Dec 6th 2011 1:36PM two things will keep the raid finder at least partly alive for an extended period.
1. Alts/Offspecs - LFR will be a great way to keep alts competitive as well as gear an off spec on your main. Expect to see a lot of people using it to quickly gear new(er) 85s. The advantage here is most of these players will have a very deep understanding of the fight mechanics.
2. Valor Point Rewards - as LFR gets easier due to your higher gear level, it will be one of the most efficient ways to cap your weekly valor points.
Of course, even these have a time limit and will eventually become less valuable, but only until the next raid comes out.
Oct 25th 2011 3:29PM Im pretty excited about the new talents as well. Shaman healers have always brought that little something extra and the new talents give us some very interesting options. Just going down the list really fast, I see a few right away -
- dropping a repulsion totem when I (or another healer) aggros adds. This can also probably be used in conjunction with totemic projection to keep adds from reaching critical areas (think knocking back multiple adds during Ragnaros transition phase)
- Dropping a windwalk totem during any aoe or ground based snares (think having to cross ice during first phase of Al Akir).
- Also, as the author above shows, totemic projection has some pretty cool uses. Spirit Link and Repulsion Totem are just two examples. Earthbind/Earthgrab is another. I could see some creative combinations here.
- There are reasons to forego totemic projection as well. Consider using Elemental Harmony to drop multiple fire totems for dps or Water totems for healing effects (if healing totem still exists, used in conjuntion with Healing Tide or Mana Tide)
As far as new healing spells, remember that these are just the new talents. We dont know what, if anything we will get as the lvl 87 and how they might change our existing spells.
Based on what I've seen so far, it looks like our tool box is being expanded and there may be some pretty creative uses people can come up with to make a fairly diverse healing shaman.
I dont think the new talents are perfect, but then again, we are still months away and Blizzard is still tweaking. I cannot wait until we get to start playing with these.
Oct 24th 2011 11:02AM Another vote for a gnome monk. Already trying to figure out what I'm gonna call her (because it definitely needs to be a female gnome monk).
Aug 23rd 2011 11:14AM From a raid leader perspective, attunement is a nightmare. If someone doesnt show and you need to find a replacement, attunement only serves to significantly reduce the potential pool of raiders. For smaller guilds, this can kill an entire night of raiding.
I can see the value of it, but I'm glad its gone from raiding.
Arguably, it still exists in other forms. For example, having to complete the questlines in Hyjal before you can unlock the molten front activities.
Aug 17th 2011 10:43AM Warlock Drain Mana
Aug 15th 2011 11:05AM Actually, Micheal, that isnt true. A bad player can top the meters by never moving and focusing on their spells/abilities while expecting the healers to keep them alive. In focusing all of those heals on one target, the healers will often lose other, more skilled, dps who are doing what they are supposed to (or even worse, a tank or healer) because a) the healers attention is on the person taking the most damage or b) the healers will run out of mana dealing with these "meter idiots."
Good dps realize that dps isn't the end all.
If the game were just about topping meters, it would be boring. Topping meters - in scenarios like the above - is more about gear than anything else.
Aug 10th 2011 7:56PM I play as alliance, but wanted to weigh in on the Horde version of Lothar.
Without a doubt, it is Hellscream Sr. For those who didnt play the strategy game, here is why - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yACjCmT313g
May 25th 2010 11:21AM If he fell right now, would he make a sound?
Mar 18th 2010 10:27AM In most heroics, I leave it up to the buffing classes to decide. The buffs dont really add to the speed of the run since everyone outgears the content by so much. As far as what i can do, I will soulstone the healer right away because it will save a lot of time in case of an accidental wipe or accident. I'll drop a soulwell too unless the tank doesnt give me time by taking off and pulling right away.
On a side note, if the tank has significantly lower gear than i do, i will click off most of my buffs and maybe switch out some gear so I dont have agro issues due to dps.
Feb 19th 2010 9:55AM Trinkets have always been my biggest headache. When Naxx was endgame, I ran OS every week for Illustration of the Dragon Soul. I saw it drop twice but never (to this day) won the roll. In Naxx proper, it took me about six months of raiding to win Dying Curse even though it dropped often (it got so bad it became a running joke in the guild).
At the level my guild is raiding now, Muradin's Spyglass looks tasty. I've seen it drop once, even though we down the gunship every week, but lost it to a mage. I'm expecting that trinket to be my new Dying Curse (until we start seeing DLO, which will probably be another bane of my raiding existence).