Author: Angela

Blue Dragon Card

I know a lot of healers are very pro stacking +heal, and if you know much about me you know that I am not. Of course I want +heal, but my main priority is my mana.

So, yes I use the Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon, which you can obtain by turning in the Darkmoon Beast Deck. I can tell you that I personally used this card all the way into WotLK, up until they changed it to no longer scale perfectly.

At the moment knowing my card has procced doesn’t really change my game play that much. But there were times in the past that I had, say, an on-use spirit trinket… that I would want to activate if my blue dragon buff was on. Also, if it’s not an emergency, I don’t want to blow innervate while the buff is active and waste it.

For those reasons I love this weak aura. I didn’t write it but I use it and would recommend it 100%

Darkmoon Faire Buff

So. You wanna go into your classic raid fully buffed? And it’s a Darkmoon Faire week?

Cool. You’re a resto druid so I suggest you go for the intellect buff.

Sayge’s Dark Fortune of Intelligence

  • + 10% Intelligence
  • Answer 1: (2) Turn him over to the liege
  • Answer 2: (2) Show not so quiet defiance

Thanks to this site for the answers!

How to Druid (Classic)

Before you read anything else, read my From Retail to Classic guide. Even if you aren’t coming from Retail it has good tips!

Gear Choices

I have seen some guides out there that tell you that if you wanna put out big numbers you should go with as much +healing as you can get. Maybe if you are super high end and kill everything in 12 seconds that might work. For the rest of us, I suggest you go for stats. Having a large mana pool and decent mana regeneration is essential.

As I write this Molten Core is current content, and I am wearing mostly my Teir 1 (Cenarion Set.) Yes, the set bonuses are underwhelming. But the set gives me loads of stats, some resistances, and enough +healing that I can put up very competitive numbers. You could absolutely get more +healing on other pieces, but I don’t think it’s worth the stat loss.

**Update**
If you’re deep resto, get T2 and keep it as long as you can. Yes you can get more +heal in AQ40 gear, but the set bonus that gives your rejuvenation an extra tick is downright godly. Full rejuv the tanks, rank 5 rejuv the raid, win.

Anyone who tells you there are BIS healing list doesn’t understand healing. Healing is very variant based on the people you are healing and who your fellow healers are. Get a feel for your own raiding group and choose accordingly.

Instead of a BIS list, it’s best to just choose items based on your current stat priority:

Primary Stats: As far as stats go, it’s pretty easy: If you are going OOM, you want more intellect. If you aren’t going OOM, you want more +healing.

Seconday stats: Spirit (or Mp5) and Stamina. Raid relevant resistances.

Spec and Spells

There are three major schools of thought here for spec. First I will tell you what I do, then I will tell you about the other popular choice.

Deep Resto: I go with a deep resto spec. I go 12/0/39 but any spec where you reach the bottom of the restoration tree can be considered deep resto.

For my points in the balance tree, I choose all of these solely because I PVP and I find they help me with my PVP play style. Certainly these are subjective and you could adjust for what you think is best. None of these matter for deep resto.

In the resto tree I skip subtlety and I often pay for it on fights like Garr or Major Domo if anything gets loose, it always comes directly for me. But generally I trust my tanks. I also skip the feral talents because I never use theses skills, and Improved Tranquility because Tranquility is pretty week for raiding.

What to Cast: I tend to keep both regrowth and rejuvenation ticking on all the tanks all the time, swiftmending if their health drops and reapplying when they get low. I raid heal with rank 5 rejuvenation (use 4 if you’re under geared and have less mana), and on the rare fight supplement this with rank 3 or 4 healing touch. In a real emergency I use Nature’s Swiftness and a full rank healing touch.

Moonglow: The main idea here is to get down to Moonglow which reduces the mana cost of your healing spells by 9%. You can take a different path down the balance tree, depending on your play style. Then you put your other points in the resto tree to get as much bonus healing as you can on your healing touch.

What to Cast: Spam rank 4 healing touch all fight.

Regrowth Spec: The idea of this is to get down the moonkin tree to Nature’s Grace. With Regrowth talented to crit, you get this effect a lot and can basically use regrowth (ranked down, usually 4) as though you’re a paladin casting flash of light. It’s not very mana efficient because you’re often wasting the HoT part of regrowth but it’s fun to play and very effective if you don’t OOM. Try to keep T2 five piece with this spec.

What to Cast: Mostly rank 4 regrowth

Which do I choose?: If you are the only resto druid in your raid (or the other druids are moonglow & regrowth) I would highly recommend deep resto. Having HoTs consistently rolling on the tanks with the ability to swiftmend or nature’s swiftness in an emergency is great! And blanketing the raid with rejuvenation is *amazing* raid healing.

If you already have a deep resto druid in your raid, I would suggest going moonglow or regrowth. Because only one rejuvenation and one regrowth can be active on a player at a time, if you both hot the tanks you’re just overwriting each other and wasting mana. Work together with the other druid and have a plan. I raided for awhile with a guy who took all the regrowth, while I took all the rejuvenation. Just don’t overwrite each other 🙂

Classic Travel Macro

This is the classic WoW version of my Travel Macro that I use.

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast [mod:shift]Swift Brown Ram;
/use [swimming,noform:3]Aquatic Form(Shapeshift);[outdoors,noform:3]Travel Form(Shapeshift); [indoors,noform:3] Cat Form
/cancelform

Obviously you wanna switch out the Swift Brown Ram for whatever mount you want. It should be smart about travel form and aquatic form. You need to shift-click to mount. Indoors it puts you into kitty cat, so you can dash or whatever.

Let the PVP Begin

Thursday evening world PVP came in, and the fun begin. Here are a few screenies of my evening!

Although I prefer hunting in a small pack, this was certainly fun. I’m hoping in a couple weeks when the newness of it wears off we’ll get some good small battles happening more often.

Fun with Moonkins

Ok, here is some VANILLA fun with moonkins!  I am the teeny tiny moonkin using both Noggenfogger and the World Enlarger to be small.  I’m about the size of the moonkin hatchling on retail.  My friend Ben is the enormous moonkin using winterfall fire water and growth potion.  We should totally get a normal size moonkin friend to stand in the middle…

 

This second screenie is retail wow… me and my moonkin hatchling pet.  I am again using Noggenfogger, combined with the Whole-Body Shrinka’… and my hatchling has a Magical Pet Biscuit.

Anyway enjoy the multi sized laser chickens 🙂

All in one travel macro!

I have used variations of this macro since forever, and originally probably found it on the forums but I’m sorry do say I don’t have a link, so thank you random WoW player 🙂 Today I am going to give you the retail (current as of BFA) version of the all-in-one travel macro for druids.

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast [mod:shift]Lucid Nightmare;
/use [swimming,noform:3]Travel Form(Shapeshift);[outdoors,noform:3]Travel Form(Shapeshift);[indoors,noform:2]Cat Form(Shapeshift)
/cancelform

That is for your basic cat inside, travel outside and in water, shift click for a mount travel macro. Be sure to change “Lucid Nightmare” to the mount of your choice.

Now for a little extra fun. If you have Fandral’s Seed Pouch like I do and like to keep that fire-kitty appearance up ? ? I have written this macro:

#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/cast [mod:shift]Lucid Nightmare;
/use [swimming,noform:3]Travel Form(Shapeshift);[outdoors,noform:3]Travel Form(Shapeshift)
/click [indoors,noform:2] MultiBarBottomRightButton1
/cancelform

But you will see that in this code I click “MultiBarBottomRightButton1” because my macro was getting tooooooo long and wasn’t going to fit in the allotted number of characters. So basically the macro calls another macro.   On that button slot (multi bar bottom right button 1 -or- whatever button you want if you change the slot name) you need a button of the macro that does this:

#showtooltip
/script UIErrorsFrame:Hide()
/console Sound_EnableErrorSpeech 0
/use Cat Form(Shapeshift)
/use Fandral's Seed Pouch
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear()
/script UIErrorsFrame:Show()
/console Sound_EnableErrorSpeech 1

And what this does is shift to cat and then press the seed pouch… but… since you might already have it active or it might be on cooldown, it also suppresses those annoying “not ready yet” errors you’ll get spammed with.

Happy travels 🙂

Westfall then and now

A run  though Westfall in both vanilla and modern WoW.  Although there are many things that stay the same the main differences are the giant tornado filled hole, and the look of Sentinel Hill.  Enjoy.

Old Outlands

This area is known as “old outlands” and is found by bugging inside of the Deadmines in Vanilla WoW. This video was shot using version 1.12.1 of World of Warcraft. This is one of the cool rare areas you can find and explore in vanilla wow.

WTF Sleveless Cenarion?

Since I recently  switched from playing retail wow US to EU I’ve had to re-get a lot of my old transmog items, including my  Tier 1, the Cenarion set.  But look what they’ve done?!?!

Above left is me in  vanilla.  Maybe it’s a little dark but you can clearly see that the Cenarion chest has brown textured sleeves.  On the right is the set as shown in retail WoW.  Totally sleeveless!  Why?  I find it hard to believe that there was a pressing need to change the look of T1…