Note: No posts for the rest of the week, everyone enjoy your holiday of choice and see you next Monday!
Yesterday was all about warm fuzzies, fluffy kittens, prancing unicorns, and cotton candy.
Damn, I love cotton candy.
But as heart-warming as such posts can be, it just can’t compare with the side-splitting hilarity that is fail.
If nothing else, this new LFG is awesome for churning out blog fodder. The myriad of ways that people can be stupid will never cease to amaze me.
I’ve got a little side project going – a nelf DK on another server.
It’s a PvE server and boy does that feel weird.
I have no idea what battlegroup I’m in, should probably look that up one of these days.
/scurries off to check
Anyway, this is my first high-ish level melee character that I have a clue what to do with.
A small clue, but better than my first poor warrior.
I’ve been collecting tanking gear because I would like to learn the tanking ropes, but I hadn’t gotten around to dual spec yet, this character is surviving on his own with no BoA or seed money from another character. I did get my flier.
I waited until after 3.3 to try doing instances with him, Outlands is looking pretty sparse just server-side.
Queue for Ramps as DPS. I’m level 65 or so, first instance on this guy, I’m in quest reward gear out of Hellfire Peninsula and Zangermarsh.
Get a group and zone in.
3 DKs – me and the two that shall be known as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
We also have a ret pally and a holy pally.
Damn, that’s a lot of plate.
Rumor has it that the UI now shows who signed up as the tank. My non-standard UI does not. Usually, this isn’t too much of a problem.
I know I didn’t sign up to be the tank and the pally has already stated he is not the tank.
That leaves the Tweedle Brothers.
Except, we need to hold that thought because one of them scooted too far forward and aggroed the pat while the pallies were still buffing.
Mass chaos ensues, but we all survive.
OK, back to who’s the tank?
Hmmm… I am 2 levels higher than both DKs. I have 2k more health than either of them. I don’t recall getting a 1k HP bonus at 64 and 65.
I am in blood presence. BOTH of them are in FROST presence. And I still have 2k more health.
(In retrospect, I should have inspected them to see how much spellpower plate they were packing.)
OK, guys? One of you needs to pop to blood presence, you can’t both be in frost.
Tweededee: “But I am in blood, I have no points in frost.”
Your PRESENCE, not your SPEC.
[insert speech about all three trees being viable for tanking (yes, I know unholy isn’t doing as well right now) and the difference between a spec and a presence]
Got the DPS DK to switch to blood presence. Finally.
Start up again.
ZOMG mobs everywhere!
Holy pally suggests that I tank as I have more hit points.
Um, OK. I’m not specced into any avoidance, but I can try.
I pull on my tank gear and pop frost. 8k HP, woot!
Hey, Tweededum. You need to pop to blood presence.
Dude, I’m not fighting you for threat, pop to blood.
The paladins start chiming in at this point.
We’re explaining what button he’s looking for, linking abilities, everything.
Tweedledum: “But I like frost.”
It increases your threat.
Next couple pulls go smoothly, I’m nervous as hell.
Pat is coming down and I want to snag it without the group of casters on the side.
I call for everyone to pull back.
Both pallies run back to where I am.
The Tweedle Brothers stand there and aggro the whole mess.
Maybe if I was specced for it, maybe if I had, ya know, ever actually tanked something before we would have been OK.
It’s a wipe.
Healer apologizes, wishes us luck, and leaves.
The ret pally follows suit.
I’ve never run back to HFC as a dead Alliance character. I almost ran to Thrallmar and then to the Citadel just to get my bearings.
Before I enter, I’m looking at the recount.
As a tank, I’m doing the top damage. The ret pally is just behind me in damage, with higher DPS.
We’re anywhere from 600-800 depending on the pull.
I’m perfectly happy with the pally.
Tweedledee is at 275.
Tweedledum is at 250.
Hey, Tweedledee. You’ve only cast Icy Touch 3 times so far this whole run. You need to be using that more often.
“Why would I use that?”
I don’t know, maybe because you’re a DEATHKNIGHT?
Look, guys. You both need to do some research on your class. There’s a lot of great information out there. Good luck.
/leave fail party
/cast Death Gate
Why yes, class trainer, I would like to hear more about this dual specialization feature you offer.