The long holiday weekend involved, as to be expected, a lot of heroic
instances. Sadly, despite what seemed like a solid start to Kaleyen
and Khæli's adventures at level 80, as the two of us got better geared,
the dungeon-runs seemed to get worse. It was so bad on Friday evening
(every heroic involved wiping on every boss) that we spent quite a bit
of time on Saturday playing the druid and hunter instead of our mains.
The thought of tanking and healing heroics made us shudder.
are still the only level 80 tank and healer in our guild, and so we
shoulder the responsibility of running everyone else through zones.
And as the tank and healer, we also shoulder — rightly or not — the
responsibility for the success or failure of a group. As such, the
requirements for the tank are obvious: reaching defense cap is
priority numero uno, followed by (and surely he'll correct me on the
order of importance here) attaining suitable stats for expertise,
stamina, dodge, and parry. For the healer, there is less of a clearcut
requirement as there is with the defense cap, but nonetheless, I need
to have enough juice to keep everyone alive, and that comes with a
combination of spellpower, mana/mana regen, intellect, crit, and haste.
So defense cap, check. ~1700 spellpower, over 17000 mana, and ~400 mp5, check.
And yet, the heroics were horrid.
Kaleyen figured it was him. I figured it was me. "It's not you; it's me." "No, it's me. Really."
found myself out of mana on almost every fight. We died on trash. We
gave up on the last boss in Azjol Nerub. We gave up on the last boss
We were miserable.
Or was it something else?
(We know the answer. We just don't know how to fix it.)
K- admonished me last night for
being too critical of guild members. "Just let it go," he said when I
tried to explain in guildchat why a certain glyph was a bad choice.
And yeah, I do feel lately like I am being the resident bitch. So let
me list some happy accomplishments in lieu of more griping:
hit 441 tailoring and 435 enchanting. Although there are still five
skill-ups needed in the latter in order to learn all the recipes
available in Dalaran, I've learned the big things I needed: my
spellweave robe and the titanweave enchant for Kaleyen's cloak and the
armsman one for his gloves.
- I bought a 22" monitor yesterday,
which means I actually have space on my screen for all my UI goodies.
(A post on that will come once I get some good screenshots)
- When I make my Ebonweave gloves and robes, I'll be at hit cap.
I'm 10K away from exalted with the Wyrmrest Accord and the Reins of the
Red Drake. Of course, I'm a long way off from having the gold required
for the riding skill… but whatever.
Best of all, I'm really getting a hang of the Discipline spec, and
despite my initial misgivings about healing in WotLK, I am enjoying
myself immensely. And I can laugh at the impending nerf of Circle of
Healing and Wild Growth. Or wait, is that being a bitch?