Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Runs Last Night....

Yes I know that I’m still making you wait on the next installment on the Feral tree and yes I’m sorry that I’m doing that to you I promise to get cracking on it today.

For now though….

Last night I went home with the thought that I wanted to get some leveling done on my toon. More importantly, that I was going to STRIVE to hit 70 this weekend so that I could focus on doing dailies, BGs, end game stuff and just general screw around with the rest of the 70s in my guild as we wait for more new content and of course the new expansion that’s just around the bend.

Now I want you guys to understand that I’m not a 70 snob. I’m not one that just hit 70 and forgets that there are lower levels to be had. On the contrary I spend a lot of time running people through lower level instances when I get the chance. Deadmines, Scarlet Monastery, Stockades, I’ve been to them all dragging some low level through making sure that they don’t die one too many times. Which I have to admit is fun if you have the right character to do it with. (That should be an AOE Paladin, for the record.)

The one thing that I noticed as I was running through some quests over in Nagrad is that there really aren’t very many people running around doing regular instances anymore. Most people are running through Heroics, Karazan and of course the higher level 25 man content. The rest of the time my server seems to be set on doing Battlegrounds in which we sorely stink and Arenas which are a crap shot at best. Since I’m 67 now the only instances that I’m really interested in are Crypts, Tombs and Shadow Lab. I’ve managed to get the Heroic key to all of the other instances up to this point and I’m already past friendly with lower city. Add to that the fact that I can get some nice upgrades and I’m there.

Within twenty minutes of logging in I got a nibble for Cavern of Time: Old Hills. Now, I’ve done Old Hills before, mainly with both my shamans and I know that if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re in for some heartache. The group that I found though already had a healer AND a tank, both 70s. It’s not my favorite instance but my thought process was two fold. First, experience, at 67 I’ve already burned through just about all of the Nagrad quests and halfway through most of the ones in Burning Blade Mountains. I want to be 69 when I hit Shadow Moon Valley because I know that I can just do the Cipher of Damnation quest line and it’ll take me to 70. Unfortunately I’ve hit a brain fart as to where I’m supposed to go between 68 and 69 at this point. I haven’t been doing many of the dungeons in this go around because no one is at my level in my guild. So I’m finding myself just grinding away at quests and mobs. I need a break; I need something more feeding into my experience. So Old Hills fits that bill just perfect.

The second thing that hits me is that I really need to get Old Hills done to be able to work to Black Morass for my key into Kara. While I know that I’ve said on this blog several times that my overall intent is NOT Kara or any other ‘end level’ content, it would be nice to have him keyed regardless. Recently my guild Divine Forsaken has been running Kara with Celestial Storm, a sister guild on our server as we are both short on players that are able to take on the task of a ten man. That being said, it would be nice to do Kara with just our guild at some point again. I know that I have at least 4 or 5 other players that need to get it done as well, so the time is coming for it.

I got a nice chunk of experience for Old Hills and the two quests that go with it. I got a nice set of caster gloves. Yes they are cloth BUT the stats were too good to pass up. So I went ahead and took them as the quest reward and then went ahead and put in + Spell Damage and + Stamina gems to make it more viable. Currently I’m sitting at about 6700 HP and 7000 mana, not too shabby.

With it being so early in the evening I decided to try one more time for an instance run. I got a bite for Crypts, a 70 hunter. Now the hunter did her job well but I have to admit that after about 20 minutes of running with her I had the feeling that not only was this the players first toon but probably one of the few instances they’d done. While this doesn’t really bother me, I’m a firm believer that if you want someone to get good an being part of an instance you have to teach them, I did get upset with some of the questions that were being asked that are normally commonly unspoken rules.

I managed to get one of the best tanks in our guild to join my group as well as a well trusted Mage. I was thrilled and honestly, we made VERY short work of the instance in general. It was a fun run and we all had a good laugh and enjoyed ourselves immensely. My only hope is that we’re able to do that again rather soon.

So at the beginning of the night I only had about 5% done for the level and by the time I was done with the two instances, the quest turn ins and turning in some War beads and Halaa research material, I was at 47% completed. You got to love when a good plan comes together.

What do you guys do to try and hit that next level? Do you run into several instances? Do you find yourself living in places like Tombs or Labs for long stretches of time?

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