Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been sort of quiet the past couple of weeks. While I’ve worked hard to keep up with comments and e-mails, between projects at work and a three-day vacation in Las Vegas where I forgot to bring blogging materials, I haven’t had much time to devote to the blog. I’m hoping things will settle down soon, though, as I have a lot of things I am looking forward to sharing with you, including some great community-based submissions, mailbag responses, and — of course — some math and analysis. But first, I’d like to update you all on some exciting news (both for me and my guild)!
Recently, I was offered the newly-created position of Healer officer for my guild, Aegis Hestia. Rather than class officers (which have always seemed too cumbersome and inefficient for those classes with diverse specs), our guild has added role officers for Healing, Ranged DPS, Melee DPS, and Tanking. I had previously been convinced that I wouldn’t like to be an officer because I feel that officers should be able to lead raids. However, this role-specific position is one that I feel well-suited to handle, so I decided to accept. Although it was only officially announced tonight, I’ve been serving in this capacity for the past week, sort of getting my feet wet and making sure it’s something I enjoy. It’s been a challenge, particularly setting up healing assignments for encounters new to our guild. (The addon HealOrganizer has been indispensable in this regard.) And while learning about all these new fights for the purposes of setting up healing assignments is providing me invaluable post-fodder, it’s also caused my healing output during trash to suffer. Then again, trash is really just Chain Heal fodder, right?
Aegis Hestia also just welcomed a group of well-equipped, experienced level 70s from another guild who recently folded up shop. They’re great people, including a really nice Resto Druid (/wave Hadon), and we’re very fortunate to have picked them up. Their guild was at around the same place progression-wise as Aegis but a little further. Since adding them, we’ve killed Fathom-Lord Karathress and High Astromancer Solarian for the first time. I know, I know. We’d be uber … if this were last year.
All this new-found raiding success has brought with it the spoils of war, and I’ve been the lucky recipient of several amazing new upgrades which I won’t list here, mostly because I know I skip those sorts of posts. I was particularly excited about one particular item, though. I finally picked up a [Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon] earlier this month and, from my work with the Mana Regeneration Calculator, swapped it in to replace my well-used [Bangle of Endless Blessings]. NOM NOM NOM MANA NOM NOM. (“NOM” is ostensibly the sound an animal — generally one considered to be cute or even cutely ferocious — makes when it’s eating something with great vigor.)
On a real life but still Druid-related note, I found a pair of kickass gold leaf earrings at the mall this weekend. And by “gold leaf” I mean “leaves of metal that is gold in color but not molecular substance which I cannot afford” not “covered in a fine foil of gold.” I think they’re +12 Spirit or something. Some Priest next to me made to nab them before I could, but I pointed out that they were clearly class-specific. Then I cast Moonfire on her. =)
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