Sunday, January 11, 2015

12 Things Every Tank Should Always Do (a.k.a How to Make Your Healer Rage Quit in Five Minutes or Less)

Never wait for your healer. Especially if they want mana.
1) Pull as many things as quickly as possible. Hell, don't even wait to make sure the healer queued into the instance. Just go!

2) Ignore everything the healer says.  Especially if it's about mana. Mana is a crutch. Tanks don't need much mana, and tanks get hit in the face all the time and are fine !

3) Chain pull like you're on a goddamn timer.  Even better, chain pull around corners, it's like hide and seek with the healer! They'll appreciate it! Keeps things fun.

4) Even when not chain pulling, keep moving. Healers HATE standing still and casting, so keep things moving constantly!

5) If the healer can give you a hard-cast buff (such as Fortitude or Might), constantly ask for it, even when you have it. Better yet, ask Restoration Shamans for mastery. Makes them feel like they're helping.

6) Healers love suggestions from tanks on which spell to cast. Always suggest a different way to heal, or tell them which spell to use.

7) Stand in everything you can possibly find that will hurt you.

Always stand JUST outside of blue circles.
8) Do not, under any circumstances, stand in the following: a blue circle, a shocky hammer, a white and yellow glowing shape, a yellow bubble or green circles. Just to be safe, stand as far away from any green snake statues and any blue totem-looking things. And for gods sake don't click on the lightwell!

9) Don't use cooldowns. Ever. Healers like to feel like everything is up to them.

10) Just for funsies, be in the wrong presence, stance or spec. What fun is it for the healer if you have all the threat? Liven up the party, don't hold all the aggro.

11) Healers don't like loot.  They have no interest in taking the time to stop and loot bosses or trash for potential gold or items they can use.  Do not give them time to do this, they'll get bored.  They're there just for you, after all.

12) When you wipe to any of the things above, always blame the healer. Clearly they weren't doing their job, after all. Bonus points if the healer dies in the commission of any of the above actions.
Bonus points if you get your healer killed.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Raid Leading - "Hit Your Button"

I remember my very first raiding experience with absolute clarity: I remember being absolutely terrified.  Here I am.  Little Mage, first raid, first time really seeing what is involved in a raid, in a group of people I don't know too terribly well beyond first introductions. (I needed to have someone explain to me what a Cauldron was and why I should click it.)

And across from me, flapping in the breeze and starting me down with a maliciousness that made me tremble: Ultraxion.

Yup.  I was pretty terrified. All I could think was "Gee, this is a really nice guild, I really hope they don't hate me.  I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing but I hope it's good enough."  And then the raid leader went through the bit about Hour of Twilight - and then I thought I was dead. "Click your button."

Now wait.  First time in a raid.  What the hell did "your button" mean?

I had no idea what an extra action button was, and after piping up nervously and shyly, I asked what they meant.  My raid leader explained there would be an extra button that would appear (what the fuck was this black magic?) and I'd have to click it.

So I basically spent the entire encounter with Ultraxion with my mouse hovering over where the button was supposed to appear. My DPS was abysmal, my raid awareness was nonexistent, and yet it was my first taste of raiding.

And. I. Loved. It.

And haven't stopped since.


So.  Who am I?

Fair question.

There are a couple different answers to that question.  One answer is:  A twenty-six year old female with a BS in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Background in Tennis.  Professional Fire Dancer.  Another answer is a guild master and raid leader in World of Warcraft. Or an activist in LGBT and other social-equality fronts. Or a graphics designer, a computer programmer, an artist and a novelist. All answers have their own interesting connotations but they inevitably combine into a singular creature.

I am the somewhat elusive, otherwise mysterious, and altogether occasionally confusing "gamer girl."  Welcome to my world.

I've played many games over the course of my life, video games have always been an interest, but as of late, I've settled into WoW as my game of choice.  I only have so much time for the online world, and I've found all of that time rolling into that particular game.  I'm okay with that.

I became a Guild Master sort of by chance.  When I joined my guild, I was an innocent, brand new, doe-eyed little Arcane Mage, still making my way through the questing zones, too shy to ask for help (not even sure I understood the concept of powerleveling at that time anyway).  Eventually I level capped out in Cataclysm.  (Yes, I'm a Cata-Baby.  Dragon Soul specifically, so quite the new generation, admittedly.)  Little bit of gear later and I found myself on the guild's raid team, filling in from time to time.  Filling in led to raiding regularly and right around the transition from the Cataclysm expansion to Mists of Pandaria, I found myself in an odd position; the current raid leader (and guild master) was offering me the position of raid lead

It took a good bit of convincing - and a long while of transitioning - before I moved from raider, to master looter, to setting down the strategy before the pull to completely leading the raid.  The real breath of fresh air came when Mists dropped: for the first time in my experience no one knew more about the encounter than I did.  We were all learning together.

One expansion later, here I am: leading the two raid teams we have (one pushing heroic progression and one pushing normal progression) and managing the guild itself.

All in all it's been a strange, albeit short road that will hopefully continue on, but it's definitely taught me a lot in its short history.  I'm not yet entirely sure what this blog will entail but it's been bugging me for months now to be started, so hopefully I'll have something interesting - or at least humorous - to share with the rest of the world.