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Recently a guildie posted a blog about our guild, she discussed how we have a guild name given to us for various reasons by our guildmates. Recently I was awarded the dubious title of “The Magpie”.

Apparently a Magpie is this really silly bird that gets into shiny things, stealing them, hoarding them and admiring them.

So, Xav, how did you come to be known as the Magpie? I figured you would ask, you nosy critters.

We were doing our weekly night one farm punking of ICC and had just killed them damn vampire triplets. Lo and behold, Wand of Ruby Claret dropped and I quickly said gimme gimme gimme. I received said item because I was by far the most deserving (yea right! I think I was the only person that could use it.). After my loots was given to me and it had been equipped, we take off up the ramp towards BQL’s trash. I have my character screen up admiring the stats on my new arsenal of awesomeness and mistakenly run right past where everyone else is staged to regroup and fight trash. By the time i hear the raid leader screaming my name, I am smack dab in the middle of the trash. Instead of taking one for the team and just eating a face melting, I make the decision that we can win this and I drag the whole lot of them filthy bastards back to the rest of the raid.

There are people rebuffing, sitting on the ground eating, and I believe some were even on a bio break. A wipe obviously occurred as no one was ready for a pull. When my raid leader asked why had I decided to commit raidicide, all I could say was that I was looking at my new Shiny. Fortunately, I raid with a great group of people with equally great senses of humor, but out of that emerged “The Magpie”

And now you know “The rest of the story”.

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Dont die….

What? you want more?

Well how often has it been said that dead dps is no dps? Icc is all about situational awareness, and lots of movement. Lots of movement…Hmmmm. That means my dps sux. True to an extent, my dps may not be the top of the charts, but overall damage will be close, because I make a point of living.

Alot of movement hurts a caster, but if you’re alive at the end of the fight, you have done your job. Icc requires a caster to be constantly aware of Cd’s and when to use them. I always save stuff like mirror image for a boss fight, then I pop it right away, because most fights will allow me to pop it again.

All of my CD’s get popped going in to a boss fight, then i keep a close eye on them to pop them as soon as they come up. When you are moving alot, your CD abilities make or break you. I see a 1k difference in my dps on a boss fight if I misuse my CD’s, really, I aint lyin to ya! 1 friggin k, thats alot when your racing an enrage timer.

Icc provides very little opportunity to settle in to my routine of ABx4, Am…rinse repeat, so I have to be creative to even stay competitive with the dps monsters of PF. Throw AB everytime your running, unless Missile barrage is up. Its a dps loss to waste a MB by throwing a AB even if you are running for your life. Save it for a AM. If you are not running low on mana, hit arcane power everytime its up, trust me its worth it. Throw AP and even if you have to evocate your still ahead.

To end this very informal guide, DONT DIE!! Blink, ice block, do whatever because you cant dps facedown on the pavement.

I’m a mage and I approve of this, Nuff Said.