Do you beg for services in the vent or raid chat?
I try not to myself. I can't help thinking that asking for heals (as an example) is like telling the healers that you don't trust them doing their job. You don't think they're monitoring the raid and you certainly don't think they're wise enough to make the right priorities.
Sometimes I fail and cry out myself, but mostly I don't. Having a push to talk system helps a lot, I can cry spontaneously for heals and whine for myself out of anger and frustration, but they won't hear me if I really don't intentionally force them to.
Then there are fights where you suddenly may get huge damage out of some debuff or spell, where the healers actually ask you to cry out when you're affected. But that's different story.
The same goes with battle ress. I never ever ask in vent - or in raid chat - for battle ress. Of course the raid leader will see I'm dead. And of course he'll ask the druids to make battle resses when needed, and of course he'll choose the one that the raid needs most. Sometimes it could be me, but more likely it's a healer. Asking for battle ress is like telling the whole raid that you know better what to do than those who are assigned on the job. And I know for sure I don't.
I came to think about begging when I read a must-to-read blog post (at least for mages and druids) by Resto4life about innervate and the arcane mage. (Well I admit that I may be a LITTLE biased in this issue, being an arcane mage myself).
She actually suggests us to make a macro to ask for innervates. It should be used early in the fight, after burning some mana down, but still not when being completely dry.
I'm wrestling my mind if I should do one. Is it right of me at all to try to get favours from the druids, begging them in whispers during a fight? I mean the raid leader is aware of the innervate ability as well and probably has a wise plan about when to use it and on which player. Maybe I'll just mess things up by trying to convince them to give their innervates to me?
On the other hand, it's a real waste not to use innervate during a fight. And what I've read, after the last big patch, mana issues aren't as big as they used to be for some classes, making arcane mages be more likely to be the ones to benefit most from innervate. How huge the benefit actually is to the raid I hadn't quite realized before reading this post.
Maybe all druids aren't aware of it, being used to focus mainly on the mana pools of the healers?
While making up my mind whether to beg or not to beg in raid for innervate, I'll at least help resto4life telling the world about why you should innervate arcane mages. Maybe it will help us to get it without having to ask. Up to this day I've actually never received a single innervate. I'm looking forward to it though!
20 hours ago