Monday, May 26, 2008

Enhancement and Incursion

Ok.. Now that I got that last post off my chest.. How about a new post?!

First off, I am glad to say that we have figured out how to solve our problem with raiding. We are forming a new guild. What? That seems intuitive.. Part of the reason we were unable to move further than we really could was due to the lack of structure of the current guild. Problem is.. That's what makes it so much fun. Well with the new guild we will do what we can to keep some of that looseness but kinda give ourselves the ability to shore up the edges on the raiding situation. A great quote for it would be "You can raid in a casual guild, but you cannot raid casually" Perhaps one day I'll elaborate more on that, but probably not, but we have found it to be the only way to move on to 25 mans and to foster an environment that is more conducive to success in raiding.

Second off, to state my adventures a little bit.. I decided due to the current flux we will be undergoing that raiding will be likely a little tabled for a bit, so I couldn't think of a better time to go enhancement. Since I have been the only shammy in most of our runs, and we rarely have hunters (weird, huh?), I have been able to amass quite a decent set (third offset). I finally was able to take the decapitator off prince since it was going to be a DE, and went and bought the new badge offhand. I enchanted them both up on mongoose, and spend a good amount of gold (~500) to round up gems, and to buy a head glyph, and such. All said and done, I was pretty rusty, but had nice gear, and was ready to try out my new spec.

First thing I did was land in a normal Slave Pens run, but was a little disheartened that I couldn't do much over 400 dps. This seemed kinda sucky considering I was using the correct rotation of Stormstrike, Earth shock, Earthshock. I also had around 1300 AP and 25% crit, so I was like wth!

Well I was pretty bummed after that run, but wrote it off to being rusty, so the second thing I did was run a normal shadow labs.. more on my level than SP, and hopefully mobs live long enough for me to get into some sort of groove. Well we were running with a tank that was working on building up her tanking set, and I had serious issues managing aggro, even with whiteswinging only.. I eventually had to cancel my windfury as well, and ended the run around the same spot ~400-500 dps.

Again, I write this off to being somewhat rusty, and not being able to land that rotation correctly. So I get a chance to hit up heroic mech, just for the last part to help out a tank buddy of mine...and on a PvP server, you NEVER say no to a tank that wants you to come on an instance, since 90% of the warriors on the server are pvp builds. This time things went much better. With a geared tank, who is rockin devastates over and over I was able to hit about 750 dps for around 25 mins while we finished it up. That made me feel a LOT better.

Well the last leg in this journey, I saw a "LFM Gruul's Lair" and I got a little twinkle in my eye, and got a little misty... What BETTER situation to test my skills other than as a PuG in a 25 man raid. How fortuitous that I would be able to land that sort of thing within the first day of my pimping out my new set and rocking my new spec! So I hit up Gruuls, and struggled at first...was about 12th spot overall leading up to High King, and was able to get to about 10 by the end of the trash. We got High King, and I dropped a couple places, but the T4 shoulders dropped, and being a PuG in a raid, and they allowed us to roll I didn't feel bad about giving it a shot...well lucky me! I now have T4 shoulders, and a significant upgrade over my other ones that I had from karazhan. Well, by the time we finished out the run and got Gruul down, I was sitting pretty at #4 on the damage out charts, and 6th in dps, so I felt pretty good about it all. Across the board I was the top Melee dpser, and finally felt good about the new spec.

Side note: enhancement is awesome for grinding. You never have to stop! Never have to drink, you just pop shamanistic rage and keep rockin! Good stuff. I might even try a Kara or two, just to see how viable a spec this really is for me. Elemental is my first love however, and Resto is always needed, so I don't see myself staying enhancement long, but it was a fun ride!

Karma Call: When my Friend and I were trying to get the guild charter signed, we ran across a level 70 rogue that was unguilded and asked him kindly to sign our charter, and being and overall douchebag, and demanding 10g, we had to look elsewhere... Well, on my bank toon I put on the Auction House, two shadow pearls, of which usually run around 50 silver. Well I was going to put them up for around 46s and was going to be cool with that but I made a huge mistake.. I put them up for 46 GOLD. biggie, they won't sell and I'll slap my head and go DOH, and relist them at an appropriate price... well not even an hour later (before I had realized my mistake) they sold. I was confused at first when I saw the amount I was getting, but then realized what I had done, and was just astonished that someone actually had bought them.. Well I checked out who bought them and chuckled a little inside, because it was none other than our little rogue friend that demanded 10g. Man... what luck for me, and what suxor for him.. Oh well, I guess it teaches one or two lessons... one being to always be nice to noobs (even if they are feigning it), and always ALWAYS pay attention when buying stuff on AH, and be a little patient sometimes... There will always be more shadow pearls listed at far less of a price..

And with that I end my blog. More adventures to come I am sure!

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