Resto Druid Skyreach

I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.
Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)


Resto Druid Skyreach

Visit my Resto Druid Mythic Dungeons page to see my list of Talents.

Skyreach is one of the more challenging and entertaining dungeons. Today, we are running it on Mythic and occasionally on Challenge.

Honest Jim
He is the ‘call to arms’ garrison ability in the Spires of Arak. He offers for sale different potions that will work in Skyreach. The potions stack, so there is no reason not have a nice stockpile of your favorites. The Ogreblood Potion gives a 20% boost to all damage and healing, that is my potion of choice. Others offer haste and resource reduction.

The Skyreach Trick
This was learned doing Challenge Modes. It lets you skip the first two sets of mobs.
Have a hunter go camo and use the “move to” command on their pet. Send it up to the platform of the First Boss. Just to the right of the column. You will use Wild Charge to leap to the pet and then Stag back down to the other side of the fence. Players (tank first please) will mount you and, by so doing, leap over the fence and skip the first two sets of mobs.

First Boss

  1. Go up to the top of the stairs. Stack with the ranged a little to the left (for example).
  2. When the tank pulls, the boss will cast a rotating wind fence on one of the ranged. Move to the right and re-stack for the next rotating wind fence.
  3. When the second wind fence arrives, move over to the tank for the Big Rotating Four Winds Fence. Incarnation should get your through this part, just follow the tank near to the inside of the fence (watching those two fences you dropped on the far end).
  4. Once the big fence is done, move immediately to the outer circle for that fire beam. Move a step at a time to stay out of it but not spread it too far.
    That should do it for the First Boss.

Trash after First Boss

  1. Tank will pull the Raven down the stairs to the First Boss platform. Kill it!
  2. CC the Adept (we tend to go left side). Tank will pull the mobs down the stairs again for room to move — plenty of junk on the ground to avoid.
  3. Up the stairs to kill the Adept.
  4. Get that lone mob before the Second Boss.

Second Boss

  1. This is the tough boss, designed to test the Healer (you!).
  2. Hero on the pull.
  3. When the beams turn on, stand and interrupt the beam: Cast Heart of the Wild (Ironbark and Barkskin), heal hard.
  4. On the Burst, cast Tranquility (Heart of the Wild should still be up).
  5. The next set of beams, cast Incarnation. Stand and interrupt the beam; hopefully you can trade places with a dps but you can survive it.
  6. Dead Boss Two. Loot.

Trash after Second Boss (Third Boss Platform)

  1. Do the three sets of adds one-at-a-time.
  2. First set (the left set), the tank will pull up to the top of the stairs.
  3. Everyone stay stacked, do NOT panic on fixate!
  4. Use Ursol’s Vortex on the stacked mobs; encourage Binding Shot and other stuns.
  5. Second set (the right set) can be done down on the platform, same strategy.
  6. Third set is a piece of cake. Ursol’s Vortex and cast Hurricane to help the dps.

Third Boss

  1. We will ignore the adds and kite them. We will focus dps on the boss and burn that bird down!
  2. You, as healer, want those fixated adds. Let the dps drop aggro on the adds (feign death, for example) so the adds switch to you.
  3. Go behind the pillar for Quills. Draw a small rectangle path behind the pillar to keep kiting your adds. If you are over-whelmed, cast Barkskin and venture into the last seconds of Quills.
  4. Dead Boss. Loot.

Trash after Third Boss

  1. Stampeding Roar to help those poor dps up the windy stairs.
  2. Dash to finish it off and gloat.
  3. Heal them as they stagger up to join the group.
  4. CC the adept and others, pull one at a time.
  5. The tank will deal with the Raven in the doorway for controlled knock-back.
  6. Rinse and Repeat on the next set of adds, you know the drill now.
  7. Final set of adds, Ursol’s Vortex and Hurricane.

Last Boss

  1. Hero, pull, kill. Heart of the Wild and spam Wrath to start the fight.
  2. The player to be picked up by a bird will get a quick glowy ball around them. They should move to the stack point.
  3. Drag the fire to the side, nice and easy.
  4. Help if dps get picked up by birds.
  5. Dead Boss. Loot.

Skyreach is one of my favorites. A methodical work through of this dungeon is satisfying and a fine test for your toolbox as a Resto-Druid.

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Resto Druid Mythic Dungeons

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
― Arthur Pendragon, The Trials of Arthur


Resto Druid Mythic Dungeons

Healing Mythic Dungeons are fun, rewarding and a challenge. Many of your style choices will depend on your group composition.

Here is my set up which has proven successful to me.

Talents

  • Wild Charge (for the trick in Skyreach)
  • Ysera’s Gift
  • Mass Entanglement
  • Incarnation: Tree of Life
  • Ursol’s Vortex
  • Heart of the Wild
  • Germination

Mass Entanglement is used for adds like the second boss in Blood Maul Slag Mines. Snag them before they get near the boss and they’ll sit there!

Ursol’s Vortex is used a lot. On most group pulls by the tank; the birds in Skyreach comes to mind.

Heart of the Wild is critical. Most boss fights don’t have much happening in the first 15 seconds so using this talent and spamming Wrath helps the dps push hard early in the fight. Or, if you know damage is going to be rough (second boss in Skyreach, for example), pairing Heart of the Wild with Tranquility and or Incarnation is very powerful.

Incarnation is typically for that big boost when things get hairy and scary. With time, you’ll know when that it but having it will make you the Hero of mythic dungeons. A Druid can heal on the run with Incarnation!

The Skyreach Trick
As a Druid, you will need Wild Charge and the Glyph of the Stag (minor). A hunter (in camo) will “send pet” to the platform of the first boss; just a little to the right when facing it from where you landed. Use Wild Charge to get to the pet, go stag and jump on the other side of the fence. Let your team jump on your back and dismount. Then you’ll face that last easy set of mobs before going up the stairs.

Declare Your Intentions
This is a matter of philosophy but I don’t think that because we are healers that we have to set back and simply watch the show. Use your Root to settle a non-caster and let the tank pull the caster. Mark the healing mobs. Drop your mushroom where you want the ranged to stack or the mobs to be pulled. Use Ursol’s Vortex where appropriate.

You don’t need or want to dominate the group, you are a healer: nurture your team mates to play successfully.

Tips and Tricks

  • The Smuggler from your garrison ability in the Spires of Arak can give you a nice buff for the Skyreach run.
  • The final boss in Shadowmoon Burial Grounds can drop the best staff for you. If you want to use a bonus roll; that’s the place. Hope for the 725!
  • Have a stack of Drums of Fury.
  • If you raid a lot (like me) change your mindset to dungeoning. Your cooldowns will be ready for most bosses.
  • Learn the “hard bosses” in each dungeon, each will have one typically. The third boss in Auchindon, the second boss in Skyreach and prepare your team to hit it hard and be ready to heal hard.
  • The Legendary Ring works in Mythic Dungeons as does your two and four piece tier set.
  • Buff foods, runes, mana pots. You know the way.
  • Look to get all five heirloom trinkets. The healing one is fairly useless; worth about 365 spirit if you used it all of the time.

Mythic Dungeons are fun for Resto Druid healers. Open your tool box and your talent tree and enjoy the depth of your class.

Winter’s Veil – 2015

Arthur Abbott: Iris, in the movies, we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason, you’re behaving like the best friend.
The Holiday (2006)


Winter’s Veil!

This holiday is a fun one. I got my Armada achievement from Grandfather Winter. The Gently Shaken Gift held my new Red Sled!

The Red Sled is bugged right now, so I had to get a caster to find it. Fortunately, my little pink-haired gnome is a warlock! I got my sled and promptly sat on it. A friendly player came by and pulled me around.

I really enjoyed Hearthcast Episode #298 – Christmas Musical Montage! My favorites, Rewt and Freckleface did a fun WoW parody on Christmas carols.

And, blessed of all, time with my family. I’m going over to my sister’s place because you can’t play WoW all of the time!

I’m making my famous potato wedges.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice two potatoes into long slices
  3. Put the slices in a gallon baggy
  4. Add four tablespoons of olive oil
  5. Sprinkle in some garlic salt, pepper and a bunch of Parmesan Cheese
  6. Lay them, skin down, on a cookie sheet
  7. Bake for 30 minutes
  8. Eat and enjoy! I suggest some ranch dressing for dipping

Happy Winter’s Veil!

Supergirl — in reruns!

I always fight hard to push a movie to the point where it pulls me.
James L. Brooks


What Price Entertainment?

I am very disappointed that Supergirl is in reruns. What did we get, six episodes? This is bad. Bad news for fans, bad news all around.

How dare they show reruns after six episodes!
I am as outraged as I am that talk shows like Jimmy Fallon show reruns instead of getting guest hosts; like Johnny did — a real man.

What happened to television?

This question started with me watching What’s My Line? on the Gameshow Network and watching As Good as it Gets on cable.

Television in the beginning was smart. What’s My Line? I recommend it for many reasons was a simple panel game show. The panelists were smart and celebrities. The host was wicked-ass smart, dazzling. Today, we have Pat Sajak. I feel glum.

I was watching As Good as it Gets and began wondering, who directed this marvelous screenplay? James L. Brooks. Who is this guy? He is one of many who made television great. His IMDB list is spectacular. From the Andy Griffith show to Mary Tyler Moore to Taxi to the Simpsons; with a long lineage of working in the business it is refreshing to see his work on the silver screen.

And now; with much eye-squinting I see we are being sold on ‘binge watching’. The shows are not very good and are being sold in discount packages. I don’t buy it and won’t.

This scatter-shot approach to producing entertainment is making television go down the drain. People are unplugging their cable; not because of price so much as that there is no value to the product presented.

Making shows like Supergirl with six episodes and deciding if to continue based on audience is short-sighted and fool-hardy. A show has to grow, does it not?

Hiring the new hot young producer, director, writer might bring trendiness and pizzazz but it won’t bring wisdom. Silly Hollywood.

Again: Silly Hollywood. Momentary success won’t bring syndication!

Marksman Hunter Trinkets

‘Twas a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her.
W.C. Fields


Marksman Hunter Trinkets

Suddenly we have a lot to trinkets to look at. While rarely changing Talents this expansion, we do have a chance to swap out our trinkets depending on the fight.

Happily we have a man named Azortharion. I think he is Danish? He has a hunter guide right here.

Why would I write when he spells it all out? Simple enough, he is a high end mythic raider. He is the best and playing with the best. I am making the transition from Normal to Heroic raiding. There is a difference!

Trinkets Owned or Hoped For:

  • Talisman of the Master Tracker
    • Equip: Your shots deal (30 / 100)% increased damage per yard between you and the target.
    • This means that the farther you are from the boss, the more damage you do. At max range, about 45 yards, it would be around a 15% boost. At one yard: zero.
  • Mirror of the Blademaster
    • +361 Agility
      Classes: Hunter, Rogue, Shaman, Monk, Druid
      Use: Summons 4 Mirror Images to attack your target and nearby enemies for 20 sec. (1 Min Cooldown)
    • Considered “best in slot”, we’ll always use this one. Our playstyle demands that this stacks with Rapid Fire and our Legendary Ring to make it strong.
  • Fel-Spring Coil
    • +271 Agility
      +271 Critical Strike (2.46% @ L100)
      +271 Mastery (2.46 @ L100)
    • Flat stat boost. Solid, powerful trinket.
  • Stone of the Elements
    • +351 Versatility (2.70% @ L100)Equip: When you heal or deal damage you have a chance to increase your Strength, Agility, or Intellect by 1870 for 15 sec. Your highest stat is always chosen.
      Equip: Increases the effect that healing and mana potions have on the wearer by 40%. This effect does not stack.
    • The crafted trinket, I kind of wish I had one! Nice raiding trinket, it looks like.
  • Malicious Censer
    • +397 Multistrike (6.02% @ L100)
      Classes: Hunter, Rogue, Shaman, Monk, Druid
      Equip: Your attacks have a chance to grant 1093 Agility for 20 sec. (Approximately 1.00 procs per minute)
    • A trinket that “procs” for a big boost in damage.
  • Kihra’s Adrenaline Injector
    • Mythic Warforged
      Item Level 725
      Upgrade Level 0/2
      Binds when picked up
      Unique-Equipped
      Trinket
      +257 Agility
      Use: Grants 2567 (23.34 @ L100) Mastery for 20 sec. (2 Min Cooldown)
    • According to the Sims, paired with our Rapid Fire (both have a two minute cooldown) this trinket is crazy good.
  • Infallible Tracking Charm
    • +774 Agility
      Equip: Chance on melee or ranged attack to grant Cleansing Flame, dealing 24229 damage instantly and increasing your damage against Demons by 10% for 10 sec.
    • Our BoA Heirloom trinket from the mythic dungeons. Look at those demons!

So, what does this all mean?

You will change your trinkets based on the fight.

In general, if you are on a fight with many adds, you want the Fel-Spring Coil because you don’t know if and when you might get that big proc — if you don’t, you are weak. (Hellfire Assault, Gorefiend, Soc, Xhul, Manny, Archimonde)

If you are on a single-target fight, then your Malicious Censer will be bad ass since when it does proc, you are sure to be on a target for as long as it lasts.

If you are on a Demon Fight (Gorefiend, Soc, Xhul, Tyrant, Manny, Archimonde), then you’ll want your heirloom trinket.

And maybe — The Talisman of the Master Tracker. I have only had this for a brief while. I will be trying it on Iron Reaver, Iskar and the Tyrant. Those are the fights where I can stand back and pew pew pew. People say “worst in slot” but I think it deserves my giving it a go!

And remember: using the right trinket is important. Doing the mechanics and helping your raid is more important. I have used different trinkets for different fights. The demon trinket is not THAT much more amazing. In a lot of ways, they are close.

Change for the fight, don’t make the fight fit your trinket.

A Diary from Draenor

Man, remember, until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.
― Arthur Miller, The Crucible


A Diary from Draenor

Everyone went to see Star Wars today. I went to see Trumbo. As The Crucible was written to reflect on the Blacklisting of writers in the 1950’s, I could not help but see how Tumbo reflects on our politicians of today. The Salem Witch Trials are still happening in our world, right now.

Winter’s Veil is here and it is fun on day one. After day one, it is a grind to hope for a rare-drop mount. I don’t know why I can’t just leave it as “done” but I can’t. I only buy one lottery ticket a year and here I am rolling the dice on Savage Gifts.

Blizzard has dialed back the RNG on heirloom trinkets. The first week of mythic dungeons, I got my loot specialization. Then I got a random. And now, nothing! I am 2/5 on the trinkets; should I keep trying?

Is it possible to mess up a Marie Calendar Corn Bread muffin mix? Why yes, yes it is. I made my mother’s ham and beans crockpot (thanks Mom!) and it was delicious. I wanted corn bread muffins and ended with a soupy pan of … I am embarrassed.

I’ve been thinking about what makes a masterpiece. I’ll share that with you later.

xo

Supergirl Hostile Takeover

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle


Supergirl: Hostile Takeover

The show isn’t very good.

I watch it because I want it to be good. There are not too many shows to invest in.

The talent in the industry is watered down. It is like the NFL after the expansion, teams are struggling to find a single competent quarterback.

I saw a commercial for Infinity. It was bragging that if I bought their package on all the shows that I could see. As the images flashed on the screen, I had to laugh. The comedies are not funny and the dramas are just a soundtrack.

Let us pretend that it is 1950. In that year, 2000 books are published (let’s pretend). Of those books, maybe 5 are very good. 10 are good. 20 are worth re-reading. The rest are doorstops.

Let us pretend that it is 2015. In this year, 50,000 books are published (let’s pretend). Of those books, maybe 5 are very good. 10 are good. 20 are worth re-reading. The rest are doorstops.

The volume has increased in books, movies, television shows, music, art, poetry, dance and so on. But the talent remains the same.

People are turning off their cable, this is not news. They are turning to the internet and the work isn’t any better, just cheaper.

We need good writers. We need people who know craft. There IS hope, of course. These fledgling artists who are trying to make work (and are getting paid in the field!) might someday get better.

In twenty years, give Supergirl yet another chance.