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Tunnel Vision – A Healer’s Bane

Is your UI set up contributing to tunnel vision? As a raiding healer, and perhaps a moderately obsessed UI fan – I find it always important to be certain that my UI is providing me the information that I need. The most important piece of information is the health and well being of your raid through raidframes. I would say the vast majority of healers use either Grid or Healbot as their raidframes. Personally, I prefer Grid over healbot for a number of reasons, but that is not what we really need to discuss here today.

Written By: on December 31, 2009

"You feel lucky, Punk?" – 3.3 Random Dungeon Impressions

With 3.3 arrived a new Looking for Group tool, and the ability to group with random people from other servers. To entice the skeptics and Pug-o-phobes into trying this new system, they offered a pretty tasty carrot on a stick –a title of “The Patient” for grouping with 50 random people, and the perky pug pet for grouping with 100. Oh, and two emblems of Frost for your first random dungeon of the day, but does that really compare to a pug pet in a spike harness that drags its ass across the floor?

Written By: on December 29, 2009

Happy Winter Veil

With the holidays upon us, both Avalonna and Derevka would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy Winter Veil season! We’ll be resuming our normal blogging schedule after we detox and assuming we survive the family’s onslaught. As always please remember to subscribe to both of our Twitter feeds here: Avalonna  and   Derevka And if there are any priest or end game healing questions you have don’t forget you can always email us at our addresses below! Don’t miss a single post! Remember to sign up for our RSS feed.

Written By: on December 23, 2009

The New T10 System- More Than Popped Collars

I alluded to some of this in my 3.3 Initial Impressions post, but I wanted to expand upon it a bit. Before I do that, we probably should recap how Tier items have evolved in Wrath. In Naxxramas and Ulduar we had Slot Specific Tokens. For example, Gauntlets of the Lost Conqueror would yield Tier Gloves for Pally/Priest/Lock. Then came Trial of the Crusader, where we had a whole new system: Universal Tier Tokens – Trophy of the Crusade.(Almost reminiscent of original Naxx40′s system) With TOC, you didn’t NEED a Trophy to get your Tier gear. You could buy an an iLvl 232 Tier item for a given amount of badges, you could turn in badges and a Trophy of the Crusade for iLvl 245, or alternatively you could turn …

Written By: on December 21, 2009

Healing Icecrown: Storming the Citadel

After doing both the 10 and 25 man versions of the first four bosses of Icecrown, I wanted to share a few notes with everyone for the first four bosses on our march to Arthas. Trash – Rep Grind for Ashen Verdict Rings! Joking aside, the trash in here is actually kind of tricky. Be aware that the Giant Skeleton mobs have a AOE interrupt, there is a non-interruptable cast bar so you can see it coming – but also note that when they start casting this spell, it looks like they are casting a lightning spell. Keep an eye out!The Nerubian mobs in Deathwhiper’s room have a life leech not unlike what General Vezax has in Ulduar. Spread out, and if you get the debuff… please move.

Written By: on December 15, 2009

Initial Icecrown and 3.3 Impressions

Well, it is finally here! Icecrown – Tuesday we all marched towards that taunting little sonofa… *cough* The Lich King. (by the way, doesn’t the 3.3 Logo look like it says Fail of the Lich King to anyone else?). I must admit I really was looking forward to 3.3 – for more than the fact that I have been really tired of TOC. But, 3.3 is not just all sunshine and smiles, it certainly has its flaws in my eyes. So I do want to take some time to discuss both the thumbs up and the thumbs down features. Lag and Server Stability at Launch – This baffles me every patch. Back in Vanilla WOW, patch days were pretty smooth and had minimal issues. Ever since TBC, every single patch …

Written By: on December 13, 2009

So you want to join a Raiding Guild?

WoW has a lot to offer many different spectrum of players. As many of us have found, it’s easy to spend “just a few more minutes” to finish a quest, or do “one last 5 man”. And with Blizz’s new raiding vision of making end game more accessible (love it or hate it, we’ll talk about that another time) I’m sure you’ve joined a raid pug or two, or maybe are even part of a guild that tackles some of its own raiding. Now Raiding guilds themselves are also diverse. You can have the casual raiding guild that shows up for a few hours a week to tackle some 10/25 man content when there’s enough people on, or maybe a guild that has a set schedule & some hard mode …

Written By: on December 10, 2009

AddOn Corner: GuardianSpirited

One of the signature spells for Holy Priests is the ability to use the spell Guardian Spirit. GS is fantastic, however sometimes can require communication to prevent double duty from either the tank’s cooldown or another priest’s cooldown. Up until about a month or so ago, I had been using a macro that whispered my target should I have cast GS on them, letting them no that they have Guardian Spirit and I was watching over them… The downside to this is, should I start mashing my GS keybind and my target is out of range or line of sight, they still received the whisper spam. Enter the mod: Guardian Spirited. GuardianSpirited is a mod that provides whisper notification to your target, raid, raidwarning, battleground, yell, say, and/or custom channel …

Written By: on December 8, 2009

Get your hands off my gear, you Damn Dirty Healer!

As I’m sure most priests in a DKP raiding guild can sympathize, competing against other healers for your pretty trinkets, gear & weapons just sucks…hell, it flat out blows goats. Resto druids, resto shamans, & holy paladins pretty much have a monopoly on their non token gear. The Ret or prot paladin won’t be bidding on that spell power chest, the feral or balance druid probably aren’t interested in the leather healing legs, and the Enhance shaman really couldn’t care less about those healing boots. Most of the time, those healers are getting those items for the minimum bid because of lack of competition. Priests, on the other hand, are the only class with TWO healing trees – we’re already competing with ourselves. Throw in the fact the alot of …

Written By: on December 2, 2009