Last night I took at shot at my first Heroic. I was out working on my Sons of Hodir daily quests when I see someone in Guild Chat asking for a tank for Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle.
I hesitated for a moment because I wasn't sure if this was the best Heroic for me to begin with, but I figured I'd give it a try. I had thought it was an all Mal Katai group because I got the invite from Guild Chat. I was wrong. This was a PuG.
It was myself and Death Knight from Mal Katai, a Holy Paladin from Dominion, an unguilded Warlock and a guilded Warlock from a guild I didn't recognize.
The Holy Paladin seemed to know me from Dominion, but I didn't recognize his name.
I've had to PuG most of my groups since going back to Mal Katai. I'm hoping to start getting invited to some guild runs soon, but in the meantime I need to do everything I can to improve my gear and be ready once a spot opens up in a guild run (5 man, 10 man, whatever). I know I've got to be patient. I basically disappeared for two weeks right after I hit 80 and most people have their groups established. It's going to take a little bit for me to reestablish myself in Mal Katai.
This was my first Heroic and I was pleased that it started out well. The Holy Paladin didn't seem to be having any trouble keeping me up. We didn't have any problems on the first boss, so I felt like our DPS was sufficient.
We did have trouble with a 4 pack of Vyrkul mobs that included two casters and two melee. I tried to line of sight pull, but it didn't work and the casters just destroyed me. The Holy Paladin apologized, but I wasn't entirely sure it was his fault. Of all the classes in WoW, Warlocks and Death Knights are the ones I'm least familiar with. I should have asked them what kind of options they brought for humaniod CC, but I have to admit, I gave into my pride and didn't want to look like a 'nub' and ask.
We managed to down the second boss as well although I had some really close shaves on the animal minibosses.
Then we get to Skaldi and his gauntlet. I've done gauntlets before and done the gauntlet in Shattered Halls more times than I can count. I know how to round up a gauntlet. The problem is the Utgarde Pinnacle gauntlet includes hunter type mobs that move out of my Consecrate and warlock type mobs that just sit there and fire off Shadow Bolts. At some point the Warlocks would get aggro and get killed.
So the next time up, I slowed down the pace a little and we made it all the way to the end of the gauntlet. For some reason, no one manned the harpoons and we fought waves of attackers until the Holy Paladin ran out of mana and we all died.
Eventually, we made all the way and got Skaldi to come down out of the air. I figured we had it. I ran out of the whirlwind and everything seemed to be going fine. Then I got burst down. I'm not entirely sure what happened. It was one of those moments where you are cruising along at 60 to 75% and then BAM you're dead. The Death Knight picked him up but he was burst down as well.
At this point, the Holy Paladin asked if we needed a better healer, or better DPS. I can't for the life of figure out why he didn't include a better tank. The Holy Paladin was pretty sure it was a low DPS issue. I had left Recount off so I couldn't tell what kind of DPS the Warlocks and Death Knight were running.
After three more unsuccessful runs, the party broke. This PuG was much more resilient than most I've been a part of. Two or three wipes max and those groups break up. Maybe it was because we were already saved, I have no idea.
What's crazy is that all I've heard about is how easy mode everything is in this expansion. I certainly didn't feel that way after Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle.
As was my case early on in Burning Crusade, the drops were not kind to me. But I did manage two more Emblems of Heroism and about 1000 rep with Wyrmrest Accord.
I'm going to keep working on my gear and my rep, but in retrospect, Utgarde Pinnacle might not have been the best Heroic to start out with.