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A Big First Look at WoD Alpha Notes – Part 2: Resto Shaman Changes

(If you haven’t already checked out Part 1 of this two-part analysis, you can find it here). Continuing on with this incredibly verbose commentary on the Alpha Patch Notes  … On top of all the changes we’ll be seeing with the healing game, we’ll also be seeing some changes aimed squarely at Resto Shamans’ arsenal […]

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A Big First Look at WoD Alpha Notes – Part 1: Healing Changes

As it so often happens for me (thankfully), when WoW activities cool down and farm content starts to age, my work oftentimes picks up to fill in the gaps. It’s been easy to let WoW slide into the background in the past couple of months, as I’ve increased my work hours and diverted my remaining […]

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Non-Critical Healing Noise in Mists of Pandaria

(Alternatively titled: Why we throughput classes maybe, kinda shouldn’t hate Disc Priests and Paladins all that much) It is a common occurrence on raid nights the world over—the healing team is assembled for the evening, and with every absorb class added to Group 5 (or whichever group holds your healing bundles of joy), the groans grow ever […]

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T16: Raiding with Friends

It was the first pull of the night, the warm-up before we got into an evening’s attempts that would be filled with missed interrupts, bad positioning, and the inevitable tank deaths. And then, in barely the blink of an eye, it was over and Garrosh lay in a heap on the corrupted ground of Stormwind […]

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Giving Glyph of Chaining Another Chance

Artwork by: Paul Mafayon (http://mafayon.cghub.com/)  Admittedly, since its introduction into the game with Mists of Pandaria, I have not been a fan of Glyph of Chain Heal (Chaining). “Punitive” was probably the word I used most to describe it, as the glyph itself draws heavily on the idea that a Major Glyph should affect how […]


 
 

 
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Resto Shamans rejoice–Patch 5.4 is here!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been less than a year since we first set foot in Pandaria. But here we are at Patch 5.4, the last raid content of the expansion, finally ready to face down a Horde leader run amok. Not...
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Status Check: The Healing Game as of 5.3

These past few months of progression, combined with a work schedule that refuses to ease up, have left me with a billion ideas about the game and a folder full of half-written, conceptualized, or hastily brain-dumped pseudo-pos...
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Tier 15: Reflections on the Journey

It was at 2:30am ET on last Wednesday morning that Tier 15 came to a close for the members of Promethean’s raid team. On the heels of an absolutely heart-wrenching 1% wipe the night before, and after an exhausting 6-hour full...
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How To: Twin Consorts Constellation Running

It all started with a seemingly innocuous whisper one evening … “You know, Method had their Resto Shaman do constellations on Hard Mode Twin Consorts”. At the time I laughed the idea off, thinking it was just the playful ...
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Perspective and Optimism in the Face of Class Balance

“Balance”. It’s a word that inspires both optimism and pessimism in a community focused on measuring the contributions of its players. The optimists, through naiveté or iron resolve, look at class balance and see the pot...
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The Patch 5.2 Summary for Resto Shaman

It seems like just yesterday that I was finding my way through Pandaria, leveling up through a world of new zones and getting acclimated with our newest tools. But, here it is on the launch of the second tier of the expansion, ...
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