Kaleyen adjusts his spec a lot. A LOT. One of the things we've been
discussing lately vis-a-vis death knight talents is whether or not he
should take Bloodworms. The benefits are clear: heals. The downside
less so: there have been claims, according to K-, on EJ that
Bloodworms can pick up cross-charges on Thaddius and wipe the raid.
That seemed silly to me, and I looked through all the WWS reports I had
for the fight to see if they'd ever posed a problem. But Kaleyen
hasn't been Blood all that long, and he never seemed to have had them
proc during that encounter. Another Blood DK did raid with us on
Tuesday night and while his did proc, it didn't seem to have caused any
issues. So the evidence was inconclusive, and although the notion that
this could happen was disconcerting, we didn't really think much of
it. After scraping together the coin for his epic flyer this week
(congrats!), he didn't really feel like spending the coin to respecc and thus remained worm-less.
Fast forward to last night's 10-man.
Shortly after the first polarity shift, Kaleyen was wtfpwned. He had a
positive charge and was standing on the correct side, but he and a
couple of others (including two of the other healers) went splat.
Taking a plate-wearing class with 23K-ish health down to nothing means
(/math) he was struck with at least 5 charges. In a ten-man raid, how
was that possible?! I'll give folks the benefit of the doubt that they
were able to read the + and – debuffs and respond correctly. (After
writing my last post, I feel perhaps I'm a bit too harsh on my
So this morning, as all good little gamer-geeks are
wont to do, K- and I poured over the WWS reports from last night's
fight, prompted in part by a post on the WoW Forums. Players are surmising that non-permanent pets can, in fact, inflict
charges during the Thaddius fight. And it looks like this is precisely
what happened last night, not with Bloodworms but with another non-perma-DK-pet:
02:39'17.047 Kaleyen gains Dancing Rune Weapon.
02:39'17.047 Kaleyen Dancing Rune Weapon summons Rune Weapon.
02:40'14.172 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Opalfuris for 4500 Nature.
02:40'14.172 Kaleyen Negative Charge was absorbed by Whiskyhealer.
02:40'14.188 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Khaeli for 3441 Nature. (1059 Absorbed)
02:40'14.188 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Eldini for 4500 Nature.
02:40'14.188 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Mycko for 3188 Nature. (1177 Absorbed)
02:40'19.016 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Opalfuris for 4500 Nature.
02:40'19.016 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Whiskyhealer for 2858 Nature. (1642 Absorbed)
02:40'19.031 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Khaeli for 4500 Nature.
02:40'19.078 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Eldini for 4500 Nature.
02:40'19.078 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Mycko for 4365 Nature.
02:40'24.250 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Opalfuris for 4500 Nature.
02:40'24.250 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Whiskyhealer for 4500 Nature.
02:40'24.313 Kaleyen Negative Charge was absorbed by Khaeli.
02:40'24.313 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Eldini for 4500 Nature.
02:40'24.313 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Mycko for 4365 Nature.
02:40'29.094 Kaleyen Negative Charge hits Eldini for 4500 Nature.
02:40'45.156 Khaeli Negative Charge hits Kaleyen for 4500 Nature.
02:40'47.219 Khaeli gains 935 Mana from Shadowfiend Mana Leech.
I added those last two lines in there as fair warning to priests. The
shadowfiend is also a non-permanent pet and although, granted, we cast
typically them and they immediately die (yay minor glyph?), they can
also apparently injure fellow raid members. I don't often cast the shadowfiend,
as mana isn't an issue for me. But with undergeared healers and low DPS in
last night's raid, that's what I did. And damn, if my shadowfiend
didn't kill my fiancé. Oops. Sorry!