Why did you choose your primary and secondary spec?
My primary spec is resto. I've always been interested in healing. It's an interesting challenge and the part of the game I have the most experience with.
My secondary spec is feral. This is primarily for PvP, but I do collect PvE pieces for it and am quite willing to hold it as a DPS off-spec for raiding. I enjoy the way Feral DPS works. I don't consider myself a tank, and it's something I have minimal experience with.
Various. Only significant raiding guild was Militant Platypus.
What is your previous Raiding Experience?
Raided all through the ICC lifecycle. Got up to Putricide, but could never consistently kill him.
What you have to offer the guild?
Fairly experienced and reasonably skilled. Much potential for improvement with more raid experience. Still need adjusting to the raiding environment after heroics and the druid overhauls. I'm a extremely fast learner, but I do need the opportunity to experience things and grasp them.
What you expect from the guild?
Consistently seeing raids, organised and solid runs, people who pull their weight and take their characters seriously; but within reason, it's still only a game. There's a sweet spot of not taking things too seriously but treating difficult encounters with due respect.
Summary of your background and interests
I've been playing WoW on-and-off since before the BT patch, but I only really hit endgame some time before ICC was patched in. I started raiding in earnest just before the buffs came out.
I'm primarily interested in music and wikis. Wikis on everything and anything. I'm also obviously interested in WoW, or I wouldn't be playing
Beyond the above, I don't really have much else to say.
What add-on modules do you use?
At the moment, I only bring DBM and recount to raids. I'm willing to look at other addons if needed.
What days and times are you typically available?
There's no time that I'm typically available unless I know ahead of time and can prepare an alarm + energy drinks. I don't have any kind of sleep patterns.
What do you do to prepare for a raid, and why do you think you deserve a raid position?
The basics: I read up and learn about encounters, checking videos where available, I bring flasks and potions, and am willing to mix them up for other raiders as well.
I think I deserve a raid position because I'm good at what I do, take pride in it, and can only get better. A heal spot with a Treeage in it is not a wasted heal spot.
An explanation of how you approach your character and what you feel is important to focus on.
Head on At the moment with the Druid healing overhaul, I'm having to redevelop my strategies. For instance, heroics on Day #1 were an ordeal and a half, but after that I developed the skills and strategy to react appropriately to each trash and boss pull. The next step beyond that is developing a strategy for each encounter that works ahead of time rather than just reacting moment-to-moment. The exact same learning curve is in effect for raiding.
In other words, I don't think there's any particular "thing" to focus on with a healer, it's a complex cohesive whole. The foundation is knowing which buttons to hit and when, but you build on this by experiencing the content in person.
I'm a compulsive thinker, as well, so after a night's raiding I will go off and reflect and digest for as long as there are things to think about. There's no time limit on this.
So, in summary, I have a threefold approach:
1) Knowing my toolbox. When are my spells called for, in general?
2) Experience the content. Learn in specific what grisly things the encounters do to the raid.
3) Reflect on the content. Fine-tune my technique and strategy.
How well do you handle criticism?
I expect it. I view healing like a craft and expect to develop my skills. Criticism helps this, as I am by no stretch of the imagination omniscient and can miss things or make mistakes without realising it.
Describe your role in a raid; and go into detail. This is meant to demonstrate to us that you know your class.
I'm not entirely qualified to comment, having had minimal raid experience, but from reading around:
I'm a tank healer. My main role is keeping the tank (or tanks) stable through being walloped. I do this by stacking my two main HoTs up and spamming either my spam heal or my nuke heal, based on incoming damage. I have a weak AoE heal on cooldown, and I get a stream of free casts through a talent, which can be used either to throw on the tank or to heal the raid.
Raid-healing is currently very clunky as a druid. My options are using expensive HoTs to soften damage and to bolster my main spam-heal (due to its being at 80% power without a hot down on the target). Its doable and workable, but as far as I've read, not optimal in the least. I would like some personal numbers before committing to this as an accurate assessment, however.
How do you feel about sitting out when raid composition demands it?
This is perfectly acceptable. Being a Druid, you learn to accept you can be dead weight if the encounter is not designed in a friendly way.
If you're having difficulty with some of the WoW language, I'll be happy to explain it
I'm definitely curious if you can pin any elements or a type on this.