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Posts which show my perspective on playing a Druid

Y’know, I often want to write posts about my Druid.  I play her just as much as I play my Warlock now, and she feels almost like a second main to me.  Now… this blog really doesn’t look very Druid friendly, does it? So, I decided to give Hermia a space of her own to call home.

Now, this space does not mean that I will be quitting writing here at Destructive Reach.  Saresa will always be my main, and I will write here just as much (and hopefully a little bit more) than I already do.  I just felt that this place was starting to get littered with Druidic stuff, and I didn’t like that much at all.  So, just as I started a RL blog to clear up a lot of the crap that was getting written here… I started a Druid blog to shoo that over to somewhere else as well.  Feel free to head on over and have a look around, but, be gentle – she is just learning the ropes after all!

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Since I play a resto Druid, which immediately makes me the World’s Leading Expert on All Things HoT and Heal Related… I thought I would write you all a list of the things which you should do to make you all as awesome as me.  Sure, sure, it isn’t Warlock related… maybe that will come tomorrow.

1.  If you hate healing the people you hate, heal without glasses on.  Seriously… when the name plates are all fuzzy, everyone is equal. (Disclaimer – I take no responsibility for tank death if you use this method).  Of course, it’s just more fun to not heal the people you hate ;-)

2.  Drink a can of Coke for every person in the raid.  The caffeine levels will give you the sufficient amount of ‘jitter’ to click all over the place really fast.  Coffee also works.

3.  Listen to really LOUD ANGRY music.  Slow music = slow sloppy heals, so the faster the better!

4.  Ignore every bastard who tells you to heal them.  When they are dead, they’ll shut up, and you can focus better. Besides, all the chatter takes away from the music!

5.  Tell everyone that you decide who you are healing by throwing a dice.  It should keep them on their toes so they don’t take any extra damage.

6.  When all else fails, stand in the fire and heal yourself through it so you look good on the meters.  No one will notice, honestly.

7.  Healing is great for people who like to multitask.  As a Druid, I often /dance so I look like I’m doing something, then work on painting my toenails.  It generally works out that I can paint one toenail per Rejuv cast on someone.  I also got half way through Guitar Hero WHILE healing!

Using these 7 tricks, you will be well on your way to becoming the best healer EVAR.  You’ll also have glorious looking toenails, and will kick ass at Guitar Hero!

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It’s been a while.

Yeah, I know.

I’ve been sick (in bed/under self imposed house arrest for 4 days!), I’ve been lazy, and I have been just plain unmotivated.  Not to mention 20 kinds of cranky – I could almost pack that cranky up, label it as Heinz and whack it on the shelf!  Instead of concentrating properly on WoW I have been reading soppy romances, crying over babies, and generally doing a lot of nothing.  Oh, and bemoaning the fact that I do not have a bathtub.  And that all these people I know are getting engaged.  I swear I am going to be the last one in my high school class on the shelf!  I’ll need dusting!

Because a Warlock's got to get clean too you know!Because a Warlock has to get clean too, you know!

 

Anyway, I have not been playing my Warlock much of late.  Weird, huh? Instead, I have been embracing my hotter side and futzing around on my tree.  We could almost say that I have been doing so much futzing that my Tree is almost my main… but we won’t go there, not really.  Besides, what defines a main, anyway?

Playtime?

Gear?

Effort invested?

Care factor?

Skill at the class?

I used to think it was probably a combination of all of these things.  If you play something more, it MUST be your main, right?  Weeeeeeeeeeeell…. maybe.  But not necessarily.  I play my Druid a lot more than my Warlock, but that’s through mere convenience than anything else at this point.  To be honest, I think I am having difficulty adjusting to being on an Oceanic server when I have trained myself into thinking playtime is 4-6.  So Sar is kinda neglected in that way.

What about gear?  Surely your main would be better geared, right?  Again… nope!  Hermia by and large has gear Sar can only envy… Herm even beat Sar to the epic achievement.  By three pieces!

I guess it just comes down to the fact that I feel more at home in Saresa.  Slinging heals is fun (although I will be the first to admit I am not much good!!!), but throwing around firey balls of doom?  That’s what I’m talking about baby!  I love my Druid to bits, but I can not be damned researching her properly, finding out what the best spec is for her properly, or any of that.  I just play her, heal crap, and have a great old time.  But Sar is who I look forward to coming home to.  I can remember every button push on her, and to draw a somewhat weird parallel…  You know how there’s that one person you have been with, where stuff just worked.  It might not have been for very long, but you were with them, and everything just put itself together perfectly.  Like you both knew exactly what the other person wanted, at the exact right time.  You didn’t even have to think that hard about it – you just did it, and it was great.

Sar is like that for me.

Without all the erotic stuff.

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So, once again, I am planning on getting back to levelling my Druid.  She is a mere 72 at the moment, but hopefully some hard work and a couple of weekend’s worth of spare time will change that.  Of course, Sar will be my main (as always) and I will try to get back to more Warlock based content here, but it is very difficult to write about a character and a class that I get very little time to play.

Basically, Saresa is dead in the water progression wise.  I have been told in no uncertain terms (and I totally understand why) that I am not really welcome in Ulduar – I am too undergeared, my latency and tendency to suffer lag spikes means I am considered too unreliable, and I just don’t put out the numbers they require thanks to those two things (plus a certain amount of Failboat thrown in for good measure).  Unfortunately, Ulduar is all that people raid on the days I can make it, so there is little I can do about the situation.  My options are basically either to pug, change guilds (again!), or find something else to occupy my time.

So, the levelling of alts shall begin.  First will be my Druid obviously, who I am levelling as Feral, but intend to change to Resto as soon as she hits 80.  The only real reasoning behind this is that my guild has a plethora of tanks, including 2 Druid tanks, but we have no tree healers.  The faster I can get her levelled up, the faster I can start to learn the ways of the flailing branches.  Feral will always be my real love when it comes to Druiding, but, well… I am more than happy to give Resto a try since it doesn’t involve rolling Lifebloom like a trained monkey anymore!

Then, since realistically I shall have about as much as I can do with her as I can with Sar at 80, I’ll move on to my Priest.  Then the Mage.  Then maybe the Hunter.  I plan to have a veritable ARMY of 80’s by the time the next x-pac hits!

… Let’s see how long this lasts before my hatred of questing kills the plans.

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I didn’t get the dwarf drunk, I swear!!

I apologise by the way… this is a LOT of pictures!!! Feel free to mark as read.

It all began when we headed to Tanaris to get our hats from the Caverns of Time. Since we 3 manned it, we just did a regular run. We got our hats very easily… and celebrated with a victory dance!

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Then we decided to have a nap.

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After this, we did what any respectable druids would do, and took ourselves to the big scary city to PARTAY!

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Soon enough, some other druids had to join in the fun!

I think we managed to attract more than our fair share of attention. Druids banded together, to celebrate, to be proud, and to declare…

Yeah, Kalf was just a smidge out of time… but we can’t blame him, he did the piccoloing so the rest of us could be perfect! Druids… could we possibly be any greater??

Dancing Druids

** Above Image courtesy of Carbomb**

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Now that Hermia is starting to get some super dooper epic looking gear, I decided that I should blow some of her hard earned cash on some enchants. I looked up all her enchants on Thottbot, thinking that it would be a simple matter of finding the right enchants and writing down the mats. Boy oh boy was I wrong!

With Sar, finding enchants was a relatively simple process. There really isn’t that much variety in enchants, and it is easy to tell which ones are better for you. However, with Hermia, there are SO many! There are enchants for stamina, for agility, strength, armor, dodge, defense, you name it they have it! Now, we all know that I am a total noob when it comes to druiding, so I was totally lost on what I should get. After some thought, I have decided that for the most part I am going to go with agility enchants. I picked these solely because my agility is rather low, so my dodge and crit are both lower than I would like. More crit equals more threat, and more dodge equals less death.

Now, any druids out there who actually know about this stuff, feel free to give me some pointers!

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Who needs a Riding Crop when you can combine Travel Form with a Swift Frost Sabre? Druids? OP? Of course not! ;)

Sometimes there is nothing more entertaining than a ‘broken’ screenshot. One where something has lagged, or bugged, or just plain gone wrong in the system. These screenshots can run the gamut between funny and outright weird. I am not sure how they happen, but who cares? They are fun!

So, I am inviting you to share your funny screenshots with the world! Send your screenshots to me at destructivereachATyahooDOTcomDOTau, and I will post them up, announcing a winner! Entries close in one week’s time (7th July 2008). The winner gets… well… not much to be honest. The satisfaction of winning?

Just a couple of basic rules:

Please no more than 2 submissions per person

Screenshots which aren’t Photoshopped to be funny are preferred

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So, I was mucking around a little on Hermia the other day (as I do) when I got asked whether I wanted to come help a friend’s guild out in a Gruul’s Lair run. Specifically, I was asked “How good is Hermia’s gear” to which I replied “somewhat craptastic”. Personally, I don’t even feel comfortable with the idea of taking Hermia into Kara, let alone Gruul’s! However, after much stat discussion and checking, the guild deemed that I was good enough to tank a HKM add, and off I went!

The first order of the day was to suss out if there were any enchanters in the raid and get my chest enchanted so that I had hit the ‘uncrittable’ defense mark, otherwise things could have gotten very nasty. While I got that done, I also grabbed a couple other enchants since I was at the AH (-300g now from the epic mount fund!). I got summoned back there, and ran in the door…

… and then realised that I forgot one of my trinkets. Doh! So, back to the dreaded Shattrath went I (via my inconvenient hearth at SMV), and once again crashed my computer. What a bother. Since my whole computer decided to die as well, I couldn’t even say anything on Vent. Luckily for me, by the time everything loaded waaaay back up, they were still waiting for me. So nice. I am guessing Alorah mentioned that my computer is super poo. I grabbed my trinket, got summoned back, and was all ready to go.

Happily, I didn’t die on any of the trash pulls (Sar nearly always does! She is such a noob). I changed into my SuperSpunkyBearSet, and was asked to tank Kiggler the Crazed. Since this was my first time at tanking something which was serious, I was kinda scared. OK, more than kinda scared! I was very close to getting bear mess all over the floor. I know Gruul isn’t the cleanest guy around, but I still didn’t think he would appreciate it. I was given the sage advice of ‘back to the wall, begin with a moonfire, have fun!’, and off I went.

All seemed to go well for starters. Heals hit me regularly, and I held on to Kiggler for dear life. Then, the DPS started, and things went a little awry. I lost him! I still don’t know how he got away from me, but he did, and went running like mad towards Krosh Firehand. I chased him frantically, spamming Lacerate, and with a good Growl I eventually got him back to me. But boy oh boy was it messy. Then, since I was trying to pull him back to where we started, I got knocked back a few times. Not good, my friends, not good at all. Somehow though, we got him down, I whacked on my cat weapon, and went to work on HKM himself. We got him down first go, so that was pretty good in my book. And I got myself a shiny new kitty helm! Hermia’s first ever epic! Thanks guys.

I had to go to my scheduled raid then on Sar, so I bid my sad farewells and logged off, thinking ‘sure, I didn’t exactly nail that… but I didn’t really fail too badly either’.

So, when we did our fast Sunday runs into Gruul’s and Mag’s, I decided to ask if I could bring Hermia to Mag’s. I figured, hey, I really wouldn’t be tanking all that much, and we didn’t especially need the DPS. Since I was given the big OK, all was well and in I went. I was designated a channeler to tank, and once again, I was sooo scared! The first time, I stood behind my channeler and waited for the go ahead. Imagine my surprise when he took off towards the MT! Eeeeek! I frantically chased him and pulled him back, but boy oh boy did I feel stupid. So, the second time around, I decided to stand in front of him and intercept his path. Up top for thinking, right? Well, once again, I failed. Bah. So off I went, chasing again like an idiot, feeling twice as stupid as I did the first time. We wiped again, affording me a third chance to finally get it right.

Suddenly, I thought. Moonfire! Duh! So I grabbed him this time around with a moonfire pull, not letting him get away from me. Huzzah! I finally succeeded! My competence must have passed on to the rest of the raid, because we downed him, despite a frantic moment where the MT got swatted at 3%. Then everyone got hit by his AoE, since the clickers must have freaked and didn’t click. At 1% there were only a handful of people remaining, and they magically got him down. Phew!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the perfect end to the night, rolling a ’2′ on my chest piece. Rats.

I guess though that I learned alot over those two runs, and that is the main thing. Moonfire is my friend! So is the mod Itemrack (after a nasty part where I didn’t expect to be tanking anymore, changed into my kitty set, and then was asked to tank an add and didn’t have time to change before the pull). I figure the learning is worth 20 loots!

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Hermia has finally dinged 70 today (huzzah!). Now she is able to tank 70 instances without people sounding dubious… but hasn’t had the chance yet. Funnily enough, one of the motivations for levelling Hermia was the tank shortage… but there seems to be more of a healer shortage now. Sigh. I don’t want to respec resto!

Ooooh, and I don’t know if it’s exciting or not to anyone else… but in Shadow Labs today, buffed with her bear on, she broke the 16k HP mark. Whoo hoo!

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Ulk… what a shopping list! Hermia dinged 69 today, and I decided that it was about time to begin farming the materials for her tanking gear at level 70. So, I looked up BBB’s list of Pre-Kara Feral Tanking gear (which is awesome by the way, very comprehensive, with a variety of options), and slowly but surely added up all the mats. So, here goes -

  • 2 Nether Vortex
  • 1 Primal Nether
  • 10 Primal Life
  • 10 Primal Air
  • 8 Primal Shadow
  • 20 Primal Earth
  • 3 Motes of Water
  • 10 Jaggal Pearl
  • 1 Shadow Pearl
  • 10 Primal Mooncloth
  • 22 Heavy Knothide Leather
  • 74 Thick Clefthoof Leather
  • 2 Cobra Scales
  • 9 Rune Thread
  • 4 Purple Dye

Jinkies! Looks like I have a bit of work ahead of me… perhaps I could get a whole level just farming those mats. So… there will be a bear looking for odd jobs for gold on Cenarius!

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