Archive for September, 2008

When is pass 2 coming?

Posted in General on September 26, 2008 by rocklawthepally

Another patch, another patch with no 2nd pass on Holy.  What gives?  Is it really done?  Not from my perspective.  Healing’s not bad, but solo dps sucks.  Gotta get this resolved.


Looking forward to more than 2 buttons

Posted in General on September 23, 2008 by rocklawthepally

Healing in TBC and vanilla WoW for pallies was a one-button affair with the occasional big heal thrown in for good measure.  It was static, stand-in-place-and-spam-Flash-of-Light-on-the-tank.  It was boring as hell.

In the expansion, we’re getting a couple of new items thrown into the mix.  Holy Shock is going to a 6 second cooldown and if talented properly, 2 crits can proc an instant Holy Light.  If the mana cost is manageable, it will be nice to throw into the roation if you have to move.

Beacon of Light looks even more interesting.  An AoE heal :)  I’ve been playing with it on the beta a little and it makes for some new fun and great utility.  It will be interesting to see how it works in situations with which I am familiar when 3.0.2 hits.  Maybe I can finally heal the 3rd Boss in heroic Shadow Labs.  Haven’t tried in a long time because the fight is so damn mobile.

Looking forward to using more than 2 buttons :)

Summoning stones are for losers

Posted in Raiding with tags on September 23, 2008 by rocklawthepally

This is a quick one.  If you know there is going to be a raid at a given time, you should be present at the zone line at the appointed invite time.  If for some reason you cannot be, the second you receive your invite, you should be on a bird, stocked and ready, heading for the instance.

Any failure to adhere to the above makes you a selfish bastard not thinking of the 24 other people in the raid.  Yes, yes, I now, life happens and in all that I do in WoW, I allow for RL and that’s OK.  It happens to everyone.  But for someone to ask for a summons after being in the raid for 20 minutes since the invite time because they’ve been sitting on their ass in Shatt or running another AV rather than getting on a bird is beyond me.

Be a decent individual and be on time and in place and you’ll make everyone’s life a little easier.  Summoning stones are for losers.

Hi. My name is Rocklaw and I’m a holy paladin.

Posted in General with tags , , , , on September 22, 2008 by rocklawthepally

Welcome.  This is a blog about holy pallies.  Because it’s new, there’s not much here yet, but I hope to populate it with interesting things and various musings about my favorite class in World of Warcraft.

A bit of history, then.  I began playing the game at the end of November, 2005 when I rolled a dwarf paladin on Malfurion-US.  I knew nothing about the game at that point, nor had I played the RTS Warcraft series.  I was a complete and total newbie.  I fumbled around by myself for the first thirty or so levels before I found myself in my first guild.  I didn’t know about theorycrafting, had no in-game contacts to speak of so I made some questionable decisions along the way.  But I eventually figured it out and made my way to 60.

I levelled as retribution primarily and didn’t turn holy until my guild began running Zul’Gurub on a regular basis.  Since that time, I’ve cleared Molten Core and Blackwing Lair and peeked inside AQ 40.  In Burning Crusade content, my guild has cleared Kara, Gruul’s Lair and Magtheridon.  We made it to 5/6 in Serpenshrine and 3/4 in Tempest Keep as well as 3/5 in Mount Hyjal and 3/9 in Black Temple.

As holy, I heal.  Yep.  I heal a lot.  Tanks, primarily.  But I also do a lot more than that.  Solo play, contrary to popular opinion, is relatively painless as a holy pally.  There are some downtime and mana management issues, but I visit the graveyard only once in a very blue moon and our class is kitted out with a good number of oh crap abilities.  Doing dailies on a holy pally takes me only slightly longer than they do on my mage who two-shots most mobs.

I hope this blog will flesh out what it is like to play a holy paladin in the endgame and in general solo play.  I’ll tackle issues relevant to the class, whether it’s something that’s working well or something that’s broken.  I’ll keep a close eye on the happenings in the Wrath of the Lich King beta and in the upcoming 3.0.2 patch (yes, I’m in the beta).

So stop by from time to time and check up on what’s new.  Feel free to leave comments and feedback.

/bubble /wave /hearth :)

Raid 101 – Always be prepared

Posted in Raiding with tags , on September 22, 2008 by rocklawthepally

I’ve been raiding endgame and near-endgame for over 2 1/2 years now and I’ve developed certain habits.  I like to be prepared so that I can be ready to step into any situation at the drop of a hat.  This means having certain things in my bags at all times, regardless of what I’m doing.  I’ve found that being a reliable raider sets a good example and helps break bad habits of those annoying bastards who always show up late and unstocked.

It’s a fairly simple process to go through.  After each raid, I go through a routine that results in me being ready for the next one.  Right after arriving back in <insert city of choice, currently Shattrath>, I repair and restock to 300 Symbols of Kings and 5 Symbols of Divinity.  The Kings number might be a tad high, but it is a leftover from the days of 40-mans and 15-minute buffs where you could actually go through all 300 in an evening.  Rarely do I use more than 100 in a night these days and that’s usually a wipe-fest learning encounter.

I also hit my bank and stock up on Super Mana Potions (usually try to have 40 on me) and Super Health Potions (usually 10).  Yes, yes I’m a healer but that Oh Shit heal I need when trying to keep the main tank alive can save a raid.

Other core raiding mats I carry at all times include 20 Blackened Sporefish, 20 Elixir of Healing Power and 20 Mageblood Potion.

This whole process takes mere minutes and it ensures that I am always ready to go for the next raid.  Consider doing this yourself and you, too, will always be gtg.

The reason I post this is that I absolutely cannot stand the insensitive buggers that arrive late and unstocked.  It holds up 24 other people and is easily avoided.  I never, ever ask for a summons to a zone line unless I’m pinch-hitting partway through a run.  I never say oops, gotta go back and get crap out of my bank.  Even if I am filling in, with the above part of my routine I’m always ready instantly.