One Step Closer

Last night we headed off to Firelands to finish off the last of the collect 250 parts quest for our guild Mage Falahla who was pursuing the questline for the legendary weapon.  The bosses were dropping just 3 parts each and so we were a little nervous we wouldn’t make it.  However, she ended the raid having collected all the parts required.  All we have left now is killing Rag and collecting his heart. 

We’ve extended the raid lock-out and hopefully next week we’ll down him and the guild will have its legendary and their mini-pets.  We might have it done this weekend…we’ll see.  I’m confident we can find a group from the guild to complete this challenge.  He has been downed by the guild before, so it’s just a matter of getting those people familiar with the fight to complete it and refresh their memories. 

After the raid, someone focusing on the guild classy contest was looking for people around level 83 to run normal dungeons for guild reputation.  Amazingly we had a full group!  A few level 85s that wanted to try new specs or just weren’t geared enough yet joined and I offered to tank on that prot paladin I had been leveling up…I probably wouldn’t have offered, but we were going to have a level 85 priest learning to heal so I figured better now.  We got Vortex Pinnacle, which I was nervous about because I was hoping for Throne of Tides or BRC.  My health pool is pretty low considering I’m only wearing the “tank” quest gear.  But we managed to complete it without anyone dying, which I think is a success! 

I felt fairly confident tanking, however I still need to learn to round up the caster adds a little better.  They are sometimes REALLY spread out in that instance.  I also should use tank cooldowns a little more than I did.  But it’s been a REALLY long time since I tanked so I think it wasn’t too bad.  If nothing else, it made me confident that I probably can at least tank normals here and there to get some better gear and some Justice Points.

The 2011 Character Review

I’m probably a few days late on this post, but I thought I’d do a summary of how my characters performed and how their journey was in 2011.  As Cataclysm was released just before 2011, it was interesting to see how they adapted to the changes and how they did.  So without further ado…

Rossini
Rossini hit level 85 a week or two into 2011.  As a member of a successful raiding group in late LK, Rossini was a priority so that I could hit raiding in Cataclysm.  However, it was evident that it wasn’t going to happen.  I was severely lagging behind everyone else and hadn’t done any heroics.  It was clear Rossini was not going to be an early Cataclysm raider.  Also, pushing hard to level is not my style, and soon after 85, Rossini was burned out.  He maxed out professions pretty quickly, but heroics and dungeons burned him out and unfortunately I would soon avoid logging in on him.  Warlock isn’t my ideal class anyways.  He did however sub in for raiding and got Nefarian, Cho’gall, and Al’akir killed.  This was about where his play time ended.  Other than holidays and disenchanting things, Rossini’s highlights ended around the time Firelands was released.

Elgar
With the addition of archaeology and a desire to avoid leveling zones shortly after expansions, Elgar leveled to 85 using archaeology XP.  This was bad as he didn’t have any gear, but through questing he got to the point where he was “up to speed”.  Keeping disc as a primary spec, he eventually tried his hand at healing.  The first dungeon was a disaster and depressed and scared Elgar then relied on shadow for nearly all activities after that.  I dislike shadow, but wasn’t left with much choice.  Elgar leveled his professions, but then too, was shelved due to general dislike of the condition of priests.  With Firelands, gear was a little easier to obtain, and Elgar went to a non-smite spec.  This changed everything, healing was feasible for him again and soon heroics were no challenge.  As a result, Elgar ended 2011 as a confident healer and with the highest gear score of any of my toons!  Elgar also is rocking his transmogrified priest T5.  He’s again a favorite toon.  I will always have a place for the priest class.

Troutwort and Schubert
These two had about the same story, leveling up, geared enough to do heroics, struggled with crafting professions (Trout is still not max level) and didn’t see much play time.  They still have a long way to go, but nothing bad about either one.  Trout is better for DPS than Schubert because I keep Schubert as frost…and though I love that little gnome, I know my refusal to make him “spec of the patch” will keep me limited.  Nothing special for either one in 2011.

Sousa
Sousa had the biggest changes, though Elgar was spooked away from healing, Sousa thought to give it a shot.  Leveling as enhancement, his “primary” spec, I collected healing gear as it became available from quests and from extras in dungeons.  After collecting enough gear, I started to heal normals to get a feel for it.  I still remember having a heal crit for 52k in my crappy gear and just about falling over dead.  Elgar couldn’t pull off numbers like that!  Then 76k heals from Sousa and I had found my healer.  Sousa quickly became the toon I felt most confident on.  Sousa had a good run, heroics, keeping up with both resto and enhance gear, I grew to really love the shaman.  I did 6/7 in Firelands with Sousa thanks to the great guild group, and had some good luck on mounts with him.  Only once Elgar got more confidence did Sousa lose his place as the favorite/most geared toon.

Sibelius
The druid is a similar story to Troutwort and Schubert, though his professions struggled even more, as I had a max level enchanter, making it to max for enchanting hasn’t been a priority.  Boomkin spec was okay, but for DPS casting, I like the mage better, and though he regained a healing spec, I still don’t care for the HoT-style healing of the druid.  It’s not my style.  Though he hit level 85, Sibelius cannot do heroics and is least accomplished of the level 85s.

Floy
The little gnome DK was a project to push to 85 once I realized all we were missing for the Classy Gnome achievement is a gnome DK.  However, after hitting level 80, Grom hit level 85 on his gnome DK and so she stopped being a project.  She did get her blacksmithing up to 450 which puts her ready to tackle Cataclysm.

Haydn
The dwarf rogue made a push with Cataclysm.  As a way to see lower level zones, Haydn spent much time pushing through zones.  Hitting 2011 around level 35 or so, he ended 2011 at level 70.  He’s a fun diversion from the normal and I found that I did enjoy the rogue more than I thought I would.  New quests probably really helped.  Now that they have nerfed XP required for levels 70 to 80 he might get a little play time, I don’t care for Northrend much anymore, so it’s harder for me to level there than in Outlands…I know, I’m the only one that feels this way.

Mouret
2011 was a HUGE year for the worgen warrior Mouret, mostly because he didn’t exist in 2010.  Ha!  Another class that I always struggled to get into, the new leveling experience and having a hunter friend to level with made the warrior far more tolerable and he wins for most levels earned in 2011, going from level 1 to level 53.  Only slowed by waiting to play with my friend, he’s been a huge success and a good experience to see other things.  In 2012, he’ll try some tanking.

Kalinnikov
Last and least: the dwarf paladin.  The last play time in 2011, less than low level alts on another account I have.  Kalinnikov gained 0 levels in 2011.  Still stuck at level 80, he hasn’t seen any of the new zones.  I should run some of the quests and then get him into some dungeons and learn to tank again, but it hasn’t happened.  I have my toons organized by what level they are…I fear that poor Kalinnikov will one day, be last on the list.  I’m sorry Repgrind, I do not have the enthusiasm to level paladins like you do.

So that’s the summary!  It was a busy year and yet, I feel like 2011 in WoW didn’t accomplish much.  Since patch 4.3 my play time has increased and again I feel interested in WoW.  I’m looking forward to MoP and feel that for me, now, it’s just a matter of getting everyone ready for that point.  The guild changed a bit in 2011 too and though we hit Level 25 pretty close to as soon as we could, we lost some good people, that I will miss, to groups that raided more.  However, the spirit of Crits and Giggles has not changed, we picked up some awesome new players and I look forward to experiencing more and more of the game with them.

Quick Note

I have a certain friend (Repgrind) that is a big fan of Tirion.  It seriously must be a paladin thing.  Anyways, I happened across this (for god’s sake, linking isn’t working – http://www.orcisharmyknife.com/2011/11/minipost-tirion-is-like-worst-dad-ever.html) and realized that if Tirion was my hero, I would be embarrassed about now.  

 I’m also secretly hoping that the rush to try the new instances will allow for some CtA for healers or troll dungeons.  That would be a nice bonus and maybe some new pets for Elgar, he’s at 117/125 now.  Eek!  So close!  Must have more pokemons!

Noble Creepiness

 Better late than never I suppose, I had complained how my paladin didn’t get Noble achievements due to poor luck with opening eggs.  I did however manage to complete all the achievements you need to complete “during” the event and I had plenty of chocolates to eat what I needed.  So the middle of this week, I reviewed what was left and started out my journey. 

First I decided to divebomb the horde.  I had completed all the Alliance for Shake Your Bunny Maker and so was off to Hordeland, I mean Kalimdor.  I figured once over there I could finish up my Desert Rose requirements as well. 

Beware of this dwarf seen hovering around Ogrimmar!

After dive bombing the Horde ladies, I swung down through Tanaris, picked up my teleporter recipe–go go paladin engineers!  I met Kerick down in Un’Goro where she was alarmed and then turned me into a bunny. 

Imagine taking a have group will travel and finding this.

I flew over to Silithus and up through Feralas grabbing all the flight points, oh, that was interesting, though I had no flight paths in Feralas, Kalinnikov showed all of Kalimdor explored except for Azuremyst and Bloodmyst isles.  Odd.  I went up through Desolace, completed Desert Rose and then was on to Dolonar and Azure Watch to make some baby bunnies–with Karius.

Teldrassil was never the same.

She gave me a lift–it looks scary!  We headed over to Exodar, where there is no flying…

Cruising in Exodar.

And with that, I was done.  Kalinnikov no longer just had “the Patient” as a title, and quickly changed it to the Noble, which sounds much better for a paladin anyways…even if is he a little bit on the creepy side.

Paladin Buffs

Paladins, I have a question.  Is it hard to figure out which classes would like which of your magical buffs?  After my priest had the following scenario last night, I was wondering this and was all angry and going to write up a learn2play post, but instead have decided to post perhaps a guide on who wants which buffs, and in which order.  Well at least if I was a paladin which order I’d give the buffs.  I’m no expert on all the classes, but hey, at least my guide won’t have you giving might to a priest.

Buffs

WTF, I'm a priest and you gave me Might?!?

 Okay, first let’s review which buffs are available:

  • Blessing of Kings – Grants 10% bonus to all primary stats (i.e. strength, stamina, intellect, etc.).
  • Blessing of Wisdom – Grants XX mana per 5 seconds.
  • Blessing of Might – Grants XX attack power.
  • Blessing of Sanctuary – Reduces all damage taken by 3% and increases stamina by 10%.  Also when the target blocks, parries, or dodges a melee attack they gain 2% of maximum displayed mana.

Okay, so now that we’ve reviewed the blessings at hand, let’s talk about what this means and how we should use them.  Oh incase you didn’t figure out the XX is a variable depending on the rank of the blessing.  Most blessings last for 10 minutes, the greater blessings last for 30. 

In order to assist you I have made a handy chart, feel free to print this and keep it next to your computer.  This is how I see it.  Of course I may stand to be corrected, but of the classes I’ve played, which is nearly all of them, this is what I would think.   Please feel free to comment on anything you think is more important.  This chart is applicable for 5-man dungeons.

Pally FlowSuccess?  I hope so.  At least maybe I won’t get Might anymore?

Pally Power

After helping some people through The Stockades on Friday night and getting that achievement on my Shaman a guild member mentioned she was going to run through Gnomer for the achievement and wanted to know if anyone wanted to tag along.  I instantly remembered my Paladin and how he had the 4-5 quests for Gnomeregan in his quest log.  Sure I’ll tag along!  She actually was really thankful because she had never run it and really didn’t know the way.  I on the other hand have run it at least one, sometimes twice on nearly 8 toons.  So I scarily almost know the place like the back of my hand.  We breeze through and I manage to pick up the engineering pattern for the pet bombling, which was very exciting.  I also dinged 35 after turning in all the quests and was able to raise my engineering cap.

Kal Achieve

There are only a few professions that I haven’t leveled above 375 yet.  I say 375 because I’ve managed to get tailoring, enchanting, alchemy, leatherworking, and inscription all into the 420s or maxed out.  Most are close.  But my blacksmith capped out about 320 before I stopped playing the DK, I figure one day I’ll go back for her…maybe.  With jewelcrafting I only made it to the low 200s and then dropped it for inscription which went so fast compared.  Engineering though is more fun than both BS and JC and I found myself anxious to level it up, even if there was a bit of a price. 

After finally being able to learn to smelt mithril, I made some bars, and cranked out a few levels making some bombs or whatever, and then was able to learn the best thing ever.  Gnomish Battle Chicken.  Here she is.  I can’t wait for her to claw face.  It almost makes it totally worth it. 

Chicken

My funny little paladin chose engineering initially as a profession because when I made him I had heard too much badness about BS and leveling it and though engineering seemed rough too, I thought at least it will give me a way to pull mobs at a range.  The bombs have come in very handy actually.  Consecrate + big bomb on a group of mobs?  It’s almost too easy.  And despite what I feel is a lack of things to do while leveling up a ret pally, he does some decent damage and is now getting ever closer to the Hammer of Justice and Crusader Strike.  I managed to clunk out a few more levels on him this weekend and I’m actually hoping the fire festival will result in some easy XP for him as well.  Fire festival truly is the time to level up alts.  If not level them, at least dance around the pole to get the 60 minute 10% more XP buff from monsters and then toss one blossom in a fire to get 3% more crit as well.  It’s like go time on all the alts.