Guest: Pracey, the Brawler

Guest post – cherry popped.

Dragonray/elle suggested I do some Brawlers Club tonight so I could learn to stop going into panic mode and hammering buttons that are on cooldown constantly, however at the time I was doing some… what’s the name of that place where the Sunwell raid is? (Isle of Quel’d’nas?) – I was doing that at the time, getting some rep and trying to complete a transmog set. Still not there with either.

Aaanyway, later on I finally turned up and although I didn’t realise straight away that I was standing next to them – lo and behold both Mithraic and Dragonray were present:

Dragonray, resplendent as always
Mithraic, hiding behind boxes with his mates
Can you see me?

I did some Brawlers Guild ages back on Tardin, my Shadow Priest (he has tentacles guys – tentacles!), and remember being really pissed off and frustrated so I hadn’t been here in a few years. After Mithraic and Dragonray left for real-life stuff like food and sleep I discovered that this Brawlers thing gets harder. I got up to some bit with ghostly Pandaren floating around the place and blue squares on the floor. It didn’t go well.

I mostly enjoyed watching other people get their arses handed to them, occasionally remembering to take a screenshot:

Groups of arses in the process of being received
No asses to be handed here

Level 1 feels about right in terms of difficulty. After all, I did almost get one-shot by a penguin (hello Lay on Hands!), but hey – who hasn’t had that happen to them?

This was a short night, but I did get a cheevo (what the cool kids call achievements, or so I’m told) for my first Brawl. Colour me disappointed that I didn’t get another each time I was successful.

Trying to gear up

I guess you could say my Pally doesn’t appear to be as lucky anymore.  I dinged 100 and asked a couple of times for people to run normals with me for gear, noone was available, so I queued up and waited almost 40 minutes for a spot. YEURCK!

My first run was Grimrail depot.  We wiped 5 times (3 on the first boss).  I was complaining in guild chat and Violetknight came to my rescue offering to tank for me.  So I left that group! Taxar came as well as DPS, then Nok joined us later to heal (Navi offered but was pugging BRF kills!!) We ran UBRS and Shadowmoon Burial.  Taxar and Violet got about 6 pieces and I got 1 – which wasn’t really an upgrade – more of a side grade. LOL.

Being melee is something I had forgotten.  I last played retribution pally in “Doom & Gloom” guild an eon ago, when the new Onyxia came out…what was that – catalcysm? Ages ago.  UBRS was an all melee group as well which was kind of weird as we were all on top of each other.

Having spent 10 years, almost exclusively ranged, melee was hard. HARD!!  I was almost dead so many times because of mechanics.  In grimrail the tank kept leaving the mobs in the fire so we couldn’t actually attack them without dying. The healers were really struggling to keep the tank up plus all the rest of us (we went through 3 of them). It was much better with Violet tanking, and allowed me time to marvel at how truly awful I was in melee.  Thank god it was normals and that Nok is an uber healing god – my repair bill would have been much bigger :)

Anyway I decided after failing to get any gear from those runs I had to scope out other options, Blacksmith recipes are too expensive for the epics (the cheaper versions are too cheap as my current gear is mostly better).  I bought a couple of BOE’s from the guild Doomslag Greatboots and Bracers of Visceral Force. Those two upgrades got me to 610, then I realised I could make Powerful Hexweave Cloak of the Deft on my mage!  I got Haste and Mutli as the extra stats –  not brilliant but not awful – I may and try to re-roll them this week.  I however am now completely broke on my mage and have enough gold to last me maybe 2 months if I do not make any more.  I may need to spend some time actually doing some dailies again 🙁

I also noticed I was only 3 taladite crystals off being able to make Glowing Taladite Pendant of the Fireflash – managed to get Haste and Crit as the extra stats.  I had created a JC hut for gems mainly and had completely forgotten about the rings/necklaces you can make.  I am now 100 crystals short of making a ring, but I am hoping if I can get some of my legendary chain done (currently needing to do skyreach) then that will bump me up a little as well.

And then, last but not least, I remembered I could make headpieces with my engineering.  I was a little too low though being at about 460, I needed to get to 600 to be able to wear Razorguard Mechshades of the Deft. That got me Multi and haste which isn’t all that great either so I may re-roll them.  I now have over 100 glider kits and shields (which I will send some to my mage) but I am also sitting at 617 for my ilevel!

This means I can now do LFR as ret initially and set my gear to be Holy, most of the epics I have will switch over to a holy set but if I can fill in the blanks with holy straight off that would be better – especially for weapon/OH.  I am also going to give the proving grounds another attempt this week with the gear I have as perhaps the increase in ilevel will help me a little bit.  I guess we will find out!  Navi asked if i was going to raid with the casual/alts last night and I declined – perhaps next week I will be ready, but I am still wearing a few greens i would like to get rid of and I am completely useless when it comes to healing still.

I am not a fan of being thrown in the deep end…I would be the 1% that likely drowns 🙂

Paladin got to the top!!

Woot!  My sexy pally chick made it to 90!!  So happy about that, not only because it means I am max level with the frosties and can actually do stuff with them now, but I also scored a sweet arse achievement, which I was no even aware of previously…I wonder if there are more for getting more toons to 90…I should ask Owl, he has like 11 I think he said…complete nutter!!  I couldn’t do it…some classes are just not suitable playing companions for me 🙂

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My last part to 90 was spent in dungeons…strangely, Oom said he would come along and when we tried to sign up with him we couldn’t…the LFD system told me he was too high to do normals, and when Oom tried to sign up it said heroics only.  My guess it is ilevel based?  I have to look into it.  I think it is annoying that max levels can’t sign up for normal dungeons….if that is indeed the case.  So, in the end although others had offered to run some normals with me (and forgotten *cough* *cough*) it wouldn’t have mattered anyway.  I will make them pay with heroics though…”sorry I lost my taunt button???”  <insert evil MUHAHAHAHA here>.

Also hubby brought his druid back to Frosties, figured it was easier as it was already in the guild so just did a guild transfer.  He is slowly levelling, I think he is 88 he said?  I was so focused on getting to 90 I was pretty neglectful 🙁  But we ran some dungeons together and that helped him get some xp, so all very useful in the end.

I am terrified of having to get my gear sorted, in fact, I spent some time on the Timeless gathering more gear and I basically have a prot set (armour only) and trying to gather enough coins to buy the shield/weapon.  And I spent all the money I had gemming/chanting it up…I am pretty broke now, but thankfully I got to 90 without setting foot in most of the map, so I will just slowly start questing the areas to open up dailies and get me some money to pay for flasks/repairs.

I did create a bank alt so I can offload stuff to the AH and hopefully that will bring in some cash..but it is a slow burn on that.

I asked the Frostie GM what spec my second should be – I have no immediate plans to raid but if I am online and they are short I would rather have my toon ready for it.  Prot will be her main – always has – but he advised DPS was more an issue than heals.  So Ret she is, with her second set of almost complete timeless isle gear, I spent some time on the dummy and was hitting 32k consistently, with half ret/half prot gear, so I think I can potentially increase that without much effort once I start getting gear.  Of course I am nowhere near the hit cap, and my expertise is short of where it needs to be on either set, but I haven’t upgraded any gear yet  (not enough VP) and some of my gear is still really low level.

For reference hit needs to be 7.5% and expertise 15%  – I am apparently slightly over the hit cap…well bugger me…I was sure I was under, which means I can reforge into expertise now and get that sorted 🙂