Random Monday Musings and Plans
Well, I went shopping and replaced my gems *again* to get my socket bonuses back. Including those nasty purified gems. Somewhere out there, Paolo is frowning and shaking his head in disappointment. I tried, I really did!

All weekend long, my forsaken socket bonuses haunted my dreams. "Why hast thou forsaken us?" they cried. Also, they looked remarkably similar to my evil!cat when she was  slightlylessevil!kitten. I can't resist kitten wails.

We ran Ulduar10 last night (I never completed the place), and without a source of Replenishment in the group, I was having significant mana problems. Not that I think the extra 40 spirit is going to make a huge difference (if any) but it was really bothering me to not maximize my potential stat bonuses anyway. It did strike me, however, how much I rely on Replenishment in a raid.

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I was thinking about sharing some of my advice and thoughts on building your own 10 man raids. I am not in a raiding guild, nor have I ever been, but I do still enjoy raiding fairly regularly. I've heard a lot of people say that they can't really raid because they don't know how, or they aren't in a raiding guild, or that they don't ever get invited to raids. My response is always pretty much the same: "So why don't you start your own?"

Since I hate telling people they should do something, without helping them figure out how to do it, look for some upcoming posts about organizing raids. Personally, I'm not really the raid leader type, but I very much enjoy organizing and maintaining them. I think I remember a post from Matticus where he suggested he felt similarly.

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I'm almost ready to start making more Know Your Blue posts. I've been stockpiling bookmarks of various blue posts. Any suggestion on whom I should feature next?

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on Friday's post. I was so floored by the response, I didn't even really know how to respond, but I will say this: Never before have I been so pleased that I haven't turned off anonymous comments.




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  1. Virile Says:

    I know back when I was in a more casual guild the thing that held me back from leading PuG raids was lack of a Vent Server.

    Well the guild had one, but they were strict about letting outside people in. I imagine this could be a stumbling block for some of the non regular raiders out there.


  2. Fuubaar Says:

    The biggest step for me into the world of raiding was letting the people you DO know who actually raid, that you are available if they need you to fill in a gap.

    Seriously, by befriending people who do raid, you are more likely to be a fill in (if you are geared, specced, gemmed, enchanted, etc. properly). Once, you show them that you aren't a complete idiot about your class, they may ask you back.

    Ask questions about bosses that you've never seen. Do as much research about the raids before hand. All of these things will really show to those regular raiders.

    Raiding can be a heap of fun and I encourage everyone to atleast try it out.


  3. Eversor Says:

    I've thought about starting one, but as I've never been, I wouldn't know the first thing about leading it. I suppose at some point when I'm much better geared I'll start getting into the easier raids (just read about the strategies). And I also don't have vent, not do I really want to do that. I suppose that could be a significant barrier....


  4. Fuubaar Says:

    @ Eversor

    If you are seriously considering Raiding, I would highly suggest getting Ventrilo (or Teamspeak) Especially if you are new to the fights.

    Most Boss strats are only spoken in vent and it is far too long & tedious to type it out of you can help it. Many times if you are the only raider without it, people will forget about you and just assume you know what you are doing. Not knowing or hearing Orders from the Raid Leader can and will cause wipes. Thus, making you look foolish.

    TL;DR if you are even remotely interested in Raiding, Get Ventrilo or Teamspeak. No ifs ands or buts!


  5. Gronthe Says:

    I'm not a regular raider, quite casual actually, but Vent is a major bonus and I imagine it would be a lot more difficult without it if you were to raid seriously.

    I could never start or join a serious raiding guild, I enjoy my real life a little too much to tie myself down to a raiding schedule. If that means never defeating Arthas, oh well. I can live with that.


  6. Eversor Says:

    @ Fuubaar,
    Thanks. While I know you're right, I just haven't gotten down to it. I actually play without sound so that would be an adjustment I'd need to make. What the hell am I gearing up in heroics for if I'm not going to raid!


  7. Codi Says:

    Jess, you should server transfer to my server. :D We're looking for a priest!

    ...socket bonuses are for the weak! RESIST!!! ;D


  8. Tiex Says:

    Oh, noes! You did succumb to the socket's charms!

    Stay away from the Voodoo, quickly! =)

    Hmmm, I assume you were in your Holy spec running Ulduar, right?

    Before I switched to Disc, I used to have a hard time with mana too.

    I used to look Poptisse's guide at Ensidia to establish a baseline for my stats, since I was new to priesthood and all.

    She used to emphasize two things:

    1 - The fact that intellect is now a better regen stat (because of the percentage based regen abilities)

    2 - The importance of replenishment in a raid environment.

    Unfortunately, we don't always have an optimal raid setup to work with, so, sometimes, I'm at the end of a boss fight with both Divine Hymn and Shadowfiend on cooldown, popping a mana potion and praying for the dps to burn the boss in the next second or two =P

    Fortunately, I'm Disc/Shadow now, so I don't have mana problems anymore =D

    Oh, and last but not least important, despite the fact that you did not write the last post to procure understanding, I guess you found plenty ;)


  9. To all those noting lack of vent as a problem, there are free options. I'm researching them now to point them out.

    Also... WoW does have an in-game vent-like function. I know it works for five mans. Does it still not work for ten mans?

    @Codi

    Gah! Server transfers are part of my "no spending money on wow outside of my 15 dollars a month" rule!

    @Tiex

    Actually, I WAS in my Disc spec. That's why it bothered me so much. I think it was a combination of lack of Replenishment and over-bubbling, or rather, bubbling reactively instead of proactively (since I wasn't familiar with the fights), but regardless, I've been a little too close to OOM for comfort in ICC as well.


  10. Ophelie Says:

    The trick to stop caring about socket bonuses is to play a holy paladin a lot. After gemming a few new pieces of gear, you'll forget the very existence of socket bonuses.

    Oh and I'm looking forward to hear about how you organize raids! How people in non raiding guilds manage to pull 10 people together and make a raid work has always been a huge mystery to me.


  11. Kayllnn Says:

    O Jess you are so funny about your socket bonuses; really you don't need them, really you don't lol. I am surprised that you rely on replenishment, but I guess it is a must in your raids you set up, kinda like I want heroism in mine! I never have a replenishment buff in the raids I set up and run, and typically don't have mana issues. Maybe just start practicing without the extra buff, tell that hunter to respec, and please don't run with a frost mage or I'll cry. Doing without it, you will adjust quickly I think.


  12. Tiex Says:

    @ Miss Medicina

    Wow! hehehe

    But what do you call "too close to oom for comfort"?

    Sometimes I do have to use my shadowfiend but, at the end of the fights, I still have my Hymn of Hope, if I'm lucky.

    But I totally agree, over-bubbling is too mana consuming and does not return the amount of mana one would expect. Of course, if said one would read properly, said one would see that it cannot proc THAT often. Yeah, said one is a little dumb and likes to talk about himself in the third person. XD

    But hey, we must remember that going oom isn't always a mana management issue. Sometimes the fight is not supposed to last that long and the dps is a bit slow...

    I have faith that you'll find you inner strenght and say no to dru.. I mean... socket bonuses =P


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