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I am a wee bit late in posting this, but my guild has officially downed Solarian! (At the time of this post, we have downed her twice!) I’m really proud of my guild. After successfully killing VR, our progress in 25-mans has been rather static. This came amongst a whole transition in leadership and guild structure and it is nice to see the fruits of our efforts. We had a few unsuccessful learning attempts getting her down to 50% and 40%, and then our last attempt we executed it flawlessly. We went back again this week to execute another flawless kill. And here is the best part of all: Ethereum Life-Staff. Although the +heal is not much of an improvement (My Light’s Justice + Voodoo Shaker has more when paired together), the increase in Sta and Spirit are welcome additions.

Solarian really isn’t too difficult a fight to heal if everyone is doing their job. It is more a fight of coordination than healing. It is fast-paced and challenging but not impossible if people learn to move out of the group when Arcane Wrath targets them. I use Deadly Boss Mods and amongst my raiding windows, the warnings were hard to see. Let’s face it: when I am healing, I am paying attention to little else. I ended up downloading Solarian Alarm. This nifty addon is simple and performs one feature: turns your screen bright blue when you are the target. I don’t have to worry about reading message, listening for a warning, hearing my name on vent… I just wait for my screen to turn blue. I would recommend it for any healer who isn’t the best at multitasking.

Wiped a few times on Al’ar this week – I have my fingers crossed that we can down him as well within 2 weeks. Our best attempt had it down to 40% in Phase 2.


Originally uploaded by mercuri_frost.

And alas! My very much belated Zul’Aman post (what can I say, the holidays have kept me busy!) I’m sure many priests are squee-ing over the loot possibilities that ZA presents us. Aside from giving us new fashion options (we can dress up like a witch doctor and STILL have 1337 heals) ZA is an instance that brings a whole new level of challenge for priests fresh out of Kara and Gruul. It is meant to be hard (especially if aiming for the timed event) and it isn’t meant for the faint of heart. In terms of a group, each member’s role has never been as important as it is now. We could always make do with some wonky Kara groups, but I don’t think those will make the cut any longer! Having Kara loot isn’t simply enough: each member of the group needs to be adaptive to a variety of situations for both bosses and trash.

I would talk about each individual boss, but we have lovely strategy guides for stuff like that. Let me just say that I am proud of my own guild for our progress. We (Divine Might) have downed the first three bosses and got a good few attempts on the Dragonhawk Boss, Jan’Alai. I’m pretty sure the next time we go in, he will go down as well. For the record, I like the Bear and Lynx, and loathe the Eagle and Dragonhawk as they are a pain to heal with all the raid-wide damage.

I hope everyone has been good lil’ priests and looked at the loot tables for both ZA drops and the new Badge Rewards. I made a simple spreadsheet (mainly for myself, but hey – I’m willing to share) which shows the number differences between gear. It takes a piece of 2.3 gear and compares it to other pieces of Kara/T4/Gruul Loot. I did it so I could prioritize my wishlist, aiming first for the biggest upgrades. — 2.3 Loot Comparison Excel: Click Here

Gruul’s Lair
Originally uploaded by mercuri_frost.

My my my, it has been a long time. I’ve been slightly out of commission for the longest while due to surgery and when it all came down to it, I guess this site came last! However, I am going to make a conscious effort to make a few more posts here and there.

Divine Might has been progressing along very nicely. Our guild has downed Gruul (see photo of my solo kill – muahahaha!) and Voidreaver and is working hard to get these two bosses on farm status. It has been a great morale booster for the guild and it is nice to see all of our hard work pay off. I missed out on the VR kill (*cries*) but it is good news none-the-less.

Gruul’s Lair
Originally uploaded by mercuri_frost.

Marielle is now 68 working on 69 (see! it HAS been a while!) and my little baby is all grown up. She will be a herbalist/tailor at 70 and is gaining rep with the Aldor so I can get those missing recipes. I’ll update my crafting list when I get those.

I don’t think Merc has acquired any new gear since my last post, but I DID get the Sinister Squashling from the Headless Horseman event! (YAY!) and I’ll post a screenie of him eventually. I am going to make a list of my acquired pets too… I was so sad that my illness caused me to miss out on getting the Wolpertinger… Ah well, more later.

After being out of commission due to a medical emergency (getting my gallbladder removed) I am back! For the general information of both me and my guild I’ve put together a Crafting Page. On it lists everything Mercuri can brew/sew. Hopefully it will prevent the slew of pms saying “Can you make ______?” from the same people – just check the list! I’ve only included Burning Crusade recipes and patterns so anything before the expansion will still need to ask for. I’ll do my best to keep it updated.

The Loot Rules for Divine Might have changed! And due to it, lucky me has gotten some nice off-spec gear (instead of DEing them!) This week I’ve picked up Nethershard Girdle, Brooch of Unquenchable Fury, and Trial-fire Trousers! ANYTHING to help a Holy Priest solo is a welcome addition to my armory.

Next week is a “Progression Week” and Divine Might heads for Gruul! That ugly Gronn is goin’ down!

Nightbane 07.21.07
Originally uploaded by mercuri_frost.

These screenshots come from the Nightbane fight in Karazhan. If you couldn’t tell, they were taken while I lay dead. Being a priest, I pay more attention to health bars and decursive that I do to the actual fight or graphics. However, whenever I die I almost always turn off my UI and Character Names just so I can enjoy watching the rest of the fight (or wipe!) It is the only time I really get to enjoy the graphics of the raid! I think they came out *really* well.

I find the Nightbane fight to be the hardest in all of Karazhan for multiple reasons. The biggest of those being the sheer amount of time the fight goes on. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a good 15 minutes or more. Add consumables on top of that and it is also a huge drain of cash. I will say though, having my alchemist stone REALLY helps with my mana.

Nightbane 07.21.07
Originally uploaded by mercuri_frost.

I got some new loot from this week in Karazhan. Jade Ring of the Everliving from Prince and Shining Chain of the Afterworld from Netherspite. Grats to Malavar on the Light’s Justice too. My gear is starting to look complete – all epics except for 1 trinket and my stupid green wand…

I wonder what (if any) raid I will be leading this week. My best is either a Day 1 or Day 2… I actually prefer Day 2 over Day 1 since I feel more competent with the material.

Well a few days ago I summoned the nerve and applied to become one of my guild’s “Raid Leader”s. We were relatively short on them with an increasing interest in Karazhan, and I’ve been on enough runs to understand the basic jist of everything… so I decided to go for it. Last night was my “trial run” in Karazhan.

Due to the raid makeup, we couldn’t accomplish too much but we downed Curator and then proceeded to Chess event. I know it isn’t much, but I tried really hard to do well and to speak up. I’m still learning the abilities of the other classes. I’m a quiet person by nature so it was a little outside of my comfort zone but I thought I managed to do alright. And I must have done okay because I was promoted to Officer soon after. Little more practice on my part and I should be good to go.

I never realized how hard it was to heal and then lead at the same time. Because I pay more attention to health bars than the health of the boss it is sometimes difficult to judge when I should do what. At one point, I was so involved and anxious that I failed to notice half my armor got broken. It will take a bit of getting used to. Wish me luck.

I went back to Karazhan with Divine Might a few nights later and we managed to kill Nightbane – the last boss we had left to clear. We did it! Karazhan is done.

Nightbane Down
07.13.07 Nightbane Downed

As for my feelings on the Nightbane fight, I will say it is much harder on healers than Netherspite was. I was honestly amazing simply at how long the fight went on for – a good 15 minutes or so. As a holy priest healing with 2 paladins, I probably had the most mana problems. It worked out in the end however. I would pop a mana pot at 50%, wait til 50% again and then pop my shadow fiend… rinse and repeat. It seems to keep me afloat for the entire 15 min, but next time I will probably invest in a Flask of Major Regen. to augment the fight. Congrats to everyone I went with that night :3

In other news I updated my Character Page *shock*


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