That’s right… after a bit of a lull with WoW the last week or two, I’m re-energized to get playing again.
It’s not so much that I’ve been disinterested in WoW as of late, but I’ve kind of peaked out on my gear for the content that I’m our guild is currently facing. I’ve also been distracted by a lovely shiny. Mind you, I’m quite hopeful that we’re going to get into ICC a bit sooner than I initially anticipated. We did great in ToC-10 with only 9 people last weekend and I’m sure we’ll push even further if we get a full group of 10 people consistently.
Now, of course, I could always work on alts to keep interest high. I’ve been playing this game regularly since 2006 and I’ve only got two 80’s to show for it. But I have been working on my Warlock and Death Knight, which I’ve enjoyed thoroughly. (Even if some days questing can feel a bit chore-esque.) That said; there has been something I’ve been doing lately that has gotten me rather eager to play some more:
Healing on my druid. *GASP!*
Now, while running through Naxx, I basically rolled on any caster gear for my theoretical Resto set (after everyone else had passed, of course). And eventually I dual spec’ed Resto to give healing a try. Once I had my first taste of healing in Heroic ToC, I promptly turned my back and ran far, far away. (Completely ignoring the fact that the DK tank wasn’t def capped OR spec’ed properly.) So from there on in, I kept my healing spec but kept it strictly to Battlegrounds – my motivation being that finding healers in battlegrounds can often be compared to finding a needle in a haystack. Once I installed Grid, doing BG heals was tickety-boo.
But I’ve had a bit of motivation to get back into PvE heals, which has been inspired by trying to help out guildies get their alts into heroics. (And to change things up for myself, really.) So, I’ve ran a few dungeons with friends and they’ve all gone reasonably well. It’s also helped that it’s been some of the initial Wrath heroics, so they’re relatively easy given the gear of most toons. At least that was the case, up until last week.
See, last week, I bought all sorts of fancy new PvP gear for all the BG healing I usually do. Some of the new ilvl-245 stuff from Wintergrasp, and the Furious (ilvl-232) gear I could get with honour. The crazy thing is, a lot of this new PvP gear is better than my other Resto stuff. Not significantly, but enough to justify replacing bits and pieces. So that’s what I did – I switched out a lot of my PvE gear for the new PvP stuff. What I didn’t realize is that such actions can result in detrimental repercussions. In particular, you may end up in a random HHoR group that you’re ill equipped to be healing. (This becomes more noticeable when you’re an inexperienced healer.) Needless to say, it didn’t end well.
And that’s the thing… I don’t like to be terrible at what I do. I can probably still learn how to tank better and dps better, but I can at least do those reasonably well. I have much less experience healing, and thus it has a notably steeper learning curve. Fortunately for me, Brokentree has provided two excellent posts (here and here) which helped me get around the healing mindset a bit better. It also helps that in most cases, he’s usually tanking on his warrior when I’m healing. That leaves me with another area in which I still need to improve: my gear. No, I’m not a totally phat lewtz junkie, but I will admit that fresh, new shinies are always fun to get.
So, I’ve been doing a lot of looking around and trying to figure out what sort of upgrades I can be working towards. And it basically boils down to needing truckloads more of EoT’s. But that’s basically some things that have gotten me excited about the game as of late. Learning a new aspect of the game and getting some new “welfare” purples. All the while, I get to provide a bit more flexibility for groups while doing stuff with my guild.
It’s pretty fun!