My guild took me along to a Mogushan Vaults raid last night. It was a fun night and I really enjoyed raiding again after such a long time – though that is not to say it wasn’t a nervy experience for me until I started settling in.
Stone Guard – Jade, Amethyst and Cobalt Guardians – An enjoyable if somewhat frustrating encounter. This combination of guardians left us with Chains, Traps and Purple Splobs of Goo on the floor. And of course typically I ended up getting chained to a range which absolutely burned my mana into the floor because I wasn’t used to relying completely on range healing. This is something I realized quickly I was going to have to get to grips with as there were bound to be situations where healing from range was just going to make more sense. For a first raid in… well… months… and on a new toon it wasn’t a horrendous showing, but it was quite unsettled from me as I was finding my feet, Thankfully I sorted my life out fairly quickly, and the research I had done on the fights really helped me out for the night. Loot-wise I acquired a lovely set of Agility pants for my Windwalker spec from this boss – not Mistweaver loot but hey purples iz purples and I have full intentions of having a viable kung fu off spec just because it stupidly fun to use!
Feng the Accursed – Now this was an interesting fight – and one where I can start to make use of the more unique Monk talents such as quickly healing stacked players using Spinning Crane Kick, Transcendence when having Wild Fire sparks, as well as being able to get up close and personal on the boss. My output on this fight was closer to what I was hoping for based upon my gear levels, and indeed the raid leader agreed that this fight could probably be two-healed in the future.
Gara’jal the Spiritbinder – OK now THIS fight is fun! A 2 healer fight that seems made for the Monks ability to heal players really quickly if you are willing to burn mana hard. Apart from when afflicted with voodoo dolls, I was going into the spirit world and cracking out fast Surging Mists and Uplifts to get the other players up to 100% super fast. This was also my first proper opportunity to scare the tank that hadn’t seen the giant green Mistweaver bubble before! I fight primed for Spinning Crane Kick and Revival heals with stacked players everywhere.
Spirit Kings – An interesting fight – which ended suddenly for me after an unfortunately timed roll which took me right into the path of a new volley of arrows near the end of the fight. Up until that point this 2 healer fight had been going fairly well, There are lots of abilities to avoid in this encounter, but the healing requirements felt lower than the previous three bosses. Whatever the case I got a very nice new Amulet from this encounter, and from my free loot roll Charm, I also got the caster cloak. Sadly this has no Spirit – but I am not going to look a gift horse in the mouth! It was still a huge upgrade from my green-level Cloak!
Elegon – Now this is a complex fight. As it was being two healed due to the tight enrage, this one would really test me out because I had 4 other players to look after exclusively for certain parts of the encounter. This took a fair bit of play style rebalancing on my part – and I have little doubt that a few wipes were caused by me either being placed wrong during the pylon phase, or just not managing my mana well. Again this is a encounter where chunks of it are spent away from the boss, and so it gave me a good opportunity to get to grips with the Thunder Focus Tea/Uplift mechanic, which I found saved a LOT of mana if used at the right times. I did find that melee healing works REALLY well on this encounter while you can get into range – the buff double dips the melee element of the Mistweaver class meaning heals from punching the boss are quite substantial Sadly we could not push the boss much past the last transition on this occasion – but I am sure I will get another crack it soon.
The loot I received from this evenings raid has now pushed me into LFR eligibility – so I am hoping for a bit of luck in filling up some of my green item slots soon. My dailies are rolling on slowly, and everything seems to be moving in the right direction finally! The time has come to break out my BiS list and really start to fine tune my little Pandamonk.
Thanks to the Infliction raid team for allowing a dodgy-geared Mistweaver to participate in their Mogushan Vaults and I wish them luck in the progression through Heart of Fear this evening.