Welcome to Life in Group5, a blog dedicated to being a healer, by a sometimes overly-dedicated resto shaman. Since I’m a big believer in backstories and understanding motivations, I thought I’d kick off my blogging adventure with some answers to the basic questions—who, what, when, where, why and how.
Who am I?
My main is Vixisin, a troll Resto Shaman in Aftermath on the Mal’Ganis (US) server. I have a variety of alts, all with similar monikers as my main, including several 80’s which I play when I’m not raiding: an unholy/blood DK, a feral druid, and a prot/holy pally. I also have a 70 mage (my former main) and an up-and-coming disc priest who will likely be the focus of my attention in my free time to come. I’m an avid console gamer, dating back to my first introduction to Nintendo 64 and extending through almost every system since. As far as online games, I admit to being a recent devotee, only having ventured into other MMOs like Tabula Rasa, L4D, and Aion.
What is Group 5?
For those of you who might not be aware, in the quintessential 25-man raid, Group 5 is where raid organizers typically start placing their healers during group formation. As a resto shaman with the lackluster-but-still-better-than-nothing mana tide totem, I’m typically assured a position in raid slots 21 – 25. Thus, Group5 not only represents my little square’s location in my raid frames but also the company in which I spend the majority of my raiding time. (I wouldn’t have it any other way.)
When did I start playing the online sensation that is Word of Wacraft?
I started my first character in the months before Burning Crusade, although due to general nubishness and battleground distractions, I didn’t hit 70 until a couple months after expansion release. Like most newbies, I started out completely ignorant of the game dynamics, had auto-attack on my bars for a very long time, and didn’t even know about the AH until about level 40. And although I’ve gone from wiping on Curator to a guild that scored US #19 kill on Algalon, my origins are humble indeed.
Where do I get my ideas from?
To be frank, all over the place. Since WoW plays a big part of my life, I often find parallels between life in game and life outside of it. I’m a huge movie buff, former collegiate athlete and all-around research nerd, so chances are I’ll be pulling in concepts, quotes and themes from a wide variety of sources. In terms of WoW-knowledge, I draw from my own experiences as a raider, my debates with guildmates, the forum community at large, theorycrafting sites, and other assorted blogs.
Why am I blogging?
I’ve been following a number of blogs over the years, but unfortunately I’ve yet to find a site dedicated to resto shamans and/or endgame healing beyond the obligatory theorycrafting forums and posts from Ensidia. The goal of this blog is to fill that niche, between casual raiding and World 1sts, and hopefully spark some ideas in the resto shaman community. I’m not here to proclaim that I have an answer, but rather to offer up my logic processes, my thoughts, and my concerns in an intelligent and hopefully easily-digestible format.
How am I going to help you?
Ultimately, you readers are my audience and my clients, and my goal here is to help you improve, change, adapt or maybe just pass the time while you’re bored. If nothing else, whether you agree or disagree with my perspective, I want to give you some “food for thought”. I’m not going to tell you how to play, or even how to think, but I will provide you with insight about the how and whys of my methods so that you can make your own decisions.
With all that being said, queue up the band, bust out the cake and welcome to Life in Group5.