Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Post-College Yuckies

Hey all!

No, I haven't died. Actually, I've been rather preoccupied with post-college life (which, thus far, is teh suck). Finding jobs where I plan on moving is tough for someone with literally no qualifications other than a BA (which is surprisingly not helpful), so I've been tapping away at the keyboard on jobsites into the wee hours of the morning, with little time left for WoW, sad as that makes me.

I've not quit (I really do want to get back to playing...), and I do log on sporadically, but I will not be making it or this blog my main focus for a while. Yes, I know, I just said I was turning this into a smite priest blog, but sometimes things happen and life doesn't care about the epic blog post you just made. Hopefully my last post will serve as a resource for aspiring smite priests regardless, and hopefully you will see a smite post on here every now and again as I find free time.

So what's the scoop now? Well, if you recall, I was planning on taking the Japanese proficiency exam last December. And I didn't. I just didn't study long enough. Poop.

Well, I've decided to buckle down and start some hardcore studying and translation practice. There are a lot of opportunities for Japanese speakers in California (where I am headed), which is all the more reason for me to stop goofing off and get things done.

I have started a new blog about the long journey ahead, called "Interpreter Noob." I figure keeping a journal will help me keep track of my progress in breaking into the field, as well as provide my friends and family some ammo in yelling at me for any laziness I might fall into. And maybe.... MAYBE some poor fool in my same situation will come across it one day and find it helpful.

So if anyone is interested in reading what Fuyu is doing outside of the WoW-sphere, check it out and subscribe! You can find it here!

Thanks for all the comments and lovely emails I have received while blogging. They always made me smile.

So so long, and thanks for all the fish..... at least for now.

Edit: If you, somehow, got the original link when I had this post up for about 15 minutes the other day and added me there, please update your links to the "Interpreter Noob" site. Thanks.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Smite Spec - Making the Switch

So no doubt, priest or not, you've heard of the infamous Smite spec. Often called "Lolsmite" or "Holy DPS Spec," it's a playstyle for priests that involves dealing Holy spell damage, with little to no dipping into the Shadow tree.

As with most offspecs, it's rough being a Smite priest. Priests, do you remember being Shadow during Vanilla WoW? Do you remember not being taken to raids, or being ordered to respec to Holy? Do you remember being laughed at, being told "Priests are for healing, reroll mage"?

It's worse than that for Smite priests. Why? Because we don't have our own talent tree, and our build is officially (yes, officially) unsupported by Blizzard. As in they actually said, in a more professional way, "Lolz, wut u gaiz doin'?"

Ghostcrawler posted the following on the US forums on August 4, 2009, regarding lolsmite:

We have no intention of majorly supporting a Smite-centric, Holy-damage-focused priest build.

Smite is there to give you something to hit at low level and give you some ability to do damage in a Holy or Disc build. But we don't expect it to do competitive DPS with a Shadow build. Shadow is your DPS spec.

Now, I'm not trying to be the harbinger of doom and gloom for all those aspiring Smiters out there, but before you consider making the switch, you need to realize we have our work cut out for us. Sure, Smite spec is loads of fun, and one of the most rewarding aspects of it is overcoming the hurdles we face in-game. But it's not easy, it's not cheap, and it's not something you can do overnight. You need a special kind of personality to enjoy the struggle, so if being made fun of or being let down after a lot of hard work will crush your soul, don't try Smite. Because one or both of those WILL happen to you at least once, if not often.


You still there? Ok, good.

All that being said, Smite is really, really fun. There is a lot of support for it in the Priest community, believe it or not, and many priests have been running it since Surge of Light became a talent. It was actually pretty awesome in Burning Crusade, if you knew what you were doing, and Smite Priests DID top damage meters in Heroics and some raids.

I played Smite a bit in Karazhan, and I gotta say, nothing was more satisfying than coming in on top of the "pure" DPS classes on the meters. Once we got to upper Kara I had some trouble with mana, however, and rather than spend oodles of gold leveling Alchemy to test out the Alchemist's Stone, I just went back to a traditional spec. Where I am now in the game, both gear/progression-wise and emotionally, has made me decide that I, once again, want to play around with this spec. The support of fellow Smiters and of my guildies (or some of them anyway) is invaluable in this little journey.

So where do I start?

Well, that's where the fun begins. One of the issues with Smite is you have to ALREADY be geared for it to work. We also have no +hit talents, either, so expect to have to stack a ton of +hit.

If you're a Shadow Priest: You've got an advantage on the healing priests because you possess some DPS and hit gear, AND rolling on hit gear in a raid won't cause a ridiculous uproar. If you want to save a ton of gold respeccing and you're serious about trying Smite, make it your second spec. Yeah, you'll probably lose that healing or PVP offspec, but I told you this wasn't going to be easy.

If you're a healer: Go Shadow.

Why? Because otherwise you're going to have a very hard time justifying your rolling on +hit DPS gear as a healer, unless you run exclusively with a very understanding guild. As Shadow, no one will question those rolls, and you won't need to deal with the harassment of people who don't understand what you're doing. It's also good practice for learning the role of a DPSer in a raid, which can be vastly different from that of a healer. I'd suggest the same as above for specs: make your specs Shadow/Smite. If you want to stay as a main spec healer in raids, then that's fine, you can keep your healing spec. But be prepared to spend a lot of gold respeccing between Shadow and Smite.

You need 17% hit for Smite, due to lack of talented support (thanks for killing what we DID have, Blizz). That's 446 hit to be capped. If you're a Draenei, or have 100% access to one in raids, that takes you down to 16%, and a Shadow Priest or Boomkin will grant you an additional 3%, bringing that number down to 341. Remember, the Draenei and SP/BK combo is the ideal situation, so you want to get as close to that 17% as possible. Most, if not all, raids will require you to be hit-capped.

If all of this insanity hasn't phased you, then you just might enjoy Smite!

Stay tuned for next time, when we'll explore talenting, glyphs, and stats. In the meantime, go grab some hit gear!


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