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One of the worst things someone can do to you in a raid environment is tell you you’re not good enough in something that you know you’re good at, and everyone else knows you’re good at. I just wish people would have the balls to say it to my face, rather than in a backhanded, backbiting manner. If you think I’m not good enough (or our raid team is not good enough) to handle a particular job, you should be saying that flat out, not trying to change what our other members are doing (i.e., going from a DPS build to a DPS/healing hybrid that’s primarily for AE healing when we need single-target heals), as if that will somehow magically solve the issue. Yes, it can help, but that’s not the only thing going on.

Rage Face

I don’t care how long you might have been a healer in other games, if you’re not healing in our raids normally, you have no clue how we perceive the damage patterns as people who are healing in our raids. Sure, you can look at the logs, and see exactly how much damage was taken when and by whom, but that isn’t the be-all, end-all. In an encounter where we can all but tunnel vision because the encounter mechanics allow it, we’re going to have a much higher sense of what’s going on than someone who is tanking and watching for adds and various other things going on in the encounter.

Now, I know I should be appreciative of the fact that someone else is looking for things and making suggestions. But that doesn’t stop me from thinking that they’re the wrong suggestions. No matter how well-meaning they may be, that doesn’t stop them from feeling like “you’re not doing it right.” As it stands, for the encounter in question, we have enough healers – possibly more than enough – given our level of skill. We don’t need more healers, we need to adjust our strategy. In the end, that is what’s going to kill the boss, especially when there’s already a tight DPS requirement that even I’m not sure we’re meeting.

On that note, if you have something of critique to say about me, suck it up, grow a set and tell me flat out. Don’t go behind my back to make me feel inadequate or not good enough. It’s pretty fucking clear to me that you aren’t going to be able to deal with it yourself, either, so you can sit down and shut the fuck up otherwise. /nerdrage.

Busy As a Bee

Man, I just realized it’s almost been two weeks since I’ve actually written a post! (Not that this is particularly out of the norm for me, of course, but time has seriously been flying lately.) Between some real life stuff (jury duty, car registration, a flat tire, and various other things going on) and in-game things (with Minecraft, raiding and the PTS), I’ve been fairly busy recently, and just have kind of set the blog on the back burner for a bit. Never fear, Underdog is here! … Well, maybe not, but hey, whatever.

So, with that, I’ll leave a video of our most recent progression kill, Herald Gaurath. After dealing with a content ID match, and it being blocked everywhere in North America, not even my own guildies could watch it! Terrible shame, that, so I had to re-render with different music and re-upload. Still, works quite well, I think. “But how have you been so busy with in-game things?” you might ask? Well, I’ve been doing the master dungeons available, and have been creating various video guides for the different bosses in the dungeons. No easy feat, let me assure you. There’s loads of wipe footage that I’ve had to go through, slice up, and then get over my self-consciousness about putting my voice on anything recorded for lots of people to see and listen to.

As such, I’ve been quite occupied. Unfortunately, I can’t decide on a new topic for the next post! So, I’m gonna leave it to you to help ME decide! (This is mostly because I don’t want to drop all the options into a hat and pick one out at random.) I’m no whiz with polls and stuff so I’ll leave some options:

  • Planar Attunement
  • Chronicles
  • Sentinel healing
  • Purifier healing
  • Shaman damage dealing
  • Justicar tanking
  • Thoughts on Cabalist
  • 1.5 stat and talent changes

What say you, my readers?

That’s All She Wrote

So, this Thursday, we managed to get Greenscale down, the last boss in Greenscale’s Blight, one of the two Tier 1 20-man raids in Rift. It was loads of fun to do, too! I’ve always been a raider at heart, ever since I got my first taste of Karazhan back in the day (yeah, I was a BC player, so sue me). It’s always been the part of a game that I’ve enjoyed the most, to be frank. I’ll casually PvP, yeah, but my focus is mainly raiding, and making sure I’m capable of doing so. As such, it’s been a fun time so far in Greenscale’s Blight, but it’s nice to be done with it (well, to the point of “He’s dead, thank fuck” at any rate). So now, we get to work on clearing out River of Souls, which is actually quite fun as well, even if we’ve only killed one actual boss (and I get to DPS on that boss, which is fun, too).

One of the things that I’ve liked doing for a while is creating videos for kills and such, too. As of now, I’ve had the pleasure of having videos for three of our progression kills (Prince Hylas, Uruluuk and Lord Greenscale himself). It’s a bit tedious, but I genuinely like doing it. Granted, I’m not the greatest at it, and still have a lot to learn about it, but hey, at least I’m playing with it! So far I’m more content with my WoW kill videos than my Rift ones, but that’s more due to needing to find content I actually want to record, which is harder than it sounds. I’d like to put together a better intro-type thing for my videos but that will come with time. In the meantime, this is mostly just a quick post to say, DARGONZ IZ DED!!!11! This puts us at three raid instances out of five completely cleared, so we’re shaping up to get into Hammerknell sooner rather than later.

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