Last week I resurrected Daffnae as a Medic in the new game Wildstar. I’ve been officially off WoW for about 7 months, but it’s been nearly 18 months since our old raiding group disbanded. First I should say something about making friends in games. It can be amazing and it can also be frustrating when … Continue reading

Affeena’s Resto Druid Weak Auras

Patch 5.0.4 brought many changes to the game and our characters.   With this change, Power Auras went through some changes that wiped out existing Power Auras that I had grown to rely on.  I used this time of change to embrace Weak Auras.

Casual Raiding Loot Rules

Determining loot rules that keep everyone happy seems to be one of the biggest guild / raid challenges.  While keeping all raiders happy may be a stretch, we should at least hope everyone feels comfortable with the loot rules and no one  feels as though he/she has being cheated in some way. Underlying Goals and … Continue reading

Save the Mages!

Everyone needs a charity or cause to fight for.  I’m realizing that my new purpose in life is saving the the Arcane Mages that can’t seem to break 10K dps. Random Heroics I don’t run many random 5-mans these days, but it was back-to-back encounters in 5-mans that prompted my Mage Madness series of posts.  … Continue reading

Mage Madness – Arcane Explosion Edition

In my Mage Madness – The Basics post, I covered the basics for single-target dps.  Now it’s time to discuss AOE damage.  Trust me, it’s just as much fun as single-target.  It’s just a different button.  If you want to skip the text below, my message is: “Seriously, stop using Blizzard!  It’s so ICC.” Getting … Continue reading

Learning Ragnaros – The Kill

We finally killed Ragnaros last night.  It was a great feeling to get Rag down.  Here is an update on my learning process for this encounter. Phase I – Complete We are consistently getting past phase I with only the random wipes during this phase.  The following summarizes some key aspects of this phase. Tanks … Continue reading

Druid Healing – Re-Evaluating Affeena

Affeena has been 85 now for 4 weeks.  Since my initial Tier 11 run, I’ve also healed Firelands 6/7 twice.   Some of the initial excitement has worn off, but it’s still fun to try to learn a new healing class.  This post is a follow-up to my earlier post evaluating my first night of … Continue reading

Mage Madness – The Basics

My last Mage Madness post included a plea to new Mages: “seriously, stop hitting other buttons”. Well, the truth is that there are, indeed, times to hit other buttons at the appropriate times. Going from Average to Almost Awesome! This post will cover the basics of how I play my mage including some training dummy … Continue reading

Learning Ragnaros

Ragnaros may have been nerfed, but he’s still not a push-over for casual raiding guilds like ours.  I thought I’d start to document our learning process with updates as we make progress.    I’ll focus on the phases of the fight. Phase I – Complete We are consistently getting past phase I with only the random … Continue reading

Mage Madness – Quick Fixes

“One-button class” is a common term for the Arcane Mage, and mages often take offense and try to insist we use more buttons.   Seriously, mages…stopping hitting other buttons!  While it is true that I occasionally click the other buttons, the debate is screwing up potentially good arcane mages. Quick Fixes for an Arcane Mage In the last … Continue reading