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#1 Jul 09 2011 at 9:08 AM Rating: Decent
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PvE objectives - I am starting to farm dungeons for gear to get raid ready. I am a cleric and I want to focus on healing.


-What rep's do I need?
-Are there any attunements?
-What dailies should I focus on?

Are there any stat minimums that I want to hit, I've looked and I haven't found any really strong sites in terms of build/theorycraft.


I need direction!

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#2 Jul 09 2011 at 11:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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#3 Jul 09 2011 at 11:46 AM Rating: Decent
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Ace, thank you!
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#4 Jul 09 2011 at 2:31 PM Rating: Good
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As a healer you don't have he hard stat requirements that tanks and dps do. Shojindo's post gives a very comprehensive guide, but because it is very generalized you might end up over-preparing in some areas.

Depending on who you play with you can get into T1 expert instances sooner or later in terms of gear progression. If you're running them with friends or guildies who are willing to work together and know their stuff, then you can hit up T1s a little sooner than if you're doing a full pug.

As a Cleric healer one consideration you will want to take into mind is having two specs for healing T1s. Certain builds work better than others on specific bosses, and certain group setups work better with different builds. For example I healed T1s and T2s primarily as a 51 warden, but as a 51 warden I didn't have an aoe cleanse which made specific boss fights harder so I had a backup healing spec that did have an aoe cleanse form sentinel to deal with those situations. Also, while I very much enjoyed healing as 51 warden with friends and guildies, it was bad in pug groups that had terrible hate management because.

As for spec recommendations I would recommend a 32 purifier/32 sentinel (with the remaining spent as need), a primary sentinel with 30ish points spent into warden, and a 51 warden.

-Purifier/sentinel hybrid is pretty much the easiest to play spec and the best with bad pugs. Your primary heal is a talented restorative flame, you can take care of like aoe healing via surging flames, and you have the strong emergency tools to deal with bad hate management.

-Sentinel/warden is for people who like the purifier/sentinel style of play, but need some better aoe healing tools and need some instant cast hots to help them in boss fights that have a lot of movement.

-51 Warden/15 sentinel is my personal favorite for 5 mans. It is one of the most challenging builds to play correctly, but also has a lot of potential and can allow you to take on some bosses earlier than you would be able to with other builds. It has the strongest single target throughput, far superior 5 man aoe healing, and high mana efficiency. For all this gain you trade nearly all of your emergency tools. It can be terrible in bad pugs because you need 4 stacks of soothing stream on the tank before a fight begins, which can peel a pull off of him if he is bad. It has very limited options to deal with people who pull hate off the tank when they shouldn't.
#5 Jul 09 2011 at 4:30 PM Rating: Decent
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I did my first T1/Expert. A little rough on RotF but cleared it.

I've been playing Warden as my healing spec all the way up in dungeons and loving it.
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#6 Jul 09 2011 at 5:15 PM Rating: Decent
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Some warden tips in case you don't know them.

-The optimum single target healing rotation (assuming no procs) is deluge->healing current->deluge->healing spray->soothing stream and then repeat. This is assuming that you already have the hots up and are simply cycling through them. With safety you can use 1 gcd and not break the cycle, technically you can use 2 but with lag and the possibility of not getting exactly spell of instantly you could lose SS and be screwed.

-Focus on raw spellpower over anything else. For itemization purposes the game typically trades spellpower to spellcrit at a 1:2 ratio. If you're going to take an item that gives you spell crit at the expense of spellpower make sure you're trading at better than 1:2 ratio.

-A tided downpour is strong enough to heal both the group and the main tank. Often times you will get into a situation which forces you between using weaker aoe heals to keep the group up or single target healing to keep the tank up, and this powerful tool will cover both.

-If you use tides on the final stack of SS it will cause the entire set of stacks to be increased by the tided amount, making SS one of the best single target abilities to tide.

-Ripple can be used with soothing stream to put 4 stacks on everyone if you time it right. It can also be used with tides to put an amazing 4 stacks of tided soothing stream on everyone.

-Soothing stream should always be fully stacked at the start of a pull. With even a measly amount of wisdom you can keep up 4 stacks of SS while regening mana.

-Bad tanks will lose initial aggro to you because of SS. There isn't much you can do because without a full stat at the start you'll be severely behind on healing, which will result in tank death on any encounter that is difficult.

-Wardens have strong aoe healing, but most of it is over time and triggered. The best way to aoe heal is to do it preemptively. You want to cast healing flood before the group takes damage so that it will already be ticking while you're busy casting cataract to supllement it. ripple should be used in the same way, especially with soothing stream which takes 4 gcds to stack on everyone. Orbs of the tide can be setup on a nontank to trigger the when the group takes aoe damage (especially useful for the last boss of CC).

-If you have the time, keep orbs on all the non tanks all the time. 51 wardens have terrible offtank burst healing tools, so orbs can be a big help. I usually do two tides and two streams so that I have plenty of time off the cooldown to use on the tank if needed.

-When an ally pulls hate or is taking the kind of single target damage a tank should be getting you have two big tools to deal with it: tides+breath (or downpour if you feel it is needed) and touch the light+orbs. Nothing else is really going to cut it.

-Healing showers is pretty awful for 5 mans. if you have any of your other 5 man tools on cooldown, then it's an opportunity cost to use healing showers over them. It's best use is in conjunction with downpour to celebrate a boss kill. Rain everywhere!

-Glassy reflection used to be awesome and reflect boss special moves, so you could run up and slap Kale Andrenos (AP first boss) during his one shot death spell or reflect Majolic's crystalline move back onto to and make him look like a dumbarse. Now they've nerfedfixed it so that you have to hide like all the other peasants. It is still useful to blocking some bosses' detaunt spells like Glubmuk's detaunt.
#7 Jul 10 2011 at 11:20 AM Rating: Decent
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www.riftwatchers.com/2011/07/05/rift-watchers-episode-15-exclusive-cameron-mcneil-on-patch-1-3-and-beyond/

1.4 and further now that we have Hammerknell they can now focus on "non combat" material. He also mentions 2 man content??? new zone?? I think 1.4 is going to be like the pvp and RP patch
#8 Jul 12 2011 at 10:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I hear that with patch 1.4 they're adding Naxx.

Yup.

Naxx.

You heard it here first.

Smiley: sly
#9 Jul 13 2011 at 7:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Aurelius wrote:
I hear that with patch 1.4 they're adding Naxx.

Yup.

Naxx.

You heard it here first.

Smiley: sly


http://www.riftwatchers.com/2011/07/05/rift-watchers-episode-15-exclusive-cameron-mcneil-on-patch-1-3-and-beyond/

Next patch = non combat player content <---no idea what this means

I assume this is all that crap you see the forum cryers wanting when they leave those 10 paragraph essays about how Rift does not have enough immersion.

My guess is this will end up being called the RP patch, since raiders have a 10 boss fight and hopefully people are not too much of hypocrites with this one and the raid is allowed to last for one month without people ******** Trion is too slow with content updates

Edited, Jul 13th 2011 9:28am by Puremallace
#10 Jul 13 2011 at 7:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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Aurelius wrote:
I hear that with patch 1.4 they're adding Naxx.

Yup.

Naxx.

You heard it here first.

Smiley: sly



Rate up for giving Bodhi a seizure.
#11 Jul 20 2011 at 12:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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Hey Bhodi, long time no see. Guardian or Defiant? What server are you on? I've got a 38 almost 39 Rogue (Nightblade/Riftstalker/Bladedancer) Guardian but missed being a meatshield so I am working up my now level 25 Warrior (Paladin/Reaver/Warlord) Guardian on Faeblight.
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