Monday, June 9, 2008

I Am Not a Huntard.

Yep, that's right, I haz mad huntering skillz. I can wear my t-shirt with pride. How do I know this? TripleB AND Squirrelz told me so. So there.

TripleB, Cassie, Squirrelz, and Nas went with me into Sethekk and Shadow Labs. I've been informed that at that level it is not longer a "run-through." My mind has not wrapped around the fact that I am fast approaching 70 and will be one of the Big Boys who take other people through instances, rather than the other way around.

So, instance run. First time, really, for me to party as a hunter. Running your hubby and brother through when you are the OP hunter and several levels higher than the instance doesn't count, in my opinion. I was fairly nervous-biggest concern being that I would make A HUGE GIGANTIC MISTAKE AND CAUSE EVERYBODY TO DIE A HORRIBLE AND NASTY DEATH. This didn't happen (as far as I know). And it was the most fun I've had since New Year's 3 years ago. And since that sounds bad, let me elaborate:
1. I was with a party of people via Vent and WoW. Since our move to Missoury this really hasn't happened as we still haven't made any friends.
2. I forgot that I had an Orclette. And that is an incredible thing-I usually have a very hard time focusing on the whatever it is we're doing rather than thinking about The Orclette.
3. It required immense concentration on my part. I don't think I've had to do that since my awesome and never-to-be repeated final soccer game of my youth career. It was 0-0, I was playing stopper (right in front of the sweeper/middle fullback, sort of like a center midfielder) and making a run towards the goal. A girl trips me in the box, which means penalty kick. I normally don't take those because I am not the most accurate person but that day I knew it was mine. Didn't even look at the coach to see if he agreed. Me and the goalie, I stare at her, trying to do everything just like my brother, who makes every pk shot, would do. Shoot, score, and I just scored The Winning Goal. Very big moment, and a great way to signal the end. Ok, that was a rabbit trail.
4. The rabbit trail made me forget.

On to what I learned from going through the instances. I won't describe bosses/mobs/etc. because many other people do that exceedingly well on their blogs, and I'm not going to try and one-up them.

#1. I knew what all the raid symbols meant. Huge thank you to Dammy, who took the time to figure out what the most comment symbols were to use them in our Pox runs.
#2. I can successfully ice trap my blue square. My heart stopped for a bit when I saw it go up for the first time because I had only read about doing this in an instance. But it worked, I set another trap down for the mob once the other one broke, and I was pretty happy with myself.
#3. If your trap breaks, run to the tank. Everyone else probably knew this, but in my only partying experience (Pox) Dammy will run to us if we get aggro. And as a priestie I pop fade on. So my trap broke, and I just stood there, looking for a fade button and wondering if I should sic my pet on, but I felt that that would be a bad idea. So I died. Asked Dammy why he doesn't have us run to him, and he said that right now it didn't really matter but later on, with the higher-end bosses, tank location is crucial, and if you want to live you get your butt on over to the tank.
#4. Bosses are fun. TripleB gave me a run-down of every boss we came across. I didn't really like the one who mind-controls you (and I can't remember-is he in Sethekk or Shadow Labs? Must research). He made me kill my pet. It was a very sad moment. I was looking forward to the one who teleports you but he didn't seem to be all that hard. Cries of "He's been nerfed" were heard. My favorite was Murmur. He looked so big and scary. And you had to run into a tent so you didn't go BOOM up to the ceiling.
#5. If your pet dies, go right on shootin'. I was unsure about this, although stopping to rez your pet didn't seem like the right thing to do. so I asked. And that was my answer.
#6. Kill Command=LOVE LOVE LOVE. I've never had kill command before. It's the most wonderful thing and I'm still incredibly excited about it.
#7. 70's can wipe. Yeppers, we wiped 3 times on Murmur. Not him, but the dudes who are trying to control him. The sapped dude seemed to be pulling the other mobs behind him resulting in major wipeage. And this is where you laugh at me: 70's aren't supposed to wipe, because, well, they're 70's. So it was with the greatest surprise that I saw everyone die. I know, I know, people wipe in raids all the time. But I haven't been there yet, remember, and a 70 is still invincible in my mind.
#8. I will party with any of these people again. I don't do pugs because I had a rather bad experience back when I was a newcomer, Pox being the exception. So even though I knew that TripleB, Cass, Squirrelz, and Nas were unlikely to yell at me or call me a noob, I was still a bit leery. But any comments/suggestions were very nicely given, and in fact sometimes whispered to me. So yeah, I will party with any of these people again, and in fact TripleB has promised to go with me into Shadow Labs again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again ...........
#9. I want to do Kara. At first I just wanted to see inside so I knew what everyone was talking about, but now, seeing how much fun a party can be at higher levels, I want to go and take down all the bad dudes.
#10. I got the most awesomest, hottest polearm out there. It's black and pink and looks like it has intricate scrollwork on it. Having an insane amount of agility on it makes it even prettier.

So that's my write-up. I wish that my brain could pen my posts because it always sounds better when it's coming straight from my brain rather than being filtered through my fingers. My fingers get tired and start to complain, my brain gets bored with how slow they go and stops sending them the juicy stuff in tiny spats of spite. And I don't save and edit posts later because right now, with Orclette the age she is, I know that it's unlikely I'll ever get back to it. Why I can still find time to write new posts and not just edit nice, well-thought out ones I don't know, but it is what it is. And I'm going to hit Dax for getting that phrase stuck in my head.

Later homies! (did me saying that freak you out? It did me. I said "homies." It just doesn't sound right coming out of my mouth.)


Cynra said...

As a person who raids as both a hunter and a priest, I think that I relate pretty well. I find a lot of the time I want to hit my Kill Command button (=) when my perky priestess hits a crit, but then I really end up Fading since they're both linked to the same button. Ouch!

Going into five-mans as a hunter is actually more appealing to me than most raids. Not only do you get to bring the damage, but you also have a lot of other little details to work on: trapping, Misdirecting, serving as an offtank or letting your pet do that, and a lot of kiting. On of the things you might want to consider is working on kiting skills for when the traps do break and your tank is unable to pick up the mob quickly enough; if you put some distance between you and the mob, you might be able to Concussive Shot and Wingclip the mob long enough for either your trap cooldown to end or for your tank to save your butt.

Glad you had fun! And the boss you're thinking of is Blackheart "Time for fun!" the Inciter of the Shadow Labyrinth. He's a blast!

Nibuca said...

WRT Rezzing your pet

IANAHBISL1 (I am not a hunter.. but I sleep with one )

-If- you are Beast Master.. there's a good chance that ~30% of your DPS comes from your pet. AND you get a bunch of other happy goodness only if your pet's up.

Sometimes it's worthwhile to take a few moments to rez your pet. Sometimes it's worthwhile to spec into Improved Rez Pet.



Pike said...

Don'tcha just love Kill Command and weaving it into your rotation?

<333 Much love to my fellow huntress!