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Ding! 80!

Last night I hit 80! Woot! Let’s discuss how pissed I was though. There I am, questing in Icecrown; ExperienceFu tells me I have 1800XP needed to level and I have 3 quests to turn in, with the closest being at Icecrown Citadel. “OK, off to the Citadel it is!” Mount up on my trusty Gryphon, I hit Num Lock and turn around to talk to my better half and say I’m about to hit 80 (and thus can return to “real life” after a weekend of grinding). Then, there it is… Bwwooonnngggg! I flew over a patch of land I didn’t discovered yet – AND I WASN’T LOOKING! /sigh Well, now that the grind is over. Its time to prioritize gear, professions, and reputation with the right factions to …

Written By: on November 18, 2008

Leveling Madness!

It is here. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is in full force, and I must admit it went a lot smoother than expected. No major server outages, just a restart here and there for standard maintenance. /Clap Blizzard I will admit, I was in line at my local Game Stop at 10:50, and I was about #30 in line. I got out of the store by 12:15, was home and my account upgraded by 12:30 and on my way to Northrend. I didn’t really do much that night, but started the grind the following day in a caffiene fueled madness. I must admit, I look forward to raiding. I miss it. I miss the camaraderie with my guildmates, the drive to push forward… however, leveling in Wrath …

Written By: on November 14, 2008

It’s the Final Countdown!

Now that I have everyone singing Europe’s song “Final Countdown” – its time to really prepare for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. Midnight EST/9PM PST – the realms will be launching Wrath. Do you have your copy? I strongly urge everyone to prepare the best they can, here are some pointers that I think can help everyone pass the time until Midnight. Know your gear upgrades – research on WoW-Loot.com, wowhead.com, or other database sites. It is important to not waste your time chasing upgrades that might only be minor from an instance, that you will replace in a quest. Remember that a lot of T6 won’t NEED to be replaced, however don’t forget that crit will need to be monitored as to be able to harness …

Written By: on November 12, 2008

Now Powered by WowHead

After some searching, I found a script that allows me to link WoWHead Items as mousover tooltips! Thanks to wowinsider.com I can provide links that have the Item Stats or Spell Details. Cloak of the Dying or Guardian Spirit Nice.

Written By: on November 11, 2008

Tree Recap – Part II: Holy & New Baseline Spells

Part II in my 2-Part series on recapping the Talent Trees, prior to Wrath. Holy OverviewThe main “healing tree”. Priests are unique when compared to Druids, Shaman, and Paladins – we have 2 healing trees, while the other classes, could really just dump all their points into one tree and “boom!”, healing spec’d! Priests nearly always have to take a mix of Discipline and Holy. For you’ll see most Holy priests going into Disc for Meditation and Inner Focus (to chain for 5 Sec Rule, breaking) for mana regen. Then dumping the rest into the Holy tree for the benefits therein. Holy is different than Discipline where it focuses on pure healing, not damage mitigation. TalentsHoly Specialization – Nothing new here, however both Disc and Holy priests alike should be …

Written By: on November 10, 2008

Tree Recap – Part I: Discipline

Wrath is almost here, so perhaps its time to pause, breathe, and perhaps QQ a little less? Its coming at us like a train, its time we prepare. (Insert obligatory Illidan “You are not prepared!” pun here). DwarfPriest.com did a fantastic write up on gear/stats, which I will touch on in this series, but she did a great job so here’s a link to it. What I plan on doing is looking at both the new talents, or the completely changed ones in the Holy and Discipline trees from a healing perspective – thus, you know, the purpose of this blog. Discipline Overview Formerly the red-headed stepchild of the 3 trees; a footnote tree at best with a few talents that couldn’t be missed, but mainly the PVP tree. Blizzard …

Written By: on November 8, 2008

Circle of Healing and Cooldowns

Circle of Healing has been through the gambit of changes from Alpha, to Beta, to 3.0, and soon to be Wrath. From instant with no cooldown, to a 10 sec cooldown, to a 6 sec cooldown, back to instant. Well based on some information from Ghostcrawler, it looks like we are going to see a change. “Circle of Healing / Wild Growth / Chain HealBased on feedback from this forum, elsewhere and our own brainstorming, what we are thinking about right now is something like a 6 sec cooldown for Circle of Healing and Wild Growth. We’re less concerned about Chain Heal, in part because it’s not instant, prevents movement, falls off with multiple targets, and is the spell that shamans are supposed to be hitting, while priests and druids …

Written By: on November 7, 2008

Of UI, AddOns, and the like

Every healer knows that having your UI and Raid Frames be functional for you, is a priority. A clean and functional UI is something I obsess over. So, the first thing I needed to do was purge my old UI, and really think about what AddOns I actually USED. There are some mods out there, that I simply do not like or use – read: Clique, Healbot, and Grid. Here is what I came up with. All these work with 3.0.X versions of WoW, and thus will require minimal tweaking once Wrath launches- which is key. Deadly Boss Mods – Pretty much a must have for anyone who plans on stepping foot into any raid. ORA2 – fantastically handy for raiders, and raid leaders. Keyword inviter, auto promoter, MT management, …

Written By: on November 6, 2008

Seven Days and Counting

Well, WotLK is launching in 7 days (technically 6 days, 11 hours, and 41 minutes at the time of this post) and you can feel it in the air when you log onto the realms. More and more guilds stopping raiding in effort to prep for the race to 80 and start raiding again. My guild made a conscious decision to not raid post 3.0. Call it foolhardy, call it too preemptive, or call it the right idea – I think it was a good idea, I don’t want the pity boss kills, and when you see some of the guilds and players who have been able to steamroll through Sunwell, it makes me realize I’m glad we didn’t. Though some guilds, a few on my server did a great …

Written By: on November 6, 2008