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Why We’re Not Entitled Brats

Why is it that people think that healers act like we’re entitled?

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Say that again. After you pull something. Go ahead.

Yep.  This is gonna be a rant.  But you don’t come here for anything less.

I am tired of people telling me, when I do random instances (which admittedly, isn’t often)- whether I’m healing or DPS- that healers act like people owe them something.  People are making healers out to be the Millennials of the WoW universe.  Now, I will admit, there have been instances where this has been the case.  But in the great, overwhelming majority of cases, healers don’t think you owe them anything.

Why do I heal?  Because I love it.  Because its fun.  Because its engaging.  Because I don’t have to constantly look at Recount or Skada to makes sure I’m pulling enough DPS (this is the real reason- I hate comparing myself on the DPS charts.  Even if I’m at the top.)  Because healing is how I want to play my game (except in PvP- Frost Mage all the way there.)  And it takes quite a lot to get me to say something in party or raid or instance chat- I mostly try to be helpful, especially if I have done the fight before.

But there is always a point of no return- a point that I have learned to recognize early on.  There is a point where I realize that “this isn’t working and it probably won’t.”  And that’s usually when I start seeing the “stop acting like a privileged brat,” and “blame the healers for not healing through that,” and “bad heals.”

And we hit the heart of the matter.  Ultimately, no matter what else happens, healers are almost always the first people to be blamed when things go wrong (that or tanks.)  And so, this has engendered a knee-jerk reaction in healers to defend themselves.  It makes sense- no one likes to be wrong, and human nature demands that we defend ourselves from most sorts of attack.  But this seems to be the way of things- things go wrong, healers get blamed, and chat blows up.  Healers are so used to having all of the wrongs and mistakes and wipes blamed on them that we have started preempting the blame game.  And that makes us look like we’re spoiled brats.

We aren’t.  We really aren’t.  We’re just tired of being jumped on for shit that isn’t our fault.  You would be, too.

So, instead of jumping on one particular role, why don’t you stop and figure out what went wrong.  Its a game.  No one’s going to crucify you if you make a mistake.  No one’s going to shun you if you admit it.  I admit when I make mistakes (read: I facepulled Gruul on Heroic once.  I was actually hilarious, I hit him with my wand and he punched me in the face so hard i swear I reset the instance.)

This is easy to solve- be kind to strangers.  Be excellent to each other.  Be understanding.  People make mistakes.  And remember- we’re all here to have fun.  No one likes being blamed for the group’s failure.  No one likes being ridiculed for making a mistake.  We are all people behind the screen, it’s really not that hard to be respectful.  So remember, the next time you call your healer an entitled brat that you’re addressing a person, not a bunch of pixels.  And that you will probably receive no heals for the remainder of the time we have together.  I do have a reputation to uphold as an Angry Healer.

~Aura

 

Climbing the Learning Curve of Blackrock

Wow, its Tuesday already?  Where is the time going?  Oh yeah- to writing papers due just before Spring Break in a couple of weeks!  -facepalm-

Anywho, welcome back!  With today’s release of the third wing of Blackrock Foundry for LFR, I would like to take a few moments of your time and talk about raid and raid difficulties.  Specifically, I would like to address the GLARING difference between Heroic Highmaul and Heroic Blackrock Foundry.

DISCLAIMER:  This is fairly standard by now- My word is not law.  This is just the impressions that I’ve gotten (read: my own experiences) of Heroic BRF.  Remember, I’m a filthy casual, so you’re not getting in-depth theorycrafting here- you can get that a million other places.

So, when Highmaul released, I started doing Normals.  But Normal quickly became “farmed content.”  Which is good, right, because Normal (WoD) is Flex (MoP)?  I mean, we killed Imperator on Normal once before we were like, “Heroics all the time.”  So my raid group (comprised of 15-16 people of varying skill levels, classes, etc.) were geared up with Heroic stuff- ilvl 670+ for the most part.

When Blackrock Foundry dropped, OF COURSE we were going to go right into Heroic.  Why wouldn’t we?  Isn’t that how its supposed to work?  You go from Heroic Highmaul to Heroic BRF?

I was so wrong.  We did Heroic Gruul for the first time, and I swear my raid looked like this:

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My raid being Vegeta, and Frieza being Gruul pretty much pulverizing our spines.

And it raised a resounding question: why was it so much harder?  The mechanics of the fights aren’t any different between Normal and Heroic.  Sure, it was our first time in there, but we had the gear for it- or we thought we did.  So what was the problem?  Were we really so unprepared?  Or was it really just that damn hard?

I’m thinking it’s really just that damn hard, and I want to know why.  Maybe it’s just me, but the natural progression of raids should (in my honest opinion) be Normal to Normal, Heroic to Heroic, and Mythic to Mythic- not “gear in Normal BRF for Heroic BRF, even though the gear you got from Heroic Highmaul is five ilvls higher than the gear you get from Normal BRF.”  It just… doesn’t make sense.  Aside from Tier (which is game changing, let me tell you), the possibility of better stats on BRF gear (Highmaul gear did have a lot of Versatility and Multistrike), and just plain learning the fights, I see absolutely no point to doing Normal BRF.  I should be in Heroic.  I had heroic gear.  I was ilvl 670 when I went into BRF.  Almost nothing in BRF Normal is an upgrade for me- and that’s saying something because I have actually DOWNGRADED pieces because they had better secondary stats on them (getting rid of some of that Versatility because HOOBOY do I hate it.)  Going into Normal BRF after coming out of Heroic Highmaul almost makes me feel like I wasted all of that time progressing through the much harder difficulty- and makes me wonder how screwed I’d be if we’d only done Normal Highmaul.

So here’s the question then, dear readers: is the disparity between Heroic Highmaul and Heroic BRF too great?  Is it not enough?  Is it just right?  Let me know!

~Aura

 

 

Things You Don’t Say to a Healer… if You’re Another Damn Healer.

I can’t believe I actually have to go here, but… I do.

Now, obviously, this is only going to crop up in situations where you’re going to have more than one healer- like raids.  I don’t heal in PvP (Frost Mage, FTW), so I can’t say if this applies there or not, but… I do raid.  So.

DISCLAIMER:  All of this that I’m putting here is OPINION ONLY.  Nothing I say here is law.  And all of it is shit that I have personally witnessed.  And ALL OF THIS is from a raider’s (and healing lead’s) perspective, since that is the only situation I can think of that you would have more than one healer.  And I’m gonna keep putting these disclaimers here until people start paying attention to them.

Things You Don’t Say to a Healer if You’re Another Damn Healer

1.  I used that CD already.  For the love of God, DO NOT use your healing CD’s until they are asked for.  Period.  I, personally, am a little more flexible with absorption/ damage reduction CDs (like PW:B and Devo Aura) as it can be difficult for me- as the healing lead- to know when best to optimally use them.  But if you have an honest to God HEALING CD, do not use it until it’s asked for or its fucking obvious when it should be used, i.e. high raid AoE damaging phases like Darmac’s Trample.  This obviously does not apply to LFR (nothing I put here will ever really apply to LFR.)  And…

2. I’m almost OOM (and we’re only halfway through a fight.)  There is absolutely no excuse for this now.  If you are raiding, you know that mana conservation is one of your top priorities.  I expect you, as a healer, to know what you need to heal, when you need to heal it, and what heal you need to use for it.  If your problem is gear, YOU need to take the initiative to go out and help yourself- I have no problem doing a little bit of carrying if its needed and “funneling” a bit of gear towards you if that’s what it takes.  But you have to understand that the raid is relying on you to keep them alive.  That’s your job, and if you can’t do it, then I won’t bring you.  Know how to heal, understand your mechanics and talents, and do your best to make sure you have as much gear as possible.

Well, that is it from me for this week!  Don’t forget to go and check out my YouTube Channel (I put out a vidja yesterday, so make sure you check it out!)  Until then, keep cool and stay angry, healers!

~Aura

 

What Is In Your Job Description

Hello, Happy Friday, and welcome back!  We’ve managed to make it through yet another week (I have been sick this entire week, too, which was rough to say the least.)  So today, I’m bringing you a (hopefully) somewhat funny ranty post about WoW stuff- because when isn’t it about WoW stuff?  NEVAR.

(Ahem) Anyways.  Everyone who plays knows that there are some things you just have to do as each role in a dungeon/ raid, right?  Well… not so much.  See, I’m not sure if its that they don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing or if they just don’t do it because they’re still rocking that MoP mentality.  Either way, I thought it would be fun to take a look at each role and put down a somewhat cohesive list of what is actually in your job description.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

What Is In Your Job Description

And of course, we’re going to start out with healers.  Because this is a healer blog and because I said so.

Healers:

1.  Heal all the things.  Or at least bubble them.  Yep, probably doesn’t need to be said, but there it is.  Figured I’d start with the “well duh” things and then move on to the inexplicably non-obscure jobs that for some reason people forget about or refuse to do.

2. Dispel the bad shit on people.  Yes, I realize that our dispels are on an eight second cooldown.  But that is no excuse to not dispel whenever you can- remember, a lot of that stuff is stuff that deals a shitload of extra damage to its target, which means you’re going to waste mana healing them through it when you could just get it off of them for much, much cheaper.

Tanks:

1.  Tanking all the things.  Yes.  I mean EVERYTHING.  All of those adds on Blast Furnace?  They ALL need to be picked up.  And they need to be HELD- healers can’t heal and DPS can’t DPS if their faces are being mashed in by mobs and adds.

2. Mark targets with raid markers.  If there are five mobs, mark the one you want killed first (preferably with a skull, since that’s the universal symbol for “kill this first.”)  There are macros and add-ons and stuff out there for you to make this easier.

3.  Tell the DPS who and what to CC.  Believe it or not, most people look to the tanks as the leaders of the group.  For the most part, we will follow your cue.  Also, make sure that when you mark for CC’s, everyone understand which symbols mean what- Moon is for Polymorph, Square is for Freezing Trap, etc.

DPS:

1.  CC things.  Yep.  From hard CC’s like Polymorph and Hex to soft CC’s like Entangling Roots, it is your job to CC mobs if there are more than- let’s say, four of them.  Or whatever the tank thinks they can handle.

2.  Do NOT let those CC’s break.  If you are assigned a CC, your first priority is to make sure that target stays crowd controlled until the tank can get to it.  DPS when you can, but always keep an eye out for your CC target.  This also means let the tanks break the CC’s.  That way, they are broken in some semblance of order and they don’t immediately run off to suplex a healer.

3. Avoid avoidable damage.  This can only ever help.  Yes, I realize, of course, that this may interrupt your max DPS rotation, but your DPS will be shit if you die to something you could have completely avoided.

Well, that’s it for this week.  I hope this post helps.  For now, though, let’s take a look around the Blogosphere!

1. Over at Eyes of the Beast, Bendak is talkin’ Hunter Spec-Ops Transmogs.

2. Matticus over at World of Matticus is sick of your Prismatic Reflections.

3. And my favorite Mistweaver Monk over at The Misty Teahouse talks Mistweaving in 6.1!

Take care, all, and have a fantastic weekend!

~Aura

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mistweaver Monk

I think I’ve done it.

I think I’ve discovered the key to Mistweaver healing.  And it only took me like… a week to figure it out.  -headdesk-

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So, I made the shocking revelation (which may or may not be shocking to anyone else) this past weekend while I was doing an alt raid of Normal Blackrock Foundry.  I was doing well on the healing charts-pulling between 20-22k heals per fight, which is good, considering I was ilvl 626 (yes, they still brought me.)  But I was still having the mana issues I had been having since I got Yanshui (my Mistweaver) to 100.  And I couldn’t figure out why until we got to Hanz’gar and Franzok (I think we did him third, after Gruul and Beastlord Darmac, so we were a good 45 minutes into the raid at this point.)  Up until now, i had been doing my ususal- put Renewing Mist out on 3 people and let it get around, channel Soothing Mist on the tanks, and cast Enveloping and Surging over it as needed (I was trying to keep Enveloping up on the tanks as much as possible), then Uplift/ Rushing Jade Wind/ Detonate Chi (if I had Healing Spheres in the vicinity) to AoE heal as needed.  Revival on demand, Life Cocoon either before massive tank damage or to save a tank’s life… you know, it seemed pretty standard (all of this taking place while I had my Jade Serpent Statue down.)  I was blowing through my CD’s of Chi Brew just to make sure I had enough mana to stay int he fight.  But then the presses started dropping, and I couldn’t stand there and channel Soothing Mist anymore so I just started spamming Renewing Mist on CD.

And I watched myself go from 3 Mana Tea to 20 during that phase.  And I was like…

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Things went back to normal.  Hanz’gar jumped back into the fray, and I could start using the other rotation.  And I did.  And I blew through that stack of Mana Tea and ended up right back where I started- next to no mana and very little ways to get it back because I got myself stuck in the “mana cost chi generator- chi cost Mana Tea generator- drink to to regain mana but I can’t because I messed up” circle.  Chugged a mana potion and just… said screw it.  Thunder Focus Tea and Renewing Mist on all the things and Uplift when I had the chi for it.  When I was waiting for Renewing Mists to come off of CD- so I could put it out again and gain more chi to spend on Uplift- THEN I would cast Soothing/Enveloping/Surging Mist.  And then I had mana.  And Mana Tea.

And the heals were good.

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Yay!

 

And suddenly, I didn’t feel like a total screw up when it came to Mistweaving.  I felt like a productive member of the raid.  And a whole new world of possibilities opened up to me!

I will admit, I am not the greatest healer in the world- people have not been reluctant to remind me of it, either- but I am a better healer than I am a DPS (except for maybe Hunter DPS, I’m pretty good at the whole Focus gain/ Focus dump cycle) and I’m a MUCH better healer than I am a tank (I can’t tank.  I just can’t.)  And I am always learning.  And it feels good to know that, through my own work and my own experiences, I have improved myself.  I know there is still a lot of room for me to grow- as a Discipline Priest, as a Mistweaver Monk, and as a healer in general as I continue to level ALL THE HEALING CLASSES.  But…

…. it’s so nice to see progress.  And to go willingly into the PuG raids and LFRs and knowing I can succeed and still learn newer and better ways of doing things makes me very happy.

Also, Mistweaving is ridiculously fun.  I like the mega absorption power of the Discipline Priest, but I am happier playing a class that actually spends most of their time actually healing.

Well, that is it from me for now.  Stand by to stand by, there will be more videos this week.  Before we go, I’m bringing (sexy- no, not really) back something I used to have on all of my blog posts a while ago- the Blogosphere!  The Blogosphere is where I feature and link some articles written by fellow WoW bloggers!  SUPPORT ALL THE BLOGS!

1. Over at Restokin, Alame breaks down the Boomkin for Patch 6.1- hey!  THAT’S TODAY!

2. Over at World of Matticus (also a member of the d20crit network!), Matticus ponders what’s going on with Mythic?

3. And finally, over at Misty Teahouse, Ashleah talks in-depth about Mistweaver Monk’s T17 2-piece set bonus!

Go forth, keep cool, and stay angry, healers!

~Aura