Thursday, January 29, 2009

/aim gun at Kel'thuzad

It looks like my guild will finally be taking down Kel'thuzad this weekend. I have been saving dkp for the past two weeks so that I can get either the shield, the T7 Helm or the sexy caster sword he drops. I'm bound to get at least one, or so I hope. Also, while googling random holy paladin terms today at work, I came across this gem: Loot Rank. If you put in your class and assign point values (which you can find on Elitist Jerks) to stats relevant to your spec, you can compare the raid gear to help you progress. What are you waiting for? TRY IT NAO!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The To(ret) Syndrome

Sorry, I couldn't resist! :P

For a couple of weeks now I have been thinking of going to the dark side and trying retribution for a few days, mainly for PvP. I'm afraid, though, that I will like it and will want to stay. Let's just say that I cannot wait for the dual specs to come out (if they ever do). I do have some very decent prot gear stored in my bank that I suppose I could use for a ret spec due to all the strength, but finding PvP gear for ret is not hard, given that you can craft most of it. All in all, I will try to resist the temptation to switch for now. 

In other news, I have rolled a Blood Elf Warlock, just to get a sense of what it is like to play the horde for a while. I know I have probably broken some sacrosanct law somewhere by doing this, but it will be interesting to see just what it is that makes the horde players win so many BGs and if it is really true that they are a more mature crowd. It will be strange, however, to not be able use my  /say "Turn the udder cheek!" macro after slapping around a Tauren in WSG. Ah well, "C'est la vie"

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A New Home!

So, after much contemplation, I have decided to switch servers. My new home is now the Scarlet Crusade server. While I will miss my friends and guildies from Cenarius, there are a few things I won't miss, such as waiting in an 1100 person queue to log in. Meanwhile, I have found a guild that I like very much and I am beginning to establish myself again among the healer community. 

In other news, I have participated in downing the Four Horsemen on 25 man Naxx last night, which is a first for me (not that I haven't wiped on it about a thousand times). It was a very exciting experience for me, and hopefully there will be many more. 

Till next time, thanks for reading!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Domo Arigato Mr. Healbotto

Quellious: Hey, I noticed your response time was a little off tonight. Are you lagging terribly?
"Nameless" Healadin: Not really, I was healing my group
 fine, wasn't I?
Quellious: Yes.... But in a 10 man we have two groups, and you were kind of on raid heals...
"Nameless" Healadin: You mean on Anub'Rekhan
? I had a bit of trouble targeting. 
Quellious: Targeting? What kind of healing mod are you using?
"Nameless" Healadin: I prefer to heal the old fashioned style. You know, F keys and hotbar buttons.
Quellious: Heh.... Yeah... What?
Quellious: Please get Healbot right away >.<

This was an actual conversation with a fellow paladin raiding Naxx-10. I never actually thought I would have to write a post about this, but it makes me a sad panda to think that there are people still healing the "old fashioned way." You know, the way they did it Pre-TBC. My friends, I would therefore like to introduce you to a wonderful little tool called Healbot. I don't care what kind of a healer you are, this little addon will be a lifesaver in any raid or dungeon instance. Why? It allows you to heal with a mouse click. Namely, Healbot allows you to see everyone's health bars (along with any dispellable debuffs on them if you chose), and allows you to bind your healing spells to your mouse buttons. You can also use the modifiers (such as Ctrl+click, Shift+click, etc.) to cast things like dispels, Lay on Hands, Beacon of Light, and so on. Here is what it looks like in it's simplest form (i.e. when there is only you in the group):

Of course, if you are in a group, it would show the rest of your groupmates as well as their pets. The newer versions of Healbot will also tell you the spec of the person you are scrolling over (in the form of xx/xx/xx). You can also set Healbot up to where it will show either numerical HP of your group or % wise. There are, of course, alternatives to healbot, such as Grid + Clique, but why use two addons when you can do the same with just one. So please, if you are a healer of any kind, make your life easier and get it today. You can find it at Curse gaming's WoW addons. Otherwise, you'll have incurred the wrath of a very frustrated blogger :P

Edit: By the way, I just wanted to point out that healbot is not only for healers. Mages and Druids can use it to set up de-cursing, paladins can use it to cast things like Divine Intervention, hunters can use it to MD, etc. The possibilities are endless, especially because you can use the decursive hotbutton (D is the default I believe) in conjunction, and you can even track the debuffs using Healbot's UI.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More to come in this new year!

First of all, let me wish everyone reading this a belated New Year! I've been extremely busy catching up with work for last year, that I didn't have time to post new articles. I have, however, made a resolution to post here at least three times a week, and make at least one useful guide a week. Therefore, you can expect to see new stuff coming up next week, and make sure you spread the word around! :P