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Shifting Perspectives: Raiding early Blackwing Descent as a balance druid {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2011 2:13AM I've never really understood the Magmaw strategies involving kiting, both with a single DK or the whole ranged group. If you want the achievement, sure. Great plan. But if you just want to down the boss it seems far easier just to tank the adds.

Our tank kills every single add by himself. Needs relatively little healing. He's the only one who needs to worry about pillar. Everyone else gets to focus on the boss.

Simple. Easy for the OT. Hardly anything that can go wrong.

Raid Rx: Healing Halion in Ruby Sanctum {WoW}

Jul 8th 2010 7:19PM We 2 healed it in ten using a Resto Druid in the twilight realm and a disc priest in the normal realm.

The fight isn't particularly healing intensive. The only slightly rough moment is when the healer gets the debuff and the beams ure up.

Use your normal raid layout for ICC10s/H10s and make sure people don't stand in anything bad.

Raid Rx: Healing Sindragosa {WoW}

Mar 18th 2010 8:24PM We two heal it on 10s as well.

What helps a lot is LOSing Sindy with the ice block then stepping back till you get LOS on your tank again. This might require them to twist a little depending on where you have been positioning him. Stack falls off, tank gets heals, everyone is happy. The only problem you might face is tank gibs on frost breath but this can be mitigated with tank cooldowns or FR gear (which you didn't DE after hodir, right?)

Spiritual Guidance: Disciplined raid healing {WoW}

Jan 17th 2010 6:17PM My priest is only level 30 so I can't really comment on the accuracy :) but I enjoyed reading it.

In the two graphs posted how many healers were you running? I assume the bottom of pallies were ret, so perhaps 6.
We ran a similar line up except for a paladin in place of the shaman and had a lot of trouble keeping both the tanks and raid up on festergut :/ Not really sure what we were doing wrong.

Spiritual Guidance: Making an Insightful meta choice {WoW}

Jan 11th 2010 3:24PM @Moonangel:

Hey, with all due respect, I wasn't saying anyone was "bad" for not using the meta I thought was most appropriate. I think it's an individual decision, whatever you feel is best you should use and all that jazz.

My recommendation was simply that - a recommendation - from my experiences (as a druid) and a bit of theory. As mentioned, if you have no mana problems, the tanks aren't dying and you are not using regen trinkets then use whatever you like.

Spiritual Guidance: Making an Insightful meta choice {WoW}

Jan 10th 2010 7:18PM It's also worth mentioning that it's very easy for people to be exceptionally critical of what they don't believe is the best choice or what they didn't choose themselves, especially via comments on a blog. I've seen a number of good healers using each of the gems mentioned.

Most importantly, I thought the article was well written even if I (and the above posters) didn't agree with the views expressed.

Spiritual Guidance: Making an Insightful meta choice {WoW}

Jan 10th 2010 4:34PM Welcome!

Re. the contents of the article I can't help but disagree rather strongly. Keep in mind I play a druid, so maybe there are some priest specifics which change this. Regen is 'basically' equivalent to more mana, as long as it isn't wasted on a full mana pool.

The insightful offers ~300 mana, and a 600 proc. You can always say "but it never procs for me, it's bad!" but that's hardly scientific. Occasionally it will proc and when it does it will be awesome. The ember and beaming both offer (you) approximately 480 mana.

We need a single proc per fight to give you more mana than either of the other two gems, which means the defining factor on gem choice should really be their other factors - 25 sp or .5% crit. On my druid in a 10 man raid I'm sitting on something in the realm of 3500 sp, for which a 25 sp increase is less than 1%. It is hardly likely to affect the course of a fight. The .5% crit is more statistically significant, but once again hardly likely to affect the fight.

The other point you've raised is why use a mana regen trinket if you have no mana problems, which is perfectly fair. Are you using regen trinkets? If so that is a much better piece to switch out for a throughput trinket as the gains in SP/interesting procs will be far more significant. (Please don't suggest I'm saying "take off your solace for something else! I'm crazy and bad at this game." It's more if you're using something like the 10Uld or 10ICC healing trinkets.)

So, summary:
Do you have mana problems? Use insightful.
Do you not have mana problems but have trinkets contributing to regen? Use insightful, switch trinkets for more sp/crit/throughput.
Do you not have mana problems and have SP trinkets and you never even get close to 50% mana? You should probably still use insightful and cast more, but if you really want to switch metas.

25-man gear should not be better than 10-man gear {WoW}

Apr 1st 2009 1:27AM The logistics aren't significantly worse. You give out loot, you make sure nobody is slacking too much and you down bosses.

And that certainly isn't enough to qualify the whole experience as "harder so deserving of more quality loot."

25-man gear should not be better than 10-man gear {WoW}

Apr 1st 2009 12:22AM I completely agree with the article.

People complaining they'll quit if 10 man raiders (they'll never see) get similar loot are hilarious. Oh noes my virtual pixels for doing something as hard/harder than you somehow ruin your fun. Maybe if most 25 raids weren't carried by a small core of decent players them I could understand the point of view more.

It currently seems like the 10 man raids will miss out on some of the more interesting things from 25s - legendaries and craftable drops.