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Brief Tanky Ramblings
Normal ToC decided to like me and cough up my tanking trinket. Woo! …now to run it some more for the DPS trinket. Pffft. And then some more to get said trinket for ME, because Josh wants said trinket as well on his DK.
Thankfully I had enough defense to drop my Seal of the Pantheon for it, and keep the dodge trinket. I’m also now FINALLY over 30k health in 5 man buffs. Yay! Hopefully she’ll get some more goodies in the Naxx25 run tomorrow (that I’m leading? What? NO! *hands to Josh*). Then I can set her back into her primary alt slot and…
…work on my hunter? Alas, no. Jamethera is stuck as the bastard red headed stepchild of my alts. No, friends, I want to work on my shadow priesting some more.
Stolen from Duct Tape and a Prayer because I can’t access the official crap:
- Glyph of Mind Flay now Increases the damage done by your Mind Flay spell by 10% when your target is afflicted with Shadow Word: Pain.
- Glyph of Shadow Word: Pain changed to – The periodic damage ticks of your Shadow Word: Pain spell restore 1% of your base mana.
- Glyph of Shadow now increases your spell power by 30% of your spirit for 10 sec. (Up from 10%) (Here’s the current version.)
- Improved Devouring Plague: This spell now deals 10/20/30% of its total periodic effect instantly, up from 5/10/15%.
- Shadowform: This talent also now causes Devouring Plague, Shadow Word: Pain, and Vampiric Touch to benefit from haste. Both the period length and the duration of these spells will be reduced by haste. In addition, the mana cost has been reduced from 32% to 13% of base mana.
- Vampiric Embrace: This ability is now provides a 30-minute buff that cannot be dispelled, instead of a target debuff.
Lookit! Lookit! Buffs! Tasty things! Oh my god! I’m so excited!
…granted I still do less DPS than most of our other shadow priests (HOW? MUST FIX) but YAY! Now we get to cross our fingers and hope these changes don’t get nerfed back into the ground by release time.
Also, I find it terribly ironic that spirit is well-nigh useless to me as a disc priest but…it appears that I want some as shadow. What? Damn you. blizzard, for complicating my two sets of gear!
Oasic, how do you beat me as shadow deeps? I MUST KNOW.
…oh they also made it possible for you to bubble nonraid/party members. Sweet! Thanks Blizz! Now I can run circles around Dalaran randomly bubbling people! YAY!*
*I may or may not be genuinely excited by this development.
…they already have shaman, why not? It seems to be a natural extension, and they do live next to the night elves after all.
-Night elf shamans
Similar reasoning to draenei druids.
Would the Light turn away anyone willing to embrace it? Seems to me the answer would be ‘no’. And yes, I truly do want a moocow priest, even if those first few levels are so very very painful. The same logic could be extended to paladins. To flesh out a silly thing I spouted off in comments on my previous post:
And the Earthmother said lo, the sun is my eye, and as I shine the Light down upon you, so shall you embrace and worship it. Just remember, my children, that all who walk upon my back are one. You shall respect them, and have compassion for them, however different from yourself they may be. Be as tenacious as stone and let nothing sway you from your path.
…well, why the hell not? Humans are, if nothing else, adaptable. There have already been human rangers.
These weren’t my idea-certainly at first, it seems strange. But look at night elf demon hunters. They used the magic and skills of there enemy against them, much as the death knights use their own powers against Arthas. Perhaps a small sect of draenei decide to embrace demonic powers in order to better fight the dark. If even Naaru go through a dark phase…
Ron warned me that he’d run a thing or two since the patch in which we’d been sneakily nerfed, and that he’d definitely had more mana issues. I walked into Ulduar blind, and…didn’t feel phased. Did I have issues? Yes. Were they terrible? Not so much. I’d use my shadow fiend at 75% mana, pop a mana pot later if I had to, and then if things got drastic later in the fight, I usually had either my shadow fiend back or found a chance to use Hymn of Hope. Perhaps it is my dusty memories of 15 minute boss fights that enables me to smothly adjust, and plan accordingly. I know I love having all these tricks up my sleeve.
Group 2’s composition was shuffled more than slightly, due more to availability than anything else. It was very good to be raiding with Josh again. As he explained fights on vent, I abused /rw to clarify points, add things he didn’t think of/forgot, or playfully mocked people.
Healing assignments always feel vaguely silly on 10 mans, but we’ve settled into the same pattern for both raids: holy paladin on the tank, raid healer (druid or holy priest, mostly) on the…well, raid, and the disc priest playing a back-up role in which we bubble every damn thing and use penance to save the day.
One of the largest problems I had with healing in Ulduar was…range. I think that for XT, the raid healer and I will have to be more conscious of splitting the room in half, so to speak. We lost more than one DPS to their being our of range at the wrong moment. I’m not sure how to explain my death on our successful attempt, except to say that bombs should not blow up next to me when I’m low on health. :( Range was also an issue with Ignis for the people taking care of the adds. Having to move makes me all the more glad for PW:S, renew, and penance.
Rorfax and I also found it helpful, for fights like XT with periods of raid-wide AoE damage (Tantrum), to assign ourselves to groups to heal up so that we weren’t overlapping each other while the other five people died. Of course then I’d go to toss my PoH and half my group would be out of range, but that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.
I also tossed bunny ears on Kyr a couple of times just because I could. This was not at all helpful, except perhaps to (my) morale. :)
Ignis. Oh, Ignis. We downed Lootmobile, Razor, and XT, only to run into the wall that was Ignis. While this was good progress for group two, here’s what I think of Ignis and his vibrating crotch pot:
I mean seriously, Blizzard. Vibrating crotch pot. I was also dismayed to find out that achievements conveniently cover MY ENTIRE GRID SET UP. Must…turn…that shit…off. It did do something for the old joke of calling Hot Pocket’s Molten Magma Pockets, though.
Also, I do not like having two firey tornados chasing me away from my tank. It makes it very hard to heal said tank. >:| We’ll not mention the unpleasant memories of the Great Tornado Gang Bang of Zul’Aman that were dredged up, either. Grrr, trash wipes.
We ended up 2 bosses “behind” group 1, but my frustration is much lessened. I figure at some point that perhaps they’ll hit a wall that won’t bother us so much, and beat them to the punch on something. :)
And of course, this is what we’ll tell Ignis on Monday:
You know I completely forgot what I had the Zoja is a nub tag on here for until just now: I wanted to share fellow guildie sillyness. Last week in Ulduar, Zoja switch to arms for trash and and then went to tank a boss…and everyone wanted to know why Mortal Strike was up on him. Hmmmm. I wonder. :D At least I had my mace out this time.
Screw the starter zones. Go to Terokkar.
Yes. Terokkar. Where everyone else was camping a spawn or two, I ran laps around the zone and picked up eggs. Sometimes I’d go a bit without finding any, other times, I’d hit up four or five in a row. As a bonus, I’d occasionally spot a horde in their mid 60s or so and would run around them in circles letting them wonder if I was going to gank them or not.
I didn’t, and was rewarded for my upstanding morality with the pet on my 70-somthing-ith egg, which was all I really wanted from the damn event. I also got the Spring Flowers, and have every attention of using them to drive Steve nuts, much as we did the Hollow’s End pumpkins.
I never saw anyone camping spawns, and most of the time I was one of only 3-4 Alliance in the zone. I did spot active competition once, but they were on a flying mount. Do not scout for eggs on your epic flyers, especially not in Terokkar. You’ll miss a lot of eggs that way-several of the spawns are nestled inside clusters of trees. The main problem I had was repeatedly mistaking the glowing seed thingys for eggs at a distance.
That is a VERY rough outline encasing the area in which I found eggs.