An update on BobTurkey


Hello all!  I’m still here 🙂

As you can probably gather my posting rate has dropped right off this year.  I’ve gone from 8 hours at work in front of a PC + about 2 gaming to just 3-4 hours gaming.  Without the enforced period in front of a PC at work i’m finding it pretty hard to make time to write blog posts, but never fear, i’m still reading and managing comments.

What have I been up to?  Well after the big bang of getting the 3.3 gear lists out i’ve kinda lost interest in a lot of the gearing/theorycrafting side of the game.  Besides the time thing above I have also been healing a lot less.

My main Turkelife now spends 50% of her time as shadow DPS.  Our guild is lucky to have a core of about 7 excellent healers and another half dozen capable healers and alts.  At the start of Ice Crown we had no shadow priest and a part-time Boomkin.  I was asked to DPS more and more as shadow because I wasn’t needed to heal (many of the healers don’t have strong DPS sets, or have one at all).  My 3% hit debuff on bosses was also needed.  So i’ve been shadow a lot.

I know quite a bit about shadow priesting now, but I have no plans to try and theorycraft shadow dps at all. has some excellent stuff on shadow DPS and as a stat weighted scale which I use.

I have also done something I never bothered with as a healer and that is looking at the top shadow DPS to see what they are doing.  Between WoW Meters Online and armoury profiles I have learnt a few things and push out very respectable shadow DPS (7-8k).

Raid progression-wise we have done fairly well.  10 mans we just started working on the Lich King. 25 mans have stalled a little due mainly to internet connection issues with two of our main tanks and the fair weather raider syndrome (the raiders that turn up for phat loot Wednesday night when we clear 6 or 7 bosses, but don’t bother showing up once we work on any progression fights).  25 man we farm the first wing, Festerface, Rotface and Blood Council, but are currently struggling with anything else.

I have also been putting a little time into gearing my prot warrior and enhancement shaman to T10, both of which are fun to play.  The druid I was so excited about got to 72 but has been put on hold.  The sheer noobness of people leveling toons has scared me away from leveling by instances as I repeatedly run into DPS who literally don’t know what Omen is and DPS queueing as a tank to get a group faster and then being unable to execute their role.

So where to next?  Well i’ve kinda chilled out a little and am enjoying the game more as a game now and not worrying about min/maxing so much.  I will blog a bit, but I won’t be going back to my ‘every second day’ posting schedule anytime soon.

Thanks very much to those who commented and offered support or encouraged me to write.  Between yourselves and a few comments by guildies you have basically encouraged me to get off my lazy arse and write more.

Gobble gobble.

PS If there are any burning issues you want me to write about leave me a comment and i’ll see what I can do.


6 Responses to An update on BobTurkey

  1. Arrelliana says:

    Glad to hear from you. I admit I drop by your site every day to see if you have any comments or new articles. Got my LK kills on 10/25 man and am enjoying the priest as usual.. Although I am very intrigued by shadow dps since we have 2 great/phenominal spriests currently.

    I wouldn’t mind your take on penance priest’s QQ about being bubble bot in 25 mans. Also wouldn’t mind knowing how you like being the recipient of heals vs. the healer on turk..

    Just glad to know your still gobbling and watching world of QQcraft.

  2. adorno says:

    I’m with you on not theory crafting so much and watching the scoreboards, logs, and armory for tips.

    Another thing is just doing what makes sense to you; once you know you have a good handle on your class mechanics and game dynamics, you can make some decent educated guesses and then put them to the test yourself.

    While most people on the meters were going for more spell power gear, I still leaned towards spirit, and I’ve had the top parse on LK for two weeks now:

    Sure some fights do better with mo’fiya, but in the long hard fights, where it maters most, imo, you dont want that fire to burn out. That was my thinking anyway.

    btw, the link for SP dps you ought to be showing is this one I think:

  3. adorno says:

    btw, ill be missing your regular postings.

  4. Tufva says:

    Would love to hear your shadow insights as I am struggling with improving my output on that side at the moment. 🙂

  5. Oredain says:

    The best solution I’ve ever heard for “fair weather raidering” is to break the farm content up. So that first raid night down all the bosses up to Saurafange then head over to Bloodwing. You should be spending at most 1 hour and 30 min on farm content then spending the rest of the night on progression.
    The next raid night should be at the RL disgression. If you came close to downing a new boss last night head back to that boss with the promise of another farm boss to follow. Any more nights and the RL should decide how to continue. It might be a good idea to leave atleast Prof P up for your last night so that people who still need Tokens will show up. I like progression nights, they are my reason for playing. The trill of downing a new boss is worth more than any new loot.

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