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Tales of a Priest is Back

I’m like Cher, or Madonna, or Brett Favre… or some other relevant reference that either continues to come out of retirement or who just keeps on going! (Yes, I do want credit for having both a Cher and a sports reference in the same statement)

Why? Honestly… it is because of the readers who have either stayed in touch with me, or who have reached out to me over these last 8 months and have asked questions, engaged me in conversation, or simply said they missed ToaP! I missed the involvement with the community. I mean that in a way that is on a deeper level than a forum thread, or a Twitter conversation. There is still more that I want to say and more opinions that I want to share with the community.

I simply can’t play the game, and not be outspoken. I can’t keep my damn mouth shut! So, hopefully, people will continue to like to hear what I have to say!

There have been several other healing and priest blogs out there that I’ve been following, and many of those have done an good job leading the healing and priest communities through a very difficult tier for the healers. (I’m looking at you, Firelands). I must salute and tip my hat to those blogs and sites. I won’t go naming names… but so many have done an amazing job this Tier:  You kept me thinking, you kept me engaged, you kept me wanting to contribute more…

So with that— I am back.

A brief update as to what I’ve been up to in game over these last many months. I am still raiding competitively in the 25-Man Heroic Guild, Edge. I have been raiding in my Discipline spec; primarily Tank Healing. We are 7/7 HM 25 and are very much excited towards the challenges coming in 4.3 and what was previewed at BlizzCon regarding Mists of Pandaria.

Now, many of you might be asking “What am I going to expect from Tales of a Priest?” It should be more of the same you’ve seen before. I will continue to try to analyze priest game play in an ‘out of the box’ sort of perspective, but also in a practical manner. I’ll continue to share my gameplay style and analyzing (read: nit picking) our talents, specs, and gearing. I will continue to be asking questions, and (hopefully) engaging folks in the comment threads here as welcome folks to challenge both myself and eachother.  I will continue to develop content here that should make us think as well as address issues and concerns that the community might have about our class.

I have already spent some time on the PTRs playing in both Discipline and Holy specs. On top of that, my guild is participating in some of the PTR Raid Testing. That said, I plan on providing guidance on both specs as we prepare for 4.3.

Over the next few days I’ll also be updating the Power Auras and UI pages to be sure the information there is up to date and as current as possible.

I only ask of you, the readers, the same I always have– if you like what you’ve read (or don’t like) participate in conversation in the comments, share the URLs with your fellow guildmates, and help push and challenge ourselves to play better.

You can always reach me here through the Contact page, on Twitter (@derevka), and through the many forums I participate in.

Here we go again!!!

Written By: on October 27, 2011
  1. Welcome back. Always love hearing from other priests.

  2. Well, you are better looking than the aforementioned celebrities. Welcome back, and I’m glad to see you back!

      1. Welcome back! I just have to ask – am I the only person that hear’s Geroge Takei’s voice in my head when you read, “Oh my!”?

  3. Welcome back to the blogosphere!

  4. Happy to see the resurrection of this site! It must’ve spec’d into “Improved Death”!! Yay! Hoping it’ll be back for more than 15 seconds though. =P
    My daily internet perusing has been lonely without this site.
    Great news to wake up to! Looking forward to revisiting ToaP every hour… on the hour… for an hour!!!

  5. A skilled raider actually excited for the next expac? It seems like blizz is still in the process of killing raiding as we know it. Raids were barely mentioned in the new list of small-group based features.

    At the moment it sounds like there will just be one raid in MoP with 6 bosses and a chance of one other raid at launch. Oh, and some world bosses, those MIGHT be good if they’re done right (actually require a good sized raid) but I’m pessimistic about that. =)

    Will be interesting to see how long Edge and other guilds will manage to stay afloat over the next year..

    1. Im not overly concerned. We’re continuing to push into 4.3 and a prepping for Deathwing. Take this week for example, we wound up going 7/7 in 1 raid night. (unfortunately I missed it due to a work commitment— perhaps that isn’t coincidence! :-p lol). If anything, i have high hopes for Edge over the next Tier and into MoP.

      That said, its far too early to be too much of a Doomsayer about MoP. If anything, I have high hopes for the addition of the “Looking for Raid” level of difficulty. Hopefully that will allow for the other levels to ramp up difficulty.

  6. Welcome back, yay :D I might actually be persuaded to do some holy-ing this patch now, or at least this expansion :P

  7. Welcome back!!! I have always enjoyed your insight and guidance. Thank-you

  8. Good timing for my baby priest (ok she is 85 now but feels like I am so new to this.. no auras no grid.. lol, I heal ok though through ZA/ZG! could do better!)

    I have a question (mostly because I am not in a raiding guild).. if I feel comfortable with ZA/ZG heroics and that is the highest I have run… what should I look to do next? Do I need a guild? Should I try and pug some stuff? Where do I go for my next shiny purple!

    1. Certainly… go try out firelands. (Though I recommend having at least all the T11/12 gear you can get from Points). Start looking for a guild that is running 10 (or 25 if you want 25s) Normal (not heroic) firelands, and give it a spin. Alternatively, wait until 4.3 and give the Looking For Raid system a spin.

  9. Welcome back :) I really missed the page, and honestly couldn’t find better that focuses both on disco and holy specs in raiding environment and is so pleasant to read ;) Been lurking at the blog from time to time hoping for a new post and now it is, thank you!

  10. Glad to see you back! :D

  11. Welcome back! I will so enjoy reading your blog again.

  12. Derevka,

    you make me a very happy panda. I have been following your blog for a long time and news of your return are just awesome! Looking forward to reading your blogs! You have helped me a lot this tier, when everyone was saying that disc priests were dead you were still telling us disc priests we could do it! Thanks for the motivation!

  13. Welcome back)
    It’s really nice to see you here and a fun coincidence – i get back to wow 27/10/2011=)

    Thnx to your blog (and you^^), i managed achieve skill and rank on my realm;)

  14. Welcome back, bitch! (Is it rude to call u bitch?)
    If u leave us again, i will hunt u down and kill u! Who am i kidding… I play a holy priest… only thing i can kill is my own mana. Even typing this makes me go oom.

    I was just watching Blizzcon and it just hit me what the world would look like without us gay guys. Soo many ppl with really bad haircuts and bad skins. And dont even get me started on the cloths. (Am i too mean?)

    Anyhow.. Its good to have u back and u should post ur thoughts about the new 2.0 talent tree for priests.

  15. Yah so glad your back! Iv been a fan since ICC and have been following you on Plus Heal and your live raids. Again welcome back can’t wait to see what your gonna put out!


    Welcome back ;)

  17. twothousandfivehundred-cute-puppies
    -with-innocent-looking-eyez-awsome that you are back!

  18. So happy to see you back in business. My priest just sighed with relief. You were greatly missed by him. Welcome back!!!

  19. It’s about time…

  20. Yay! So happy to have you back!

  21. /le sigh
    all is right in the world once more!

  22. I just saw the 4.3 intro from the sub of ToaP from youtube and thought “WTF!! it can’t be…” Yes…It can!! so glad you are back, can’t wait to delve into priesting again.

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