I never did get around to talking about my first step into Wrath heroics, did I?
A little background: I pretty much missed out Heroics during Burning Crusade. My guild pretty much went straight from instances to Kara, and skipped the heroic stage. I did the run for my epic flight form quest, a few slave pens runs and the like for Cenarion Expedition rep, and, errr, that's it.
But, last Thursday, I was shanghaied into an heroic Culling of Stratholme run by a couple of mates. And I'd never even done it on non-heroic. Or, in fact, done a level 80 instance before. How did it go?
Well, I died a couple of times on the build up to the first boss, as I figured out when I could safely start healing the tank. But the first boss went down easily enough:
And then we settled into a groove. And my luck seemed to be in:
I was struck again by how hard Blizzard have worked to incorporate the Lich King into Wrath. We did two instances last night, both of which were new to me. First up was Culling of Stratholme, which I knew would contain Arthas.
I've played Warcraft III after all…
However, I was caught on the hop by this:
Of the four instances I ran for the first time this week, Arthas or the Lich King appear in three of them. That's pretty consistent.
It was very easy to forget that there was an ultimate purpose to Burning Crusade - to fight the demonic forces there, and find and slay Illidan. That was something that other people did, for most of us, that was just for the raiders.
The Lich King, though, is right there, in our faces, the whole way. Yes, it makes him seem a touch less powerful when we defeat every obstacle he puts in our way. But he's there. And we know that Icecrown is our goal.
If you spend enough time reading WoW blogs, you'll eventually come across some mentions of BlogAzeroth. Now, you might be fooled into thinking that it's something as benign as a forum, or maybe an online chat room.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
It is, in fact, a blogging sweatshop much like the one featured in this video:
You have been warned. It just starts off with a post or two, and suddenly you're locked in a basement with senior bloggers yelling at you.
And the scary thing is, Matt tells us that working conditions at WoWInsider are worse...
It's much like the Warcraft AllTop, but broken down by classes instead of blogs. The majority of the subscriptions in my RSS reader are druids, bar the few dozen friends I've also added. This is a really handy way to keep abreast of discussions going on amongst the blogospheres around other classes.
I'm in a slog phase. With the dangling carrot of 80 gone, I'm working my way through Zul'Drak, racking up the cash and XP rep (d'oh), and trying to get groups together for instances.
I suppose my major goals are two-fold right now. Enjoy questing my way through the questlines in the game - and I've been enjoying the "hunted gods" questline in Zul'Drak very much - and get geared up for heroics and Naxx. All good fun, if still slow going right now.
Luckily, the rather lovely Icedragon of Druid Main has done a brilliant post highlighting the best rep items available for resto druids. So, I've been using that as a guide how to direct myself rep-wise as I build towards level 80 dungeons and heroics.
But tonight, it's Drak'Tharon Keep and (possibly) Violet Hold. My first time in both, so it should be a blast.