Yet another 85. Almost. January 12, 2012Posted by Ben in Classes, General Whinging, Leveling.
Tags: random number generator
This weekend will probably include the final “Ding!” of my Tauren Tankadin. It’s a slog that I’m glad to see ending, but there have been some great times along the way. I only used heirlooms from 60-80 so that I’d be able to actually benefit from (and see) the gear that I collected in the low-level dungeons. And the Random Number Generator has been less than kind. When I reached level 80 and needed to meet an ilvl requirement to get into the Cataclysm dungeons, I discovered that I was still equipping a pair for trinkets from the Sunken Temple and Lower Blackrock Spire. I’ve run Stonecore and Vortex Pinnacle almost a dozen times each, and have received exactly ZERO drops. The tanking sword did drop once from the High Priestess, but I was out-rolled by the Warrior DPS.
But all of this won’t matter when I reach that final (for the moment) level. I’ve been levelling Blacksmithing as I went (my Mining is long left in the dust, and thankfully I have other characters to farm for me), and will have the ilvl 359 chest, belt and shield. My longtime lvl 85 priest and shaman have ceased needing JP yet again, and have used theirs to purchase the BOE 378 bracers and 359 boots. The tankadin himself will have enough JP to purchase the T12 legs and gloves, and I picked up the Gurubashi Punisher for a good price this morning. (Yes, I know, not an ideal tanking weapon, but beats the 289 I’m currently equipping, and as I said, the RNG has not been kind). Then there’s the “Thrall’s wedding” questline which will net me a ilvl 365 cloak, and once I unlock the Molten Front, there’s a pair of rings as well.
Why all this prep for level 85? Because I don’t want to be crushed under the Heroics. I think I’m doing a pretty good job at tanking, but I’m not sure I’ve been fully tested yet. Sometimes I see my health dip pretty low, and the PuG healers aren’t great (and by which I mean they don’t at all) about telling me if it was my fault or their own. Well, one of them did admit to having tabbed out of the game during a series of trash pulls in which I repeatedly almost died. (Thank goodness for Lay on Hands) I see the “Oh, Sh*t!” buttons on my bar, and I try to practice using them, but here’s hoping that this slew of shiny new gear (freshly enchanted by my Spriest, and gemmed by Stormy) will keep me upright.
Also, it occurs to me that this will be my sixth character to max level (the largest number of max-level toons I’ve had at one time), but my Resto/Balance druid has been sitting at level 84 since last January. I just can’t bring myself to finish that little bit. Maybe it’s time to bite the bullet before Diablo 3 and the MoP beta…
Any advice for a paladin about to dive headfirst into heroics?