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Handling Guild Drama

So, these last couple months have been just loads of stress outside of gaming, but also just some grand annoyances while in gaming, as well.  A lot of it relates to some guild drama in both Rift and WoW.  Quite frankly, I’m sick of it.  The backbiting, the name-calling, the downright immaturity of it all.  It would be one thing if people that are adults would take the time to act like the adults they are.  Personally, I try to avoid conflict, and prefer to have civil discussion, but even I am human and have had my part in these issues.  I’m sure as shit not infallible.

Bitch Slap: Someone's going to get it.

That said, guild drama sucks, especially when it leads to people either quitting or getting kick from a guild.  I mean, I get that there are going to be personality conflicts and whatnot, but when there are people that are supposed to be the ones you look up to and respect looking down on, condescending to, or outright being hateful toward other members of the guild, how is that supposed to reflect on the guild to new guild members?  Now, I don’t expect people to maintain civility 100% of the time, but recent weeks have proven to be an exercise in sheer frustration.

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Why Pet Healing Is Important, Part 1

One of the biggest issues healers have is the issue of healing pets. Be it hunter, warlock, mage or death knight pets in World of Warcraft, or mage, rogue, warrior or cleric pets in Rift, healers don’t want to – and usually, can’t – actively heal pets. I wish it were more possible to do so. I really, really, do. I say this as a healing priest, a healing cleric, a healing paladin, a healing mage, and a one-time healing shaman. I want to be able to heal pets.

Mend Pet

One of the biggest gripes I’ve heard is how smart heals do, in fact, heal pets. I’m still honestly lost on this point. I mean, trust me, I get that not everyone will be able to spare the global cooldown or the mana to heal a pet. But there’s a reason that pets are going to be valid targets for smart heals. Because they are integral to the DPS of the class utilizing those pets.

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The Issue of Cleric DPS

Cleric DPS. Nearly the laughingstock of the game, except when it comes to AoE damage, and even then, only with Cabalist, or to a lesser degree, Inquisitor. Many people are saying lately that you cannot complete Hammerknell with cleric single-target DPS builds (Shaman, Druid, Inquisitor), unless they are hybrids with Justicar for Doctrine of Loyalty usage. It’s actually quite sad, really, how poorly cleric DPS souls scale relative to other DPS souls from the other callings. In fact, come 1.6, many mage souls are getting some major buffs, and in the case of Pyromancer, a near complete overhaul.

Strike of the Maelstrom

What I want to do with this post is not to be a naysayer, and do everything I can to try not to be a in the “sky is falling” crowd with clerics in general. That kind of thing doesn’t usually jibe well with me. But, to be honest, it can be hard not to throw yourself on that kind of bandwagon when there are very obviously some glaring issues in the current content. To that end, bear with me as I try to put this post forth in as much an objective manner as I can manage.

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