Monthly Archives: May 2012

New theme at Restokin

Hi everyone! We gave a facelift today, with shrinking the banner size and changing up the color scheme. Now that I have several other people writing posts pretty regularly, and we’ll sometimes be posting about things other than druids, we wanted to update the header image to take out information that was starting to feel outdated.

My husband worked at improving the color scheme while I’ve been hard at work on my dissertation. The original theme hadn’t had any real changes for a pretty long time (probably since Ginny originally made my banner art like 2 years ago). We kept the original Restokin images (using the spell-casting version of it, now that we put her artwork on the white background). Note: you may need to refresh the page to get the new theme to show up.

Let us know what you think of the new theme!

Posted in Written By Lissanna

MoP pet battle: Moonkin training

Hi everyone, I’m in the middle of crunch time for my dissertation (I’m less than a month from my defense date now!), so I haven’t weighed in on this blog about recent moonkin  issues, including the blue posts about insect swarm and Astral Communion “fast forward” for managing Eclipse. I’d recommend reading Graylo’s recent posts about Astral Communion and Insect Swarm.  You should also follow the MOP beta forum post containing recent blue posts here, though there hasn’t been much activity in recent days. Once I get my dissertation sent off to my committee in early June, my posting frequency should increase. Until then, I am working with a couple people to get guest posts out periodically. Besides, everyone is off playing Diablo 3 and not WOW anyway, right? 🙂

Today, while taking a little bit of a writing break, I wanted to bring you a couple shots of the MOP pet battle system, where I’ve been training my adopted moonkin  the ways of battle. The pet battle system isn’t officially open yet, as far as I know. However, I was able to train pet battles at an earlier stage of beta and they work well enough at this point to get a good idea of what the battle UI currently looks like:

One problem that I have with the system is that the cooldown for reviving/healing the pets is on a 10 minute cooldown. However, since the system isn’t actually ready for testing yet, I don’t want to comment too much on the actual mechanics (since they’re all subject to change).

It’s a really rewarding feeling to have your baby moonkin level up. Lissachu hit level 3! You can see your character when you are battling pets out in the world, so I think it’s a lot of fun to run around as a big moonkin training a little moonkin in the ways of battle. My moonkin keeps running up and punching the other person, though. I need to figure out how to teach my baby moonkin how to moonfire spam all the things!

Posted in Beta Feedback, Mists of Pandaria, Written By Lissanna

Shadow Priest Mastery: Shadow Orbs Explained

This round of “Voices from the Community” is brought to you by a shadow priest named Snakeneyes. He is in Undying Resolution on Elune (yes, that’s Lissanna’s guild), and he may be joining Restokin more frequently with shadow priest hints and tricks.

Understanding the Mastery of Shadow Priests is critical for determining which spells need to be cast and when. The priest mastery is called Shadow Orbs.

Although the Shadow Priest Mastery is on the complicated side, there are only 3 stages to think about. The current stage you are in will determine which actions you should follow up with.


  1. No Shadow Orbs are revolving around yourself.

  2. 1-3 Shadow Orbs are revolving around yourself.

  3. You have the Empowered Shadow buff on yourself.

It is important to note that stage 3 can occur at the same time as stage 1 and 2.

Stage 1

A typical combat encounter begins with the player at stage 1. The goal of the shadow priest is to cast Shadow Word: Pain (SW:P) and Mind Flay (MF) to gain at least 1 Shadow Orb. SW:P and MF have a chance when dealing damage to trigger 1 Shadow Orb.

Stage 2

With at least 1 shadow orb floating around, casting Mind Blast (MB) or Mind Spike (MS) will cause you to gain Empowered Shadow. A higher number of orbs will cause Mind Blast and Spike Spike to deal a higher amount of damage. Once Mind Blast or Mind Spike is cast with at least 1 orb, you will gain Empowered Shadow.

Stage 3

Congratulations, you have Empowered Shadow! This is a self buff that allows all of your periodic damaging spells to deal more damage. This includes Shadow Word: Pain (SW:P), Vampiric Touch (VT), Devouring Plague (DP), and Mind Flay (MF). The buff becomes stronger as your mastery stat increases. But does not get stronger with more Shadow Orbs.

The Mastery stat effects 2 major areas of our DPS. Mastery increases the damage boost that each individual orb gives to Mind Blast and to Mind Spike. Secondly, Mastery increases the damage boost that Empowered Shadow grants periodic damage spells (SW:P, VT, DP, MF). While Shadow Orbs increase the damage of MB and MS depending on how many orbs are stacked, a higher stack of Shadow Orbs does not increase the damage benefit Empowered Shadow gains. One Shadow Orb grants the same Empowered Power buff as three.

Keeping track of your mastery is essential to playing the Shadow Priest class well. If you do not have a Shadow orb, SW:P needs to be on the boss and MF needs to be spammed until the first Orb shows up. As soon as you see you have that first orb, cast MB to gain Empowered Shadows. Next, cast your remaining DOTs (VT and DP). Make sure to only refresh VT and DP if the Empowered Shadow buff is present.

Posted in Cataclysm, Priest, Voices From The Community

Diablo 3 Resources for WOW players

So, the EU region is already sinking their teeth into the Diablo 3 content. For US players, we have to wait until later tonight for our Midnight launch (or 3 AM for me as an Eastern Time player).

I thought I would take some time today to go over resources that you may want to have on hand as you jump into Diablo 3. With so many WOW players on the annual pass, I expect a large chunk of WOW players to hop over and give D3 a try. This post is going to be a giant list of links, since other people know a lot more about the game than I do, and sending you to where to find info makes more sense than me trying to duplicate their guides anyway.

Getting Started:

D3 Trusted Gameplay Resources:

  • Diablo Fans is a Curse gaming website, similar to mmo-champion for D3 players. They have a massive information recap post that covers a lot of the class and system information. In particular, make sure you read their guide about the skill & rune system. As a WoW player hitting the D3 universe, also make sure you read about the difficulty levels, and the hardcore mode so that you aren’t surprised when your hardcore character suffers perma-death. Be careful with things labeled spoilers if you want to stay away from info about the storyline. You can read basic system & class info without too much fear of spoilers otherwise.
  • Not to be outdone, the Zam network is also building a site called Diablo 3 Database , which is a wowhead-like site for D3. It contains information on items, abilities, etc. It has a character builder for building what kind of gear sets you are looking for, and an ability calculator for playing with your spells and runes. There is also information on quests, as well.

If you  have other favorite D3 resources, please feel free to add them to comments on the post and I’ll do my best to update this resource list. Happy D3 day!

Also, if you have an annual pass and aren’t sure whether you should play or not, I really recommend that you give it a try. The game is pretty friendly to WOW players, and I had a lot of fun playing the beta!

Posted in Diablo III, Written By Lissanna


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