Polar Opposites

A funny thing occurred to me when I went to log in to WoW today. As I looked at my character selection screen, trying to determine what I was going to do first, I realized just how different my two priests are.

 

Avipost

Avi is quietly confident, while still being a little unsure of herself in new situations. When she knows what’s going on in a dungeon or a raid, she knows that she can heal the heck out of anything. She knows her abilities, and she knows how to use them. She rocks around Pandaria, making friends with all the different factions, and generally gets things done.

She can even switch things up and kick some butt when she wants to switch over to shadow. She’s had to do that for multiple raids, and has managed to hold her own. (Well, okay, there was that first night where I cast Hymn and then forgot to go back in to shadow-form, but we just don’t talk about that anymore πŸ˜‰ )

Nisapost

Then there’s Nisa. Less sure of her footing when she steps in to a battleground or an arena, and not entirely certain how to best keep herself or her teammates alive, she nevertheless jumps right on in and gives it a shot. She’s more carefree. Of course, she still wants to do her best, but she’s just trying to carve out a little spot of sense in the PvP world. She just wants to stay alive long enough to learn how to be useful, and is getting progressively better!

Despite being nearly identical as Disc priests, except a couple of talents and glyphs, they are vastly different characters. The caution and precision from one, and the “let it all loose” from the other – completely opposite ends of the spectrum.

And you know what? I rather like it. πŸ™‚

Checking in with 2013!

Well… Somehow my posting has fallen by the wayside. I think that’s something that needs to change here in 2013, so I’m going to give it a shot starting today!

Let’s see, a little bit of catching up, I suppose?

I’m still rocking with the Priest goodness. I’ve started upgrading Avi’s gear with VP, and constantly have my fingers crossed that RNG might start loving me enough to give me another tier piece one of these days. Both my heal set and my shadow set are coming along fairly nicely. Since I’ve been going Shadow in our guild raids (too many healers? when do you ever have THAT problem?), I’ve been slowly picking up pieces of gear that I can gem and reforge properly to DPS instead of having so many shared pieces. It’s worked out fairly well now. πŸ™‚

I also got a second priest to 90 – Nisa. I server transferred her to Arthas, and she’s become my “PvP priest”, leaving Avi to focus solely on PvE. I’m in a wonderful guild, Funk, with some very amazing people. It’s been pretty fun learning how to PvP better, and getting some gear. I’ve got guildies who carry me in 2s, so I’ve got a couple pieces of Malevolent gear, and all of my honor gear is fully upgraded now. As of next week, I’ll be able to get the PvP weapon, and then it’s game on! Looking forward to that very much.

My other alts are all sort of doing their thing. I took Lin, my monk, in to LFR last week. It was my first time in there ever with a melee toon, and it was — “interesting” to say the least. I died. A lot. Sometimes I’m not even sure how. But I like to think that I’m just balancing out the fact that Disc priests are overpowered, so all those deaths make up for kicking butt on healing meters with Avi. πŸ˜‰

I hope that you all had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Here’s to 2013 being filled with nothing but good things for all of you. <3

 

The Shado-Pan!

I have never been as excited to log in to a toon for the *sole* purpose of doing dailies as I was today.

This was the day that Avi finally completed her Shado-Pan rep.

The finale quest for Shado-Pan was one of the few times that I’ve really paid attention to NPC say/yells, and was rather epic. I don’t want to throw out spoilers here, but I will say this: do it!

They’re not really “necessary” quests, as they only open up after you reach exalted, but the reward is worth it, if you ask me!

And, of course, the main reason that I wanted to reach exalted with Shado-Pan — kitty mounts! Since it’s not a style that’s typically available to Horde, they were super appealing to me, and I’m incredibly happy that I finally have them for all of my toons!

That was the last real “need” I had to do dailies. Granted, this was more of a personal goal than one that was gear-driven, but now I can just do dailies on this particular toon if someone wants company or I feel like doing random ones for other factions to finish them up to exalted. πŸ™‚

Healing Thoughts

Perusing Twitter as I normally do, I came across this link today:

10 Reasons People Don’t Heal

I loved it. I giggled at:Β Not β€œsave the world by by enthusiastically patching up your group’s assorted grazed knees and bumps on the head.” The whole thing really does ring true, especially the parts about perfectionism and responsibility.

When I played EQ2, I was a healer. I had a couple of other alts, but my main toon, my raider, the first incarnation of “Avi” – that was a healer. My guild then was a group of people that basically all knew at least one other person in real life. We weren’t go-go-progression or anything, but we liked raiding.

And still, I was a nervous wreck come raid time.

For me, it’s that inner perfectionist. It’s not wanting to “fail” my group by letting someone die, even if it wasn’t my fault. Yes, that DPS shouldn’t have stood in the pool of lava that was spewed on them – but dang it, why am I not a miracle worker?

Ridiculous, right? I completely acknowledge that. But that’s why, when I started playing WoW, I went DPS. That was it, that’s what I did. I started my Elemental Shaman and I was good to go. The only time I ever healed anything during Wrath was when I would add whatever bit of healing I could for the Dreamwalker fight.

A while in to Cataclysm, I actually put together a semi-useful set of healing gear and started running dungeons as Resto. It wasn’t all that bad! I still didn’t heal in raids, though. My focus was DPS. Even when I rolled Luna (my druid), I levelled her up with resto and didn’t like how it felt at 85.

However, now I have my priest, and I love it. I’ve been running as heals in our raids for the most part over the last few weeks. I actually don’t mind being a healer. I know that Disc is reportedly not amazing for Mists, but gosh darn it I’m going to try and make it work. Because while I don’t mind resto shaman, I actually enjoy healing with my priest.

Did you hear that? I enjoy healing again. Perfectionism included. Being useful to my raid team, and liking the mechanic of that class, have made it an amazing experience.

So if you’re trying to decide if you want to roll a healer, my advice would be this: give them all a shot. One might not be the right “fit” for you. That doesn’t necessarily mean that healing is out, just that you haven’t found your niche. Who knows, you might be surprised.

I know I was. πŸ™‚

The 5.0.4 Experience

As you guys well know, the pre-patch for Mists rolled out on Tuesday. This brought in the new talent/glyph system and all the class changes. Needless to say, if you – like me – weren’t playing in the Beta, this was a little bit of a “wait, what do I do now?” kind of situation.

Beyond the actual changes from Blizzard, this also meant a fair bit of UI tweaking for a lot of people. Quite a few addons were well prepared for 5.0.4, and had updates rolled out instantly, which was very welcome. Some of the less popular ones are still broken, others are working differently, etc. In my case, this gave me the nudge I needed to finally download and figure out WeakAuras, as well as ditch some addons that I didn’t really “need” but had just become accustomed to at this point.

Weakauras had me scratching my head at first, but now I have both Mina and Avi set up with trackers/timers that actually are working very well:

Mina’s auras have bars to track Flame Shock on the target, as well as a shield tracker. I’ll probably add CD buttons for other totems/abilities, but I haven’t really had a chance to play her as much yet to see what I want readily available under my feet as opposed to just on the buttons.

Avi is set up much like she was (nearly identical, really) with Power Auras. She has all of her CD trackers right in the middle, and mini buttons tracking mana CDs above her unit frame. They’re set to desaturate and count down when not available. It’s quite pretty!

I also gave my priest a shadow off-spec, that I’m bound and determined to actually learn. I don’t particularly feel like smiting my way to 90 like I did all the way to 85. πŸ˜‰ I managed to figure out how to set up a group aura to track her dots – it counts down with the “will need to be cast first” dot closest to her cast bar. I *will* figure out Shadow – especially since that spec got a little bit spoiled in raid this week. heh

 

Things have been going fairly smoothly, really. I’m feeling a little awkward with Elemental, but I’ve always loved the class – I’m sure I’ll come around soon enough! Disc healing has been amazing still. Healing Dragon Soul last night felt better than it ever had. Spirit Shell to deal with every impale? Yes please!! The only issue I had was with a mouseover. I had dispel magic set up on my bar. Imagine my surprise when, in an Hour of Twilight heroic, it didn’t work! I checked the macro – yep, it’s fine. I was stumped until I realized that PURIFY was my new way to cleanse a magic effect, and Dispel Magic was for an enemy target. Eesh. Way to read through your spell book ahead of time, Avi!

Seems like some great changes overall. My Death Knight is kinda neat, and I’m hoping to get more of a chance to play her this weekend, as well as get some work in on the Druid and levelling my newbie Pally!

How is the patch treating you guys so far?

Tales of a Priest

I’ve got to say – I completely enjoyed levelling a Discipline Priest.

I transferred Avienith to Deathwing to give Mina heirlooms. At that point, she sat there at level 10 until the 6th of this month when I decided to pick her up again. Today, I reached 85.

 

I’m surprised it went as quickly as it did. I haven’t managed to “grasp” Shadow yet, so once I got in to Wrath levels and had to quest for efficient levelling, it was a little interesting to have to kill quest mobs in Disc spec.

This was multiplied once I reached Cata, but I took a slightly different approach to questing on this toon. Because Mina can get the head enchant, I was able to hit my beloved Vash’jir when I hit 80. It made me SO HAPPY to not have to go through Hyjal. I still moved on to Deepholm at 82, but I completely finished that zone before I moved on, which took me about halfway through 83.Β  In Uldum, I only did the Harrison Jones questline so that I could open up the dungeon quests in Halls of Origination. I didn’t do any of the level 82 dungeons until this point. Shortly in to 84, I finished there and headed to Twilight Highlands.

Dungeon quests and Crucible of Carnage saved me a lot of trouble in Highlands. Things don’t die nearly as fast as on my shamans, so all the “kill things” quests took a little bit longer, but I still managed. At least I wasn’t *dying* because I was healing myself the whole time – go atonement! πŸ˜‰

Now the real fun: time to see if I can manage healing on the priest at max level. Let the games begin!

Do you have any advice for a newbie Disc healer? If you do, please let me know!

 

A Priest is Born

So, this great dude on Twitter (hai Rob!) decided that he was going to roll an elemental shaman. He asked if I would roll a new toon and level with him – but of course!

But then the dilemma hit: What on earth would I play?

I’ve already got my two elemental shamans. I have a max level hunter and druid, both which are really more “profession” toons, because I never really got good enough at them to do any sort of heroics/raiding/etc. I have a mage who is stuck in the mid-sixties levels, because – I don’t know, she’s kinda fun but I guess I haven’t quite got the feel for her yet. I am kind of intrigued by my warlock, but I was levelling her with my Wolfe, so she’s sort of on hold right now until he is able to play again.

Ultimately, I decided to roll a priest. Now, this could go really well, or not so much. I have made (and deleted) priests before, though admittedly that was a while ago. The last priest I deleted, I didn’t want to bother re-learning when the talent trees changed, and wanted an extra spot for something (a failed rogue experiment). Could things go different now?

Today Meilanith, a Night Elf priest, started her journey in to the world. If nothing else, it will be interesting! She’s equipped with an heirloom staff and trinket for now – nothing with an experience boost because my levelling partner is starting off without any heirlooms. I look forward to seeing how her story unfolds! πŸ™‚