What’s been going on? Well, it’s a new year! (Happy New Year to everyone!) Oh, you wanted to know about what has been going on in WoW? Well, let me tell you.
As you know, I have been leveling my Druid, Fyra. I had decided to skip Uldum in favor of going straight to Twilight Highlands at 84 to get my final 9+ million XP.. One thing she had going for her was full rested XP throughout the leveling from 80. That allowed me to start with Hyjal, move to Deepholm and then finish up in Highlands. So, Sunday morning, just before logging out to have lunch, she dinged 85. She is my second toon to 85 so far. She didn’t do a single instance during that time and could really use some gear, of course. I finally started getting some good upgrades from the ICC gear I had on during the time in Twilight Highlands. I have to say that fighting mobs is much easier with the hunter since I don’t personally get attacked most of the time. On Fyra, they well all up in my grill (I really have no idea what that means, but my son said I should write that).
Additionally, Thursday we headed back into Blackwing Descent to take on the Omnitron Defense System. We didn’t get it down, but we did get it to around 38%, which was pretty good. I think on Tuesday, we’re headed back there and hopefully we can get it “all” the way down.
I have to make a decision as to the next toon to level. I’m thinking it will probably be the priest, Fhuun, but really not sure. I also have mage, paladin and rogue that are 80. I’m still not so excited about leveling the rogue and I think it would be cool to really learn how to tank with the Paladin finally (maybe). Decisions, decisions. I’ve also been working on the professions. Well, all except for blacksmithing really. Engineering is lots of fun and I made some nice money selling the bunny pet you can make with it.
That’s about it. I’m happy to have another 85, but now it means I need to get her geared!
For the last couple of nights, Mythos has been back in the raiding game. To be honest, it’s really more of an “I” am back in the raiding game. I was away for a week and they gave a try to a few bosses during that time (with no success). The first raid we tried on Tuesday was Argaloth in Baradin Hold. We had won Tol Barad (amazingly enough) and so were able to head in to the “PvP” raid instance.
For this fight you split into two groups (oh, yeah, we’re doing 10man raiding) each with a tank. The two groups stand on either side of the boss somewhat facing each other. The tanks will taunt the boss back and forth. I’m not sure when because I was too busy pushing buttons to keep track. At a few points in the fight he will start flinging out fire onto the ground at players. At this point you need to run around like a chicken with your head cut off and avoid the patches of burning ground (“don’t stand in the fire”™). It seemed, other than that, like a pretty straight forward tank and spank. We wiped the first try as we hit the enrage timer (5 minutes). It is a “hard” timer. If you hit the 5 minute mark, you are more than likely finished. The second time, we killed him! With about 4 seconds left on the timer.. (wow) Resto Druid Tier 11 piece dropped along with a caster PvP ring. I enjoyed this fight. Of course, that is probably because we beat him.
Moving on, we headed to Bastion of Twilight to give a try to Wyrmbreaker. We supposedly got a pretty bad combination of drakes but I’m sure that’s not all that was wrong. We unfortunately spent the rest of the night wiping over and over on this boss. We really never even got to, as ranged DPS, even attack the actual boss. It was taking way too long to get even the first drake down and the aoe from the protodrake was destroying us. From doing this and the boss we tried the next night, I have to say that the hardest job of all belongs to the healers. Either we’re just not ready, they are doing something wrong or well, I just don’t know. Maybe we all are doing something wrong. The healers were generally out of mana pretty quickly and they say there was none of that “thinking” which heal to use. It was pretty much all “spam my biggest”. The amount of damage being done to the whole raid on an ongoing basis (barring even any "standing in the fire") was crazy. Obviously, we failed. We called it a night after about 20 tries or more.. (ouch)
The next night (last night) we headed into Blackwing Descent to fight Magmaw instead. This is a fight that seems to require quite a bit of AoE ability. Unfortunately, Hunter’s AoE has been nerfed to the ground. Our usefulness in this fight seems to come more from being able to use traps to help slow the mob of adds. During the fight, a large group of Lava Worms or whatever are spawned (each with 100k hp) and need to be mowed down ASAP. If they get close to you, they jump on your head (not fun). Well, I don’t think we were prepared. Again there is a large amount of AoE and even directed damage done to everyone in the raid on an ongoing basis making it very difficult for the healers to keep up and/or preserve their mana. We wiped on this boss many times and never got him down below 85%.
Between the two raiding nights (btw, we’re going to raid again tonight….) I swapped specs on Fimlys. Fimlys is, for the first time ever, a Survival Spec Hunter now. It’s pretty astounding the difference in DPS between MM and SV for now. I was pulling about 12k dps easily using a pretty simple rotation without hitting any cooldown. I definitely feel like I can contribute more now that I’m not sitting down at the bottom of the meters. Actually, I’m usually at the TOP! It’s pretty nice while it lasts. Oh, and Fyra is level 84! I’ve also been working hard on my professions. Alchemy is up to 525, so Fyra is now maxed with Herb and Alchemy. Fimlys is still working on Leatherworking. It’s not an easy profession to level. Enchanting, Engineering (fun stuff!), Jewelcrafting and Tailoring are all being worked on (in addition to Mining off and on).
So, that’s it so far this week. More raiding tonight. Obviously we all have a lot of room for improvement, especially in gear. I’ll be really happy when the DPS metagem gets rid of this stupid “more blue gems than red” requirement..
Last night I spent a little quality time on my Druid. Fyra hit 82 and finished up Hyjal in the process. Haven’t really started on Deepholm yet other than to fly around herbing. I picked up a bunch of herbs and got my Herbalism to 512 and Alchemy to 500! I can make some of the new Flasks now but the mats are a little much for me at this point. I really had a good time in Hyjal. It is much more “traditional” than Vashj’ir is (not surprising). That doesn’t mean I liked it more than the underwater zone, I just liked it differently. The lore and story were pretty cool although it didn’t seem as much of an epic tale as the other. It still was lore heavy and it was interesting to see the different “personalities” you get to meet there.
One thing I have to agree with my friend Lady Jess in that leveling as a Moonkin in Hyjal, there were VERY few quest rewards that were appropriate. All the leather tended to be Stam/Agi leather. Luckily, my current gear is fine for now, but I can see me needing some upgrades soon. Hopefully I’ll find some in Deepholm.
After getting my herbalism and alchemy leveled up a bit, I decided to start a little experiment. My rogue is sitting at level 78. I was hoping this expansion would be like the last two and allow you to start the zones and quests two levels earlier. Unfortunately, I have been told that isn’t the case with Cataclysm. So, given the large amount of XP you get from doing Archeology, I decided to try leveling him to 80 just running around digging. At this point he is a little over 600k from 79 and I really didn’t do all that much of it so far. One thing I saw talked about on Twitter today was an addon that I’m going to try tonight at some point. That addon is Archy. It sounds like it adds some nice UI changes to make archeology much easier.
Oh, and my guild made it to level 4! Now we get 5% more rep from quests and kills. Other than that, I’m hoping to get into some heroics tonight. One group went last night and did a bunch and I think the idea is to swap out a few people so that all 10 of the people who are slated to raid get in to try to get some additional gear. So, that’s it for today. Hope you guys have been having a good time. Let me know what you are up to. Are you planning to raid? Are you doing 10 man or 25 man? Anyone get into some heroics yet? How hard are they?