Pookies Is Not A Bear

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Return to Karazhan January 30, 2008

Filed under: Raiding — Pookies @ 10:31
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Last night was Pookies’ first night in Karazhan in a couple of months. In all my months of running it last year, I had never had it so easy.

Our wipes were on Nightbane (1 wipe) and Prince (2 wipes), which I attribute to three of us not having run with this group before and not being familiar with some (or all) of the encounters.

Personally, I had never been in a group that could take down Nightbane. Last time I had attempted him (with a different guild), our tank would drop after the first air phase–or sooner–because of a lack of heals combined with a lack of mitigation. Last night we had both heals and mitigation. The only reason we wiped was because us healers were too slow to start with the heals after the third (yes, THIRD) air phase on our first attempt and the tank went down. On our second attempt, I was sure to start my HoTs up in the two seconds before Nightbane actually landed. With a solid tank and a Misdirect, I never had Nightbane’s attention, even for a second.

Netherspite had always been a problem fight for every guild I had been in. None of them had the required coordination for the encounter, and Netherspite would either go on an apeshit rampage (no one the in red beam) or get healed to full health in a matter of seconds (no on in the green beam). Or someone would stand in a Void Zone. Or someone would be taking the blue beam AND stand in a Void Zone. Well, last night I actually found this fight to be boring. During the first portal phase I had some range issues with our blue beam tank (because I was still on the door side of Netherspite and obviously couldn’t cross over), but luckily our paladin was able to shimmy over and toss a heal up on him. Other than that, I was passing out Lifeblooms here and there, and there were no “Oh SHIT!” moments.

Prince was a completely different fight for me because I used to tank him and not have to worry about things like avoiding infernals WHILE standing at max range to avoid Shadow Nova WHILE healing. Luckily, just HoTs were pretty much able to keep our tank up during phase one and phase three (as expected), and I didn’t really see our tank take any big hits at all during phase two.

Pookies’ loot: Emberspur Talisman from Nightbane.

Check out this screenie of the Nightbane fight. Pookies finally got to finish his two Nightbane quests!

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Pookies wets his feet January 29, 2008

Filed under: Raiding — Pookies @ 10:32
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Sunday night was Pookies’ first raid with Can Beat You In Halo.  We went to SSC.  Apparently, Hydross is a logical next target after having Gruul on farm for a couple of weeks.  But what’s 125 gold worth of consumables and repairs, right?  … right?  I think we got Hydross to about 60%.  That’s actually pretty impressive considering that 1)  it was CBYIH’s first time in SSC, and 2) the resist gear on the MTs and OTs was not up to par.  We might actually have a chance at this guy if the tanks gear up and the OTs can actually grab their adds … which begs the question of why we can’t take VR down …

Yesterday was Gruul.  When we finished I still had more than an hour left on my flask.  None of the epix or tokens were for my class.  Which is a crying shame, because I am the only restoration druid in the guild/raid.

Tonight is Karazhan.  My old buddies (previously mentioned as “& Co.”) joined this guild and were allowed to start their own Karazhan group that is now the most successful in the guild.  They do one night, four hours, all bosses.  I’m banking on some upgrades tonight!

It’s awesome that Pookies just got invited to the guild and he’s already being invited to raid.  I guess being the guild’s only restoration druid has its pros!  Coming in first or second on the effective healing meter probably doesn’t hurt, either …

 

Hello, world! January 28, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Pookies @ 19:51

Welcome to Pookies Is Not A Bear, a blog which documents the adventures of a restoration druid on the realm Bonechewer.

Pookies’ humble beginnings go back to the winter of 2007.  I had grown tired of my Blood Elf hunter on Staghelm (Blood Elf hunter?  What was I thinking?), so I rolled on Bonechewer to be on the same server as an IRL friend.  While leveling, I found a great trio of long-time WoW players who had also just rerolled on Bonechewer.  We hit it off immediately and began plowing our way through all of Azeroth’s dungeons, four-man style.

Back then, Pookies was a healer.  Ah, Azeroth healing, how I miss thee.  A Rejuvenation here, a Rejuvenation there.  With all of our gear sets comprised mostly of dungeon blues, getting to Outland was a breeze.

Upon our arrival in Outland, however, a change in roles occured immediately.  Our tank was sick of tanking.  Our mage wanted to play her (transferred) priest.  That meant Pookies had to go feral.

At first, Pookies was very shaky on his bear legs.  By level 70, I realized that tanking as a feral druid is the easiest role to fill in the game.  And with our solid team (holy priest, shadow priest, affliction lock, and a pick-up), most heroics were a walk in the park.  It wasn’t long before Pookies & Co. were running Karazhan with a solid group and Pookies was 2/5 T4.

Then it all fell apart.

With the dissolution of the Karazhan group, a couple of the core members of our group decided to become far less active.  I app’ed to a friend’s raiding guild that needed healers and respecced resto.  My frustration grew with poor raid attendance, however, and eventually I stopped logging on, leaving the WoW world (and my WoW friends) behind me.

Fast forward two or three months.  My curiousity gets the best of me and I log on to see how my old friends are doing.  Everyone is playing (and actively raiding) again.  Even the bosses we had trouble with before in Karazhan are now on farm status in their Karazhan group.

I decide to apply to the guild, which doesn’t have a single restoration druid on the roster.  And the rest is history.