Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Patch 6.0.2 - First Impressions

Patch is finally here and as usual everyone has mixed emotions. Trade is bustling with people trying to figure out where things are, others complaining about their missing spells, and most secretly enjoying the excitement that comes with a new patch and expansion.

First thing I noticed logging on was Rhyannon. I could see the difference in the character model right off the bat and she looks great!

After logging on you get a prompt about the new changes and a way to start the quest line for the invasion in Blasted Lands.

After I accepted my quest I was sad to see all the gaps in my bars :(

As a shaman healer though, I have to say it is kinda nice to have space for things other than totems everywhere!

Then I went off to check my bank and check out the Toy Box.

SPACE!!! Space to fill with more junk! It's really nice to have that trade goods tab too.

The new map with quest is nice and simple to use. I wish it wasn't as large, but I'll get used to it.

And you can't hate on the transparency when you are on the move!

Quick tip in case you are going crazy looking for this as I was. To remove the outlines go to your interface> display> and at the bottom you will see options for the outline. I made mine go bye bye.

Then I grabbed Rah and put him on follow and I did the invasion story line.

And got us a title:

And a cute little pet, which can be caged, by the way, for some extra gold when the expansion comes out.

When not bugging out I got a chance to do UBRS, which gives you a little taste of what's to come.

I noticed the healing changes but it was nothing too overwhelming that I couldn't handle. Most of my gear lost it's spirit and yet I have no mana regen problems what-so-ever. I'm currently at 587 spirit, with 2689 mana regen with a 565 ilvl. I went from having 50% mastery to 103% O.o once reforge was removed. MUST GET CRIT/HASTE GEAR ASAP! Other than the slower cast timese due to my loss of haste shaman healing remains much the same as before. I'm scared to go on my other characters though lol because I know they have not been as fortunate as Rhy.

You also get a chance to grab some 550 ilvl blues in UBRS, which can be disenchanted into the new enchanting mats and are selling for a butt load on the AH.

And last, but certainly not least, the new Horde mount! It's AWESOME! And I love the way my shaman looks riding it!

Over all not a bad patch day, but the day isn't over yet. Raid tonight should be fun and interesting and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for no resets during that time.

How has patch day been treating you guys? What do you love/hate? Let me know!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shaman Healing for 6.0.2 and WoD

With 6.0.2 patch coming out tomorrow I decided to take a quick peek at my shaman in the PTR before things go live. Our guild is going to be raiding Mythic 20 mans on and I want to be prepared.

So here are the changes for shaman, in particular to restoration shamans:

New for Restoration:

 Ascendance: The Shaman transforms into a Water Ascendant for 15 sec. While in this form, all healing done is duplicated and distributed evenly among nearby allies.
 Purification: You gain 5% more of the Mastery stat from all sources.

Changes for Restoration:

 Chain Heal: 
Now Restoration only. Now 14.2% of base mana, down from 22.5%. Heals the friendly target for 
162.5% of Spell power), then jumps to heal the most injured nearby targets
. Healing is reduced by 10% after each jump. Heals 4 total targets. - Mana cost lowered and healing has been reduced by 10% instead of 15% per jump. Overall a good thing for chain heal spamming!
 Earth Shield: 
Now 12.6% of base mana, down from 19.0%. Protects the target with an earthen shield, increasing the effectiveness of Shaman healing spells on that target by 20%, and causing attacks to heal the shielded target for 0 (+ 
63%). 9 charges. Lasts 10 min. This effect can only occur once every few seconds. Earth Shield can only be placed on one target at a time, 
and only one of your Elemental Shields can be active on you at once. - Mana cost has been lowered, which is always good. The big change here, and I'm certain all resto shamans are as excited about this as I am, more than one shield can be placed on a target!!! NO MORE SHIELD OVERRIDES!
 Healing Stream Totem: Summons a Water Totem with 5 health at the feet of the caster that heals 
an injured party or raid member within 40 yards for [((Spell power * 
0.2571) * 1)] every 2 sec. Lasts 15 sec. - Mana cost has been reduced and so has the amount it heals for by 50%. Def not happy about that :(
 Healing Wave: 
Now 10.4% of base mana, down from 19.5%. Heals a friendly target for (
412.5% of Spell power). - Mana cost reduced. This is our Greater Healing Wave renamed. We are now forced to use this spell, and if you are like me I always used Healing Wave for single target and I could spam it all day with how mana efficient it is. Now it's either this or Healing Surge. UGH...
 Restorative Waves: 
Your heals increase allies' maximum health by 10% of the amount healed, up to a maximum of 10% of their health.
 Resurgence: Values have changed and this is no longer affected by Greater Healing Wave. 
Your direct heal criticals refund you mana: (812 * 100 / 100) mana from 
Healing Wave, (812 * 0.6 * 100 / 100) mana from Healing Surge, Riptide, or Unleash Life
, and (812 * 0.333 * 100 / 100) mana from 
Chain Heal. - This hasn't been changed other than having the heals they removed taken off the tool tip.
Now 9.0% of base mana, down from 12.0%. Heals a friendly target for 
138% of Spell power) and another 
180% of Spell power) over 18 sec. Your Chain Heal spell is 25% more effective when the primary target is affected by your Riptide. - Mana reduced here as well and the initial heal has been increased by 70% and heal-over-time has been reduced by 20%. I can deal with that, especial when it's glyphed.
 Spiritual Insight: Increases your mana pool by 400%. - Unchanged really since hit will no longer be in the game that part of the tooltip has been removed.
 Spiritwalker's Grace: 
Now Elemental and Restoration only. - Same as always, exept that enhancement shamans can't use it.
 Telluric Currents: Your attunement to natural energies causes your Lightning Bolt spell to 
cost no mana. - This is sexy and about damn time!
 Tidal Waves: When you cast Chain Heal or Riptide, you gain the Tidal Waves effect, which reduces the cast time of your
nextHealing Wave by 
or increases the critical effect chance of your 
next Healing Surge spell by 30%. 2 charges. - Reduced from 30% to 20%.

Changed Talents: Not going over the new level 100 talents yet because there is so much to cover for the current patch.

 Ancestral Guidance: For the next 10 sec, 
20% your direct damage and healing is converted to healing on up to 3 nearby injured party or raid members. - Down from 40% and 60%. I use Rushing Streams here for the most part, so I'm not too concerned about this change.
 Ancestral Swiftness: ncreases haste by 5% and attack speed by 5% at all times. When activated, your next Nature spell with a base casting time less than 10 sec. becomes instant. - Same as before just included attack speed with the new consolidations.
 Conductivity: When
 Your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, Earth Shock and Stormstrike increase the duration of your Healing Rain by 4.00 sec, up to a maximum increase of 30 sec. - Can't use pew pew spells to make this last longer... suckage.
 Echo of the Elements: 
Your spells and abilities have a chance to 
trigger Echo of the Elements. 
Echo of the Elements causes your next short cooldown spell or ability (Lava Burst, Frost Shock, or Earthquake for Elemental; Lava Lash, Stormstrike, or Fire Nova for Enhancement; Riptide, Unleash Life, Purify Spirit for Restoration) to not incur its cooldown. - No longer duplicates your spell, instead it removed a CD. I may try this out, although the haste increase from ancestral swiftness is prob still better. Could work nicely on a fight like Thok with Purify Spirit.
 Elemental Mastery: 
2 min cooldown, up from 1.5 min.
 Elemental Blast: Harness the raw power of the elements, dealing (
145% of Spell power) Elemental damage and increasing your Specialization [Agility (Enhancement only)] Critical Strike, Haste, 
Multistrike or Mastery by 137 for 8 sec. 
Restoration: Also increases your Spirit by 257 for 8 sec. - Hasn't changed, only the tooltip and the addition of a spirit buff for resto shamans.

Unleashed Fury now has three spell IDs, one for each specialization, instead of one lengthy tooltip for all:

 Unleashed Fury, Restoration: Empowers your Unleash Life, increasing the healing from you next single-target heal on that ally by 50%. - Only the tooltip has changed.

New Glyphs: Only one worth mentioning for resto, or any shaman really, is:

 Glyph of Ghostly Speed: Ghost Wolf grants an additional 60% movement speed, but can no longer be used while in combat.This effect is disabled in battlegrounds and arenas and cannot be combined with other temporary speed bonuses. - Yes, please! I'd like to get to Thok fast after a wipe! TYVM lol

Changed Glyphs:

 Glyph of Chaining: Increases the jump distance of your Chain Heal spell by 100%. Now Restoration Only - OH YEAH! 
 Glyph of Cleansing Waters: When you dispel a harmful Magic or Curse effect from an ally, you also heal the target for 4% of your maximum health. - Down from 5%.

 Glyph of Totemic Recall: Causes your Totemic Recall ability to return 25% additional mana when recalling a totem. -
 Down from 100%.
 Glyph of Spiritwalker's Grace: Now Elemental and Restoration Only -
 No change, but only used by resto.
 Glyph of Totemic Vigor: Increases the health of your totems by 2% of your maximum health. - 
Down from 5%.

Class Abilities: Class ability changes.

 Ancestral Spirit: Now costs 4.0% of base mana, down from 84.3%. - 
 About damn time!
 Grace of Air: Empowering winds swirl around the Shaman, granting all nearby party and raid members 141 Mastery and 5% haste. - Added haste!
 Healing Rain: Healing rains blanket the area targeted by the Shaman, restoring [((16.3882% of Spell power) + (16.3882% of Spell power)) * 2.5] health to up to 6 allies in the area over 10 sec. -
 A bit of a nerf to healing rain, but we'll live ;)
 Healing Stream Totem: Now 8.6% of base mana, down from 23.5%.
 Healing Surge: Now 20.7% of base mana, down from 34.3%. Heals a friendly target for 412.5% of Spell power) -
 Slight mana reduction.
 Hex: Now 1.7 sec cast, up from 1.5
 Wind Shear: Disrupts the target's concentration with a burst of wind, interrupting spellcasting and preventing any spell in that school from being cast for 3 sec. - Threat reduction was removed.

This pretty much covers all the changes that apply primarily to restoration shamans for 6.0.2. For the most part, it seems that shaman healing is the same as far as the mechanics are concerned. We'll have to make a few modifications to our healing style due to the lack of smart healing, but since we didn't get any instant heals affected by the new cast times, "yanet "S" keys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" <---- Izzy :D lozlwafflesncheese, it won't be as big of an adjustment as other healers. This ^ is what I have to deal with on a daily basis from my husband lol.

Tomorrow night Izzy and I will be raiding with the guild 20 man Mythic. Izzy may be Twitching it at 11:30 pm server time (Bleeding Hollow) which is 8:30 pm PST. Here is the link for his TwitchTV in case you want to drop by to check it out: http://www.twitch.tv/drdopepeddles

The guild is currently 12/14H, so we should be able to down a few bosses on heroic even with the new changes and the extra people being added to the current group.

I can't wait for all the bag space I will have tomorrow and once again being able to experience the pre-expansion event. Good luck to all of you starting your Mythic raiding tomorrow, feel free to drop by and let me know how it goes!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's Been Too Long...

It's been 5 months since I last posted and it feels like an eternity. We have a lot of catching up to do...

We moved to the Seattle Washington area and we are absolutely loving it out here! It is amazing... the weather, the scenery, the location, we couldn't be happier. And so due to all the planning and the move I've been MIA. But I'm back and ready to get this blog back on track!

We've taken a break from WoW for the past few months, but we're very excited to get back into it when 6.0 comes out as we'll be Mythic Raiding with our guild and I will no longer have to lead a group. YAY! It was fun, but I can live without the drama of it all. So we're looking forward to the new changes in game and 20 man raiding!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Heroic Galakras down for the count...

I'm not sure which fight I've hated more, Garrosh or Heroic Galakras. It's one of those fights were a single thing that goes wrong could easily wipe the raid. Since the raid is split into 2 groups for the portion of the time it's hard to recover if someone dies. Not to mention how it often it wants to teleport a tank or healer off the towers lol.

*Imagine awesome screenshot of raid group and Galakras here*

We ended up 2 healing it and towards the end it definitely got messy, so messy in fact we only had 3 people left alive. Should be easier next week now that we've got a better handle on positioning.

So for this week we're going to be working on Heroic Protectors which sounds a lot easier than Galakras, so hopefully we get them down with less issues.

And of course, I completely forgot to take a screenshot. So I've posted a pink sticky note to my monitor which says

"World of Logs

I'm hoping that will help lol. I did remember to upload the logs though, and here they are for anyone that may want to see our group in action :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Busy, busy, busy...

Real life has been so hectic lately I've had no time to post about my life in WoW. I recently boosted my baby shaman in Aggramar which has been awesome because she went from 483 ilvl to 515 in less than a week. I'm working on her as I type, trying to get her to 531 so I can do Flex 4 with Uprising tonight. She's been very fortunate with gear, so hopefully I can get a few more pieces today.

I've almost given up on my DK entirely, I just can't seem to have any luck acquiring gear for her :(  I'll keep trying, but my focus has shifted entirely to the baby shaman, who I'm having a blast playing!

In real life, Izzy and I have been working hard to get our business up and running. And thus far it's going well, with a little more work on a weekly basis I can stay home with the kids without financial worries! Most of the work we've gotten so far has been by word of mouth, so now I'm working on our Etsy shop and Facebook page and soon our website. They are a work in progress, but you get the picture.

I was recently asked to make a guild banner for Uprising for Warlords of Draenor, but I'll wait for them to put it up on the site before showing that to you all :) I'm very please with how it turned out though and I hope the guild likes it as well.

Anyway, back to grinding LFRs and drawing up designs while I wait for queues to pop!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Liebster Awards

Early yesterday morning I got a notification from Neri of Mama Needs Mana about nominating me for a Liebster Award! After spending some time doing a little bit of research I learned that the Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers by other up and coming bloggers. This is simply a way of getting to know each other and networking!
It's an honor to be nominated and it feels great to know that people are actually reading my blog :D  And now to answer Neri's questions:
1. What inspired you to start blogging? I used to keep a journal as a kid, and I decided to pick it up again but this time a digital one, so I started a blog, but I found that I wasn't keeping up with it as much as I would like. So after giving it some though I came to the conclusion that I should start by writing about something I love and am totally addicted to: World of Warcraft. I've been able to keep up with it and once in a while I do write about personal things which gives me a place to vent as well.
2. If you won a free ticket to Blizzcon, what panels would you be most excited about seeing?  I would have to say the announcement for an upcoming WoW expansion would be the most thrilling for me. It's always a lot of fun to see what they're coming up with next and what we have to look forward to in the game.

3. How do you balance time in-game with your 'RL' commitments? Very carefully! I could spend all day playing this game, so I make sure to get all my chores out of the way before I sit down to play. I make it a reward for my hard work and as an incentive for doing things I would rather not do. It keeps my house clean and my children fed :P
4. If World of Wardcraft shut down it's servers tomrorow (or you aren't currently playing), what would you be playing instead? I would probably be on the xbox or PS playing games like Borderlands or Tomb Raider.

5. Are there any bloggers out there who you aspire to be like? What is it about them that you love? One particular blogger comes to mind, Zeirah of A if for Azeroth and Z is for Zeirah. She's a very consistent blogger even if she has little to say she still posts something, but what I admire most is that she remembers to take screenshots! Most of the time I end up doing something fun or cool in-game that I would like to share on my blog, but feel horrible that I didn't capture the moment.

6. Are you brave enough to show us your gaming set up? Most definitely!

From left to right, you can tell a lot about me by the things on my desk: my sketchbook and art portfolio, prismacolor markets, 2TB hard drive, some iTunes gift cards, my cute zombie phone horder, prismacolor colorpencil set, current books I'm reading (Game of Thrones and Anne Rice's The Witching Hour), my PS Vita, my red planner which attempts to keep my crazy life in order and my daughters Nook which (I have totally jacked cause she never uses it) I use to lay in bed at night and go through Pinterest. And last but not least my new comp which I didn't get a picture of but you can see the stats here if you're so inclined to.

7. At what age would you let your children start playing video games? Well my 3 year old plays on his Leap Pad which he loves, however, a game like WoW I would wait until he's much older, preferably his teens. It also just depends on the game and the child's maturity level. Console games are much easier to deal with than games like MMOs where I have less control over how they are treated by other people.

8. You have a weekend of interruption free gaming ahead of you. What essential supplies do you stock up on to get you through it? CRUSH! I must have my Crush soda and prob some Combos or Tostito Chips and salsa.

9. If you had to pick any job in the gaming industry, what would it be? I would love to work designing gear. I've been on a huge transmog kick lately, trying to find something in mail that I would like for my shamans to wear but nothing seems to please me.

10. Have you ever done any gaming cosplay? I'm actually a very shy and introverted person so cosplay is definitely something I would leave for others with more nerve.

11. What is the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen done in an MMO or multy-player game? Well, Izzy, my husband, used to keep a knife that his sister got him on one of her trips to Europe on his desk. One night while raiding he dropped the knife and it accidentally fell on his foot mid boss fight and he left it there until the fight was over. He then removed it, cleaned himself up and continued raiding >.< He has a 1 inch scar on the top of his foot where the knife pierced him. That's what I call hardcore raiding lol. I would have ditched the group to go lick my wounds.

Now for my nominations!

I would have added a few more, but Neri nominated a lot of blogs that I read and admire as well :) Hopefully some of you reading my blog will go visit the above mentioned, they're some pretty cool people.

Here are my questions to you:

1. What made you decide to start blogging?
2. What advice do you have for those wanting to start a WoW/gaming blog?
3. What's the biggest noob mistake you recall making when you first started playing WoW?
4. Besides WoW, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?
5. What's your biggest pet peeve in and out of game?
6. How many years have you been playing MMOs and have you ever quit and why?
7. If you could meet any fictional game character who would it be and why?
8. How do you go about picking your character's names?
9. Of all your characters, who's your favorite and why?
10. If you could pick one thing for Blizzard to bring back to the game, what would it be and why?
11. What's the one thing you wish Blizzard would implement in the game that isn't available yet and why?

Hope you guys have fun with this, and I look forward to seeing your answers!