Mar 28th 2012 12:25PM As a healer (have max level of all 4 healers) the most horrific stories are the attempts to heal tanks who do not understand their class/spec, ie; wrong or inconsistent gemming, reforging, and enchanting.
Examples of this include: stam stacking tanks of any kind, tanks reforging, gemming and enchanting for hit and expertise at the expense of survivability, and tanks who are reluctant (or more likely just don't use) defensive cool downs.
I have seen recently a resurgence of stam stacking tanks in recent weeks....The result of baby 85s gear checking combat table capped pallidans and warriors and heroic progression DKs and Druids, and then having no real idea why the stam is being gemmed for.
When mentoring guildie tanks and healers, I always stress 2 things.
1) Know your class/spec and how it is supposed to tank/heal.
2) Tanks and healers do not have the luxury of not gemming and enchanting their gear! You may get away with if your healer or tank is uber geared and your dps are geared and smart, but if either the tank, healer, or both are not properly gemming, enchanting and reforging the dungeon becomes hard for everyone.
Mar 10th 2012 4:26PM I raid in a guild that has 2 ten man teams and ~5 alternate raiders who will fill in for either team. Because of this our EPGP system is guild wide, and it works out well.
It accounts for low attendance time periods such as the Holiday Season and end of semester time. Makes it easy to merge into one raid team during those periods.
Mar 10th 2012 4:14PM @ HappyTreeDance--These "Karma" passes happen all the time with my 10 man team. We run with 2 shadow priests, a healing priest, prot pally and a holy pally so they have to help each other gear wise....1/2 the raid competing for the same tokens. We also run with 2 rogues and a resto druid who compete for tokens. The prot warrior and resto shammy have it good gear wise.
Feb 8th 2012 9:12AM Flask of Enhancement is your alchemy +80 stat buff, is is not a substitute for a proper raid flask. If you use a proper raid flask like Draconic Mind, you will get 380 INT instead of 300.
Jan 20th 2012 8:27AM I run the Baradin Hold and Wild Hammer dailies on my tailoring/enchanting alt. With a potion of treasure finding they are a great source of cloth and greens.
Jan 17th 2012 8:36PM It also matters if guilds are running with 2 or 3 healers in 10 man or; 5 or 6 in 25 man. Less healers to beat enrage timers means more hps.
Also the healing comp of he raid matters a lot. I sometimes 2 heal with myself (resto druid) and a resto shammy. I know I have a buffer with health lvls with the shammy partner...their mastery at low health levels is fabulous.
Dec 6th 2011 8:34AM As a healer I had instant queues yesterday, my problem was i was still trying to get into the raid on the first boss. I had "looted" the other three but had always been brought in after Morchok.
I see healers as the back log for LFR....I know that I am tired after one week of healing people who refuse to stack and don't move out of the bad. So far I have been willing to power heal through it, but after I get my T13 4pc.....no way.
Nov 17th 2011 11:02AM @ Nagaina,
For the last several months our guild's "core" raid team has had regular Firelands on farm. We have be pugging several "casual" raiders every week till we get to the heroic boss we are currently working on.
The main thing we stress to these players is that Firelands was tuned for players at ~ilvl 355 and that if you are now sporting ilvl 370+ through VP purchases you are approaching "overgeared" for the content.
Blizzard has made raiding "harder" in one very important way. In most encounters there is at least one mechanic that will wipe a raid if it is not executed successfully...i.e., it cannot be healed through. This is very unforgiving and is only overcome by a group of dedicated raiders "progressing" through and encounter and committing the mechanics to instant reaction.
The biggest problem we have in Firelands is raiders who have high latency or inconsistent internet connections....if you miss a mechanic you will wipe.
Nov 15th 2011 5:03PM @loop
Actually many of the hybrid heals/caster classes do carry 2 separate sets of gear. My restore/balance has two completely separate sets of gear. The secondary stat priorities can be very different, not to mention Meta gems in helms. Example of resto v. Balance, resto stacks haste to breakpoints then mastery. Balance stacks and prays for never limited amounts of haste. Also many shadow priests and moonkin are swimming in spirit/hit and reforge out of spirit. I want more spirit on my resto druid than the hit cap and holy priests want way more. If you are a raiding hybrid who is expected to swing between heals and dps, you need two sets of gear.
Oct 10th 2011 8:40PM @ robitrock
Holy Priests might disagree.