- This week saw a lot of raiding action, with Annorah running OS10 and Naxx 10, and Aely running Malygos/OS25 and Ulduar 25 and then Ulduar 10 last night. I’ll have thoughts about Paladin stuff later this week.
- TRI saw the death of Flame Leviathan, Razorscale, XT-002 Deconstructor, and were VERY close to taking down Kologarn this week. We ran out of raid time before we ran out of boss, unfortunately. I expect to see him down this week. (We skipped Ignis, since we would’ve been attempting him before his hotfixes went in that kept him from randomly oneshotting raid members)
- My Ulduar 10 raid saw Flame Leviathan, Razorscale, and XT-002 Deconstructor down as well, but we DID attempt Ignis, since his bugs were supposedly fixed. Though we didn’t see bugginess, we didn’t have time to really put in more than two attempts – both of which were solid. If this 10 man runs again next Sunday (which I hope it does, I had TONS of fun), I expect him to go down as well.
- Both raids got the Gravity Bomb achievement – pre-hotfix.
- As much fun as I’m having with my *raids*, I’m not entirely sure yet about Ulduar. I think this is largely a class/healing based issue, however, and I do like the boss encounters I’ve run up against so far. I just… well, I’m not sure I like healing them. More on that later when I talk about Paladin healing in there.
- I’m running Auctioneer again, on a tentative, trial by fire sort of basis. It’s a HUGE memory hog, even when it’s just running on my banker, but I’m told, with the right knowhow, I can make good supplemental gold doing it. Having shelled out 2K for dual specs so far, plus an epic flight training approaching for Annylais, I need to both farm more herbs AND work on making the most out of the auction house.
- The Feathermoon glyph market took a nose dive yesterday. I’m hoping it boosts back up slightly, as I still have glyphs to sell.
- Farming herbs for two healing classes worth of mana potions, elixirs, and flasks takes quite awhile – especially when you add in a Paladin tank (my husband) whose flasks and such I also make, as part of our trade-alliance.
To all the folks stopping by from WI today (and recently) Howdy, and make yourself at home!
XT-002 Deconstructor is a little pain in the arse robot that does calisthenics before you pull him and sounds like Pinochio on Helium. He’s the second “required” boss in Ulduar, after Flame Leviathan – though technically Ignis and Razorscale are both “before” him, they are optional.
Healing this particular fight is pretty intensive, because the combination of Light Bombs (5 yard range, consistent AOE damage), Gravity Bombs (10 yard range, ticking bomb AOE), and Tantrums (raid wide 10% damage every second for 12 seconds, for a total of 120% health on everyone in the zone) makes for a lot of unhappy consequences when someone screws up.
It’s also tough to heal as a Paladin, since AOE/Group healing *shines* in this fight. So – to maximize healing, this is how we set it up:
- Divide up your ranged healers (Ideally 4 of them – Holy Priests, Druids, Shamans) – one for each “corner”. Give each of them 2 ranged DPS.
- Your Single Target/Tank healers should stand in between, and somewhat closer in (Paladins, Discipline Priests, Druids).
This way you deal effectively with the adds, your ranged healers always have someone to hit with their AOE healing during Tempest, and nobody is too far away to get another healer to help them out if they get Light Bombed.
As a tank healer, I put Beacon of Light on myself, and healed the tank through the Tempests, plus casting Holy Shocks on other healers to keep them topped off (since the tank is still getting smacked, he takes more damage than I do).
TRI is still struggling with managing the various Bombs during the add phase – mostly not blowing up the tank/each other while the healers are busy dealing with the explosive AOE damage, but we got him to around 30% tonight, and will be back tomorrow to kick him around some more, and steal his toys. Judging by how much he whines about wanting toys, and not wanting to break them, I figure he’s got some nice things to share.
Everyone knows about sharing right?
I have, as it were, a confession to make. Some of you may have guessed it by now – it’s not all that secret of a thing. And I guess, in the grand scheme of things, it’s no great awful thing either, just an admission of an unusual personal preference.
I don’t like Northrend.
I don’t. I know everyone loves it, and it’s so pretty and aren’t the quests awesome! And it *is* pretty – some of my favorite areas in the game are in Northrend (Especially Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, and Storm Peaks). But I still don’t like it.
The Lore is tremendous. We’re fighting Arthas FINALLY, right? And those poor ghosts on the Forgotten Coast. And OMG WRATHGATE. And all this Earthen/Titan/Watcher stuff in Ulduar?! You’re right, of course. The Northrend lore is much more connected to the history of Warcraft and past games. It’s central to a LOT of the experiences of our characters. Hooray!
I still don’t like it.
I don’t like questing there, I don’t like hanging out there. I don’t like Dalaran (GASP HORROR!). It’s all very very pretty, of course, but I have no connection to the city itself.
So Anna, you ask, do you like Outland?
To be honest? I like Outland better than I like Northrend, at least from the standpoint of my Draenei. She connects there – and my Druid is connecting there as well. As yet NONE of my characters have connected to Northrend, with the possible exception of Aely, who lost any connection anywhere past Dragonblight.
It’s the only explanation I have for why I have characters and LOVE leveling them until they get to the mid 50’s… and then stall out. I like the original game better. I just do. Sometimes I can revive someone out to Outland (as I’ve had massive success with Annylais), but I had to literally *force* myself to get Annorah to 80, and have hardly logged her in since, since everything left for her to do… is in Northrend. At least Aely is raiding and actively RPing.
I’m lucky if I can get 10-15 quests done each time I log Angoleth or Anaelle in.
It’s not that I don’t like them or want to play them. I log in excited to work on them, with RP ideas and things to do… and then get so fed up with the Northrend quests that I just give up and go do something else, frequently either not-WoW related or an alt that’s still in Old World Azeroth.
Yes, that’s what I said. Old World Azeroth. I like it better than Northrend – I know, I’m nuts. But I’d rather level a character from 0-55 than anything higher than that. It’s one of the reasons why I have so many alts!
So will I ever have a third level 80 character?
Quite possibly not. And that makes me sad, as I’d really like to experiment with Discipline Priest healing, and eventually Druid healing as well, not to mention how much FUN being a Hunter can be. But it takes such a sheer act of willpower to DO anything that I’m pretty sure if I do end up with another 80, it won’t be for quite some time.
I’m sure I’m pretty well alone in this, since everyone keeps telling me how amazing Northrend is, and I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments. But I can’t help it… I just don’t like Northrend.
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