Feb 16th 2010 9:59PM As a tank, I don't think it is possible to overstate just how careful you need to be with this spell. Yes, I read the article. Yes, flinging a mob at me is the BEST THING you can EVER do for me :-). Flinging a mob anywhere ELSE is the WORST thing you can ever do for me.
If you are good enough with this spell to aim your knockback and throw stuff to me, I will love it. If you are not, I will hold you in the same sort of contempt I usually reserve for Deathknights who Deathgrip a caster far away from me, get killed, and then complain that I didn't hold aggro.
If you are as talented with this as Mr Sacco is describing, go for it. If you are not, please GLYPH IT!!!! when you run instances.
Feb 16th 2010 2:39AM Maybe this is the wrong place to post this, but anyways: If it didn't take 3 days of waiting for a ticket to be answered, Ensidia might have been much more inclined to ticket the bug when it performed wrong. Who wants to lose 3 days of playing new content when you are chasing a world first?
Feb 16th 2010 2:02AM My largest tips are given to people who switch toons to perform a service for me. I truly appreciate that. That is another person somewhere, who took time out of what he or she was doing on his or her current toon, specifically to log to an alt, purely to help me out. I have noticed also that the couple times it has been done, it has been for a relatively common pattern, when I was only offering a 10g tip. They could do a daily to make the money quicker than log to an alt and come meet me. I really appreciate their effort on my behalf, and those people ALWAYS get at least 40g. It is the only way I have to show them I truly appreciate it.
Actually, IRL is like that too. I am a small contractor, and customers always say thank you. But some of them say thank you, and never call again, even when I know they had more work to be done. They did not really appreciate me or my work. But I have had many customers call me again later for other work, or recommend me to friends and neighbors. I know those people appreciated my work. And I have even had a few customers put an extra couple of hundred dollars onto my final cheque. Those people DEFINATELY appreciated my time. And I carry that concept into WoW. If someone goes out of their way to help me, I throw some extra gold at them as proof that I noticed their effort.
Feb 16th 2010 1:51AM I have a friend who is a Scribe on one toon and a JC on another. He saw a hunter in Trade looking for a JC. She had all green gems in her gear, her GM had given her crap and told her to get better gems or she was no longer welcome in the Guild raids. So she was looking for a JC. He spent nearly an hour working with her, suggesting what gems she should get etc. She bought all of the mats, he cut all of the gems for her. Then he logged over to his other toon and made all new Glyphs for her as well, again she bought the mats that he told her he needed. In return for his time, she tipped him 1000g. I appreciated it just hearing it. Not that I think everyone should tip that much, but tipping is all about respecting someone else's time, and the skills that they are providing you. I was happy to hear that she had respected his time, and I am sorry that yours is not, ToyCristopher.
Feb 16th 2010 1:39AM When I had my 245 tanking chest made, I tipped 1 Titansteel Bar. I offered it in trade, and I had a Blacksmith answer me quickly :-) I always tip well, and I say how much I will tip when I am Looking for "Insert Profession Here" in Trade Chat. But I sort of have to, my comp ubersucks, and I get booted if I go into Dalaran during peak hours, so I have to tip enough to cover someone's time to come to IF or Shatt to meet me. So tipping 40g for a moderately difficult to find enchant is not uncommon for me, and if the person I am dealing with is polite and as prompt as they say they will be, I usually throw in an extra 10g. For me, the convenience of dealing with someone who treats their professions with some professionalism is well worth it.
Feb 14th 2010 10:53PM Rats. This was supposed to be a reply to Zandrae's comment. Oh well.
Feb 14th 2010 10:52PM Personally, I used Holy Shock a LOT in instances. But instance healing is different than raids. In instances, I Beacon of Light and Sacred Shield the tank and then just spam Holy Shock and Flash of Light on whoever needs it, and never cast directly on the tank.
In Raids, I but Beacon on the OT and Sacred Shield on the MT. Then I just heal the MT. When damage coming in is low enough I spam Flash of Light, but that doesn't last for very long. Then I have to go to Holy Light. The advantage of Sacred Shield on the MT is that it causes increased Crits from FoL, and those crits in turn also heal the OT for just as much. But through all of that, the only time I use Holy Shock is enough to keep the spell power bonus from it up. Holy Shock is nice on occasion because it is our only instant cast heal, but it does far less healing than Holy Light, and it costs about the same amount of mana. Even without the long CD, Holy Shock is too mana-intensive for its throughput.
Feb 14th 2010 10:41PM Lol. The simple truth is I hate healing 5-mans as a pally. I find it VERY dificult. I will NOT try to heal HoR, normal or heroic. Just tanking it is challenging enough. It just seems to me that Holy Pallies are set up to tank-heal raids, and that is about it. Especially in gear stacked intellect for Holy Light. The Black Knight is not my only concern, just the first one that came to mind. I found in that fight that a Holy Light was enough healing to top off anyone but the tank, but by the time I healed the other 2 dps and myself and got back to the first DPS, if he was a squishy he was already dead. (Which simplified the healing, making it easier to keep the rest alive, but sacrificing someone is hardly the point).
I will try to re-phrase my question again, I am not really getting my point across clearly. I understand that stacking intellect for Holy Light is great for raids. It just seems to make us weaker for instances. Is there any build that is effective for both? Or would it come down having two sets of gear, one stacking intellect for raids and one stacking haste/spellpower for instances?
Feb 14th 2010 7:34PM I used to run a FoL build, for healing heroics. Then I got into another guild, and the two tanks were me and another prot/holy pally. Since most of the time it was just the same five of us in the guild, it came down to him tanking and me healing or vice versa. So I dumped Holy for Ret. Then we couldn't find a second healer for a Naxx weekly raid quest, so I dropped Ret for Holy. While I had prot/ret I had done some reading on Elitist Jerks and read the discussions of why Intellect and HoL was king, so when I respecced I re-gemmed and chanted also, away from haste/spellpower to pure intellect. I have since healed a few raids, and I can definately keep a tank alive for as long as I have mana. But a couple weeks ago my subscription ran out, and I can't renew it for about another week. In the meantime, I have a question: How does a Holy Light geared pally heal some of the Heroics (Black Knight comes to mind, with AoE damage hitting everyone around). I keep thinking that Holy Light would take far too long to cast on all of the toons that would need it at once, but without all of the haste and spellpower I had stacked previously, how can I keep an instance alive with that kind of AoE? I used to heal through the BK by beaconing the tank, and 1-second FoLs for 4-7k all around the group. Am I mis-understanding something? Does an intellect geared set generate enough spellpower to kick out similar throughput on FoL spamming?
TL;DR: Can a Holy Light build manage to heal a Heroic Instance with a lot of AOE?
Feb 14th 2010 11:06AM Is it just me, or is Darnassus the least populated area in the whole freakin game? I am actually curious for answers to this, as I have no Horde toons at all. I have found that Darnassus and the Exodar both seem to be incredibly dead. Are any horde cities similar?