I haven't had a "bane" drop in Wrath yet - a piece of gear you want, but which just won't drop for you. But I do now. Most evenings, I head into Trial of the Champion Heroic, hoping to get Eadric and this, and all I ever get is this:
Nice outfit and all, Paletress, but howsabout giving Eadric some Hammer Time?
When I saw that the Daily Heroic yesterday was The Oculus, I decided to get a group together, partially to get me back into group healing after Monday's "issues" (and a huge thank you to everyone who commented on that post. You're great, folks), and partially because it's one of two 5-mans in Wrath that I've never completed.
The five of us stormed in, and after a "Leafy's not paying attention, is he?" wipe on the early trash, we sailed through the first bosses pretty easily, and found ourselves flying our dragons, waiting to take on the big bad. Oh, and two of us had never really done the fight before. *gulp*
It took us five attempts. And I'm cool with that. Each time we got further, each time it was a bit easier, and on the fifth attempt, despite my drake snuffing it in the closing moments of the fight (I was caught by a handy tree as you can see above. It's a union thing), we got him down.
And everything felt better again. We wiped, but we were good-humoured and we learnt from every attempt. And we got the job done. And the Emblems of Triumph. :) Oh, and enough Stone Keepers Shards to do this:
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.
But that's got me thinking - I'm on the path to 80, and want to be gearing up for Naxx. Which reputation grinds should I be concentrating on now that the walrus men love me enough that I don't have to steal puppies for them any more. Which of the tabard-based factions and which of the daily-based factions should I be working on first?
Help a tree out here! Some advice, please, my loyal reader...
So, slightly earlier than expected, I've dinged 72. I had a little time to spare this evening, and ended up doing a Nexus run with some guildies whose healer had been called away. It was a pretty successful run - two wipes (neither on bosses), and all four bosses down. And I've done another couple of blue-for-epic swaps.
It's been a bit of a bad news / good news 48 hours here in Leafy towers. Let's handle the bad bit first.
We raided Zul'Aman on Thursday night. And we did Eagle and Bear bosses on the timer. I was excited, because all the decent resto loot comes from the chests on those bosses. We pushed onwards to the Dragonhawk boss, without opening the crates…
…and my screen froze. I had to force a reboot of the iMac, and it wouldn't restart. The hard drive had died mid-game. It took me 20 minutes to establish that the iMac wasn't coming back, switch over to my MacBook, find the external HD I use for WoW on that, and get logged back in. By which time, they'd gone back and looted the chests, including Elunite Imbued Leggings which went to a paladin.
Now, you can read the other side of the story on Andro's blog, but I think we both screwed up here. Sure, it wasn't a great call to open those chests without being sure I wasn't coming back. But it wasn't a great call of mine to bail from the raid when I discovered what they'd done. And the irony is, of course, that I listened without really reading, which was stupid of me. Because the drop is much more Boomkin gear than druid gear, and wouldn't really have been an upgrade anyway. Useful for caster soloing, but not really for my primary healing role. The combination of losing an expensive computer and then having the apparent loot loss adding insult to injury was a bit much for me - which suggests to me that, emotionally, I've got a long way to go before I regain my emotional equilibrium after the loss of my Mum and all the stress that goes with house clearance and funerals. Grief really works its way into every aspect of your life, and you always underestimate how profound an effect it has.
The following afternoon, before I took my iMac in for repair, I had a chance to do some invasion-clearing with Glaive the super-pally and some other guildies, including an alt of Psia's. And I managed to complete my leather invasion set, for kitty-cat soloing and levelling! Hurrah!
I'd been lucky to pick up some leather from Karazhan which our rogues didn't need, but adding Blessed Tunic of Undead Slaying and Blessed Leggings of Undead Slaying to the gloves and shoulders I bought with Necrotic Runes from the last invasion has given me a robust set going into Wrath, which is pleasing. And I do like the look. Very druidy.
Oh, and we went into Kara again last night, and gave Tenris Mirkblood a good kicking, albeit one delivered on the run. So, I have my lovely little vampire bat now.
This is a "Last night, in Karazhan" post. This is also a "look at my lewts!!!!333!!!!111!!!" post. If you really, really can't stand those sort of posts, then move along. Nothing to see here. There's probably some great new maths on Pesto4Life or a wall of text waiting for you on Big Bellicose Butt's Blog. Go on, leave.
See if I care.
(The rest of you: secret druid party after the jump!)