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Looking Back

Posted by whatheals on November 11, 2008

I have been absent from my blog and the blog community for some time now. Hurricane Gustav caused chaos in my life. My office was totaled and I have not had and office much less internet access at work for 2 months. I also had no time at home to blog because my great guild was still raiding and well laundry and dishes and all those good things. I have missed you all and things are getting back to normal.

I was thinking as we get ready to start a new chapter of WoW where has my journey taken me.

One year ago I was here:

headed to curator

headed to curator

Then last night as we were buffing up I looked at this sight:

sunwell

Then  we beat TBC!!!!!

kj-kill

What a long strange journey it has been from one year ago in greens and blues trying to clear Kara in 3 nights to Clearing Sunwell and downing Kil’jaden.

To my guild who welcomed this slightly undergeared priest into the healing ranks, I love you guys and look forward to all the challenges and fun Northrend has in store for us.

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He doesn’t look so scary

Posted by whatheals on June 25, 2008

I never thought I would see the inside of Black Temple. Well maybe when I got to 80 and we went in there for fun but I joined my new guild and have had a guided tour of all of the T6 content.

I stood face to face with Illidan a week ago. Then the next night I was in the raid when we downed him in one shot. I feel very lucky to have found a guild that is so great and welcoming to me which has also allowed me to attain goals I never thought I would reach.

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I know I promised a new post

Posted by whatheals on June 16, 2008

Between this post and now lots has happened.  I know I posted that I was guildless. Lots of drama happened that lead to it. Luckily it was mostly while I was at work and not logged in. I did happen to read alot of the thread on my previous guilds website that bashed me, my fiance and one other guildy. That kinda makes me wonder if the people I had been spending so much time with were really all that great.  Oh well things happen and I will try not to hold a grudge.

Last Thursday I had an audition run with a new guild and it went great. I really had more fun raiding that night than I had in the last couple of months. I saw two bosses die for the first time in that run. I was very nervous to start worrying about being evaluated the whole time we were in the raid. However after the first wave started I began to heal and it reminded me that I really love to heal and that is what I did to the best of my ability. At the end of the night the guild leader met with me on vent and let me know that he wanted to sit down and do my interview the next night on vent and I should have a decision as to my app by Monday (today).  Friday I got home and logged in.  I ran around Shatt talking to people for a bit. I saw the Guild Leader in Shatt and we logged onto vent to talk. I asked a couple questions about the guild and he asked some questions of me. We talked for about a half hour and at the end of the conversation he said, “well I have heard enough I would like to extend you an invitation to the guild”.  SSSQQQQUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEE I was so excited. About 15 minutes after an invite to the guild I was in my first Kara badge farming run with some members of the guild.  1 hour and 45 minutes later we were done….wow what a night. Sat evening was our first bear mount ZA run which consist of people from the #2 and #3 progressed guilds on our server. We just missed the 4th chest and with a few tweaks I hope to see someone in our group get the first bear mount this coming Saturday.

My goal now is to get to know people in the new guild, farm the mats for my shadow resist set, and try not to mess up to bad in upcoming raids this week. I am on standby for the illidan kill tonight, not sure I am ready but I will be there if they tag me to go 🙂

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I am guildless

Posted by whatheals on June 12, 2008

I will log into the game today and for the first time in a very long time not have a guild tag. It is a very sad day for me. I am not going to get into all of the drama of it but things happen. I will go freelance for a bit and maybe take some time to give a few alts some attention.

If anyone is looking for a T4/T5 level geared CoH priest and a Prot Pally in T4/T5 level gear let me know. A change in servers may not be a bad thing.

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How did I get here?

Posted by whatheals on May 22, 2008

Less than a year ago I was a newly 70 shadow priest looking forward to getting into Kara. I had done some research on where to get the best pre-kara gear and I was working hard on obtaining that so I could get into kara and dps my little heart out.  And I got into kara, it was lots of fun. Then week two came and we were short a healer and the question came, ” Can you heal tonight? you don’t have to respec just heal shadow spec”. Okay I thought I’ll heal no biggie. I was miserable, I was oom all the time, I let people die. My first thought was that I was not going to ever heal again. I sucked at healing why would I try it again.  Back to dpsing I went continuing to gather the best shadow gear I could get at that time. Then again we were faced with the healer shortage and the request from the guild leader came, “can you respec and heal tonight please?”. With a huge sigh I gave in, got a port to SW and quickly found a spec to use on WoWWiki and paid my 5g respec fee, learned my new talents and set up my hot keys. Off to Kara as a healer I went in my dps gear because I had no healing gear. It was a better experience this time around, I was able to keep people alive but I was still such a noob. I did find out something during that run though, I kinda liked healing. I haven’t been shadow spec since that day.

In the days that followed I began to look for healing gear  and a better spec (that quickly found spec was strange) and luckily had 4 other people willing to run 5 mans with me so that I could get some gear. I also learned alot about healing in that time as the group I was with wanted to test my skills and did crazy things pretty often. I have to thank them for that. I learned a great deal about healing priority and situational awareness during that time.  My gear improved (power leveled tailoring and got my PMC set) and I changed guilds. I continued to learn  about healing and improve my gear with the new  guild. Then drama happened and that guild went up in smoke. Sadly this is while I was taking a short hiatus to pack and move because my fiance and I had bought a house. He continued to play and was invited to a new guild. I also was invited to the same guild.

So here I was in okay gear in a new guild, one that had no clue of my history. They didn’t know that I had only been a healer for 4 months. The first kara run I attended was a challenge I was one of only two healers for the run. I was scared to death. But….we were at the back door in 1 1/2 hours and I had done a pretty darn good job. I got new bracers and gloves and shoulders and helm. Price nor Maiden dropped a weapon for me and still to this day I have never seen either drop, but I digress. So I finish my first Kara run with the new guild and I get compliments from the other healer. It motivated me to make sure that I was the best that I could be. I didn’t want to let the new friends I had made down.

Not long after that first kara run I was running Gruul with the guild, then ZA and in SSC and TK. There have been some people that have really pushed me since I have joined the guild (there was a ZA run that changed alot for me but another story for another time). I have begun to read as much information and theory about priest healing as I can to better my healing. I have gotten upgrades and improved my gear but it wasn’t enough. I would go to raids and the raid leaders would set up healing. I would do my job but I wanted to do more.  I began to read about the other healing classes. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each class and what they were best equipped to do in a raid setting.  I am not sure when it happened exactly but I began to give input about healing and who should be healing what. I was encouraged to take over the healing by a friend who also plays a priest….he thought I could do it. So after much worry and doubt I told one of the raid leaders that maybe I might just wanna take over the job as Healing Class Leader/Raid healing leader if he maybe thought I could do it and the officers maybe thought that I was capable of doing it but It would be okay if they didn’t think so I was just offering. Yes that is almost exactly what I said. I was scared that I was getting in over my head but ready to take on the challenge. The officers and raid leaders in the guild also thought that I was ready as well. So 2 months ago I started taking charge of the healing and was given the permanent position a few weeks after that.  It has had ups and downs and I am still learning. I enjoy it so much and it also motivates me to continue to not only improve my healing and play style but to learn more about the other healing classes.

So that is my story of shadow to holy spec healing class leader and how it happened in 1 year or less.

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WTB [Spine]x1 100g pst

Posted by whatheals on May 9, 2008

I am spineless…well almost. I let something happen last night in game that is completly fucked up. I let it happen in the name of less drama. If I just say “sure I am okay with that” there will be no drama and it is better for the guild. Truth is I am no where near okay with it, I think it is a terribad decision. (note that this is my opinion, I do understand the reasoning that the guild leades made this decision) I am almost at the point where I want to not raid anymore. It is not worth the drama and time. I spend alot of time preparing for raids, making sure that I am ready and that I know the strengths and weaknesses of those healers in the raid with me, that I have read the numerous strats for a fight, that I know what strat the raid leader for the night will be using on a particular boss and setting up the healers appropriately. I also sit in a room with my guilds main tank and I am the one, and rightly so as the healing lead, that gets “why the FUCK did I die?” yelled at me from across the room and if I don’t have an answer when then we don’t have a very happy tank. I think on the run, I make changes on the fly, I make sure I say in vent and type in the healers channel what needs to be done. The guild officers think I do a good, hell great job. BUT yeah there is always a “but”. BUT the decision was made and I let it happen. I did log back onto vent and talk to a couple guild officers and tell them how I felt. It didn’t change much of anything but I did feel better…less like a door mat.

Fast Forwad to the next day….There were some annoyances and then the knowledge that people are talking shit about me. Yay more drama, though directly related to the other drama. I yet again talked to the officer I had talked to the night before, said my peace and then told him I would be taking a break from raiding for the next week. I renounced on GEM from SSC Thurs and Sun nights and ZA and Kara for next week. The officers understood why I did it and for that I am glad. Though I missed being in a raid last night.  I am putting my trust in the officers to deal with the situation and I hope to be raiding again next week sometime. We shall see……

So any advice for dealing with the drama llama when it comes around?

 

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