What a crazy, crazy weekend.
Sometimes, you have a stretch of days that are “lazy Sunday” days.
You know what I mean. You might have a few minor things you are doing, but for the most part you don’t have any big goals, or goals you feel up to doing. So you kinda drift around, idly doing a few quests, or farming some Herbs or Ore, or just sit around in PvP participating in guild chat.
Then… then you get a small frantic burst of activity that makes you feel like you won a spot on one of those old “you can keep whatever you can cram in a shopping cart in 30 seconds go go go” kind of game shows from my childhood.
I loved those shows. Go for the big ticket shelf, Velma! Don’t waste time in the sock aisle!
This weekend was just such a crazed, frantic mess of stuffs.
I’m not going to waste your time with in depth analysis of this or that. I had fun, and I certainly hope you did too.
I will hit what I feel were some of the Highlights.
I earned the Elder title.
Mostly due to having received credit for doing all of the Elder stuff LAST year. I only had to do Northrend, and get 50 Coins of Ancestry. This meant that after getting all the Northrend Coins, I only had to fly from easy access point to point in Azeroth to get the other 25+ Coins I was missing.
I main tanked Omen.
This was a big deal for me, because I’ve never actually seen Omen up and fought before. He was always dead when I passed through Moonglade before. But we had been doing some instances and raids, and afterwards I went to Moonglade, saw Omen sitting there, and mentioned I was gonna take him on. I had a few other guildies, Nighthawque and Ruune and Falromord, come on over to Moonglade, and I charged Omen and started beating on him hard. Over time others passing by jumped in to help beat him up, but I main tanked him 100% of the time, and by the end of the fight I had well over a million threat built up on him. It was cool.
I leveled a character to 58.
Hehe… no, not my Death Knight. I do have a Death Knight at 58, but it’s my SHAMAN I played and dinged 58. I got the ding last night, and now it’s on to Outlands, baby! I am still Enhance, I want so bad to switch to Elemental, but I literally know NOTHING about it, about the gear for it, and I have no gear or idea how you even play Elemental. It sucks. I am playing around with just dropping 100g on Spellpower gear and winging it at 60. I WANT to learn how to heal, and to heal I need the right gear. But I don’t want to gimp myself walking into outland. So I dunno.
I ran a lot of Instances.
Of course, this is nothing new. Ran a lot of Gundrak, Violet Hold, Nexus, Azjol-Nerub, Drak’theron Keep, etc etc. On Heroic. And I got my Essence of Gossamer, so the very last pre-Naxx upgrade I am seriously looking for is the Keystone Great-Ring from Drak’Theron Keep. That’s kinda crazy.
On the subject of Instances… had some weird damn bugs. We did a Heroic Violet Hold, got the blueberry as first boss, I was on my Hunter I think, and we wiped the first time on Blueberry. When we all wiped and came back in, let it reset, talked to the woman and went after it again… starting at Portal #3, we got double portals. We got Portal 1, then portal 2, then Portal 3 and 4 BOTH popped simultaneously, and THEN we got the Dog boss and a single pull steaming add portal both pop simulataneously.
We damn near got it, awesome tanking, but with the streaming adds, the dog boss, the Lava, it just overwhelmed us.
On third restart, it properly reset and we did Blueberry and won and finished it out, still shaking our heads.
Another instance later the same evening, we went into Nexus, and 5 seconds after downing the Void boss, the instance locked. HARD.
Everyone just froze in place. We were able to log out with Ctrl-F4, and log in on our other characters, and still have our guild roster show us in the instance. I took a screenshot of being logged in on two characters at the same time, but as it shows everyone’s toon names, I’ll refrain from posting that one. It took about 15 minutes, and tickets to GMs, with our mains locked into lala land before it finally reset on it’s own… and all the trash was reset. All of it except the ice tunnel, lol. So, a bit longer of an instance night than expected for a Nexus run.
My special project proceeds unabated.
My special project has been quite a bit of fun… now I’m into my Shaman, but I have made good progress and have had some fun. And I know, I’m only mentioning it to annoy the folks that have the curiosity of a cat.
Somewhere in there, we went into Naxxramas.
And we wiped. Repeatedly. We had two tanks, three healers and 5 DPS, and we decided to go in and take a solid shot at the first boss of the Spider Wing. We took a lot of tries at it, and I can honestly say that every single run was much better than the one before. The positioning, the running, the healing, it all improved every shot.
The final problem we ran up against, was when the healers kept the tank alive awesome, heck kept the entire party alive the entire run… all the way to the hard 10 minute Enrage timer. And he still had a LOT of health left at 10 minutes when he Enraged.
We’re all like “We’re gonna do it, we’re going great, oh shit he Enraged, I just got destroyed, oh holy hell, RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! OH, THE HUMANITY!”
It was an awesome learning experience… and I feel confident after seeing the team pulling together, that after a couple more weeks of everyone running some Heroics, getting better geared, maybe some DPS rotation work and fine tuning at a target dummy, and we’ll be right in the groove.
Of course, I believe in ending every evening on a high note. So after we left Naxx with our tails between our legs… we all trooped over to Vault of Archavon and beat him like a red-headed Rassendyll in Ruritania. Right off the cuff, 5 minute brief and BOOM! down he went. We had to destroy a Warlock chest armor, but Falromord got the nice, pretty Tier 7.10 Chest for Fury Warriors. Score!
Crazy man, crazy.
Oh yeah, and I soloed Blackrock Depths 100% in it’s entirety for my Shaman at some point, I think Saturday night, and ended up with over 15 full stacks of Runecloth and a bunch of greens. I went into the throne room as a Bear, pulled the Emperor, and let the entire room aggro on me… at no point in all of Blackrock Depths did I ever fall below 30,000 health. My self heals from Improved Leader of the Pack kept me up.
Have I ever mentioned that I love being a tank that can dish out the DPS? Have I?
I’ve soloed it before, sure, but the fact that my health just never dipped was hilarious.
I’m starting to think about soloing Attumen just to see how it goes.