Mo’ Games, Mo’ Problems

Just a few quick notes today as both work and play are kicking my butt this week. Tyrande Whisperwind finally got a makeover! I think most if not all of the other female major lore figures in WoW have been freshened up before now, and Tyrande and her Mooncloth Robe were certainly overdue. Blizzard is typically pretty bad at powerful armor for women, and this is no exception. (Seriously, check out Azshara’s pasties.) One of my...

When She Was Disc

The only thing worse than trying to raid with a new UI and new gamepad would be a new UI, new gamepad, and a new spec, right? Ha ha ha, that person would have to be crrrraaaaaaaaaaazy. So, yeah, anyway, I’m smite disc now. It started out fairly innocently: Thursday night was our first seroius night with Chimaeron and I figured a Power Word: Barrier or two would help. (And it did: he’s real dead now!) I haven’t played...

I Don’t Like Healing Assignments

I don’t! I don’t like them, and I resist giving them as much as possible. I hate micromanaging in general, but healing assignments are close to my heart as an issue. For the most part, I think that healing assignments assume that your healers are too stupid to know who needs their attention. They create tunnel vision, and discourage independent thinking. Healing assignments cause healers to lose track of the rest of the...

On Switching Chakras

Overall I feel Holy is in a pretty good place right now although I still can’t honestly say I’ve got the hang of Chakra. I mean, yes, we can easily specialize into AOE or single target healing (or smites!), and that’s great. But to me it feels we’re missing a lot of neat utility through mid-fight Chakra switches because the mechanics are so clunky. I guess the biggest culprit is the 30 second cooldown on...

4.06 Priest Patch Notes: The Good, The Bad, The Necessary

I often try to ignore class-related patch notes until they go live. Everything is open to change, so getting too happy or sad about any one thing is an exercise in futility. However with all the changes to healing in Cataclysm I have felt rather invested in priest mechanics lately, plus I needed something to blog about this morning. (Ha!) So let’s break it down: The Good The mana cost of Power Word: Shield has been increased by...

Adapting to the new Holy Priest

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone enjoyed their break. I spent half my vacation offline out and about, and the other half in Azeroth getting Liore ready for her next adventure: Raiding! We had two 10s groups kill Omnitron over the weekend, and tonight is our first 25s raid since October. I’m genuinely psyched. I’ll report back tomorrow on how badly Magmaw kicked our behinds, but in the meantime let’s talk about holy priests. Well,...

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