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Games Are Supposed To Be Fun… So Let’s Have Fun!

Sorry for the lateness ( and skippage) of the posts this week!  Its Spring Break (for me, at least) so I have been at home relaxing it up, getting some much needed gaming in and working on lore videos (too bad my cat won’t let me record my narrations- oops!)

Anywho, I’ve decided to take this blog in a new direction.  No, I’m still going to be an Angry Healer- worry not about that.  But my husband helped me realize something today.  I’ve been trying too hard to make this blog- and myself- into something we’re just not.

And that is super serial.  (Serious for those of you who may not understand what I was going for there.)

I love healing.  I love WoW.  And I will continue to blog about those things.  But I am not a pro player (as so many people on the internet have been more than willing to remind me) and frankly… trying to write guides for people when there are so many other, better resources out there is just… boring.  And tiring.  I don’t feel like keeping up with Heliocentric and Elitist Jerks anymore.

So I’m not going to.

WoW is a game.  And games should be fun.  So why shouldn’t Angry Healers be dedicated to having fun?

The short answer to that is, of course, it should be.  I like being fun and funny.  I like being ranty and snarky.  And I know that somewhere, there are people who enjoy being ranty and snarly and snarky like me.  Those people are most likely healers, but I have no doubts that some of them are tanks and healers.  I want to have fun.  You want to have fun (I hope), so lets have fun together!

You are all welcome here, my friends.  I am dedicated to gaming for all- from the noobs to the wanna be proplayers to the ACTUAL pro-players (not that I expect any of them to come here but… hey.  Weirder things have happened.)  I want to dedicate this blog to all of the WoW players out there.  Come on in!

~Aura

BlizzCon, Here We Come!

Aw yis.  Its that time of the year again, folks!  BlizzCon 2015 was officially announced yesterday, and I am SO EXCITE.  Especially since this year should be an Expansion Announcement year!  I know I have a number of friends who are planning on getting tickets when they go on sale (April 15th at 7pm and April 18th at 10am, PST) through Eventbrite!  Keep an eye out here later, as I will put up a guide on how to get your tickets!

Until then, have a great weekend, everyone!

THE HYPE IS REAL!!!!!

~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

 

 

Choose The Player, Not The Class

Hello, and welcome back!  I’ve decided to take some time out to discuss healer comps and what I’ve seen- more importantly, what I haven’t been seeing.  And it kinda hurts me in my little healer heart because it seems that people are ignoring certain classes in lieu of stacking the stronger ones.  They’re not recruiting them, not inviting them, and kicking them from PuGs because they’re not “one of the better healer/dps/tank classes.”

This makes me a sad panda.

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It also pisses me off because it’s complete and utter bullshit.

That’s right.  I said it.  It’s bullshit.

I’m just going to go ahead and put this out there right now: unless you’re in a sponsored, “I-get-paid-to-raid” raiding guild, then there’s no damn reason for you to be cutting out specific classes and/or specializations- not just healers, but all roles!- from your raids.  That is 100% pure personal opinion, but let’s face it.  Most of us aren’t pro raiders.  I raid because its fun.  I raid because I like phat lewts (also, I just got my 2-piece set bonus on my disco Priest so YEAH BABY LET’S DO THIS!)  I raid because it gives me a sense of accomplishment- I helped take down that boss.  My raid team is 7/7N (6/7H) in Highmaul and 7/10N in Blackrock Foundry (we start Heroics this weekend so… wish us luck!) and we have no aspirations of going to Mythic anytime soon- we’re just happy to be clearing content, seeing the fights, and having fun.

This means, apparently, that we get to be flexible with our class choices.  Because we’re filthy casuals.  But why?  Why is it just the people like me- the normal people who raid for fun, whose sole purpose in playing WoW is to have fun- who get to have class flexibility?  Why is it that people who are playing WoW for some sort of prestige get to dictate which of us who are playing this game to have fun get to go with them?

The answer to this is, of course, simple- don’t let them and don’t go with them.  Go forth and have fun and never let anyone dictate how you play your game.

Now, before I go any further and people start screaming, “But YOU play a Discipline Priest, which is the most OP healer class in the game right now (next to the Tree!Druid!),” lemme put this down where everyone can see it: I am not playing the Discipline Priest because its strong.  I’m playing it because its still fun.  Resto Druids are, by far, the strongest healer in a PvE raiding setting (or so I’m told), but its sooooooo boring.  My other healer- as of right now- is my Mistweaver Monk.  Who gets NO LOVE.  I have done normal Blackrock Foundry on her and TOPPED the healing charts.

I am also not saying that this is an excuse to just roll into a raid- with friends or a pug- and just faceroll and say “LOL gais I don’t know what I’m doing.”  You should always know your class.  Not knowing your class and raiding is akin to trolling.  And we all know what you can do with trolls.

Its not the classes that are the problems, you guys.  Anyone with enough skill can make up for a class’s weaknesses.  Discipline is the strongest of a Priest’s two healing specs, but they don’t have a raid wide healing CD that’s worth a damn (Yes, I know they still have PW:B, but name me one fight in current content outside of Gruul the Subjugated where there are enough people stacked up to make it worthwhile.  Go ahead and pick that apart, all of you hardcore “I’m-gonna-do-it-like-the-pros-because-epeen” folks.)  They make up for it in sheer absorption capability.  Mistweavers can provide good raid healing and great single target, tank healing- not as good as the Resto Druid, but still good.  Their strength lies in the Renewing Mist +Uplift combo and Revival, which is easily one of the BEST direct healing CDs you could ask for in a raiding environment.

So, you know what?  Screw those guys.  I don’t want to be in a top end raiding guild if I can’t choose my own class to play.  All of you hardcore, “you’re-not-doing-it-right” people can go die in a fire.  Because you know what?

Some of us just want to have fun.  So I will.  And I will never be in Paragon or Method or Midwinter because I will ALWAYS choose to have fun over getting World Firsts and prestige kills.  And I will never raid with people who insist that I must conform to the min-maxed specs for raiding.  I will not raid with people who kill my fun.

So, go forth, folks, and bring all of the classes to your raids!  Remember- this game is supposed to be fun.  You’re supposed to be having fun, no matter what you choose to do or what class you choose to play.  All classes can be good in a raiding environment.

The moral of this story is:  Choose the player, not the class.

~Aura

Things You Should Never Say to a Healer… if You’re DPS!

SNARK POST AHOY!!!!

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Sorry for the “no post on Tuesday” thing.  I thought I had this scheduled to post then, but clearly I did not, and for that, I apologize profusely.  Let me make it up to you by being snarky!!!  As a healer, I hear a tremendous amount of stupid things from other players- not all the time, mind you, but often enough to make such posts as this possible.  And EVERYONE does it- tanks, DPS, even other healers!  And it irritates me every time because it’s like people don’t care about why I’m doing- or not doing- something, only that they think I’m wrong and need to try to prove it to me.

Well, needless to say, that’s why I have posts like these.  To show you how idiotic it is to do that.  Let’s get to it, shall we?

Things You Should Never Say to a Healer… if You’re DPS!

1. Why are you OOM?  Ok, if you’re asking this, then you CLEARLY haven’t been paying attention to recent healing changes in which Blizzard has stated that healer mana regen and our ability to get back mana was kind of ridiculous at the end of MoP.  It got to the point where I never dropped below 75% mana on my Resto Shaman- while casting nothing but Chain Heal over and over again.  So healer mana regen got hit with the nerfhammer and most of us lost our mana generating abilities.  This means we have to think, DPS.  We have to be careful.  We have to watch our spell prioritization and your health to make sure we put the right heal on you at the right time.  See, the problem is that you look at it like a DPS, so let me explain it like I’m DPS- if you screw up your rotation, you lose DPS, right?  If I screw up mine, people DIE.  Chances are, if I’m OOM, either I screwed up or someone else forced me to spam Flash Heal on them for whatever reason.  So have no mana.  Shut up about it.

2.  Why did you let me die?  I didn’t LET you die.  You probably died because I was either saving my life or a tank’s life.  I am a healer- I WILL prioritize my life and the tank’s life over your life.  I know, it’s kind of messed up, but think of it this way: if I die, you and the tanks don’t get heals.  If you don’t get heals, you die and can’t DPS.  The tank dies and that will probably lead to a wipe.  There are two tanks, between three and six healers, and between six and 23 DPS.  There are more of you than there are of us at any given point in time.  WE can afford to sacrifice a DPS if it means keeping a tank or another healer (or ourselves) alive.  You are the BOTTOM of our healing priority list.  Deal with it.

3. Why are you rolling on that (main piece of armor?)  Because that armor no longer has Spirit on it to tell you that it is HEALER ONLY.  We have to share.  So do you.  /roll

4.  Why are you rolling on that (minor piece that doesn’t have Spirit?)  This could be any number of reasons, but I’ll give you the big one- because that ring has Crit/Mastery on it, and that is WAY BETTER than any ring with Spirit on it because it has my two BEST STATS.  It is still very good and completely viable for me, so stop whining about it.

5. I NEED HEALS NAO!!!!  Um… yeah, this is probably the worst way to get on your healer’s bad side.  I’ll get to you, calm the hell down.  Yelling at me like I don’t spend the entire fight monitoring people’s health bars is moronic.  Chances are, I KNOW you need a heal.  See #2 and the “you get prioritized last for a reason” speech.  Also, don’t scream for heals if you aren’t sub 30% health, because if you aren’t, then you’re really in no danger of dying unless you stood in the fire for too long and can’t lock rock/ PCD your way out of it.  In which case you need to not stand in the fire because that is avoidable damage and now you are making me waste my precious mana because you screwed up.

6.  Why weren’t you in range to heal me?  Lemme put it to you this way- I have to be in range of the tanks AT ALL TIMES.  You don’t.  It is just as much your responsibility to stay within 40 yards of me as it is my responsibility to stay within healing range of you.  Want healed?  Stay with me if you want to live.

Believe me, this isn’t all I’ve heard, but it’s a good start.  Thank you for stopping by! I’ll have another post up on Friday about something healing related (I am debating between several topics right now) so make sure you come back and check it out!  As always, keep cool and stay angry, healers!

~Aura