Gettin Hot in Here

This is one of those things that probably doesn’t sound like much to the seasoned PvPer, but for someone who’s fairly new to the whole scene? It’s pretty darn cool.

Yesterday, my shaman Crysanith, picked up the achievement Hot Streak while doing 2s. Given the unpredictable nature of those arenas, where you could run in to double blood DKs, or another healer team, and just have the “Never-Ending Arena Match” (which ultimately end in a scored loss if you decide to wait out the timer) – it was just a funky achievement for me to get. 🙂

CrysOrg

So far this season, I’ve only had a chance to do 2s and some RBGs, but that’s at least given me a chance to play with the differences in 5.2. Most noticeable are the priest changes. A big mechanic change for Nisa was the fact that her crit heals will never show that “big number”. Any critical heal will still heal for the same amount, but apply a shield to the healed target that equals the heal. So yes, this is amazingly key for halting incoming damage. But it still feels a little awkward because you just don’t see that person gaining health quickly like you would on a shaman. It’s a nice relief when Crysanith can throw a 240k heal on to a low arena teammate – I just don’t have that same thing with Nisa anymore. Have to retrain the brain to see the absorb shields the same way!

There are plans to hopefully get some 3s going soon. I’ve been capping points on Crys with a feral friend of mine. He’s also Canadian, and our team name is Tim Hortons, which is THE coolest thing ever and I love that he named it that! 😀 We’re hoping to add a rogue and see how things work with that, which I’m really looking forward to. So much more fun (and balanced) than 2s are.

I also took my first step in to 5.2 content and headed over to do the solo scenarios and dailies with Crys yesterday. That was definitely — interesting. Since they give conquest points beyond the arena cap, though, and she doesn’t have a scheduled RBG team, I guess I’ll be doing those every day!

Hope you all are having a blast with the new patch. 🙂

Herald of the Titans

This is a late post tonight – and two in one day! – but I had to put it up here.

I had a level 80 shaman that I used to play with a friend back in Wrath. I hadn’t touched her since then. When I saw that people were still going for Herald of the Titans, I decided: Why not?

I locked her XP, and with the help of some folks plus some regular ol’ grinding, I “downgraded” some of her ICC gear to be able to meet the Herald requirements.

Tonight I got the invite. I was all prepared (reforged, everything) to go in and DPS the heck out of the fight. But wait – they need me to heal! I hadn’t even set up a resto spec, not to mention I haven’t exactly shaman-healed much since the latest patch, but off I went to reforge again!

We went in to Ulduar with an Algalon lockout. Then we one-shot the fight.

If I’ve learned anything from the short time I’ve been recording kill videos, it’s to ALWAYS hit record. Even if it’s a first attempt. So if you’re interested in seeing Herald from a first-timer, not-used-to-resto-healing shaman perspective, here you go. 🙂

Twitterland Herald Run

Special thanks to all the Twitterland Folks that were there:

@SerenitySaz
@AmoHeals
@Velidra
@Jedsblog
@FinalflameWoW
@Asherrylie
@YAWoWB
@LadyAnjelle
@Hestiahdruid

A Healing Adventure

As you can tell, I am always a caster. I healed in EQ2, and found it too stressful. I’ve been playing casters-only (well, except for my brief Hunter-tryout) for the last … 4 years or so. I’ve always *had* a resto off-spec, but aside from things like Dreamwalker back during Wrath days – and one night of too much wine when I decided to heal an ICC 10m and actually did fine lol – I never use it.

However, I’ve picked up some off-spec gear from raids, because we’ve pretty much geared everyone’s main specs with 397 level loot. That means that I have two pieces of resto tier. I also have a Maw of the Dragonlord and a Seal of the Seven Signs. When I decided that I would actually try healing an LFR, I picked up a Reflection of the Light from the vendor (something to spend Valor Points on, yay!). I have spirit on most of my gear, but the extra from the trinket with an easy use-effect seemed like a good idea for now.

Yesterday, I went through both halves of LFR as a healer to see how it felt. I queued with two other healing guildmates, just in case I was *terrible* they would at least be there backing me up. I actually came out ahead! Hey, this isn’t so bad! Once the LFR was done, they swapped toons – one to his DK tank, the other to her priest – so we could queue for a random heroic and see how it felt in a smaller group. Things went fairly well, but I was still a little wary of over-stating my capabilities when my tank is fully raid geared. 😉

Today, however, I bucked up and waited until I saw the healer bonus for queue. If I was going to go in alone, I was going to get one of those darn satchels if we made it through! And so I did it. And you know what? It wasn’t terrible. I actually did fine, nobody died, and it was fairly painless. I think I’ll be okay to do this more often.

I give tons of credit to my buddy Elliaana, who is our main raiding resto shammy, for giving me the inspiration to even try it. The faith from her and her hubby (the aforementioned DK who put his life in my hands lol) led me down this road, when the idea of me healing anything sent everyone else – namely now-reunited guildies from back in Wrath days with Dark Legacy – in to fits of laughter. I was laughing along with them, so no ill-will or anything, don’t get me wrong. But I’m glad I decided to try it now.

Especially for those Satchels of Exotic Mysteries. I plan to get a lot more of those! 🙂