Exalted with Shattered Sun Offensive

Gitr has finally attained the honorable rank of Exalted and bought the epic shield, Dawnforged Defender, from the quartermaster. I had been doing dailies off and on since Patch 2.4 opened up the Isle of Qual’Danas as I continually leveled Protectr up to level 63.

I could finally smell epic shield when I hit about 3k reputation in the Revered rank, which required 21k to top off to hit Exalted. Nothing to motivate you like a good tanking shield that might take quite a while to drop while raiding, right? I mean, it’s a sure thing as long as I kept up doing my dailies to the tune of 1-2k rep per day.

I ran one Magister’s Terrace all the way through and a highly unsuccessful second run a week later that only saw us through the first 2 bosses. I even got all the way through Karazhan with my greens and blues as I equipped purples as we went last weekend (still writing that amazing post – check back Monday).

So, I bought my tabbard and decided to finish up the other quests in my log and see where they lead. I think it’s time to start doing heroics now that I have an epic mace, epic shield, and 470 defense with 2 open gem slots. 492, here I come!

First Night in Magister’s Terrace

Not to start off with any spoilers, but… Kael’thas down!

We had a gimped group, but it didn’t matter. We were effectively without crowd control with 2 warriors, 2 warlocks, and a Tree of Life druid. Pulling groups came down to figuring out who to put on what mobs, what minions to use, and what order to take them down with.

All in all, it took us just over 2 hours with 4 wipes due to a learning curve pulling the groups with the Sisters or Torment.

The highlight of the night was taking down Kael’thas with his phoenix up the whole time. We couldn’t take down the egg fast enough, so we just DoT’d Kael’thas while flying around and going berserk on him for 5 seconds before he threw us up again.

Phrixus’s first Kara run

This past Friday I was able to run Karazhan for the first time with my guild. I had been looking forward to this for quite some time now. When I first started on this new realm, it was my sole intention to get a toon to 70 and for the first time raid. That is one of the reasons I went with Gitr and started all over again with my current and only 70 Warlock, Phrixus. Now, I realize I could have found a guild on one of the many other realms that I have high level toons on, but this guild is different. I have fun when I log in and look forward to talking to the people in the guild. That to me means a lot. (unashamed guild plug: Dooms Assailants on US:Silvermoon:PVE)

For my first ever Kara run, I have to say I think it went well. There was only one wipe all the way up to Prince, and that one was just bad luck on our part. The Raid consisted of 3 Druids, 3 Warlocks, 1 Pally, 1 Priest, 1 Hunter, and 1 Warrior. I was given the sole job of applying Curse of Weakness or Curse of Tongues, depending on the mob. Well that and causing mad DPS. From what the damage meter said the few times it went up, was that I was 3rd or 4th on DPS all night.

The Opera Event and the Chess Event were my favorite parts. Both were unique and just fun to do. Though I learned a valuable lesson, don’t talk to NPC’s unless you know what will happen. Yeah I kind of started the Opera event without everyone being ready. Yeah I was that guy. No harm though, we got the Wizard of Oz event and just wrecked it.

The end of the raid though did not go so well. We wiped 4 times on Prince, and with that we called it a night. I am not really sure what went wrong, but there was hope. We were supposed to try again on Saturday, to no avail though. Only half of the people showed up for the retry, so it was called off. The whole thing took about 4 hours and there were some long breaks in the raid to boot. I was able to get to very nice pieces of gear. The Nethershard Girdle and Boots of Foretelling, I guess it helps that I was the weakest geared player there. No biggie though, there is always next Friday and believe me, now that I have had a taste of the good stuff, (i.e., shiny purples) I plan to try to raid as much as I can.

Ding 70

So after almost 3 years, off and on, I finally have my first level 70 toon. Phrixus dinged 70 at about 6:30 server time on Sunday evening. It feels so great to have done that accomplishment. Now I can finally raid with my guild, though I need to figure out my role with them. I really would prefer to stay demon spec’d, but if need to change I will. So I went and learned the last of my spells, I have a feeling I am going to love Seed of Corruption.                                

Then I went to the Isle of Quel’Danas, mostly because not being able to go thru that portal was kind of bugging me.  I did not realize that there was not a portal back to Shattrath, I just wanted to check it out.  So I was stuck and I figured I might as well try to do a daily or two.  Usually I research any new areas I go to, but this time I just chose two at random. I kinda lucked out; I chose The Battle Must Go On and Know Your Ley Lines.  Know Your Lay Lines provided me with 10G 99S and Darnarian’s Scroll of Teleportation and The Battle Must Go On provided me with 10G 10S.

I know where I will be going for awhile, because I really want my flying mount and right now I am about 600G off.

Phrixus Dings 68

PhrixusThis weekend I dinged 68 with Phrixus. He is currently the highest toon I have ever leveled, with Punitor coming in second at 61. Now generally I tend to spend a lot of my time doing other things than try to level. Play the auction house, grind rep, and get my professions up, but not so much anymore. Since I hit 65 I have been singularly focused on finally having one toon at 70 and with every level the urge to keep playing grows larger. I don’t remember a time since I have started playing this game that I have had this much fun and still been this focused, which presents its own set of problems. You see, the summer festival is going on, and with it some incredible buffs.

Phrixus StatsThe 10% gain experience buff, to me, screams play an alt. I have a level 21 druid that really needs my attention, but alas, no. I played him this weekend and I just could not play him for more than an hour. I even respec’d to Feral, from Resto. I was originally going to try to level straight resto, but that became very boring for me since I did not have a leveling buddy along the way like I did with Protectr.

So I will happily continue my almost obsessive quest to ding 70 and I’m sure once that goal is done I will gladly find a new one. Have you ever been focused on just one goal and let almost everything else fall to the way side?

…hmm that Neatherdrake mount looks kinda nice.