Friday, April 29, 2011

Work is Hell

Of course the week I start a blog my workload goes crazy, and then I end up with no drama in my pugs to write about. I logged into my warlock on Wednesday, retrieved my heirlooms from my mailbox, and took the boat to Northrend. I queued up for a random and started doing some quests. I little while later I zone into Caverns of Time: Old Hillsbrad Foothills.

The last time I ran this it was a nightmare. The worst was when the tank would drop out after Thrall was in play. This time things went pretty smooth. We did lose Thrall once when the tank forgot about the second pack of mobs just down the hill from the entrance to the keep - they hadn't spawned yet and he jumped down the hill to take on the mobs at the bridge. We restarted the event and continued on. We made it all the way to the village when we lost Thrall again when the tank decided to eradicate the wandering patrols instead if hanging by Thrall. We had to wait a bit for Thrall to respawn just outside the village, but then we quickly finished up the run. People made mistakes, corrections we made, drama was not to be found. What a pleasant change!

Between the group and the few quests I did, I was almost to level 69. I hearthed back to Stormwind, picked up the Cold Weather Flying skill I neglected to get before heading to Northrend, and did the cooking and fishing daily to get the xp to ding. I took the boat back to Northrend and played a little game I like to call "Beat the Timer". It basically involves making my way from the Borean Tundra to Howling Fjord before the RAF queue pops so I can pick up the quests for Utgarde Keep before I have to zone in. I almost made it to Moa'Ki Harbor.

I zone into Utgarde and yet another run with no drama. We kill everything, everyone says thanks at the end, and it's over. All the asshats must be trolling trade chat I guess. I continue my trek to get the quests, and logon to my 84 pally on another account. I boost my lock through the instance, and after I turn in the quests I'm again very close to the next level. I hearth back to Stormwind and pick up the holiday breadcrumb quest. Goldshire is pretty dead and I'm able to get 20 eggs fairly quickly. Ding! I park my now level 70 lock in Stormwind and mail my heirlooms to the next alt.

Last night was raid night on my main, so I didn't think I would be able to level any alts. We seem to wipe on the trash and one-shot the bosses these days. The other hunter and I couldn't wait to try out our new and improved multishot on the trash. We finally have a somewhat decent AOE attack, but I still miss volley. Our mage is officially overpowered now - he blew both of us out of the water. Halfus and the dragon twins went down quickly, but we started having issues on the Elementium Monstrosity. The fight just wasn't going normally, so we decided to switch over to BWD instead of banging our heads against the glitches. Then one of our healers gets disconnected and can't get back online. We call it a night.

I hop over to my worgen druid and queue up as heals. I have really been enjoying leveling my druid healers. I get my near insta-queue, and enter Scarlet Monastery. I don't let anyone die, not even the lock who seems to be an aggro magnet or the two melee DPS who don't like to get out of Herod's whirlwind. The fact that I managed to keep everyone alive surprised me since I hadn't healed for a while and was also pretty tired. Another pug with no drama. What is this world (of Warcraft) coming to?

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