24 August, 2009

General Vezax Hardmode for Resto Druids

We’ve all heard it, Druids are OP healers, etc etc. But maybe we are just um.. Smart?

General V is great for druids. We may not have the huge mana pools that our fellow healers have (I’m look at you duspaly, with your 30k unbuffed mana pool) but we have a variety of powerful heals, in the forms of HOT’s, that just keep on ticking away long after we casted away the precious mana. But there are few other sneaky tricks we can do too. The next time you try General hardmode try this out:

LB in the black - And sabotage your heals? Not really. Cast 2 stacks of Lifebloom on the tank IN the shadow crash. This reduces the mana cost by 50% and will reduce the heals by 75%, But now, step outside the black and cast your 3rd LB. suddenly the stacks are ticking for their normal amount, not reduced, your bloom will kick back for the full amount and you will still get mana return from it. I have noticed it’s not 50% mana return though, more like 25, which I guess is understandable otherwise us druids would just be gaining mana instead of losing it.

Idol of Awakening – Reduces mana cost of your Rejuvenation spell by 104. Self explanatory.

Dark runes – Restores 900 to 1500 mana at the cost of 600 to 1000 life. An item any mana user can enjoy, with a CD of 15 mins, enough for 1 per try, It’s a nice bit of additional mana. You can pick these up off random mobs in Scholomance.

Fel Mana Potions - Restores 3200 mana over 24 sec, but at a cost. Also reduces spell damage by 25 and healing done by 50 for 15 min. Unfortunately the recipe is a drop off mobs in Shadowmoon Valley so if you are not up for farming for it, check your AH.

Flask of Distilled Wisdom – Increases your Intellect by 64 for 1 hour. If your mana pool is low this might serve better then your frost wyrm.

Spark of Hope – Will reduce the base mana cost of all your spells, by 42. Self explanatory.

To your pally and priest friends – Get them to shield in the shadow crashes. Since it’s damage absorption, not healing, the effect won’t be reduced, only the mana cost :D

General tips: Always keep Rejuvenation up on the tank, and use lifeblooms to top off raid members who got hit by shadow crash or suffered Life leech damage. Use regrowth at times where the tank health dips low, and take a nice wad of bandages with you, to use on the raid or your tank, if you predict you’re gonna idle for abit. You are gonna burn your mana fast when the Animus spawns so try and stay above 80% mana for when he does.

Please note: While Omen of Clarity used to proc during this fight, making meleeing him favorable for the odd free heal, since patch 3.2 It will no longer proc during the General Vezax encounter.


Spex <3

23 August, 2009

When is a good time to start hardmodes?

Every raid guild has this important decision to make. When they are going to start doing hard modes in Ulduar, which ones will they attempt, and even, if they will bother with hard modes at all.

For some guilds, it’s organized dates and goals. 3 Full clears and it’s time for hard modes. Other guilds are jumping into hard modes when they have not meet Yogg Saron yet, or even General Vezax.

If you are attempting hard modes I would suggest you plan it. Tell your raid that you will be doing XT hard mode and give a time frame also, for example, 1 hour. If you cannot do it in that time, perhaps it’s time to move on and kill him normally, before you break moral and make your raiders dread coming back tomorrow.

Some fights are a DPS race, for example Hodir down in 3 minutes. Do some calculations and work out how much DPS you need as a whole, and individually, to get through these encounters. You know you are ready for hard mode when your DPS are reaching their goal for that fight.

Others require individual skill and good teamwork abilities, to get you through. Flame lev requires good timing/sync with demo drivers, passengers, and choppers, as well as everyone being able to stay out of the dumb, kite the boss correctly and the whole “I need more PYRITE!” too. Try these ones out when every one of your raiders has had experience in this fight, and communicate often during it.

Yogg Saron, Freya and Flame Lev are a great introduction to Hard Modes, as they will allow you to ease into it slowly. Try FL with 1 tower and if you rocked at it, try it next time with 2 or 3.

There is no book that tells you when you are ready for hard mode, and some can be frustrating to work on. You will wipe often and your repair bills will be large. But it’s a fantastic way to jazz up Ulduar, now that its’ starting to become a local “Farming” place, and the loot is nothing to be snubbed at.

So which to start with? Personally I found Flame Lev to be the best one to shoot for first, followed by XT.

I wish you all the best! Goodluck!

Spex <3

19 August, 2009

T9 getting confusing!

Pretend that there was a idol that gave you a flat 234 sp, now pretend that I have it. Jealous?

This idol is Crazy. Just keeping 2 rej’s up (1 on each tank?) and this idol will proc constantly having no cool down, giving you 100% uptime on a 234 sp buff. And this idol affects all our healing spells, not just the one, like our previous favorites. I would highly suggest this be your first Triumph badge purchase!

For the boomkins, you get to drool over a near-constant +200 crit rating proccing from moonfire damage, which has come just in time for us using both eclipses in our rotations!

And now coming back to the T9. It’s abit confusing with all these new gears coming out so for those that have taken a break and missed the first train, here is where you can find all this gear!

Tier 9, also known as 9.1 or 9.25 gear. ilvl 232

Malfurion's Headpiece of Conquest

Malfurion's Robe of Conquest

Malfurion's Leggings of Conquest

Malfurion's Spaulders of Conquest

Malfurion's Handguards of Conquest

This set can be bought from the Triumph Armor vendor in the Argent tournament grounds, using Triumph Badges. The full set of 5 will cost you 210 badges. These badges are rewards from the Heroic Dailies and also drop in the new instance, Trial of the crusader, in 10, 25, normal and heroic versions.

Tier 9.2, also known as 9.5. ilvl 245

Malfurion's Handguards of Triumph

Malfurion's Headpiece of Triumph

Malfurion's Leggings of Triumph

Malfurion's Robe of Triumph

Malfurion's Spaulders of Triumph

Next set up, this set can be bought, again at the Argent grounds, and each piece will cost a certain number of Triumph badges PLUS 1 Trophy of the Crusade. So the full set will cost you 5 trophies and 315 badges. The trophy is obtained in 25 normal mode ToC, as well as the 10 man heroic version.

Tier 9.3, also known as 9.75, ilvl 258

Malfurion's Spaulders of Triumph

Malfurion's Robe of Triumph

Malfurion's Leggings of Triumph

Malfurion's Headpiece of Triumph

Malfurion's Handguards of Triumph

Last and most powerful set, found at the argent grounds these are obtained using armor tokens, just like your T7 and T8 were obtained. None of these tokens can be bought using badges though and these only drop in the 25 man heroic version of ToC.

Hope I didn't confuse you that much :)

Spex <3

18 August, 2009

I have a Crush on my Idols

Seriously, It’s a issue. Ask me how many idols I have in my backpack and I’l dodge that question as much as I can before admitting I have 8, 4 of those is for HEALING ALONE. And this, to me, is not strange. So imagine how distraught I was 3 days ago when this happened:

Tree1 Receives loot [Idol of the Flourishing Life]

Tree1: Yay now I can throw out my old idol ::throws on ground::

Me: Why’d you do that?

Tree1: Cause this ones better

Me: yeah but… in what situations?

Tree1: Duh, this has higher ilvl

Me: But what if..-

Tree1: OH Cool now my average ilvl is 216

Me: /facepalm

Now, I have what you would call a crush on my idols. I cannot throw them out.

[Idol of the Flourishing Life] is fantastic for tank healing. Hell, I will even put on my T7.5 set for tank healing.

[Idol of Awakening] is fantastic for General V when you need to save as much mana as you can.

[Idol of Lush Moss] is great when raid healing, stuff like XT and Mimiron.

My new idol [Idol of Lush Moss] seems to have taken the front place though and will probably replace afew of them, giving me a constant +sp to all my heals.

Did the tree even check to see the difference between the idols? Is ilvl really everything? I didn’t really ask many questions after that as I was still abit upset over the harsh treatment of his beautiful [Idol of Awakening] that no longer existed. /sniff

Anyway, do you guys keep your idols? Ever pump out an oldschool one? Should I have scolded this tree more?

Spex <3