Mimiron down. I’ll post a full debrief on weekend goings-on tomorrow. I’m watching the video on TankSpot on General Vezax to prep for tomorrow’s raid, then I’m going to bed…
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We managed to down Thorim last night, a boss that gave us quite a bit of grief last week. As we were learning the fight, we seemed to always face problems in the arena (“tank down!”) or problems in the gauntlet (“tank down!”), and if we successfully made it past that phase, died to massive chain lightnings when fighting Thorim himself. We also struggled with an undocumented ability: Thorim’s tendency to DC one or two people on the pull.
The thrill of downing a new boss was dimished by several things — that Kaleyen wasn’t invited to raid being the most important to me personally. But the nerfs, omg, the nerfs. The changes to the first few bosses in Ulduar have been discussed by several bloggers, and no surprise to any readers here I’m sure, the elitist jerk in me thinks it’s ludicrous that these have come so soon. Honestly, I’d like to see the Disconnect, Lag, Latency, and Loading Screen bosses tweaked first. But as we circled back around to Razorscale and Ignis last night — one shotting both while standing in the fire — I felt pretty sad that Blizzard wasn’t willing to give us time or incentive to improve.
As Tuesday’s respec left me rather flustered, I logged into Khaeli last night a bit earlier than usual so that I’d give myself plenty of time to review my new spec before our raid. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve used Power Auras for quite some time in order to track buffs (I initially downloaded it to indicate when the ol’ 10-minute Inner Fire had expired, but have since set it up to track the haste from Borrowed Time and the Egg of Mortal Essence). I added the Surge of Light, Clearcasting and Improved Holy Concentration procs to Power Auras, and tried to give it some sort of color code that made sense and made learning these new abilities a bit easier: a green circle around Khaeli meant a haste buff, a blue one meant a mana reduction. (Here’s a great guide to the add-on, for those interested). I tested it by spamming heals on myself, but it just seemed to be a blur of color and rings, all indicating “zomg! proc!” to which my response was still, after 24-hours of being Holy, “Wait, wut?”
So I tried a different add-on: TellMeWhen. While it has ostensibly the same function as Power Auras — it provides a visual display to monitor buffs/debuffs/cooldowns/procs — it uses the game’s icons rather than some other (albeit pretty) pattern. I set up one bar right above my Quartz casting bar to watch for my new Holy procs, as well as the haste from the Egg trinket and Heroism. I also created a bar to the left of Grid (where my eyes are most of a fight) to monitor the cooldowns for Circle of Healing and Prayer of Mending, as I’m still trying to get the feel for what buttons to push and when.
Did it help during our Naxx run? Blah, I dunno. I have gone from feeling incredibly knowledgeable and well-geared as a Disc Priest to feeling like a button-mashing, mana-starved padawan noob.
Thanks to AT&T for (for the time being) fixing your damn servers so that I can raid Heigan without lagging into the green wall of doom.