Archive for January, 2009

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Titles, Gear and Stats: A Quick Update

January 29, 2009

I’ve been really busting my plate covered patootie since my last post. Tuesday I ran 4 raid instances, 10/25 Voa and 10/25 Sarth and also completed all my Achievements for the Elder Title. I spent a good amount of time farming herbs and used the money to finally get some Frostweave bags. I’m only 2 recipes away from the Chef Title, but I still need to spend the time farming to get my cooking to 450 >.<

Aside from all of that I ran a handful of heroics. VoA 10/25 proved to be unprofitable by way of gear, but I did pick up some new shinies from Sartharian:

I had my T7 chest, but this was a ridiculous upgrade for it being from a 25man so I decided to use it. Its very pretty and blue. Much easier on the eyes than the dark gold.

Very excited to get these. These were the main reason I was running VoA, strange that I picked them up in an impromptu 10man OS run. I normally don’t like the Dazzling Forrest Emeralds, but I wanted to get the crit from the socket bonus.

Since I picked up my T7 gloves, I had a bunch of badges that needed spending. Since I got my trinket after last week’s Naxx, I decided to go ahead and pick up the last piece of badge gear.

This was a sidegrade but it had a lot of crit on it instead of the pretty much useless mp5 that my other belt had. Since I replaced my chest, I wanted to make up for the lack of the 2-set bonus.

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FoL and SP vs HL and Int: Round 2

January 27, 2009

Awhile ago I made a post about how I had read on EJ that while in BC it was all about Spell Power (+Healing) and laying on the Flashes of Light, in Wrath Pally Healers should be stacking Intellect and using Holy Light as their main heal.  I talked to Ayrel about it and he assured me this was true, not to mention that I found healing to be easier for me as well when I changed what I was doing. I thought I had it figured out and was content in my gear/gem/enchant choices.

I was loitering the bank steps in Dalaran yesterday to see a fellow Holy Pally stroll by. This particular paladin being in the 3rd progressed Horde guild on our server. I wanted to look at their gear, which I am prone to do for no real reason other than I like shinies. I was shocked at what I saw to say the least.

Nothing but Spell Power Gems. Big ones too. They had only 200 more mana than me. What the hell? Now granted just because theyre in one of the top 3 guilds on our server doesnt mean that they are incapable of being wrong but it does make it less likely. I tried to armory them again to check their meta but they have apparently respecced Ret >.> I pretty much put it out of my mind and continued on about my day.

Today I woke up with the intention of locating a 10-man Best in Slot gear list (which I still havent found) so I tromped over to Plusheal.com to see what the pallies were saying over there. Again I was met with more questionable spell choices and conflicting ideas on this matter. Some people would say that Flash of Light is “obviously more efficient” while others would state that the “changes to Intellect are undeniable.” Boggled, I decided to give the Wow forums a gander and again read that Holy Light is the way to go.

Honestly this is really starting to frustrate me.

Let me start with what I do know. First of all, there really is no spell rotation for healers. I don’t solely use Holy Light, I use Holy Shock every CD and will toss out a Flash if someone only needs a spittle of healing, but on fights that are healing intensive its Holy Light all the way. I honestly think this is the correct way to go about things. They give healers multiple spells for a reason and I like to utilize all of them.

I’m also wondering if people have been sticking with FoL to stay competitive on the meters. I lot of people were saying that there heals would get “sniped” by other healers with faster spells and therefore render their heal as a pure overheal. Some of them also mentioned using Click 2 Cast addons etc. I’ve never used a Click 2 Cast addon… the whole concept sounds so dirty to me. I could see how it would be easy sure, but still it just sounds like cheating. Its really not that hard to heal without one.

Click 2 Cast aside, healing meters lie. I admit I do look at them and smile behind the secrecy of my monitor if I’m outhealing someone else, but really they don’t matter. For example, if you are 2-man healing Naxx with a paladin on the tanks and say a druid healing the raid, the druid will come out on top due to the sheer difference in the number of targets being healed. If people arent dying, the bosses are downed and loot is collected, does it really matter who outhealed who?

I suppose the short answer to at least one of my questions is to do what feels right and that a lot of it is based on personal preferance. This of course really only applies to which healing spell to use, it still really doesnt answer my questions on gemming and enchanting.

Which brings me to the second thing that I do know, you can’t argue with math. The post on Elitist Jerks clearly states the numbers on Intellect. You get everything you need out of the one stat. So I suppose I’m more confused on when you’ve crossed the line. When is the point where you need to stop stacking Intellect and focus more on your Spell Power. Is my Spell Power too low and my Intellect too high? Is that even possible since you get spell power from Int?

My gut tells me to go with Elitist Jerks, especially since I’ve found healing to be easier after gearing how they say. But again I wonder if its only gotten easier because my gear is far better than it was before.

I really wish there was a clear answer to this somewhere, but I’m 99% sure there really isn’t one. I am sure group makeup and etc is a factor for some of it as well. Regardless, you will always have people who go against the grain and since it works for them they will think its right.

I suppose I will just have to stop putting so much thought into it and keep myself versatile in the event that Paladin mechanics change.

For now, back to looking for this Best in Slot 10-man List.

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The Fall of Naxxramus

January 26, 2009

This weekend was really good for Vae Victus and raiding, despite the consistant bad luck we’ve had with people on our server.

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Patch 3.0.8: Pros and Cons

January 26, 2009

This is a little late but I’ve had a weird week. However, now that things are calm for the moment, I’ll be making a bunch of posts that I’ve been meaning to.

As many of you know of course, Patch 3.0.8 was released this past Tuesday. A lot of changes hit with this patch for Pallies and other PvE content. I won’t be covering all of the notes as a good portion of them are irrelevant to this blog, but as always, you can always see the latest patch notes on Wow.com.

With that said, lets take a look at the patch notes I was interested in…

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TMA Friday Five

January 20, 2009

I though that I have missed the past few Friday Fives, but apparently so has Anna herself lol She had a guest fill in for her last week, Matticus actually from World of Matticus, but here is the latest one by her. As always you can use this to make your own post, or leave your responses in a comment for me to read!

  1. Does your character collect anything? Is that collection of any value to anyone other than them?
  2. What just irritates the hell out of your character?  What makes them happy (in a silly way, like bubbles or balloons or goldfish), if anything?
  3. What is your character’s favorite thing to eat?
  4. If your character knew he or she would die tomorrow, how would they spend today?
  5. What is in your character’s pockets?

(And a bonus question, because it never fails to make me giggle when I think about it: If your character were a zombie… what kind of zombie would they be?  (examples:  braiiins.  (subdued zombie).  Braaains?  (curious zombie).  GRAAAIIIINS!  (angry vegetarian zombie) ) – feel free to be totally off the wall with this one!)

My Answers:

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Guildies Blogging Go!

January 20, 2009

My most favorite Holy Palleh has succumbed to that which is Blog. You can read his posts about Holy Pallies, Shadow Priests, PVE/PVE and probably RP as well over at : Pally, Priest Go! Clearly a Wow Blog

Also our rogue turned OT Chad has a new wordpress account as well. Read about his warrior antics over at :  Another WordPress Blog

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Holy Abandoned Blog, Batman!

January 20, 2009

Crikey! I went a really long time without posting. I didn’t mean to, I was just super occupied this past week or so. Now that things are a little settled (and the servers are down) I can catch you up on everything. Recap go!

First of all, Comcast did some crazy maintenance to their system that left me and Abi without internet for the better part of a week. I was beyong annoyed. We had to cancel Naxx because of it. They finally came out and replaced our modem and things have been working well since then.

As far as raiding goes, things have been much better. We downed FIVE new bosses this weekend in Naxx,  one-shotting Gluth and Thaddius. We pretty much have our raid team solidified, aside from one DPS spot. However, Rudilyn, a fellow Holy Pally who is now playing a priest, has decided to push his toon to 80 and fill the spot for us. Having raided on the 2nd best guild on his other server, I know he can bring a lot to the raid team. He has knowledge of every raid in the game right now and that will give us an advantage, plus he is a stand-up player all around. I hope to have Naxx fully cleared hopefully by the end of February, but we’ll see. We only have 5 bosses left to learn so I have high hopes.

I have re-gemmed and enchanted my gear to reflect the new bonus from Intellect. My spell power seems really low at just under 1800, but my intellect is at 1055. I literally cannot go out of mana, its very convenient lol. I have gotten a good amount of upgrades our last few Naxx raids.

The legs I had to think over for awhile. Finally I figured that they would be a side-grade as long as I used two Brilliant Autum’s Glow. I really wanted the boost to crit. I had a screencap of my new stats but then I got the new boots and all my raid buffs had worn off. Hopefully this weekend I get my shoulders, cuz I need new shoulders something fierce. I am also hoping that my T7 gloves drop from Archavon so I can use my badges to get the trinket. I need to find a 10-man BIS list for Holy Pallies. I’m sure there is one on Plusheal.com

We did Molten Core on Old School Raid Night. I got two pieces of Lawbringer, the shoulders and legs. I chuckled at my own pair of Banana Shoulders. I also got my Judgement Helm from Onyxia. I can’t wait to have that whole set. Its my favorite for Paladins. After the patch I can start working on getting new peices, but until then I guess Lawlbringer will have to work lol.

Speaking of the Patch, its supposed to be out today. I am excited for the new Holy Pally Glyphs as well as finally being able to get the Chef title! I’m only missing one achievement for the title, which I was unable to get because it required recipes that were not in the game. There are some other good things too that I can’t remember off the top of my head. I’ll have to make an official patch post when it for sure comes out.

Other than raiding I have been doing some crazy Achievement binging. My super good friend Hid was working on the Loremaster acheivement and I have been tagging along with him to work on Rep for my Ambassador title. I also got the Explorer Title, but I believe I already mentioned that. I’m very close to being exalted with Undercity, but I have hit a somewhat roadblock with Silvermoon City Rep. I did all of Eversong, the Ghostlands and Falcon Watch which left me with about 10k rep to go. I looked at the quest list on Wowhead and it pretty much made my head spin. I’ll get it eventually I’m sure.

Lastly there is RP. I havent been RPing at all to be honest. I tried to give Belinor another shot and suffice it to say it wasn’t the best of ideas. I won’t go into the gory details and my head is still spinning from the complete idiocy of the entire situation. Lyceros is getting married and I am planning on going to the wedding. Hopefully Hid will be my date (*blush*) but I’m not holding out for it (*sadness*). He has been under a lot of raid stress lately and not to mention sporratic sleeping habits.

It seems like I’ve had to deal with a lot of OOC drama surrounding the handful of people I have RP’d with. Its really kinda turned me off to RPing at all. Raiding is stressful enough, RP is supposed to be the escape from that. I’m thinking that I’ll just take a short break from it for awhile as I work on achievements. I hid out all night in Outlands lol and had a nice little break for the most part. I want to RP with my guildies still, I’m just focused on PVE at the moment I suppose.

Well thats pretty much whats been happening since my last post. I’ll try to be better about posting!