Ding 37; Really Itching to Equip My Epic

One more level to go for my Ardent Custodian MH mace. I read that it is likely the best pre-MC tanking mace available. I haven’t checked that claim, though I saw that one from Dire Maul has good stats but loses the Defense.

I’ve been 37 for about 3 hours now, and can take on Elites multi-levels above Paladr. I’m testing to see what is the highest melee Elite I can down. He can do a 38 with over half health and half mana left. Both could be higher, but I was getting bored and used some spells. I can wear down anything that doesn’t hit harder than my Seal/Judgement of Light + Bubble/Healing. When Redoubt is up, I’m at 40% blocking, have 9% parry and dodge, a 20 point Mithril Spike, 2200HP, and 1700 mana.

It’s class night tonight, so we’ll see how much playing time I get in when I get home. Tomorrow is a busy Friday before a weekend vacation.

Ding 36; Scarlet Monastery Tankadin Time!

Clean UIFirst thing’s first: I cleaned up my UI after I realized that there was still too much stuff in my field of vision. I hate the feeling of numbers everywhere, information blocking my view of potential threats, etc. I moved the minimap up to the top corner again and dropped my second chat window into the bottom bar, the damage meter and threat meter only come out to play in groups now, and things look a lot cleaner. I even changed the Scrolling Combat Text to arc so the Consecration damage didn’t run right up the middle over all the action. It was going to be too distracting while tanking.

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Ding 34; STV or Bust

Paladr at 34Paladr went all-out last night without rest to level and get another talent point. It was a longer haul at the end, but it was worth it to get Blessing of Sanctuary and a couple more spell rankings and… a BUBBLE!!I completely forgot about the bubble while quest/grinding this morning, so I don’t know how good it works yet.

Sin'Dall downIn my effort to get Paladr to 34, I really started going after some Nesingwary mastery quests that were a tad high for me, but they are totally doable because pallys rock. Last on my list was to go kill Sin’Dall for the upteenth time (Mr. Altism takes a bow). He was so easy when you get to heal by whacking, damage by being whacked, and a big heal when I wanted. I think the level 38 Shadowmaw Panthers south of Grom’Gol are tougher.

I killed a lot of Lashtail Raptors 2-3 at a time for good XP, and was wondering what your favorite grinding mobs are in STV. There are so many to choose from, and we all prefer ones that don’t flee or stun, so what will it be for you?

Raptor Hunting

Ding 33; AOE Grinding at its Best

I hit level 33 last night in the Growling cave in Hillsbrad Foothills trying to get Hecular’s rod to drop and then charging it at the braziers. I was at 52% when I logged in and noticed after 20 minutes that I only had 20 minutes left for the level, with full rest through the end of the level, give or take a kill. That’s some dang good motivation to grind there. I was getting about 2% XP per group of 3 yetis and rocked out the rest of the level in a 43 minute session before bed.

With 6% Retribution, things were going pretty good. I could take on 3 like-level or +1 level yetis without any danger, plus one or two to follow if someone happened to spawn or patrol.

That all changed with another level under my belt and another 2% chance for 4 extra swings. Here’s what I did: I went after Frostmaw. I cleared out the cave, charged the rod, and then realized that I needed to kill a mountain lion again to get the carcass. I found 2 and got a carcass. Entering the empty cave, I summoned him with the bait, only to have a yeti respawn. Not good. That meant that two more were going to respawn momentarily, and much sooner than I’d prefer too.

As I was laying down the last smack on Frostmaw, a second yeti appeared behind me as I had the first one down to 56%. I started to conserve mana and just trying to beat them down and had Seal of the Crusader up to help heal. Then the third one respawned behind me and I had to bring it full force.

So… that’s a 37, 32, 32, 31. Screenshots at home… I’ll get them up.

My next point is going into Blessing of Sanctuary, not Retribution. I think I’d like the perpetual damage from multiple attackers more than extra full-force swings a little more often. 8% is darn good, and 10% can wait one more level after I get the benefit of Sanctuary.

Ding 32; Soloed 37 Nimar the Slayer at 31

Last night, I didn’t think it could get any better when I soloed 5 like-level and higher mobs in Arathi Highlands. There were 2 31s, 2 32s, and a 33. I was so stoked, I challenged Level 37 Punitor to several duels outside Org… and proceeded to lose every one of them, though not by much on two of them.

5 Down!

I was mistaken about how cool that was, when I was quest/grinding this morning before work in a mad effort to ding 32. I went to Witherbark Village in Arathi Highlands. While beating on an Axe Thrower, I aggroed a named gray, Nimar the Slayer. Oops. He is a level 37. I killed the firstmob, but there was no recovering from the beating Nimar was putting on me.

Flee, drink, arrogantly go for it mano y mano.

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