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Healing, Prayers, & Ulduar

Ulduar is now in full swing. 3.1 has launched, and priests have decided on their new specs. In my previous post, I suggested two specs: Holy and Disc. I have found that while I particularly enjoy Discipline more, the number of fights that I am able to use it is notably low. This is mainly due to the fact that Ulduar has a lot of AOE damage and a quick snap or two of a Glyphed Circle of Healing really is a life saver. What really surprised me was how good Prayer of Healing actually turned out to be in Ulduar. In my previous post I indicated that I was expecting ProH to be much more powerful than it was in the past. Being able to cast a serendipitous ProH …

Written By: on April 23, 2009

XT-002 Deconstructor Healing Tips

Well, with server instabilities and instance servers being full, I spent a good deal fighting with My Brute. (FYI rather amusing 1v1 flash game- challenge me!). However, once servers stabilized the fight into Ulduar continued! Today, I want to focus on XT-002 Deconstructor. Deconstructor is a very fun fight. Aside from the rather funny voice the boss has, it can be quite the challenging fight. You are up against an enrage, as well as massive AOE damage. I want to discuss the strat that seemed to work best for my guild. To start, you need to understand his abilities, and the phases of the fight. He essentially has two phases a tank and spank phase, and an add phase. Phase 1- Tank and SpankThis phase is mainly tank and spank …

Written By: on April 16, 2009

Derevka’s Survival Guide to 3.1 Release Day

First, a BIG Thank you to WoW Insider for the two links to my blog. One for Auctioneer and the other on my Val’anyr posts! Seeing my traffic jump and my RSS subscription numbers rise is a bit stressful… it means I really need to write better for you guys! With 3.1 officially released, tonight will be a big night for many End-Game Raiding Guilds who are aching for new content. Download it! Find a mirror if you haven’t already pre-downloaded it using the Blizzard downloader.Wowwiki has a great list of mirrors located here. Update Your Essential ModsNotice how I said essential… your non-essential mods you likely can live without on release day, and you can configure the updated (if applicable) versions later in the week. (That is, of course, …

Written By: on April 14, 2009

Val’anyr: Loot Assignment Woes

Legen… wait for it…. dary! Orange Loot! Not purple epics… Orange Legendary! Now that we know through many sources that Val’anyr is going to be a Legendary Healer Mace, many guilds need to start thinking about how to distribute this mace. When deciding if you are going to use a /random 100, lifetime DKP totals, pure DKP, or loot council, here are some considerations your guild should weigh while making the decision. General considerations – Attendance – Not only because Val’anyr is a legendary item, so you want a person who will be using it often, but also due to the fact that it requires 30 Fragments of Val’anyr. What you don’t want is the person who is getting it to be missing Fragments because they missed a bunch of …

Written By: on April 11, 2009

My Musings on Val’Anyr

Matticus wrote up a post about his thoughts on Val’Anyr here. While concise and generally accurate, I tend to have a different opinion. First it is important to know that both the Fragments of Val’anyr AND the Shattered Fragmenets of Val’anyr (30 combined shards) are BOP. The combined version is a quest item, which leads to to start of the actual quest. Step 1 – Ancient History This quest is clearly only Druid, Pally, Priest, Shaman, which requires you to bring the quest item to the Archivum Console in Ulduar. From there you get the final quest Step 2 – Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings This is the quest that requires you to “throw” the item into Yogg’s mouth, on heroic mode, while he’s casting Deafening Roar, defeat Yogg-Saron… to …

Written By: on April 9, 2009

Add On Corner: Auctioneer

This post is a guest post from a Guildmate of mine, Middea. Middea is a fellow priest (now Shadow, formerly Holy) and is well versed in both gameplay and addons. She often proofreads this blog, so its about time we turned the camera around at her and have a guest post from her! For quite awhile, I’ve known of Auctioneer. I think I even once installed it and tried fiddling around with it and realized I just did not want to mess around and figure it out, curse of the lazy. A couple of months ago, I found just how useful Auctioneer is and why everyone should be using it, or at least something like it. First things first, hopefully you have a bank toon, a little level whatever toon …

Written By: on April 9, 2009

3.1 Priest Specs – What are You Doing?

Well, it seems that 3.1 is imminent. Coupling the fact that the PTR realms are slowing down, the patches on the PTR are getting smaller and smaller (the last patch was teeny) with the fact that the downloader seems to be finished, we may will have it as early as next week (4/14). However with the move of Noblegarden, it does confuse me. My bet is 4/21. All classes will have their Talent Points refunded, which means its time to respect. And for most of us: Dual Specs. While some of us will be going Healing/Shadow as our specs, I do think a good many priests will be going Holy/Disc, giving them the ability to swap specs mid raid to adapt to whatever healing assignment they are given. Derevka’s 3.1 …

Written By: on April 6, 2009

Add On Corner: RatingBuster

I know we all have had this conversation with ourselves at some point on a run: “Are these gloves better than the gloves I have now? Hrm…the gloves I’m wearing now have MP5, however these new ones have a lot of spirit. Which, in turn, provides me additional spellpower. But wait, this item has a Red Socket, but the gloves I have on now have a Blue Socket. No, wait… the item I’m looking at now isn’t enchanted yet, but the ones I have on already have a Spellpower Enchant on them, so I need to subtract that out. Oh crap… I forgot to consider that these new gloves have more Int on them, which provides both Crit and an increase to my Mana Regen via Replenishment and since the …

Written By: on April 2, 2009