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Some Thoughts Before Grouping

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2009 by emptyay

Okay, so, I’ve been 80 for a bit, and I haven’t grouped yet, haha!

What have I been doing? Well, I handed out some enchants to my guildies, and I grabbed a stack of Armor Vellum III in case i don’t have any takers when I have mats.

I really suggest that enchanters carry at least a few vellums at all times. There have been a couple days that I’ve been short on room in the middle of some quests, and throwing some enchants on vellums dried up my excess mats and freed up some much-needed bag space. When I got to town, I just tossed them in the Gbank or asked if anyone wanted them in the mail. Anyway, managed to get to 425 and craft my new Enchanting rod (thanks random guy that switched toons and came to org to make me a Titanium Bar…if I’d been more thoughtful I’d have written your name down and given you more credit <3)

I also got a rather pleasant surprise in my tailoring. I threw out a normal plug in my guild chat, just like, “Hey, if anyone needs any [Tailoring], let me know,” and the response was amazing!

I crafted 5 or 6 Frostweave Bags, and an entire frost resist set for one of my officers, and somewhere in there I managed to make this little beauty.

Oh Yes, Magnificent Flying Carpet!

Oh Yes, Magnificent Flying Carpet!

Hurray! Also, I’m actually far enough along to make my own equips! I decided to go with the Frostsavage equips, which give up any spirit for big chunks of stamina, as well as spellpower and crit. My crit jumped from somewhere in the low 7.x% up to 11.4%, which is very nice indeed.

I flew around and figured out where I had to go to make the different cloths, and I discovered that four-day cooldowns are horribly depressing.

As for my spec, I thought I had a decent build, but after looking and Vonya’s spec (thank you, as usual), I realized that I didn’t spec into Inspiration in the holy tree, so the next time I log on I’ll be heading to my trainer to respec once again.

On a side note, someone (the blog escapes me, when I find it again I’ll link it, lol) mentioned that he tends to go to the same trainer every time, and I had to admit that I have my favorite trainer in Org that I go to, mostly because he’s right next to me when I pop through a portal. But, yes, I always go to him. Every time. Sad, but true.

Anyway, I just got home from my vacation (three weeks of very, very little logged in time), and I’m getting back in the swing of regular life, work, and whatnot, so hopefully by the end of this week I can get into some Heroics and start playing around with this Disc healing nonsense.

Oh yeah, and….we converted Vonya! Hahah! Disc ftw!

_Misa

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The Hybrid, The Lich, and The Wardrobe (Part 1)

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2008 by emptyay

Hello again!

Not that I think anyone read my first post, but it seems like a good greeting that’s pretty friendly in general.

I decided that this week I’ll do three posts, in order, about my spec (the hybrid), my time in the xpac so far (the lich), and my view on the upgrades contained therein (yep, the wardrobe.)

The Hybrid

Right now I’m specced for leveling. I’m sitting on 34/27/3 at level 73 and loving every minute of it. The 3 Shadow points of course go into Spirit Tap, and btw ty Blizz for giving us Imp. Spirit Tap. It’s nice to have when I’m Shadow, and it saves me 2 points when I’m not. Good call.

My Holy points are focused around getting both Spiritual Guidance and Surge of Light. That 25% of my Spirit translating to spellpower gives me a nice little confidence boost. Fortunately, with the general mood being that Int is replacing Spirit on my most-wanted list, I’m not that worried about losing that 25% when I hit 80 and respec to mostly Disc.  Surge of Light is great because no one ever turns down free, insta-cast Smites. Even with mana regeneration not being a problem, free damage makes things go faster. It’s also a great way to top myself off without having to charge a heal.But most of the time I’ll PoM/Renew and use the free Smite.

It doesn’t hurt that to get to those talents I have to go through Divine Fury and Searing Light. Half a second less to cast a spell that does 10% more damage = happy Misa. I was actually debating Desperate Prayer for now…if someone has it, let me know how it is. My next respec I might take it just to check it out. I skipped Spirit of Redemption because 99.8% of the time I’m soloing. I only hit the instances to complete the quests contained therein.

And so we come to my favorite topic here today…Discipline! I opted for the two points in Imp. Fort because Martyrdom sucks (IMHO) and I don’t need the threat reduction from Silent Resolve since I’m always alone. 80% of my normal threat still beats the 0% from the party members I don’t have.

Besides, if I run an instance, I just bring a DK. I don’t have to worry about out-threating the tank when the DK has twice his threat anyway. “I has Death Grip I is ur tank.” Yes, yes. *nods and stops healing the DK*

Imp PW:Shield is a given, 15% less damage from the large things trying to kill me. Of course, nobody goes Disc and doesn’t take Meditation. Inner Focus is another nice little free spell every 3 minutes…which goes by quite fast if you don’t pay attention to it.

I actually got Imp. Mana Burn so I’d have a reason to add the spell to my rotation. I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rotation rut and wanted to introduce a new spell and see how hard it would be to actively use it in my rotation. It’s hard. Sometimes I find myself ignoring it completely for hours at a time. I suppose it doesn’t really matter, since the spell itself does nothing to up my DPS output (in fact, it probably subtracts from it) but I’m partially encouraged by the fact that I’ve actually started using a much different healing rotation than I did as holy. Throwing PoM’s and Renews up and shielding when Weakend Soul is down keeps tanks alive through most instance encounters, with the occasional Greater Heal thrown in for good measure. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Penance, and I look forward to 80 when I get to play with it myself.

Where was I? Ah yes, Divine Spirit. Buffs, buffs and more buffs, that’s what I say. I took Imp. DS too, once again because I solo and I like spellpower. I’ve been losing it left and right as I move into WotLK gear, and I want some back! Mental Strength is another must. 15% more Int is appealing as we move into the Int-over-Spirit days of WoW. Enlightenment…10% stat boost and 5% haste is much better than taking Focused Power and…what would you even take? Absolution I guess, or something I’ve already decided not to take.

Ah, the 30-point talents. I took Power Infusion, as usual. I’m not sure if I’ll even touch the rest of this tier. Focused Will doesn’t appeal to me at all. If I’m alone in a position where I need added healing, I’m probably somewhere I shouldn’t be. I’ll probably funnel those other 4 points into Mental Agility. After that I plan on throwing two points into Aspiration, and then when I hit 80 I’ll respec anyways, so all of this will mean nothing.

I’ve had a few priests in my guild ask about my spec, and finally convinced one to try it out. He’d been leveling Shadow and telling me how much better it was, and after a few days of arguing he agreed to try my spec out. The next day, I get a tell.

“That spec is great for leveling.”

Yes, I know. 😛

_Misa

Welcome to My World

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2008 by emptyay
Meet Misa.

Meet Misa.

So…here we go. My first foray into the world of blogging.

My background for my header thing looks decent. Right? I think so…

It was a fun little experiment with Photoshop…I’m actually learning how to do things with it now.

My name is Misamane, and I am a 73 undead female priest on Blackwing Lair. I’ve been Holy. I’ve been Shadow. I’ve been Holy/Shadow (don’t ask…it was bad.)  But, now I’m Disc, and it’s here that I’ve found my happiness.

I can pewpew, not with the facemelting purple beams and various Embraces and Touches of Shadow (really…someone should keep an eye on the PDA in that tree), but I do my best with lolsmites and Holy Fire, one of the spells that I tend to shout the name of as it hits the mob. You can imagine the startled, confused looks on the faces of everyone in my general viscinity when I yell, “HOLY FIRE!” at random intervals.

I can also heal. Bleh. Boring. I shiver every time my WIM pops up and I see those five words I dread. “Hi, are you a healer?” I can’t refuse. I tell them I’d rather DPS, but I’ll heal if necessary. They say ok, and laugh as they wait the appropriate amount of time to tell me they found all their DPS and need me to heal. Argh. But…I can’t deny…I’m good at it. I don’t have Pennance. I don’t have Divine Aegis. But I can keep that tank alive even when he pulls three sets of mobs on his head and calls a wipe. No wipes here, ladies and gentlemen.

This is mostly my story. But…it isn’t just my story. Other characters making appearances from time to time will be:

Risenagain – 60 orc male Death Knight

Misakune – 35 blood elf female rogue

Dotdotdot – 24 blood elf male warlock

Anyone else will be labeled a guest, as it conveys a sense of that person being “special” and will undoubtedly earn me points with said person.

As of now, I’m going to try to make Mondays the official posting day. It remains to be seen if that will actually hold up against heavy scrutiny (okay, the slightest of glances may topple it) but I will make an effort and adjust as necessary.

That being said, the push to 80 is upon me, and I am as excited as I have ever been about WoW. The dynamics of the new continent, new skills, and my awesome new spec (more on that later) combine in a way that is so utterly enthralling, I find it hard to concentrate on anything else. If monday happens to be one of the few days I can hop on and quest, you can be sure that the blog shall recieve the proverbial boot that day.

But, for the most part, I shall attempt to post on time. This will happen even if I’m the only one reading the blog, as I will email all my friends and force them to at least visit the page every day so I can bask in a false sense of importance. If I can manage to get actual traffic from people I don’t know and haven’t coerced into coming, all the better.

Last thing – I invite you to offer your opinion at any time. Please! If you don’t like my spec, tell me. If you tell me, tell me why. After you tell me why, give me yours and explain why it’s better. If I hated a quest chain you loved, tell me! Paint me a vivid picture of the affection you harbor for collecting mammoth pelts and rubbing them in diseased dirt to make a magical cape that turns the world a fuzzy shade of blue when you wear it. By all means, disagree with me!

Anyway, this is my story. I hope you come along for the ride.

_Misa