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Lasherweave Garb January 28, 2010

Posted by Leiyan in Loot, Tree.
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I’ve been convinced.  It’s time to seriously think about picking up four t10 pieces to get the bonus which sound absolutely awesome.  I’ve been hesitant on buying up the set.  I spent some badges here and there, right now I only have enough for two pieces… and honestly, without the Vanquisher tokens none of the pieces look like much of an upgrade.  Even with the token, I can’t afford to sacrifice the haste on my current gear for non-haste upgrades (t10 shoulders, chest, and hat).  In fact, the only two tier pieces with haste on them (gloves and pants) are the two places I’ve already upgraded to ilevel 264 gear (grabbing the basic t10 at ilevel 251 would be a serious downgrade at this point).

Beyond that, I am foolishly waiting for a certain item to drop before seriously going after anything else.  Once I have that, I’ll ought to be able to pick up the t10 hat and gloves without worrying as much about haste.

Still, the Rejuvenation proc sounds absolutely amazing for fights like Professor Putricide.  I would hate to miss out on having the bonus when it would be really useful.  Certainly something to consider… I’ll be keeping my eye on this bonus.

As a parting question, how are you planning to deal with the lack of haste on our t10 gear?  Has this caused anyone else to hesitate on picking up t10 as soon as possible?

[3.3.3] Eclipse Procs in Power Auras January 26, 2010

Posted by Leiyan in AddOns/Mods/Macros, Moonkin.
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UDPATE 2/10/2011: I’ve noticed this still gets a lot of views, so I would direct anyone who finds this post to a related post on Heart of the Wild.

UPDATE 4/5/2010:  Patch 3.3.3 brought a minor change to the Eclipse proc for Balance Druids.  As many Moonkin recall, the buff was called “Eclipse” regardless of if it buffed Wrath or Starfire.  This is no longer the case.

An eclipse that buffs Starfire is now named: Eclipse (Lunar)
An eclipse that buffs Wrath is now named: Eclipse (Solar)

These terms can now be used instead of the spell numbers I described below.  Of course, the spell numbers will still work so you wont need to update/change your Power Aura settings unless you want to.  A very nice, and very needed, change.  Thanks, Blizz!

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I found this lovely little addon about a year ago but only since October 2009, when I ran Moonkin spec in my guilds Yogg+1 10s group and used it to display the free Starfire proc from the Tier 8 2 piece bonus  did I start seeing how useful it was.  Even then, its only been in the last month or two that I have really use of Power Auras Classic to its fullest with all four specs of the Druid class.

Angelya’s post in Revive & Rejuvenate reminded me of how little I had been able to find regarding how to properly display Eclipse Procs when I was searching for that information.  Luckily I somehow came across the spell numbers for the two buffs in Wowhead.  Right now, I have no idea -how- I found the spell numbers.  No matter what I try, I can’t seem to repeat the search that lead me to these numbers in the first place, which is probably why so many Moonkin out there also do not seem to know they exist.

So, in the interests of getting the information out there as much as possible:
For the Eclipse that boosts Starfire use: [48518]
For the Eclipse that boosts Wrath use: [48517]

Make sure to include the []’s in the Name field.  That is the proper syntax for using Wowhead spell numbers in Power Auras Classic.

My aura for both procs look exactly the same, and are found in the same spot on my screen.  The Lunar Eclipse is tinted blue and the Solar Eclipse is tinted orange (just like the buffs appear on my character).  Naturally, both also have a countdown timer to display how much longer I can keep spamming before it wears off.  Being a Restoration Druid at heart, this simple aura display has greatly increased my DPS, making it rather obvious when I should be hitting one button instead of the other. =)

Looking Forward to Frostwing Halls January 21, 2010

Posted by Leiyan in Icecrown Citadel.
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With the Crimson Halls opened just two days ago for the first time, I find that I am really looking forward to the next wing of Icecrown Citadel.

I don’t mean to say I am eager to put the Plagueworks and Crimson Hall behind me (well, okay, maybe I am looking forward to moving past Plagueworks with all of its…”body humor”… ), but I am definitely interested in seeing what fights await us with Valithria, Sindragosa, and of course the Lich King himself.

My guild, like many I would suspect, was really tired of our uninspired runs through Trial of the Grand Crusader.  We zoned in, killed bosses and looted, all the while growling at Highlord Tirion as he dealt us back-handed compliments (“Alas, you are victorious….” is certanily my most hated line in all of World of Warcraft).

Icecrown was a much-anticipated and very welcome change.  Suddenly we were fighting in, not a single room, but a hallway of rooms, and there was an elevator!  And, best of all, an airship battle that required you to wear rocket-packs!  Well, the novelty may have worn off by now, but given the choice between running the first four bosses of ICC and the first four of ToCG for eternity, ICC wins hands down.  At least this instance has some scenery changes!

The Plagueworks has been an interesting addition.  Festergut quickly became one of the easiest fights in the game for our guild, once we figured out what was happening.  Rotface is still a bit of a challenge, but we don’t have much trouble on that front either.  Putricide still stumps us, but I think we all have a feeling that tonight will be the night he dies.

As for the Crimson Halls, my 10s group last night managed to put down the Blood Prince Council after about 5 or 6 attempts.  We also got two attempts in on Blood Queen Lana’thel before having to call it a night, and that fight looks like a lot of fun.  I am excited about trying both of these new fights in 25s this week.

And so, as the title of my post suggests, I am really really looking to the next and final wing of Icecrown Citadel.  This instance has been a blast so far and I have nothing but high expectations for what is to come.  It feels like Blizzard has really been stretching their creative wings in designing this place… I hope they keep it up in all the raids to come!

I’m Back! January 21, 2010

Posted by Leiyan in Uncategorized.
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Not that anyone noticed I was missing in the first place. =)

This blog has been in the back of my mind ever since I created it back in April of 2009, nearly a year ago now.   Back then, I had recently joined my current guild and I was getting back into the swing of (semi-)serious raiding.  Resto4Life had also just closed its doors, and I felt like there was a big hole in the World Tree of Druid blogs.

I never felt I was the one to fill that void.  I have never blogged before and I don’t have the same sense for analyzing new spells and abilities like Phaelia.  But, I wanted to create something to be passionate about.  Since then Kae at Dreambound Druid, has really stepped up to the plate and become my go to resource, what Resto4Life once was.

So, what is this blog going to become?  I’m still not sure.  As I said in my original post, there are so many Resto Druid blogs out there, and they cover almost everything I want information on.  If I want to do this, I need to discover my niche, my focus.  What do I have to share with the Restoration Druid community?