Monthly Archives: January 2010

Progressing in ICC at our own pace

So, Conspiracy was able to make some progress in ICC this week. I’m also a little behind in posting my progression updates. One of our tanks finally had his characters restored after being hacked over a week ago, so we was able to raid again this week. We were able to get down both Rotface and Festergut for the first time this week.

Rotface and Festergut both feel like DPS races, and they were ones that we struggled with a lot, since we don’t have super geared people (I’m still in a lot of 10-man TOC gear). However, we managed to work together and pulled out the DPS that we needed to do, and finally conquered the two bosses that look exactly the same (I only tell them apart because I repeat to myself “right is for rotface”. I’m not even sure if I labeled them right in the boss kill pics…

Conspiracy doesn’t get world-first boss kills, and doesn’t always choose to do hard-modes for bosses. However, one thing that Conspiracy does have is a great group of officers that helps the raid be an enjoyable environment. We do progress, but it’s at our own pace. We raid the 25-mans only 2 days a week, and we don’t always push to be the most cutting-edge of progression…. and that’s okay with me. If I wanted to be in a hard-core, cutting-edge guild, I would be. However, I’m in Conspiracy because I genuinely enjoy raiding with them, and I finally feel like I’m “home” in a way that I haven’t felt since before Burning Crusade. Logging into raid with Conspiracy is really a lot of fun, even if I don’t always like the raid mechanics – I like the people I’m raiding with.

I also have a couple other pictures: One is the achievement shot from our Sarufang kill. We didn’t pause long enough for a boss kill picture, as everyone charged into the portal, and I should have posted this a while ago… and then one of our paladins sacrificed themselves to the blue wall of death the first time we were able to …

Also, I got a close up of our guild’s druid that got the legendary. Since we have had so many of our healers return, Ang had to go moonkin for some of the ICC raids (especially for the DPS race ones), where we had to cut down from 7 healers to 5. So, here’s Ang doing moonkin DPS with his legendary healer weapon when we need more DPS… just to make everyone jealous. If you want to see Ang stop being a moonkin with the healer legendary, I think we could use another ranged DPS guild member. Feel free to apply. 🙂

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New Banner art at Restokin!

Okay, so I was finally able to get the new restokin picture to be banner-shaped & uploaded into my theme. Yay!

Ginny (@immamoonkin on twitter) drew the restokin art for me. I introduced her final picture-version in a previous post.

If you haven’t looked at her other art work already, I really recommend that you go look at her deviant art page.

The only thing I did was some copying & pasting to turn it into the banner, which is why the picture part (moonkin sprouting leaves) looks better than the rest of it, lol. All the real credit goes to Ginny for her great artwork. Thanks Ginny!

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Resto druids are like unique snowflakes

Okay, so there has been some debate the last couple days about my resto healing guide (is it bad? is it good? Do I not understand the definition of the word popular?). Also, OMG lifebloom! The deal with lifebloom is that… Resto druids are unique snowflakes. Every single resto druid has a different healing style. Resto druids are the only Spec in the whole WoW that actually comes with such a diverse & flexible toolset. Trying to boil down unique snowflakes into one “how-to” guide is impossible, because then all you get is a giant snowball that doesn’t resemble the unique snowflakes that you started out with.

Why shoot the messenger?

First of all, I want to explain that I’m a human being. To that end, I’m posting my picture here for the first time to prove a point. That’s me on the Left, and Neth (forum CM) on the right. See? We’re both people. I’m the one wearing an almost inappropriate “druids do it animal style” T-shirt, in the picture from Blizzcon 2008. Not only am I a human, but I’m a human that loves talking to other people about World of Warcraft & learning how to be the best player that I can be.

The most important thing about people who write about WOW without getting paid for it is that we’re just players like you. There’s nothing particularly special about me, other than the fact that I spend a LOT of my time writing about WOW without getting paid a single penny for it – which a LOT of other people do, too.

So, what does that mean for you, dear readers? It means that I actually care about what you have to say. That means you don’t have to yell like an idiot for me to hear you. I’m not a Blizzard employee, so what I have to say has very little (or no impact) if you just choose not to read it. I’m okay with that. I’ve got between 1,500 and 4,000 people reading my blog every day – and probably more than that reading the forum versions of my guides. You can always just not read my guides or my blog if you don’t like what I have to say. Sometimes, I’m wrong – and when I am wrong, I happily go in and change/edit/revise/delete information in any post/guide/article that I write.

Writing guides takes time

It takes about 1 to 10 hours for any guide or post that I write. Given that I maintain two forum stickies, and post between 4 to 7 times a week on this blog, that means I can spend (realistically) anywhere from 4 to 40 hours a week working on articles, research, reading, guides, responding to e-mail… all activities related to WOW and not my graduate school or teaching things where I am actually working on earning a degree and earning the money that I use to play WoW and do all this stuff for you in the first place.

If you expect me to keep up with near daily revisions to a healing guide, with math & theorycrafting proofs for every sentence that I write, you will be extremely disappointed. That’s just not who I am. I do, however, take this whole thing very seriously. I write for new players in 90% of what I do, and then I spend that other 10% talking to a more advanced reader-base. That is because my leveling sticky contains the most often read content that brings people to this blog. People come here looking for clear & concise information written in plain-English that they can use in their every-day playing as they learn their class and their role. People don’t come here looking for the latest & greatest mathematical models for druid rotations, because that’s not what I provide here.

Also, part of what I have to do is to stay informed about 4 different druid talent specs (between my leveling guide & my healing guide). This is no easy thing to do, and very few people bother to follow all the information, changes, and nuances of all four talent specs for one class. That’s one of the reasons why I don’t spend hours working out mathematical models, because it would turn into more than a full-time job to do all of what I do, while also doing mathematical proofs for everything I post. Instead, I draw on and utilize the other resources in the greater druid community to make things easier on me. Why re-do all the work of someone else when I can just refer to & cite their work instead? I do my best to give credit where credit is due, and working with other people gives me an advantage, in that I can take their math and boil it down to something more understandable for the non-math people.

With great power comes great responsibility

Why am I bothering to explain myself? Why not just shrug off negative criticism and go on my way? The problem with being in the spotlight is that you have to be able to accept and shrug off negative criticism. However, with maintaining a popular healing guide and leveling guide for the druid community, it’s my fault if any spotlight is on myself in the first place. One of the things I strive to do is to communicate in a way that the average-joe-druid-player can understand. If my writing is confusing enough to generate two druid forum posts in less than a week, then I feel that I’ve failed at communicating effectively, and I feel that it is my responsibility to help clear up any misunderstandings.

I work really hard every day to be an active member of a larger druid community. As I said in one of my forum post responses, I’m just one voice in a larger choir. If you want to learn about resto druids, you need to listen to the whole choir and not just one singer. Go out and look at lots of different resources so that you can see lots of different perspectives. If you don’t like my perspective, then maybe you’ll find another unique snowflake druid who heals more like you. I don’t write the only healing guide available to resto druids. I don’t even write the only leveling guide. I’m just one of many resources available to you, and I hope that you do spend time reading more than one resource, because I learn things from other people all the time by reading about lots of other people’s view points.

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Resto/Moonkin loot in ICC’s Crimson Halls

So, the Crimson Halls opens up this week. As I did for the last wing, I wanted to highlight some of the good resto & moonkin gear from the new wing’s loot table. The two new bosses are: Blood Princes and Blood Queen Lana’Thel.

Also, please note that you don’t have to defeat the Plagueworks to gain access to the Crimson Halls.  This means that people struggling on Putricide (or the other Plague bosses) can still make attempts on the Blood Princes & such. MMO-champion actually posted a good spreadsheet talking about how things will work in the dungeon (the gating, limited attempts, & instance design). So, I won’t spend a lot of time talking about what you can learn more easily from the graphic display.

Okay, so with 2 bosses worth of loot, lets look at the haste/spirit gear (more resto-oriented):

  • Shoulders of Frost-Tipped Thorns – From Blood Princes 25-man. Since the set shoulders have crit, these are a good haste option for resto if you aren’t going for set bonuses.
  • Shoulderpads of the Searing Kiss – From Blood Queen Lana’thel 10-man (pretty similar to the 25-man shoulders).
  • Heartsick Mender’s Cape – From blood Princes 10-man. This cape is great for resto. It could work for moonkin, but a crit cape would be better (though there aren’t many options for cloaks in general for casters)
  • Dying Light – Staff from Blood Queen Lana’thel 25-man

Both haste & Crit: Would be good for either resto or moonkin (but slightly favoring moonkin, since resto should still need regen stats):

  • Shadow Silk Spindle – Off-hand item from Blood Princes 25-man. For moonkin, this would pair great with the dagger from Morrowgar. For resto druids, you could use this with a haste one-hander (though I recommended using staves in my resto weapon itemization piece).
  • Cerise Coiled Ring – From Blood Princes 10-man. This ring is a good choice for people running 10-mans, for either resto or moonkin – especially with the red socket on it.
  • Blood Queen’s Crimson Choker – From Blood Queen Lana’thel 25-man.

Crit Pieces (more moonkin-oriented):

  • Incarnadine Band of Mending – Ring from Blood Princes 25-man. This probably isn’t the best option of ring for us in the instance, however it has crit on it, so this could work as one of your gearing options. This is going to be better for moonkin than Valanar’s Other Signet Ring, unless you need the hit rating.
  • Set piece tokens? This wing is light on leather, and crit leather pieces are few & far between in ICC. Moonkin will be fighting with the other casters for crit/haste accessories in this wing. If you are having a hard time filling out your moonkin set, cloth is an acceptable alternative for things like belts & bracers. Haste is okay for some pieces, but try to pick up haste/crit over haste/spirit when you can.
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