Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Healer Aggro

Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in wecloming Ttrinity from Healer Aggro!

Ttrinity started playing WoW at the end of 2008 and is a self-proclaimed “noob” (in the best sense, of course!) and alt-o-holic. WoW is her first MMO and Ttrinity finds that she learns things daily about the game – often to the amusement of herself and her guildmates! While she has played all four healing classes at the end game level, she has settled (for now!) to tackle Cataclysm with her Disc Priest.

Healer Aggro won’t focus on theory crafting or class guides – but will focus on Ttrinity’s journey as a new player through WoW as she learns to heal her way through both 5 man and raid content and the lessons that she learns along the way.   She recently gave us some insights on how she feels Blizzard is driving how we heal via their new healing model, limitations in specing and constant hot fixes being made to healers.  She also offers some very good insight on when WoW feels like a job and how to combat those feelings.

Ttrinity knows how to have fun exploring old content with a very small group of friends and encourages you to do the same! What? You aren’t into retro raiding? (Your loss!) But not to worry, Ttrinity has your back and will help you determine if you are raid ready and offers her thoughts on the cylces of gearing. She is also quite curious why there is no Ollivander’s in WoW to help fit those wand carrying casters with their very own ash-phoenix tail wands!  I would be remiss to not recommend her great guide to the random dungeon game and using what some may consider unorthodox methods to find success in those early heroics!

I don’t know about you, but I sure am looking forward to more from Ttrinity!

Ttrinity is off to a great start, and I’ll be honest – she is no “noob” when it comes to writing!  🙂  I know that I certainly can’t wait to see what she has to say next!  Welcome to the blogosphere, Ttrinity!

Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an email to, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

Resource Site Spotlight – Fitzcairn’s Macro Explain-o-matic

There are in World of Warcraft several under-utilized features. One major example is ones ability to fully customize their User Interface (UI) – to solve this one needs only to listen to the end of every Twisted Nether Blogcast for the Addon and UI Modification segment /endshamelessplug. The biggest example, the most under-utilized feature of this game has got to be macros. I use macros on every character in all situations and I know for a fact that I am not using the system to even a fraction of its capability.

For class/role specific macros there are a plethora of sources. Simply search for them in your search engine of choice and you will inevitably come upon the script that you need only copy and paste into your in-game macro menu to execute. However, the script may be old. Or perhaps there is a misspelling or punctuation error. Or perhaps the site simply says, “if you are a warrior tank, use this macro” but does not even bother to tell you what it will do.

Our intrepid hero arrives – Fitzcairn’s Macro Explain-o-matic!

It is rare that a utility or resource could be so singularly efficient and useful at that same time. This site is amazing. It does but one simple thing – explains what your macro will do. That’s it! Just paste your macro into the field and hit “Explain this macro!” and it does just as advertised.

In all honesty there are other functionalities on the site, I don’t wish to make Fitzcairn’s Macro Explain-o-matic! sound like a true one-trick-pony, but the front page has but one blessed feature and function, the macro explanation tool. I encourage everyone to go to any reputable site they can find, copy a macro, paste it into the Explain-o-matic, and see if the function of the macro matches the authors description from the source from which it was found. I know for a fact, this site is going to save me a great deal of time in explaining syntax and punctuation to guild mates, which I am only just barely qualified to do, as a very casual user of macros.

Fitzcairn’s Macro Explain-o-matic! for all your macro functionality checking needs.

Also, full disclosure as I am certain someone will call me out on this, I did indeed get this site from the bonus drop of the week on this weeks The Instance show.



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Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Dwarven Battle Medic

Hello Everyone!  I’d like you to join me in welcoming Fannon of Dwarven Battle Medic!

Fannon is healer of the holy specialty – with a penchant for paladins and priests (well, and Dwarves, if that wasn’t obvious!). He spends his time in WoW battle for victory with his guild Shadowgarde, a casual raiding guild on the Sargeras server (they are currently seeking more healers!). In fact, setting goals to meet your playtimes is something that Fannon has spent sometime thinking about. Part of setting goals also means that it’s important to recognize and celebrate your successes as well. Fannon also explores some of the struggles of being a key raid member, and the feelings of obligation that may come with that role.

Fannon also has your back if you are a holy paladin just getting started with raiding. You can find tips and tricks for healing Magmaw. As well as some updates on the ever changing state of the Holy Paladin. Oh, and let’s not forget help with getting your Guardian of the Ancient Kings to shut up already!

Not into Paladins? No worries! Fannon proves to be a very versatile writer! I’d recommend checking out his series on on heroics. Or perhaps his thoughts on what identifies a main is more up your alley. No? Then perhaps you will enjoy his thoughts on Warcraft and Writing! No?! Wow! Tough customer! Then I’d recommend that you check out his great primer on Archeology! And if that doesn’t convince you don’t worry! I have a fail safe! You see, Fannon’s been preparing for a lot more than raids these days – the Dwarfling is absolutely adorable! (Say it with me now! “D’awwwwwww”).

Fannon is off to a fantastic start! I don’t know about you, but I sure am looking forward to more adventures with the Dwarven Battle Medic!  Welcome to the Blogosphere, Fannon!  (And Dwarfling!).

Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an email to, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

Episode 119 – The Flipper Flies

Tog_art This week we welcome The Brother Spies.. I mean, The Other Guys! We’ve got Daewin and Brian from The Other Guys Podcast! Join Fimlys, Hydra and these two “sidekicks” gone Super-Hero as we discuss the velocity of an unladen African swallow. The blues are all over the news and we also discuss what we think about the recent increase (read, explosion) in the number of hotfixes being released. All that and, of course, Rilandune serenades us with another episode of The Addon Junkie.. Don’t miss it!

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Shared Topic: When Good Guildies Go Bad

This week, we’ve got a guild management-related Shared Topic. It feels like it’s been awhile and the timing was perfect for Jack’s (of the blog, The Casual Raider) suggestion of writing about how to manage guildies who just aren’t performing or behaving to their potential anymore.

What do you do when a normally good guildmate performs poorly or behaves badly? Your rock solid tank comes to raid ungemmed, your master mage dips down into pre-cata dps numbers several nights in a row or your best healer can’t seem to keep from going oom 2 minutes into any fight. What do you do? The obvious answer is shoot the hostage but…

Sharing their thoughts are:

Jack from The Casual Raider

Cryptic from Blessing of the Grove

Kvenna from Kvenna

Unglar from Shredding Attacks

Pea from Target Dummies

Halophoenix from Azeroth Metblogs

Herculano from Herc the Merc

Next week we get into speculation mode with a Topic about predicting the content of future Cataclysm patches. Make your predictions as realistic or as silly as you like and link back to them in the thread at Blog Azeroth.

And for the scoop on upcoming Topics, check out:
What is your favorite weapon?
Horde: Good or evil?
Favorite Profession

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