What to do at 80… Maybe a little of this…
So I hit 80 the other day… you may have read that far…
This left me in a quandary.
I have promised myself I will quest right through Northrend before I instance or raid.
I have promised myself I will revisit the old world before I Instance and Raid the newest world.
I have promised myself I will be strong…
But I am weak…
Thursday night, I found myself logging on… I wasn’t going to, but I am weak.
There were a lot of things I wanted to do, but I got a whisper from one of my mates asking if I wanted to join them in ZG to take down Hakkar for the achievement.
Not what I wanted to do, but it falls into the category of Old World, so before I knew what I was doing I had accepted the party invite and the summons.
We dropped in on Hakkar, without dealing with any of the other bosses. He proved too strong for us at 1st. The group decided that we were crippled by a few things…
- The other bosses were all alive, and we were facing too many special abilities.
- Our Healer (Tree Hugger Dave) was crippled after an unfortunate incident where he tried to take on his alter-ego (a tree) armed only with a motorbike and bare feet. Score: Tree 1: Broken toe 1. Apparently pain meds + alcohol are a great combination.
- Said tree druid had swapped his bark for feathers… so the bloody “tree-druid” was out dps’ing the Mage… when he was menat to be healing!
So we went off and had a quiet chat to the other ZG bosses, suggesting that they step out of the way, and not empower Hakkar. I got a little distracted on the way, and decided that it was time to do a bit of fishing while I was in the neighborhood.
Bizarre achievement by the way… you just have to fish him up… which only involves fishing for the bait… Once you fish him up.. run like hell and you still get the achievement. We tried for the turtle though… good money there, if you manage to score it.
Achievement in hand, it was time to off Hakkar.
Not so tough now are you!
I can’t remember why, maybe I felt like doing a little more fishing or cooking, but I was in Outland, so I dropped over to Hellfire Peninsula, and looked for the one spot on the map I had never been… apparently I was never in great need of Motes of Shadow.
Friday night I spent the 1st 3 hours cleaing up my inventory, looking for and purchasing gear on the AH, and working out the best way to start leveling Tailoring and Enchanting.. which included some Outland enchants on my new gear.
At this point I want to thank Miss Elf for her guides: Guide: Pre-Raid Mage Gear in Wrath and Guide: Mage Enchants & Gems in Wrath. I know they aren’t the only ones out there, but I found them at the right time.
So I have laid down a chunk of cash on gear, gems and enchants (Ohh how much I love the fact that you can buy enchanted scrolls on the AH!), the question is what to do next… level enchanting for a bit I think.
That’s when I get a whisper out of the blue asking if I want to come to Naxx!
Is this person mad?
I check them out, they are from my guild.
I whisper back to tell them I have only just cleared the level 80 hurdle and can probably offer nothing more than a target for the bosses to one shot.
Raid Invite box appears…
“We know, it’s OK” whisper is returned.
That’s when I realize it’s my favorite Guild Leader Malleo sending the raid invite… he knows, and is always looking out for me.
When I get there, the party is forming up for Gothik kill.. I get told to go undead side and DPS my heart out.
I am very thankful to our Raid Leader (Madamehell)… she was extremely patient. Not because anyone screwed up, but just because she realised she would have to repeat the strategy again, yet did so happily and very clearly… even checking in with me to make sure I was up to speed.
Sounds easy… and would have been easier if I wasn’t lagging so much… so much DPS, so few screen refreshes.
Before I know it, job done… way before I knew it.. I was waiting for the big moment, and it kind of passed me by.
I got my 1st one of these… and the achievement to boot.
Next up was the Four Horsemen…
Well, next up was a Four Horsemen wipe.
This made me feel much better (strange but true), this felt right… one must wipe before one clears after all.
Quick change of tactics brought a swift end to the fight. I was quite proud of myself… knowing nothing at all about the encounter, yet I worked out pretty quick to change targets when I got my 3 charges and dps to my hearts content.
The weirdest thing out of the whole fight was I was watching my bars. I am used to watching my health and mana bars, I always had to watch them like a hawk in TBC.
My mana bar must have been broken.
- My health bar went down and up like a yo yo… as one would expect…
- But my mana bar just sat there at full… I couldn’t cast fast enough to make it move… so I just cast and cast some more.
I was feeling pretty good at this point. I felt good that I had blown a couple of grand on gear so I could at least contribute a little. At the end of the 1st fight I was in 20th position on the meters, at the end of the 2nd 16th… which I assume was due to deaths, because I wasn’t putting out that much damage.
The call was put out to roll…
Gnome rolls… a 27….
No, not just a 27, but the 27.. the highest 27 roll for that item.
Pffft… 1,000 gold down on a chest piece I replace 2 hours later… glad I had a stockpile left over from TBC, otherwise I would have been crying…
That said, you know how these things work.. I bought 1,000 gold worth of luck to spend on a roll of 27!
Whoah, I have done 200 dailies?
There is one daily that is going to prove the death of me though… Aces High!
I expect I will work it out one day… just wasn’t going to be this day…
Please someone save me from this frustration….
Ohh what’s that?
My mates want to know if I want to run any instances…
Maybe this Voilet Hold place I have heard of… bit like Black Morass on steroids.
Sounds good…. ohh give me one of those things too…
Culling of Stratholme… sure, why not!
This was an interesting experience… great to be back in the Caverns of Time, and even better that I wasn’t getting lost this time around.
The scenery was good, the story line interesting.
Just one question…. Is there a fast forward button one can use on repeat visits to theses places?
I really don’t think I could be bothered listening to Arthas blabbing on again about his plans. It was great 1st time around, but please tell me I can just keep running in future.
We didn’t complete Stratholme… at this point it was 4am or maybe closer to 4.30 am.
This is all good… a couple of pieces of unfinished business is good for the soul.
Maybe this week I can color in the gaps!
Gnomer and Out!
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