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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.


Zul’Aman
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

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.

Long time no write. It appears as if I got so incredibly wrapped up in my antics that I forgot about my little blog here. But I will try to make the effort to update again. My last post I had hit level 70… wow…. I have been level 70 for several months now, I am revered with all of the main factions, and I actively participate in my guild’s raiding activities. (See what unemployment can do to a girl?) I’ll try to get a screenshot up soon.

Netherspite Down 07.11.07
Netherspite Down 07.11.07

See me in the photo? I ganked it from our guild website 🙂 Two nights ago I was involved in my guild’s first killing of Netherspite. It took us about 4 tries to learn the fight and execute it, but I really enjoyed it. Afterwards we went and two-shotted the Prince. No healing gear of any sort dropped, but I guess that is the risk you take. I really enjoy raiding and guild progression is something that not only boosts morale but makes me feel like I am part of something important. So far Divine Might has killed every boss in Karazhan except Nightbane whom we will be attempting tonight… Hopefully all goes well.

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Welcome to the World of Warcraft travel log of Mercuri, a Holy Priestess from on the Kael'Thas server and her various alts.

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