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We’re trying hardmodes and achievements in Ulduar now with some regularity.  Some are pretty easy.  Some are actually freakin’ hard.  After an unfortunate Crazy Cat Lady attempt, one of our DPS’s computers shut down on her, so while we waited for her to reboot, we held a pilgrim-costume dance party.  My pally took one look at my screen and remarked:

“So this is how Goodwife Taz earned her Scarlet A.”

So true, my Goodpaladin.

Goodwife Taz gets down and dirty.

Throw in a pink elephant and you have every pilgrim's feverish dream-sequence...

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Push It!

Abandon hope all ye who push here...

This is a little recommendation for the WoW players out there who, like myself, have just done the following: spent three weeks on vacation, followed by playing only twice in order to raid, followed by playing nothing for a week due to no internet due to moving to a different state. Also, add in the moving company bringing all of your furniture the same day the cable company arrived (second time for the cable company since they messed up the order!), and a nice and overzealous moving van driver running over a “Do Not Enter” sign as he attempted to exit the complex by driving the wrong way down a one-way avenue.  Throw on some extra added “moved-whole-life” exhaustion, and then you have me last night.

So if you were/are/will be like me, you do not want to do the following: go into a saved Ulduar instance, teleport to The Spark of Imagination, buff up, and PRESS THE BIG RED BUTTON.  (more…)

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Healing Meter Whispers

Psst!  You don't suck!

Psst! You don't suck!

“Your healing numbers are amazing!”

The whisper came from the holy priest in our 25-man who is normally burning up the charts.  To be honest, with the craziness of my pally and I playing reliably only two days a week and having rushed around like a night elf on speed just an hour earlier when I realized the raid was in fifteen minutes, and I needed fish feasts and flasks and…everything, I hadn’t even paid any attention to the healing meters at all.

I was just stopping to breath deeply and settle into healing Trial of the Crusader when the whisper arrived, pink and shiny, in my chat window.

At first, I was really flattered.

“Thanks,” I replied.  I combine a healthy diet of Rejuvenation and Wild Growth with the occasional helpful Swiftmend, just to keep me regular.  Thanks for noticing.

And, after we were done killing the boss we were working on, I checked Recount.  And there I was, topping the charts!  By a lot!  Hooray!

But after the mental huzzahs and self-congratulations came the self-doubt.

Rejuvenation and Wild Growth and I’m topping the charts?  Have I become a healing spam-bot??  Yes.

Am I actually a good healer if I’m a healing spam-bot?  My internal Taz shrugged.  Err…maybe?

I’ve read over and over how healing meters aren’t the be-all, end-all.  They’re deceptive, they don’t show the whole picture, you should mainly use them as a measuring stick against yourself – 3000 hps last week, 4000 hps this week, good job, you!

So what is Taz’s be-all, end-all, then?  How do I know if I’m doing a good job? (more…)

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Turns out Old Gods keep their cathedrals <i>inside</i>...

Turns out Old Gods keep their cathedrals inside...

Last night, my 10-man raid finally got to see Yogg-Saron.  In preparation, I read up on the encounter, but I found myself a bit overwhelmed by all the info out there.  And while I managed to retain the salient points, I think everyone will agree that the best way to learn Yogg-Saron is by doing the fight.

There are three phases to the fight, and each one has its own difficulties, so our Main Tank decided to explain each one as we got to it.  (In other words, first we’d master Phase One, then die on Phase Two, and then get Phase Two explained, etc, etc.) (more…)

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When overhealing gets too zealous...

When overhealing gets too zealous...

I have an overhealing problem, I freely admit it.  While I am often in the top three for hps and overall healing in Recount, I have also become somewhat of a superstar (in the bad way) on the overhealing charts.  This wasn’t always the case.  When I first started raiding I was dead center of both charts in our 25-man raid, and second (out of two) in both charts for our 10-man raid.  As I began refining my healing technique, reading more and more about resto-druiding overall, and getting gear better suited to the task at hand, I found myself steadily improving my hps output.  Hooray!

On the downside, I was also steadily increasing my overheals.  Boo! (more…)

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    Greatfather Winter in happier days, seen here clutching a terrifying doll and various other goodies for Azeroth's residents

Greatfather Winter in happier days, seen here clutching a terrifying doll and various other goodies for Azeroth's residents

Once upon a time, Greatfather Winter was a jolly old man who brought toys and joy to creatures all over Azeroth.  Then something bad happened…we’re not completely sure what.  Maybe he got jaded, because no one ever gave him toys back.  Or maybe his brother betrayed him and was involved in a plot to mind-control him into helping out an evil Old God.  Who knows?  Either way, lately Greatfather Winter’s been letting himself go, hanging out in Ulduar, and looking a lot more like this:

A picture of Greatfather Winter in his current state (where he calls himself Hodir) - note the crazy eyes, giant mace, lack of jolly

A picture of Greatfather Winter in his current state (he calls himself Hodir now) - note the crazy eyes, warrior hairstyle and armor, giant mace, general lack of jolly

Tazha decided to join several groups this past week who were on the diplomatic missions of trying to get to Greatfather Winter and end his misery/talk some sense into him.  (more…)

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To Do List

So your first ever Ulduar raid starts in 30 minutes, and you haven’t read up on the fights?  After a gentle scolding for not being better prepared, I’m here to help with a quick guide to the first four bosses in Ulduar.  This is a very resto-druid-specific guide, so I won’t be explaining how the raid leader should set up the fights, etc, but just what you, as their friendly local tree, needs to do to hold up your end of the let’s-all-go-raid-and-I’ll-help-heal! bargain.

(Scolding commencing…) Bad tree!  Be better prepared next time! (…Scolding complete.)

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