Oh! I almost forgot.. I respecced to “Hybrid”. I don’t really like the Damage Mitigation stuff in the Survival tree, so I went a mix Survival/MM. It seemed to do well in Heroic Slave Pens last night. I can’t tell though if I was doing better with my MM build or this new one. I like the LOOOONG trap duration and shorter cooldown. I think that saved our bacon a few times.. I don’t hit quite as hard though and my Pet is almost useless now (*cry*) since I have no points in BM to buff him up. Does anyone have any suggestions for changes to the spec? I may just switch back, but I am enjoying being able to trap quickly.. It might be useful in Kara for Moroes fight with those adds.. Maybe I’ll find out on Friday or Saturday…
On a side note, did anyone notice that the Armory site seems to be a little faster lately? Do you think that is because less people are using it (novelty has worn off), it was optimized or they beefed up the system(s) it is running on? It seems much more useful when it is responsive
Went to Slave Pens again last night. Actually, we first went to Underbog (Same group as night before). We had issues in Underbog though. I have a feeling we either were not the right group makeup or we just need better gear
The main issues we had were with the dual Bog Giants near the first boss. We just could not get them down with 1 tank, 2 healers, 2 dps. Ah well. Instead of wasting a ton of time on that, we ran back to Slave Pens.
We proceeded to make our way past the First Boss again with little fanfare (went REALLY well actually). It is amazing how much easier this stuff is when you are prepared. Then we got to the second boss. Our Mage became “Kite Woman” and got really good at kiting the last mob until she could kill it while the rest of us took dirt naps. On the second boss, all but the 2 DPS (Mage and Me) died and she Kited him down the hall while we both shot him up. He finally dropped and we celebrated. The drops last night weren’t all that great, but we all get the Badges so that was good. We didn’t make it to the final boss because we were having issues killing the 4 Crabbie dudes near the end and it was really late (for 2 of us at least). There were the normal issues with Vent crapping out on people and some lag issues, but we had a great time as usual.
I still have been feeling really bad about abandoning Frerevacca and the other Fimlys for so long. It isn’t all that surprising to me (given the number of Alts I have scattered around). I want to spend time on them , but my time is so limited. I have some good friends I have made in Mythos and really enjoy the time I spend adventuring with them. Ah well.
Not much else is going on around here. Hope you like the screen shot from then Entrance to the Pens. I like the Skull.. Verry Scary!
I may do another post or somesuch later. I was thinking about starting to post relevant news stuff about WoW too and what is going on. I’ll take a look later and see if there is anything interesting. I will probably create a WoW-News category if I do.
Very exciting night last night.. My FIRST Heroic instance. We decided to go for Slave Pens. I only have the Coilfang key so we had to pick one of those and the group picked SP.. We did pretty well, once we got the hang of it. We started a little “wonky” and proceeded to wipe on the first group of “trash”. Then we got into our groove and made quick work of them all. Very few wipes (and one Network based DC [me]) away and we were killing the first boss.. (Menuu, I think). He drops totems that need to be killed and in Heroic he seems to have UNLIMITED hit points. It took a pretty long time to kill him (I should have timed it), but we did it in style and we each got our little token to prove it. Of course, we need at least 14 more for the cheapest item at the vendor.
We ran up a little farther and then decided to call it a night. All in all, I think it was very successful and we all had a great time.
Hunter (me) [W/ Pet]
Druid (Main Tank)
Priest (Main Healer)
Paladin (Secondary Healer/Off Tank)
I have a question for all of you.. I was thinking about respeccing Marksman/Survival instead of Marksman only. I seem to be using my traps a lot (at least in instances and raids) and think the added functionality I get from there might be worth it. I would lost some DPS, I’m sure. What do you guys think? Do you have any good Specs? I was looking at this one possibly (spec). Please let me know what you think and maybe link in a survival / mm build that works for you. I don’t want to sacrifice too much DPS for the added CC abilities (since I haven’t felt TOO much pain without the Survival tree talents). I really appreciate your feedback.
On a sadder note….. Looks like Patch 2.1 isn’t going to be making it today. It gives me time, I guess, to get on there and test my respec. I wish they had a way to “pretend” to respec and see what the resulting changes to your stats are, etc.
Ok.. I hope to hear from y’all and I’ll talk u later.
EDIT: Almost forgot to mention the quite annoying “Authenticating….” issue we had last night. Seems that (probably) the authentication server(s) went down or were hung up or something and we were all stuck waiting to login for over 1 1/2 hours. Considering it all though, I guess Blizzard is pretty good about getting these things fixed pretty fast. Gave me a chance to watch a little TV and try the Ninja Gaiden Sigma demo on my PS3.