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Get Mad at D’em Eggs!

Wanted for excessive shaking of bunny maker.

Wanted for excessive shaking of bunny maker.

Noblegarden: check. 

Personally, I enjoy the flavor that the seasonal events add to the game.  This one was well done, in that it was a fun diversion, with little frustration involved in completing the various achievements.  (Although it may be a day or two before I have the willpower to send Vess out there to search for more eggs.) 

Many thanks to Reizo of <Awaken>, who was hanging out in Un’Goro Crater helping people with the Hard Boiled achievement. 

Now, if I could just find a group to run Drak’Tharon Keep . . .

Vess

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The Secret to my Success . . .

/beckons you closer

I am going to tell you a secret, one that has made me a much better Discipline Priest than I have any business being.

Raid Mats.

That’s right: Raid Mats.

No, not for Vess you idiot, what kinda lame ass secret would that be?  The raid mats are for the man behind the toon.

Now some people will tell you about sandwiches, chips and dip, or this and that soda or beer and their special plate/bowl/glass.  Whatever.  I need none of that crap.  /backhands stuff off of table.

The only thing I need is a frakin cigar. Continue reading

Is Disc the New Black?

While in Dalaran of late, I have been mousing over the other Horde priests that I pass (using Cowtip to peer into the depths of their souls).  I am seeing 1) alot of female blood elf priestesses (nice to look at, but not very original) and 2) almost all of the healing priests are Holy speced.  WTF?

I can’t remember the last time I strolled past a fellow Disc Priest. 

I play on the Undermine server, and it certainly has some quirks to it, but the near complete absence of Disc Priests has me wondering why that is. Continue reading

Official Patch Notes for Priests – Patch 3.1

PATCH 3.1 IS GOING LIVE TODAY!!!

Here are the official patch notes for Priests.  Enjoy!  (You can check out the full list of changes here, courtesy of WoW Insider.)

Vess

Priest

  • Abolish Disease: Now cleanses a disease every 3 seconds, down from 5. Duration reduced from 20 seconds down to 12 seconds.
  • Devouring Plague: This spell now has a new icon.
  • Divine Hymn redesigned: You recite a Holy hymn, summoning the power of the Divine to assist you in your time of need. Heals 3 nearby lowest-health friendly party or raid targets for 4960-5208 every 2 seconds for 8 seconds, and increases healing done to them by 15% for 8 seconds. Maximum of 12 heals. The Priest must channel to maintain the spell. Cooldown increased to 6 minutes, up from 5.
  • Divine Spirit is now trainable at level 31.
  • Holy Nova: Mana cost reduced approximately 20%.
  • Improved Holy Concentration removed.
  • Hymn of Hope redesigned: You recite a Holy hymn, restoring hope to those in despair. Restores 3% mana to 3 nearby low mana friendly party or raid targets every 2 seconds for 8 seconds, and temporarily increases their total maximum mana by 20% for 8 seconds. After the effect expires, the mana is lost. Maximum of 12 mana restorations. The Priest must channel to maintain the spell. Cooldown increased to 6 minutes, up from 5.
  • Mental Agility, Inner Focus, Shadow Reach, Shadow Focus and Shadow Affinity now all affect Psychic Horror.
  • Prayer of Healing: This spell now heals the target’s party, rather than being limited to just your direct party.
  • Shadowfiend: Health scaling increased. Now receives 30% of the master’s spell power. Mana return increased to 5%, up from 4%. The Shadowfiend now returns mana when its melee attacks land, rather than when it deals damage. No longer has a 75% reduced chance to be hit by melee, ranged and spells. Movement speed normalized to player movement speed. Tooltip revised. New Shadowfiend ability, Shadowcrawl, teleports the Shadowfiend to an enemy target and increases its damage done by 15% for 5 seconds. Continue reading

Vess’ Disc Spec v3.1

BobTurkey has put up a great post revealing the logic behind his disc spec choices once Patch 3.1 hits.  Article is here.

This (57/14/0) is what I will be running as my main spec when 3.1 hits.

The changes to the Discipline tree will allow me to keep all the goodness from my current spec with fewer points.  This will let me:

  • fully talent Silent Resolve (up from 2/3) – giving me an additional 6% reduction in threat;
  • fully talent Mental Agility (up from 2/5) – reducing the mana cost of my instant cast spells by an additional 6%; and
  • pick up Desperate Prayer – giving me an instant cast self heal.

So, less threat, more mana efficient spells, and a personal ‘oh shit’ button.  Win win win. 

Vess

(At the moment, it looks like I may go with Disc PVP for my dual spec.  I need to do some more research though before I am ready to post that spec.  Stay tuned.)

Suck it Shadow Priests!

After a full day of work, I logged on around 10 PM, mainly because I needed to do one more JC daily to get the Solid Sky Sapphire recipe for my MT.  (Karinthanis spent some emblems on tanking gear since the loot gods have not been kind to our tanks or healers in Naxx lately, and needed to regem.) 

While I was grabbing the daily,  I noticed a 25-man VoA run looking for a healer and some dps.  So I whispered that I was available, and that I was a disc speced priest.  Invite hits about 2 seconds later, and off I go to WG.  Continue reading

How to improve your PUGs.

Look, I am no hero, but I do jump into the LFG channel from time to time and go out healing heriocs for groups of players I have never met before.  Crazy, I know, but true. 

And one thing that I have learned, is that there are some basic rules of etiquette that will help you get more frequent and successful PUG runs.

First, for those of you that don’t know, or don’t really pay attention to it, there is a text box at the bottom of the LFG tab where you can list information that will show up when another person in LFG mouses over your name.  If you are a hybrid class, please please list what your role is.  I am much more likely to invite someone to a PUG I am healing if I can tell you are a tank or dps without having to ask you about your spec.  Continue reading

Dual Spec Ramblings

So I was pondering the coming wonder that is dual specs the other day, and frankly, I was really struggling with what to do.  Vess is a pve disc priest.  I like the spec, alot, maybe even a little too much.  So I fully intend to keep disc as my primary spec. 

Which leaves me with a decision to make for my off-spec.  I choose to see my options as the following:

  • PVP Disc;
  • PVE Holy;
  • PVP Holy;
  • PVE Shadow; or
  • PVP Shadow.

PVP Disc– As I have mentioned, I spent a decent amount of time as a battleground disc healer back in the days when disc didn’t have pew pew lazer heals, and you could priest tank 2-3 dps.  One competent healer in a battleground was often the difference between a win and a loss, and I enjoyed the ‘healing with reckless abandon’ mentality you need to be a pvp healer.   Continue reading