About My Main: Goose Igaly

28 02 2012

Night Elf, my looks and background. My first ever race and definitely my favorite. I know that the race itself offers no bonuses to my healing, but hey, myself and my kind are majorly responsible for all that is happening in Azeroth. Well, us and the Blood Elves back when they were the High Elves, but I digress.

Druid, a style of play. Jack of all trades, master of none…except healing…and tanking…and dps…yeah, I take that back. Druids are just awesome. If you don’t like them, don’t play one. Druid players have a love of their character that is unique.

Restoration, a way of life. Likely the second most important job in any group, possibly AS important as the tanks themselves. Let’s be honest, when the shit hits the fan, who gets blamed first? Just saying. Healing is a mentality, a passion, a profession. Understanding the incoming damage, knowing which of your tools will take care of the job the most efficiently, and occasionally blowing Tranquility when it’s not needed just because it looks cool. Some get it, others don’t.

I leveled my druid strictly as restoration. I played with the “crit-chicken” aspect of the tree a little bit, but never felt comfortable as a DPS and did not understand tanking enough at the time to roll as a bear. Thus, it took me 8 months to get to level 80, but a joyous 8 months those were, spent mostly in dungeons pumpin’ out heals that made me feel like I was truly living up to the name of Tree of Life.

Shortly after I reached level 80 I got invited to heal an ICC 10. Now, my gear was mid-heroic dungeon range at the time, and I had no idea what Tier even meant; I was purchasing gear whose stats I liked. Not sure that I even hit my 2 set bonus in those days. Anyway, I was invited to heal ICC when my gear was WAY too low to even be considered. The raid leader was the GM of his guild, and he was awesome. The only question he asked was “Can you keep my raid alive?”

Of course my reply, this being my first raid, was, “I don’t know, but I’ll do my best.”

“Good enough for me,” was his reply. Now, this is a story that requires a post all its own, so I will revisit this story another day, but this was the beginning of my raiding.

Those were the days back when I was on Cenarion Circle. A cozy server with decent people. I’ve since transferred to Sen’jin with some Real Life friends (I know, I have a hard time believing they exist too), and am currently a member of the casual raiding guild SummuS. I joined this guild this past Saturday after two weeks of being pugged into their raid to heal. So far, I have no complaints.

Looking forward, I intend to continue casual raiding with Gooseigaly and enjoy the content. I must admit that I am EXTREMELY skeptical of the Mists of Pandora and the havoc that plans to be wreaked on the talent trees. Something about the simplicity that is being implemented just turns me off. But who knows? Maybe this will be the greatest thing since buttered bread. Lord knows I was a cursing druid when 4.0 hit and the druid style was changed into what it is today.

To other Restoration Druids out there: hang in there. I know a lot of people who have played down druids in current content, but in my opinion there is nothing as satisfying as being able to shift into the mother of all oaks and spread that nature goodness around the raid and then shift for a cat nap while the cute mage in the back scrubs the ears.

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