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Progress… and Standing in Bad

Firelands is going very well for NoQ  currently 1/7hc – still steadily holding Realm 1st [25m].  We hope to have Rhyolith H nailed this lockout with some nice shinys for some –not me tho, im so far down the EPGP PR list its not funny ! 

Been messing about with my UI again and i have FINALLY settled on this one –

 

 

As expected Shannox Heroic 25 was a walk in the park…almost ridiculously easy.  The jump between Shannox H and Rhyolith is very much industrail sized with rhyolith being very RNG…just when u think ur not standing in bad – u are ! –   Very movement intensive encounter – sure keeps the healers hearts pumping…. we are 6 healing Ryolith currently, our usual setup is Holydin, Disc Priest, Holy Priest and 3 [yes 3] Druids.

Atonement spec just wasnt working for me on this encounter.   Granted it did the job of keeping the spark tank up but with almost 150k mana I can afford to drop a lot more shields on the raid to lessen the raid damage some what, therefore the non-smite spec was working much better.   2 points in Veiled shadows for the reduced Shadow Fiend is a must when shield spamming 🙂   I also picked up desperate prayer – ideal for the many times when standing in bad cant be helped and u need to finish that big heal cast on ur tank. [or for the times youre distracted momentarily whilst drinking a glass of wine]….

 

 

I do find myself shuffeling talent points around depending on the encounter.   Atonement spec feels fairly redundant in this tier apart from on shannox and staghelm which is a shame because I like my gnome wings

 

 

Everyone is raving about the super awesome Moonwell Chalice trinket from the Molton Front daily quests, I have this bound up in a macro along with Power Infusion – the combination is awesome if u treat the it like a raid cooldown.   Pop this and spam your heart out with Prayer of Healing spam.    All those shiny Divine Aegis bubbles will get huge !..particularly useful for Ragnaros if you use the ‘stacking in the midle’ for seeds tactic. 

Anyway, have fun in Firelands, im back in there myself this evening trying to dodge volcanos and those pesky little adds /fade

ciao for now x

p.s           We have many of our kill videos on the NoQuarter youtube channel – drop on over to take a look    http://www.youtube.com/user/NoQuarterEU

Also – we are always on the lookout for skilled raiders – feel like a server change ? drop us a line here  http://www.noquarter.eu/

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Slacking…[with good reason !] Oh and Realm Rank 1st \o/

Hey All !

Yep, im a slacker, ive neglected this blog for a long time….so much has happned, and so much is going on in my personal life which leaves little time for writing things interesting enough for other ppl to appriciate reading !

So, shinypriest ‘whats been going on ?’

Well, As well as making Officer in my guild No Quarter, fundraising for my beloved sister and buying a new Puppy
…ive managed to squeeze in a few Firelands Boss Kills.  The guild made it to Realm 1st for 25man and we are steadily holding that place.

I think my favourite encounter thus far is Beth’tilac…although not the most challenging of encounters from a healing perspective i just love climbing the spinners web upto the top!  Havent appreciated jumping down to not have any webs stretch out to grab me to break my fall…think ive had 2 deaths because of that so far. [splat]

Anyway..who loves the healing challenge of Baleroc ? yep, another awesome fight, buff watching etc… Ive got some nice Powa Aura’s im using for Vital Spark and Vital Flame..will update the PA section later today.

The guild has a few boss kill videos of the  Firelands Bosses we have downed so far on our dedicated Youtube channel     http://www.youtube.com/user/NoQuarterEU

… The 4% wipe on Staghelm was crushing on sunday, loveing that fight too – again it pushes healers to the max.  And gives me a headache juggling all the raid cds lol.  We are pretty comfortable going with a 7/5/5 scorpion phase.  No need to use anything stronger than a Divine Hymn or 2 for the first Scorpion phase as healing isnt that much of a big deal.

On the second scorpion phase it gets a bit mental – we started blowing cooldowns on the 2nd stack thru to the 4th and immediately spread on the 5th. 

The third scorpion phase is somewhat ‘easier on healing’ than the 2nd scorpion phase due to the fact noone has ‘seeds’ and therefore the incredible raid damage is properly shared, again start blowing CD’s from stack 2 and try to ‘overlap’ them thru to 5 when the raid breaks to spread out for the Burning Orbs.

The Orbs are a relative non-issue so long as you can communicate and are standing with another player so you can alternate stacks [dont go above 5 stacks or your healers will get pissed]

On the following scorpion phase he needs to die – or you surely will….burn DPS, pots, heroism, and ANY remaining raid healing CDs necessary to get the kill…. I reckon my guild will have this boss nailed this lockout..and then onto Raggy

This leads me onto my new puppy ‘Diesel’ she is a gorgeous Staffordshire Bull Terrier and despite the bad press staffys have had she is the most loving loyal dog, she has given me new focus and companionship in what is an incredibly difficult time for my family.

Enjoy firelands.

Ciao for now !

Atramedes 25Heroic

The guild killed this blind dragon a few weeks ago on heroic mode but only last night was I able to sucessfully FRAPS the kill.

Please note  –  I put this Vid together last night, very late, so didnt realise the noob spelling mistake until this morning when i watched the vid on Utube !   oh dear…. nvm eh… could have been worse i suppose.  Anyway disregarding the spelling error it was certainly a nice clean kill, and i was able to DPS Atonement Heal for most of the encounter which was nice.

Anyway – big post incoming soon !

ciao for now.

Blackwing Descent – Elevator Boss Stats

Bam !

Elevator Boss is indeed one of the hardest bosses that ppl just take for granted that they can faceroll when clearly they cant.

I guarantee there is at least 2 deaths per raid on the Ele Boss !

Numerous Guides to defeat this boss are available on various forums.  Beware of Elevator Boss in Hard Mode – aka the Life Gripping Priests – one minute youre running in one direction stepping off the elevator – the next- bam! youre on your way back up to the top.

Hardmode at its finest. 

There are various achievments assiciated with the boss – such as Nitro Boots + Cloak Parachute + Dodging the Life gripping Priest as well as hoping the Nitro Boots wont Leak and kill you on your way to Chimaerons room.

Oh the Joy – nice to see once again Blizz have a sence of humor.

ciao for now !

PTR 4.1 : HW:Sanctuary …bug ?

The Blues buffed this pretty sparkeling spell by a whopping 35%…  but for some reason having tested this on the PTR – it appears to NOT be proccing Echo of Light. [The ticks themselves of Sanctuary were hitting for around 800 to crits of 1400k [approx]

This is rather odd and of course could be a bug… but to buff a spell by 35% and take away the Echo of Light proc seems a bit bizarre… anyway – heres some pretty Holyfied pics of the latest visual for HW:S.

 

also a rather nice HW:S and overlayed Efflorecence …. loving the pink and orange flowers !

Magmaw 25man Heroic: Done

After 2 evenings worth of practice we finally managed to down the giant worm otherwise known as Magmaw

Like many suggested setups we used a Frost Spec Death Knight to kite the parasites for the entire encounter.  We also used the ‘grouping up on melee’ strategy.  Standing ‘outside’ were Myself [healing the DK], The DK,  3 x Hunters MD’ing the Constructs to the Off Tank and a Holy Priest.

Having 5-6 ppl Standing ‘outside’ away from the main group ensured the ‘Pillar of flame’ and ‘Constructs’ would always spawn on one of us rather than in the melee and basically cause a big mess.

As usual I was Disco spec – which allowed me to bubble myself, the DK kiter and the Hunters whilst using Inner Will for the added movement increase….you need to be able to react very fast when fleeing from a pillar of flame or construct !!

As we entered Phase 2 we all spread out [6 yrds apart] and basically nuked !  popped any healing cooldowns that we could such as Divine Hymns/Tranquility/Divine Guardian etc and said a few prayers 🙂

Anyway here is the video – Frapsed by our Fire Mage ‘Peedyweedy’.

enjoy.

Cho’gall vs No Quarter 25man Vid

Our latest video of our Cho’gall kill 🙂

A nice clean kill.

Enjoy

More Hotfix’s

So our QQ didnt go unheard…well not completely anyway… The latest Hotfix/s from da Blues.


  • Body and Soul no longer reduces the mana cost of Power Word: Shield (the hotfix made on February 16 to provide this additional benefit has been reverted).  Goodbye HolyBots !
  • Rapture now returns 2/5/7% of maximum mana when Power Word: Shield is consumed, up from 2/4/6%. Ok….

Im still kinda hopeing they are working on implementing a better solution for 4.1 patch and a decent tier set bonus ! rather than a nerf this buff that approach.  This small rapture buff will help alleviate some of the mana issues from the recent PW:S mana cost fix, but again its only a sticky plaster over what will still be an issue as ppl gain much better gear.

‘Weakened Soul to not affect more than 5 targets at any time’

Bam.. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^   a simple and effective change.  Leave rapture as it was pre-nerf and we have ourselves a solution.

Why make things complicated ?

ciao for now 🙂

After the shield nerf…

Well – thus far no U turn by Blizz on the PW:S mana increase…I hope they are thinking what they can do to fix the mess ! and stop our holy friends from bubble botting !

A more constructive fix for PW:S would be revert the mana cost and to not allow Weakened Soul to be active on any more than 5 targets at a time. This would stop the shield spam, keeping the spec viable for 5/10/25man and not nerfing the heck out of rapture. Also Strength of Soul talent becomes most useful – would make u use ur heals to reduce a WS on a target allowing u to put out another shield.

Other suggestions:

1: We cant spam shields – therefore remove Soul Warding talent completely.

2: Buff Rapture to maby 8%mana return [im shite at math so this is basically picking a figure from the sky that looks appealing!]

3: Grace application with PoH – this would be a wonderful change to support our raid healing ability without having to buff the PoH spell itself.

4: Auto DA procs from PoM

5: Divine Aegis – increase duration to 15secs and make them shinier

6: Inner Focus – keep this talent as is – but make the ‘next cast with IF an instant cast’ [imagine an insta cast PoH on high mobility encounters]

Anyway – ive been looking into talents….for the moment im going to drop Soul Warding – and move 2 points into veiled shadows for a 4min cd on shadowfiend…. most encounters you could push out 2 fiends easily within 4mins.

I think a lot of Disc priests will either respec Holy or – go back to PoH spam. For the cost of 1 PW:S you can cast [almost 2] PoH which will DA bubble upto 5 ppl ! kinda makes sence to PoH spam instead.

http://wowtal.com/#k=vO6oj-Ku.aei.priest.

Im going to steer clear of respeccing my holy offspec to the bubble bot – quite frankly – although semi viable – its far from ideal and far from what Holy is all about – but the fact some ppl are doing it is a good thing – it will show Blizz just how messed up their nerf-fix’s are.

PW:S Fix ? and Raid Healing

Much more discussion on PW:S after the recent increased mana cost to Disc Priests.

  • In addition to its current effects, the Body and Soul talent now grants 12.5%/25% reduction to the base mana cost of Power Word: Shield. This is not reflected in the tooltip, but is reflected in the amount of mana used when Power Word: Shield is cast by Holy priests who have this talent. The tooltip update will require a client-side patch.
  • Power Word: Shield now costs roughly 34% of base mana, up from 25%. This is not reflected in the tooltip, but is reflected in the amount of mana used when the spell is cast. The tooltip update will require a client-side patch.

I cant see this being a permenant solution – more of a sticky plaster – until they figure out how to nerf PW:S  without actually nerfing it.


This is kind of how PW:S has evolved [or not] since Cataclysm:

In my opinion a ‘fix’ whereby Weakened Soul cannot be active on more than 5 targets at a time would stop the shield spam and would make the Strength of Soul talent more useful in removing the WS debuff to allow another shield to be cast  – almost forceing you to use your actual heals, and making you think more smartly where you put your shield.

Only allowing 5 WS debuffs to be active would still allow you to keep your tanks shielded – and the more vunerable raid members – almost using PW:S like a cooldown ability rather than a raid healing utility.

This wouldnt cause problems for newly dinged 85’s in dungeons – still being able to shield the entire group if needed.  This also wouldnt make the other 5-6 healers in you 25man raid redundant because no matter how much mana you have you cannot have more than 5 ppl with Weakened Soul.  It also wouldnt ruin 10 man raids as generally regen or replenishment can lack from 10 mans – and overall I do think 10 mans are slightly more difficult than a 25man raid.  Definately less margin for error in a 10 man in comparrison with a 25man.

The only problem i can forsee is how would they distinguish a Disc Weakened Soul from a Holy Priest Weakened Soul ?

 

On a seperate note – with the impending nerftype bat coming to PW:S id love to see another Divine Aegis type raid healing ability implemented:
Prayer of Aegis:  10 sec cooldown, instant cast – Puts protective shields on group members within x yards – lasts 10 secs….scale it with mastery.


Kinda of a Circle of Healing type ability but with Divine Aegis.

Anyway – lets see what happens to Disc over the coming days/weeks…….

 

Ciao for now 🙂