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Booming it up in Karazhan!

(Amanna says – this is Cybeline’s first post, and an interesting one at that.  Please give her a warm welcome via comments).

I’ve been to Karazhan before but always as the Tree of Life to fill a main healer spot.  It was enjoyable to take Tree form out for a spin and to test out the deep resto talent form — I’ve always had a deep balance spec — but I could barely contain my excitement when the assignments for Wednesday’s Kara runs came out and I was slotted for dps.

The moonkin was set loose in Kara!  Woot!  Or should I say, “Hoot!”

Good preparation for any instance run is key to success and for Kara it is even more so.  Remember to bring plenty of reagents for Gift of the Wild because chances are good that you’ll be buffing both groups.  Get mana pots, whether you make them yourself, have a supplier, or buy them off the auction house.  When you think you have enough, put even more in your bags.  Trust me, you are going to need them especially if, like me, you save your Innervate for the healers.  Finally, make sure you bring plenty of vendor water and/or ask the mage in your raid for lots of conjured water.  I don’t normally need to drink much while questing or 5 man instancing, but for Karazhan it is a good idea to keep the mana bar topped off as often and as quickly as possible so you don’t slow down the progression of the raid.

So I’ve got my reagents, my mana pots, my drinks, my key to Kara, and my +damage trinkets are set to hot buttons.  I’m ready to boom it up.

The first several pulls in the instance are bread and butter trash mobs.  The priests have the hard work in keeping targets shackled until it’s time for focus fire on their target, so my job here is to listen to the raid leader’s instructions and burn down the right target, carefully keeping my threat below that of the tanks.  (During one trash pull in between Attumen and Moroes, I did have a series of chain crits that pulled aggro from the tank…gotta love the way Nature’s Grace facilitates chain critting.  Luckily I am in an awesome guild.)

The first boss battle — Midnight and Attumen — didn’t pose any particular challenge to the moonkin.  Again, listening to the raid leader and making sure to keep Moonfire and Insect Swarm ticking away on the focus fire target were my goals here in addition to staying flexible.  If healing fell behind or if a downed guildie needed a battle rez or if I needed to help decurse the melees, I needed to be ready to drop down to caster form as fast as possible. 

More bread and butter trash mobs lie in wait between Attumen and Moroes…but this time there are some AoE pulls to deal with.  For those pulls, I stayed in caster form.  The mage or warlock in the group are going to burn the mobs down really fast and they are going to need lots of healing.  So I slapped on some Lifeblooms and Rejuvenations as soon as the AoE started in order to boost the main healers. 

There are also a few mobs in this section that cause party members to get tipsy and when they get tipsy, they need lots of healing.  Here I stayed in caster form too in order to quickly give a boost to healing if needed.

And then we were on to Moroes and his party of four.  This boss battle is definitely more challenging than the first with the garrotes that Moroes puts on selected party members.  My goals remain the same for this fight as with Attumen, but it’s a long one so in addition I kept a very close eye on mana consumption.  Here’s where having those all mana pots came in handy.  I didn’t wait to get into a desperate mana situation before taking remedial measures; once I hit 50%, I downed my first pot and kept on dpsing.  (My innervate had already gone to a healer.)  I did get dangerously low on mana by the time we were taking out the final target.  Moroes was long gone at this point and the target was getting low on HP.  So instead of using another pot, I put up a couple DoTs and then ran in for a bit of melee to help finish the last mob off.  (Elune’s Touch procced a few times, too, though I rarely rely on it for mana regen.)

The march through Karazhan continued after the downing of Moroes; on to the Opera Event!

More of the same here with the exception of a few pulls where this moonkin’s heart was warmed considerably.  (Have I mentioned that I am in the best guild?)  This is where the raid encountered some Skeletal Ushers and we paused for the leaders to do some strategizing.  Extra tanking was needed and there was some talk of using me as an offtank.  Eventually the decision was made to have one of the paladin healers take the offtank position while I was to be a main healer until the first target went down and freed up the paladin to return to healing. 

For me, this is what the moonkin brings to the raiding table.  Players can battle over whether or not a moonkin can top the damage charts; sometime I do top the chart and most times I don’t, but I’ll sidestep that issue.  Flexibility and versatility is what I bring to the raid.  In one night, I burned down targets, I offhealed and main healed, I innervated healers, I battle rezzed, and I almost was called on to do some offtanking.

Beyond the sense of accomplishment and the thrill of raiding with my big feathery owl, I carry with me the warm fuzzies from comments made by guildies, among those being the expressed desire never to leave home without a moonkin, the delight in the massive healing crits (I think the moonkin aura helped with that!), and especially the praise from my guild master on how nice it is to have a moonkin in the raid.

P.S.  We did end up making it to the stage where we found Romulo and Julianne waiting for us.  We made two runs at them before the raid ran past its scheduled end, so the doomed lovers will be waiting for us when we reenter Karazhan again.  Parting is such sweet sorrow!

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May 8, 2007 - Posted by | Raiding, Strategy - Balance, World of Warcraft

8 Comments »

  1. “During one trash pull in between Attumen and Moroes, I did have a series of chain crits that pulled aggro from the tank…gotta love the way Nature’s Grace facilitates chain critting. Luckily I am in an awesome guild.”

    This is one of the big moonkin pluses, if you ask me. Having been main healer myself on a regular basis, I know how quickly a clothie goes from some great DPS to pulling aggro to cutting it close whether they go down before Healing Touch is done. When I’ve been able to concentrate on DPS/Moonkinning in PUGs, I’ve noticed that when I pull aggro from trashes, I allow both the tank and the healer to continue worrying about something else as I usually finish the mob off — serving as an ad hoc off-tank.

    So though I would never argue against the flexibility of the balance druid, I’ll also argue for them filling a static and useful slot — the self-sufficient DPSer, even possible main tank if you use mana pots effectively, as you have. Great pulls, great armor, good AOE damage to keep aggro, the ‘kin’s got it all, including innvervate, the emergency battle rez, or mid-fight backup healer. If you use your treants properly (often difficult with those mindless beasts), you’ve even got a bit of crowd control.

    Thanks for the post!

    Comment by panzerkin | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  2. Well, though I have never run Kara, as a fellow druid this post has officially given me experience that just may save quite a few wipes =) I do enjoy how you step-by-step described each unique situation and the way a Balance Druid flexes to overcome and sometimes outperform great obstacles. Someone once told me that druids get a lot questioning about their purpose or greatness. “What exactly is a Balance Druid good at?” ~They are casters, but mages are better. They are healers, but priests are greater. They are capable of taking a beating… but not like a warrior… What then? Cybeline, I think you have summed up the burning question in a nutshell! Balance Druids brings out the best of all classes! “Don’t leave home without one.” Of course not! Who wants to leave home without their lucky bat before taking to the fields? We make our team stronger by filling in literally everywhere. Relieving the stress of the main focus of other classes, battle rez’ing, healing, tanking, moonkin aura buffs, and last but not least…. the Moonkin Dance. =)

    Thank you Cybeline for your lovely prospective. I look forward to reading more of your insight on the fantastic life of a fellow feathered friend.

    Be well.

    Comment by Gedraan | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. A very good first post, thouroughly enjoyable. And here BRK thought all Moonkins were good for was as a main dish.

    Damh and Hobbes
    BigRedKitty

    Comment by Damh | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. You are just not right Damh. I think breathing all that smoke from your gun had messed with your head.

    BTW – I’ve been telling Hobbes how tasty Dwarves are. I’d watch your back…

    Comment by Amanna | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  5. This Feral durid turned boomkin says a big “HOOT” (AMEN SISTA!)

    Kara falls at the feet of the boomkin!

    by the way, the romeo and juliette, and big bad wolf opera scenes are by far the most awesome!

    Comment by Kelektra | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  6. Hi Amanna – part of the BRK crowd here! brought some beer, cuz we are not all about take take take. And you’ll also have to worry about the carpet cleaning tomorrow morning!

    love the blog!

    Comment by BRK-Hooligan-01 | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  7. I am still Feral specced but plan on switching out to the ‘ol Boomkin soon enough just to give it a go!

    Comment by Gamermommy | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  8. Nice post.

    Comment by Frank | May 12, 2007 | Reply


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