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

Oct 5th 2011 2:23PM THANK YOU.

I've been saying basically this ever since the 4.2 PTR, but it seemed like no one was listening because Wild Growth got sooo buffed in 4.2 and resto druid numbers (especially in 25 man raids) were AMAZING. Blech. Resto druid healing has been beyond frustrating for me ever since we switched from symbiosis to harmony mastery, and we couldn't spike heal by stacking HoTs any more. It seemed like, when 4.2 hit, we traded 5-man and 10-man viability for 25-man viability in that our ability to heal small groups absolutely tanked without symbiosis while our large group healing, especially with Wild Growth, went through the roof.

It only took about three months and an impending nerf to the crutch that made resto druids seem overpowered, but at last the resto druid community is realizing our problems, and I feel vindicated.

/end angry Scottsman rant

Addon Spotlight: Raiding essentials for tanks {WoW}

Sep 30th 2011 3:17PM One word - Flump.

I'm surprised you didn't mention it for use in the raid finder, since you're the one who clued me in to it on a previous Spotlight. This little widget is absolutely invaluable to our raid group, since it standardizes what exactly is being called, and the raid leader can be the one announcing it in specially colored text. For the raid finder it seems like keeping track of all the tank's and healer's CDs in one simple location would be infinitely more valuable than having umpteen different Raeli's configurations.

Also, I hate Raeli's spam announcer - interrupt/dispel announcing is only good for troubleshooting certain raid encounters, and only if you're having problems with them. At all other times it just seems like "Hey, listen! I did something! Love me now!" as if we didn't get enough of that with pugs. And it clogs up my chat log, which I'm watching for tank/healer CDs from Flump and DBM text. Unfortunately it seems that only announcing rupts/dispels is the default scheme for some common packaged UI, maybe Elv's. Everything that I'd want Raeli's to do, Flump does out of the box, and it does it raid-wide.

Addon Spotlight: Errormonster and a mailbag {WoW}

Sep 1st 2011 3:17PM Actually, TSM_Mailing does much the same thing. You can set certain items (even certain groups, yay glyph automation!) to "automatically" send to certain people. It does require a single button click, but it's way better than alt-clicking your way to madness.

For all that it's a giant beast, Carbonite takes the cake for farming. Plug in Gatherer's data, and it'll route a dynamic path around the entire zone, including anything you want to farm for. It can tackle multiple node types, can register adjacent nodes as one (with adjustable tolerance), has a key-bindable action for skipping waypoints, and can recycle nodes for reuse based on average respawn time rather than doing complete circuits. Oh, and the Google-like map rocks for watching the route.

Transmogrification and the dismissal of the silhouette theory {WoW}

Aug 17th 2011 2:21PM I really expect them to simply switched off the transmogrification in PvP zones (arena, TB, and BGs). This will retain noticing targets by their armor in the area it really matters, and still keep your aesthetics so long as you're not duking it out with other players.

What I'm really hoping for is that they do turn off transmog'ing in PvP, and that this heralds the splitting of PvE and PvP skills...maybe? Hopefully? Probably not, but I can dream.

Scattered Shots: Hunter pet changes -- QQ or HTFU? {WoW}

Jul 29th 2011 2:10PM WTB edit button...

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