Ok, so wow, real life has gotten in the way. It’s been quite some time since I posted on here. My apologies, school/work plus raiding and tons of other things have gotten in the way. However, I’ve got tons of updates for you guys:
1. <idiocracy> has progressed to 11/12 25-man and 10-man ICC heroics. We’re currently working on both 10 and 25 man heroic Lich King.
2. Fîrewood now has the Raven Lord mount!!!
3. I’ve been secretly working on my PvP gear and my partner Unolith and I have recently just gotten over a 1600 rating. This doesn’t sound like much, but I assure you, it is monumental for me. Our goal as of the moment is to get over 1800.
4. I recently updated my user interface. I’ve been using a few new addons, and have gotten rid of some others. You should be able to take a good look at it on my UI page.
5. I too have been working on some of those pesky achievements. Most recently, I’ve been doing the Netherwing dailies, attempting to obtain a Netherwing drake.
7. I’m planning on getting back to writing more resto druid raiding posts here. However, I’m torn as to which boss fights people most want to hear about. I’ve done all the heroic versions of everything in ICC, both 10 and 25 man. So, here’s where all you guys get to help me out.
Next Post Choices:
This post will be an all-inclusive break down of the fight mechanics and how to heal most efficiently and effectively as a resto druid.
1. Professor Putricide
3. Blood Princes
4. Blood Queen Lanathel
Send me your responses by commenting on the post, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a twitter to Treehaelz.
Finally, after about 3-4 weeks of wiping on Anub’arak, we just one-shot all the bosses in the Trial of the Grand Crusade and downed Anub’arak! Idiocracy picked up three new achievements: Call of the Grand Crusade, A Tribute to Insanity, and Realm First Grand Crusader. Unfortunately, I was a bit slow with my screenshots lol, but I have plenty to show you all. I also plan on doing an in-depth post about strategy, mostly healing-related since that is my focus and I have the most information to share on that topic.
Idiocracy is now ranked 61 in US servers and 149 in the world!
It was also a pretty good night for me as I picked up Vestments of the Shattered Fellowship, Chalice of Searing Light, and Maiden’s Favor. All in all, a fantastic night for our guild, and I for one was shaking for a good 10 minutes after we killed Anub’arak.
Grand Crusader Fîrewood
Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve made a new post on here. Things have been a little crazy in my world. I’m living in a temporary apartment in a different city for my family medicine clerkship rotation for the month of November. So I had to move this past weekend, get settled in, and I started working in a family medicine clinic this past Monday. I also have other school requirements, a very difficult exam to study for, and a large project that I have to get started working on. Needless to say, add in raiding and I’m a very busy person.
Unfortunately, idiocracy has still failed to kill ToGC 25-man Anub’arak as of yet. It’s crazy how many little tiny things there are that have to be perfect in order to get to phase 3 and kill him. The ice patches have to be positioned correctly, the adds have to be misdirected correctly, the interrupts have to be spot-on, phase 2 kiting has to be pro, dps have to aoe the adds and still hit anub, nobody can pull threat, BoPs have to be perfectly executed, the list goes on and on…. It’s not that our guild doesn’t know how to do all these things; the problem is that they all must occur simultaneously. You cannot lose any person during phase 1 or 2; lose more than 1 or 2 during phase 3 and it’s over. And I haven’t even mentioned healing in phase 3 yet.
As this post is titled…kiting is hard! Now, I do say that with just a hint of sarcasm. Now everybody knows that the spikes follow you when you get targeted, but unlike your character, the spikes can’t make those hairpin turns and they tend to take the shortest path to follow you. That means….you have to make wide turns. You have no idea how many times we’ve had ice patches used up early because someone either wasn’t paying attention or didn’t understand that they had to make a very wide turn in order to prevent the spikes hitting the patch prematurely.
Another issue that we have had, which has since been mostly resolved, is healer threat. Yikes, I know, those adds wanted to pound my face in the dirt….and they were successful many times. So, the healers in our guild had to modify some of our specialized healing talent specs in order to pick up those healing threat reduction talents. Previously, in my post Anub’arak – Bane of my existence, I linked my previous healing spec for anub. Here is a new link for my current build. What I decided was that basically, I do not use nourish during the fight and I only keep up a regrowth on the tank for it’s HoT portion. Therefore, I dropped my points from nature’s bounty so I could fill out subtlety and natural perfection (yea for 3% crit!).
Another issue I’ve been ruminating on is mana regen for phase 3. My innervate has basically got a paladin’s name on it for phase 3 because our two paladin’s are spamming the tanks during that phase. Therefore, I know that I have to rely on my own mana regen and intellect to get me through that phase. In addition, I know that I cannot use a mana potion because at 15% the entire raid pops mighty frost protection potions. So I’ve been contemplating using either Flasks of Pure Mojo or perhaps a different kind of food, maybe Spicy Fried Herring. Cause frankly, I’m finding that we’re getting to 10-15% on Anub’arak, and I’m basically oom or getting dangerously close. There are very rare occasions in which I’m willing to trade spellpower for mana regen. However, I believe all that is necessary for a resto druid during phase 3 is to be able to throw out a 0.6-0.7 sec 6-7k heals on a target with penetrating cold and the mana regen to last the entire phase.
Anyway, my guess is we will try some more attempts on Anub’arak tonight. Wish us luck, I’d love to get A Tribute to Skill (25-man).
There has been a lot of talk about ToC, ToGC. Many people really abhore the fact that we now have basically 4 raid lockouts for a single raid that occurs in a single very boring location. On the other hand, I just recently started raiding 25-mans and frankly, I need the freaking emblems! I’ve got a trophy just sitting in my bag waiting for me to collect another 75 emblems of triumph so I can purchase my tier chestpiece. In addition, I know that I’m missing a few necessary upgrades from the raid (*cough* *trinkets* *cloak* *neck* *off-hand* *cough*). Not to mention….I have a feral set to start upgrading as well. /sigh the life of a druid with potentially 4 or 5 sets of gear.
Anyway, on to what I originally started this post to talk about…. Anub’arak in ToGC. My guild, idiocracy, has been working on this boss for a week or two and I think we might finally down him tonight. Last night we spent probably about 15 to 20 attempts on him and our very last attempt of the night got him to 8%. So, in preparation for this event….I’ve downloaded fraps and windows media encoder in hopes of showcasing my very first resto druid video of our realm-first Anub’arak kill! Here’s to hoping it doesn’t lag me out too badly and prevent me from healing my penetrating cold targets.
On the subject of penetrating cold and healing in phase 3 of this fight….Cows of Cows Loves Cake has a very good post about how he heals it and raiding addons here. As of right now, I’ve specced and glyphed for healing touch for the Anub’arak fight. My talent spec is as follows in the screenshot:
When in this spec, I also equip my old-school Idol of the Avian Heart from Moroes back in Kara and bump up my haste to 577 with a few choice pieces. This gives me an 0.826 second healing touch cast, healing for around 6-7k, and helps me keep up with 2 penetrating cold targets during phase 3. Needless to say, *crossing fingers for realm-first Anub’arak ToGC kill* tonight. Wish us luck and hopefully in a day or two I’ll have a resto druid POV video ready and posted.