Alt Appreciation – Priest Week!

Welcome back to Lae’s Alt Appreciation!

This week, it’s the humble Priest.Class Week

I first rolled a Priest as my 3rd or 4th alt (I can’t quite remember) as I thought it would be easy as it is quite similar to Mage – a caster that is. I first rolled her as Shadow Priest and I really really enjoyed it. I also took loads of screenies levelling up… probably because I was enjoying it (and shadowform) too much:

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Anyway, my Priest is a NElf and is currently Holy with a Shadow offspec. I loved dotting and flaying and fearing as shadow, and I even – for once – enjoyed PvP as I found I was really quite survivable with the fears and silences. However, once I reached 90 I decided I really wanted another healer, and enjoyed Holy so much it’s stuck there since. 

Even though she’s sitting around doing very little at the moment, my Priest is the healer I take if the guild needs one in a raid – she’s ok geared and fully gemmed/enchanted and she has some awesome AoE heals with some extremely pretty spell effects. I also love her mog…

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My one and only Priest was my ‘main’ for a grand total of about a month. He is a worgen, specced Holy/Disc and my 3rd most well geared character. I do enjoy playing him, and I love the quick LFR queues (we queue together on him for that reason), but I really don’t like that he’s worgen… the hunchback mainly. However, I find healing quite boring, especially in LFR, which means I don’t really ever stick playing the Priest for long periods of time.

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I actually started levelling him during Cataclysm, just by healing dungeons. I got to about level 77 and it tailed off as I was playing my DK a lot at this time. This is when I started to become an altoholic, I was swapping characters a lot and this guy saw the worst of it I think. At the start of MoP, I was tanking on my DK and wasn’t enjoying it at all, so I swapped back to the Priest and levelled him next, my second 90.

I think as we write this post, we want to go and play our Priests a little! I really want to master the art that is Discipline healing…

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Alt Appreciation – Paladin Week!

Welcome back to Alt Appreciation!

Class Week

Admittedly, neither of us have a huge amount to say about the class this week, but we’ll start with Mr B:

I’ve played Pally on and off, levelling one to level 30. Deleting it. Coming back a few months later, getting to level 60. Deleting it. I think it’s because I’ve never really got stuck into one, get bored really quick and give up.I played one at the start of BC, when Paladins were first allowed into the Horde. I’ve been wracking my brains to think of any opinions, but I’m just coming up with a blank. I know it was a healer BElf but that’s about it.

I currently have  2 Paladins: 65 Tauren called Sinadin and a level 8 whose name I can’t even remember and will be deleted shortly.On my quest to get every class to 90, I only have Paladin and Druid, neither of which I’m particularly enamoured by… which says it all really. Anyway, as a token of appreciation to possibly one of my least favourite classes, here’s a pic of that Tauren.

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A complete contrast here, but I love my Paladin! I only recently rolled her, she has less than a day played (she’s level 51, so still a baby!), but I’m enjoying it very much.  Here she is, my only Dwarf!

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I knooooow she looks like a Shaman, but I promise she’s a Pally! Those are the only healing looms she can wear so I’m kicking the stereotype 😉 I decided she would be a long term project, and I only play her when I have rested built up, I do a level or so, then leave it. I suppose the drawbacks to this is that I completely forget how to heal in the meantime, but when I do pick her up again, I enjoy how fresh it feels. It also helps that the queue for healers is usually pretty short…

I haven’t really experimented with the class yet – I haven’t tried DPS spec, other than to throw a few Denounce’s around if the group is good, and I wouldn’t dream of tanking, but I enjoy using holy light and the pretty spell effects. As a healer, it seems the class has fewer spells to throw around, I generally only use about 4 at the moment. I assume this will of course change as I level up, but I remember back to my Priest and there seemed to be an awful lot of different heals all doing the same thing.

Writing this post has made me really want to play her, but I promised myself I would run all ToT and SoO this week (legendary cloak quests, blergh) before I played alts. So much to do, so little time!

See you next week for the Priests!

Mr B’s Problem Monk

OMG got my Monk to 90 in just over 3 days. At first, I was going to stay as DPS, but after running a few dungeons I found it massively boring so I decided to switch it to healer. That was just as bad! I’ve played as healer as my main character in nearly every expansion since my BElf paladin in TBC. With monk, there just seemed so much to do at the same time trying to jab the boss whilst healing everybody. There is also so many different spells to use to heal. I tried downloading healbot to help me use the spells, but trying to remember all the different mouse and modifier keys to use I ended up just getting confused. Having a low Ilvl didn’t help either…

After I decieded to not play the monk, I transfered my warlock across to do some raiding. I spent the few hours wiping on the first boss in Heart of Fear (I was the first to die with attenuation each and every time). They even ressed me after that phase once; only for me to die to the first one in phase 4 (idiot I know). After I asked them to replace me, I had a sulk about how awful I was at raiding. Also with the lock I was watching my dots so closely to keep my DPS up I wasnt focusing on what was happening around me.

S,o I realised I needed to play a healer I knew to have some fun. I was playing my priest a lot, but I didn’t really want to transfer it across to our new server. So, I have decided to level a new Resto Druid which was my main back in WOTLK. Again, I do still have that character on another server, but its Horde and again, dont wanna pay for a transfer. So I’m just going to level through dungeons whilst gathering herbs and skinning mobs as I wait to make some money while I level.

Wish me luck!

Tank and healer combination: a match made in marriage?

Mr B:

For a long time I played blood DK. Tanked raids, dungeon finder and LFR with the missus healing on her shaman. It worked quite well, we knew how the other played and as we play sitting next to each other, we can communicate easily.

However, I really hated tanking, especially dungeon and LFR. Probably due to the amount of idiots. I understand people speed running the instances, but I want to enjoy the mechanics of them (especially in early MoP). So, I changed my main to ‘lock – which I love.

BUT the wife stared nagging. Even more than normal. She wants to do challenge modes, we need a tank, etc etc. I caved. Anything for a quiet life!

So, I spent yesterday re-remembering how to play DK. Forgot how good the survivability is with the self-heals – quite enjoyed the change of pace from dps. It also means, if I tank, I am in charge – feel the power! Mrs B hadn’t played shammy for a long time too, so we spent yesterday running dungeon finder and did some Glory of the Cata Hero with the guild to try and remember how to work together.

This is what a half day of me bossing the wife about did to her:

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I’m doomed!