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Raid Rx: Yor'sahj healing on hard mode {WoW}

Mar 10th 2012 3:52PM Use single-target big-bomb heals. Put your paladin on your tank & the other healer can keep the raid up easily. There's plenty of time to heal the incoming damage if you've killed the correct ooze. Call out healing targets on Mumble to avoid overhealing a single target. Watch for the debuff reset, too, because you can start re-building stacks. Also, do not worry about healing the raid up immediately as the new ooze phase begins. You have plenty of time while they're dpsing it down after the debuff falls off. There's no incoming damage during that window. An exception is if you've got adds + debuff, but even so, it shouldn't be too much.

For our raid, the risky combo is red/yellow/black, where we have to plan cooldowns & heal like mad. Mostly when I see purple I know I'm going to be laying back & thinking about each heal.

Guilds recruiting this week {WoW}

Mar 10th 2012 1:00PM Guild Name: Storm
Server/Region: Medivh-US
Faction: Alliance
Guild Website: http://stormmedivh.com/
Recruiting: 1 ranged dps (warlock or elemental shaman preferred), 1 tank (tin can & shield preferred)
About: Storm raids hard-mode 10s in a stable, calm, low-drama guild. We're 4/8 heroics in Dragon Soul. We like to finish an expansion with all bosses down & all achievements checked off. The core of the guild has been together for years, but we're welcoming to newcomers. (I should know! I'm the GM & I'm a relative newcomer!) Our ages range from 20 to 50; some of us have been playing pen & paper RPGs longer than others of us have been alive. Nearly half of our core raiders are women. If you're a self-motivated raider who likes playing well without going hardcore, and you're looking for a long-term home, we might be the guild for you. Raid times are 8:30-11:30 Eastern, Thursdays & Mondays.

Breakfast Topic: Did the talent tree reboot work? {WoW}

May 14th 2011 10:29AM I miss my Frost DK tank, so yeah, I agree. I wish they'd gone with Frost as the tanking spec.

Breakfast Topic: What class puts you at ease? {WoW}

Feb 25th 2011 11:52AM If I saw that much health, I'd brace myself for a rocky ride, 'cause that tank has gimped his/her avoidance & mitigation.

Patch 4.1 PTR: Patch notes {WoW}

Feb 24th 2011 12:43PM @smithrj
"When tanks are able to largely ignore their major threat generating (SotR) ability for most fights, something probably needs to change."

Agreed, but why wouldn't the thing to change be Vengeance? Tanks can still choose to ignore SotR in favor of saving the WoG heal for when they need it, like a mini cooldown.

The Queue: President's Day {WoW}

Feb 21st 2011 11:40AM Twilight Highlands questing: why I like being Alliance more than being Horde. The Horde are idiots who blow up beer as well as hacking and slashing somebody else's home town. The dwarves, meanwhile, are busy rescuing the beer so they can drink it at a wedding party. I ask you, which side sounds more sensible? Which side would *you* rather be on?

And then of course there's the problem that when my spouse & I played through the opening Horde questline in TH, we were briefly delighted by the idea that Garrosh might be dead. That would have been awesome. We knew it was too good to be true, though.

Raid Rx: No healing assignments?! {WoW}

Feb 11th 2011 5:29PM I suspect this matters far more in 25s than in 10s, where you have 3 healers who will tend to know each other's styles. And yes, if you've worked as a team for a while, you'll tend to know what the other people are healing and when. On progression fights or any situation where we're struggling, we'll discuss tactics in our dedicated healer channel and make priorities more specific. When resources are tight and overhealing is too costly, we get even stricter with our self-assignments. We'll also set up cooldown rotations for fights that need them (electrocutes on Nefarian, for instance). When fights are on farm status, the most we'll do is pick a tank to chase; by the end of a tier of raiding we probably won't even say that much to each other about assignments.

Our raid leader is in the channel with us but he generally leaves it to us. Our tanks are also usually in the channel listening in, because we might want to discuss cooldown use with them on progression fights.

The Queue: Boats {WoW}

Jan 22nd 2011 1:15PM No matter where you go, there you are.

The Queue: Those were $500 sunglasses {WoW}

Jan 9th 2011 3:14PM Use more than just [@mouseover] targets in your macros! You can also use [@focus,help] and [help] to set up a list of fallback targets in the order you want. Something like this:

#showtooltip
/cast [@mouseover,help][help][@focus,help][@player] Holy Shock

Target the tank or set her as your focus and you're in business on the move.

Shifting Perspectives: Gearing a restoration druid, part 2 continued {WoW}

Jan 4th 2011 6:54PM Okay, it wasn't just me struggling to find some decent bracers. Hello, Oasis bracers, I didn't realize how much I loved you. Now if only your heroic cousins would drop...