Tuesday, October 5, 2010

OMG! Joar is Gearing?

Well, with a complete lack of anything left to do, I've actually been running heroics on my toons and working on gearing them up. Everyone in my guild is shocked. Joar - gearing his toons? Along with the Kansas City Chiefs being the only undefeated team in the NFL, I believe Joar gearing is also one of the signs of impending apocalypse (or Cataclysm?).

After a quick poll on my guild website, I originally started working gearing the shammy. The original thought was that it would be pretty similar to my druid in terms of play style in 5 mans, and so would be pretty natural for me. Boy was I wrong. I quickly abandoned the shammy, getting frustrated by what appeared to me to be the lovely combination of either weak or slow main tank heals paired with an uninspiring AoE heal.

Now, I could certainly go out and buy a whole bunch of better gear for this guy to make it easier, but that seems pretty pointless with Cataclysm so close now.

So, I switched to the pally. I've always enjoyed the paladin and the healing style that goes along with it, so gearing him up has really been fun. I also managed to get the shield out of regular Pit of Saron on my first try which helped immensely. I'm also really looking forward to the changes coming with Cataclysm for the paladin, particularly having more AoE healing options.

I was debating working on the disc priest for a bit, but this whole Smite thing scared me off a bit.

I also started working on the mage a little bit. Looks like fire is going to be a pretty excellent spec once the next patch drops, but for now, I'm sticking with Arcane. I still might switch just to start getting the feel for Fire beforehand, but I can't seem to give up the joys of Missile Barrage right away.

I've also been running good old Coren Direbrew on just about everyone just for the 2-a-day frost emblems and the nice trinkets for my undergeared toons.


  1. "weak or slow main tank heals paired with an uninspiring AoE heal."
    i couldn't disagree with you more about the shaman. i heal heroics with my fresh 80 and have to dps to stay awake. maybe you've been with some fail tanks? keep up ES and HS totem and throw the occasional riptide + CH. i've healed as a paladin(pre 4.0) and druid, but i prefer the shaman by far. as previously stated, i haven't tried pally heals since the patch, but i'd rather spec ret and wait on the queues than try paladin heals again. different strokes for different folks, i suppose.

  2. I don't know what it is, but ever since the patch, the shaman is working like a charm for me. Actually managed to heal Heroic FoS today without any problems at all and I'm not at all well geared at this point.


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