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Now with more fire!


Old screenshot from the Fireland raiding days. :)

So, druids should all be familiar with the infamous Fire Kitty staff from Firelands.

We recently had confirmation that the effect from the fire kitty staff is now available without the staff. You can get seeds (5 at a time, each seed lasting 1 hour) from Firelands. Since the Burning Seeds are bind on account, you won’t be able to pick them up from the auction house. Instead, you have to actually go to the Firelands instance to get them.

So, now you can get the temporary fire kitty buff without having to keep an outdated staff equipped (I for one know how embarrassing it can be to get caught in the wrong outfit half way through a raid). We all know how much druids enjoy being on fire. Or at least, that’s what we try to tell Juvenate.  More details available on WoWhead.

Posted in 5.2, Feral DPS Cat, Written By Lissanna

The 5.2 Mage PVE raiding survey

Now that 5.2 is here, there is a lot of angst and worry happening in the mage forum. For me to be able to go to the community managers with mage problems, I need data. I’ve done this type of thing before when I was raiding on a druid, but now that I’m raiding as a frost mage, I have a great deal invested in mages being viable now.

To be able to take data to the community managers & developers, I need actual World of Log data from your raids. So, I’m collecting log data and general feedback from the community. I think that collecting context for the logs is actually more important than just the log rankings alone. The original post is available on the US forums here. You can post responses directly on the forum posts or leave a comment on the blog (which is especially helpful for EU readers). There is also someone who cross-posted on the EU forums, so EU players can post there.

Specifically, it would be helpful if you filled out the answers to the following questions and posted it here:

Part 1: Show me the Mage numbers:
1) What is your current 5.2 specialization?
2) What type of content have you run in 5.2 (5-mans, solo, LFR, 10-normal, 25-normal, etc)?
3) Link(s) to 5.2 raid logs on your mage (even LFR logs are useful):
4) Did you change specializations for 5.2? If you changed specs for 5.2, what spec were you before?
5) Is your ilevel generally around the same range as your other raid members from the logs you posted? If not, are you over-geared or under-geared compared to the other members of your raid?

Part 2: How are you feeling about your mage?

6) What is your average ilevel?
7) What quality of life problems are you seeing with your current specialization?
8) If you changed specializations, why did you change?
9) Overall, how do you feel about your current spec’s movement damage?
10) Overall, how do you feel about your current spec’s stand-still damage?
11) Overall, how do you feel about your current spec’s utility in raids?
12) If you could change one thing to improve your current spec, what would it be?

Posted in 5.2, Mage, Mists of Pandaria, Written By Lissanna

Resto druid 5.2 healing guide updated

My healing guide is updated for the 5.2 patch launching today. Below are some general highlights for resto druids in 5.2. I’m also including the table of contents here, since the mouse-over menus don’t work right now. You can still click directly on the headers to see guide content. Moonkin didn’t change much in the 5.2 patch, but you can see general highlights on Sunfyre’s Nest.

  5.2 spell and talent changes for resto druids:

  • Naturalist (Passive): Increases all healing by 10%. This restoration buff will help resto druids stay competitive with other healers.
  • Wild Mushrooms: When your rejuvenation over-heals (e.g., ticks on people at full health), a portion of that overhealing (up to a maximum of 33% of your health) will be absorbed by the shrooms. This causes the shrooms to grow bigger in size, as well as to heal for more when you bloom them.  This additional healing is spread between the targets. Overall, this will make shrooms heal more if you wait and let them grow before you bloom them.
  • Rejuvenation now costs less mana. This means you can cast rejuv more often.

Talent changes:

  • Cenarion’s Ward healing was buffed. I still prefer the utility and burst healing of Nature’s swiftness.
  • Soul of the Forest grants more haste to resto druids (75% haste for your next spell cast after swiftmend). Bonuses for other specs were also buffed to be more attractive to better compete against incarnation.
  • Force of Nature now does more healing/damage (I think most resto druids are still going to take incarnation ’cause tree form > temporary tree pets).
  • Nature’s Vigil can now be cast twice as often, but gives half the bonus (e.g., now gives 10% healing on a 1.5 minute cooldown). They reduced the burst aspect of this for PvP reasons, but it is still attractive for PvE.

 Overall healing style changes in 5.2:  You can cast rejuvenation more often. In addition, to having a lower mana cost, rejuv over-heal ticks will now also buff the healing done to your wild mushrooms. You should now start using wild mushrooms more often, but wait until they “charge up” before blooming them.

Table of contents (Click on links to view pages!):

  1. healing part 1: Description of Healing spells
  2. Healing part 2: Mastery, symbiosis, and other spells
  3. Healing part 3: Tank and raid healing advice
  4. Resto: Talents
  5. Resto: Glyphs
  6. Resto: Stats and Gearing
Posted in 5.2, Mists of Pandaria, Patches, Restoration Healing Trees, Written By Lissanna

Moonkin damage buffs on PTR build 16577

A new patch has been found by both MMO-champion and WOWhead. It looks like moonkin are getting a substantial DPS buff (9% to wrath, starfire, & Starsurge). There are also adjustments to mages (a 23% buff to frostbolt for frost mages – which addresses some of my concerns about frost mage damage for the next patch) and also buffs to several other classes. In general, the patch notes really look like:


(except for arcane mages, though, since their stand-still damage came out too high. Also, thank you to whoever added this to the meme generator, lol).

That out of the way, it looks like the 5.2 patch is shaping up to overall be a net positive for Moonkin and Restoration druids. With the patch going live in a few weeks, things are really looking good for my feathered and leafy friends. I will have my 5.2 healing guide updates (along with any important updates for the leveling guide) ready to go on patch day.

Posted in 5.2, Moonkin Balance DPS, Restoration Healing Trees, Written By Lissanna



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