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My Apologies

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

My apologies for the slow response time on some of my recent comments.  I unfortunately lost internet connection for 2 days.  /cry I missed raid twice.  Fortunately, I managed to get my internet connection back tonight along with buying a laptop so I can be a little bit more mobile over the holiday break.

Second thing I’d like to mention is be prepared for a big post this weekend.  I plan to finish working on some 25-man ICC/10-man ICC resto druid raiding guides and they will hopefully be ready by Saturday or Sunday.

Fîrewood

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My Blog Personality

December 3, 2009 7 comments

So, just yesterday I read Keredria’s post over on Tree of Life called Blog Personalities and was rather amused.  I’m familiar with the MBTI since during my first year of medical school they had all of us students take the “quiz/exam” to determine all our personality types.  I believe the goal in the end is to correlate our personality types with medical specialties and also to see if they change at all during the course of medical school (we have to take it again in our 4th year I believe).  Needless to say, my results indicated that I am an ISTJ.

ISTJs (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judgment):

“ISTJs thrive on organization. They keep their lives and environments well-regulated. They bring painstaking attention to detail in their work and will not rest until a job is well completed. They are often dissatisfied with unresolved issues, whether in life or in fiction.

ISTJs are faithful, logical, organized, sensible, and earnest traditionalists. They earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Shutting out distractions, they take a practical, logical approach to their endeavors. Realistic and responsible, they work steadily toward their goals. They enjoy creating order in both their professional and personal lives.

Despite their focus on their internal world, ISTJs prefer dealing with the present and the factual. Keen observers of life, they weigh various options when making decisions. ISTJs are well-prepared for most eventualities and have a good understanding of most situations. They believe in practical objectives, and they value traditions and loyalty.”


So apparently, according to the Keirsey Temperament Sorter I’m an Inspector:

“Inspectors are careful and thorough in examining people and institutions. Comprising about 6 to 10 percent of the population, Inspectors are decisive in practical affairs. These guardians of institutions are perhaps best described as dependable: Inspectors are people of their word, intent on preserving social and family values. At home and at work, Inspectors reliably examine the people and products that fall under their responsibility—unobtrusively ensuring uniform quality and demanding that certain standards of conduct are maintained.

In both their professional and personal lives, individuals of this type are rather quiet and serious. Inspectors are extraordinarily persevering and dependable. The thought of dishonoring a contract would appall a person of this type. When they give their word, they give their honor. Inspectors can be counted on to conserve the resources of the institution they serve and bring to their work a practical point of view. They perform their duties without flourish or fanfare; therefore, the dedication they bring to their work can go unnoticed and unappreciated.

While not directly seeking leadership positions, Inspectors are often placed in such roles. They build a reputation for reliable, stable, and consistent performance that inspires others to select them to lead. Inspectors use their past experience and their factual knowledge in their decision making.

For Inspectors, love means commitment, steadiness, and consistency. Inspectors expect themselves and their mates to be responsible, practical, and dependable. When in a relationship, they behave appropriately for what the situation or their role demands. For example, if the relationship is in the courting stage, the Inspector will exhibit courting behaviors, such as giving boxes of candy, red roses, and presents. These are worthwhile and important traditions to uphold and observe because they give direct evidence of commitment.”

Now to get to the actual point of this post….Keredria found an interesting tool called the Typealyzer.  Basically, you can type in the website of a blog and it analyzes the writing style to spit back out a MBTI for the blogsite.  Kind of interesting, not scientifically validated, but fun nonetheless.  I find personalities deeply interesting and so I thought it was fascinating to see what kind of “personality” my blog site has.  So, my results indicated that Tree Haelz is of the INTP variety or “The Thinkers.”

INTPs (The Analyzer as I would call them) are:

“The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.”

“INTPs are pensive, analytical folks. They may venture so deeply into thought as to seem detached, and often actually are oblivious to the world around them.

Precise about their descriptions, INTPs will often correct others (or be sorely tempted to) if the shade of meaning is a bit off. While annoying to the less concise, this fine discrimination ability gives INTPs so inclined a natural advantage as, for example, grammarians and linguists.

INTPs are relatively easy-going and amenable to almost anything until their principles are violated, about which they may become outspoken and inflexible. They prefer to return, however, to a reserved albeit benign ambiance, not wishing to make spectacles of themselves.”

I don’t know about you guys, but the descriptions of ISTJ and INTP aren’t really all that different.  I can see portions of both that may or may not be evident either in my personal life and/or my blog.  Guess it goes to show you that we all exhibit certain aspects of different personality types.  In addition, all things like this are a range, no one is entirely one or the other.  What I mean by this is that no one is completely an extrovert or only introverted.  We display a range of behavior that is somewhere in between the two extremes.

I think I learned a little bit about myself from this activity.  In addition, I hope that you guys as my readers also learned a little bit about me and about what you can expect from my blog.  I do tend to analyze the game, healing, and healing-styles.  In general, I believe those are the types of things I think about related to WoW and the types of things you can expect to see me blogging about.  I love to talk about resto druid healing, especially in light of the upcoming changes with patch 3.3.  There are a lot of changes to be made, not only with gearing, but also gems, our preferred stats, and healing-styles.  I know my blog is relatively new, so if logical, analytical discussions about the new upcoming ICC bosses interests you, stick around!  Suggestions are also welcome and I would love to hear from any of my readers – feel free to email me at treehaelz@gmail.com.

So my question to my readers is:  What class/spec of healer do you play and do you know what your MBTI is?

Fîrewood



Being Hasty – Patch 3.3, Haste, and T10

November 15, 2009 10 comments

For a while now I’ve been trying to synthesize and kind of digest all the information coming out in relation to haste, the changes to GotEM in patch 3.3 notes, and just recently the new resto druid T10 stats. I’ve been attempting to make all these things make sense to me especially in relation to how this will affect my raid healing style or “rotation.”

I feel that currently I’m a huge fan of crit rating. This is mostly because I’ve been running with 4-piece T9 (allows rejuv tick to crit) and because we normally have a moonkin and an elemental shaman in the raid, meaning that my soft haste cap is 359. So as soon as I reached 359 haste, I started looking for gear with crit rather than haste. Unforunately for me, things are changing soon…

Patch 3.3

  • Gift of the Earthmother: Redesigned. This talent now increases spell haste by 2/4/6/8/10% and reduces the base global cooldown of Lifebloom by 2/4/6/8/10% instead of its previous effects.

The current talent reads:  reduces the base global cooldown of your Rejuvenation, Lifebloom and Wild Growth spells by 4/8/12/16/20%.

A lot has already been written regarding these changes, so I’m going to link a few websites just to try and give a more broad view. 

Okay, so thankfully someone better at WoW math than me, Cuddlekin over at the EJ forums, has posted up some absolutely beautiful numbers.  So…..dum da dum…Fireworks!

Soft Haste Cap:

  • 735 haste rating with 3/3 Celestial Focus, Wrath of Air Totem, and Moonkin Aura/Swift Retribution Aura
  • 856 haste rating with 3/3 Celestial Focus and Wrath of Air Totem only
  • 856 haste rating with Wrath of Air Totem and Moonkin Aura/Swift Retribution Aura, no points in Celestial Focus
  • 936 haste rating with 3/3 Celestial Focus and Moonkin Aura/Swift Retribution Aura only
  • 1063 haste rating with 3/3 Celestial Focus only, no outside buffs

My reaction….eeeeeeek, that’s a lot of haste!  Especially since I think I’m only sitting at about 500 haste right now.  As you can see from the above numbers, Celestial Focus will be a very valuable talent, almost necessary depending on the kinds of raids you run (10s vs. 25s) and your group composition.

For me personally, I run mostly 25-man raids and we always take into consideration group composition.  This means that I know there will always be an elemental shaman and a retribution paladin in our raid.  Hence, if I pick up the Celestial Focus talents, I will only have to bump up my haste to 756.  However, I know there are a great number of resto druids that mostly run 10 mans or even just heroics.  I would definitely recommend those druids pick up the talents in Celestial Focus because I find it very hard to believe that many people will have access to gear that can grant them over 900 haste rating.  In addition, Lissanna of Restokin makes a superb point when she states “keep in mind that the difference between a 1 second cooldown and a 1.1 second cooldown isn’t that much for people who are just healing 5-mans or are starting to get into raiding, so hitting this cap isn’t super important (or even possible) unless you are at the point where you have access to the ToC and Icecrown Citadel raid gear you need to hit that cap in the first place.”

Ok, now that I’ve outlined the haste changes a bit and what it means for resto druid haste requirements, I think that it would also be worthwhile to take a look at some of the gear available and come up with some possible talent specs.  So here we go. 

Haste Gear!  – Rolling HoTs has a great list put together already

I had a little fun at this new website I came across today, www.chardev.org.  I decided to test it out and was basically trying to tweak my gear/gems to see how much haste I could come up with.  It’s much easier than doing math imo 🙂  I wanted to see how much haste I could amass with my current gear and the possible upgrades that I have access to while raiding.  If you click on character planner up at the top option bar, the website let’s you pick out pieces of gear, gem them, enchant them, and calculates your total stats just like the game would if you had put the pieces on.   So, I tried out my own gear plus a few pieces that I plan to hopefully upgrade in the near future.  Here’s is the result.

My personal most-viable talent spec:  18/0/53.  Now, a couple points about this spec:  1)  I do not pick up revitalize, 2)  mana is generally a non-issue so I do not put more than 1 point into tranquil spirit, 3) I do not put a point into nature’s swiftness – if I have to use that on a tank instead of a swiftmend, either I’m not doing my job or the holy paladins aren’t doing theirs, 4)  I’ve decided to drop living seed – I’ve found the talent to still be rather lackluster and it amounts to a tiny percentage of my total healing, 5)  I pop the last 2 points into natural perfection for the 2% crit, it at least gives a boost to my total crit.  I can go more in-depth about talent specs, but I feel like talent specs are very personalized to what your specific raiding situation is.  Each resto druid has certain priorities based upon what kind of raids they heal, how often they do so, their gear level, and what gear is available to them.

Tier 10:  (Sanctified) Lashweaver Garb – thanks MMO-Champion

T10Eh, what can I say?  Just….Blizzard…c’mon, you’re killing us.  Please, if you’re going to make changes that require us to stack insane amounts of haste…..put it on our freaking tier gear!  Needless to say…Blizzard does not follow the same intelligent logic that the rest of us do…. so our tier gear has 2/5 pieces with haste on them, the legs and gloves.  That, and both set bonuses are less-than-impressive:  (2)  the healing granted by your wild growth spell reduces 30% less over time and (4) each time your rejuvenation spell heals a target, it has a 2% chance to jump to a new target at full duration.

Sanctified Lashweaver Garb

Lashweaver Garb

Jessabelle’s Webring Questionaire – not a webring or meme, a “circle of healers”

November 1, 2009 3 comments

Jessabelle, a holy priest blogger over at Miss Medicina has started a sort of frenzy among bloggers recently.  Jessabelle makes a strong point that the very most adept and efficient healers, the ones we all know and admire, have a sort of overall knowledge of all healing classes, not just their own.  In the spirit of educating all WoW healers and frankly I think just having fun, she created a healing questionaire and a sort of webring or circle of healers.  In addition, I wholeheartedly agree with her statement about how every healer understanding other healing classes makes us better healers and players.  I for one know that idiocracy’s healing leader knows and understands each class of healer.  How else can one make intelligent raid healing assignments?  As a leader of the healing team, he must understand the strengths and weaknesses of each healing class in order to give them assignments to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.  So, in conclusion, I’ve decided to spend a little time and fill out Jessabelle’s healing questionaire even though I haven’t been officially “tagged” by another healer in their blog.

  • What is the name, class, and spec of your primary healer?

Fîrewood, druid, resoration – of the 14/0/57 variety

  • What is your primary group healing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)

25-man raids, 10-man raids, occasionally some 5-man heroics, no PvP (I pretty much stink at it)

  • What is your favorite healing spell for your class and why?

Hmm, this is a tough question for me.  I’d love to say I love all the druid HoTs because druid HoTs are why I choose to play a resto druid, but that doesn’t really answer the question.  The truth is, I love the idea of casting a bunch of healing over time spells on as many players as I can and then just sit back and watch the pretty green numbers.  That is exactly why I rolled resto druid in BC and boy, did I love lifebloom during BC.  However, things have changed in WotLK, lifebloom is taking a backseat to other spells in my spellbook.  But, the question asks about my favorite healing spell, and I’d have to answer Swiftmend.  Granted, I’m not really sure it counts, but it is a healing spell right?  Resto druids don’t have those big fast heals like pallies do, recently nourish has been helping us in that department, but still doesn’t even compete with holy light.  Swiftmend is that heal I can use every 15 seconds, it crits, it’s instant as long as I have either a rejuv or a regrowth on the target, and it can save lives!  I can’t be certain, but I know I’ve seen a swiftmend hit a target for upwards of 17k on a crit.  Swiftmend is the epitome of druid healing in my opinion.

  • What healing spell do you use least for your class and why?

This is a tie between tranquility and healing touch. I never use tranquility, except maybe out-of-combat for achievement pictures…cause the graphics give screenshots that extra shine 😛  On the other hand, for a while now I’ve been specced out of nature’s swiftness and so I don’t even use the normally customary NS + HT macro that every druid has.  But to clarify, I do have a special spec/glyph/gear set for when our guild is working on Anub’arak in ToGC, specifically for phase 3 healing.  I don’t count that though, that is a special circumstance.

  • What do you feel is the biggest strength of your healing class and why?

I know most resto druids would answer this question with something about our amazing HoTs and incoming damage buffering, but I feel like a resto druid’s biggest strength has more to do with our versatility and insane amount of different healing spells we have available.  Out of all the healing classes, I think resto druids (and probably priests) can fill an entire action bar with only healing spells.  Resto druids have the ability to solo heal 5-mans; we make a great healer when 2-healing hardmodes; we have good synergy with just about any other healing class; we make amazing raid healers; we can be tank healers if necessary (I’m willing to fight for that statement, 2-healed anub’arak 10 heroic with a disc priest and I was tank heals); we can basically heal anything we want to.

  • What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your healing class and why?

I’m gonna basically agree with the entire resto druid community and say that the resto druid’s biggest weakness is huge burst heals.  We have nourish, which only heals for around 8-9k on a crit; we have healing touch which has a very long cast time and can be mana-intensive to use; we have swiftmend on a 15 second cooldown; other than that we have nothing for burst healing.

  • In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best healing assignment for you?

I have a little bit of a story about this.  When I first joined idiocracy, I saw our healing leader giving out healing assignments to the pallies, priests, and shamans.  I asked them, “um, do I get a healing assignment?’ and our healing leader then proceeded to basically tell me that they never give their resto druids any specific healing assignment.  After a few weeks, I now understand why we generally don’t assign healing assignments to resto druids.  Resto druids do their best healing by 1) HoTing up tanks, 2) preemptively healing raid damage, and 3) filling in the gaps.  The healing resto druids  can’t necessarily be “assigned” and if a good resto druid is left to his/her own to pick out where they need to heal, they will excel.  They will fill in those “holes.”  I have also personally found that the more I have experienced a fight, the better I become at picking up when and who to heal.  The sooner I figure out the fight, the better I will perform, the more effective I will be (meaning more effective healing, less overhealing).

  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with most and why?

I love healing with a good holy paladin or discipline priest.  I feel like resto druids complement any other healing class pretty well, but I personally feel more comfortable healing with either a priest or a paladin.  They tend to fill in the gaps, such as burst/tank healing and bubbles, that a resto druid has more difficulty with.  But to make an exception, I mostly just enjoy healing with another competent healer.

  • What healing class do you enjoy healing with least and why?

I prefer not healing with another druid, at least in 10-mans where you may only have 2 healers.  A 2 resto druid healing team just adds stress in my opinion.

  • What is your worst habit as a healer?

I hate when I throw out a wild growth on the wrong person.  I am usually very aware of where players are standing or should be standing and try to hit the melee or the ranged if they are grouped up.  However, I occasionally get distracted, like on Twins when I’m soaking and throwing out rejuvs on the entire raid, and I misclick my darn wild growth on myself or one of the other soakers >.<  /sigh

  • What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while healing?

I have two:  1) dps that stand in fire, voids, falling crap from the ceiling – you are making our jobs harder, eating up our mana, and generally being an annoyance; 2) please, I do not need a reminder to heal so and so – I’ve got grid, I can see the entire raid, I know who needs heals, and you just talked over the tank who had something important to say.

  • Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other healers for PvE healing?

Um, I haven’t done a battleground or arena match since BC.  I have no clue, what I do notice is our lifebloom getting nerfed repeatedly since the end of BC and the transition to WotLK.

  • What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a healer?

First of all, I look to see if anyone in the raid died and why/how they died.  I use Acheron dead reports to look up this information, since I don’t like running a combat log during raid.  Secondly, I usually take a look at recount and compare myself to the other resto druid in the raid.  We have similar gear and talent spec, and we are usually on the same healing assignment (healing whatever we feel like :D) .  I expect that our effective healing and overhealing should be similar and if they aren’t I look at what heals we cast and on whom they were cast.  Sometimes we heal the same fight differently, sometimes we heal it almost identically.  In addition, I’ve seen some comments along the lines of overhealing as a resto druid doesn’t matter.  I beg to differ, we are not in the raid to randomly cast about our HoTs, we are there to specifically mitigate or buffer the incoming damage.  That requires a finesse, a sort of knowledge about the damage in the fight, when it will come, how much it will be. If you know the fight intimately, you can predict the incoming damage and do what druids do best…PREHOT!  Placing those HoTs deliberately and with knowledge increases our effective healing and decreases our overhealing.  A resto druid should never be above a paladin on the overhealing meter.

  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your healing class?

I actually tend to believe that players are relatively well-informed about druids.  We are a bit OP and most people generally know that a resto druid uses HoTs.  One misconception I see relatively frequently though is the concept that we are only raid-healers.  This really isn’t true and a large percentage of my healing in a raid comes solely from HoTing the tanks.  The benefit of being a resto druid is that I can keep full stacks of HoTs on my tanks and still be a full-time raid healer.

  • What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new healers of your class to learn?

Oh jeez, lifebloom is sooooo confusing.  Should I stack it?  Should I let it bloom?  Should I stack it then let it bloom at the perfect time?  Do I need the mana from the bloom?  Lifebloom in WotLK is the most confusing healing spell I have ever come across.  I can’t even imagine being a new resto druid and trying to figure out what to do with it.  It is a complicated spell and I honestly change how I use it fight-by-fight.

  • 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)?

In general, druids are a high healing output class, medium on overhealing.  However, I will clarify by stating that in specific fights (Heroic 25 Beasts and many others) a good paladin can beat out a resto druid any day.  Those fights that have high 2-tank damage are the ones that pallies are going to shine in.  On the other hand, resto druids are going to just kill the healing meters in hps (heals per second) when there is steady raid-wide damage (Heroic 25 Twins).  On Twins I can get up over 9k hps, just a bit OP if I don’t say so myself

  • Haste or Crit and why?

Haste to 1 sec gcd, which is 359, then crit.  The haste soft cap is very easy to reach and after we get to a 1 sec gcd, haste does very very little for a resto druid – decreases cast time of nourish, which if raid healing is not cast often.  The T9 four-set bonus of allowing our rejuv ticks to crit has pushed me over to where I’m giving up haste for crit.  My mana situation is pretty good, so I’ve even given up some points in tranquil spirit to pick up natural perfection for the extra 3% crit to all my healing spells.

  • What healing class do you feel you understand least?

I’d have to say restoration shaman.  I have not played a shaman and I do not have any friends that play them.  We only have one resto shaman in our guild, so I don’t have much experience working with them.

  • What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in healing?

I use quite a few addons for raiding, but for healing I mostly use Grid (along with many extra plugins) and clique.  I fail at all but the simplest macros, so clique is a must for me.  Plus, I can’t stand to give up my wasd buttons for moving, so I prefer using my mouse and it’s extra buttons to heal.  I don’t use decursive, I’ve found that I can incorporate everything I need into Grid.  I’ve also recently added powerauras to my addon collection.  It is really great for helping me notice when I’ve gained or lost specific buffs/debuffs.

  • Do you strive primarily for balance between your healing stats, or do you stack some much higher than others, and why?

For a resto druid, spellpower is king.  Under spellpower, I would rank spirit and intellect as important.  Haste is only important up to the soft cap of 359, crit is infinitely more useful than haste if you have 4-piece tier 9 and should be sought after.  However, as we all know…things will be changing soon with the changes to GotEM and the new rejuvenation glyph.  So that may change, and for now I’m happy stacking some extra crit and storing up all the other pieces with haste in my bank for the patch.

Okay!  Done!  Oh, wait.. the rules say I have to tag another healer of a class different than mine.  Hmm, I don’t know any really, I mostly read resto druid blogs.  So, I’m not gonna follow the rules, I’m gonna tag Keeva of Tree Bark Jacket.

Welcome to Tree Haelz

October 28, 2009 1 comment

Welcome to Tree Haelz! This is a restoration druid blog that I have just begun to create.  Stay tuned!

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