Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rift musings

Summerfest is over, I'm at level cap and it will be a few months before Nightmare Tide.  I'm clearly a goal oriented achiever, so, a lot like Heather over at Pretty Little Sith, I had to set some goals to keep me interested.
A random photo of Bruun
I'd like to get into expert dungeons and raids, but I feel obligated to not have a hodge-podge of gear hitting the ground, especially since I'm a masochist and like healing.  I did a bit of research on the basics of gearing for a new 60, and identified a few spots that needed to improve.  I was fortunate to have hoarded a bunch of lockboxes while leveling, so I had a good start in some areas, but they didn't fill in all the gaps.  So, I tasked myself with replacing my cape and lesser essences.

The best route for this was via the rewards from the Torvan hunters, and I needed about 10k rep to get honored, so that meant it was time to do some Hunt Rifts.   Someone was LFM in 60 chat for some Great Hunt IVs, so I joined up and away we went.  I initially started as DPS, but with a group of 10 and just one healer, were having issues, so I switched over to my Sentinel build--since that was the most up to date healing build that I have.  In all, it was pretty successful and I had a good time.  It was enlightening though, and I ended up with a few spots that I'd like to improve upon:

Sentinel has to go

This is clearly something that I know of, and I have just never pulled the trigger, but sentinel is just not working in a raid environment.  A majority of the heals are too slow, and by the time they pop, the chloro has topped the whole raid off.  So, I've got a warden build in my future for sure.  Testing new healing specs is pretty low stress, since most random groups seem to be pretty casual about roles and performance, so I can just go for it.

Raid frames need improvement

I have the default rift raid frames set up, with mouse-over healing macros, but I've been having issues with the raid frames not properly notifying me when someone is out of range.  So I end up burning a cooldown on topping myself off, when I really needed to pour some healing into the tank.  I'm also not too enthused about my current key bindings.  In general, I think I need to get comfortable with Click Box Healer, which is fine, since I ran Vuhdo a thousand years ago with Omar in Azeroth.

Support is an option

I always enjoyed running a bard, pre-Storm Legion.  I think it might help out with me wanting to have a hand in generally supporting and improving the raid, and not just be in a single focus DPS role.  Now that the new souls are here, clerics have a true support soul in the Oracle.  This looks fun to try, I just have yet to shell out the cash to pick up the Dream Souls pack.  

It's good to have something to focus on, and that is always key with getting me to stick with a game long term.  I'll make sure to keep things updated as I go!

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1 comment:

  1. Great posting! I need goals too and I have had a hard time playing my lvl 60 even tho Rift offers endless achievements after lvl cap...