I joined a new guild!
Tonight I took a much needed break from the PVP world and decided to hit the raiding content. After the guild mate fiasco I was having, I finally decided to leave my guild of one and a half years. It was a pretty tough decision for me. This was the second longest time I had spent in a guild, and up until about three weeks ago my second favorite guild I was ever in. I had a really hard time with the decision, considering the amount of time and effort I put into this guild, but more on that later. First the exciting stuff!
Considering the circumstances I was under a few weeks ago, I had decided that I was going to focus on pure PVP content in Cataclysm. I'm one of those people that if were not doing progression content, I grow very bored and loose interest. Especially after the buster that was Burning Crusade. It's not to say I don't enjoy raiding, but when you are stuck on Nightbane when several of even the weaker guilds are clearing SSC it can get discouraging. Feckless they seem once you start to fall behind.
While searching for partners for a 5's group I'm building, I came across a very marvelous holy/retribution paladin. He was as shocked as I was when we won 6 games in a row at 1200. Keep in mind it has been about 2 years since I took arena seriously, so don't be slanging your noobish insults ;) Not that he wasn't a decent player, I just have had horrid luck when finding partners. We then transitioned into some rated battlegrounds, and had amazing luck there. The raid leader was telling me how I was always welcome into their guild, as they were in need of "amazing dps" (his words, not mine :P).
Given the context of my performance, I just assumed my guild invitation was for PVP only. When we were talking in vent it was made pretty clear that they had one of the oldest and one of the most solid guilds on our server. This was a surprise, but they rarely advertise in recruitment channels as well as trade chat. All their characters are mostly parked at Undercity for its proximity to world PVP, so I had never seen them running around Orgrimmar. So when I was invited to last nights Bastion of Twilight and Blackwing Decent runs, I could not have joined the group fast enough!
We blasted through Halfus rather quickly, in very few attempts. , the twin dragons and the second bosses, looked rather menacing, but they were dealt with quickly. I was lucky enough to score a pair of boots to replace my epic PVP set from Baradin Hold.
Yeah, thats right, I wear PVP gear in PVE content...
Prior this run, I was simply just wearing them and forgot. The gear really is much better than even most of the heroic and justice points gear. In a Baradin Hold run a few weeks ago, I was in full heroic and justice points gear, I was pulling about 9,500 dps. Nothing fantastic, but from what I remember I had not even reforged at this point. I knew I was on my way out of the guild at this point, but considering I knew this I figured I would get carried through a few runs. Pretty average damage for my gear and timing after the expansion release. Wanting to test my stuff out before I ruined THIS guild's run, I decided to check my DPS on the dummies. I had fully reforged into haste on my PVP gear, but forgot I had it on. Looking at the charts I was pulling about 14,000 dps! Quite the step up. Wondering what the hell I did, I started looking at my gear.
D'oh! Left the PVP gear.
I decided to finally reforge my gear, and see what kind of damage I could do in PVE gear. After capping hit, I maxed out as much haste as I could. A modest bump up to about 10,100 dps. Not really exciting. I decided to test again, and sure enough I was still pushing about 14,000 dps in PVP gear! I explained to the guild and raid leader, gave them the example, and they were fine with it. They're response was: "Hey, if it blows the boss up, you could wear cloth gear for all I care".
My new guild master: I'm already starting to like this guy.
Next up was Blackwing Decent. Something I was very excited about. All the lore about Blackrock mountain and it's residents has always been my favorite part of Warcraft lore. Just thinking about that little punk Nefarian gets me all giddy. The trash was cleared quickly (something we could not do in my old guild without bickering) and before I knew it we were staring Magmaw right in his squirmy little face. I was put on chain duty which scared the hell out of me because I hadn't even looked at the fights strategy. (I know! I know...). I had no trouble with it, however that is always one of the parts that gives me a minor panic attack. It brings me back to my first days as a hunter in Molten Core not being able to pull right. (I know! I know...) Of course I had no problem with it, and it only took us about half an hour to get the strategy down. Two hours, and four bosses down. Not a bad nights work!
I was pleasantly surprised at how well my new guild crushed the new content. Granted a lot of guilds have progressed farther, but we only raid two nights a week for two hours. The rest of the week is dedicated to PVP, which REALLY makes me happy. The PVE content, however, did not seem particularly easy, in the sense that we cleared it as if we simply out geared it. However the content itself, with the exception of one gripe I had between the first and second boss in BoT, was really awesome. I was really anxious to see what changes they made to their raid plans from Wrath of the Lich King.
Baradin Hold seems like a nice polish on the Wintergrasp mechanic. It seems fairly similar, and pretty much a step over, it is still fun. I've been looking into the lore a little more, so perhaps knowing the story a little more makes it more exciting. I wonder how long it will take for BH to get old much like Wintergrasp. However I still say it is smart to put these kinds of boss fights in. Besides the obvious idea that it is for slightly more casual players, the change of setting is really what sells me on the new raid content. The past two nights, I've really enjoyed our method of attack to the new content. Clear Baradin Hold, blast through the Bastion of Twilight, the first two bosses in Blackwing decent, and finally progression deeper into BWD.
The idea of picking to progress into BWD is a smart move. To me anyhow, because of my preference to the lore there. However the constant changing of setting and stimulation of completely different mechanics kept me on my toes. After starting to get sick of running down the same hallway a few times, it was nice to immediately switch it up. I can tell that in the coming weeks, the plan of attack will be something like this: give ten or so attempts on a boss fight. If no progress is made, switch up the instance. Now this may seem counterproductive considering most of the time you need to just keep plugging along and experimenting with content. Yet we only switch if we're not making progress. If there is a 10% difference in our wipe, we stick it out. The slow progression is obviously enough to keep us stimulated, especially in these early months of raiding. When it comes down to that last week of heroic Nefarian, it will be a nice change up to start on the heroic BoT.
Just take an hour or so break, get a few whacks onto Magmaw, and see how its goes. This would be espeically uplifting in those dark hours when you are not downing a boss in another instance. When the tiring and frustrating wave of rage washes over you from you twentieth wipe in the night, it is going to be nice to be able to take a break and go down another heroic boss, and give people some new gear. It should be a rather good motivator to get peoples heads back in the right position.
Also, given the drastic changes in game, be on the look out for some drastic changes in this blogs layout. It may just equally torn apart, just like Azeroth.