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remind me to never

Posted by whatheals on January 23, 2009

eat dinner before Malygos. That encounter makes me motion sick even with out the crazy graphics glitch that happened post 3.0.8. Luckily we downed him last night and the kill can. I hope, be repeated easily next week. Less time on the swirly star platform and on drakes with swirly graphics all around is good lol.

How was your week in WoW?

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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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Woot!!!

Posted by whatheals on July 20, 2008

I got my bear mount today. We had a flawless run and finished with 5 minutes on the timer and I had the lucky dice!!!

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We beat ZA!!

Posted by whatheals on July 2, 2008

This past Saturday we, after begging a guildie to bring his alt mage, got our bear mount run underway. And……….with 3 minutes left on the timer the 4th boss died!! There was lots of celebrating to be had as we accomplished this after only two weeks working together as a group. Our main tank won the roll and because he is in the same room as me I got to see him do a happy dance (shhh don’t tell him I told you.) We went on to kill Hex Lord and Zul’jin after which I celebrated because we two healed Zul’jin.

And now for a screen shot….of course they were having fun making the bears giant with Mojo

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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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Being in charge of healers

Posted by whatheals on May 30, 2008

So if you read this you know I have been healing for less than a year and about 2 months ago I, smart or not, told my guild leadership that I wanted to take charge of the healing. Not because the raid leaders couldn’t do it, the two main RL have both been healers they are more than capable of setting up healing, but because I needed to challenge myself. I had become good friends with a priest that was raiding T6 content and he was constantly, and still is, pushing me to become better and he suggested that I should be assigning healers. I thought he was crazy because I watch green bars what did I know about setting up healing? Well I started to read and learn more about the healing classes and became more and more frustrated with the healers that weren’t doing their job in raids. So one night after a raid I grabbed one of the raid leaders in a vent channel and talked to him about it. He, who also pushed me to become better, thought it was a great idea and he brought it to the guild leadership. A couple days later I was setting up healing for my first Gruul run. I was terrified. I made my notes, had all the healers join the guild healing channel and went over my assignments with the raid leader then set them up with he healers. Things went well! They continued to go well and 1 week later I was promoted to a raid leader/healing class leader position in the guild.

Now my struggle is how do I talk to those healers I feel could be better? The priest who only uses flash heal when MT healing, the pally who is has the least healing of the night when he was tank healing, the healers who won’t stay on the assigned target. I find myself pouring over wws reports looking for what is happening and what needs to be changed. At a basic level if people are staying alive and bosses die then I am happy. However I need to address the issues that we have. We are a casual raiding guild so we don’t ask people to spec certain ways or have mandatory attendance but I want to have some standards. 

So I guess my question is how do you talk to your healers about issues?  

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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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Why do we even sign up for raids?

Posted by whatheals on May 14, 2008

I mean really if you are going to sign up why not be there. I understand real life crap happening, even unexpected real life stuff happening but when you are online, on the toon that you signed up for the raid, please please please let someone know you won’t be there before you log off for the night.

This has been a problem that has gotten worse recently in my guild. We will have 19 people sign up for Kara and 8 show or 26 for ssc and 20 show. It really makes getting the raids started a problem and hurts progression.

We are a casual guild and so there are no requirements for raiding “x” nights a week, which is fine. I need a break every now and then as well….I am at every raid and recently took a week off. BUT we are also an adult guild so I expect that people will have at least common courtesy for each other. If there aren’t enough people there for the raid the ones who are just sit there.

Where is the line in the sand where enough is enough and people are held accountable for not showing up repeatedly?

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