This is a rather unconventional post that is intended to explain in one way or another that I. . . iz. . . back!
Kind of. . .
Some of you might recognize me, but to refresh the memories of those that don't this is my channel and these are some of my guides. Long story short, I stopped posting videos abruptly after promising many more guides which is why I'm making this thread.
Before I get to the point, an explanation is warranted on where I've been. If you followed my streaming, you probably know I stopped when I was diagnosed with Crohn's. I needed to shift my content to a platform that allowed for a more flexible use of time (YouTube) so that I didn't stream for hours each night. My Crohn's is rather mild, but it periodically makes me tired to the point that it wouldn't be fair to my viewers (or myself). So I adjusted my diet (fruits and veggies galore!), brushed up my video editing skills and moved to YouTube!
Around my second guide I went in for a (now regular) blood test to "wrap up" my diagnosis before committing to a treatment plan. They were looking at my liver, specifically, to ensure it was healthy enough to tolerate various potential prescriptions. Lo and behold, my enzyme levels were elevated. There are a number of reasons this could be, but two ERCP's and many weeks later (I wouldn't stay under the first time) I was diagnosed with PSC. At that point I needed a break from everything to sort out how this would affect my life and what I needed to do going forward.
For those who didn't click the links (or did and don't even. . .) Crohn's causes inflammation in my colon (large intestines) that can trigger a "flare" wherein I experience fatique and symptoms similar to your typical food intolerance. If poorly managed this inflammation can spread and lead to surgery/cancer. PSC is basically the same thing but in my liver where my bile ducts are inflammed. PSC is currently considered untreatable outside of a transplant when my liver (inevitably) fails. Put them together and I need to eat much more than your average bear to even hope to maintain my present weight as my body has trouble breaking down and absorbing food.
I've come to terms with my situation and am adequately prepared to manage my symptoms thanks to an incredibly early diagnosis. Basically, I'll be periodically shoving tubes down my throat and up my butt to make sure my organs aren't trying to mutiny. . . joy. . . I was going to return to making guides before 1.0.8 hit, but my computer caught fire one night when I was (luckily) there to catch it. I spent the following weeks piecing together a new computer. I still have the burnt cables/HDDs so I should probably take pictures for show and tell ;P
TL;DR: I have Crohn's (periodic russian roulette food intolerance-like symptoms), PSC (gives me the liver of a raging alcoholic and skinny jeans), my computer caught fire and I have a new computer.
Real life srz bsnz out of the way, I want your imput on what to do with my channel! I could continue on with precisely the same style of guide, but I'm wondering if more of you prefer shorter/more frequent mini-guides in contrast to the longer/in-depth guides I have now. I enjoy making these builds to share with you, but I want to make sure you can tolerate watching them ;P
This build pairs Spirit Barrage with the spirit theme of Rush of Essence to allow for spamming your abilities. Horrify with Frightening Aspect, Soul Harvest and Gruesome Feast provide significant boosts do your damage and defensive stats allowing you to get by with mediocre gear. You can use the version shown here for fast AoE clearing of the lower MP levels through Grave Injustice or swap in more traditional abilities like Zombie Bears and Acid Cloud for the higher MP levels.
Feedback and/or criticism is welcomed and appreciated as always