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Drama Mamas: How to help an abused guildie {WoW}

Nov 1st 2011 4:55AM I'm going to chime in with a few others here...

We really have no way of knowing whether or not she's actually telling the truth. Sure, she could have already left her husband, but we don't really know that. She could be making the entire story up - we have no way of knowing that.

You really, and truly, need to take what people tell you on the internet with a grain of salt. Maybe even a bucket. For your own sake - because people can and often do lie, about anything and everything.

IF this is really going on, the only way she can solve her problems is to go to the authorities and get the man out of her life once and for all. She really is the only person who can fix this - there is NOTHING you can do for her.

This story just sets off several alarm bells in my head.

WoW Moviewatch: The Care Bear {WoW}

Oct 18th 2011 1:41PM I am so that Orc.

But then I would log to my PvP geared Draenei Priest, invite the warrior to a group, and THEN we'd see who'd be killing who. o_o

I have, in the past, helped out players of the opposing faction on quests when it was one guy vs. something pretty freaking impossible. I like making someone's day.

"There are no simple solutions" -- Design diversity in WoW {WoW}

Oct 15th 2011 8:06PM Am I the only raider sick to DEATH of clearing an instance, only to realize that the only thing you've done by killing the end boss is set yourself up for several months of banging your head against the content AGAIN - only this time in a more frustrating and annoying way?

This doesn't solve why raiding isn't fun to me anymore. I'm sick and tired of clearing an end boss only to end up having to farm the instance for the next 4-6 months. I want the raid to be hard when I encounter it the first time - not easymode and then once you've jumped through THAT hoop, you have to go back, again, to actually FINISH the content.

Shifting Perspectives: When healers run out of options {WoW}

Oct 6th 2011 5:16AM @ira.domine

Which is why Resto Druids dominate every single fight in Firelands except for Baelroc.

Which is why Resto Shamans are routinely sat for Resto Druids because in almost every scenario, bringing a Resto Druid - regardless of skill level - is just plain BETTER for your raid than bringing a Resto Shaman.

I want you to take a look at this:

Browse for a bit.

Notice a pattern? Oh wait...the leaf, and the bear paw. On every single page. On every single fight except for Baelroc (and, gee golly - they're even showing up there on 10 mans!).

Notice an absence? Oh wait, was that Resto Shamans that are missing? Why yes. In fact, Resto Shamans only have ONE fight where they are parsing. There are a total of THREE rated in the Top 10 for for Majordomo 25 man Normal. And only ONE rated in the top 10 for Majordomo 25 man Hardmode.

This is the fight that is supposed to be our BEST fight, and it's completely and utterly DOMINATED by Resto Druids.

And you know? SO IS EVERY OTHER ENCOUNTER other than Baelroc (which is uniformly going to Disc Priests, because of how their class interacts with the fight mechanics). Resto Shamans don't even show up on Heroic Rags until #94 on the listing (the next one is #228 in the listing, lol). There are 85 Resto Druids parsing on Heroic Rags. #31 on Heroic Beth'tilac (one of only TWO in the top 100). There are 91 Resto Druids in the top 100 on that parse list. Rhyolith Heroic has FOUR Resto Shamans parsing in the top 100. There are 92 Resto Druids in the top 100 on that parse list.

It gets worse if you consider 10 man heroics. There is not a single - not even one - Resto Shaman in the top 100 for Heroic Rags. There is a single - that's right, JUST ONE - non-Druid parsing for the top 100 for Heroic Beth'tilac. Unsurprisingly, it's a Disc Priest. Every other parse in the top 100 list is a Resto Druid. I'm not kidding - it's every single one. In fact, you can go for pages with only seeing Resto Druids, with a few Disc Priests and the very occasional Resto Shaman interspersed here and there. Alysrazor Heroic does not have a single Shaman parsing in the top 100. Heroic Rhyolith has exactly ONE. There are 97 Resto Druids in the top 100 for Heroic Rhyolith on 10 man. Majordomo - arguably the STRONGEST fight for a Resto Shaman - has the highest number of Resto Shaman parsing at seven. There are SEVENTY-EIGHT Resto Druids in the top 100.

Even in the fights where Resto Shaman are supposed to be the strongest, we simply cannot compete with Resto Druids at this time. The only ones who can are Holy Paladins and, to an extent, Disc Priests. No class should be able to dominate content the way Resto Druids are currently dominating.

So, you can scream to the high heavens that GC is wrong, and you guys don't need a nerf because Shamans are SO MUCH BETTER at everything than you. But the simple fact of the matter is that the numbers are telling a completely different story. Thankfully, GC apparently has noticed. Sorry, but the nerf bat comes for everyone - even you.

Shifting Perspectives: When healers run out of options {WoW}

Oct 5th 2011 12:39PM "Druids need some help in the ARENA healing area."

WTB Edit button...PST with price, pls. -_-

Shifting Perspectives: When healers run out of options {WoW}

Oct 5th 2011 12:37PM @Lissanna: Re: Healing Rain = Efflo:

It is and it isn't.

The reason I say that Efflo will likely get a throughput nerf if it is converted to be used like Healing Rain is that, at the moment, Efflo is a) a smart heal, and b) heals for quite a bit each "tick." Healing Rain is not a smart heal, and heals for quite a bit, but for slightly less each "tick" than Efflo. However, Healing Rain has a much larger range than Efflo, so I would imagine that the lower "tick" value is due to the fact that you can stack a LOT of people in its range. It also has a longer duration, enabling it to heal for more, over time, if people are damaged within its range (and, again, because it is a larger area, you're more likely to hit someone who needs healing during that time).

For Resto Shaman, Healing Rain + Chain Heal on stack phases is one of the few things that makes us competitive on fights like Domo, Beth, and Rhyolith. Because we can control where it shows up (as opposed to what you guys go through, with the whole, "I SWIFTMENDED HIM BUT HE MOVED, THAT JERK"), we can basically set up exactly where we want people to stack (or where we KNOW people will stack, god bless raid markers) and know that we're going to get everyone in there, whereas a Resto Druid is going to use that Swiftmend WHEN NEEDED, regardless of whether Johnny Idiot is in the stack pile or not (because bars gotta go up, bro, whether that dumbass is in the fire or not, we needs everyone alive to get the boss down!).

Basically, Efflo is incredibly good when you can get it down during a stack phase, but is held back by its mechanics. If they DO decouple it from Swiftmend (and I actually think they probably should, because I have great sympathy for ANY mechanic that I can't control the placement off - see SLT for why), I'm just saying expect a change to the mechanics, a possible reversal of the "smart heal" part, and a slight nerf to the individual "ticks" to bring it in line with Healing Rain.

For the record, I -do- think that Regrowth should be buffed (even if it means a larger cost in mana), and I -do- think that Druids need some sort of tanking CD, or a buff to make them more effective single-target healers (although I have worked with an absolutely amazing Druid tank healer who was completely boss on many fights). However, until your raid dominance is addressed, I don't see how this can happen.

Which is sad, because I think Druids also need some help in the raid healing area. While it is true that you guys are a huge pain in the ass to OOM and lock down, once someone's on you, you are toast - your healing simply can't keep you alive long enough for teammates to help.

Shifting Perspectives: When healers run out of options {WoW}

Oct 5th 2011 12:24PM @Lissanna: "You have no idea how frustrating it is to be someone who understands how the healing class mechanics actually work and not just how to read totally meaningless HPS numbers this expansion."

Is it the same kind of frustration as being sat because those lying meters are valuing that Druid over anything you bring?

As william.i.harrison pointed out, that Spirit Link Totem isn't nearly as good as you think it is. What's more, it's HEAVILY dependent on positioning, has a clunky mechanic that means it is never where I want it to be (it's always off, no matter what I do), and if raid members aren't topped off, it actually STEALS HEALTH FROM THE TANK and gives him only a 10% DR in return (which, let's be honest - does anyone really think Inspiration/Ancestral Fortitude is worth stealing half the tank's health? Please tell me you don't think that...).

It has the POTENTIAL to be really awesome. But as with many things, potential does not equal actual usefulness. It is, by far, the most powerful mechanic that we bring to the table - which should tell you something.

But if you think that SLT plus the buffs Shaman are getting is going to fix things without a Druid throughput nerf, you're very wrong. I still have my doubts about the Holy Priest buffs, though they have solved a major issue with the spec - that it did not bring an effective raid cooldown. However, just from being on the PTR and trying out the new buffs to Shaman, I can tell you this much - the Devs have not, in any way, addressed the actual issues with Resto Shaman, which are that our heals are far too positionally dependent and we have very little mobility when we need it. The fact that they have tied one of our T13 set bonuses to our ONLY source of mobility (Spiritwalker's Grace) means that we are going to be shooting ourselves in the foot repeatedly, because that was a CD that you saved for when you NEEDED to move, and now we're going to be using it on CD (meaning that when we NEED to move, it very well may not be up).

You say that you would bring a Holy Priest or Resto Shaman over a Druid in almost every encounter, but I really don't understand why you would say that. Every bit of theorycrafting currently supports bringing a Resto Druid over those two classes in every situation other than Baelroc.

There is a reason why Paragon chose not to take a single Shaman to their Heroic Rags kill, and why Shaman have lagged behind every other class on that fight. That you guys are getting nerfed is regrettable, but considering how strong you are in current content, are you REALLY surprised?

Shifting Perspectives: When healers run out of options {WoW}

Oct 5th 2011 3:41AM @Bellajtok: While I will agree that your throughput on meters is affected by the fact that some mitigation that other healers bring simply isn't capable of being tracked, it is -not- effected by your overhealing. Overhealing isn't counted on meters as throughput - the numbers that you are seeing is pure effective healing without ANY overhealing factored in. So I don't see how overhealing is padding your numbers.

What's more, you aren't "roughly even." You're miles ahead of almost every other class and spec at the moment. In particular, you are FAR ahead of Restoration Shamans and Holy Priests, both in terms of pure throughput, and in terms of mana efficiency. There is a reason why Resto Druids are dominating - by a large margin - the healing charts at the moment. Go look at World of Logs. Tell me what classes you aren't seeing on the rated parses. Tell me what class is dominating every single one except for Baelroc.

Then tell me again that you're "roughly even" with every other healer. When it would be better for a raid to, in almost every situation, sit a Shaman or a Holy Priest to take a Resto Druid, there's something wrong. It's just as wrong now as it was when it was better for the raid to SIT Resto Druids on Lich King.

@Allison - Re: Efllo = Healing Rain - That would be a blessing and a curse. Healing Rain is extremely strong...when people are stacked. When people are not stacked, it blows. If they make it targetable, or intend to make it used similarly to Healing Rain, expect a throughput nerf to it.

Shifting Perspectives: When healers run out of options {WoW}

Oct 5th 2011 2:50AM I'll tell you why it's difficult for anyone to give you credence.

It's because, from the Resto Shaman perspective, I'm being sat - for you.

Not because I'm not a good healer. Not because I don't know my class and spec like the back of my hand. I'm being sat because your ability to push out ridiculous amounts of healing completely negates anything I bring to the table. I simply cannot keep up, and the CD's that I -do- have are extremely limited in terms of positioning and scope. My raid is better off - by FAR - bringing you and your "bad toolbox" over bringing me, and my shitty throughput and bad raid CDs.

The same can be said of Holy Priests at the moment, as well - because between your massive throughput and your far better mana efficiency, there is absolutely no reason to ever bring a Holy Priest when you have the option to bring a Resto Druid. Their "tanking CD" is laughable, at best, and simply doesn't outweigh the other things you bring in your favor.

THAT is why it is difficult for other healers to give you credence. And as much as you may not want to address or acknowledge it, it's still there. And no amount of justification ("But that's ALL I BRING") really matters when ALL THAT YOU BRING means other healers are being sat specifically because ALL YOU BRING is so much better than ANYTHING they bring.

Around Azeroth: It's today that's the day of the plunge {WoW}

Oct 1st 2011 1:20PM Congratulations!

This screenie is so cute with that extra info. :)