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Looking back on healing in Cataclysm {WoW}

Feb 1st 2012 4:34AM As a non-raider who mainly just pugs 5-mans, I quit healing in the early days of Cata. Rest of group doesn't prevent massive inc dmg (interrupt, CC, don't stand in crap, whatever), healer gets blamed. Nothing I can do about it when appropriately geared for an instance, maybe if I massively outgear it, sure, but early days of the expansion I just felt utterly helpless and very picked on since whatever happened was "my fault", even if there was nothing at all I could do about it. As someone who's been healing for years and always been successful except in the worst of groups, feeling so helpless just totally took the fun away for me, it was horrible.

After about a year I plucked up courage to try again and at least did everything on normal mode... I've still never done any of the heroic 5-mans except the 3 new ones though! This expansion utterly destroyed my confidence as a healer; I've successfully healed the new 5-mans several times (and had no real failures), but still haven't got enough confidence to go in them on my own, I have to be grouped with my OH. Thanks Blizz, I used to really enjoy healing 5-mans but making unhealable damage and not putting an obvious sign up "this is not healable damage so avoid it, idiots" to the rest of the group just really really hurt healers who aren't blessed with super-thick skin.

Breakfast Topic: What's your naming methodology? {WoW}

Jan 9th 2012 10:03AM All my names are Scottish Gaelic, since I grew up in the Highlands and loved all the placenames that had clear meanings, if you looked them up; having my names in the same language reminds me of there a little. Unfortunately I don't actually speak the language myself so rely on online translators, meaning they may not be that accurate! I always try to get a name that fits the character in some way, either class/spec or race, and which also sounds like a name. Some are pretty challenging to find anything that fits, too, so I can spend hours with the dictionary at times.

My high lvl characters atm include Sagart (means priest), Tairbh (bull), Eilnich (corruption), Buinne (idol, nearest I could find to totem), Ruire (knight), Balgair (rogue), Dubh (dark), Rosad (curse), Naomh (holy), Laidir (strong), Sealgair (hunter), Beag (small). Most those are fairly clear as to what class or race they might be! :-)

Profiting off the Darkmoon Faire {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2012 12:09AM You indeed can't loot them in lowbie instances any more (discovered this after many Stockades farming runs and wondering where my drop was) but you *can* boost a lowbie friend (or alt if you have 2 accounts) through a lvl appropriate instance and it will drop for them - I farmed up two Mysterious Grimoires by taking a lvl 53 alt to Sunken Temple, my lvl 85 couldn't loot them but the 53 could. Bit of a nuisance but still, nice for alts who want some boosts; just find a high lvl who wants the artifacts and both parties profit!