It’s been a while since I last posted. I have been frantically working ahead in my three AP classes so I’ll have no homework when Cata drops and can play uninterrupted. So, between homework and the occasional breath of fresh air, I haven’t had much time for blogging. I have a few hundred unread posts in my feed-reader.
However, I do have some maybe entertaining stuff for you:
So Ciedd, my forever-noob IRL buddy, is making his last mad dash to 80. He’s been playing WoW since a good deal before Funwell, but has never had a level-capped character. This is partially because he has a below-average attention span, and partially because he’s lazy.
However, last weekend, he told me that if I carried him through all the WotLK instances on my tank he’d level faster because he wouldn’t get bored in the insta-queues. So, I opened Varanatutha’s talent pane, opened the wowhead 4.0 tanking thread, and started putting in points. And after one instance, I was hooked.
Death Knight tanking is the most fun I’ve had since Arena PvP on Flashkaboom. I have little to no clue what I’m doing rotation-wise (I just hit the buttons that light up!) but skills-wise, I’m unstoppable. Death gripping one mob headed for the healer while Dark Commanding the other happened quite often in the early instances before I was totally sure of how to generate threat.
Once I got the rotation figured out, I was golden. Pulling 3k AoE DPS and 2.5k single-target, while keeping threat and following fight mechanics.
And then, Ciedd and I hit a stopper. We were in queue and had been for a full two minutes, waiting for a healer. He offered to spec heals, and while I knew it was a bad idea, I was a good tank. I could just pop CDs if things got hairy, right?
Well, I was wrong. Ciedd was an excellent healer. Utgarde Keep? He prehotted and I pulled the first three/four (everyone pulls differently here, not sure how many it actually is) together and AoEd while he healed. IIRC, there’s about 12-13 mobs in that large of a pack. He didn’t run oom (In Feral gear! 5k mana!) and I only popped one cooldown (Icebound Fortitude, the chain-stuns were getting redonkulous). From then on, we steamrolled every available instance.
We grabbed guildies who were getting their alts to 80 for some guild runs. I made our raid leader late to the raid because I pulled Keristrasza in Nexus without making sure Ciedd knew the fight. The stacking debuff along with the breath attack killed him >.<
Here’s a picture of me pretending to be Kevin Bacon:
Dancing with murloc tadpoles on the quest Oh Noes, the Tadpoles!