I Can Haz Toems…Almost
Northrend has been quite an adventure. While my general leveling plan is to run back to back five mans, everything changes for Northrend. By seventy, I seem to be getting maybe a tenth of a level each run which is really not enough compared to questing xp. More than that, I don’t want to burn myself out on the Heroics I’m going to be spamming the heck out of to gear up.
My fast pace in getting here is definitely due to my fabulous leveling partner. We’ve both around the same hours. We’re both driven at about the same pace. He’s easy going. And he knows all the quests, so I can gratuitously abuse my follow macro and count on him to let me know when I should be using that quest item hidden in the mess of my bags. Plus, hanging out on vent chatting makes it all go so much more quickly and painlessly.
Mostly I’m playing a bastardized version of Elemental. I throw totems. I Fire Nova and Chain Heal. I Shock and Wind Shear. And I heal the silly Fury Warrior who is my Meat Shield. It’s fun. I’m still excited about trying Elemental out end game. Not as a main spec mind you, just sometimes. I say that, and wonder who is this person? It’s been years since I’ve liked a dps class, so wow, that’s pretty exciting.
I still do a few instances. The daily random and anything I have quests for. They’ve been a lot better than I thought, and at the same time just as hellish as I remember leveling my druid. Half of them go by and I’m bored out of my mind healing with Earth Shield and Healing Stream Totem. And half of them have such awful tanks that aggro is running rampant. Tank gearing for the seventies is still obviously an issue. I’m not having an OMG save the squishy tank issue the same way I did with my druid. Is that because I’m just a better player now? Or is a Shaman toolkit a little more oriented to spot healing? Druids have this 0-60 issue it took me a while to work with.
I’m going to bed tonight a few percent away from 79, so tomorrow should be The Day. Expect fireworks. I have my 213 BOE bracers, and I even splurged on a pair of crafted 264s to get him started on the right foot. I’ve been gleeful about that. (You wouldn’t have wanted to be in vent with me tonight.) I’ve never given so much gearing love to an alt.
There are plans for 80 as well. Oh the Plans! I’ve been getting an Ulduar meta group together. We’re a little late for getting him amazingly well geared through running tons of ICC, but I can sure figure out how to save 5K on 310% flying once the expansion hits. Plus, Ulduar is fun and pretty and they’re great achievements. After that, I’ll try to do a bit of ICC and see how that goes.
I expect the 4.0 patch is going to drop in a week, maybe two. So, I’ll be grinding emblems, but I won’t be spending them if I don’t have to. I’d hate to spend a week getting my T9 set only to have the patch drop and have those same badges buy T10. With my crafted gear and a friendly tank to heal, I think I’ll be fine with the healing grind until the patch hits. Hopefully then my stockpile will get me a fairly decent set.