Eluna found one of those “20 posts in 20 days” things with some questions that we should answer. We both decided that might be a bit…much. With 2 of us, that would be 40 posts in 20 days – all about random stuff. So, probably not going to see us do that whole series.
There were a couple of good questions – and one that I wanted to answer, in particular. Mostly because I think my story is fairly unique in the WoW universe.
Your first day playing WoW…
Oh to be so innocent and new…
I picked up the WoW Battlechest at Target in Pasadena CA (yes, I actually remember where I bought WoW). At the time, it was Vanilla and Burning Crusade. I’m pretty sure it was April of… 2008? I think? (Yes, it was, I just checked my Account Management page.) This was after a few days of talking to my friend, John, who lived in Texas. He had a local friend that was encouraging him to try it, so I decided I’d try too. I’d heard of WoW before, and knew very little. But was leary of it, in general, because I’m not a fan of violence. At all. Not in movies, not on TV, not in books. Nowhere. Don’t like blood and guts and gore. And, come on, the game is called World of Warcraft. I’m not dumb – I knew there would be stuff I didn’t like about it.
I had no idea there would be so much I do like. I’d thought about it ahead of time, actually researched classes and races. I knew that I would be making a female dwarf priest. Now, you have to realize, I had no clue what I was doing. I had no idea how hard it would be to level a healer. Or that no one ever rolled female dwarves. How should I know? So I blithely (and ignorantly) rolled my first character: Braelyan of Bloodhoof (she’s moved servers since then, obviously).
I sat there reading my Brady Guide (the one that comes in the battlechest) trying to learn how to pick up quests and actually fight things. The first couple of kills were hard because I hadn’t figured out how to use spells or the action bar yet (told you, I was a n00b). Yes, I was bonking those troggs with my mace. I didn’t know what to do when my bags got full (didn’t realize I could sell stuff). I was completely baffled when John whispered me: how in the WORLD did he make his text pinky-purple?? All I had managed was white.
I stuck with her, my baby Brae. She managed to level all the way to 70 about a month before Wrath came out. So I got a taste of raiding then, with the guilds that I’d met along the way. John doesn’t play WoW anymore, but I do. And I absolutely love it.
Someday, remind me to tell y’all the story of how I found the Customer Service Forum.
And what that has to do with my wedding on 10/10/10. 😉
Many people who decide they are main spec healers, wind up having several healing classes to choose from in their day to day play. This can get confusing, particularly if you play one healing class more than the rest…I still try to fade on my druid! With the overall current feel of the classes, this isn’t as hard as it could be, but may take some work. How you set up your keybinds and UI can play a big part in this.
Compare your Skills
Each class has a cheap slow heal, an expensive quick heal, and a long cast big heal. It is called different things for each class, but everyone has it. There are other comparisons, such as a druid’s rejuvenation to a priest’s renew to a shaman’s riptide. Once you’ve compared your skills, and get a real feel for what is the same, then you can focus on what is different. What has really helped me, is to then key-bind the similar spells first. If my right-click is always my long cast big heal, then that is what I bind it as on every healer I have. My mouse-wheel is always a quick instant heal (Prayer of Mending, Swiftmend, ect). I use shift right-click for my magic dispel on every healer. (or decursive, I still use decursive!) This makes your key-bindings become less of an issue and second nature no matter which class you are playing.
Compare your Cooldowns
I generally try to compare my cooldowns. My go-to spell when the poop hits the fan? Yep, always on my action bar, but really close to my healing frames! My mana regen? Macro’d by the oh poop spell…macro’d because of all the times I’ve cast it on the mage by accident….! I tend to fat finger sometimes…so they were taken off my mouse, your mileage may vary. On my paladin all of my “hand of” spells are used with the mouse-over macro from last week.
Sort out the rest
Once you’ve figured out what is comparable and what is not, you can work on building each healer’s ui in a way that is the most useful to your own individual style. Some people need more information at their disposal to heal well and others don’t need so much. Since I am the raid leader when Kurby isn’t available, I tend to err on the side of lots of information. What is most important for transitioning is that it is smooth. Though two years later I do still wonder why my shadowmeld doesn’t sound like fade.
For my fellow altoholics, how do you transition? Do you keep with a plan or play each character differently?
In Soviet Russia, druid ride priest?