An Ex-Gnome Tank's World

A Heroic Adventure

November 30th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized

So, since I hit level 80, what have I been doing with my time? The answer in the main, is Heroic Instances.

Also, I have been breaking one of Namthe’s Rules for a Strees-Free Life. I have been pugging a lot of these.

Thus far, then, I’ve got hold of enough emblems of heroism to get hold of my Chained Military Gorget, and I’ve learnt a lot about how to stay alive when the healer just doesn’t cut it.

It has astounded me that so many people have managed to make it as far as level 80 without replacing their Tier 4, or even worse, level 70 heroic gear. There’s just no excuse when you see the wealth of items available from quests and dungeons, and I don’t understand the mentality that seems to think that because it’s epic it must be better than a blue item.

As a tank, I have to replace all my gear in order to remain uncrittable (though I’ll admit there are still a couple of Black Temple pieces I haven’t yet got rid of). I suppose it’s all too easy for other classes to take the quest reward that can be vendored for the most money rather than the one that’s best for you.

In terms of heroic instances, too, I’ve developed a special hatred for the Violet Hold. Wiping on the second boss means you have to do the first again, with no loot? If your healer dies, you’re stuffed if you don’t have a way of ressing him, once you’re out of combat? I’m not impressed with it at all, though I still need to keep going back there to try to get the tanking legplates.

In non-WoW news, I completed my NaNoWriMo novel earlier today too. So posting frequency should head back to normal as we move back into raiding more.

  1. 7 Responses to “A Heroic Adventure”

  2. By Yakra on Dec 1, 2008

    I’m uncrittable, and still wearing a great deal of my BC raid gear. The large number of sockets in most pieces mean that resocketed gear has huge potential for holding +16 Def gems.

  3. By Herc on Dec 1, 2008

    I just got those legs Friday night. They match my helm and gloves.

    Resocketing is the way to go to get Def Cap if you have Sunwell/BT gear.
    Also I reenchanted my chest, cloak and shield for + Defense when I was starting out. Now I can get up to 555 defense not needed but it means I can swap out trinketes

    I started clearing heroics with 520 defense but I had to use my cooldowns everytime it was up and CC at least 2 mobs or else I would eat dirt.

    Did you replace your shield? The shield from last boss in Nexus was one of my first upgrades, I was using Kazrogal’s before. It has 7400ish armor and good def.

  4. By Namthe on Dec 1, 2008

    Yes, I’ve actually replaced my shield twice (!) since hitting 80 – once with the epic blacksmithing shield, and then again with the epic shield from Heroic Cleansing of Stratholme.

    I’ve enchanted my chest for defense, but that’s about it I think, apart from the obvious head and shoulder rep-based tanking enchants. Once I get better gear in some other slots I imagine I’ll change the chest enchant for something else.

    I’m also not using defense trinkets.

  5. By Herc on Dec 1, 2008

    I’m in that boat right now. My shield is unenchanted(shame on me!)

    Going to enchant my chest piece with +HP prolly today. Prolly stam to shield too.

    Oh yeah I still gotta put a socket on my belt.

  6. By Tankette on Dec 1, 2008

    I have found the heroics to be a challenge. I’m up to 19 emblems but they were hard earned.

    I have replaced all of my level 70 gear with crafted epics and blues, blue quest rewards and a few dungeon drops. I think I am a lot better geared than most of the dpsers that have been running with me. I worked hard to be the first in my guild to hit 80 and to get the best gear money could buy. I have maintained my “guild’s MT” status so I’m happy about that. We started 10 man raids this week.

  7. By Herc on Dec 1, 2008

    The first heroics are always the hardest.

    I wasn’t defense cap, low hp and armor, dps classes was shit, healing was intensive(they went oom fast) when we just started doing heroics at lvl 80. Now everything is going smooth so far(granted I run with almost the same group).

    I thought it took forever to get my first 60 emblems … and now I’ve already spent 205 emblems and got about 15-20 left.

    It get’s better is what I’m trying to say. /pat

    GL on Naxx Tankete ^^ early bosses drops some nice tanking gear(I got about 4-5 in 1 night).

  8. By Tankette on Dec 2, 2008

    I found out the problem with those first heroics runs was having poor dps. I had a run last night in heroic Gundarak where the dpsers ranged from 1100-2000dps and the run was cake. It seemed like a non-heroic except for the 5 badges and the epic gloves I got from a drop.

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