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The morning of the all hands summon to the Blasted Lands, Aely went for a walk. The late fall air was clear and cool, and leaves crunched under their feet in the less-traveled parts of the streets. She and Roger took the long way around Old Town, south through Tanner Circle and down Bulwarks, across […]

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Epics and Unicorns
comment 4 Written by on July 21, 2009 – 1:02 pm

Back when she was still actively blogging, the lovely Bre introduced me to a concept that I like quite a lot.

Loot Unicorns.

“That elusive piece of loot, that one single object that if you finally, finally receive, will make all your in-game dreams come true. That item that turns you from a nice, loving individual to a raving lunatic. That item that when won will wipe frustrations and disappointments  to nothing.  All those runs, and countless wipes will disappear the moment that illustrious item makes its way into your bags.”

For me, it’s rarely been a single item (though Hakkar’s main hand axe was definitely one).  In fact, it’s not even been a single instance.  For me, the loot unicorn which taunts me, peeks at me through the trees and then disappears whenever I try to get a better look?

Shields.

I ran Karazhan for close to a year, got myself a PVP shield (since you BUY those, they don’t DROP), and was happily hurtling towards Mount Hyjal before I saw the Triptych Shield of the Ancients drop from the Chess event.  I figured I’d just gotten supremely unlucky, until my Paladin had similar (though not quite as extended) trouble getting that shield to drop.

Enter Game Reboot Lich King

I level the Paladin to 80 and start running Naxx, scraping together enough Badges of Heroism to buy the spellpower shield. And until yesterday, the only other shield I have ever seen drop with spellpower on it would’ve been a downgrade (and thus got passed to our lovely Resto Shaman).  Months of Naxx, and TRI did not get a single Voice of Reason drop.  And now three months of running Ulduar 10, and though some affiliated raids have been passing out Pulsing Spellshields like candy, my 10 man has never seen it drop.

Until very recently, even my Shaman was healing with a spellhit offhand fob instead of a spellpower shield (though I finally got her enough badges to wear the same one, in her Naxx10/25 mishmash as my full Ulduar paladin was wearing).

And then yesterday I get invited to tag along to the tail end of a short-handed Naxx 25 run, just to clear out the last four bosses.  I figure, why not – chances are chances, right?

It dropped.

And I love it. Cement skulls, glowy eyeballs, creepy teeth and all.

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4 Responses to “Epics and Unicorns”

  1. SQUEEEEE! Go you!

    I’m actually starting to think the loot problems are my fault. >_> There have been a BUNCH of things that have dropped for you while I wasn’t there that I *still* haven’t seen.

    /facepalm
    /sorry
    /sorry
    /sorry
    .-= Teuthida´s last blog ..The early what, now? =-.

  2. @Teuthida: I can’t blame you for luck on raids that you don’t go on (My Ulduar 10) or didn’t know you yet for (Naxx)! I think we just have shitty loot luck as a raid – 32 Calamity’s Grasps and not one Betrayer? WTF?

  3. I had the same thing with my Priest in TBC waiting for the D3 chest I needed to complete the set. It was the only upgrade available to me outside of Kara. I had to run Shadow Lab for a week and a half, two to three times a day (I was off work) before it finally dropped, I went from halfway through honoured to Exalted with Lower City doing it and the following night I got the Opera Event Robe which was much better….
    .-= FoxC´s last blog ..Watch this space! =-.

  4. Up until last night, it was a hat. No hat in particular, just an epic freaking hat.
    Do you know how embarrassing it is to be raiding 25m Ulduar with a blue heroic hat on? I mean, really, it didn’t even have a metagem socket. It’s bad enough we go weeks and weeks and weeks without seeing a single piece of hunter loot drop from any boss. The real insult on the injury was when the shaman snagged the hunter gloves from FL for off spec.
    But I digress…Last night, by hook or by crook, come hell or high water, I was getting a new damn hat (I only needed one badge to buy my set piece, you see.) We were in a rush to get to Freya to get some attempts in on her, but our tanks wanted to make at least one attempt on both Razor and Ignis because they wanted items from them. So, we do Ignis and what to my wondering eyes did drop, but a shiny new Helm of the Furnace Master.
    Ah, sweet victory.
    Also, my fellow hunter finally got the Twisted Visage he’s been wanting for weeks, now. A good night for us all around, really.
    .-= teh Khol Abides´s last blog ..Intermission: More Teasing, Pleasing Included =-.

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