Thursday, February 5, 2009

* Savage Defense – this is a new passive ability. When a druid in Dire Bear form deals a melee critical strike, the druid gains a damage shield equal to 25% of their attack power. The next hit completely removes the shield regardless of how much damage was done.

* Survival of the Fittest has had its bonus armor reduced to compensate for the above increase in damage mitigation.

* Faerie Fire (and similar debuffs) now reduces armor by 5%. See Sunder Armor in the warrior update below for additional details.

* Thorns and Nature's Grasp can be cast in Tree of Life form.

* Survival Instincts now works in Moonkin form.

* Replenish – to avoid confusion, this talent has been renamed "Revitalize." It now also works with Wild Growth.

* We are also looking at increasing the sustained (not burst) damage of feral druids in cat form.

Some interesting things for feral druids. Mostly meh if you're Balance or Restoration.


Oh well, at least there's dual spec. Wait. There *IS* dual spec, right?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Healing Savvy. L2useyourbrain.

Of course I have alts.
Doesn't everyone?

My level 2 AH BElf Mage runs around Orgrimmar in the prettiest Festival Dress.

And then there's my 18 undead priest, created the same time as my druid, and left stagnant when i realised I preferred playing on my druid, and now brought back to life because I want to experiment with priest heals. It kinda gives me goosebumps to think I have 2 healers at different levels in the game. (No way I'm doing holy paladin though. No chance. Nada. Nil. Zip.) And I would love a shammy, but the totem thing gets to me.

ANYWAYS, getting back to the point of this post.

I did an RFC run the other day with my then 17 priest. No, I wasn't healing. There was an 18 priest in the group who was. But of course I have had Grid up, and I'm looking at everyone's health bar, while pew-pewing with Smite and SWord:Pain and other pew-pewy things. And I notice the healer is using Heal, at the LEAST sign of damage. Oh no, the tank's short of 20HP - HEAL. Oh no, the warlock lifetapped - HEAL. Oh no, the hunter fell and scraped his knee - HEEEAAAAALLLLL. (I'm thanking God at this point that he/she didn't have greater heal yet.

Now, like any obsessive compulsive healer, I know, understand and appreciate the feeling of needing everyone at full health. But I also appreciate the need to conserve mana, and use spells that FIT the need (read: RENEW.) NOT use hugely mana intensive heals that cause you to go OOM every 2 pulls (of 1-2 mobs each)

It's frustrating and there were many times when I saw the incoming +250 heal on Grid, when the actual damage was -50 that I wanted to snap at the healer on party chat.


Am i over-reacting?

To Tree or Not to Tree, that is the question.

Ahh, I forgot for a bit that I had a blog. My apologies. :)
Also, I took a short trip, so wasn't online for the past week. Woot.

It all started when I came back last night, though. As soon as I logged on, a good rogue friend of mine whispered me and said, "WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS 73?"

This rogue friend (who I met when I was 71 and he was 68), is now 80, and has been for about a week.

And that did it for me.

So I have officially re-specced to Balance, nothing long term, of course. Just till I hot hit 80, because I still do love the heals.

BUT, the thing that has happened is that it has re-awakened my interest in the game. The questing in Northrend, which I was unable to do with my Resto spec, is a breeze in Moonkin form. (Of course, it also helps that I was level 73 in the Borean Tundra)


The other thing is that I'm excited about the questing and the stories they provide. On one quest, Saurfang told me, "You have never been alone, Splintered." I swear my heart skipped a beat.

And it's been a long time since I've been this excited about actually playing the game. And it's a lot more interesting than standing around in Dalaran, skimming through the LFG channel, and looking for groups that needed heals. And more often than not, I'd end up in a group that had a DK who'd never tanked, but didn't mind trying. (Srsly, WTB Tank)

And we'd fail miserably, and I'd get about 1/2 bar for XP for the 1.5 hours spent getting the group together and at the instance.


And now, in one night after speccing Balance and questing, I'm halfway to ~75~.

Friday, January 30, 2009

My lil' healbot

Healing is a tough job.

But then again, so's tanking, and dps. We do what we do, because we enjoy doing it. And if you like doing leet dps, or thunderclapping the c*ap out of mobs, more power to you. (No offense to pally/dk/druid tanks. Thunderclap was just the first thing that came to mind. And anyways, what are you doing here? Shouldn't you be reading a tanky blog?)

I arrived late to the whole WOW thing. My friend, who was a lock, got me to join. After reading all the class details, I announced that i wanted to roll a druid.

"YOU DON'T WANT A DRUID," he says. "They're a hybrid class and don't really excel at anything."

Oh.... errrrmmm, then maybe I'll roll a lock, like you?


And so Incumbent was born. And he was pew pew. And ba-boom. And every other descriptive sound in the book that signifies enemies being blown up.

But somewhere along the way, I got tired of doing all this damage. And I knew it was time to roll a healer when tried to Health Funnel a dying party member.

So I read up muchly on the topic of healers. And I finally decided on a.... druid.

grumble... mumble... stupid friend...

And so it begins.

Of course, I have to start by saying thank you to the people who wrote all the other healing/resto blogs that I've read (resto4life and 4haelz ftw!)

Hmm, at this point, I just noticed that both my top two most read blogs have the number 4 in them. Is it too late to change my blog name?

But I digress, as I will often do, over the course of my postings.

Like I was saying to the writers of every blog that i read, thank you for taking the time to write. You have inspired many people with your number crunching and personal anecdotes, and now, i shall take it upon myself to share the many inanities that I encounter in the World of Warcraft.