Friends – Check your friends!July 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Posted in DPS, General, Healing | Leave a comment
Tags: alts, DPS, Healing, Heroics, Mark of the Wild, Recount, World of Warcraft
Marked Readers –
I’m a druid, and I also play one on TV. I tank and I heal and I like to think that I excel at both. But I also have several alts – a hunter (the first Nose), a priest (my current leveling obsession), a death knight (blech), and a warlock (my bank alt and my only other 80).
Eblis is 80, but I will make no claims to warlock mastery (warlock wizardry?). Sure, I read up on the class and I know what I’m supposedto do, but my toolbar is a mess and my rotation is more miss than hit (though I’m pretty close to hit cap, i’m proud to say). So when I do take him out for a heroic or two, I end up languishing 3rd on the dps meters.
The other day I was doing my banking and saw the following –
[guildy 1]: We need a tank or DPS for H-UK, any takers?
[guildy 1]: Anyone?
[guildy 1]: Hey Noze, you wanna go?
[Noze]: Sure, I’ll take Eblis
[guildy 1]: …….
w from [guildy 1] Sure you don’t wanna tank?
w to [guildy 1] nah, eblis needs the badges.
w from [guildy 1] …….
So it was that got to DPS some. As it turns out, our healer was a tree-alt of one of our top warlocks. She’s kinda goofy, but she pumps out the DPS. She’s also a top-notch healer. I knew we were in good hands. So off we go and it was apparent from the start that I was very rusty, and my toolbars were very messed up. For one thing, my life drain button is between to my conflagrate and chaos bolt buttons. Needless to say, I kept hitting life drain on a regular basis. So much so that our healer asked – Noze, why are you casting those short life drains? /blush
It went on like that for most of the run. Which we got through with ease, mind you. But my DPS was pretty poor, though I chalked it up to poor gear (it’s always the gear’s fault).
After the run, I was back to banking but still in the party. The healer was as well and she stared asking me some questions about the spells I was using and such. She had recount up and was going over my detailed stats both overall and for the Ingvar the Plunderer. She had some great advice on what to concentrate and more importantly, what to look for when I examine my own recounts in the future. Great tips and I’ve put them into play (though I still need to redo my toolbars).
Then she asked me to go over herrecounts and see if there was anything she imo. She was using a heavy lifebloom-centered rotation, which is fine. I explained why I preferred a more nourish-heavy rotation, especially with the glyph, but she was doing perfectly well with the glyphs she had.
It was a profitable experience for both of us, I think and I realized it should be happening much mor often. It’s easy to perceive advice from others as criticism, but that’s not the case – especially if it’s coming from respected guildmates. It’s often a great opportunity to improve your game and learn a trick or two that will boost your performance next time out.
It worked for me. I had the chance to run more heroics a few days later and I made a conscious effort to apply her tips into my rotation. And my DPS went up! It was still third, but at least I was closer to #2 than the tank at #4!