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Facing the Lich King March 24, 2010

Posted by Leiyan in Icecrown Citadel, Strategy.
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To me, that one point in Brambles to get further down the talent tree to Celestial Focus, is a Thorn in my side.  It’s just not a talent I particularly like or desire.  Despite Phaelia’s write up on Brambles (which honestly has made me more vigilant in maintaining Thorns on my Tanks ever since reading it), if there was ANYTHING that was even remotely useful for that 1 point, I would choose it over Brambles in a heartbeat.

So what does that have to do with the title of this post?

Well, we faced the Lich King in 10s for the first time on Sunday.  We wiped many, many times… but it was so much fun.  We learned something at each attempt, and we are looking forward to more attempts when we probably go back this Sunday.

So far we can consistently make it into Phase Two, but that is where everything falls apart.  More precisely, things always seemed to fall apart right at the end of the first Transition Phase, too many adds, too much chaos. Figuring out the mechanics on the Val’kyr was also definitely slowing down our progress.  Still, I think we were really getting somewhere on our last few attempts.

In an effort to maintain more control over the Spirits in the Transition, we decided to have me DPSing the Ice Spheres which would allow the 5 DPSers to really burn down those adds.

With only 6000 health, the Ice Spheres aren’t too bad to take down.  I was a bit worried I wouldn’t kill them before they reached one of the raid members, but two Wrath’s usually took them out.   When that wasn’t enough I could finish an Sphere off with a Moonfire.  In fact, I took to opening with Moonfire as I was running into range, and then hitting Wrath twice to kill it off.  It was always a close call, but it was doable.  As a result, the adds were much better managed by the DPS and things started to look up for Phase Two.

So, once we called it for the evening, I discovered that I finally had a real reason to switch that one point dumped into Brambles to SOMETHING ELSE.  That’s right.  I now proudly have one point in Nature’s Reach and my Balance spells  have a 33 yard range.  That extra 3 yards doesn’t seem like much but when you barely have enough time to kill an Ice Sphere as it is, any edge helps.

Does my raid lose the 25% buff to Thorns?  Yes, but balancing the minimal damage output from Thorns against the need to kill the Ice Spheres swiftly or face a wipe…  Well, Nature’s Reach wins in my book.

Eventually, once we get a better feel for the fight and the DPS move back to killing the Spheres, I’m sure I’ll go back and pick up that 1 point in Brambles… but until then, feel my (33 yard) Wrath!!!

GG Blizzard, You’ve Won: ICC 25s BiS List March 18, 2010

Posted by Leiyan in Icecrown Citadel, Loot, Tree.
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My ICC25s Best-in-Slot Gear List

This list completely excludes any and all drops from heroic mode ICC, either 10s or 25s.  Also, this is only my current BiS gear…and I discuss below, it has been quite a trip to get to this point.

Head: Sanctified Lasherweave Helmet
Neck: Bone Sentinel’s Amulet
Shoulder: Sanctified Lasherweave Pauldrons
Back: Greatcloak of the Turned Champion
Chest: Vestments of Spruce and Fir
Wrist: Braces of Eternal Dreaming
Hands: Sanctified Lasherweave Gauntlets
Waist: Professor’s Bloodied Smock
Legs: Sanctified Lasherweave Legplates
Feet: Blessed Cenarion Boots
Finger: Marrowgar’s Frigid Eye Memory of Malygos + Ashen Band of Endless Wisdom
Trinkets: Althor’s Abacus + Purified Lunar Dust
Weapon: Trauma
Off-Hand: Sundial of Eternal Dusk
Relic: Idol of the Black Willow

Check out my WoWHead Wishlist Profile updated WoWHeadWishlist Profile to see the enchants/gems/talents I’ve chosen to go along with these pieces.

Now, as I said at the top of this post, this is just my current BiS wish list.  I have at least 5 other iterations saved in the WoWHead Profiler, and countless other small changes and edits which I didn’t record anywhere.

During my lunch break, I was re-reading the post on MMO-Champion from March 1st regarding Cataclysm Stat Changes, and this line from Eyonix really stood out to me.

Our ultimate goal is make gear a more interesting (and less confusing) choice…

Well, congrats Blizzard.  Not only have I played WoW for a bajillion hours these last two weeks (read: more hours than I would care to admit), I have also spent countless hours over the same two weeks theorycrafting my gear, my enchants, my gems, and my spec in my free time.

Despite all of that, I am still not 100% certain this is the route I want to go with my gear.

When you get right down to it, there are so many good options for speccing and gearing, all of which accomplish the same basic goal of getting myself haste capped.  After that, I just have to decide if I would rather trade talent points for stats.

Go all the way to 3/3 CF, loose Emp Touch, but gain better stats through dropping haste gems?

Get a little bit of everything with 2/3CF, 2/3 Living Spirit [see Rethinking Living Spirit from Beruthiel], 2/2 Emp Touch, and sticking with a few haste gems?

Completely ditch CF, pick up Living Seed and use Dying Light plus a bazillion Reckless Ametrine to reach the Haste Cap?

And there are so many more variations… Obviously some will appear to be better choices to you than others, but it all depends on your healing style and what you value in terms of stats.  Personally, I’ve found myself wavering between all sorts of possibilities, finding myself convinced I wanted to go one direction only to change my mind completely the next day.

Right now, I think I am pretty settled in the above list… I have spent two weeks contemplating this stuff after all.  However, I still feel as if I could play with the options and figure out another combination that I like even better.

But I will tell you this, if it was Blizzard’s goal to make gear and talent choices interesting, I’d say they are headed in the right direction as far as Restoration Druids are concerned.

Away for the Weekend March 3, 2010

Posted by Leiyan in Uncategorized.
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Been super busy this past week, more so than I had planned. I have a couple of posts in draft form but nothing ready to go quite yet….

Tomorrow morning I am heading out to Las Vegas to hang out with some guildmates over the weekeed.

So… I haven’t disappeared again, I’ll be back in a few days with some new posts.

See ya next week!