I spent a lot less time in beta today than I did on Friday night into the wee (and then large) hours of Saturday.
After dealing with that pesky “real-life” thing, I came back to beta and decided to try out that whole “guild” thing. ;)
Apotheosis was born on Lost Isles (US/PVE) this afternoon, with much thanks to four (no longer nine) random people who were kind enough to sign my charter.
I’m not actively recruiting random people, but I did tweet about it. Before I knew it, the awesomesauce Kody from WorldOfRaids (aka, the super awesome person from Curse who extended me a beta invite) was whispering me.
Thus, Kody and I embarked upon a journey, the likes of which have probably never quite been seen before and may never be seen again. At least, I kind of hope this journey won’t be seen again.
Guilds are totally broken in beta. Which is okay. It’s beta. It’s supposed to be broken. I get it.
But, among the issues:
– Guild masters have no permissions, thus their ability to do things (officer chat, invite, etc) is severely limited.
– Promotions (and probably demotions) aren’t saved.
– New ranks don’t work properly.
I’ve got a low-level Worgen as GM of Apotheosis at the moment and this is the result of a bug that meant Kurn couldn’t speak or read guild chat.
The only way to promote Kurn and Madrana was to make each of them GM in turn and then hand it back, since this action, by default, places a GM who gives GM to someone else in the spot right below the GM in the guild ranks.
Kody was extremely patient with me as I hopped over around all three toons and gave him GM and asked him to ginvite me and give me GM back and such.
On the plus side, Apotheosis has Fast Track! I’m not randomly inviting the world at large, but if you read this little old blog and have an Alliance toon on Lost Isles, let me know, either in-game at Kurnmogh or Madrana (or Kurnbank) or via twitter, and I’d be happy to extend you an invite.
Okay, so that was the guild excitement. On to instances…
I’m a much better healer than I am tank. I tried tanking some of Throne of the Tides tonight and we failed hard core. We had virtually no crowd control and I’m unfamiliar enough with tanking as it is.
I enjoy the Consecration, although I still hit it way too often because I feel like it’s part of my rotation. ;)
I’ve gotten adept at using all kinds of cooldowns. Divine Protection has received a bit of a facelift. It’s no longer 50% damage reduction, it’s only 20%, but it’s on a one-minute (one!!) cooldown AND, possibly the best part, it doesn’t cause Forbearance any longer. No, actually, the best part is that this is available by training at level 30!
Anyways, my tanking efforts were, shall we say, less than awesome. I’d like to run a dungeon on Kurn tonight and actually make use of crowd control.
Healing Throne of the Tides tonight, a separate group, went a bit better. We wiped about 7 or 8 times but downed three of the four bosses. The last boss, Ozumat, is brutal. There are just SO many mobs and SO much damage! He may even still be bugged which I read as being impossible to kill.
So how is healing?
Well, I posted in the comments on my previous post, but here are some cast times:
Flash of Light: 1.14s cast
Holy Light: 2.06s cast
Divine Light: 1.68s cast
With 1026 haste and JotP:
Flash of Light: 1.05s
Holy Light: 1.89s
Divine Light: 1.54
With 1026 haste and Speed of Light (3/3):
Flash of Light: 0.879s
Holy Light: 1.58
Divine Light: 1.29
With 1026 haste and JotP AND Speed of Light:
Flash of Light: 0.806s
Holy Light: 1.45s
Divine Light: 1.18s
I feel like I’m super busy ALL of the time. I’m constantly trying to keep up with HUGE incoming damage on the tanks and crazy environmental damage on the group. Tip: if the ground turns green or purple/black, MOVE. If the ground around you has pretty blue swirls all around you, MOVE.
That said, I’m getting better at noticing the debuffs that I can cleanse. Did you know you can now Cleanse someone even if there’s nothing to be removed? Yeah, and it costs like 600 mana each time.
Again, mana is not an issue for me. It’s the timing, it’s the GCDs, it’s “WHY AM I NOT HEALING ENOUGH?!”.
To that end, I’ve gotten rid of Glyph of Seal of Wisdom (because SoW no longer exists) and plugged in Glyph of Holy Shock. I use it a lot.
I also swapped in, and people will laugh at me for this, the Libram of Veracity. I may even waste Emblems of Frost on the Libram of Blinding Light. Ridiculous as it sounds, I am definitely using Holy Shock enough to justify that. (Thanks, Kaboomski, for reminding me I have other libram options.)
I don’t think there’s a new libram (or any new relics, but I could be wrong) as of yet, but I’m interested to see in which direction they want to nudge us.
I think that’s about all I wanted to say. Don’t forget to check out my ever-growing collection of screenshots from beta!