Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Viya is level 85! Her gear is mismatched and terrible at the moment. She has 397s thrown in there with 280-somethings. I’m planning on gearing her just enough to be able to cope with current content come Mists. After the patch, I’m feeling a bit shaky healing with her.
I AM IN LOVE WITH DRUID HEALING. Mostly because of treant form. Playing a Night Elf feels weird. Avanen, my perma-treant, is a beautiful person.
I apologize for the awful quality of these screenshots. I downloaded the patch on my laptop so I could drag it along to wherever better Internet was to be had. Until I copy it onto my PC I won’t be able to play in Ultra. Time to get on that!
I don’t use addons like Healbot or VuhDo or even a raid frame like Grid when I heal. I have them all installed and have tried each of them, and some to addon to Grid, even. When raiding I sometimes enable Healbot so I can keep track of things to dispell, but I never actually use it to heal.
Yeah, that’s right.
I heal with the default raid frame by clicking.
I also heal with my keyboard – I have three rows of keys that I use – and move with my mouse. I have never felt that this has put me at a disadvantage while healing. I’ve managed to stay as competitive as I care to be and keep up in heals.
I’m sure my interface isn’t optimal as far as actual raiding goes, but it works for me.
My question is: does this make me a terrible healer?
I was reminded again how strange it is going from 79-80 when you’ve leveled 100% through dungeons. There is a huge gap in gear between 79 and 80 that isn’t there for the other “splits” between expansions. You cannot segue into Cataclysm dungeons like you can for Burning Crusade or Lich King without quests or buying gear.
Viya Fun Facts:
1. Viya has left Stormwind very little since she was created.
2. Viya was landlocked until level 80! I didn’t purchase any flight licenses for her. She had no need for them because she only left the Trade District to go to the Cathedral to learn abilities!
She did, however, have a Flying Carpet. A grounded Flying Carpet.
3. She has done 141 quests to date. These are mostly dungeon quests and a handful of Cataclysm ones since dinging 80.
4. Viya has never been to Outland or Northrend.
5. Viya’s Tailoring is 510, her Enchanting is 498.
I’m about to ship her off to Hyjal to get in some questing time – and rewards – before stuffing her back in LFD. She’s about six iLevel points away from being able to queue again.
I still have terrible memories of not getting any trinkets for Jonze until level 83 – nothing dropped between 40 and 83, not a single trinket for her. Viya’s stuck in the same boat, with a trinket and relic both with iLevels in the 50s!
Back to the grind!