[Guilty Pleasures] WoW Heroes

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One thing I’ve noticed about end game raiders is we’ve always had a scale with with to measure one another up against. It’s been titles, gear score,  mounts, achievements, and gear ranking via WoW-Heroes. I hadn’t thought of WoW-Heroes until a friend of mine brought up how well geared my priest is.

That sort of got the wheels turning as to where I stood with my gear compared to others of my class,  faction, and even realm. I suppose it has something to do with e-peen, the need to be better than someone in some strange capacity. As I type this I’m currently sitting in Stormwind next to someone with the Dragonslayer title. I would absolutely kill to have that title, no pun intended. I do have my Defender of a Shattered World title, which I worked long and hard to earn. I was pretty excited that I was one of the first group of people to have the title. I was proud that I was there to help create and learn the strategies that ultimately got us the kills we needed.

Though, taking a look at WoW-Heroes I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were back up and running. Curiosity got the better of me and I had to look my character up. Looking at her, I noticed one glaring error which I promptly fixed. I then wondered where I stacked up against other Discipline Priests on both Horde and Alliance. To say I faired well would be an understatement, in both I’m in the top 10.

But then, a humbling thought is that you can have all the gear in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to be the best player in the game, no where near. In fact it takes a combination of skill, knowledge of your class and gear to be the ultimate priest healer, but sometimes looking at a site like WoW-Heroes is a bit of a self-esteem booster.



[Addon Spotlight] PoM Tracker 2.74

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I never realized how important Prayer of Mending was in a healer’s arsenal until I was the only priest healing certain encounters in Trial of the Crusader and Ulduar. When I moved from doing 10 man content to doing 25 man content, I learned that it was easy to have my Prayer of Mending clipped by any of the other priests in the raid, resulting in loss of healing and much rage.

I remember getting into arguments with other priests over watching where their prayer of mending went, I got my mending overwritten so many times that it never got a chance to bounce, I noticed that there was a huge amount of healing loss from having it overwritten by others that I started to look for a way to find out a way to track where my prayer of mending was, and whether or not it had run out.

That search brought me to a simple, yet effective mod called PoM Tracker which I found over at Curse. The mod tracks what player has your mending, how much time is left until Mending runs out, how many charges are remaining, and how much healing your mending has done in that current session.

The mod requires no set up, other than being dragged to where you want it on your screen and away you go 🙂 It’s relatively transparent, so you can put it over top of another UI element if you so wish.

It’s definitely a mod I would not be without, you can find the mod here.

And Now for Something Completely Different…

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Good evening, as you may notice I’m not your usual blogger, I am, as you may notice, the Laughing Warlock. And, pray tell, am I doing on a healer blog? Providing commentary from the peanut gallery as it were. I suggested that perhaps a dps viewpoint my be sometimes beneficial in such a blog, and the beneficent owner of this snappy little place said okey dokey, but try not to make a fool of yourself. I make no promises.

Healing is a constant worry for a warlock, and it isn’t. It’s sorta odd for me. Half the time I’m fine, drain life, affliction talents, and the like give me a pretty weighty ability to top myself off, and I get pats on the head for doing so. However, there’s an elephant in the room in respect to my class….I treat my health bar as a mana bar. And healers just looooove that.

Dps is, in general, pretty squishy. Not our fault, it’s just fun watching the boss die, zomg look at my numbers! Then…then I lifetap right as Chimaeron takes a bite out of everyone….ouch. A good dps is cognizant of his health and his damage. A GREAT dps is cognizant of the drain he’s putting on his healer. I’m…okay. I’m usualy pretty connected to the strain I put on the healer, but especially when a boss is getting low, I can get pretty severe tunnel vision.And after that…well…smooshed warlock. Not laughing at that point.

So, next time a dps gives you guff because they died, ask them if they were watching their health bar, if there is indignant silence, feel free to label them an idiot. If they say yes, and they blew all their cooldowns….then maybe you should listen to what they have to say.

This has been your friendly neighborhood guest blogger and lunatic, The Laughing Warlock, bringing you the musings of a longtime imp enthusiast and lover of festive green fire.

Why I hate Heroic Chimaeron…or not…..

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I had the wonderful experience of healing Heroic Chimaeron tonight. My guild has an amazing set up where we do all of our preparation for new content via 10 man, cycling people in to get them familiar with the fight, and then rolling it out in 25 man. We successfully downed Heroic Halfus the other night for the first time in 25 man.

I’ve been a discipline priest for as long as I can remember, I’m happy with what I do, I perform well (at least as far as my raid leader has said, he’s never told me otherwise, and he humors me at least when it comes to my need to gather and analyse information like a madwoman).

Up until recently, I’ve never encountered anything as frustrating as healing Chimaeron on heroic mode.  The fight seems fairly simple in it’s mechanics, relatively the same as regular mode with a couple of differences. He has a buttload more health, and he likes to make our tanks take hits like 2-year-old girls.

Getting him once to sub 5% was thrilling, I am honored to be one of the healers for these endeavors into hard modes, but when I lose a tank, it sucks.

My first thought after the second or third wipe, is that I’m doing something wrong, not using a cooldown at the correct moment, not healing fast enough, do I need to change a glyph, do I need to change the heal I’m using there.  I tend to look at fights as very black and white. Wipe or No Wipe, uptime vs. downtime. Then after some discussion, I learned that it wasn’t me, the stacks weren’t dropping off the tank, and the increased damage in was happening so fast even with Pain Suppression up that our poor tank wasn’t having a chance.

I even looked at the strategy discussion over at Tankspot, to see if they had and tips, tricks or pointers. We were using what they’d outlined, and from what I was reading the fight is a huge communication fight, you need to have excellent communication between healers and tanks. Taunt rotations, who’s tanking when etc.

I love my guild’s healers and tanks. We have excellent communication between the groups, even with a tank that has only spoken once in the 4 or 5 years he’s been in the guild, he still gets his point across. I suppose when you don’t say much, you get heard more when you actually do have to speak up, though this is not the case when there are more than 2 or 3 healers in the mix.

I have a good feeling that we’re going to get Heroic Chimaeron on Monday, it’s just gonna take some solid communication, and some solid teamwork.

So….maybe I don’t really actually Hate Chimaeron Heroic.


When is it time to say, “I’m sorry Mr. Tank, I can’t heal you.”

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Yesterday I had the honor of running probably the longest random Zandalari dungeon in my World of Warcraft career. Don’t get me wrong, I love healing random dungeons, and even if the tank is slightly under-geared it’s usually still fairly easy to heal. But I realized that there has to be a point where you can say, “I”m sorry Mr. Tank, I can’t heal you through this dungeon.”

I’m a firm believer as a healer in giving every tank a chance, especially after watching a close friend of mine heal a severely under-geared yet skilled DK tank through a very smooth and successful Dead Mines.

I’m not an elitist by any means, and I’ve been thanked for being patient many times by random people, and even guildies as they’ve moved on, but yesterday, I almost turned into a screaming harpy.

Even spending time with the folks over in the Plus Heal Chat room, and trying some of their tips to get through terrifyingly bad runs, I found that I still wanted to berate the tank, chew on the DPS for being under-geared, and not paying attention, and most likely break my keyboard and smile as the keys flew uselessly around the room.

Then I realized, that I’ve been there too.  Scary enough once upon a time, I was that under-geared noob trying to scratch out my first pieces of gear, struggling to heal tanks that were doing the same thing I was. I remember two-healing Rajh because neither myself or my guild mate had enough HPS to get through the fight.

I stopped and took a deep breath, and remembered. I also remembered that our tank (a guild mate and amazing tank, we’re not sure if he’s human or cyborg at this point, though there’s been speculation in Mumble on many occasions) worked hard to keep his gear somewhat enchanted, always had gems that were appropriate. Then I got to thinking, when is it time to throw in the towel and say, “Mr. Tank, I can’t heal you through this, you need more gear.”

With Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub being relatively new content in the spectrum, while puggable it’s still not content we’re chainpulling our way through. With summer out, and the new Satchel of Mysteries, there are more new tanks, and with new tanks there tend to be issues.

This isn’t a rip on new tanks. I adore the fact that there are new tanks, and that there are more people taking a vested interest in tanking, but you need to be healable. You’re not gonna necessarily hit the avoidance cap in entry level heroic gear, but making sure you have SOME avoidance is a huge help. Try and aim for as many easily acquirable enchants that you can get, I don’t expect you to have Windwalk on your blue quality sword, but at least have mending, as every little bit helps.

If you’re unsure about a fight, say so. I can’t stress this enough, as a healer I’m usually happy to help explain a fight to a new tank.

And as a healer, don’t hesitate to use big heals in a sticky situation, a few big heals is better than dying.

Above all, give the tank a try, and if he or she is unhealable it’s okay to say, “Mr. Tank, I’m afraid I cannot heal you.”

Heal a Mole: Practice for Beginning Healers

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Trundling around Reddit while I was outside having a cigarette, I stumbled along a very addictive and fun flash game called Heal a Mole. It’s a rather simple click game where you are given healing spells and are expected to heal the moles after they are whacked. If you’re new to healing, or just really rusty this might be a simple place to brush up on your skills.

The game interface is fairly simple at best. Providing you with several different heals including AOE, HoTs, and Greater and Standard Heals.









The number buttons control what heal you are using, the screenshot above only shows there being 1 heal as this is level 1, when I played through for a bit earlier, I had up to 4 heals available for me to use.

The game can get fast paced and hectic, but it helps you in a non-pressured environment.

Inner Focus: Macros, Mods and Codes

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 Inner Focus: An extremely valuable spell in a discipline priest’s arsenal. A short cooldown providing a reduction in the mana cost of a priest’s next Flash Heal, Binding Heal, Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing by 100% and increasing its critical effect chance by 25%.

Matticus over at World of Matticus posed a rather interesting statement on Twitter. He said,  “How to get Matt to use Inner Focus on Progression Cause he Worries too Much About Other Stuff Like Dying.”

While out and about today doing some non-wow related stuff, I mulled it over, and tried to figure out how I use Inner Focus without thinking about it, and to be honest I’m not sure how I do it, I believe that it’s something instinctual, or at least trained.  I catch myself all the time hitting my keybind for Inner Focus on my other healers, and then going to myself. Why did I do that?

I surprised myself earlier this week while using Raid Bots that in one evening I used Inner Focus a total of 99 times.  When Matticus posted his statement, I thought about the different options that are out there.



I was wondering what options were out there for tracking when Inner Focus was up and what would be more convenient for someone that gets so busy worrying about dying that they would forget to use Inner Focus.

Power Auras Classic

For a while I used Power Auras to track things like Inner Focus, Penance, and Rapture procs. I found that Derevka at Tales of A Priest and Plus Heal had an excellent list of necessary Power Auras imports for both Holy and Discipline Priests, as well as for general raiding. I especially like the tone that would play when Rapture was ready to go.

Tell Me When

I don’t have much experience with this particular mod, but I have heard many awesome things about it. Unfortunately due to my unfamiliarity with the mod I’m going to believe that it would work rather well.


Within the architecture of World of Warcraft we are allowed to easily program macros. I have Inner Focus bound to the same macro as my Synapse Springs with the following macro.

 /use Mercurial Handwraps

/cast Inner Focus

Because I’ve grown to a point within the game where I’m not relying on a mod to tell me when my Inner Focus is off cooldown, I just hit the button that this macro is bound to, and then start my heal.

Searching through the internet, I am seeing that you can set up both Healbot and Vuhdo to handle Inner Focus, though I’m not sure of the mechanics behind it as I’ve not used either mod in quite some time.

When it comes down to increasing your usage of Inner Focus, the only thing I can recommend is that you do what fits your play style.





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