28/09/2010

Nourish, Regrowth And Healing Touch In Cataclysm... Part II

Oopz! I did it again!... No don't worry I won't starting singing a Britney Spears song! It seems that my wonderful ability to confuse people has struck again. Twitter is a very nice system to talk to people, the only thing that bothers me is the limit characters you can use to create a message (not enough for me!). I was talking to Restokin and Beruthiel about the way our casts will work in Cataclysm but it seems that I confused them a tiny bit :). So here's a post to give me the chance to talk about it without having a limit on how much I can say!

Recently the Efflorescense talent has been changed, it now procs off Swiftmend rather than Regrowth. I like this change mainly because now Regrowth is sort of where it should be compared to Nourish and Healing Touch.

26/09/2010

No More Beta/PTR Writing From Me...

The Beta/PTR updates are so common these days that I have to little time to actually write about one build before the other one is live. Therefore I've decided to lay back on the constant updates on them, I might write a review when I see something so good that I want to share my opinion about it.

I'm currently writing/editing the foundation of my Cataclysm Druid Healing Guide and I want it a bit more organised that the one I have now for Wrath of the Lich King. This consumes a lot of time (more than I expected) but I want it to be good! For any of the latest Druid news please check out:

R4HealingTouch
TreeBarkJacket
Restokin

I'm sure that you'll find the most updated Beta/PTR new on Resto's here :). Wish me luck with the guide!

24/09/2010

How Do You Create A Successful Blog

This is a question that I asked myself several times when I started the RestoDude project. Along the way I found out bits and piece here and there that helped me get this blog ‘out there’(the World Wide Web is pretty huge if you didn’t know that already). So instead of talking about the usual stuff I thought it would be a good idea to sum up what I’ve been doing so far to help out other bloggers who want to start and build up a project like this (or to share my idea’s with people who already have a blog running).

THE ONLY KNOWN RULE!

There’s only one rule that you HAVE to follow when writing for a blog or hosting one yourself. This one will be the reason for you success and will help you more then you can imagine. Write About What You Love! If you don’t write about something you like then I’m pretty sure you won’t be around long enough to see your blog flourish. If you’re starting from scratch with no background and no massive website that can deliver ‘free’ traffic to your blog then it is of the biggest importance that you have the patients to ‘farm’ that traffic or gain a reputation for you blog!

Yet Another Build... 13033 Review!

Yes you've seen it, Mmo-champion has posted the infoz on yet another build in the Beta/PTR with a few (small) tweaks for us Restoration Druids and a quick reminder on our new mastery.
Rebirth no longer costs mana.
Rejuvenation now costs 20% of base mana, down from 25%.
Mastery: Symbiosis (Revamped) - Increases the potency of your healing spells by 10% on targets already affected by one of your heal over time spells. Each point of Mastery increases heal potency by an additional 1.25%.
The Rebirth change is nice because we'll be able to resurrect people without having to worry that we might not have enough mana left for us to heal them ones they accept the ress.

The Rejuvenation change is very obviously linked to our new master, Symbiosis, the reduction in mana cost makes it more likely that we'll be able to use Rejuvenation to 'activate' Symbiosis for out other spells. 

Our new and fresh mastery is now called Symbiosis (me likez dat name!). 10% extra juice for out spells is very nice considering that we'll have to be using Healing Touch and Regrowth a lot more (more healing for the same, rather huge, mana cost. Mastery will become a very interesting stat depending on how easily we can play with out Symbiosis, we'll find out when Cataclysm releases I'm sure!

Sadly there's very little else to say, the change was small but nice! Hoping to read more good news soon :)

21/09/2010

QQ Does Help! New RestoDruid Mastery!

Blizzard heard, read and got annoyed by the comments on the 'old' Restoration Druid mastery which sucked harder then... euhm... nevermind! So after all the whining we have been giving a nice treat in or in other words a new mastery!

New Resto druid mastery: Increases the potency of your heals on targets upon which you have a hot.

It benefits both hots and direct heals equally while still supporting Resto being a healer that cares a lot about hots. It encourages layering different spells while disincentivizing Rejuv blanketing.

Examples:

1) You cast Regrowth on someone who has a Rejuv = bonus healing.
2) You cast Nourish on someone who has a Lifebloom = bonus healing.
3) You Swiftmend a Rejuv = bonus healing.
4) You cast a Rejuv on someone who does not have a Regrowth, LB or WG on them = no bonus healing.
5) You cast Rejuv on someone who has a Rejuv = no bonus healing. (You merely refreshed Rejuv.)
6) You cast a Wild Growth = bonus healing on those with preexisting hots.

20/09/2010

Into The Void! And BlizzBlue's!

Things started to change on Lightbringer EU, a new threat lures in the dark corners of Azeroth and people are preparing for yet another great expansion! As a raider I went through a rather big change myself. I left Forged by Fury past Saturday and joined the rank of a newly made guild “VOID”.

Void is a guild looking to clear 10 man raiding content in Cataclysm. It’s set up with a very simple idea: no dkp, no bunch of members to organise. The idea is to get around 15 active and progressive minded members to hit 10 man content as we see fit. We don’t have any raid times set or raid days for that matter. We raid when we want and until someone has to go. The plan sounds a bit dodgy but at the moment we all know who’s in the guild and we all know how much each other loves to raid.

18/09/2010

4.0 Review, It's Not All Bad...

I’m going to break the hype, for as long as the Beta/PTR has been up I’ve been reading and reading bad things about the future of my beloved class and spec. But as Restokin said on Twitter, lets try to not be to down and gloomy about all of this. So let’s look at RestoDruids in a bit more ‘positive’ point of view.

First let me review the PTR so far. While waiting for the character copy to bring me a wonderful gift (my main) I thought it would be a good idea to re-level a Druid to see what new things (and bugs) I could discover. The first thing if found out is that stupidity is everywhere, even on test realms… I quote:

“Why can’t I try Worgen/Goblin?” or even better “wtf! This quests is bugged :s” Yes dude, you happen to be on a TEST realm. And the last one is pretty good, I had a whisper asking this “How do I get to Cataclysm?” euhm… wut?

15/09/2010

Cataclysm and My Guild... So What Now?

Recently the Officer team of Forged by Fury had a chat about the upcoming expansion. If we should or should not recruit more people to make sure that we can start raiding as soon as we have enough level 85’s to do so and how we would evaluate the new recruits to make sure that we aren’t digging our own grave.

Recruitment has always been a very tricky but necessary part of running a guild, people come and go but no matter what you have to make sure you got the numbers to keep raiding (or to start raiding). Besides this fact there’s also the problem of performance, can this person be an asset to our guild or are we dragging him along?

11/09/2010

Healing Touch vs. Nourish vs. Regrowth at Level 85!

Ok so I got a bit bored today so I scrolled through my blogroll and read the post made by Jar about the mana cost of our spells on level 85. I was confused about something and since I was bored I thought I'd be a good idea to figure it out on my own...

What bothered me what that Nourish and Healing Touch were on the same cast time (3 seconds) with the obvious healing difference (Nourish is about 50% of HT with a HoT on your target) but the mana difference was huge! So I thought why not just drop Healing Touch and use Nourish where needed.

Tier 11 for RestoDruid and Gnomeregan!

Today we had a chance to take a look at the next tier level and what bonuses it’ll bring along. I scrolled past all the classes because I really wanted to see how Restoration Druid would be healing (Tier bonuses always give a hint about what spells are going to be somewhat important)

I am slightly disappointed to see that BOTH bonuses are focussing on Lifebloom. This feels as if tankhealing will be our prior role in groups (I prefer raidhealing = more dynamic).

The bonuses are:
2T11: increases the critical chance of your Lifebloom's periodic healing by 5%
4T11: when LB is at a maximum stack of 3, you gain 540 spirit (duration is probably until you lose the stack)

08/09/2010

Define Hardcore Plz!?

Player A: Omg that guy is a hardcore player!
Player B: But of course because he’s in a hardcore guild…
Player A: Ye we only have a few hardcore members in the guild…

Moonra: But how would you define ‘being hardcore’?

I’ve been stuck with this question for a while now, it seems that defining ‘hardcore’ is tricky. I’d say that a hardcore player is someone who puts a lot of effort in his performance and knows how to get every single bit of extra damage,threat or healing out of his character…

Other people then believe that being ‘hardcore’ means to raid like… all the time, 7/7 if they could. But I know a few people who could do this but they’re far from what I would called ‘über skilled’

So whats this ‘being hardcore’ exactly? Is it option one or two or maybe both? I don’t know… Any suggestions?

"Yet another random post... :)"

Did You Finish Wrath of the Lich King?

The Officers in Forged by Fury had a recent chat about our members and how they feel about Wrath, it seems a lot of people still have ‘unfinished business’ when it comes to certain raid bosses.

When thinking about it I’d say that there is only one boss that I would love to down before seeing the world crumple under Deathwings power… Yogg-saron! (and Algalon) When I was raiding Ulduar and ToTc my former guild has having some issues and because of those I never got to the point of killing him (although I had my share of the wipes trying to do so) and when I switched guilds ICC was nearly there so Ulduar became a memory of the past…

06/09/2010

Shared Topic: Memories Within WoW...

Another shared topic on Blog Azeroth sparked my interest, this one is from a fellow Druid blogger FeralTree! He asked a very intriguing question which got me thinking... What items or memories have you kept for all this time and of course... why did you do so?

So with this question in mind I thought I'd be a good idea to check the bank and see. I'm a very organised person and I get nervous when my bank/bags are filled and everyone is scattered. So it isn't hard for me to find stuff in the bank since everything useful (food/flasks/etc) is on the right and everything else is one the left (+several bags filled). Everything else such as mats go to my banker's guild.

Now when checking Moonra's bank plus several other alts I found a few things that I just can't seem to delete no matter how useless they are :).

02/09/2010

Cataclysm RestoDruid Glyph Idea's?!

Today the new glyph system was announced on Mmo-champion (which keeps giving my 502 errors at home so I can’t check for updates) and it showed that we won’t have to keep buying several stacks of several glyphs in order to be able to switch depending on what boss you raid. Glyphs will now be ‘learned’ so we can switch them around, which is an idea that I really like! (This would be a good option to be able to heal both tanks and raid instead of having two different Restoration builds)

We also got a small peak at some changes and some new glyphs for several classes, this got me started to think about RestoDruid glyphs and how they could change! Here are some of my crazy idea’s :) Please don’ be shy and give some feedback or just post your own idea’s!

01/09/2010

Why Did I Go Resto? And Why Should You?

When it comes to Druids I do think that I’m slightly fanatic about the class, I currently have 2 and I’m thinking of making one on another server. I trust bear tanks more than warrior tanks, I enjoy the sight of a Feral dps Druid that beats other melee on dps and the same goes for Moonkins who’re number 1 on every recount addon.

But what I love the most is Restoration! Why you ask? Well it is pretty obvious no? A while ago I received a question when mindlessly running circles in Dalaran (I tend to do that a lot) I was talking to someone about healing and what class he should go for so he asked me why he should pick Druid above the other healer classes.