Shula Resto Druid

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Shula Resto Druid

Postby Shula » Thu May 31, 2018 10:59 pm

1. Character name, Server

Shula, Area 52

2. Class, Race, and Spec (and Artifact Level)

Druid, troll, resto main (81) and okay balance off spec (77) DPS is not something I've been asked to do very often in mythic, and I'm not totally comfortable with it, but I know it's something I could do in a pinch with more practice/research.

3. Link to an Armory profile, and an explanation of anything that may not be readily apparent from your Armory profile (alternate sets of gear, currently PvP-specced, etc.) ... a-52/shula I have quite a few different gear sets for m+, so what you see may not be what I raid with

4. What are your usual playing hours? Are there days/times when you are consistently unavailable? Inform us of your daily work/school schedule, what time do you get home from work/school, and what time must you be in bed for the next day. Are you able to make our raid times in general? Is this availability going to change within the next few months, or with a change in Semester (if applicable)?

I work retail so my schedule is not consistent week to week. When I'm online varies quite a bit with whatever hours I'm working, but I tend to be on in the evenings. I try to be in bed by 1am PST. Currently my work unavailability is Tue-Thurs after 3:30 PST, so if we moved forward with a trial my attendance on sundays would be tentative until we're all sure I'm a good fit for your team, at which time I can change my work availability.

5. Discuss your prior endgame raiding experience. Specify your experience with Heroic/Mythic in previous content as well as your experience in the current tier.

I picked up WOW for the first time in WOD, and I played mostly solo just doing dailies and random bgs for the most part. Early legion was the same, although I'd say the random bgs taught me something about raid awareness and adapting on the fly, so the first time I stepped into a heroic raid wasn't as overwhelming as it could have been.

Nighthold – My first ever heroic raid, I started out slow and quickly progressed to being one of the better players as I figured out the basics of healing in a raid environment. Cleared it with a very small casual guild on Feathermoon called Warsong Aces
ToS – I stayed with the Aces for this one, swapped to resto shaman briefly towards the end when it was just me and another druid as their only healers. I started wanting more at this point and researched all the mythic encounters at length. At a heroic level it felt like everyone could just kind of do their own thing and the boss would die as long as most of the group did the basic mechanics. It really drew me in how in mythic, everyone has to be awake and working together as a team to accomplish something challenging.
ABT- My first mythic raid! I fell into it by chance more or less, I mentioned I wanted to try mythic to a friend of a friend in a keystone and he recruited me to team 02 in Toast during their Imonar progression. Toast is a huge guild with 10+ raid teams, and I actually ended up switching to team 03 halfway through and cleared the tier with them. I moved because my first team was not a great environment, everyone pointing fingers at everyone else instead of working through problems we were having and finding solutions.

6. Why do you want to leave your current guild? Why do you want to join us? Specifically, what interests you in our band of merry idiots?

There are two reasons: Toast has over a thousand members, four guilds, and 14 raid teams, and I'd like a smaller, more stable, and tighter knit community, and I would also like to raid at a higher level than Toast can offer me. By Argus I was taking a much more involved role on the team, working out raid cds with one of our other healers and explaining the specifics of the damage patterns to my raid leader. It took 500+ pulls to kill Argus and by the end of that experience I decided I wanted to move on to another guild with a slightly more serious attitude and more experienced leadership. I gave two weeks notice and stayed with them for their first reclear to get cutting edge for the people who sat on the first kill, and then I left.

I'm looking for a home where I can stay long term and really grow into my full potential, and I'm hoping Spike Flail might be that place. It seems as though you have the kind of structure I'm looking for as well as a really positive and respectful atmosphere without sacrificing progression, which is really important to me. One thing I really value is direct and constructive criticism, because I believe most problems can be solved by just explaining what's going wrong and taking action to fix it. I strongly prefer being called out directly for my mistakes, because then I have the opportunity to learn and fix the problem. I get the feeling from your guild description that Spike Flail is that kind of place.

7. Give us some info on your class knowledge and self performance analysis in this section:


7a. What is your general action priority? Opener and neutral game, and any special CDs?

Keep efflorescence down on a 3+ group of players likely to take damage
Wild growth on cd as long as it will be effective healing, and always after damage hits to take advantage of nature's essence and potential dreamwalker procs
Rejuv on any target likely to take damage, and rejuv blankets about 15 seconds before big damage, comboed with artifact/flourish/velens or tranq as the damage hits or right before
Double rejuv on tanks and anyone taking extra damage, especially dot targets
Innervate at about 85% mana and on cd after that, lined up with rejuv blankets as much as possible
Cenarion Ward on whoever is going to get the most healing out of it, often a tank but not always (chains/high rage or fear stacks/soulblight on Argus, pod people on AHC, debuffs on coven)
Lifebloom for an extra hot stack or if I'm wearing the lifebloom belt for tank healing, it's not a high priority though because the opportunity cost is high for the healing it does and there's usually something better to cast
Maintain moonfire/sunfire, fill with solar wrath in low damage moments
I'll take Incarnation if I think the situation warrants the burst cd, I always pair this with artifact/flourish and velens if I'm wearing it

7b. What resources and practices do you use to keep up with your class and maximizing your DPS/HPS/Surivability?

Wowanalyzer for a big picture look at how I'm doing, looking through logs to see what builds and talents other resto druids are using, keeping up with the pins on the druid discord, and simply reading through the spellbook and artifact traits and making sure I understand every passive, thinking about how gear and tier bonuses will interact with those things, just doing my best to absorb as much information as I can inside wow and outside and thinking critically about how I could best use what I'm given. Just asking another knowledgeable resto druid to go through a log with me is another great way to learn.

7c. How do you prioritize gear upgrades? What stats do you prioritize, how do you choose between ilvl upgrades that don't have your preferred stats, etc.? Are there any legos you don't have that you're shooting for?

Resto druids were lucky in legion in that every stat is good for us, and each stat gets better when you have more of the other stats. so you can get really close to optimal by just equipping tier + highest ilvl. Personally I use RDSW as a rough outline, which is a weakaura for resto druids that analyzes your stat weights in real time based on the spells you cast. In raids I have a balance of all four stats, but I'll slightly favor mastery if I'm running cultivation, and haste if I'm playing incarnation.
I have every resto and balance legendary at this point, in raids I wear some combination of velens, shoulders, or tearstone.

7d. What fights in the current tier do you swap Talents and Legendaries to something different than the norm? What do you swap and why? Feel free to list on a boss per boss basis.

Since I was progressing on aggramar and then argus for over a month, I haven't seen a lot of these bosses very much recently. I'll go over what my approach would be as if it was progression and knowing what I know now

Garothi – cenarion ward/cultivation/germination/flourish, shoulders/velens
Shoulders and velens allows me to set up big bursts of healing for the later decimations, I can double rejuv soakers

Dogs – cenarion ward/cultivation/germination/flourish, shoulders/velens
Another fight where I'd favor cultivation over incarnation, I would only get one use and there isn't a 30 second window where I'd need the extra healing. This is a fight with a lot of sustained damage. Again, shoulders/velens lets me set up for siphons, and I can double rejuv enflamed people

High Command – cenarion ward/tree or cult/germination/flourish. Shoulders/velens
This is such an awkward fight to heal as a druid if you don't know when mines are going to be triggered, since that's the biggest source of damage over time. If I could reliably line up tree with popping mines, that would be the way to go, but cultivation is strong too for healing people in pods. This one would really depend on what my co-healers were doing and what was needed.

Eonar – sephuz/moonfire shoulders, dps trinkets, low mastery build
It honestly doesn't matter, so might as well do some dps while throwing out hots

Portal Keeper – cenarion ward/cultivation/germination/flourish, shoulders/velens/tearstone
tree or cultivation could both work here, the biggest damage moments are empowered portals and at the end when all three are active. I could tree for the first portal and have it again at the end during the highest damage part of the fight, or I could get good uptime on cultivation throughout, since the collapsing world is likely to chunk people low enough for it to proc. Velens/shoulders is strong here but tearstone could also work, since there's constant periodic damage and it would free up a trinket slot for highfathers

Imonar – cenarion ward/tree or cult/germination/flourish, shoulders/velens
Again tree and cultivation are both strong here for different reasons, but I'd definitely run shoulders/velens for this, since velens is up for every bridge and that's the most relevant part of the fight from a healing point of view. Cultivation is really strong for healing pulse grenades and the tanks, tree gives me a raid cd for every bridge crossing

Kin'garoth – cenarion ward/tree or cult/germination/flourish, shoulders/velens/tearstone
I'd probably play tree here, and I'd use it to heal up bomb damage, alternating with tranq. Germination is really effective since I can double rejuv everyone on my side during the bot phase. Tearstone has potential here since there's a lot of ticking damage coming in throughout the fight, but I'd probably play velens since the burst can be unpredictable and I'd rather have the extra cd

Varimathras – cenarion ward/tree/spring blossoms/flourish, helm/tearstone, emitter if I'm worried about people dying, carafe for maximum hps
This is the only fight in the instance I'd wear the helm, because the damage is constant and there's never a “bad” time for it to proc. I'd tree almost immediately, keep efflorescence down, wild growth on cd and fill with rejuvs, and cycle through cds

Coven – abundance or cenarion ward/tree/germination/flourish, shoulders/velens
Tree is a 3 minute cd and it lines up perfectly with the healing adds, which is the most healing intensive part of the fight, abundance can be good here for healing debuffs

Aggramar – cenarion ward/tree/germination/flourish, shoulders/velens/tearstone
Tree lines up with the double add pop during the intermissions, germination is strong for healing ravenous blaze and anyone unfortunate enough to get hit by a wake of flame, velens/shoulders/artifact is strong for burst during tree, if we were taking fewer healers I might consider cultivation over tree, as there is constant dot damage, but with five healers people rarely drop low enough for it to be competitive with tree, on my kill I played shoulders/velens but tearstone could be fun, especially with cultivation

Argus – cenarion ward/tree or cult/germination/flourish, shoulders/velens/tearstone
This one really depends on the healing comp and what my co-healers are doing, and I switched back and forth between two builds during progress, depending. I prefer to play shoulders/tearstone and cultivation, it works really well for the last phase, which is the only phase that was difficult in terms of healing. The tortured rage casts almost guarantee cultivation stacks, and not wearing velens means I can wear another strong healing trinket. Cultivation is also stronger than tree for healing the fears/rages and the chains targets, which is something I focused on a lot, since we staggered the breaks on the second and fourth sets, and chains dying early was a problem we had a lot. On the other hand, if I was worried about our healing throughput during the shattered bonds (when we didn't have a strong paladin or our resto shaman was out for the week) I would run tree + velens so I could fill in with my cds on the first and the fourth.

7e. How do you analyze your performance on a new fight and figure out how/what you can improve on next week? Don't just say you use logs and compare to others of your class - what specifically are you looking for when you have a good/bad parse?

The first thing I do is look at wowanalyzer for an overview how effective my gear and talents were, and how well I managed my mana and cooldowns. I spend the most time looking at the timeline of what abilities I used when to see if I missed uses of cds. Then I'll look over the log and pin the biggest sources of damage on the raid and compare that with when I did the most healing and when my co-healers did the most healing, to see if I'm using my cds well or if I could plan out a better strategy. I'll also look at healing done to the tanks and on targets with relevant debuffs as well as how much I'm overhealing to make sure I'm healing the right targets. I'll look at my wild growth uptime and how lucky I got with dreamwalker procs. Then I'll compare to other druids and see what they're doing differently. I'll also look at what I took damage from and think about any mechanics I might be struggling with, and if there's anything I could do to make it easier for me, like making a simple WA or adding a countdown or whatnot.
8. Please include your character log report showcasing your performance on the relevant bosses of the tier. If your logs are private, please change your Warcraftlogs login and list the username/password here so we can access your logs. If you aren't comfortable listing it publicly, please PM it to Palin privately on these forums. Please remember to change your WCL login again a few days later after we've reviewed your application.

9. Of the above logs, please do a quick analysis of what fights you did well on, what went wrong on certain fights, etc. Use this chance to explain any context behind good/bad logs.

I'm most proud of my Aggramar parse, I was struggling to do meaningful healing on it at first, and it was the first time I really put in the time to look at how other druids were healing it, and make a plan for how I was going to use each cd and exactly how many I could meaningfully fit in. I made some talent changes and went in with new knowledge and my hps skyrocketed. It helps that it's a very predictable fight :D

Portal keeper had a steep learning curve for me with managing my mana well, since there is constant damage, but it slowly ramps up, so what would happen is I'd burn too much mana early and be oom for the most important part of the fight. It was hard to know which collapsing worlds I should rejuv spam for and which ones I shouldn't, and early on I wasted way too much mana on rejuvs that mostly over healed. On my only reclear after Argus I actually handled this much better and focused on being cautious with mana until the second half of the fight and throwing out rejuvs for the collapsing worlds during empowered portals and chilling out for the other ones, but unfortunately something happened with the person logging and it didn't get recorded :(

High command was another one that was hard for me, because it was so difficult to predict when there would be mines going off. Something just never quite clicked for me on that fight, or maybe it was that it's an early boss with mostly burst damage and it was already farm when I first saw it. Druids don't perform as well on farm content when no one is dropping low enough for hots to do meaningful healing. This is another one where I could have benefited from saving more mana for the third pod and going ham there.

My parse is grey for my first Argus kill because I died early in phase 1 to my soulblight patch. It was a situation where I was being escorted and on my screen it looked like I was safe but I didn't consider the latency and hesitated just a hair too long. Nothing felt worse than working for so long on a boss and performing well mechanically for so many pulls, only to end up with a number that doesn't reflect that effort. Obviously dying to mechanics is not great but my healing post res was quite decent. I did much better on our second kill but it's still something I'd like to improve.

Kin'garoth and coven I just haven't gotten to do very much, since they're later in the raid and that's the point when I switched teams, trialed on a few bosses, and almost immediately was locking out on aggramar and then argus.

10. Can your PC handle WoW at high effects (Lust, Scorp Room, etc.)?

Yes, although my frame rate suffers from the scorp cheese. Specs are a g4560 pentium processor, 1050ti, 8g of ddr4 2400 ram. It's nothing fancy but it works fine for wow.

11. Please include a SS of your raiding UI. IF A KEYBINDING IS NOT SHOWN NO YOUR FRAME, PLEASE EXPLAIN AND list any relevant keybinds not shown in the screenshot. Make sure we can see everything that pops up in a raid, meaning take the SS in combat in LFR or something of the like so we can see your boss mods, timer positioning, WeakAuras, raid frames, etc.

Not visible is clique, left click is rejuv, right click is lifebloom.

12. Tell us a bit about yourself. Age, gender, work/school, hobbies, etc. Add anything else you feel is pertinent.

My real name is Mel, I'm 24, female, and I work as a barista. Despite working in customer service I'm pretty shy until I get to know people. I didn't play any mmos growing up but I loved rpgs like final fantasy and kingdom hearts. Gaming was always something I wanted to do and discovering WOW has really been an adventure for me. Outside of games I love baking and making a great pour-over :D

13. Out-of-game contact information - e-mail (PM it to Palin if you prefer private), Discord tag, ID, etc. Some way we can contact you besides these forums.

Palin's got my discord and my btag.
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Re: Shula Resto Druid

Postby Feral » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:58 am

Hi, as the resident resto druid I would like to ask you a few questions.
1. Why do you pick the rng of tearstone over the consistency of prydaz? (When not paired with helm)
2. How do you balance using wrath on progression to manage mana while not letting anyone die? Argus was a good example of a fight where healer dps was important, on first kills with 4 healers the rdruid typically contributed a significant amount of dps.
3. Are you comfortable cat/bearweaving in mythic+ pushing?
4. During farm before bfa, where do you think you can improve most as a healer and rdruid?
5. Do you use questionably epic as a source of information?
6. Favorite country to source coffee from?

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Re: Shula Resto Druid

Postby Shula » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:34 am

1. Prydaz is only useful if I'm worried about surviving, bear + guardian affinity is usually enough for that not to be a concern. Depending on the boss I run like 5-9% leech, too, which does a lot of healing for me. I might consider prydaz on a progression fight I wasn't comfortable with. Tearstone procs quite a lot and on a fight like argus, aggramar, vari, or portal keeper, I'm going to be casting wg nearly on cd and the extra rejuvs are very likely to do effective healing.
2. I always find moments to cast wrath, with 2-4 other healers there ends up being plenty of downtime when other healers are using their stuff and I can chill for a bit and dps. For example early on in argus progression I knew my disc priest had the first two tortured rages locked down so I would just wrath spam for all of it. There's also times where I just make a judgment that wrath is better than casting another rejuv--like if I'm not blanketing in preparation for raid damage and there are no more targets that would benefit from a rejuv. To be honest, by the time we got to argus, dps was high enough that healer dps wasn't as necessary to meet the check as it once was, and we had some instability in our healing roster so it made more sense for me to be focused on healing.
3. Yes and no, it depends how comfortable I am with the group and how capable the classes I'm playing with are at self healing. The tank I was playing with had to take a break from wow so I haven't pushed as much recently, but he played a brewmaster and it wasn't feasible to be in bear or cat form long enough for it to be worth, so I would typically wear moonfire shoulders + sephuz for trash and potentially shoulders + boots for some bosses so I could get at least some damage out and still pump healing into him. Catweaving is only something I got into towards the end of my m+ endeavors so I don't have that much practice with it, but I enjoy it a lot and with the right group I'd love to do it more.
4. This is a very good question. My approach to raiding really grew a lot as I progressed through the tier, so I'd really like to go back to earlier bosses and apply what I learned about researching fights, planning out cds, and choosing gear and talents because I think they're going to work the best for me and my raid, instead of because I read somewhere what build is best. I think I could be more deliberate with how I rejuv and really have a reason every time I apply it to someone. Sometimes if there's a lot going on I will just spam it--it would be better in the long run to break that habit and let my brain catch up to my fingers. Maybe this sounds corny but I think focusing on being "on" all the time would benefit me a lot too. My mechanical awareness isn't bad by any means but it could definitely be better, I have a tendency to occasionally slip up on things I fully understand because my focus lapses for a second.
5. Yes I do, early on I got all my information for what talents and gear to run from voulk's boss guides, but as I learned more and got more comfortable in a mythic environment I started branching out and doing my own thing. I still like his stuff though, he has solid guides on the basics and his dungeon guides are really thorough.
6. This is a tough one, but I'm a big fan of African roasts. I got this one single origin sun-dried Ethiopian coffee a few weeks ago that was the bomb. Dark roast but really complex fruity, tea-like flavor and light body :D
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Re: Shula Resto Druid

Postby Palin » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:43 am

HI Shula, thanks for your interest as we deliberate. Unfortunately at this time we've decided to pass on your application. Our healer core is in a good spot and we're not looking too hard to replace any one at this time, so would only be looking to Trial a healer in exceptional circumstances. While by all optics you're a very quick learner and strong healer, we just don't have a pressing need right now to consider someone in your shoes.

Things can always change quickly with a roster especially once BFA launches, so if a spot opens up down the line and we're interested we'll definitely reach out to you and see if you are still looking. If we don't speak again though, best of luck in your search for a new home and in BFA. Thanks again for your consideration with us, and take care.

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