said a word. :(
Since Amber can’t concentrate on making a flowchart, I will!
Hi, my name is Ori and paladin buffing sends me into a HULK SMASH rage. It … flames. FLAMES on the side of my FACE.
I hope that clears things up. I don’t like it when paladin buffs make me mad, but sometimes I have to be rough so that everyone will learn. Come hug me so I can return to rainbows and sparkles Ori.
Also, if you are a paladin and you don’t have Pally Power, I am never speaking to you again. Ever. So there.
If you want to know just how much of a fail tank I really am, you need to see me on Lyestra. There’s something about flailing around as a warrior that is great for destroying any WoW-related ego I have.
I am-at least, by how I measure such things-an inexperienced tank. I leveled my paladin as holy, only picking up tanking after acquiring a fairly decent set of gear when Kara was on farm. I spent some time tanking a few heroics and Kara before I transferred to Azglor…where Steve was cruel and threw me into SSC OTing.
I had my prot warrior to 80 in those days, but she never even set foot in a heroic. Neglected alt was neglected.
When the pre-Wrath patch hit and fubar’d all my tanking gear (that oh so carefully juggled combination of tanky stats and spell power), I went back holy,only picking prot back up well into Wrath.
I’m not sure that such a sporadic, mostly raid-based career as a perpetual OT was the best way to go. I like to think that I don’t suck…on my paladin. My warrior, however, seems to be a constant flail fest of lost aggro. Maybe this is just because I’ve never geared up as a tank before. My paladin always started with a collection of hoarded epics. Lyestra has started from scratch so to speak, and may be suffering for it.
This shaky tanking career is probably why things like this are terrifying:
omg omg omg omg omg omg omg! Performance anxiety, performance anxiety! This is only an alt! What am I doing!
I felt immensely clever for things like dropping consecrate in one alcove and then running to another so that I could easily pick up two of the three spawns right off the bat. It doesn’t take much to make me happy, though. >.>
We cleared all the way through Saurfang…albiet barely. Saurfang was one of those post-enrage, one paladin left alive, bubbled and flailing wildly type kills. I’ll take it, though! Thank you, Pity Buff!
Of course as fail of a tank as I am, I know that certain behavior is uncalled for. Let’s say, for example, that you are invited to tank for a weekly raid run. The group consists mostly of a particular guild. The other tank, who is a member of that guild, tells you to tank the adds.
Do you politely say okay?
Do you politely say okay even while inwardly bitching about how add duty sucks sweaty donkey balls?
Either of those is fine. The following, however, is not:
And we’re kicking you from the fucking raid! Good night, Fivestar douchecanoe! Thanks for calling us all typical fucking children, you typical small dicked twatwaffle! Enjoy your wasted raid lock-out! I only regret not turning on trade in time to wield my rapier wit against your fail whining.
/shakes a fist at Bracers of Pale Illumination, which are in no way better than my 245 bracers
I joke about bubble hearthing because it’s just one of those things that comes with being a paladin, but it’s not something that I do. I play on a pvp server and I’m hopelessly terrible at pvp, but instead of bubble hearthing when someone gets a jump on me, I just stick it out. I don’t recall ever using it in instances, except maybe when I’m the only one alive and there are a bunch of ugly mobs who want to give me not nice hugs. Even that’s rare because I’m stubborn and it’s easier to just die and run back than it is to make way for the instance again, at least that was the case until the new dungeon teleport system. Bubble hearthing feels really rude in a way that my beloved Divine Intervention doesn’t, even though they pretty much perform the same function in avoiding repairs.
You see, I suffer from healer guilt. I like to make jokes about letting people die to fix their stupid, but in reality I do my best to keep everyone alive because I’d feel bad if I didn’t. I don’t bail on instance groups after wipes – in part because I want to make things work, and because I would feel guilty about letting another healer stumble into a mess that I left behind. So basically, it takes some real abuse for me to throw up my hands and say “screw it”.
For the first time in a long time, I reached my breaking point. It was Drak’tharon Keep; the tank was rushing but it wasn’t anything unmanageable because RAWR PALADIN MANA POOL (/flex). But after we downed King Dred, the druid tank asks us to wait at the bottom of the stairs. His warrior friend (from the same realm and guild) repeats this, and expounds with “DON’T FOLLOW HIM, DO NOT HEAL” in all caps, I guess so we’d know he was serious. I decided to humor them, and when the druid rounds up about 4 groups and goes splat as he’s pulling them down the stairs (well out of my healing range) I laugh a little and get ready for what’s probably going to be a wipe, because it just wasn’t very likely that I’d be able to keep a dps warrior alive with four packs of angry trolls on him. Like I thought, he dies before I can even get a holy light on him, but all the while he’s freaking out in party chat.
After that he proceeded to call me a dumb cunt.
Bubble hearthing? Was totally warranted. It even felt GOOD.