Picking the Right Gear

I healed Shadow Labs last night.

For the record, I detest this instance. There are AoE fears, threat clears, big pulls, mind control effects… It’s basically one big “Pay Attention” instance. The second someone screws up, you’re at risk of wipe. I don’t think I’ve ever managed a clear without 8-10 wipes, although thanks to some tips I picked up last night, I’m beginning to think I’ve just been running with under-geared players. See, the problem is that slabs really requires 2-3 well-geared level 70 dps classes, but the people wanting to run slabs are usually fresh 70s chasing their Kara key frag.

Anyway, that’s beside the point. Read the rest of this entry »

LF1M: Resto Druid?

“LF1M mage”
“LF1M lock”
“LF1M pally tank”

Some classes seem to get all sorts of LF1M love, and some seem to get none at all. Druids, I suspect, are somewhere near the bottom: I have been head-hunted for groups (and raids) before, to deal with something situational like needing HoTs to tick during CC, but we’re not quite as “must-have” for most instances as, say, a mage. Because we seem to be seen as one of those “situational” classes, I thought I might go through some of the situations you need us for (I’m focusing on resto-spec here, but most of this applies to every spec to some degree.) Read the rest of this entry »

Gear Sets and how they Save You Gold

I’m a Druid, and that means bag-space.

Huh? No, I mean it. Bag-space. I have a feral set, for when a guildie is desperately hunting for a tank for Sunken Temple or BRD or something else I can manage. I have a balance set, for when I just can’t get a healing gig (yes, it does happen) but someone will take off-heals/light DPS. I (obviously) have a main healing set, and I’m slowly putting together a resilience set for PvPing. I’m even hanging onto a blue-healing set (Why? Read on.) There’s shockingly little cross-over between the sets, although I only have slots with durability in my blue-healing set, and my PvP set so far uses a lot of my main-healing gear. Once all my sets are complete, and I’m getting close, I will have upwards of 60 pieces of off-spec gear sitting around. That’s three primal mooncloth bags worth of stuff to lug about. Add in a bag full of consumables (healing pots, mana pots, down-ranked mana pots to save some cash, Golden Fishsticks, Blackened Sporefish, a Demonic Rune or two, bandages, multiple stacks of food and water…), and you start to wonder where you’re going to put any loot you pick up. Sure, some of the stuff can go in the bank, but you get the picture. Read the rest of this entry »