Sunday, 3 August 2008

I Think I'll Go For a Walk

You're not fooling anybody.

So, I was just standing there when a spaceship full of Fire Bears flew down and abducted the 'e' key from my keyboard.  Unable to form a complete, correctly-spelled sentence, I was left unable to blog until I was able to order a replacement in from Norway (where they grow keyboard keys in large underground caves.)

What are you looking at me like that for?  Don't you trust me?  Would I lie to you?

Ok, yes, I would.  Great big whoppers, at that.  But at least you can always tell when I'm making stuff up!

Not at all suddenly changing the subject:

Two weeks ago, I finally changed guilds.  The old guild, <Fury> was more or less a social levelling guild that had kinda fallen apart as the higher-level members started moving over to raiding guilds.  I'd stayed there because I wasn't sure whether I was going to be transferring Its to another server soon or not.  In the end, I decided to stay and applied to <OathBound>.

A few days of waiting, a few quick questions online, and I had a new tag.

A week ago, I got in to my first Karazhan run.  As in, ever.  Despite getting my first toon to 70 within a few weeks of BC's launch, I never ended up raiding for a variety of reasons.  It was a huge thrill to head in there for the first time and see all these bosses that I'd read about and seen in videos.

And I only died a few times!

It was quite fun; even when we got to Opera and the rest of the group said we were going to do the "hunter thing" as a form of "initiation."  Luckily, the event was Big Bad Wolf, so I didn't die and I got to laugh at their failed attempt to get me killed.

As for the bosses, we managed to two shot Big Bad Wolf  (on the first attempt, the order of Little Red Ridinghooding went Main Tank, Off Tank, Main Healer, Other Healer, One Of The Tanks Again which made things somewhat unstable.)  We had to take four tries at Aran [1] before he went down, and a bad infernal drop combined with marginally inaccurate positioning caused us to wipe once on Prince.  Aside from the optional bosses (which we didn't end up having time for,) we one-shot everything else.

Oh yeah, and this dropped:

Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle
Binds when picked up
Ranged Gun
149 - 278 Damage Speed 2.70
(79.1 damage per second)
+15 Agility
Durability 90 / 90
Requires Level 70
Equip: Increases attack power by 32.

The other hunter was a troll, and was holding out for a bow, so I ended up getting it.  I'm still adjusting to the change in weapon speeds; I went from a 1.74s shot rotation to a ~2.0s shot rotation, so I still hit Steady Shot slightly too early some times.

One other final bit of gloating, though: I went in to Kara with one purple ([Surestrike Goggles v2.0],) two greens ([Core of Ar'kelos] and [Leafbeard Ring]) and with the rest of my gear being blue.  The rest of the party were in, more or less, Kara or higher epics.

(In the interests of full disclosure, those meters are from Curator on.)

Damage meters aren't everything; but to get up there on my first run with "crappy" blues... I'm a happy little hunter.

(Incidentally, there was going to be a funny picture of Its posing with the Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle, and Tiddles thinking about how Its is probably just compensating for something... except WoW Model Viewer doesn't seem to like my new machine.  You'll just have to imagine it on your own.)


  1. And no, I didn't move during flame wreath! ... I just got caught in the blizzard repeatedly...

1 comment:

Kestrel said...

Grats on the first Kara run! I STILL get excited about 1-shotting bosses in there (which we do pretty regularly, but it's till pretty fresh to me).

When Aran blizzards, move in towards him, just outside melee range, and you will be fine.

Someday, I'm going to move during Flame Wreath, just to see what the hell all the excitement is! :D