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!

Gitr Visits the Isle of Quel’Danas

After the great patch download of March 25th, 2008 that is known as Patch 2.4, Gitr immediately flew from Stormwind to the Isle of Quel’Danas, which was conveniently already a flight point. After flying right up to Ironforge, the game went to the zone/instance loading screen and I was suddenly flying over the North Sea toward and island.

The flight path takes you around the south and west side all the way up to the very northern tip where you are dropped off at the familiar (if you’ve played a Blood Elf) area around Silvermoon City. I recognized the ship as being from near the partying belfs, the area to the south look exactly like the starting zone, and the area was hopping with people. There were at least 300 toons running around the immediate area on Silvermoon realm, taking my normal 55fps down to a crawling 20fps.
Isle of Quel\'Danas
The first thing I did was scream. Bloody murder! My UI was completely broken! Well, I did neglect to check the ‘load outdated addons’ from the character screen, but that’s beside the point. My WoWaceupdater refuses to work since I installed XP Service Pack 3 RC2. I know that was dangerous, but it solved my BSoD issue. I logged out to work on my research paper and slowly whittled away at downloading about 100 Ace addons.

When I logged back in later, I had most of my UI working and was able to complete 2 dailies for 9g each in about 10 minutes. As of this morning, Silvermoon is 47% done with the goal before Phase 2 opens up. I was very confused for some time until I researched what the heck was going on. I couldn’t figure out why people were killing things everywhere if there weren’t any more questgivers around.

I had a chance to run Magister’s Terrace, but it came a bit too late in the evening to due the trip justice. I’m probably a little better geared as dps now, but with good healing, I should be able to main tank it and enjoy playing it my way: toe to toe.

Did you get a chance to enter the Isle or Magister’s Terrace? How did you like it?