Just a heads up that things will be quiet around here for the month of November. I’ll be going overseas to visit my family whom I haven’t seen in a really long time. I’m excited to have a much-needed break and some time to wind down. Look forward to lots of pictures in December! 🙂
Feng is a healing-intensive, movement filled fight with three Phases. This is very much a tank dance with the tanks gaining interesting abilities that are key to the mechanics of the fight. From a healer’s perspective, maintaining longevity despite the moments of intense healing was the big take away.
This is a really cool fight which involves battling three out of the four stone statues guarding the vaults. The four guardians are Jade, Amethyst, Jasper and Cobalt – each having different abilities in addition to their AoE “overload”. The mechanics of the fight in general rely on watching the energy bar of the guardian, well-timed tank swaps, and making sure that the right type of guardian is doing the overload so it is mitigated by the debuff they provide.
About a year ago, I wrote two posts that outlined my approach to raiding and my philosophy as a healer in general. At the time it was written Firelands had just released, and we as a raid team were slowly facing its challenges. Lately, the new expansion and new tier had me returning to that very same philosophy on healing and raiding, as well as taking a second look at stat juggling, enchanting etc.
Hamlet’s latest post on throughput vs. regen particularly rang true with me because it essentially warned of getting caught up in spirit-stacking. The upshot of his post was “It’s not the size of your mana pool that matters. It’s how you use it.”
With all of this in my mind, it seemed like my old raid readiness checklist was ready for a Mists of Pandaria update. Here we go!
I’m a little late for first impressions but this is a good thing. I’ve been playing far too much to have time to sit down and gather my thoughts on the expansion – and who would’ve thought I’d be having this much fun! It’s really what sums up this expansion in the best way for me. It’s just plain fun, and that’s something that was sorely missed in the last two years.
Here I am, grinning like a kid in a candy store, while I play a game I’ve begun to love again.