A post in which the ever popular- and slightly insane- Pyoska shares what she is looking forward to and dreading in upcoming patches. Today’s patch- 3.2!
-New druid art for cat and bear forms has been added. There are now five unique color schemes for each form and faction. Changing hair color (Night Elves) or skin tone (Tauren) via the barbershop will change the look of one’s cat and bear forms: all I really have to say to this is- ITS ABOUT TIME YOU FIXED TAUREN CATFORM BLIZZARD! No more looking like a mauled wyvern with bad hair. And, for the record, I am very glad they kept the horns. -waits eagerly for Tree of Life and Moonkin forms to be prettied up-
–Northrend Children’s Week has arrived in Dalaran! Players can find out more by visiting the Eventide District: new pets?! And where’s this kid gonna drag me off to this time?
–Tauren now have the option of changing skin tone by visiting the barber shop: I’m pretty happy with Koko’s skin color (a light cinnamon shade), but its nice to have the option, especially with the new animal forms.
–Flying over Dalaran and Wintergrasp is now possible so long as players keep a healthy distance above the ground: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO no more crash and burn over Wintergrasp!
–The ravasaur trainer Mor’vek has returned to Un’Goro and will offer to help Horde players raise and train a Venomhide Ravasaur as a mount… if they can survive the creature’s deadly poison: -blink blink- Yep. Its about time. Alliance had the Wintersaber Trainers for far too long without a Horde counterpart. -makes the GIMME hands-
–All new Argent Crusader daily quests and rewards have been added for players with the Crusader title. Rewards include a new Argent Crusader banner and tabard (which can port players to the tournament grounds), a mounted squire (can periodically run bank, mail or vendor errands for the player), a paladin-exclusive Argent Crusader Charger mount, and new heirloom items: New Heriloom Items? Guess my baby Shaman is getting leveled faster now. New Banner? Pretty Cool. New Tabard? Meh. Mounted Squire? WANT!!!!!!!! Wantwantwant.
–A customizable totem bar will now be available for shaman allowing the storing of 4 different totems. These totems can be placed on the ground at once in one global cooldown for the combined mana cost of all 4 totems: Shaman everywhere REJOICE!
– Lifebloom: The final heal that occurs when this spell blooms has been reduced by 20% on the base and on the spell power coefficient: WTF BLIZZ. STOP. NERFING. LIFEBLOOM. GODDAMNYOU. -pout-
–Innervate: Duration reduced to 10 seconds, and cooldown reduced to 3 minutes. This means each use of Innervate will give half as much mana as before, but it will be available twice as often: I saw this coming. Honestly, Innervate is godlike now, it probably needed a nerf. Will Shaman stop crying? Probably not. But, maybe they’ll cry less now.
–The local Postal Service has grown tired of walking so far each day to collect mail and have decided to install a large number of new mailboxes to Stormwind, Undercity, Darnassus and Orgrimmar: -shrugs- I have a husband that’s an engineer. If I REALLY need a mailbox that badly, I’ll get him to drop one.
My guild runs with, in my opinion, a nice set of tanks. I can’t think of any times recently where we’ve wiped on a boss because of tank*fail, and I never sit there and want to cuss my tanks out for sucking. That said, they have shown me, through good example and maybe otherwise, that there are small things that healers and tanks can do for each other that can make raiding a lot smoother, practically speaking and socially. LET ME SHARE THIS WISDOM.
I won’t address the more obvious, terrible things in this post because as I said, I raid with competent tanks. If you’re pugging, or have crappy tanks, you might be struggling with bigger issues, but these are the small things — the smile points, if you will.
Mana: No healer loves a tank that pulls trash when they’re oom, and no tank likes waiting for a healer to sit there and get their mana to 100%. The compromise? Healers, don’t FREAK OUT when your tank chain pulls trash and you’re at 60%. Sit down to drink the instant you’re out of combat, pop a mana pot if you’re really chainpulling hard, blow your mana cooldowns if you’re far enough from a boss pull, or just plain deal with not being topped off all the time. You heal through bosses that are much more intensive and longer than any trash, deal! Tanks, don’t pull another pack if your healers are obviously dealing with a lot. Don’t run ahead and get angry when your healers are sitting back a few seconds to drink (though the flexible healer will run up with you unless they’re really low). Give your healers time to rez the morons who stood in Hurricane 😉
Pulling: I can only speak about this from a disc priest perspective in particular, but I’m sure other healers have their own spells or buffs or whatever they can substitute. One of the nicest things a tank can do for me is ask for a shield before they pull. Like it’s part of their ready check — “Can I get a shout and a shield…pulling!” I think recognizing who’s healing you and what they’re doing is a really good way to make a healer feel important and let them know the tank knows a little bit about their healer’s job. It’s not necessarily an ego boosting thing, but it’s just nice. Healers can help foster this by being consistent, attentive to when the tank is ready, and being communicative about cooldowns, buffs, etc. It can be very frustrating to have a tank who aggros just before I can get a shield and PoM off, and I get nasty trash aggro >.<
Messing up: During the few years I’ve been playing, I’ve seen a lot of blame get thrown around during wipes. My current guild doesn’t usually get nasty, but everyone runs into finger-pointing sometimes, even if it’s through more private channels. A dangerous trap to fall into is *the healers are always the reason we die*. Of course, this is true sometimes, and bad healers on some fights can mean death more quickly or assuredly than bad dps (Mimiron, XT, sometimes Hodir). But there is nothing more gratifying than someone stepping up and actually taking some of the heat, especially to help out the healers, and especially if it’s a tank. “That was totally my bad, I was tanking him way out of range,” “I didn’t move out of that void zone,” “I blew my cooldown too early,” etc, are amazing words to hear from tanks, instead of “Uhh I guess I didn’t get any heals,” or “You need to keep me up better than that.” Healers, same goes for us. You fucked up? You don’t think you can handle a certain assignment? Say something. Did the tank obviously fuck up? You don’t need to point it out, but done tactfully, defending your own and others’ healing can at the very least help tanks from getting huge epeens or martyr complexes!
((Also: the less you bring up your bad lag or framerate, the less annoying you’ll be, even if it’s your legitimate excuse. I have a terrible computer, but only rarely do I say, “hey guys, I don’t know if I can handle the timing for this, I don’t really trust my computer,” and I almost NEVER blame my mistakes on lag retroactively. “My fault, sorry” is usually enough, unless probed. Don’t make them doubt your consistency by bringing up your system problems.))
Being super serious: It seems like, in general, tanks and healers have to be more serious than dps. I don’t quite know why, but in a lot of the guilds I’ve been in, the dps seem to be at more leisure to joke around and relax than many of the tanks and healers. Some unspoken rule of importance of role or something, I suppose. My suggestion? We can all lighten up some, without becoming baddies. Maybe just a /highfive to your awesome tank when you solo heal him during IC, a random joke demonstrating comaraderie when your pet healer runs behind you to pull the next pack. My guild is great about this — silly stuff that doesn’t affect your game by distracting you, but helps strengthen what is really the most important set of in-combat relationships in the game. Don’t you want a healer to LIKE healing a tank? 😉
GOOD PRIEST understands that Meditation and Inspiration are critical talents to have for any healing spec : )
BAD PRIEST doesn’t like dipping into a healing tree that isn’t his/her primary tree >:(
GOOD PRIEST makes sure to learn all spells upon hitting level 80, and checks back at the trainer if respeccing to something he/she doesn’t normally play : )
BAD PRIEST forgets to train ranks of CoH when going Holy for the first time on a Sarth +3 attempt >:(
GOOD HOLY PRIEST specs into Spirit of Redemption but never really has to use it! : D
BAD HOLY PRIEST dies so often that his/her raid members think that failangel is some kind of awesome cooldown you’re supposed to use all the time >:(
GOOD PRIEST pops a mana pot and shadowfiend before bugging the druids for innervate : )
BAD PRIEST spams an “INNERVATE ME NOW!!” macro two minutes into every boss fight >:(
GOOD PRIEST knows how to MC and isn’t afraid to use it : )
BAD PRIEST never used their MC button before Razuvious, or since, and just ran around like a headless chicken going “WHAT R BONESHILD” the whole time >:(
GOOD PRIEST doesn’t let their spec keep them from performing to their best ability in awkward raid comps : )
BAD PRIEST bitches and moans when they’re on the raid as disc/on the tank as holy and refuses to have dual spec holy/disc if it’s a reccuring problem >:(
GOOD PRIEST is always prepared to buff, but makes sure not to overwrite any priest buffs already out as to not waste anyone’s candles : )
BAD PRIEST doesn’t buff ever, or overwrites everyone’s buffs constantly >:(
GOOD HOLY PRIEST doesn’t bubble when there’s a disc priest in the raid : )
BAD HOLY PRIEST bubbles the tank before a big pull and randomly throws shields on the dps >:(
GOOD PRIEST doesn’t bubble themselves during heavy raid damage, with a disc priest in the raid : )
BAD PRIEST does >:(
GOOD DISC PRIEST recognizes and embraces their role as mass dispel bitch : )
BAD DISC PRIEST doesn’t have it hotkeyed and bitches at the holy priests for not mass dispelling on Hodir >:(
GOOD PRIEST rezzes people who died on a boss kill without being asked : )
BAD PRIEST sits there goin HURR WHERE’S MAH LEWT >:(
GOOD DISC PRIEST gems for Int and SP : )
BAD DISC PRIEST gems for Spirit >:(
GOOD PRIEST pays attention to how well their assignment lives, their own overhealing, and spell breakdown to gauge how well they do : )
BAD PRIEST slaves over the meters >:(