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What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?
Mikata, Resto Druid

What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
10 Mans I like, 25 man I love

What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?
Some druids disagree, but nourish. Lawl T7 and T9 Set bonuses, plus talent buff, plus glyph buff makes it like… “lololol why shouldn’t I use it?”

What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?
Regrowth… is like… I use that less than healing touch… and I only use that when I pop “OhShitNature’sSwiftness”.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?
HoTs = Win… disagree? GTFO

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?
Biggest weakness is the fact we don’t have a lot of GOOD direct heals other than nourish and regrowth. Our power is in the HoTs.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?
ZomgRaidHeals is best because we druids love to throw around rejuv and wild growth like it’s going out of style… and it works.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?
Depending on the situation. In 10 mans, Holy Pallys to cover the MT and OT while I sprinkle HoTs on the raid, 25 mans… SHAMAN TOTEMS IS LOVE.

What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?
Well…. Holy priests… because…. I R Teh Raid Healz KThxBai.

What is your worst habit as a healer?
Staring at recount…. <.< … because I have to outheal that Holy priest over there… and that Holy Pally…. *Cough*Oasic*Cough*Aloness*cough* YES I KNOW IT’S USELESS AND INACCURATE FOR HEALERS…. >.> I makes me feel good about myself.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?
When people yell, not say, but yell…. REPEATEDLY in vent when they have a debuff needing heals or just took damage. It tems me to absentmindedly forget them and let them die. <.<

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?
Yup… Everyone loves a tree.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?
I just adapt. If there’s a specific situation where I need to focus more on single target healing or raid healing, then I can adjust to what’s needed.

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?
Um…. The fact that trees can be just as good of a tank healer as a raid healer. People see trees, they automatically assume LAWLRAIDHEALS when we can tank heal just as fine given the right spec, gear, and glyphs.

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?
Learn your cooldowns, love your cooldowns. Everytime a cooldown it up… use it. They’re not long, and great for oh shit moments. Other than that… don’t be shy about HoT sprinkling.

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)?
Druids naturally are really really high on healing, and really really high on overhealing. This is normal. Druid HoTs count as overhealing… so it’s normal. Don’t get freaked out about it.

Haste or Crit and why?
Haste Whore all the way. HoTs can’t crit. The only druid critable abilities are nourish, regrowth, and the final bloom of a lifebloom (Unless you have the T9 4 piece set bonus for rejuv) Ideally, you want a lot of haste to get your GCD as low as possible for HoTs, and be able to snipe off really fast nourish casts.

What healing class do you feel you understand least?
LolPriestsWhat??

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?
X-perl… Grid is evil… pure evil…. end of story.

Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?
I like to stick with Haste, Spellpower, and Spirit(I dabble a bit in MP5), and I like to keep a decent balance. I use mostly hybrid gems, and I pay attention to what stats I stack on gear.

Stay tuned for Mika’s Custume Party. I took Halloween to the next step in WoW… it’ll be fun!

Once again, I must extend my deepest, and most sincerest apologies to you all. Recently, at work, they’ve cracked down and completely blocked all external internet sites, and on top of that, run regular scheduled centerwide scans for any open browser that bypasses the firewall. Seeing as work was my primary place of blogging adventures because typically when I get home, I’m swamped with like… everything… I haven’t had much time, if any, to post anything remotely interesting.

In my folder, I’ve got tons of screenshots, quotes, Socializing 101 ideas, and all around qwirky randomness everyone I know loves and enjoys. I promise I’ll be able to pick it up once again when the insanity in my life starts to die down. But till then, here’s a summary of what you’ve missed.

Mika’s Top 10 This Week:

1. Amber is still a noob.
2. The guild downed Mimiron, Vezax, and got Yogg into phase 2 before we started having problems.
3. I’ve rolled 3 new toons. 2 on the Earthen Ring server, look for Reikyva (58- Nelf DK) or Ryni (5-Nelf Rogue) if your interested for some fun RP, or Sylvyya (5-Belf Rogue) on Cenarion Circle ^_~
4. ReƬ on Azgalor has been racking achievements left and right and occationally topping charts.
5. My RP blog still isn’t quite finished yet, still putting the final touches on that one too.
6. Thanks to Tharion Greyseer he’s helping me get some reference points to get a possible career in writing off the ground, so I’m looking into that.
7. I’m getting ready for the big move, leaving on October 1st (Yay!)
8. Guild Drama has escalated through the roof because of a particular Hunter who is the single most egotistical, self-centered, rude, arrogant, piece of sixteen year old shit I’ve ever met.
9. Mika finally did ToC 10 man with a pug who one shot everything but faction champtions. (We had no mages, no locks, no hunters… virtually no CC. BURN THE DPS!!)
10. Did I mention Amber is still a noob?

There it is, folks… Mika’s Top 10 You Missed this week.

Disclaimer: I’ll be going into further details in the near future regarding some points… Amber’s failsauce… self-explainitory.

Once again, thank you thank you soooo much for being patient with me, and I’m soooo sorry for slacking. Point and laugh… I’m a scrub, lol.

After 3.2, I decided to take a new approch to my healing method.

Blizz has been throwing out some very subtle, but numerous hints to resto druids regarding the OP nourish ability they desperately want druids to use. With the T7 4 piece set bonus, plus the glyph, plus the lifebloom nerf, plus the new conquest idol, plus the new nourish buff talent, I’ve come to the conclusion there’s a reason Blizz has been pushing nourish so hard.

So I decided to give it a shot and respec’d my resto tree to include Empowered Touch, removed my Glyph of Rejuv to put in the Glyph of nourish, and got the new idol. After setting everything up, I played around in a few five mans and in a Naxx 10 with the new improvement, and I have to say…

OMFG!!!

With all HoTs possible on the tank (because with two holy priests swapping between shadow and holy with one another, I was primary tank healer), a nourish was critting between 11-12k.

I can now see why Blizz was pushing this ability so hard.

Granted even though now I’ve switched out of my T7 and have 4 pieces of T8, with the crits that high, it’s amazing. (Even though it’s speculated that the T7 4 piece set bonus didn’t stack with the glyph to begin with.)

Because of the success I’ve had with this new ability, instead of stacking crit and haste, I’ve decided to solely stack as much haste and MP5 as possible to snipe off as fast a heal when needed. (My nourish is currently as a 1.15 cast unbuffed so I need a bit more haste.) I’m excited to go back into Ulduar with this new found knowledge and see where it takes me compared to the other healers.

I would like to give thanks to Blizzard, for giving me more reason to hate heroics right before my shaman hit 80. Thank you so much for turning all emblem rewards from heroics to conquest badges, SO THAT EVERY FUCKING 80 ON THE SERVER WILL RUN HEROICS ALL AT THE SAME FUCKING TIME!!!!!

Hey Blizz….. L2GetMoreInstanceServers…. kthxbai.

Yesterday on my lovely day off, I spent all day long running heroic after heroic after heroic… Hell… I even DREAMED about running heroics. Even so on top of that, we decided to run Naxx 10 for some easy badges. Took us about 3 1/2 hours for a full clear, and even now tonight, there’s plans in the works for a Naxx 25 to be thrown together with another guild. The only upside is that when I finally finish getting all this gear of mine, I plan on holding off on heroics for a little while before starting the grind all over again.

On to good news, yesterday I finally finished getting together my tanking set for my polar bear. I caught some backlash because I refused to tank without having EVERY little detail perfect, but I had my reasons. Instead of going with a full mitigation or avoidence set, I took a different route that I don’t see too common. I wanted some avoidence stats as well as some mitigation stats. Reason being is that while mitigation tanking is hard to perfect for bears because of STAM and armor nerfs from patch 3.1, avoidence is a percentile tanking method, and RNG can sometimes work against you and you can easily get 2 shotted by a boss with no mitigation.

My current stats for my bear currently hover around a Naxx 25 standard for tanking. I have roughly 30k armor and 36k health 25 man raid buffed, but I’m also sitting pretty at a 40% dodge rating. After running a few heroics last night, I was getting feed back from my healer saying that most of the time, I wasn’t taking big hit all at once, but little hits over time and a renew could keep me topped off. That’s what I was hoping for, ease to heal by healers. I know how it is to keep certain types of tanks up, and I much prefer tanks who can dodge, but also soften those hits.

To boost that mitigation, The Black Heart out of reg ToC gives me a boost of stam, but the pro gives me 7056 armor, boosting my armor close to 40k for a short time. For any bear tanks, that trinket is IDEAL to have. I’m still currently using the dodge trinket from the heroic vendor because the massive amount of dodge on that trinket is amazing.

And now, for the screenshot of the week.

In Naxx 10, I managed 2 feats of strength that I didn’t even realize I was capable of. One of them, I totally forgot to screenshot. On KT, we decided to try for the 10 man Abom achievement in KT chambers. Unfortunately, the holy priest I was healing with, got shotted by skellies because DPS weren’t paying attention. (What’s new?) And at the time, my brez was still on CD for 9 minutes, so I got the lucky task of solo healing KT…. for a short while. When KT for to about 20%, I got iceblocked, and while I was kept alive, I was quickly frostbolted and was shot. Luckily, the prot pally and the shadow priest could heal the tank just enough for that last 20%.

A little earlier in the run, on Instructer Razuvious, we were having a hard time with one of the DPS controlling the adds, when to taunt, boneshield, etc… so we ended up losing one of our add and were promtly instructed to “HEAL THE SHIT OUT OF THE OTHER ADD!!” by the raid leader. Okay… no problem. In the end, we did manage to keep the add healed through the last 80% of Raz’s health, and I looked at meters and LOL’d.

5k Heals

I didn’t even realize 5k HPS was possible. I proudly pumped my chest and giggled to myself, and then was told to shut up and follow the tank for pulls.

So much for my moment of glory. /le sigh

Yesterday was…. well let’s just say it wasn’t the best of days for me. I realized that I’m going to need more money than expected for my tanking spec, I need to make time to run Naxx 25 as an OT, I also foundout that, after reading the patch, I’ve grown into the mindstate of less of a HoT druid and more of a nourish druid…. without changing my spec and taking the improved nourish talent.

FAIL!!!!!

So I’m in Ulduar 25 last night, and we found out first hand, after multiple warnings from the blog browsers on the guild, that XT was borked, and failed miserably.

….. yeah…..

I want emotional compensation from the stress that damn fight put us healers through.

“OMFG BOMBOTS EVERYWHERE!!!!! WHY ARE PEOPLE DYING??!? WHERE’S THE DPS!!! ADKAHSFKGAHDHKAGHKSJGH!!!!”

….. yeah…..

After a few tired we decided to call it a night. (At this point I was still oblivious to the fact that I didn’t have the improved talent and I was scratching my head as to why my healing was so low.) So we decide to chain heroics. Steve, Amber, Harry, and Josh all gang up and head out on an epic adventure to take on as many heroic runs we can in two hours. >.>

H UP first…. start from the east and work our way west, no problem.

So we get to the first boss…

lol resto druid sucks

The ENTIRE group managed to wipe on the first boss for many reasons…

1.) LET’S SPLIT UP ON TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE PLATFORM SO WE CAN LoS THE HEALER!!!

2.) LOL LET’S SEE IF STEVE DIES FROM THE SWORD!!!

3.) “Uh guys…. I just realized my healing is low because I don’t have emproved nourish in my talents…”

Needless to say… I was the one to blame. But… we still managed to down the ugly bitch…. because Steve’s awesomeness managed to take her down 20% on his own, surviving with 30% of his health and enough mana to rez like…. 1 person. And looking at the damage meters…. it wasn’t pretty. Mach was prot…. everyone died…

Sad sad day.

Needless to say, tonight I will be respecing to get that additional 20% healing to my nourish, so hopefully we won’t be having the problem again. Tonight I’m probably going to try to find a Naxx 25 run to OT if I don’t get pulled into more heroics.

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  • I hope to have it up soon, indeed! Until then, feel free to chat with me on @Ryniavelanys for ideas, random talk, etc! Later all, with LOVE! 7 years ago
  • I do in fact plan on a new blog, but it's going to be different. A combined Alt/Raiding/RP blog that will take MUCH organizing, haha. 7 years ago
  • @NDMiko Haha <333 Yes? xD Long story short, Blog was put to a stop when I took an extended WoW break and xfered servers with my toons. 7 years ago
  • @NDMiko xD You've been talking to me all along, I just thought it would be fair to direct everyone else to my new twitter account. *hugs* 7 years ago
  • For anyone who isn't aware so far, I've once again picked up WoW, and Twitter (still working on the blog part), so find me @Ryniavelanys <3 7 years ago