It seems such a long, long time since I’ve had any kind of personal/reflective/link-y type post, so today, I bring you: random bits of flotsam. You might want to just scroll until you hit a header topic that interests you 🙂
Me, Me, Me
My main priority was continuing to catch up Terrielle: while she hit L80 a few days before release, my tradeskills were lagging behind. I didn’t get a chance to dps or heal anything that I wasn’t being carried through. All in all, the road from 80-85 has been a sharp learning curve for me, as I gained the last of my spells and attempted to begin figuring out what all my new shiny toys did for two specs. It wasn’t until our first raid in December that I even thought to ask: am I a tree or a boomkin?
We spent 3 nights raiding in December before closing the shop and hibernating for the winter — the new crew is a working bunch — and traveling for family time and festivities took many away from the game at the end of December. We reconvened for the first raid of the new year on Monday, and I got to go through the shrieking panic of raiding on a brand new toon — again! 3 days does not a comfort zone make, and so I was tossed off platforms in Conclave of Wind, saw the belly of the beast in Magmaw, and died alone in a corner at the very end of Omnitron.
I also tried, stubbornly I might add, continuing to heal without Moonglow in the 4 raid days we’ve had so far. I was especially frustrated last night as we were finishing Magmaw when I was praying that Innervate would miracleously decide to shave a minute off its cooldown so I could have some mana please. While Innervate was one of the first and most brutal lessons of Restoration Druid healing I’ve had to teach myself so far, feeling the need to cast it 3 times in order to feel productive during a boss fight felt counter-productive. I know darn well I was being conservative in my healing, and putting the larger burden on my fellow healers last night, so tonight, I’m walking into fresh dungeons to face the same fights with Moonglow by my side.
Overall, I’m ambivalent about the spec — Regrowth isn’t exactly high on priority list of spells, and I have no flipping clue how to track a internal one-minute cooldown once a proc has finished. Nature’s Grace is one of my favorite talents as a boomkin, but I’m just not appreciative of it eating up so many of my precious talent points as a tree. I also gave up Nature’s Swiftness, a spell I actually use with some consistency.
Running a heroic today with the new spec, I must say, I felt like I was walking around with a limitless mana pool again — which tells me I’m starting to outgear the dungeons, people are getting better, or the spec really does provide a significant mana improvement. However, for those who like personal ancedotes about how people “feel” about where they are with a class/spec, I’ll be happy to oblige ^^
My Guild & OMG Guilds Are Recruiting!
Nothing much new to report on the guild front. I re-applied for our first unofficial raid date in order to get promoted to intern. This means I am a lowly peon for 30 days, of which I imagine we will be discounting most of December due to nothing to evaluate. So, I continue to percolate, waiting to see how things will turn out on that front.
If you are looking for a guild, of any bent, now is a fabulous time to go guild shopping. A number of guilds are recruiting, just among those who blog, and I’ve tried to retrieve all the notices I’ve received from my feedreader for anyone still looking for that perfect home.
- The Left Claw| 10-man | Alliance | Dresden – US
- Team Sport| 10-man | Alliance | Ner’zhul – US
- Conquest| 25-man / PvP | Ner’zhul – US
- Avengers of Azeroth| 10-man | Alliance | Ursin – US
- Fury Untold| 10-man | Horde | Sen’jin – US
- Undying Resolution | 25-man | Alliance | Elune – US
I also wanted to be nice and plug my guild’s blog, Dedicated Insanity, and point you to our raid leader’s shiny new twitter feed. I don’t know if he’s figured out how it works yet, but hey, the more the merrier!
Random Tip of the Day
I don’t know about you, but I’ve reached the point where Justice Points aren’t doing a whole lot for me. If you’re capping out JP and don’t have any useful gear to buy, make a buck by purchasing Windslicer. It’s cheap, at 950 JP, and it sells for a tidy 26G 2S 66C. Repair cash!
Just make sure to wait until the two hour refund time is past, otherwise, you’ll get your JP back!
Brunpal has pointed out that the highest return on investment for vendoring is to purchase BC gems, which cost 78 Justice Points.
- Vendor for 5 gold per gem
- .0641 gold per Justice Point
- 3978 JP = 51 Gems = 255 gold
- Vendor for 6 gold per gem
- .0769 gold per Justice Point
- 3978 JP = 51 Gems = 306 gold
Love Those Links
Although I would love to put in some fabulous link love right now, I’m too darn lazy. I discovered if I hit my shared button, that I can share my favorite reads directly to my front page sidebar, so if you haven’t been by in awhile, and you want to know if I love you and your articles, you’ll just have to click through. (Or if you’re really bored at work and want to have enough reading to last you until the end of the day — it should do the trick!) If I don’t have your articles in there, freakin’ let me know, would ja? I just cleaned out my feed reader, and would love to meet some new bloggers.