Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hope's End Guide for Resto Druids

1. Portal Keeper Hasabel

This fight takes place on one main platform, then portals appear at certain intervals which will take you up to three other platforms.  It's still an easy fight as long as everyone goes where they're supposed to.  You will either be asked to go into the portals and heal the portal group, or asked to stay on the main platform and heal that group. On the main platform, there are two abilities to watch out for. One is Collapsing World, which summons a dark purple circle on the ground you must get out of. The other ability is Felstorm Barrage, where a large green portal appears beside the platform and creates a large green line on the ground.  Avoid that.  At 90%, Hasabel summons a portal to a flame ledge, where you defeat Vulcanar.  Stay at least 10 yards away from the miniboss.  Move away from the when you have Everburning Flames.  Avoid Supernova.  At 60% health she opens a portal to another area where you fight Lady Dacidion.  Avoid Slime Pools pools.  At 30% health she summons her final portal and you fight Lord Eilgar.  He applies a debuff called Delusions to healers, which can be dispelled, but keep it for a little bit to restore your mana.  It's a fairly easy fight.  Be careful as you come out of portals that you don't land right in a Felstorm Barrage.  Place your Efflorescence after each Collapsing World, when the tank has the boss situated.  While the portals are active, they do increasing damage over time, so you may need to coordinate cooldowns with other healers.  For talents, I recommend the standard Cenarion Ward, Displacer Beast (once again great for cheesing mechanics quickly), Cultivation, Inner Peace, and Flourish.  If you find that the damage for your group is pretty stable, you  could switch out Inner Peace for something else.  I personally like having more Tranquility uptime in case I need it.

2. Eonar the Life-Binder

This is hardly a fight at all. It's really more of a loot pinata.  Basically Eonar is being attacked and we need to drive the demons away.  Demons will spawn around the area at regular intervals.  You will use your extra button to fly around and heal your group as you fight demons, keeping them away from Eonar.  If Eonar's health goes all the way down, you lose the fight.  There's an upper area, a middle area, and a bottom area.  You can use crowd control abilities like Typhoon to keep the demons away, and really all you need to do most of the time is throw a quick HoT on someone to keep them topped up.  You're probably more useful Moonfiring most of the time.  You're given an extra action button that will help you quickly navigate between the platforms.  If you are unsure where to go (which you will learn quickly), just follow a tank.  You may actually benefit from taking Germination on this fight, because you will mostly be moving from platform to platform and the extra HoTs will be useful.  It's also unlikely you will need to Tranq during this fight.

3. Imonar the Soulhunter

Imonar is pretty easy... until you have to go across the bridge.  Then you'll probably die.  And everyone else will probably die.  Then you'll come back to do the fight over and then die again.  Yeah this is really that annoying.  This fight happens in three stages.  You'll start on the main platform just staying still and fighting Imonar.  Keep away from the tank due to a stacking damage ability which spreads called Electrify.  If someone near you is hit with Sleep Canister, move at least 10 yards away from them.  Once they are at least 10 yards away from all players, you can safely dispel them.  Avoid the Pulse Grenades on the ground.  Once this phase is up, you hit intermission phase, which is the real bitch of this fight.  Imonar drops a bunch of different traps on the ground as he crosses the bridge, and you can bet your purty ass that your raid group will probably trip EVERY SINGLE ONE.  What I like to do is go last across the bridge, pre-HoT as many people as I can, and Tranq as I go across to heal all the stupids back to full.  On Heroic, the edges of the bridge are affected by Seared Skin, so keep away from those.  While on the second platform, you will be targeted by Charged Blast.  Move away from other players so they don't take damage from it.  Avoid mines on the ground.  Do NOT try to peel away to the first platform early, because you will take damage from Infernal Rockets if you stray off the second platform.  At 33%, you hit the bridge phase again, and end up back on the first platform.  He has pretty much the same abilities as the first phase, except now they are empowered.  That means be even more careful, and it will get increasingly hard to heal the tanks as they take stacking damage that doesn't drop.

I definitely recommend Inner Peace for this, because you will want that oh shit button up as much as possible.  Also I would take Cenarion Ward, Displacer Beast (cheese those traps!), Cultivation, and Flourish.  It's a safe bet to either place your Efflorescence under the melee or the ranged group.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Light's Breach Guide for Resto Druids

We're back for some more Restoration Druid Boss Guides! IF you've read my toher guides, you know the drill.  I don't go totally in-depth. I speak only from a restorartion druid's perspective, therefore DPS-only mechanics or anything that doesn't pertain to what I'm doing is not mentioned.  If you want a more in-depth guide, there are plenty out there. This is only from personal experience.  It also does not apply to Mythic difficulty.

1. Garothi Worldbreaker

This is a nice easy first boss/loot pinata.  There's not much to worry about with him.  The boss will apply a Decimation debuff to players. Your raid leader will likely designate a spot for you to go to drop this debuff, as it must be away from other players.  Tanks get their own debuff called Fel Bombardment  that they have to be alone to drop, so make sure you aren't dropping the Decimation debuff where the tanks are dropping theirs.  There will probably markers to at least tell you where not to go. The boss will drop Annihilation circles that are bright green.  They must be soaked to prevent them from exploding.  In Heroic, you'll want at least 2 players to soak each circle, though on normal, one person is just fine.  Druids are good with the debuffs in this fight because of our great movement abilities like Dash and Displacer Beast, so make sure you are taking the Displacer Beast talent.  Garothi will also do Eradication, which will insta-kill almost everyone.  You have to get as far away from the boss as you can, all the way to the back of the room.  On Heroic, green lines of Surging Fel will appear on the ground.  Avoid those.  The fight area is small so I recommend taking Guardian Affinity. Also I recommend taking Flourish, Cultivation, and Cenarion Ward.  If you are having difficulty with the higher damage phases, like keeping everyone alive after Eradication, you could take Inner Peace, but if you aren't having that trouble you could take Spring Blossoms and put your Efflorescence under the melee group.  I recommend setting up a healer rotation to deal with the Eradications.

2. Felhounds of Sargeras

Puppies! Anyways, this fight is pretty easy too.  It's basically a stack and spread fight with mechanics we've seen before in one form or another.  In this fight, you're fighting two doggos. They share a health pool.  Your raid leader may say everyone on one dog, or ranged on one and melee on another. Always do what your raid leader says in that regard.  Each one has its own abilities. F'harg, the fire doggo, will cast Desolate Gaze on random players at 33 Energy.  Move away from your group members because it will cause a line of fire going from the boss to you, and everyone caught in it takes damage.  It's easy to sidestep.  At 100 Energy, he will cast Enflame Corruption.  Spread apart at least 8 yards to avoid sharing damage.  On Heroic, at 66 Energy, he will cast Molten Touch on a random player.  They will need to be spot healed and you need to avoid the fire swirlies on the ground.  Shatug is the void doggo.  At 33 energy, he casts Consuming Sphere, which shoots out a slow-moving swirl of purple energy that will suck you closer to it and do damage to you.  It's easy to avoid by popping one of out many movement abilities, like Displacer Beast or Dash.  At 100 Energy, he will apply Siphoned Corruption to players.  Stack with people who have this.  On Heroic, at 66 Energy, he casts Weight of Darkness.  Stack with at least 2 other people for this.  If you get it, it will immobilize you after a few seconds so pop Displacer Beast fast so you can get to other players quickly.  Both tanks will be taking stacking debuffs as the fight goes on, making it increasingly hard to heal them effectviely.  Make sure you and the tanks have mitigation cooldowns for when the damage gets very intensive. I recommend placing Efflorescence under wherever the raid leader wants the group to be, wherever that is.  I've seen different ways of doing it.  Talent -wise I recommend picking up Displacer Beast (ultimate cheese), Cenarion Ward, Flourish, and Cultivation.  I personally like taking Inner Peace to have an oh shit button ready to go, and some prefer to run Germination.  On Heroic difficulty, Molten Touch and Weight of Darkness will ALWAYS overlap the second time, so make sure one of the healers has a cooldown ready as soon as it goes off.  My group learned that the hard way when everyone was stacked with the purple circles and then the fire ones killed us all.

3. Antoran High Command

This boss is significantly trickier than the previous ones, because it's basically three bosses in one. It's kind of like Sisters of the Moon from Tomb of Sargeras.  The nice thing is that, as a healer, there's very few mechanics you need to watch out for.  One boss will cast Fusillade.  Make sure you're under the shield when it happens (the sky will go dark before it happens so take that as a queue), and if no one has popped it, you might have to.  Avoid the green mines on the ground, which are dropped when the boss casts Entropic Mine.  Place your Efflorescence under the melee, because the ranged will probably be spread out a bit.  Make sure to spot heal whoever is in the pod. It usually just takes a couple HoTs to keep them up.  It is highly unlikely that you will be called upon to pilot a pod.  Dispel Chaos Pulse, especially toward the end of the fight when the damage ramps up.  One boss has an ability called Summon Reinforcements, which brings in adds.  Felblade Shocktroopers will charge you and Bladestorm.  Make sure you're getting out of that ASAP.  Use Dash or Displacer Beast if you have to.  It will kill you after a few seconds of you not moving your butt.  This may also overlap with the Fusillades where people are stacked under the shield.  If that happens, you'll need to heal people quickly so they can get out of the Bladestorm.  Heroic mode makes life more difficult for the pod pilots.  After you exit one pod, you cannot enter another, so more will need to be designated. It's possible you could be one of them, especially at the beginning of the fight where damage isn't as bad.  Talents I recommend are, of course, Displacer Beast, Cenarion Ward (perhaps best used on the pod person), Cultivation, and Flourish.  I like to run Inner Peace, but if you are finding that not a lot of damage is going out you may want to switch to Germination just to stack more Rejuvs.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Online Goals of 2018

I, like most people, tend to fail badly at any resolutions I make at the start of the year. It's not that I'm not committed, it's more like the resolution was half-baked in the first place. I never take the time to write anything down so I have something physical to look at as a representation of my goals.  I think if I had something like that, it would make it easier to keep those goals in mind.  That being said, here are my goals for my blog/online stuff for 2018!

1. Stream at least 3 times a week

The failure of a lot of streamers is that they don't have a schedule.  I thrive on a schedule. I like knowing I'm going to do this thing, at this time, on this day. I'm making it a goal to stream 3 times a week, and plan it out beforehand so I can update my schedule on Twitch.  My work schedule changes daily so I can only plan a week at a time, and I update my schedule accordingly. 3 is the bare minimum, but I'd like to stream 5 days a week if we're talking a perfect world here.

2. Post on Instagram and Twitter once a day, every day

I think to be a successful streamer and content creator, you have to have a strong social media presence.  It creates a window into your life and makes it easier for viewers to connect with you.  It makes you more relatable.  And we all know smart use of hashtags can expand your audience.

3. Post 3 videos a week on each channel

I have a gaming channel and a pet channel (which I'm still setting up).  I think 3 videos a week per channel is a good rate of growth and content output.  It's a little easier to create content for gaming channels because you can clip from streams and record Let's Play footage that requires not much editing.  A pet channel is more difficult. However, given my flexible work schedule I think it will be a very accomplishable task.

4. Post 2 blog posts a week

I'm been somewhat consistent with 2 blog posts a week for a little while, barring some droughts here and there.  I have a bunch of ideas drafted so mostly it's a matter of getting the thought onto the page.  The nice thing about gaming is that the scene is always changing so there's no shortage of new stuff to write about.

5. Work up to at least 30 concurrent viewers

I haven't set myself any follower goals or anything, because I believe that if you provide the content consistently and are good at networking and advertising yourself, the followers come with time and perseverance.  I would like to have at least 30 concurrent viewers in my channel, because who doesn't want that many people to talk to?

6. Open a P.O. box

This one may not be feasible this year or even next year, but it's still something to aim toward.  I'd like to open a P.O. box for people to send me letters and stuff, but that ties into the follower amount.  Why pay for an expensive P.O. box that no one's sending anything to? It provides more motivation to work hard.

7. Open a merch store

Sort of like the previous goal, may not be feasible this year, for the same reason. Still a goal.

8. Commission official channel art

All of my art is stuff I slapped together myself.  It would be nice to commission official art for my Twitch, YouTube, and socials to make it all more cohesive and "me".

9. Become Discord partner and set up my own Discord

If there's enough interest in this I'd love to make a Discord where my community and I can talk together and build camaraderie.  Of course, like the last few, again depends on if I have the sheer numbers of followers to make this a worthwhile venture.  If I work hard and dedicate myself, I'm confident that I can make this happen.

10. Join Twitch Kittens stream team

I love the Twitch Kittens community.  I know I don't qualify for the team right now, but I'd like to in the future, and I'm proud to be a Twitch Kitten.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Anime I'm Most Looking Forward to in 2018

I made my Games I'm looking Forward to in 2018 post a few days ago, so now I'm going to be looking at exciting new anime coming out in 2018!

1. FLCL 2

I watched FLCL on Cartoon Network waaaay back in the day.  I'm excited for this sequel series but being that it's been so long, I'm worried it may not be as good as the original. But I shall be optimistic about it and I can't wait to see it!

2. Sword Art Online: Alicization

It's been a while since that last season of SAO ended, so I'm ready for some fresh material.  This is a continuation of the previous season of SAO, however....

3. Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online

I have not one SAO to look forward to this year, but TWO!  This is a retelling of the previous season.  I avoid spoilers so I have no idea what this one will be!  I'm hoping it may be more Sinon-focused since I really liked her, or maybe it will center on Asuna?  Either way, I shall surely be watching!

4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season IV

I've been closely watching all the new Sailor Moon releases, and I've been particularly looking forward to this one since this was one of my favorite seasons of the original.  I'm interested in the differences between this and the original anime, since thus far Crystal has been truer to the manga than the original anime was.  On a similar note, I'm looking forward to the new dubs of the final 2 seasons of the original anime.

5. Ghost in the Shell Shinsaku

There is very little information about the upcoming Ghost in the Shell anime, except that it's 99% certain that it's actually going to happen.  I've been a long time of the franchise so I'm definitely looking forward to what end up coming out.

6. Yu Yu Hakusho Special

It was recently announced that in honor or Yu Yu Hakusho's anniversary, a new special anime would be released!  I may on be the length of a single episode, or maybe a movie.  There are very few details yet.  I've been watching YYH since I was really little so naturally I can't wait to see what this one will be!

7. Grisaia: Phantom Trigger

This is one of the few anime on my list that isn't a sequel or continuation.  I'm generally a fan of the "girls with guns" genre, so it looks promising to me so far.  We'll see when it actually comes out.

8. Evangelion 3.0+1.0

Weird title aside, I'm interested in this one too. I've seen the previous three Evangelion films and I'm interested in how the story ends.  I really just want everything to end happily ever after! But this is Evangelion, so that is unlikely to happen.

9. Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card

Another one from my childhood!  I just hope that when they dub it, it won't be as terrible as the dub of the first series. Like seriously, I try to go back and watch it and it's a fucking nightmare.  I've heard they're redubbing the original series, like how they did with Sailor Moon. Dubs nowadays are way better than they used to be.  It's been years since I watched CCS so I'll definitely need to brush up before watching this one.

10. Comic Girls

Another one that is not a sequel.  It's basically about a group of girls who draw manga who live in a dormitory... for some reason?  I think it looks cute so I'll be giving it a look.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Games I'm Most Looking Forward to in 2018

2018 looks to be already shaping up to be a great year for video games.  There's so many games I am looking forward to (meanwhile my wallet is crying).  I honestly shouldn't even be thinking about new games since I just picked up a metric shit ton in the Steam winter sale.  I have a serious problem.  My mental excuse for buying them is that I can play them on stream and post Let's Plays on my YouTube channel.

1. World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth

While we don't have an ETA for this expansion, it's assumed it will come out SOMETIME in 2018.  I seriously hope it does.  I'm looking forward to some Nightborne action.  I've always been disappointed that Night Elves were an Alliance race, because I am Horde For Life.  This will be a nice second to playing an actual Night Elf.

2. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet

The gameplay on this game looks really fun (I'm glad it's not first-person).  The graphics look amazing and I'm excited it looks like there are some female playable characters (I don't like playing dudes for some reason).

3. Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match

I love Girls und Panzer.  I'm really excited about this game.

4. Kingdom Hearts III

I am an OG Kingdom Hearts fangirl!  We have been waiting for this game for literally years.  KH is a really special game.  Playing it after leaving it alone for even years at a time feels a lot like coming home.  For a lot of us it was the first "real" video game we played.  The feels are real!

5. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Full disclosure here, I have never played any previous games in this series.  What makes this one special, you ask?  Well it has Ruby and Weiss from RWBY!  That alone makes it comelling to me since I've been a big RWBY fan for a while.  If I like this one, I might go back and pick up a couple older ones to play.  Who knows.

6. Soulcalibur VI

I've been playing these games for a while too. I remember playing it in the arcade in the mall when I was just a youngin.  I sort of fell off the bandwagon and haven't played the last couple games, but I'd like to get back into it.

7. Them's Fightin' Herds

This was originally conceived as a My Little Pony fighting game.  Strange right?  However, it's seemed to work since it's evolved into something much cooler.  I donated to the crowdfunding campaign so I can't wait to see what the devs of this game come up with.

8. Tomb Raider 2018

No title or trailer has officially been released yet, but there is a new Tomb Raider expected to be released in 2018.  If they're smart, they'll market it with the movie.  I love Tomb Raider but I havem't played one in a very long time even though I have a bunch of them in my Steam library.  I need to get those played before I pick up this one.

9. Detroit: Become Human

This is the type of game I would typically play. I'm not generally a huge fan of darker, gritty games.  Hoever this one looks somewhat interesting to me and I'm going to at least try it.

10. Fe

Also not a game I'd usually play, but it has an interesting premise and it looks absolutely GORGEOUS.  Also, anyone else thing that the villains are a metaphor for humans destroying the forest? Juuuust a thought.

What games are you looking forward to in 2018?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Changes, Updates, Announcements!

I've been a busy beaver writing and making (admittedly choppy) graphics for my new ventures!  I have several announcements so I'll go one by one.

1) Blog

I've been making small tweaks to the blog layout.  Just small stuff like adding links and tags and trying to streamline it a bit.  I've been adding stuff to my pages and trying to keep all the stuff updated. I made a page which lists all my addons and all relevant posts, so check that out if you want to see anything like my UI or addon strings.

2) Guides

I have updated all my Restoration Druid Guides to be compliant with 7.3.2!  The Guides page is updated so going there will take you to all relevant druid guides.  Also, Restoration Druid Guides for Antorus, the Burning Throne are also forthcoming and will be up soon.

3) Twitch and YouTube

I have officially made the graphics for my Twitch and YouTube channels!  There are no videos up right now but I will be posting Let's Plays and other gaming content shortly.  I'm really excited to go forth with this next step and I've been planning it for a long time!  I'm the kind of person who researches something to death before I do it, and I find that my problem is I commit to doing something, research it so I can make it perfect, then it's never perfect enough and I never actually DO it.  I have been researching a lot into creating successful YouTube and Twitch channels, and I don't think there's anything else I can without actually MAKING the content. So, streams and videos will be forthcoming!  All that's left is to actually stream, I have everything else set up.  My goal is not to make money or become famous.  I just want to share my passion for gaming and become part of a community.  I admit I'm terrified to start streaming and making videos because of my crippling social anxiety and general tendency to be afraid of new things, but this is something I really want to do.  I will also be Restreaming to both YouTube, Mixer, and Smashcast from Twitch, so if you prefer those platforms, that will be available!

4) Donations!

Right after I said I'm not interested in making money, I'm telling you how to give me money!  I do not EXPECT or require anyone to give me money.  No major content will ever be gated behind a paywall.  If someone likes a guide or video I make and want to throw me a dollar, I've made that available. I have a donation link, Patreon link, and GameWisp link in the sidebar to the right.  I know people tend to look down upon creators who try to monetize their content, but I think if someone appreciates something I make and they want to help me out a bit, then that should be an option.  I will also at some point make a special page on my blog thanking my Patreons, GameWisp supporters, and top donators.

If anyone has a suggestion regarding this blog, YouTube, Twitch, streaming in general, or my Patreon/Gamewisp, please let me know!

Happy Non-Denominational Winter Holiday and I hope everyone has a great new year! ^_^

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Surrender to My Will

We've had plenty of time now to play around with Moira.  Some people love her, some people hate her.  Personally I love her.

Moira is versatile and powerful.  She can function as a healer or as a DPS.  I think she does best as a secondary healer to a more powerful main healer, like Mercy.  She seems to function best as the team's floater, filling in where needed.  Neither aspect of her is a powerful as, say, a character dedicated to that particular role, but she is no slouch.  I like being able to pick whether I want to send out a damaging ball or a healing ball.  That her healing is directly tied to how much she is able DPS tether someone is an interesting mechanic, though it does get annoying if you're the kind of person who prefers to stay farther back.  It can be hard to do enough damage to recharge your heal beam.

Can I just say though that I like the noises her balls make?  The DPS ball makes a sort of goopy noise, and the heal ball makes a sort of bing noise.  If you've played her, you know what I mean.  I like to send off a bunch of balls in the base area before the doors open at the beginning of the match, and I just giggle to myself.

Moira also has an interesting look.  She is not the overtly sexualized female character you see in video games.  She has a much more androgynous look, not unlike David Bowie.  She has a very strong face and short hair, paired with a smaller chest.  I like the diversity of this game's female characters.  You have your Widowmaker, who is literally all ass with her tits practically showing.  And that's okay.  There's nothing wrong with that.  You also have your Mei, who is heavier-set but no less compelling.  And you have Moira, who is more masculine looking.  The diversity is great.  There is no standard big ass big chest look that all the women conform to.  They seem more like real women.  (Not that a woman who does have a big ass and chest is somehow worse, it's just that not all women look like that.)

I have found a playstyle that usually works as Moira.  I generally like to hang back behind my team.  I send out damaging balls first to whittle down the enemy some.  As my team charges in, I make sure I have a meat shield and start spamming my damagers, offhealing as needed.  If you are the main healer, you will need to concentrate more on heal balls and keeping the team topped up.  Only damage as much as you need to recharge your healing.  Also stay back more, because the enemy team will target you if you are the main healer.  Only get close to the enemy team if you have the rest of your team to shield you.  As far as Moira's ult, it doesn't really do that much damage unless you are under the effects of Orisa's Supercharger or Mercy's damage output buff, or if the enemy is Discorded by a Zenyatta.  If none of those are true, then it's best to just use it to heal your team.  It's wasted otherwise.  Moira seems to be better at defense than attack.  I wouldn't play her on an attack map.  I at least seem to do better when I can park her in a general area that is somewhat protected and throw balls out, emerging when needed to heal.
It can be very difficult to angle Moira's balls the right way.  You have to angle them just right or they will bounce right in the opposite direction of where you want them to go.  I suggest going into a training match and getting a feel for how the balls angle themselves.  In the beginning it's really difficult to get them to go where you want them to.  It almost feels like you wasted a ball because it turned in a bad direction.  If you want to throw out a healy ball, I would try pointing it somewhere it will bounce in a small space, like between two walls, so it won't bounce away from the people who actually need it.  It takes practice.

Can we talk about Moira's outfits for a second?  She has such cool outfits.  I really like her whole aesthetic.  You can really tell from what she says and how she carries herself that yes, she is better than everyone else, and no, she is not afraid to show it.  She has SUCH an acidic personality, and I love it.

All of this is stuff I learned from playing Moira coupled with my own playstyle in general.  Some people may have other ways of playing her that work for them, and I'm sure the way I do it is definitely not the best way.  Watch YouTube videos and streams of people playing her.  Take her for a spin in quick play.  Find the way that suits you best.  Or she may not be the character for you.  That's okay too. I love playing Widowmaker even though my aim is shit.  Just play what you think is fun.