I wanted to talk briefly about what I’ve been doing, aside from testing lower level Bear tanking by observing a low level Bear in it’s natural habitat (ie in the middle of a big group of mobs).
What I’ve been doing is playing an alt. An alt I know absolutely nothing about. And I ain’t researching how to do it on a blog.
I’ve got a little Rogue, oh yes I do. It’s my “I love Craft of War: Blind” obsession toon.
It is my Heirloom sink. I have both Heirloom swords, one with Crusader and the other with Fiery (because it looks pretty), the leather Emblem Hit Rating Heirloom shoulders, and one Haste Rating Heirloom trinket.
Yes, I do want the Heirloom chest armor and one more Haste trinket. I just haven’t sunk the Emblems into it yet. Besides the fact that it’ll benefit this toon, it’ll position me well for a Worgen Druid when Cataclysm releases in 2011 ( I try not to get my hopes up.)
But what I do have is a full set of Defias armor to go with my shoulders and neat glowy swords.
I’ve been leveling Combat, and I’ve been trying to tackle stuff solo, no run throughs.
Around the mid-20s, I tanked for a Shadow Priest of appropriate level in Lakeshire, and that felt very challenging. Holding threat on multiple targets is tricky as a Rogue, oh yes it is. Especially when doing the escort quest in Redridge Mountains, taking that wounded Corporal Keegan through the caverns filled with Blackrock Orcs, and everything has respawned, and those little bastards Imps are fireballing you from everywhere….
No, really, it was! I just wish I had a “cause excess threat” move on a Rogue, because Shadow Priest damage can be pretty powerful.
We get Feint, I think we should also get the “Inigo Montoya” move. When you activate it, your character pauses, flourishes his/her weapons, and the enemy freaks out and charges like a crazed berserker.
Anyway, I only thought that lakeshire was challenging.
I found the pinnacle of challenging fun this weekend.
I was in Wetlands around level 28, and went to help those besieged Dwarves in Dun Modr against the Dark Iron Dwarves.
They wanted me to help them out by killing 10 Dark Iron Dwarves, 5 Saboteurs, 5 Demolitionists, and 5 of some other damn thing.
Now, I’ve got a choice. There is that fort right there in front of me, shooting and throwing explosives at the Dwarves… or I could go find some of the camps over where Belegar has an ear waiting to be taken.
The choice? Fight in close quarters, room clearing operations in the fortress, or do nice peaceful ranged pulls in open air with plenty of line of sight.
Oh hell yes, cover me boys, I’m going in!
Damn, that was awesome.
I went in straight at first, I’m 28 and they range from 28 to 30, no Stealth, swords held high.
I pulled one, took him and his friend, took the first two adds that came running, and the next one, and then the one after, and then started looking for the damn Vanish button. Whoops! Too late!
Okay, after I rezzed and ran back, it was time to re-evaluate.
Maybe, and this is just a thought, maybe I’m not a leather wearing dual wielding warrior. Maybe I should try a slightly different approach.
I went through my button bars and started looking for abilities to arrange in combat mode.
I activated Stealth and arranged my bar there for sneaky abilities.
Hey, I’ve got something called Gouge! Neat! Hey, what the hell is Cheap Shot? When did I get that?
Oh wow, this looks shiny!
I went back in with a brand new bag.
I started out in Stealth, used Distract, Sapped a mob, Cheap Shotted his buddy, burned him down before he had a chance to touch me, Gouged a third running in and tackled another, and DAMNIT I had a blast!
I felt like a frenzied whirlwind of destruction.
But a quiet, sneaky little frenzied whirlwind.
I cleared the whole place just for fun, sneaking past mobs with a Distract toss in the appropriate direction to slip into the bar, clearing over here, Cheap Shotting over there, Sap-Sap-Sapping away.
I actually Pickpocketed a mob! No, for reals!
Having to deal with lots of mobs, each of which were individually tough (those Demolitionists are tough little hairy buggers), all of whom are close together with lots of patrolling buddies just within earshot, made me have to do something horrible.
I had to learn2play.
Seriously, it was challenging, it was new and different, and the abilities I had available were just what I needed to get the job done.
More than anything else, it was memorable.
I can burn down Raptors in seconds, and it doesn’t really feel that powerful. It’s just doing what you do for a quest. Pull, attack, dead, NEXT!
Struggling against crowds of mobs all your level, knowing you’ve been given the tools to get it done, and that if you fail, it was because it was your skill and wits that didn’t measure up. That is what made it memorable.
And this wasn’t in an end game raid. It wasn’t in a new Heroic.
It was just me and a little level 28 alt.
I don’t know, I’m starting to wonder if I should branch out, try a different tree. Maybe get myself a pair of Daggers, and begin exploring the esoterica of Mutilation or Subtlety.
I sure wish I knew a couple folks that played a Rogue, so I could ask some questions. Sigh.
/ducks the thrown knives of Kaelyn, Jess and Cassie.
Oh, and I’m on vacation starting tonight, and going through to the weekend. I’m gonna be swimming in the Wisconsin Dells, so until then… have fun, everyone!
Bear tanking mini-guides will resume this weekend. Bye!