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My cleric so far..

March 14, 2011

Meet Callista. She is a Defiant Cleric in Trion’s new MMO, Rift. She Heals, she DPS’s and she Tanks. Yes, she even tanks.

Callista

I love how the class system works in Rift. So fluid and customizable, a person can seriously play this game any way they choose and still do amazingly well. My Cleric wears chain armor and can AOE down a pack of mobs while walking backwards. It’s the stuff of dreams to finally be able to quest, heal or tank in a well designed MMO on a character that doesn’t makes you suspect that investing serious game play into them will end up as a giant waste of time. Much like my druid from Wow, I am in love with this class and its potential for varied game play. Much UNLIKE my druid from WoW, I can actually PVP, quest, raid or tank in the same gear, with the simple switch of my Soul Tree spec.

So far I have built her skills around the Inquisitor tree’s Vex spell mainly because I can keep moving and healing while questing. It seems to be the fastest way to level and keep up with my Chloromancer/Warlock/Necromancer friend, Utu =)

Here is my Cleric’s spec at the scrubby level of 25:

She is a level 25 Inquisitor 22 / Warden 5 / Sentinel 5

I specifically built her around the Vex spell and chose talents that support this spell to maximize uptime while questing and reduce travel to pick up loot, etc.

First, lets look at Vex:

Rank 1 Vex is a simple instant dot that costs 8 Mana and “Torments the enemy, dealing 38 Death damage over 15 seconds”.

Not so earth shattering in and of itself. But I found that coupled with the warden talent Destructive Tide (which increases the damage of your instant cast spells by a certain % up to five pts) makes it a very powerful dot.

It takes ten points in the inquisitor tree to get the talent Contempt (heals you for 45% / 90%), but once you get that high, you can dot up several mobs and the damage it does (when amped up with Destructive tide) heals you for quite a bit. Meanwhile, you immediately get a 0 pt spell with Warden called Water Jet that is an instant cast spell that at lower levels allows you to pretty much run around killing and looting non-stop.

As I progressed a little higher, I centered my skills around enhancing my spell power with Watchful Gaze in the Sentinel tree and other talents/spells that give me more crit or more healing to help support the fast leveling play style my build supports.

Finally, I reached the higher levels of the Inquisitor tree where I could grab Mental Resilience for the extra 10% / 20% / 30% / 40% / 50% damage it gives and the Vex spell really starts shining as I am able to literally hold my own against powerful rift mobs and rampant Guardian invasions. It also helps that the 0 talent heal Healing Breath in the Sentinel tree is full of win. With only an 8 second cd, its my go-to heal every time.

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giggle/rant/sob of the day

April 20, 2010

Reading this post about healing the Lich King fight and I come across the humorous line,

“if for some reason you still run with a group of window lickers that still don’t understand the benefits and abilities of a discipline priest, this fight alone should change their mind.”

I cant help but laugh. I mean, I cry a little too, but I am laughing. My guildies certainly don’t think they are window lickers (in fact some of them kinda have a high opinion of themselves), but there are still far too many of the influential people in this guild that honestly think they are carrying the guild disc priest. You know.. the one who is always so low low low on direct healing numbers.

It’s not like I am a bad. I do my part, I research the fights before we get to a new boss and I don’t make any more mistakes than anyone else. Plus I am a priest, I survive some crazy stuff due to my CD’s and burst healing. But because the default healing chart that comes with Recount is only for direct heals, and mitigation is a new concept to most WoW players, there are some who look at that chart or any deviation in my performance as proof I am not pulling my weight. Human psychology dictates that once a person is convinced that another is a bad at something, even if this person isn’t any better or worse than any other, the person in question must work ten times harder to disprove the erroneous opinion. Any mistake or error on their part is normally magnified ten times worse as proof of their earlier (and in this case wrong) opinion.

On the two non-disc friendly fights I keep my head above water. On BQ I float in the upper middle of the chart and on dreamwalker I just focus on tank healing, PI the Pally, and feel grateful I am not sent out of the room in shame. But in the rest of the fights my output varies from leading with as much as 44% of the overall healing to being head to head, toe to toe with the two other top healers in the guild.

But it doesn’t make for a fun evening when you are being doubted and constantly under fire. From being called out  in vent by an officer about my low healing output in Dreamwalker, to having one guild member recently flip out and Gquit during a raid after telling me that the only reason I am in this guild is that people feel sorry for me, it’s a nightly struggle to just keep my sanity over what I know I am contributing. The worst time I have of it is in my ten man group where every week I have to gently but firmly point out that whatever heroic encounter we are learning at the moment would not be better done with me as a Holy Priest. Usually posting the Heal+absorb meter quiets the demands for me to stop being a Disc Scrubb, but the ensuing comments from showing just how much further ahead my output is on the meter switches to resentful statements like “gee wish I only had to spam one button to top meters” (a resto drood said that last week) and “you can tell a healer is good based on their direct heals”,  and my personal all-time favorite, “your legendary mace is healing for you, so absorbs don’t count on the meters”. You really cant win if people don’t want to change.

All this would come to naught if it weren’t for two really awesome officers in my guild. Without these two people having my back, I probably wouldn’t have made it past the first month with this guild. They lobby constantly to educate others on how a Disc Priest heals, and always show support for me when the other officers question my abilities and direct heal numbers. And to be quite honest, not everyone feels this way. Most guildies understand that a disc priest’s most beneficial utilities to a raid wont show up on a direct heal meter, and the others trust the healing lead who advocates on my behalf.

That said, I think it’s disheartening that my two friends have to work so hard for tolerance of such a necessary raid healing class at a time in the expansion when everyone should know what the other classes can do, and show team support even if they don’t. But there you have it. People are people and they will always fuss and fidget about everything under the sun.

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LF39M MC – my experience using the new Dungeon Finder Tool

March 8, 2010

Ahh the lovely challenge of using the Random Dungeon finder tool.

Over on Blog Azeroth, we have been challenged with coming up with some positive stories from using the LFG system. Problem is, Most dungeon runs are pretty standard. You queue up, you go in and buff, force the tank to pull at light speed and you grab your loot and go. Its hard to come up with suitable tear moistening stories from such a routine occurrence.

Far easier to recount for your reading enjoyment is the tale of how I got kicked from a low level BFD run by a healer and his two buddies. It really is a positive story, I swear. The lessons I learned from it were rather good for me, it was terribly amusing overall, and after thinking it over carefully, the experience has made me a more considerate low level dungeon runner.

So there I was, running through the Black Fathom Deeps instance, DPSing like a mad woman and fending off mobs that kept magically pulling off the tank, when we came to the Twilight cultist’s boss room. We kill the boss quickly and I hop up on the dais and start happily lighting all the candles…   As I light the third candle, it suddenly dawned on me… >.< err… we aren’t level 80… We are gonna die…  oops..!!!! Belatedly I battled the waves of Adds valiantly trying to correct my mistake by killing them all before anyone died, but was overwhelmed in the end. As soon as I died, I typed my apology and explanation for being such a tard.

Hoo boy was that embarrassing.

The healer was so mad at me he refused to res me. No one in the group said one word to me after my apology, and so I started the long corpse run back to the ruined Temple of Elune in the Zoram Strand. I received my vote kick long before I had made it back to the instance portal.

But long before the vote kick came, I knew this run wasn’t going to go so smoothly when out of the blue the healer’s girlfriend emote /slapped me for thanking the healer for an earlier res and offering cupcakes. I remember being stunned and thinking to myself, if this was an RP realm, I’d be honor bound to kick her skinny butt. Who walks around slapping people and thinking its not going to provoke a reaction anyway? I casually commented that she didn’t need to hit other people who are being nice to the healer. She didn’t say anything.

About ten minutes after that, I spied a chest near the Merloc cave and popped it open to see what was in it. Back in the day, we used to roll on the right to open them, because sometimes there were valuable greens inside. But a little bit after Burning Crusade came out, Blizzard instituted a group /roll system for greens in chests. People stopped rolling to loot the chests and whomever wanted the vendor trash usually popped them for the group. Well, apparently the Healer, Tank and Slappy all came from a realm that still rolled on them. It was bizarre being lectured by the healer like I was some recalcitrant child who never ran a dungeon before. I took the umbrage gracefully and explained my mistake and apologized. This was a new experience for me and from that moment on, the run took on a feeling of the unreal.

When the healer pompously starting lecturing my rather scrubby warlock friend about his unacceptable DPS in this level 20 run I just had to laugh. Here I was, dripping in heirloom items and AH huntard greens, leading them through a dungeon, and so obviously not a new player – I kept thinking to myself that no one can be that ignorantly pompous, can they? And for that matter.. WHO RUNS RECOUNT AT LEVEL 20?? really.. level 20! I know.. i couldn’t belive it either… I mean, my warlock friend is infamous for not being able to DPS at any level or any class – he is the ubiquitous scrubb and we love him despite is terribad playing skills. But this is a level 20 run.. not ICC 25 or a timed run or anything.

Suffice to say, when the imminent group kick finally came, I was glad to get away from the dysfunctional couple and their tanking buddy. My scrubby warlock friend didn’t realize what happened at first (I learned that day that it only takes three votes to kick someone from a run – he wasn’t even asked) and eventually he realized I was gone. He wandered around the dungeon a little bit then took off to do some solo questing.

Took me a few days to sort through my emotions, but in the end, I am mostly amused at the experience, and a little bit chastened for scrubbing it up like I did.

First, because being treated like a problem child in a dungeon run has so very rarely happened to me. I have always thought of myself as a somewhat polite person in real life, and I do my best to extend that to my game play in MMO’s. I try to be communicative and don’t harangue or harrass people when they make mistakes or get upset. Also, I have more than your average amount of instancing experience – I leveled my first serious avatar, a healing priest, five years ago. Healing your way up to level 60 through the dungeons made lots of friends and very few enemies. Although things were very different back in the days of Vanilla WoW, no one would kick a competent healing priest from a group. heck, i am not sure they would kick an asshat healing priest either, but I too much of a softie to be mean to people. Healers were in short supply back in the day, and I was proud that I was friends to so many others on my realm.

Second, I was rather amused at the girlfriend’s reaction. Something like that would never happen to me in real life – So unexpected and out of the blue to suddenly be slapped by another person. I imagined it to be like walking into a bar, ordering a drink and getting cold cocked by the person standing next to you. Not something one sees every day, or even in a lifetime.. lol.

Lastly, I was a little touched at the nostalgia of rolling on chests and using CC on low level dungeon runs. The Dungeon Finder tool brings so many different realm cultures together, it was nice being reminded to not assume everyone in a group was on the same page as far as low level loot rules went.

I haven’t ran a low level run since then. Partly in fear of that rough experience being repeated. Its enough to watch my son on the weekends struggling through the low level runs with the seemingly revolving door of people popping in and out of the average run. Although its awesome to finally be able to queue up for a low level run – they had almost died out before the Dungeon finder tool was instituted – seems its very rare to see the same five people who start the run actually finish it. Vote kicks are rampant as are people /afking and dropping group in favor of less harrowing experiences. I hope the next time I have the energy to run a lowbie run, I can help improve on this culture with good behavior and actually get a group to finish without unnecessary drops or drama.