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I’m going slightly mad

So yesterday my Priest Darllen completed the Stormwind bit of the Broken Shore scenario but didn’t have  chance to do any invasions. Hoping to do some today. It feels good to be back on a Priest but having done a couple of fights as Discipline I realise I’m going to need to go Shadow. The fights took forever and while I was in ruddy good health at the end it was really frustrating. So decided I need to get a good Shadow Priest build sorted.

So I went to Icy Veins & read that the following is an ideal single target rotation:-

    1. Enter Void Form by casting Void Eruption
    2. Cast Mind Blast.
    3. Apply and maintain  Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch.
    4. Cast  Mind Flay
    5. Once in Void Form cast Void Bolt
    6. Cast Shadowfiend if available at low Voidform stacks
    7. Cast  Shadow Word: Death
    8. Cast  Mind Blast
    9. Cast Shadowfiend if available at higher Voidform stacks
    10. Re-apply Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch if necessary
    11. Cast Mind Flay as filler

Some of this looks much the same as before but the bit about Void Eruption to get into Void Form and having Void Form stacks is new. Previously I basically lived my life in Void Form. In fact I used to forget what my priest actually looked like.

So I now discover Void Form is activated by casting Void Eruption. It increases all damage you deal by 20% but means my  insanity will drain until it reaches 0 and Voidform ends. When Voidform ends I gain Lingering Insanity (no problem – I have this on a daily basis), but have to cast Void Eruption to enter Void Form again.

So going into Void Form turns you insane or, more precisely, you need to be insane to use it?  Ah ok. Was that always the case? I recognise Shadow Priests draw on dark powers but insanity? I always felt ok in Void Form, but there again if you are insane you’re probably the last to realise it. I did keep seeing lots of purple balls floating around me but I assumed everyone saw them.

So Insanity itself is a resource to draw on in the fight between good and evil. Interesting. A a Shadow Priest I’m venturing into the void, drawing power from the corrupt Old Gods and turning quickly insane in the process. As I’m no longer drawing on the light I’ve also lost all the usual heals and instead use Shadowmend which wraps someone in shadows to heal but at the same time means they take damage. Eh? Only someone insane would have thought that one up. I basically heal and hurt at the same time. Exactly what my already over developed guilt complex needs.

But I’ll give it a go. Just for questing. In nice 5 mans (hoping I get chance to do some with the guild) and LFR I would like to be a healer. If I’m wrong and Discipline is viable for solo questing let me know. But if it’s not viable then it has to be Shadow for questing which means I have to embrace the darker side of life. One plus to this  of course – if I go truly insane maybe I’ll finally get to meet Harvey. I’ve always wanted to do that.

 

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Me and Warlock Down by the School Yard

Just had an interesting dungeon experience (and by interesting I don’t mean so annoying and frustrating it has turned me into a psychotic lunatic – that was yesterday). I am levelling a Discipline Priest –  Styleesh. She is currently 49 (but in the interests of an accurate record she was 48 when we entered the dungeon). The dungeon was Zul’Farrak. I used to be scared of this place when I was first levelling a healer (Androse my Pally Healer who is in her 50s on some godforsaken server somewhere  – she is unashamedly Horde which causes a problem given my current all Alliance girl group). But I felt ok at the thought of doing it as Disc. I really do love this Shield business. Allows me plenty of time to look around & appreciate the scenery. I’m not even doing that whole Disc Priests/DPS spec. I’ve gone for the purist (aka laziest) spec  – I just heal. But if a doctor said that you’d say that was more than enough- so I reckon the same should apply to me.

So anyway it was me, a cuddly Druid tank who coyly said it was his first time, a warlock, a rogue & A.N.Other DPS (left half way so can’t remember, but was then replaced by a mage). Off we trotted. The happy five. And we really were happy. The tank was excellent,  nice pull sizes – perfect for me to get by just bubbling him & casting the odd renew (occasionally I’d do a penance if I was feeling flush with the old mana). It was all good. But he went round the wrong way. Actually I didn’t think there was a wrong way in Zul Farrak as it’s  just a circle really – but there’s definitely a more efficient way which he didn’t pick.  The warlock kept saying it was the wrong way but not very assertively (sort of “Excuse me Sir but would you mind awfully if we, perhaps, just maybe, turned around and tried traversing these plains in the other direction?”). But the tank didn’t change direction. And I’m a tank lapdog when I heal so I didn’t leave his side (yes I would go with the tank over the edge of a cliff if he asked me – but I would sneakily cast levitate on myself first). So we went the wrong way- which meant Gahzrilla was the first  boss. All was fine there  though. In fact the boss was down before I realised it. Either the tank was excellent or I’m such a superb healer I’m actually doing it without even realising. I’m probably healing right now as I type this now I come to think of it.

Anyway the Pyramid  bit was fine too (that’s the bit I used to be scared of). The only sticky bit was when the tank ran round the corner after a mob & went out of my line of sight. This meant I actually had to go  after him (can you believe it- I had my lounger set out on the stairs and everything – Zul Farrak is a good naturist zone did you know -going by last week’s Bugle).

We then did  Chief Sandscalp & Ruuzlu. Again fine. The fight passed in a blink of an eye. This left us with  Theka, Zumrah & Antusul  because we’d gone the funny way round. But before we could go and finish it all off the bloody tank- old Cuddles himself- left without even saying goodbye …or thanks. I was  heartbroken but got myself a low carb treat & cheered right up (don’t get me started on low carb stuff- I won’t stop – it’s my new passion now that Glee has finished. No one can do more with a bit of protein powder and an egg than me – cooked a three course meal the other day.)

The mage left too (but I expected no more of the mage – they are fickle) so it was me, rogue & Warlock. Zumra was first. I really didn’t hold out much hope but I have to say we were awesome. I healed the pet, bubbled the warlock & rogue and screamed for my life when I was attacked. Classic noble fighting stuff. The spirit of the seven samurai is far from gone. We killed him dead (not like the other type of killing when they walk around and moan about their back hurting). We won the day.

We then hunted down Theka. Not so great. Every scarab on planet Azeroth was aggrod (I think I might have been  a bit too liberal with my heals) & we went down in a blaze of  ignominy. But plucky souls that we are we re-entered the dungeon, turned in the quests completed so far & rode on back to him, shaking in our saddles but determined nonetheless.

Once we got there we made mincemeat of him – literally (I turned my nose up as I’m a vegetarian) but then Roguey Boy (not his name but they’re all called something like that) said he had to leave. Warlock & I tried to persuade him to stay with promises of glory etc. Then when that failed we simply cried & begged him shamelessly (we were both females so some might say that came easy to us – but they’d only say it once). Nothing worked. His heart was stone and he too left us. We were both now chalking up enough abandonment issues to keep our therapists in work for years.

Anyway off we continued with an unspoken determination  not to let this beat us. I bubbled the minion as a sign of true commitment to the cause (wouldn’t normally dream of wasting my precious mana on a pet – I’ll barely use it on the dps- hehe). We were left with Antusul. The fight started but we were stood in the wrong place & he summoned a ton of basilisks. So for once I really had to earn my money as healer. I was healing the pet, the warlock, reducing my threat, healing them all again, healing myself (to hell with the threat) etc. Pretty sure the minion died at one point (or curled up in a foetal position for a joke) but in seconds he was back. The cycle continued until finally- finally – we did it. Me and the Warlock – truly awesome.

We rode back to the quest giver triumphant (ok teleported in & out) and then thanked each other for sticking with it to the end. Then we left. Probably never to see each other again. But it doesn’t matter – we’ll always have ZulFarrak. Our moment of glory.