Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
Despite a slow start to the raid last night, we’re moving through Ulduar-25 substantially faster each week. We took down Flame Leviathan, XT, Kologarn, Auriaya, Hodir, Thorim, Freya and Razorscale, with a quick trip over to Emalon before calling it a night. I feel a Yogg kill is in the works this week.
KC & the Sunshine Band
Each time we return to Ulduar, we notice more and more nerfs. There was less trash on the way to Freya, and she didn’t seem to spawn the green-seeds-of-Doom during her final phase. I see from MMO-Champion that the mobs leading to Ignis will no longer cast Unquenchable Flames and that the Ice Turrets en route to Mimiron will do less damage. And the void zones spawned when one of Auriaya’s cats dies no longer insta-gib you. Not remotely. I discovered this last night as I was feared through one, briefly had some weird camera-spin-mouse issue, ran back through the void zone — and barely took any damage.
Despite the nerfs, there are people who die consistently. I’m going to start keep score, because going back through my WWS reports, I swear there’s at least one person who’s never lived through Hodir. Not once.
When I was nearing the level-80 mark on my druid, I knew it was important to have her raid-ready (or at the very least heroics-ready) as soon as possible. I set my sights on gathering the necessary gear from the AH and from crafters so that “Ding 80!” could mean “Level 80 Resto Druid LF Raid.”
Now that my DK is almost 80, I’m approaching the level cap quite differently. Khiiya won’t raid. (Not that Khrii has really, either. The release of Ulduar has made alt runs through Naxx non-existent. Not that I’m in any rush to go back there.) Unlike the gold I was willing to spend on getting the druid geared, I don’t want to invest one copper on the DK. Instead, she will make due with gear from quests, from factions, and from the odd heroics. She will just be my farm toon, assigned to do dailies and gather herbs.
When K- encouraged me to roll a DK, we purposefully chose the spec that is (/faceroll) least gear dependent. Upon 80, I won’t bother to spec out of On a Pale Horse. I won’t enchant my gear, unless it’s via enchants that help K-‘s priest level the profession. *Gasp* I won’t min-max. I won’t care; I won’t have to. As an Unholy DK, I’ll still be able to (/faceroll) do just fine.
Right Said Fred
Mid-raid, my little brother whispered me. “So…” he said. “I need to run through Dire Maul, Scholomance, and Stratholme for my paladin mount. Can you and K- help me?” he asked. He’s been pestering me about a run through Scholomance and Stratholme for a few days. And I want to be helpful and supportive, really I do. But ewww. Ewww. I’d rather send him the gold to just buy the damn thing, to be honest, but he loves lore and loves questing and even though I keep saying “Go to the Outlands,” he’s determined to finish up his questing in the old world. So in evil-big-sister mode, rather than responding, I enabled my auto-response with DBM, and figured if he asked again he’d get the “Khaeli is fighting Freya. Leave her the hell alone” message — and he’d just pester K- instead.