Monthly Archives: December 2009

Restokin’s Year In Review

Okay, so Psynister tagged me with the Year in Review blogger meme thing. If you do one, you can post it up at Blog Azeroth’s Shared Topic.

Warcraft Year in Review Meme

1. What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?

My honest answer here is… Started a blog (this one, of course!). I’ve been playing WOW for a long time, and so the most memorable new thing was taking all my writing about the game and putting it in one (easy to find) location. I started my blog in March of 2009! It’s really amazing how much it has grown & developed in just a few short months! I had over 3,000 unique visitors on the 3.3 patch day & several other times during the year! It’s really just incredible to me, and I keep getting more and more readers all the time. Thanks for reading my blog!

2. What was your favorite new place that you visited?

Since Icecrown came out in 2008, I suppose the best “new” place was Ulduar. It’s my favorite raid dungeon that was released in 2009. The Argent Tournament grounds may be a close second, since I spend so much time hanging out around there.

3. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

I’m really looking forward to Cataclysm coming out, and being able to play a Worgen druid.

4. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

In-game: Finding a great guild to raid with  (Conspiracy), that both made good PvE raiding progress, along with being a good group of people.

Out of game: Getting my blog linked on wowinsider (now several times, and having my healing guide stickied at on the druid forums.

5. What was your biggest failure?

Not finding anything besides raiding that I really like to do in-game. I tend to feel like I’m a hard-core raider, in a casual game, so I feel out of place some times. Since I can’t really change what the game has become, I really think that not being able to adjust to the new raiding style was my biggest failure, as it leads me to become frustrated more easily.

6. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I get really excited about new content & new raid dungeons. I also get rediculously excited about non-combat pets. I even think that my new obsession with non-combat pets was captured perfectly by one of Oxhorn’s new songs (vanity pets). Every line of his song describes how I feel about my little friends. 😉

7. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Heroic 5-man dungeons. Seriously. I hate running the same instances over and over and over to get the badges I need for my tier 10 sets.

8. What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?

My favorite Podcast is the Twisted Nether Podcast! I like all sorts of blogs in my blogroll. I don’t want to have to pick a favorite! You should read ’em all!

9. Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

I learned about how awesome the WoW blogging & podcasting community is! There are probably hundreds of WoW blogs, and dozens of podcasts, and tons of interaction in the community. It makes the game more interesting & fun for me to be part of this community.

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Sarufang 25 Strat for My Conspiracy guildies

So, my guild killed Sarufang fine with two 10-man groups over the weekend, but we never got a night of attempts last week because of disconnect problems and other things that pretty much wiped out the equivalent of a whole night of raiding.

So, today was our first attempt on 25-man. We had about 15 people standing at range (Ranged DPS & healers) and about 10 people in melee range (tanks & melee DPS).

We started out trying to do a standard “misdirect to the moonkin” strategy, which seemed to go horribly because the moonkin NEVER had aggro on anything. I’m not sure why, but most of the time, the adds just ran around all over the palace and was not as neat & organized as the strategy guides everywhere said it should be. Hunter’s Miss Direct to the kiting target should be using multishot (to get initial aggro on them) and distracting shot (for the focus target) the adds to the target. Rogues TOT can also be used to generate threat for the ranged group. However, using rogues is more risky because adds on the melee are bad.

So, we tried switching to this new strategy that I’m going to describe below. I’m going to say now that it’s not a conventional strategy, and that I usually NEVER write strategy guides. We also haven’t killed the boss yet with this, but I needed to draw pictures to explain what I was trying to say over vent.

Conspiracy’s Righteous Fury Strategy for 25-man Sarufang:

First, we have a healing paladin with Righteous Fury standing in the middle of the ranged groups. Then, we have ranged with knockbacks (moonkin, elemental shaman, mages) close enough to knock things back. With a line of hunter traps & earthbind totems to slow the mobs down, the mobs shouldn’t (in theory) reach the healing paladin all that often.

Here’s what the room setup looks like:

  • The room is sliced up into “pie pieces”.  Ranged is put into pairs of 2 people who stand on top of eachother.
  • Each pair of ranged/healers stands in their own pie piece and the pair stays > 12 yards away from other pairs as much as possible. You can move anywhere in your pie slice (forwards & back), but as much as possible, avoid moving into other people’s pie slices.
  • In the figure below, the Red is the boss & melee & tanks.
  • The Pink circles are where healers stand. The middle pink circle is where the RF pally Threat Target stands.
  • The green circles are where Ranged DPS with knockback stands, so they’re close to the RF pally target.
  • The blue circles are other DPS pairs, still close enough to reach the adds.


The Add Phases:

  • Pally healer with RF is the focus of threat generation, and only moves when he has to move to avoid the adds.
  • Melee & tanks stay on the boss & avoid using any AOE abilities when the adds are on the platform with them.
  • Ranged DPS needs to focus target off the person assigned to be the assist target. Ranged DPS needs to ONLY use single-target damage abilities, as otherwise you are pulling aggro off the intended targets. The adds are also resistant to AOE damage, so your AOE won’t do as much damage as your single-target spells do. You can also stun, root, or otherwise help with locking the adds in place so they aren’t running around.
  • Ranged DPS should make a focus macro or something if you need to. Here are helpful commands:

To set someone as the focus:
/focus Lissanna

To attack that person’s target the command is:

/Assist focus

Picture 2: Add focusing Picture

  • The Blue square in the middle is where all the frost traps & earthbind totems should be focused on slowing the adds.
  • The pink Circle is where the RF pally target will start. Hunters can Miss-direct to the pally target.
  • The green circle knockback groups can bounce things away from the pally target. They may need to (one at a time) move between the pally & the adds if their knockback is shorter ranged to target them, but then they need to move back to the green circles.


I’m not recommending that every raid group try this, but it seems to be working better for us, and I wanted to write this out to make it easier for my guild & raid leaders & everyone else to “get”. We should (hopefully) have the boss down Thursday night & I’ll edit this with changes or adjustments we make as things go along. If you guys have suggestions, feel free to post comments.

Posted in Patch 3.3 WotLK, Uncategorized

Practice Makes Perfect – Lissiel the Fail Shaman

So, I’m one of those specialists who spend hours and hours and hours focusing on one character. This means that I know druids really, really well – but I know much less about other classes. Lissanna feels more like an extension of myself than a character that I play in the video game.

I do, however, have a shaman (Lissiel) that I played for a while during Burning Crusade. I had a couple months where I just didn’t like rolling lifeblooms and being at the bottom of healing meters, so I rerolled the king of all BC healing: The shaman!

I healed raids several months as a resto shaman in Burning Crusade, and my druid became my non-raiding character for a while. I did really good as a chain-healing shaman in my raiding group, and I was much happier. A number of months later, due to the improvements that resto druids underwent for WotLK, I faithfully returned to my druid, and left my shaman mostly abandoned as I raced into Northrend’s frozen lands.

So, over this year’s Thanksgiving break, my shaman finally hit level 80 – mostly out of boredom waiting for patch 3.3 to hit. However, I had leveled up as Enhancement most of the way from 70 to 80, so I hit 80 with mostly level 70 gear left over from BC raiding (and only some quest blues as healing upgrades).

The new instance mechanics have made it really easy to gear up my shaman alt. I melee’d my way through a handful of heroics, and came out with pieces of my melee and healing sets. Nothing spectacular, but good enough.

This week, I was called on to use my healing spec (which I had set up when I hit 80). I had my new spec, the glyphs I had bought off the AH, and thought that I was all ready to go. However, what we were going to run was the “normal” versions of the brand new Icecrown instances. Not really the best place to be trying out your healing spells for the first time in a year.It was difficult for me to figure out how all my abilities and talents actually worked together. It was an all guild run, so I didn’t have to worry about embarrassing myself in front of PUGs (otherwise, I would have just healed on my druid).

I died a lot as I learned how to heal with my new healing style, while also being pretty under-geared at the start of the night (I was equipping any caster item that dropped over the night, and had a couple good upgrades by the end).

My biggest fail was that I hadn’t put the minor glyphs into my resto set that were in my Enhancement set, so I didn’t have the Ankh’s that I needed to self-res. So, when I died, I couldn’t self-res because I didn’t have it glyphed in that spec, and I hadn’t needed reagents for it because my Enh set glyphed it a long time back. Eventually, I had to take a quick Reagent run during our night of dungeon crawling.

Over the course of the night, I was able to re-learn how to heal on my shaman again. However, the best way to get better at playing a character is just to jump head-in (hopefully with a supportive group of guildmates), and just start healing!

One of the nice parts of the random dungeon system is that it won’t let you into an instance if your gear isn’t up to par for doing that content. So, you can try to queue up for things at your level (you may want to start with normal dungeons before heroics). I had to do more than just chain heal, and I learned that I could riptide the tank to boost my chain heal, and then cast 2 lesser healing waves that crit more, and then I could probably cast another chain heal or riptide again after that, and so on.

There is some general advice for making the transition, which transcends what class you are playing. These points became really obvious to me as I picked up a new character that I didn’t already know really well.

When you are leveling up and want to start healing at 80 is, what you do need to do is:

A) Get healing gear as you level up, and don’t try to heal in melee gear or something silly like that. You can also run some instances as DPS and pick up spare healing upgrades until you know the content and have the gear to succeed.

B) Make sure you have the talent spec, reagents, and glyphs necessary to do your job right.

C) Set up your UI so that it’s possible to do what you want to do.

D) It helps if you dual-spec into healing from earlier, and get practice as you level up. This is why I added a dual-spec healing guide for 40 to 79.

E) Practice, because practice makes perfect! As much as you can try to prepare by reading guides and such, only really getting in and playing with your spells will allow you to develop your healing style. Start with easier dungeons and work your way to harder ones.

Posted in Leveling, Shaman

It’s beginning to look a lot like Winter’s Veil


I have been trying to figure out how to turn into Christmas Tree form for the last few years. I finally figured it out! (well, maybe not really).

Today is the official start of Winter’s Veil!

My druid already has the meta-achivement, but I still plan to have lots of fun over the holiday. My shaman hasn’t finished everything yet, and there are still lots of things you can do: turn into a  festive gnome, stock up on snowballs, cook up some holiday grub, questing, and more! I enjoyed this holiday even before there were achievements to earn!

I thought about writing up some how-to guide, but Allison Roberts over at did such a great job that I think I’ll just suggest reading it over there.

Happy Achievement hunting!

Posted in Achievements


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