Wednesday's post talked about my Disco Priest "Toolbox" - what I had, and how I could use them. More theory than numbers, but that's okay. Better writers than I have touched on the numbers in very dedicated, very intelligent posts.
Not me, though. We're playing from the heart here at The Dungeon Runner. I've got a lone screen shot to work with, but I'll MS paint edit it up to show you things here and there and everywhere that require notation.
|Pictured: Accurate representation of what I'm looking at. Not Pictured: Sonic the Hedgehog x Velen fanart (OTP)|
This is the screenshot I want you to see. The player information is on the left - the five members of our party are all present. They're all alive, and doing quite well.
Now, a couple important points come up in this screenshot, so let's move on to a visible demonstration!
|Million billion hours in MS Paint|
Yes, I'm running out of mana. Below, right dead center of the screen is a number of timer bars from an add on called Quartz. Both of which are important for different reasons.
Firstly, I'm nearly bone dry on mana. As a healer this is a bad thing! Except, I'm not a good healer!
Let's call this "Red Lining" - pushing my mana supply so that I have a general idea of WHERE I stand - how much mana do I need for us to survive a run in Gnomeregan where it bugs and we have an army of mobs, riding twelve deep, charging for our heads? How much mana is "okay" before I absolutely need to replenish mana? This is the sort of "decision making" one makes frequently in dungeon crawler games - at what point are you punished for not playing it safe? For playing it TOO safe? Sometimes, you have to abuse that line until you realize where you're standing.
Secondly, I am running a timer add on known as Quartz, which can be found on Curse - it adds timer bars for all of your buffs and heals as a priest... but, admittedly, I snagged it so I can keep track of my Affliction Warlock's damage over time spells better. In this case, the screen shot above, I can prepare to "cook" spells (start a second spell cast just a few split seconds before the first cast ends) as I see spells "falling off" - while our dear tank is AOK right now, when "Weakened Soul" falls off, I can recast Power Word: Shield, replacing it with a fresh shield.
Ultimately, playing a Discipline Priest will demand a lot of attention, of awareness - it may be something I can manage without an add on, or I may decide playing a Disco Priest just isn't "for me."
In the meantime? Red lining. Lots of it.