Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This just in!

I was browsing around the official forums (something I would rather not do, but none of my favorite bloggers have any new content) and I found a really well-written post on the Healing forums, so I thought I'd share it. The OP calls healing the most difficult role in the game. I'd be inclined to agree. DPS often gets the glory of the kill ("Wow! I topped over 3.5k DPS!"). Sometimes it's the tank, but people hardly ever actually thank the healers, in my experience. I've gotten a "Good heals" every now and then, but no one has ever told me "Thanks, Myss, there's no way we could have done that without you." Healing is a pretty thankless job.

I pride myself in being able to look at health bars and know in a split second what would be the perfect heal to use, and in Wrath this got even harder. Before 3.0, the goal of priest healing was to use some rank of greater heal so that you would get the healee as close to full without actually going over, because those were wasted heals. Now, the goal is to heal them to full and over as little as possible. These goals may seem very similar; however, the difference is that when people are taking damage, their health is constantly going down (duh). This makes the pre-3.0 goal much easier (i.e. it was okay for you to heal when you knew it had a chance of overhealing, because odds were their health would fall below that level by the time the heal was actually cast). Post-3.0 you have to practically heal your target expecting around 1k health overheal or more in order to be as efficient as possible with your mana. It's mind-numbing. Not to mention that healing as a discipline spec is completely different.

So, I would like to take a moment to /applaud that poster and thank him/her for catching the eye of the devs. I don't think it actually did much good, but we'll see in the coming months...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Romance -- It's the devil

Sorry I haven't been posting for a while, but that's why I'm here now. I've finally hit 75 on Myssidia (the priest) and 65 on Myssidia (the Deathknight). I'm certainly not the slowest at leveling; however, I am moving at an awfully slow pace. Why? I'll tell you why.

A few months ago
My boyfriend broke up with me. It hurt a lot especially after I had given him four and a half years of my devotion. You didn't come here to listen to me whine about my love life, though. Well. You kinda did. The title should have given away some of what I intended to talk about. The point of all this is that I assumed that after the break-up I'd zoom zoom zoom to level 80 really quickly. Oddly enough. The exact opposite happened. I almost completely stopped playing.

I find myself logging on to my toons now more to socialize with my friends than to actually play. When my friends aren't on, I get bored within a few minutes and log out. The game just doesn't hold my interest anymore. I'm blaming it on romance.

But now...
A recent development in my life, though, I may be on my way to starting a new relationship. Sure maybe 4 months is a little fast, especially after just getting out of one as long as mine was, but, once again, not the point of this ramble. I've found myself wanting to play more. I know this isn't good because the guy I'm talking to isn't a gamer in the least bit. He thinks it's kinda cute that I'm a little nerdy (which I certainly am, I've threatened to start theory crafting with a friend of ours if he isn't careful), but I'm assuming that he won't like me playing late into the night like I used to. I'm also assuming that he won't like me on a strict raiding schedule. Uh oh.

The game isn't all that important to me, honestly. It's simply one of my more favorite diversions. So I could give it up, but that really isn't the point. I've just liked seeing the way I've handled the game while I was in my relationships. It's funny to me that at the exact time that I needed to stop playing as much, I've had more of an urge to do it (for about 5 hours straight today, something I haven't done since before Wrath). Not exactly as informative as my other posts. This one is certainly more selfish. Oh well. My blog, so I can be selfish every now and then. Also, I would like to say that I've discovered that dance music is making my WoW-time very fun.