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Karazhan

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I went on my first Karazhan raid with guildies. =) I'm trying to gear up because I'm so hobo... 70 and still in greens. Yeah. =\ And I've barely done any group instances. I've done a few 5's, but I had never seen any of the larger raids.


I'm most proud of the fact that I FOUND Karazhan successfully and didn't wipe just getting there. XD

Well, as far as Proud Moments go, it's a toss-up between that and NOT causing the group to wipe while inside... even during that ___N_O___M_O_V_I_N_G___O_R___W_E___A_L_L___D_I_E___!_!_!___ part. Although, I did run through the crowd once while emitting sparkly splash damage =P

Because I'm the Guild Hobo™, I got some REALLY nice purple loots... really nice for me so far. I also kept getting other loot for my Healing set. I started feeling bad because they gave me stuff even when I said "Pass".

It's funny, just before the raid started, I got two Shadow Resistance pieces. They were rewards from my dailies. I couldn't use them even though they were really good because I just can't use that type of armour. So, I put them into the Guild bank. I guess what they say about the Threefold Law is true. *smile*

Other notes:

  • I remembered to watch my threat bar and stay under the tank.
  • I remembered my assigned totems ... most of the time.
  • I avoided hurty black circles and Thingy-bane's AOE.
  • The only times I died was when I forgot about running to the little notch when Prince WhatsHisAss enfeebled me.

The Husband came home halfway through the Thingy-bane fight. He was huffing mad at me because he had called home and I didn't pick up. But when he saw me in Karazhan with the guildies, his anger melted away into verklemptitude. =D

Anyway, I have a lot more to work towards. I'm still wearing a lot of things that are too crappy to contribute to any other raid instances.

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yueni
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
XD This is so geeky I can't even begin to tell you. Good job on running through Kara and getting gear. It also sounds like your guildies are already geared to the teeth with Kara-equivalent or better gear, so just take the gear because they can probably run Kara in their sleep. Save your badges for even better gear!

=3 Also. Also. Are you enhancement or elemental? I assume you're not resto...?
bride
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm Enh right now, but I'll probably be asked to respec to Resto if they need me to do raid healing. They want me to do Gruuls this Saturday =O =O

Which means I need to get the healing mods and learn how to heal =D I take it that it's not the same as running around at random in AV going TAB-F-HEAL. TAB-F-HEAL. TAB-F-TAB-F-HEAL. XD
yueni
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
XD Oh yeah, it is very, very different from AV healing. It's a more focused use of your raid frames and being aware of your healing assignments. I can raid heal... but I'm not very good at it because I don't do it very often!
bride
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
I thought so. =D I'd also be on cure poison, dispel and res duty, right?
yueni
Sep. 20th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
You wouldn't be on dispel duty, as purge can only be used on unfriendly targets. Paladins and priests are generally in charge of removing magic effects.

But you are right, you will be on res duty and in charge of curing poisons, though if you have enough shamans, you will probably have your poison cleansing totems down if needed. I don't think any of the fights between Kara, Gruul and Mag have any poisons, so you're off the hook for now!

TBH, shaman raid healing is pretty easy. Most shamans are on raid healing duty (especially on melee healing duty due to Chain Heal) and they pretty much spam Chain Heal. Also, Earth Shield is seriously an awesome shaman buff to keep up on a tank! Pro Tip: If you use rank 4 Chain Heal and not rank 5, you save mana and can heal longer.

=P Also! Keep track of your totems. Depending on what group you're assigned to, the totems you need to drop and keep up will change, but they are so much love. I adore shamans who regularly refresh their totems. =D
bride
Sep. 21st, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Hmm, interesintg... I have a Cure Poison and Dispel for friendly targets.

I wonder if I have to re-spec Resto for Chain Heal to be very effective. From the description Chain Heal sounds kinda pathetic. Maybe it's not so bad in practice...

Re: Rank 4 Chain Heal - that's good to know. Is that still true if you're in uber smexy healing gear that has a lot of +Healing (or +Spell Power after the next major patch)?
yueni
Sep. 21st, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm. As far as I can tell, shamans can only dispel unfriendly targets. I would double check that to make sure. I could be wrong as my shaman's only level 65.

If you are going to be healing in a serious raid, you will need to respec to resto or you will run out of mana to last you the fight, and your heals won't be as effective. Chain heal is literally your most mana efficient spell because it can heal up to 3 people with the same amount of mana. And it can crit three times in a row. The Ribbon of Sacrifice from Karazhan (it drops from Juliet from the R&J Opera event) will proc from each chain of CH.

Downranking (i.e. using a lower rank of a spell like rank 4 of CH as opposed to rank 5) will not work in WotLK. It still works now though, afaik.
bride
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'll look again when I log in next. I could have misread it... wouldn't be the first time. =)

I might re-spec and try 5 man pugs to get some practice.
fianna
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yay Kara!

DON'T BLOW UP THE RAID. haha. The Aran fight is nuts. We have had people blow up the raid AFTER we killed him because flame wreath was still up. oops.
bride
Sep. 19th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Ouch, painful. To actually finish downing the boss and THEN wipe. =D
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