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My fellow bloggers in the guild pointed out that it’s been a long time since I updated this thing. It’s been a combination of 3.3 borking my addons and me being too stubborn to play without them, then the holiday season distracting me – I went away to my boyfriend’s parents’ house, which meant lag inducing DSL and little laptop screens. Plus I’m feeling like a little bit of a traitor these days, what with my Disco Priest blog and me playing a holy paladin full time!

And as much as I loathe to admit it, I feel really good about holy paladining right now. Disc priesting is fun, and has so many more options than paladin healing, which is probably why I went “F THAT” to paladining as soon as Cel was 80 and ready for raids. At the time I was still in Naxx, which is boring no matter what, and we ran with a superb healing team that included two other holy paladins, so my throughput wasn’t needed at the time. Now in ICC 10, running with a disc priest and resto druid, it just makes more sense to have a holy paladin on the team, and I love the ability to put out huge amounts of healing, while Amber does the mitigating. I feel much more secure than I would if we were running two disc priests in that group, thanks in part to Baconhax. And I LOVE the fights in ICC so far. The mechanics are interesting, which is all it takes to beat the pants off ToC, really.

And now, a meme that Kyr tagged me for ages ago!

World of Warcraft 2009 Year in Review

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before? 2009 was the Year of the Priest. I didn’t roll Celaeno until I was thoroughly disgusted with raiding Naxx (let’s see, Orithia hit 80 in mid December, so that means I was definitely tired of that business by January!), and dual boxed her up to 60 quickly, then dungeon healed my way to 80 so I could learn about healing along the way. Healing was also new in 2009 – I didn’t start until all of Crucible’s old BT/Hyjal tank crew finally reached the level cap and wanted tanking spots. There was definitely at least one run where we had 5 tanks, all trying to get in on the action. Since spell plate is easy to collect, I cobbled together a set and the rest is history.

What was your favorite new place that you visited? Ulduar! BEEP BEEP!

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Balance. I mean this in a personal way, not in a game mechanics way. When I let WoW become a big deal and devote a lot of time to gearing and trying to be the very best, I get disgusted with the game and need a break. At the same time, I like to be sure that I’m available when I’m needed. I need to find a good balance of time spent playing and time spent indulging my other hobbies (zomg guys, I got a sewing machine for Christmas!) in the coming year.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finally getting 25 man Anub’arak down was amazing. I think I had that feeling when we killed KT for the first time too, but that was dulled by the fact that it was easy every single time after.

What was your biggest failure? Patch day, 3.1, walking into Ulduar 25 full of excitement, spanking Flame Leviathan, only to repeatedly wipe on Ignis trash and never get him down. It was the breaking point for me, and I took a long leave of absence after. This is also about the time that the guild started to fall apart, and my favorite friend was forced to leave the guild, so it was a really low point for me.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Beacon of Light changes! REJOICE.

What do you wish you’d done less of? Playing because I feel obligated. It had a really negative impact on me when I spent 5 nights raiding, cursing at people who failed in NAXX OF ALL PLACES, and any time that I didn’t want to show up, I was generally told that they needed me, because I’m a tank/healer. It was incredibly stressful and definitely led to burn out. I’m a stubborn broad and too much of doing things that I don’t really want to do will eventually make me balk.

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast? Undoubtedly Amber’s I Like Bubbles, because she taught me about disc priesting when Cel was a baby, and it’s thanks to her blog that I found my home in Brotherhood of Oblivion. FACTION CHANGE YAY \o/

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009. Nine times out of ten if a player is a jackass, he is playing a blood elf ret paladin.

One last piece of business: I’d like to direct you to a new BoO blogger, Mach!

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Healing Meme

As started by Miss Medicina and seen all over the place, a healing meme.

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer? Celaeno, disco priest!
What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans) I mostly do 10 man raiding, and the occasional 25.
What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why? Penance, by far. It looks amazing and does a great deal of healing in a snap. I’m an instant results kinda girl, I hate big heals with long cast times.
What healing spell do you use least for your class and why? Not gonna lie, Greater Heal is not even on my bars right now.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why? Damage prevention on tanks/raid is pretty much our purpose and definitely our strength. I think we’re also quite good at going OHCRAP and preventing deaths for someone who’s taken sudden damage – bubble + Penance ftw.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why? I don’t feel as gimped on multi-target healing as a disc priest as I do on my paladin, but it’s definitely not something I’d say we’re good at. I sprinkle PW: S around and hope for the best.
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you? I like being asked to keep an eye on the tanks. Rather than focusing on just one of them, where my efforts might be primarily overheal because we run with holy paladins, I keep all two or three shielded, bounce PoM around, and set my Penance flowing to the first one to dip in health. In fights where we have a lot of raid damage, I like keeping an eye out and popping shields where I can. Also, I LOVE being the dispel bitch on faction champions, but I have no idea why it’s so much fun for me.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why? Disc priest by far. I’ve also raided as a holy paladin, which got very old and boring for me, and my druid has been shaking her leaves leveling in dungeons for a while now. I enjoy tree healing too, because it’s really novel to be so mobile (coming from someone who bounces around at every opportunity), but I’m really passionate about being discipline. It just clicks for me.
What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why? I was a horrible holy priest. Admittedly I only tried it briefly and my gear wasn’t suited for the spec, but I felt lost, and constantly out of mana.
What is your worst habit as a healer? I do tend to assume that our paladins will be covering the tanks and wander away with my bubbles to shield dps, which sometimes ends with me missing a health spike.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing? I’ve ranted about “HEAL ME” before, and that’s definitely it. I don’t tell you “dps boss, use your Nightfall proc!”, so you don’t tell me how to play my class either. The other one is running out of range. One of our tanks will occasionally do this while tanking the Jormungar, and while he has Burning Bile and some of us are trying to keep him alive, and burn off some poison. It makes me cry.
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing? I do. I think a disc priest is a good compliment to just about any healing group.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer? Is the person I assigned to alive? If they’re dead, did I switch to the target who was up quickly enough to keep him from dying? OKAY! I was definitely a recount whore as a holy paladin, but these days I only pull it up if I’m wondering why it’s taking stuff so long to die.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class? That it’s primarily a pvp rather than a pve spec, or not capable of performing as well as other healers in pve.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn? Step away from the renew. Learn to love the flash heal, it gives you pretty soap bubbles. Other than that, I think it’s a fairly easy class to understand. Though, uh, I do see disc priests who don’t shield, so I guess they need to learn that PW: Shield is your friend. Love it, and it will love you.
If someone were to try to evaluate your performance as a healer via recount, what sort of patterns would they see (i.e. lots of overhealing, low healing output, etc)? Low healing output relative to other healers (unless the other healers are asleep), low overheal, high absorbs, if they’ve bothered to install that supplementary information.
Haste or Crit and why? Crit all the way. I stay around 30%, which seems to be enough to proc Divine Aegis and Inspiration regularly, plus the added healing. Haste is nice for lower GCD and spreading the bubble love, but I don’t go out of my way to get more, because talents and Borrowed Time generally give us all we need.
What healing class do you feel you understand least? I’ve never played a resto shaman so I wouldn’t know what to do if I were just handed one right now.
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing? Grid is my friend, I love the Grid. I have it set up (with the addition of extra addons) to show who has a shield on them, who has weakened soul, the duration of weakened soul debuff, and incoming heals (along with all sorts of HoT timers for my druid and other stuff for the paladin). GridStatusRaidDebuff is my friend in ToC, because I can just look there and see who has what, who I need to run to, who will need healing, etc, making it easier than just checking the DBM announcement. I use ClassTimer to show me the duration of all kinds of buffs on the tank that I’m focusing on. Recently I started using Decursive as well, which has dramatically improved my reaction time with cleansing. Not a big fan of macros, though, and I heal through keybinds.
Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why? I focus on spellpower and crit, for bigger heals and better absorbs. Spellpower is the only thing that makes PW:S stronger, so it’s what I’m stacking the most.

As for tagging, I know Pike isn’t sure if she should blog about Resto Druiding, but I’d like to hear her answers. :)

Also, thanks everyone for all the comments, here and on twitter! I love that my last post got some discussion, and I’ve found more blogs to read, thanks to people who shared their links when commenting. Time for a blogroll update. :D

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