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    The Weekly Marmot: Why I play a Priest



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    When should it be up?

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    I enjoyed listening to this and all your other youtube things that pop up haha. I play a Night Elf Druid on the Nordrassil Relm

    anyways just wanted to say thanks and that I love your videos

    -Arria

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    Oh and one other thing, In your other video you showed your copy of the world of warcraft magazine, I thought it sounded pretty cool and went and subscribed. What I'm wondering is will I get a copy of the first issue or has it already shipped?

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    Guess I should feel blessed we haven't had a decent druid healer in guild to show me this widening gap between priest and druids. I kinda feel your pain on the changes to holy, where we have become less versatile but I also see the need for tank and raid healing roles and the benefit of having specialization in our talents trees could provide to the overall variety and choice in the game, which I personally feel is worth the sacrifice. Unless we can define holy in some other way, like how we can define discipline as a damage prevention healer, then I think it'll be stuck as a raid heal specialist, but who knows what cata will bring.

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    I totally get your frustration over the gap between druids and priests, as well as the frustration over not being an efficient tank healer as holy (or an efficient raid healer as disc!). I, too, rolled my priest when BC came out, but that's after flirting with the class through out all of Vanilla. While I was a Shadow Priest for raiding during the vast majority of BC, I was absolutely in love with the way Holy Priests played. Unfortunately, all throughout BT, Hyjal, and Sunwell I was the only shadow priest in my guild, and one of four priests total. However, on off nights you would regularly find me healing any non-progression raids.

    When Wrath hit I became dissatisfied with the class, for many of the same reasons you stated. COH was nerfed (although for good reason), and our tank healing capabilities were snatched away. I was pigeonholed into the role of raid healer and in-a-pinch tank healer. Should none of our holy paladins or our disc priest show up for a night, I would be forced to respec to Disc in order to fill that role, instead of being able to roll with my standard build. Mostly, the serendipity change killed efficient tank healing. /pout

    Ulduar was boring, although not due to poor encounter design. I fell out of love with the class - a class I had been playing off-and-on throughout Vanilla and had been my main for the entirety of Burning Crusade. I assumed that the class being pigeonholed was the reason I didn't enjoy the fights, and was able to win a spot as a Shadow Priest in my guild at the time. Unfortunately, poor Shadow Priest scaling didn't make me feel any better about the class. Aside from gimmick fights like Hodir HM, I was completely unable to compete with our other casters. It felt like Sunwell all over, but instead of being told I'd never compete in a normal fight, but at least I brought a mana battery to the warlocks/hunters/healers, I was told "oh no, you CAN compete!"

    Those two things lead me to my resto druid. At the start of TOC, with everything dropping Conquest badges, I made the switch. I missed the first two weeks, but have been happily tree-ing it up since then. The main thing that brought me to the druid class was the efficiency. Nearly haste capped, I make an amazing raid healer. But, more importantly, since I have points into both Empowered Touch and Living Seed (which are talented because Nourish makes for an amazing burst heal on someone who is dipping low when swiftmend is on cooldown), I can easily and efficiently fill the role of a tank healer.

    I can't wait until Cataclysm where I can, hopefully, return to CoHing and Mind Flaying it up.

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    Speaking of enjoying the Blood Elf, you still owe us some finished elven eyebrows Aliena! "They will go down, they WILL go down". Many thanks for the video's, i'm almost willing to try a priest

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    i so love that drawing on your desk xD what is it?

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    Being the girl that I am I wanted to play an elf.
    Funny and true for me also . I ended up with a NE warrior in original WoW. Made a druid in BC that I have been playing since - an elf .

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    Why I play a Warrior: That is quite easy to answer http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=11578

    Hell, men are so simple minded
    Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?
    Es ist der Kodo mit seinem Rind.

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    I play a night elf resto druid and I abuse the healing meters on 25 toc twins. I abuse the meter so bad that the wow gods should strike me down. Guess they know I would just heal threw it. On this fight I put up healing numbers over 9k heals per second. I mostly use wild growth, Rejv, and a nourish every now and then. How bad have you abused the meters and what encounter was it on?

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    I remember my days as a priest fondly. That was way back in vanilla though so I have no clue of what is going on in priest camp these days.

    Back then healing was all about efficiency. Some people disagreed with me and probably still do but I am sticking to my guns on this one. I boasted the greatest efficiency in my guild back then (yes I am bragging) and I often finished fights with a half full mana pool. My guild leader frowned on that arguing that if my mana pool was half full at the end of the raid I had not healed enough. I argued that emptying my pool for the sake of appearance was a waste of resources and that an group of healers healing efficiently could save many situations that they could not if they went all out. There is something awesome about saving the day (or attempt) in a raid by blowing your emergency mana.

    Those where the days... well actually I like the way the game is now more but nostalgia is a powerful thing. I there is anything mechanically I would like to change now it would be making healing more about efficiency again... not to the point of needing healing rotations but you get the point.

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    Priestage

    I think your WoW development paths closely to mine. I broke my raiding teeth in Karazhan, as a Shadow Priest, since my main was a Rogue then and there were way, way too many Rogues. Also, the guild really needed a shackle/mana restore so our star hunter didn't have to play his Shadow Priest alt anymore.

    Unfortunately, no one mentioned that the tailoring cloth was BIS or nearly so until t6, and that our raid leader thought shadow priests should be able to top the DPS meters even though our scaling was *terrible*. I made it to Hyjal before I was being sat because of my class.

    I had originally rolled Priest to heal (for Deadmines) back in Vanilla. So in Wrath I decided to go full time healing, after my early flirtation with raid tanking on my warrior. Now, I'm raiding ICC, and beating our mainspec shadowpriest (and our GM) on the DPS meters using my hand-me-down Holy gear. Unfortunately, I don't get a chance to heal much anymore, because we have way too many healers at the moment. Oh well, Shadow is only the 3rd most annoying, twitchy DPS spec in the game and still has scaling issues imo...

    As for class balance, it may be because our best Druid healer also went DPS (on his Hunter), but I've not noticed this imbalance with Druids. When I (and our other Holy Priest) go for Renew on fights like Putricide, we *murder* the competition on the meters. Murder. Not pretty. However, there are a lot of Renew-friendly (read: Druid Friendly) fights in ICC, so that is rather annoying. I'm not sure exactly what Blizzard is up to with healer balance, although I'm not sure they're so worried that Druids top meters all over the place. Maybe if we all start rerolling Druids...nah.

    I do also miss being able to tank heal, and I think the Holy tree could use some work. You have to spend way too many talents on single spells, in my opinion. I want to see more talents like Blessed Resilience and Test of Faith, that benefit all or most of our spells in interesting ways. I think Holy *can* tank heal, just that you have to give up most of your raid healing talents to do it, and Disc is sitting right there saying "why would you want to tank heal as Holy when you could tank heal as me?"

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    I'd also have say our stories are quite similar, except I [i]started[/] as a priest and, tho I still play him, my main focus has gone to another character.

    I first got into WoW back during vanilla a few months after my roommate at the time started. He had been a long time fan of D&D, EQ2 and the like so when WoW launched he jumped right on it. I had been working as a retail manager so I spent 50-60 hours working each week however ended up losing my job. With the abundance of time I had I was rather bored and kinda ticked my roommate didn't ever want to do anything. So, to remedy the situation, I got a trial account for WoW and started playing

    He played a Night Elf warrior on US-Executus and I was rather persuaded to start a priest so I could, as you said Aliena, follow and heal is bum. What turned out to be a blessing in disguise, since he was already 60, I was forced to spend quite a bit of that time questing by myself. It was quite the journey though since I had never played a game like this, I had no idea of the mechanics behind it. Thankfully at the time, the top of our disc tree had improved wands which made leveling quite easier.

    Finally hit 60 and was able to really start healing, which I must say....got boring after a while. When BC launched it was clear that priests were no longer the only "masters of healing." Shadow became quite raid viable. No we weren't topping the dps charts but we were still highly desired as we were simply mana batteries. While I had a couple alts, I was faithful to my priest all the way through Sunwell.

    Lich King hit. I leveled up to 80 and decided to give healing another go. I had taken a break from the game for about 6 months and when I came back I of course didn't have a raiding position with my guild. That didn't bother me since I also wasn't as interested in raiding. Not that I don't enjoy the thrill of new content, but I simply didn't have the time or energy to sit 4 nights a week, 4 hours per night progressing through. Due to a series of misfortunes I was no longer speaking to my old roommate and, since he was the only reason I joined that server, I switched. On my new server I joined a more casual guild where I was quickly accepted since I had quite a history with the game and was able to help out. We wanted to start running heroics and maybe do a lil raiding but I quickly realized we had plenty of dps, not too many healers but enough to do 5mans with, but no tanks. This is what caused me to roll my paladin. I haven't given up completely on my priest, he is in mostly T9 gear (granted who isn't now) but my pally is certainly the one I spend most of my time on.

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    Very little unique perspective on actual content in this one. :-(
    Since when did Tankspot become a playground to talk about whatever you wanted? Tankspot needs to focus on stuff that's useful, save the stories about vanilla for your guildmates and fanboys, not the front page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verminoth View Post
    Very little unique perspective on actual content in this one. :-(
    Since when did Tankspot become a playground to talk about whatever you wanted? Tankspot needs to focus on stuff that's useful, save the stories about vanilla for your guildmates and fanboys, not the front page.
    I think this is ment more as video blog. The content discussion is this way.
    Last edited by oakayam; 02-09-2010 at 09:55 AM.

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    Why not??!

    I actually went to my priest when Blizz decided before WOTLK that the warlock needed the fix and eventually screwed that class so bad that they are just now recovering from those fixes...

    Anyways, I jumped to healing on the priest
    1st as holy/shadow and now as holy/disc (Disc=OP, but don't tell Blizz I said that!!

    When I first started playing her, I was a little bummed that I wasn't able to 'compete' with EHPS with the shamans & druids ~ But she holds her own in raids now and when Disc, consistently is topping the meters ~ gogo bubbles FTW!

    Just wanted to share my little history ~ LOVE the videos and I think you're awesome!

    Nikî

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    moonrunner ftw

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    Gotta' love the Dragon Age Origins, almost any World of Warcraft player I have talked to has been referenced to the game or played the game. (So off topic)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verminoth View Post
    Very little unique perspective on actual content in this one. :-(
    Since when did Tankspot become a playground to talk about whatever you wanted? Tankspot needs to focus on stuff that's useful, save the stories about vanilla for your guildmates and fanboys, not the front page.
    The Weekly Marmot has always been my playground to talk about whatever I want. Besides, I put a warning a couple seconds in. If you don't like it, don't watch it!

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