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horde-logo-wow-warcraft2Project Panzer is a new weekly series on life at the other end of chain heal where Jager takes the time and learns what it is like walk the path of his warrior brethren.

As a Resto Shaman my life is about watching health bars. My job is to make sure those bars stay as green as possible and to make sure the health bars of the tanks do not hit zero. Raid healing is tedious, strenuous and sometimes boring…and you know…I love every minute of it.

My raid group is lucky to have two very intelligent competent warrior tanks that I have grown to love running with. I know both tanks very well and can anticipate what they will do which makes healing them that much easier. During a recent PuG raid though I realized just how spoiled I am.

During an OS 25-man run, the tank had the hardest time getting agro, controlling the mob and keeping things under control. I was very critical of their mistakes but did the most I could to help them out. By the end, the raid was successful, but only after numerous attempts. After paying 50 gold for the repair bill, I mentioned I could have tanked that better than him, drunk and half asleep. After the frustration passed, I thought to myself, could I actually have been able to out tank him? I am an OK healer, but do I have the skills to be a tank? Could I actually pull it off?

At the end of that night Panzerbombz was born, Orc warrior, born to serve Thrall and to battle for the honor of the horde. Panzer is to be my looking glass into the warrior class allowing me to learn the ways of the tank and to better understand the class in an attempt to make me a better healer. Each week will see updates on Panzer’s progression along with insights on class talents and leveling as a fury warrior.

What! You think I would level protection? I may be crazy, but I am not stupid.

Next time I will take a look at the first levels as a warrior and how much I miss being able to heal myself while I level.

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I have been in Northrend for just over a week now and here is what I have to show for it.

1) 2.5 levels coming from about 50% questing and 50% instance running.

2) Lots of side upgrades where the blue is somewhat better, but still nothing that has made me go OMG!

3) A renewed fear of both spiders and heights.

3) A love of Walrus people.

So someone asked how is it leveling as resto in Northrend and I have to say, it is not as bad as one would think.  One of the keys though, is gear; there is a need to balance spellpower, mp5 crit and haste.  The leveling resto shaman will basically be rolling with an elemental rotations of CL/LB/LB/Repeat without the mana/casting time reduction or increased damage output available in the elemental tree.  This is where the mp5 and haste is needed to help to keep the mana pool full and the lighting bolts flowing a little faster.  As for the dps, the resto shaman needs to stack crit to help bolster the damage output.

Having rolled both elemental and resto I can say that I do not feel crippled leveling as resto.  I find that things do die slower, but not by much…maybe by 1 or 2 more cast.  The side benefit of leveling resto is that you are nearly invulnerable.  I have died once during my quest time and that was just because I got cocky and took on a 72 elite when at half health and 25% mana.  Between heals, totems and shields there is very little at level that you can’t down.  I have been able to take down 4 or 5 mobs at once using fire totems, chain lighting and lighting shield.  Moments like that just make me giggle.

Overall I am very happy that I stayed resto.  I can still work my way through Northrend on my own and still be able to heal an isntance when needed (which is almost always lately).