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Breakfast topic: How far is your guild in Icecrown Citadel? {WoW}

Feb 3rd 2010 9:00AM We've cleared the lower citadel as well as festergut, rotface and, just last night, the blood prince council (25 man). As to the last one, I think it would actually be fairly unusual to defeat the encounter without getting the achievement. If someone takes that much damage from one hit, it's probably because they didn't kite the empowered fireball very well, in which case a good chunk of the raid is probably going to get blown up with them. Or perhaps because the ranged tank didn't gather enough orbs and got nuked by an empowered shadowbolt, and losing a tank = probable wipe.

We're still working on the Professor, though we'll probably give the Blood Queen a shot tonight too.

Also, has anyone done the new quest "mini boss" right before the gunship battle? We thought it was pretty funny that he was considerably harder than the new VoA boss.

Phat Loot Phriday: Nevermelting Ice Crystal {WoW}

Jan 30th 2010 9:13AM Well, if you're *just* spamming shields, it's ok. It works out to slightly more SP than the talisman of resurgence, though you lose some mana in the trade. The crit is basically worthless for shield spam, though, since obviously shields can't crit and, while the heal from glyph of PW:S can crit, it doesn't proc DA (except when you cast the shield on yourself, oddly enough). Short answer, just considering shield spamming, it's probably slightly worse than the talisman of resurgence, which is a lot easier to get.

However, I should point out that this trinket is very nice for disc overall. Why? Because penance counts as a "periodic" spell. So you can pop this trinket and get all 3 shots of penance at +920 crit rating. And this is obviously very nice for DA procs, as well as some monster throughput.

Thoughts on Icecrown Citadel and gating {WoW}

Jan 28th 2010 5:32PM I did that very thing the other night on my Priest. I thought I was being so helpful ("Hey, this guy has a disease, I'll just abolish that") but then I felt like an idiot when I heard over vent "Umm, I just lost my abom". Ah well, the attempt wasn't going that well anyway...

Raid Rx: Are you doing enough? {WoW}

Jan 21st 2010 5:43PM Interesting timing on this article in that I ended up thinking about a lot of the issues you raise last night. I'm a disc priest and pretty new to raiding as a healer. We did rotface and festergut last night and, after a wipe on rotface I considered what I could do better. The obvious solution was to use *every* GCD to do *something*. I pvp a lot so I'm no stranger to healing and moving at the same time (which is not to say I'm expert at it, only that I'm used to it). But here's the thing I'm not yet so good at: Determining what to do. Obviously when I'm moving my healing options are limited to PW:S, PoM and renew, but I don't really have a good sense of what the priorities are here. Should I throw a renew on the offtank or shield a random dps? Or should I stop for a second to hit the tank with penance? Or something else? This is of course the sort of thing for which there is no formulaic answer, but is the only way to get better at making fast decisions just to practice making fast decisions? It seems so.

The Lore of Patch 3.3 {WoW}

Dec 8th 2009 1:13PM This post was the first time I actually heard a credible reason for holding the tournament in Icecrown: because slain soldiers are raised as scourge, our chances are better with a small force of quality troops, and we determine who these are by running a tournament.

Spiritual Guidance: How to critique a priest without making them cry {WoW}

Nov 23rd 2009 10:18AM Great article. I have a related question. I recently levelled a priest (specced disc now) on a new server so I could raid with some people I know. I'm definitely not geared enough (I'm sporting a mix of ilevel 200-245 epics) to be in the main raid team, but I do alt runs of ToC25 (normal). My problem is that I'm really unsure how to assess my own performance. I do fine at avoiding "environmental" damage (i.e. I don't make any of the mistakes Dazzlehoff made), but I'm unsure how much I'm really contributing to the raid. Obviously as a disc priest HPS is a worthless metric. But the other metric I might use--namely, did anybody die?--also doesn't seem that helpful, since it seems like the other healers are really doing most of the work. Of course, this is a pretty general question, but I'm curious to know at least what sorts of things I should looking at to assess my performance and try to improve my game.

Breakfast Topic: Achievements and you {WoW}

Nov 17th 2009 9:39AM I only really try for achievements when there's a title (or pet or mount) reward that I actually want. But it's always fun to earn achievements by accident, due to the ding! sound and glittery gold.

Breakfast Topic: The ninja problem {WoW}

Oct 31st 2009 9:00AM This. I don't see why there should be a ninja problem at all, frankly. As long as it is understood that everyone should roll need on something they want (and can use) then there should be no problem.

Encrypted Text: Leveling a rogue, level 11-50 {WoW}

Oct 28th 2009 12:04PM Yeah, I definitely found this to be the case. I gave up on a level 19 rogue (which I eventually deleted to make space for something else) for just this reason. It was even worse than levelling a priest in that level range, due to the complete lack of survivability.

When cataclysm hits I think I will try again as a Goblin, with lots of heirlooms.

Hallow's End 2009 first impressions {WoW}

Oct 18th 2009 2:00PM Do you think I could heal this fight as a 77 disc priest (decent instance/quest gear, no heirlooms)? I'd like to try for the meta-achievement, but I don't want to waste anyone's time if I can't handle the encounter.