Category Archives: Paladin

Meet Ferrousanna, the Iron Woman

I know, horrible pun, right? Whatever.

I’ve decided to give this whole Iron Man thing a shot. I thought about my class options long and hard, and finally decided that a Paladin was a great option. The only other one, in my opinion, would be Druid. I also picked Draenei, in hoping that all that questing I’ll be doing will at least be a bit fresher.

Here are the Rules:

1. All gear employed must be White or Grey. Also, no Heirlooms of any sort.
2. No transfer of gear, items, or money from any other character (yours or others).
3. No gear enhancement(s), thus no socketed gems, enchanting or reforging. Exceptions exist for class abilities (example: rogue poisons).
4. No specializations, talent points, or glyphs. This restriction also applies to talent points for pets.
5. No professions or secondary skills. An exception is made for First Aid.
6. No potions/flasks/elixirs (except those labeled as quest Items).
7. No food buffs or other external buffs (this includes buffs from items and other players).
8. No grouping or assistance from other characters, even if not grouped.
9. No dungeons/raids. No battlegrounds/arenas.
10. No guilds. An exception is made for Iron Man guilds. No guild perks.
11. No Recruit-A- Friend activities. The intention of the challenge is that it be done without assistance.
12. No add-ons that assist in combat and/or leveling.
13. THE BIG ONE: No deaths. Character death for any reason disqualifies the character.

Oh, and by the way, we just crash landed on this planet, thanks to the Orcs destroying Draenor with their careless, anti-environmentally conscious ways, throwing empty Dorito bags and used condoms around like they owned the place, mirite? and yet, it IS Valentine’s Day, so we should decorate our rubble, don’tcha think?

"Ferrousanna, we normally send you noobs to go heal a wounded man, but instead, why don't you string this crepe paper?"

/eyeroll

 

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

There’s been a lot of them.

To start with, I transferred Ahimdylaw, my 80 tanking pally, to the Wyrmrest Accord server. I was really digging the environment and community over there, and I wanted a Cata-level toon to enjoy it. Plus, she can totally benefit from her new guild’s leveling perk.

Speaking of leveling perks–or the lack thereof–everyone else wandering off to do their own things meant that Occam’s Razor, our little friends-n-family guild on Nesingwary, was going nowhere fast. As I was telling one of my friends in game the other day, the new guild leveling process, while very cool, will be the death of most such guilds. Those who choose to keep it small, close recruitment of strangers, and only allow IRL friends to join have no chance of surviving.

So, I didn’t kill OR, but I did pass the leadership down to an alt and then moved Malarea over to the guild our friends had joined. D did the same thing with his tanking druid. We’re oh so pleased to be a part of Ömen, and they really seem to be great folks. Mal’s only a bubble or so from hitting 85, and then she’ll be working on that heroic gear – joy!

Anyway, back on Wyrmrest: I’ve been having a blast with the druid. I know, I know, first a pally and now this. I’m getting all touchy-feeling on you. Well, hold on to your bloomers, I have an even more shocking announcement for you: she’s Resto. /cringe/ Eh, what can I say? I like having the lives of all other party members in my hot little hand. Well, she’s a Troll, so in her huge, sweaty, blue hand. Whatever.

 


Onward, ever onward

Ahimdylaw dinged 75 last night. For a little pally who has leveled mainly through the dungeon-finder system, she’s certainly having a ball questing in Grizzly Hills. This one of my favorite questing zones of Northrend, and only the second time I’ve been through it. The boost in XP gains implemented since Wrath released has made it possible to level several 80s and still have some variety in zones. For instance, Tehr, the 80 DK, hasn’t touched Borean Tundra, and never did anything in Sholazar Basin except herb.

I’d forgotten about the Worgen present in Grizzly Hills and how much fun it was to discover and work my way through that particular quest line. With each subsequent expansion, some portion of the game gets tossed aside, leveled past, and ignored, and I’d hate to think that this is going the way of Thrall’s greatmother in Nagrand.

The Hunter and Rogue are both still languishing at 70, and while Hawli’s engineering profession is a blast, I’m having a hard time getting excited about leveling either of them. Instead, I feel more drawn to either the Mage or the Priest as the next to receive some leveling love. Knowing that I’m going to be starting a new Worgen in a few short weeks makes me less than excited about leveling the Shaman out of her 20s, even though she’s now a total beast with dual wield and Lava Lash at her fingertips.

So, help me out – where do I go once ‘Law dings that fabled 80?


Typical Elitist

Priests are known for being a bit… egotistical. But we really can’t help it, we HAVE to know everything about every class. If we’re in shadowform, we have to know at what point the various tank classes can maintain aggro in the face of our uberleet dps. If we’re healing, then we need to understand both the threat generation and mitagation skills of our tank. We also need to know about the threat-dumping abilities available to the dps classes in our party. (Ahem. Do not stand next to the hunter.)

Having said that – I got the BIGGEST kick out of a post by Idialog Maiev-US on the official WoW Priest forum. I’m reading along, smiling and nodding, totally digging his droll delivery. I’m also taking mental notes here and there, since healing hasn’t really been a specialty of mine. (Healing can be fun, but it doesn’t hold a Kobold Candle to scavenging ideas ABOUT healing and then debating them with D.)

Then I get to the part about, ‘I learned a couple of days ago that there was like this spell to buff everyone at once, and I was all like, “yeah, sweet”, but then I found out it like costs money to cast, so I was all like, “oh, damn.” I ain’t payin’ to give a damn mage more hitpoints. That’s just crazy talk.’ and I was all like, whoa, maybe this isn’t as tongue-in-cheek as I thought, perhaps it’s more like satire and all of these tips are designed to get me labeled “n00b healer” and /kicked from groups…

I’d rather take a blow to the face than to the ego. Priest, you know. /shrug

So, today we got a twofer: not only am I sharing a good laugh, I’m also doing a little research on 5-man healing. Let’s see if there’s a kernel or two of truth in there.

1. Only use GH rank 7 on druid / well-geared warrior tanks. I’d be willing to agree to this, but most of the prot-pallies I’ve run with had comparable HP. Let’s say I agree with GH7 on tanks, and a down-ranked GH4 for other classes. With decent +healing that ought to keep everyone topped off and limit the amount of over-healing you do. PoM – while this is an awesome spell to toss out if your party is taking AoE damage, it’s not really a “set it and forget it” ability. Having Prayer on your tank doesn’t mean you can ignore your dps classes if / when they start taking damage.

Also, do pallies really regain mana when they receive heals? Yes, Spiritual Attunement is a passive skill available at level 18 (and upgraded to 10% at level 66). Pallies are unique to tanking classes in that they use mana instead of rage – I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t drop a renew on your Tankadin just before the pull. Also, the S’Priest in me drools when I think about how much love Mr. Loltank will have for my VT / VE

  • VE feeds him health with each point of shadow damage I do.
  • VT feeds him mana with each point of shadow damage I do.
  • Feeding him health (heals) feeds him even more mana due to his SA.

2. I’m going to have to play my bull**** card on this one. I’ve played all of the non-hybrid dps classes, and I’ve never had a priest refuse to buff the entire party. Yeah, it consumes quite a bit of mana before you get Prayer of Fortitude, and it consumes a reagent after, but still – it doesn’t happen.

3. Again, attitude aside, I agree. My squishy little presence isn’t going to save the day once the tank and dps buy it, so no need to take one for the team and go toes-up myself. The one nugget of wisdom here is common sense – rez the classes who can ALSO rez first.

4. Total silliness. I haven’t raided on my Priest yet, but I have taken two toons to Kara and I’ve watched D raid-heal on both a priest and a shaman. There is NO time for any dpsing as a healer. Besides, you’d be better off tossing a SW:P and then wanding.

5. Awesome. Just awesome. Rule #1 – it’s never my fault. Rule #2 – if I appear to be at fault, refer to Rule #1.

/cast Lightwell

/s Heal yourself, *****.