Apparently, Subway is no longer using banana peppers for the forseeable future because of the oil spill in the Gulf. Not sure how the 2 are connected, but it seems they are. I’m also not sure if this is just in my area (being not too terribly far from the affected area) or nationwide. Either way it sucks and I’m not happy. So in the meantime, I’m adding jalapenos back into my toppings o’ choice, which I had subbed peppers for awhile ago because they weren’t so blazing hot. Hmmph. (Edit: Apparently some folks are finding this blog via searching for “Subway doesn’t have banana peppers” and similarly worded phrases. Fear not good people! Subway, at least in my area, has gotten them back! For now. Yay!)
Aaaaanywho. Last week my 10 man got all the way to Festergut and Rotface (who we downed for the second time!) and then called it for the night. Our intention tonight is to work on Valithria Dreamwalker. To say I’m stoked it putting it mildly. I did a bit of research between last week, when we tried the dragon for funsies, and now. More research than I typically do to prepare for boss encounters, even. I’ll admit, it’s always been a bit of a weakness of mine. I’m baaaaad about doing raid prep in the way of watching videos and reading strats. BUT, hearing about the mechanics of the fight, I knew I had to step it up. I was vaguely aware that Dreamwalker was a different sort of encounter, where you ‘heal her to life’ vs ‘stab her to death’, but I had NO IDEA it was this cool!
There’s no way to erm, express my feelings without sounding at least a little like a raging egomaniac with an inflated sense of self-importance, but I’ll try. Ok, typically, you have the tank of a fight, who’s job is to crack non-stop Yo Momma jokes at the boss so they’re all “OMG, why you gotta say that about my mom? I hate you soooo much! Ima kill you!” and do what he or she can to DPS while insulting the boss. There’s off-tanks, who handle the insulting of the smaller mobs mom’s.”Yo momma only *wishes* she was worth making Yo Momma jokes about!” You have DPS, without whom the boss would take so….very…..long to die. They’re tasked with CC’ing, and basically doing all they can to make the mobs and boss wish they’d slept in that day. They’re quite important to the actual killing of the boss. And finally you have healers, who make sure everyone stays alive long enough to make everything ELSE die. We’re important too, but we pretty much never (for the most part) actually deal with the bosses. We focus on the other players.
So this is complete role reversal for us healers. We’re the ones who ‘kill’ the boss, and the tanks and DPS are making sure we can make it happen by managing and killing the mobs that pop up. We’re like…important (in a different way than usual). And holy pallies, oh we shine in this encounter because of our stronger single target healing abilities. I’ve read putting Bacon on the dragon is good. I’m not quite sure though if I should still heal on the dragon or heal myself so as to not waste my heals, which was my plan. I mentioned this to my RL last night and she said something about Bacon double healing if you heal the Bacon’d target. I hadn’t heard that before, so…I must look into this. I’ve made a macro I hope to employ as soon as I get out of the portals, which pops wings, Divine Favor AND a trinket that increases my spell power by 200+ for a bit. I am not sure if I should go for Frost Wyrm flasks or the one that up’s your mp5, but I have a feeling the portals will take care of any mana needs I have so I’ll probably stay with Frost Wyrm. I feel more pressure for this fight. Usually for me, it’s a good encounter when nobody dies, or as few as possible anyhow. This time, in addition to that, the boss has to be healed to 100% from 50% by me, my healing shammy partner in crime and a third healer (one of our priests) we’ll coerce into going heals for the fight.
Basically, I feel like a special snowflake. /raging egomaniac
*Note to self: Seal of Light glyph=good; Libram of Veracity (ilvl 245) also good. Basically, SP is your friend.