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My Level 80 (And Beyond!) Goals

December 4, 2010

Now that I’ve hit 80 (eeeee!) there are many a-thing that I want to accomplish to become a more proficient and all-around kick-ass player. Because, you see, I still don’t understand a whole slew of things that most people who plays WoW, or MMOs in general, already know. So, I”m gonna make a fun little list-icle (as I do) about my in-game goals.

1. I need to figure out how to be a good Guild member
So, I’ve been in a guild Β since roughly Level 50 or so, but because I wasn’t at 80, I didn’t really have a lot of contact with them. I Β mean, I was technically invited to it because Nick asked them to invite me, and while they are super nice, I was super intimidated by all of them and just kind of quested and did my thing.

But last night, Nick and I did Halls of Reflection and had AWFUL group members (I was healing and there was another pally doing DPS, and he refused to target single baddies– he only wanted to hit the things that would do damage to lots of people at a time and apparently his DPS score was hilarious.) so a couple of our guild members came to the dungeon (instance? They’re the same thing right?) and I got to play with them finally! And then they wanted to do some Heroics with me, but I had to go because my ex-roommate came over to hang out…lol.

Aaaanyway, I need to figure out what I need to do to be considered a great guild member–I have a really good role model in Nick, which is great, but apparently there are things like a guild bank….do I need to put things in it? Or contribute money to it? If there’s, like, a handy-dandy ‘How to be a Good Guildie Guide’ I’d love to know about it….

2. Add-Ons!
Yeah, I don’t have any of those yet. And I know that they’re a really important part of raids and heroics and such, so I need them. And I asked Nick about it, but he said that he doesn’t really know how they work for Paladins, because apparently they’re different customizations for different races/classes. I asked Nick about it when I was in the mid-70s, and he told me not to worry about it yet. And then added that my Macbook may not be able to handle all of them….haha. Sigh. So now I need to put on my big girl panties and do a Google search. Double sigh. (hahaha)

3. Gear
So, I’ve started getting purple gear (wheee!), which is great, but I’d also really like to have gear that matches (because I’m a girl and I like to match)…I know that it’s possible, but I’m not really sure how that works. Are there specific places you have to go to get specific pieces? Is it random? Luck of the draw? I guess I need to Google that too…

Oooh I just saw the Cataclysm commercial on TV.

Alright. I think those three goals will be enough for now. If you have any advice or special knowledge to pass on, you should probably do it in comments. πŸ˜‰

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Velosite permalink
    December 4, 2010 12:25 pm

    Yes, addons are a great resource but sometimes they’re over done. You’ll want to find the right balance to use. I have a Pally also but tend to stay away from the healing part of him and havent really played since before 4.0.1.. So sure at least one of these addons I’m going to list is going to be pointless now.

    The most important one you’ll need for instances and raids is DBM.. Or Deadly Boss Mod.. This addon helps with the timing of the fight and let’s you know when somethings going to happen or is happening, complete with timers, sounds, flashing screen and such. You can even configure it to have your character yell as an added awareness for others.

    Another is Omen. Omen is a threat meter, it’s not THAT necessary when healing but it’s better to be safe then sorry. Omen especially comes in handy for encounters like, Lady Deathwhisper, the second boss in Icecrown Citadel.

    Those two I’d say are the essentials. Now to the not so important ones.

    Pally Power – a buffing addon that I doubt is used because of how easy buffing is now with 4.0.1.

    Serious Help In Timing (S.H.I.T.) – Yea, it’s really called that… This is a Ret Pally addon that you place priority on attacks and it tells you what to use and when and what’s next and such.. One again, I haven’t used since before 4.0.1 so idk how they accommodated for Holy Power.

    Atlas Loot Enhancer – fun addon. Let’s you search what bosses drop what from what instance/raid. A great tool if you’re wanting to match as you can see what each item would look like on you.

    Recount – Just a PewPew addon for those who like to count their big numbers and flex. I use it to see if someone ruined an achievement (like attacking a spore when all spores have to live) or took what damage (OHH, STAND IN THE FIRE!)

    That’s all that come to mind at this point in time. Good luck πŸ™‚

  2. December 4, 2010 12:26 pm

    Bethany, I will send you my UI and add ons in an email for my Pally it is set up for all 3 specs of the Pally. I will have it sent over for you later all that you will need to do is some resizing of the windows for a laptop. But it should work great it works nice for healing and such. πŸ™‚

    hope your well!

  3. December 4, 2010 2:27 pm

    1. Being a good guildie
    Basically the best thing you can do is help out your guildies when you can whether it be run instances/dungeons together or just simply answering any questions they might ask in guild chat that you know the answer to or have insight to. If someone’s doing a quest nearby and need help, as long as you’re not pre-occupied, offer to help them out. Guild banks are great, but unless you’re raiding or plan on raiding I wouldn’t worry too much about contributing right now. Different guilds work their banks differently – some only allow raids access to the mats and money, some you have to ask an officer of the guild to get items from it, etc. An easy way to contribute to it is by donating your leftover profession mats or low level BoE items you don’t need for an alt or can’t sell for a decent price. I say leftover mats because you’ll want to level your professions to max level first so you can contribute to the guild via professions later (I forget what you professions you were, but for example, my pally is an alchemist/herblist so I would sometimes make various flasks for guildies or donate some herbs I don’t use often in case someone else can benefit). And the lowbie BoE’s – ideally if it’s a blue you should try to sell it on the AH first unless you think a guildie can benefit from it more than you can from selling it. Same with green BoE’s – unless it’s crap or you’re an enchanter, consider donating it to the guild bank so someone leveling an alt (or just starting out like you once were) can get some decent gear without spending money on the AH or if someone’s leveling enchanting they can disenchant it for their enchanting mats rather than spend money buying items to DE off the AH.

    2. Add-ons
    Okay, some people (*cough*myhusband*cough) go overboard with addons, which is okay, but keep in mind, it can lag up your computer and the game and with every patch/update they put out, you’ll need to go and update all your addons so you don’t get the stupid lua error pop-up every 2 seconds.

    For raiding you actually only need a few – Omen, which is a threat meter, Deadly Boss Mods which pops up important boss/mob information, and maybe a DPS meter like Recount so you can see how you’re doing when it comes to DPS/Healing/Tanking, etc. Also, for pally’s, not sure if it still works but I recall a good one being Pally Power which is a buffing mod/addon that allows someone in your raid/party to assign paladin buffs and then you just go down the list, clicking on each class and it buffs the party with your assigned buff. It’s also nice to get a cooldown timer addon as well so you have a better idea how many seconds until you CS or DS or whatever again.

    Another addon I really like is Titan Panel and some of the addons you can get that goes with that, as it shows basic across the top (or bottom if you prefer) of your screen like how much money you have, how much bag space, ammo, reagents, coordinates, etc.

    3. Matching Gear
    Unless you’re going for a full tier set, matching gear is kind of hard to come by. Some pieces go well together while others do not. It’s kind of a crapshoot.

  4. December 4, 2010 2:30 pm

    Atlas Loot is another nice one too, like Velosite mentioned.

    It shows you what bosses drop what (organized by instance/dungeon) with the stats for the item and most of time you can usually see in Wardrobe what the item looks like on you.

  5. December 4, 2010 3:41 pm

    I know very little about paladin specific addons. The only advice I’d give you with regards to them is this: Before you start downloading tons of them, ask yourself if there’s something specific about your interface that is lacking, something you would like to change.
    (For me, it was f. ex. casting bars, so I found the addon named Quartz, which suits my needs perfectly)
    As another poster said, “sometimes they’re overdone”, and that’s very true. Go for simplicity.

    In WoW, sadly the greatest gear can be the ugliest. A lot of players will distinguish between in-combat gear and out-of-combat gear, you know gear for fighting and gear that just looks good (but has crap stats). You can find several blogs about nice looking gear, usually they’ll talk about nice outfits in terms of roleplay etc, but even players that don’t roleplay like to assemble a cool looking outfit, right πŸ˜‰

    I made a gear “blog” myself: although it’s more like a database. I was lacking an overview and decided to set up a visual way to browse gear myself. Each gear-set article includes information about how to get it, how hard it is to get etc and of course a picture of how it looks.
    Perhaps it can get you started πŸ™‚

  6. jdb permalink
    December 4, 2010 4:44 pm


    Being a “good guild member” is kind of subjective. There are lots of different types of guilds, some are just social and some are geared toward a particular goal, like raiding. I’m assuming the guild you’re in is focused on raiding. Since Cataclysm is about to hit Tuesday that basically means the game is being “reset.” That’s a good thing for you since you’re still becoming acclimated to it. Everyone will be at the same gear level, so you really only need to worry about improving your skill level. Basically, whether you’re considered a good guild member depends on what your guild actually needs. You could probably start by asking your Guild Master what it is he wants and expects from his people. If you’re raiding, I can tell you now that the primary thing will be showing up on time for raids, being there consistently and being available when they need you. Beyond that, it’s doing a good job in raids and being knowledgeable of what you’re up against. Do you roll into a brand new raid with absolutely NO idea of what to expect? If so, that’s bad. Or, do you spend a good hour or so looking up the new raid and boss abilities, as well as possible strategies for beating the instance? If so, that’s good.

    So that’s a good start. Be there for raids. Know what to expect in those raids.

    One of the best things you can probably do with Cataclysm is to level as quickly as you can. The sooner you hit 85, the more of an edge you have on the competition.


    Addons will be different depending on your spec, but some good ones would be Omen Threat Meter, Deadly Boss Mods, some sort of healing addon like Grid and Clique, or Healbot. You might want some addons that help you organize your screen a bit better. One of my favorites is XPERL, as well as Bartender. (I’ll have to make a post about my favorite addons now). Recount is also pretty much a standard addon as it will allow you to gauge your performance, whether it’s dps or healing.


    Gear is irrelevant now. All those purples you’re excited about will be replaced in a matter of days. (It’s perfectly okay to cry about that, I have). As far as matching your gear…..? This isn’t a formal. /patpat

    • December 4, 2010 6:30 pm

      And the fact that tier gear matches… all of these prom players – tsk tsk!

      • December 4, 2010 6:33 pm

        …it would be kind of fun if there was an in-game prom…

      • December 4, 2010 6:42 pm

        Roleplay servers πŸ˜‰

  7. December 6, 2010 3:00 am

    Addons are not as scary as they seem to download. And as a healer, all I use is Grid and Grid Healz. But the one I COULD NOT live without is is Auctioneer. lol. Oh, and Recount. Have fun as 80! Well, at least for the next 24 hours. lolz. =)

  8. inquisitivebibliophile permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:37 am

    Came across your blog through Lady Erinia; just wanted to say I hope you’re enjoying WoW, and I think it’s a smart idea to figure out what kind of goals you want to pursue once you hit 80; I’m no expert by any means, but it still amuses me how my thinking changes once I hit 80 (yes! Pit of Saron! lol), and how much more you have access to in-game.

    I hope you enjoy yourself; have fun collecting all that new gear. Oh, back when I played (on a break now) I liked HealBot, Titan Panel, Gatherer (sometimes) and Quartz. But to each their own, I know great healers who refuse to use HealBot, so unfortunately I’m forced to give you the semi cop-out answer of “you’ll have to do a bit of research, figure out what you need to enhance your gameplay, and go from there.” Sorry. 😦 Enjoyed your post though–did I already say that?

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