Podcasts Galore

I would like to take a minute and direct you to the reason you haven’t seen any more of the 85 guide lately!

On Wednesday we recorded Episode 1 of The OverLores. The podcast that I co-host with Rilandune, Nevik, Psnyister, and Nibuca and go across Azeroth as a band of worgen learning and exploring the lore that power-levelers miss…or even the lore you might not piece together while going about your business. This week we Rilandune discusses the Curse of the Worgen comics and we go into the game to experience some major changes in Gilnean life including the beginning and abrupt end of the zombie apocalypse for the city of Duskhaven. We leave the city in a state of panic and will continue our journey this week.

You can check out the full write-up and podcast at our home on the Twisted Nether Network!

And that’s not all!

I was invited along with Matticus, Nevik, and Amy (The WoW Lawbringer) to appear on Episode 12 of Group Quest, a Dawnforge Production. In true roundtable format, we discuss the hottest topics like the herioc nerfs, the change to guild experience, law suits brought against Blizzard, Tol Barad, and much more!

You can check up the full write up and podcast at the Group Quest!

I had an absolute blast doing both of these and would like the thank Medros for the invitation to Group Quest.

Be sure to subscribe to The Overlores! It goes out across the Twisted Nether feed and is now available on iTunes!

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Tuesday with Tarinae 1/11

I am sitting here wondering just who is buried under all that snow. I am on a snow day myself on this frigid January afternoon. I think it is about time to get caught up on the WoW news and share some of the goodiness with you!

RIFT

Okay, so this isn’t WoW related but it is MMO related. I recently played in the RIFT Beta but sadly, I didn’t really realize that it was a limited event and I didn’t get to play for very long; I barely even got into the game. The world is very graphic heavy, almost so intensely that even a brand new computer that supports WoW on ultra settings sees lag. Granted the drivers need updating but still worth noting. There are (just like WoW) 2 factions that both start from being reborn from the dead. There are “soul” trees just like talent trees that start with improved spells (i.e. Improved Void Bolt). And I am in love with the Defiant symbol. I really didn’t get a good feel for the gameplay but I am interested in trying the next event.

There is also a lovely connection to WoW with RIFT because hey….we’re not in Azeroth any more!

If you are looking for full impressions check out the reviews and recounts from the guys at Massively.

World of Warcraft Suit

It is intense to think that someone would take on Blizzard’s (Activision) for World of Warcraft for patent infringement, but it has happened. After suing Facebook last year, Walker Digital has done a “double play” by suing Blizzard-Activision and Zynga for a gaming patent infringement about a tournament database or something. Massively has the write up and links for full details.

Patches!

The patch notes for 4.0.6 are now out and are on the PTR. For the most part this is a balancing patch that is supposed to work out the kinks. A drastic note is the change to druids healing, Nourish & Healing Wave have new learned levels and as I am about to partake in that for our podcast, I get to try it out with no prior experience, so I can’t really cry about it because I have nothing to go on. The other changes that I am very sad about are the changes to Retribution Mastery. It was so fun and different from all the other ones but now it is just the same…now it is boring.

There are also hints at what will be coming in patch 4.1 that you can check out including a new raid and other dailies!

Scattered Thoughts

The breakfast topic on WoW.com was about how Cataclysm disappointed us. There are still so many things that I want to do that I am taking my time to do because there is so little for end game. I haven’t done a heroic, I haven’t done dailies over and over, I have a bajillion and seven alts and just dropped a maxed profession to restart something else. I don’t want to be bored in a game that I love.

But with all that said, I wish you the best this week and remember that the is the only time for 100 years it will be 1/11/11!

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[Holy] 85 Guide: The Stats

When attempting to find out what a holy paladin needs, it can be complicated and hard to sift through all the numbers and coefficients that are produced on sites like Elitest Jerks. To a casual reader or player, these sites never really seem to answer the questions that you’re really asking; I’ve decided to to an end-game guide for Holy Paladins in a simple form.

I’m going to start with the basic question: What stats help Healadins?

The super simple answer to this question is Intellect, Spirit, Haste, Crit, and Mastery.

But even simple answers can have simple explanations.

Intellect

Intellect is the strong foundation for everything that a healadin needs, it lays the base to build upon by providing:

  • Mana (Maximum)
  • Spell Power
  • Spell Critical Strike
  • Mana Regeneration

To clarify that maximum mana is our highest mana possibility with buffs like plate specialization, kings, paws, brilliance, or food like Pickled Guppy. Base mana on the other hand is the minimal amount of mana that you have while being naked and completely gearless. Maximum mana directly improves mana regeneration from things like Divine Plea, Replenishment, etc.

Spell Power

With the release of 4.0.1, spell power was removed from gear, gems, and possibly most food options and/or flask options as well. The main provider of spell power is Intellect and it does appear on weapons. Spell Power is a stat that has the most potency when directly effecting our healing abilities by making the spells hit harder.

Haste

Haste for a healer makes the spells we are trying to cast move faster. With Divine Light and Holy Light having a base cast speed of three seconds, haste directly effects how slow or fast we can cast these abilities. The haste cap at 85 is well over the 3000 mark and around 27% which is hard to even contemplate at this tier level. The cap places you at the maximum 1 second GCD (Global Cooldown).

At a haste rating of 747 (5.83%) DL & HL are at an ~2.6 second cast.

Remember that as a holy paladin, we can gain 9% haste by taking 3/3 points in Judgements of the Pure and judging a minimum of once per minute.

Critical Strike

Crit was once a a prioritized stat given that it had high mana returns but that feature has been removed. Given the low amount of over-heal crit is now better than it was at the end of Wrath. The direct benefit is that when a spell crits, it hits for extremely more meaning that we will cast less, and in turn drain less mana. Critical effects from virtually every ability including Protector of the Innocent proc Conviction that stacks to 3 buffing healing by 9%; having enough critical for the most uptime of Conviction is optimal.

Mastery

Our mastery has taken a long time to be recognized in our healing done, it is arguable whether or not is still being counted accurately or not but either way it doesn’t seem to play a  big enough part with such a small effect that we can barely send a tank in with the buff long enough for the first hit. This is produced by direct heals and not through Beacon or PotI.

It takes approximately 179.28 Mastery Rating at Level 85 to gain 1 point in mastery. Noting the tooltip above, our shield will gain 1.25% absorption for every 1 mastery (~179 rating).

Spirit

The strongest source behind our most solid mana regeneration. The amount of mana regenerated through spirit is buffed by the amount of Intellect that we have. Typically, the amount of mana regeneration from spirit in combat is reduced to spirit but part of the holy specialization (Medititaion) allows 50% of our mana to continue regenerating from spirit while in combat. Spirit coefficients are complex and hard to determine but if you’re having mana troubles, try obtaining more Spirit.

Stat Priority

  1. Intellect
  2. Spirit
  3. Haste
  4. Crit
  5. Mastery

The position and priority of mastery and crit can change depending on gear and further tier levels but it is debatable for the time being. It depends on how you notice your uptime of Conviction is working whether or not you need more critical strike rating, but for the most part Crit can be reforged off into other more efficient stats.

I hope this first installment of the Level 85 guide helps, please stay tuned for more information and helpful tips to making it as a healadin.

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Tuesday with Tarinae 1/4

Welcome back, welcome back! I am glad that you made it back after the first of the year! I hope that your transisition between 2010 and Y2eleven was well and that this year holds new adventures for you! There isn’t too much news going around right now, just a lot of playing but as always, there are some things I would like to share!

Tol Barad (T-Bad!)

There has been one major hotfix that has been released lately and that is another honor adjustment to Tol Barad. Recently, it had been adjusted that the a successful offensive attack would award 1800 honor (over 25% of the 4000 cap). Here is what Zharym had to say about the new change:

As you’re probably aware by now, an update was applied to Tol Barad shortly before the holidays which granted the attacking side 1800 Honor Points for a victory. While the goal with that change was to provide more incentive for the attacking forces to claim victory, it ultimately led to an undermining of the spirit of competition in Tol Barad. We’ve just applied a hotfix which has lowered the attacking faction’s gain to 360 Honor Points for a victory. The defending faction will still earn 180 Honor Points for a victory. – source

I have yet to participate in T-Bad but it seems the debate around this is balanced. Some people think the change is good…some people think it makes T-Bad a waste of time again…and some people think T-Bad is genuinely unfair. I haven’t really liked the new honor system since the changes in 4.0 but not so much that it keeps me away from PVP healing!

There is also a listing of full hotfixes for January 3rd available on wowhead!

Links from the Community!

We all know there are plenty of constant news resources for WoW out there to read and keep up to date on business. I really enjoy the times when these serious resources break for not so important information or something fun. I found some information recently that I would just like to share just because:

On the WoW Community website you can find an article on one of my favorite NPCs: Thrall (Then & Now)! I really encourage reading it. It includes images of all three of his main models from Durnholde (COT), the Pre-Shattering Warchief model, and the Post-Shattering Shaman. This article revealed some interesting information about is well-known Warchief black and gold armor that I didn’t know. It really is just a good…and small…piece to read!

Another piece on the Community site is One if by Zepplin. This post is geared towards explaining all the ways to travel but it is written to the point where I was a little taken aback by how many options we really have, I had honestly never noticed or paid attention. I just take a select handful of these for granted that I didn’t realize how many there were in general!

Kinect…

I can’t even begin to tell you how neat this idea really is. So…instead just read the MSNBC blog & watch this!

Happy Hunting!

I’ve started watching a movie since writing this and well…I am a twihard and it is Eclipse so, I’m going to go so I can watch that and you can watch that video. So I bid you all a happy hunting and good luck in game as always!

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Random Musings

So, I logged out of the game this afternoon to do some laundry and go to the grocery and now…I am stuck…locked out of playing.

Let’s face it…cable television sucks…my Plants vs. Zombies free trial is up…facebook holds nothing…I’ll blog instead!

I have been analyzing my main server list of characters and what they are capable of.

Tarinae is the only level 85 I have at the moment and I haven’t even run a single heroic yet, I’m still taking my time with this…I’m not powerleveling straight to burnout. Her Jewelcrafting is at a standstill with only metas being orange and Shadowspirit Diamonds are 400g+ on a good day! Her mining is maxed out and her cooking is leveling steadily. I haven’t allowed Archaeology to become a time sink though I know it will happen. Her analysis is coming on whether or not I like the healing structure still. It makes me wonder why I liked healing in the first place and what was unique about the healadin.

Chakae has only moved slightly into leatherworking standing at 460-something I believe. I really don’t like the focus mechanics. I can’t get the hang of it, it is too much of the rogue aspect that I don’t like. Out of the energy/focus based classes or specs, feral druid is the only one I enjoy. I don’t know what direction my hunter will be going but I don’t think I can delete her. Yes, I have attachment. Not to mention LW was hard as sin to level, I hated it. But what do you do when you look at a toon that is 81 and just sigh?

Cassela is steadily making her tailoring craft better as well as moving on up in the level wise. She has 525 mining and is level 82 and has replaced several pieces of her gear with Deathsilk items. What a waste. But I have come to the hindrance of whether or not I want to be arcane or fire. At the moment I 3-4 shot mobs before they get near me as arcane but I don’t see any beneficial talents that haven’t already been filled. I really enjoyed fire play and I hear it is doing really well at 85 where arcane requires acknowledgement of phases and mana management to keep benefiting from mastery. Not that arcane isn’t do-able but fire was fun during my little stint before Cataclysm.

My slew of low level alts are seeing their random pieces of love. I recently rerolled my goblin shaman in the thought that I need to have at least an herbalist to fund my troll druid scribe and I don’t like starting at a negative with herbalism, I hate it already so I got her restarted and went herbalism at Level 5. I also am struggling with the decision of whether or not to roll and play my worgen priestess who technically already exists but I would like to play with my boyfriend but I don’t know when he will be rolling new alts.

At this moment, I have 3 available slots because 2 of them haven’t logged into existence yet but I have intentions to play them.

This is a random post, just me blabbering on about the state of toons and the decisions and paths that I have been working on over the last few days for each of them.

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Happy 2011!

This New Year’s Eve is a little sullen for me. I don’t feel that the transistion between 2010 and 2011 is majestic because 2010 may have held financial hardships on the occasion, it may have held some drama throughout, but it also opened multiple lines of communication, everyone was still able to have Christmas presents, and I still have all my family and a roof over my head that I share with the love of my life. I am only looking forward to moving forward in life, not restarting, just moving forward together, Paul and I and all of our friends and family.

Mini resolutions are the way that I am going this time. I’m not going to lose 100 pounds, I can’t have a quit smoking resolution because I don’t smoke, I’m a very mild drinker, and my debt is going nowhere fast…BUT I will try to be a better “housewife” starting with the laundry…no more living out of baskets! I will be a better blogger…I’m going to start by sharing my ideas and thoughts on the upcoming blogoversary! I will be the best daughter, girlfriend, and friend that I can be…what, you didn’t know I’m a girl?

I do have goals for the new year and I won’t discuss them too much because it will all be covered when my blog hits one year and that is just under a month away; ticking down to 1 year for A Healadin’s Tear and 24 years for me! But I know that I have been a little behind on things, I found myself saying “I need to analyze holy paladin mastery” but I didn’t do anything about it, and that isn’t healthy for me as a player or as a blogger. I am also going to, now that I am 85, analyze how I feel about the healing structure and make that final decision and you all will be the third to know; first being me…second being Paul, whom plays in the same room…oh, well then my guild…so you’ll be fourth, but I will let you know!

I want to let you know that you should be on the look-out for The Overlores: Episode Zero, I was all up on the first episode and had a blast so check our home at Twisted Nether, on facebook, and Twitter.

But I will wrap this up saying that I hope you all have a safe holiday. I know there are parties to be thrown and drinks to be shared for many so be careful!

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Tuesday with Tarinae 12/28

First, I want to thank every one of you reading this right now for helping Tuesday with Tarinae be so successful in 2010, this will be the last (TwT) post of the year and I am rapidly approaching my 1 year blogoversary; my first post was the before my birthday, and that is next month!

I know that I have been slacking off on Tuesdays, December is a crazy month with the addition of Cataclysm it was even more insane and I crave some play time. But now, here I am, back to wrap up 2010!

Winter Veil

If you haven’t already, you have approximately three days to pick up your presents from the “Winter Veil Tree” in Orgrimmar or Ironforge. They consist of the same things they always do given your level and the special toy of the year is a MiniZep Controller…I personally, am not a fan; WTB epicness like the Clockwork Rocket Bot.

Upcoming Class Changes

Ghostcrawler recently threw up a blog post about the ideas that the developers had on class changes we are likely to see in the first patch. He gave no indication that the patch would be anytime soon (it doesn’t need to be imho) and he clearly expresses that this is not an exhaustive list, but it is interesting to check it out.

Some highlights include:

Still, we see Survival hunters and Unholy DKs on top of a lot of single target fights. Arcane, Marksman, and Beastmaster damage is too low. Retribution, Shadow, and Fire and Frost mage damage might be too low, but we’re still watching them.

Healing in PvE is working out pretty much as intended. There are some Heroic dungeon bosses that are probably tougher than the required item level average permits. In general, you might have a tough time upon zoning into a Heroic dungeon with a bunch of strangers as soon as Dungeon Finder permits, especially if your group isn’t willing to communicate and work together. We want Heroics to be challenging — if you want to zerg the content, stick to normal dungeons.

For example, the Retribution mastery, Hand of Light, is fun, but it doesn’t contribute enough damage. To make it contribute enough damage, the proc would need a very high chance, which then can cause paladins to devalue other sources of Holy Power. Instead, we are redesigning Retribution mastery to add a percentage of the damage of Templar’s Verdict, Crusader Strike, and Divine Storm as Holy damage (which also plays better with Inquisition).

The comments on healing bring me to the topic that the debate is raging on whether or not heroics SHOULD be hard. By the end of Wrath (and partially due to the introduction of LFD tool) heroics were a faceroll…pwn it with my eyes close…pull the whole damn dungeon. That is a bad idea to put into the minds of QQ-bag players because now, heroics are just that…heroic! Given that a vast majority of people don’t over gear them yet, mechanics like CC & slow pulling should be utilized. But I won’t debate it, there is enough back and forth about it on the forums that I don’t even particularly feel like linking it. I’m not 85 but I’m close enough to start finding where I fit in on this debate as a healer.

Hotfixes

As always you can always get the latest on the hotfixes that are happening but I wanted to highlight one that has been causing a disparity between Alliance and Horde ability to gain Critter Kill Squad.

Graveyard Rats are no longer considered critters and do not give credit toward the Critter Kill Squad guild achievement.

For anyone who doesn’t know what this references, in the Worgen starting zone there is a tunnel of thousands (give or take) rats that were previously listed as critters and with low level AoE’s (only a handful of class options) these were still farmable for the guild achievement even though the Horde had no opportunity for such a massive number like that with such a level of ease.

12 Days of Winter Veil

I wanted to be nice and let you all in on WoW.com’s giveaways for the holiday! I don’t need anymore competition (hehe!) but today’s gift is a SteelSeries Cataclysm Keyboard! All you have to do is be a US or Canada (not Quebec) citizen over 18 and comment on the post! STEELSERIES! /squee

Player Update

In my decision to take leveling to end-game slowly, I still haven’t hit 85 but am pretty close; I have this week off so I will be 85 very soon. I have really enjoyed taking my time and loved questing in both Vash’jir & Deepholm. I complete both quests and Vash’jir is the only zone in which I did EVERY quest. I loved the lore on the World Pillar and found out why Princess Theradras is so ugly! My mage is 82 and my hunter is 81. I have a handful of colorful alts from a troll druid to a worgen mage to a goblin shaman that are all sitting comfortably…except for the goblin who is only Level 8!

With the help of my closest friends, we were able to gift one of the most selfless, nicest, most giving person Vial of the Sands and the enjoyment that she got out of it has made every minute, hour and day of farming worth it. That is what Winter Veil Christmas is all about and it was wonderful to be part of the giving.

While my computer is currently behaving (she knows she is going to have competition) I am headed out to Best Buy later to see if the HP laptop is in stock. I could by the “blue” version or save $50 and buy the EPIC Heroic version, but I am the epic suck at saving money, my job is the epic suck at paying me money to save, and I have been wanting it for months and don’t want to wait!

I hope that all of you had a Merry Chrismahanukwanzaka, whatever it is you celebrate…at the very least Merry Winter Veil and I hope the festivities continue into a Happy New Year!

I will see you in 2011!

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