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Single Digits

Ah Karazhan . I love the place. My favorite nights of the week are the nights I know I'm logging to lead a band of friends and Heroes into the gaping maw of the legions in Kara who want nothing more than to turn our intrepid band into worm food. Our daring crew last night consisted of Me ( Prot Paladin), Aleks ( Prot Warrior), Baconstrip ( Resto Druid), Calexis (Holy Priest), Rhubarb (Holy Paladin), Wichita (Elemental Shaman), Regolos ( Afflication Warlock), Condramous ( Stormwind Portal Mage ), Jagdelf (Beast Mastery Hunter), Origami (Feral Druid). First we meet up with the Maiden of Virtue. I know this will sound strange after my gear rant, but what I really wanted to see her drop was Gloves of the Treemender for Bacon, or even a Shard of the Virtuous for Calexis . But she was giving up neither. Instead, she drops Iron Gauntlets of the Maiden. My gloves! These are even better than my Tier 4 gloves which drop off of Curator. I was so excited, yet at the same time

Inversely Proporational

Friday night saw Heroes back in Karazhan to continue our run from Tuesday night. This time around it was Me ( Prot Paladin) Zadorr (Feral Druid) Wichita (Shaman, spec'ed Resto for the run) Lakini ( Dreamstate Druid) Baconstrip ( Resto Druid) Agamemgnome (Combat Sword Rogue) Sylvara ( Multilate Rogue) Condramous (Arcane Mage ) Regolos ( Afflication Lock) Jagdelf (Beast Mastery Hunter) Right from the start we can tell this is going to be a very different run from the other night. We wiped on the very first pull. We had some new people in the raid, and I forgot to explain the mobs to them well enough. We managed to clear up to Illhoof room, wiping at least twice along the way. We get to Illhoof and layout our strategy. There were two major problems. One, I couldn't seem to get aggro on the little imps. They were going after our Warlock who was loading up Illhoof with Seed of Corruption. The larger issue seemed to be the Chains. We knew we'

Horsing Around in DM

Last night I got to do something I very much enjoy: Help a friend. My buddy Baconstrip wanted to get the epic mount for his warlock alt, Jeyne. Bacon is one of the nicest and most selfless people you will ever meet. He is always going out of his way to help people, and I really enjoyed the chace to do something for him. Our group was me (Lvl 70 Prot Paladin), Regolos (Lvl 70 Afflication Warlock), DarkDescent Lvl 70 Afflication Lock), Wichita (Lvl 70 Elemental Shaman), and Jeyne (Bacon's Lvl 60 Lock alt). The final step of the Dreadsteed Quest takes place in Dire Maul West, which ironically was the instance I had to run on the 3rd step of my Charger Mount quest. In fact, we had to down the boss that releases the Equine Spirit that is part of that quest. Seeing that spirit walking around the instance again brought back some good memories. We cleared to Immothar and killed him. Apparently, he's the twin brother of the summonable Boss in Heroic Mana Tombs. Then Regolos st

Gear Rant

Warning! Rant incoming! I hate drops. I hate them. My entire progress as a tank is dependent on a stupid roll when the mob drops. 10 times I killed Attumen. 5 times I've killed Moroes. 6 times I've killed Maiden. Twice I've killed Curator. No Bracers. No Gloves. No Belt. No Pants. I'm stuck on 11.9k hps. I think every boss should give you a token. When you hit exalted you should be able to buy any drop from a boss whose token you have.. There's nothing I can do. I get one shot a week to improve my gear. I've gotten every Pre-Kara upgrade I can get without changing to Engineering or Blacksmithing. I know this sounds loot focused, but how the h-e double toothpicks am I supposed to tank the last half of Kara or Gruul's when I can't get the upgrades from the first half of Kara. It makes me want to scream sometimes. /rant over Where's my cookie?

Advice for Non Holy Paladins

A consistent post on both the MainTankadin Forums and the WoW Paladin Forums are Protection and Retribution Paladins posting about how their guild, sometimes rather forcibly, asks them to spec Holy, or won't let them Tank, or DPS. What I never realized was that non Marksman Hunters can face these same issues, too. In a recent post BRK answered an email from a Hunter whose guild was trying to force him to respect out of his chosen Beast Mastery spec and into Marksman . The next time I see one of those posts, I'm going to reply with this: Here, in part, is BRK answer (quoted with permission): "My friend, there is one bit of advice you need to heed. One small tidbit of information that shall put your mind at ease. One itsy bitsy teenie weenie morsel of truth that shall set you free: People are stupid. Unfortunately, too often in our lives we have to deal with People. Friends are cool. Acquaintances are nice. People are dumb. People are ignorant. People are loud-

Impressive.....Most Impressive

I had the honor of accompaning 9 of my guildmates into Karazhan last night. 3 Hours. 5 Bosses. Everyone is getting to the point where they know the pulls, they know what to do, and they do it. Our group last night was Me (Prot Paladin) Zadorr (Feral Druid) Wichita (Elemental Shaman) Lakini (Balance/Resto Druid) Baconstrip (Resto Druid) Sylvara (Multilate Rogue) Schmedlap and Nemesis (Marksman Hunter, Winterspring Cat) Calexis (Holy/Disc Priest) Rhubarb (Holy Paladin) Condramous (Fire/Arcane Mage) Everyone did an outstanding job. We did not have a single wipe. Dare I say it was "easy"? Schmedlap joined the Teir 4 club. In fact, Curator dropped the EXACT same loot as our first kill. We had quite 3 trash epics drop: Boots of Elusion, the Feral Boots, and a Nature Damage ring. Great, I thought I had problems holding threat off Wichita before. Actually, Wichita is a really good player who manages his aggro extremly well, while at the same time doing incredibl

No Longer Functional

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Sunday night and my Guild, Heroes Inc, was headed back into Kara. Our mission was to kill Maiden and proceed to make further attempts on the Curator. Our group was Me ( Prot Paladin) Zadorr (Feral Druid) Baconstrip ( Resto Druid) Sameth (Holy Priest) Calexis (Holy/Disc Priest) Condramous (Arcane/Fire Mage ) Schmedlap (MM Hunter) Regolos (Affliction Lock) Ferth (Fury/Arms Warrior) Wichita (Elemental Shaman) I switched out to healing gear for Maiden while Zadorr tanked her. With 2 dedicated healers, and 2 dedicated dispellers , the fight went very well. The Priests group heals really helped after Maiden did her Holy Chain Lightning thing. She dropped the Shard of the Virtuous which Bacon won. Then it was on to Curator. I hate Curator's trash. I hate it. The anomalies absorb all my Holy Damage attacks, and the Mana Feeders drain all my mana out. I usually "tank" the Mana Feeders. It's better that I'm OOM , rather than a healer or M

Basin and Pens

Saturday night was Guild PVP night for Heroes Inc. We got a nearly full group and did a night of Arathi Basin matches. I try to volunteer for guard duty as often as I can. This is partially because I like it; I know where I'm supposed to be and what I'm supposed to be doing, and partially because I'm good at it. It's going to take the Horde a couple of minutes to get me killed, and long before that the cavalry will have come running. When I'm not defending I'm running with the flex group and doing my best to keep the other healers and the dpsers alive. We won about half the matches we went into. We were very inconsistent. We'd beat an organized group and then lose to a PUG. After Arathi Basin, I was asked if I'd like to tank a Heroic. My shiny new shield didn't have any nicks in it yet so I thought I'd break it in a bit before Sunday's Kara run. My group was me (Prot Paladin), Lakini (Balance/Resto Druid), Origami (Feral Druid), Wichi

One Track Mind

This was quite a weekend. It started out on Friday night. I was bound and determined to get Exalted with Sha'tar. Very few people were on Friday night so I tried to PuG it. I got a group for Normal Botanica that was Me, a Warrior, two Druids (one healing, one DPS), and I think a Hunter. The instance starts out pretty well, I can tell the group is well geared. I mistakenly pull two groups and we get 5 mobs. I'm a Tankadin, no problem. I hold all 5 and down they go. Then we get to the Hunter mobs with the birds. These mobs if not crowd controlled will issue a kill command on a random target. All the birds attack that target. Well, they called out our Warrior, so I BoP. It helps, but he clicks it off so he can DPS and dies. Then the Healer Druid dies, but we get the mobs down, and I rez everyone up. The Druid proceeds to yell at me for not holding aggro and the Warrior for not tanking. I try to explain the mobs behavior but the Druid didn't believe me. I remind him a

Winging It

So my Raid Team concept has been accepted. While I'm putting the Raid Team together, I am continuing to lead Heroes raids this week. This is so we don't have to go a week with no raids while I get organized. Last night I led Heroes back into Karazhan . We had like 15 people show up for the Raid so I had to make the call on who went and who didn't. It really made me wish I had put in the preset teams this week instead of next, so everyone would have known prior to logging in if they were going or not. Some people could only make this run, and not Sunday's, so I gave them priority on spots. We wound up with 2 Paladins (Me- Prot , Rhubarb-Holy), 3 Druids ( Baconstrip - Resto , Lakini -Balance/ Resto , and Origami-Feral), a Hunter ( Jagdelf ), a Mage ( Condramous ), a Fury/Arms Warrior ( Ferth ), Wichita ( Elemetnal Shaman), and Sylvara ( Multilate Rogue). We killed Attumen with little problem. Most of us know this fight pretty good. We started clearing to Moroes

So Close

Last night I did another Heroic Botanica run with Heroes Inc. The group consisted of Me (Prot Paladin), Wichita (Elemental Shaman), Origami (Feral Druid), Jadgelf and Klemme (BM Hunter with Scorpid), and Calexis (Holy Priest). The pulls started out very well with me double tanking the elves and single tanking the mechanical. Then we got to the three pulls with two casters and healer. The plan was to burn the healer while trapping one of the casters. I feel for Hunters who have to trap casters. You have to get aggro (not easy with a Tankadin), and then line of site the caster into your trap. I would trap to hold back on my aggro generation to help him get aggro, but then I'd lose my mobs to the healers. It finally dawned on us to give Jag Blessing of Kings instead of Salvation. Origami aslo got into the Crowd Control action on the 4 mob pulls. He has an Arena Healer lock down sequence that involves him starting in Cat, then going Bear, and then back to Cat. I don't know

More Rep Grind

There really wasn't much going on last night in Heroes. Two of our healers were doing Arenas last night, leaving very few healers for instance groups. I did my dailies, then jumped on Rabbitslayer (my Warrior alt) for a bit. He's level 30 now. My plan for Rabbit is to get him to the mid 60s before the next expansion pack. That way I can decide if I'll level my Warrior or my Paladin to 80. That decision will be made by Blizzard more than me. Will they have come through on their promise to make Paladins truly competitive tanks with Warriors and Druids? I truly hope they do and I believe they will. But I'm making sure I have an insurance poilicy if they don't. Paladins are about where Druids were before they got buffed. Sure, you might use them on Jindo, but basically it was a Warrior's world. Now with Paladins, sure you might use one on Morogrim or Al'ar for add tanking, but its still a Warrior's world. Can you imagine what someone who is as passiona

PeeVeePee

Last night was a PVP night for Honors. It started with a game of WSG with Heroes. WSG can be a tough battleground for even the best group. The biggest problem I have with it, is that its more like Baseball than the other battleground. In Football or Basketball, you've got a clock. Barring an overtime situation, the game is going to end within some fairly regular time frame . Baseball does not have a clock. It has innings which are only progressed by getting outs. In the same way, WSG is only progressed by capturing flags. The other battlegrounds have points you hold or that your opponent holds. These essentially become a clock. Every second of the game, one team or the other is gaining points towards the total they need. The game is going to end within some fairly regular time frame . WSG can go super quick or take forever. I'm a healer in Battlegrounds, but I also make a very good flag holder. I have more hit points in my tank gear than just about anyone save a Prot

The Wall

Sunday night, Heroes ventured into Kara picking up where we left off on Wednesday. It was really cool because all of Moroes trash has despawned so we walked right up to Maiden's hall way. There's a pat that walks through that hallway. I made sure they were gone before bringing everyone in and getting ready. Somehow the stationary mobs pulled along with the pat. Wipe. I think next time I will pull them into the other room. We cleared to Maiden with little other problems. We decided to have our Feral Druid tank her, and he did an awesome job. It was nice to see him able to tank some after being DPS on the previous runs. His Feral tank gear is quite good. He actually gimped his DPS most of the night staying in "Bear" gear so he could pick up anything I lost. Our first attempt at Maiden did not go well. She kept Holy Fire on the Healers and it was lights out. We did a better job with healing the healers the 2nd time around. Wichita's Grounding Totem ate Hol

Rep Grind

Saturday night, I got online after watching my Panthers put in quite a good effort in a Preseason game agaist the New York football Giants. There was a group forming for Heroic Botanica. This got me excited because the one major upgrade I have left is the Crest of Sha'tar. This requires Exalted rep with the Sha'tar. The group was me (Prot Paladin), Bacon (Resto Druid), Wichita (Shaman), Krawl (Fire Mage), and Origami (Feral Druid). After my disaster the night before, I was a little nervous going in. We started clearing the trash leading up to the first boss. We were fighting the last trash mob before the boss, and he just starts casually walking over towards us, and then aggros. We wiped. We got him on the next attempt. We did pretty well on the 2nd boss. We stayed put and downed the adds while the boss did his healing thing. We skipped the 3rd boss. Laj went down pretty easy, and wouldn't you know it, he dropped the Spaulders of the Righteous again. Sharded! Fina

Tomb Raider

I got on late Friday night and got an invite to run Heroic Mana Tombs. I've run this once before and we did okay. Some of the pulls at the end of the instance were a little tough, and the first boss is a challenge. Friday night my group was me (Prot Paladin), Baconstrip (Resto Druid), Sylvara (Rogue), Witchita (Shaman), and Lakini (Druid). Right from the start of the run we could tell something wasn't quite right. I was losing aggro left and right, getting poor Bacon one shotted in most cases. I made all kinds of mistakes. Blessing of Salvation on myself, and not putting up Righteous Fury being my two most aggregis. We manage to get the first boss down with both Lakini and Bacon healing me. We got far enough to get Wichita's quest done, but we called it after that. I chalked it up to just being an off night for me. I was tired and probably just should have gone to bed.

Northrend & Raiding

At Blizzcon, Blizzard announced the next expansion Wrath of the Lich King. Now no one knows when it will be released but I have to say I took the news with mixed feelings. I'm not sure I'm ready for another expansion just yet. There's still alot of tBC I haven't explored. Plus, I see Arthas as just another 25 man Raid Boss that I'll never see. My big concern is that Blizzard will hold off on any more adjustments to Paladin tanking until the expansion. There is still a rigid hierarchy of tanks. We can get the job done now, so we are miles ahead of where we were pre BC. I'm very fortunate to be in a guild that accepts Paladin tanks. Speaking of my guilds (segway for the win), it looks like my Raid Team concept has got some legs. This is a fundamental change to the way my guild has approached raiding. Essentially, I'm being put into an XO type position in the guild, kind of a VP of PVE Raiding. The offical decision won't be made until Monday, but /magic8

Blasting the Labs

I got on a bit late last night after watching the Mythbusters Baseball special. It's one of the few shows my wife and I both enjoy. After I logged on, I did my dailies. I hit Revered with Ogril'la and bought the Ogril'la Aegis. Once I get it gemmed and enchanted it will be better than my Aegis of the Sunbird, but just barely. I also like the fact that it's a different model. My Aegis of the Sunbird looks exactly like a Crystal Pulse Shield, which is a fairly common Healing Sheild. Afer finishing that up, I was asked to help Rhubarb in Shadow Labs. Rhubarb is a Holy Paladin, and I'll do anything to help a Healer. The group was me (Prot Paladin), Rhubarb (Holy Paladin), Wichita (Elemental Shaman), Calexis (PewPew Smite Priest), and Origami (Feral Druid). Origami opened the night with "I wonder why I never tank for your groups. Oh yeah." I learned a couple of things on this run. First, never, never tell Wichita to "go all out". At one poin

Casual Guilds

Over on Maintankadin, Cames gave this take on more "casual" guilds: "One of the issues that a lot of casual oriented guilds have is a lack of theorycraft. There may be little to no understanding of crit-ability and crush-ability. There is theorycraft for all sub-types (Tanks, Healers, Melee DPS, Caster DPS, Hunters (who are not exactly casters or melee) and at least one person will have to be into looking at this stuff to progress. This will lead to spec and gear optimization - not forcing people to change - to get higher raid DPS, Threat Generation, Damage Mitigation, and Healing Per Second. You guys can certainly run Kara without doing this. BUT at some point (Curator is probably the spot), you will get stuck and people MAY get frustrated. If your guild is still gearing up into epics, you MAY wish to even do the animal bosses. The loot is not great, but they are pretty easy. Moroes requires a lot of coordination. Maiden is pretty simple nowadays, but will probably t

Unannounced Visitors

Heroes Inc braved the trials of Karazhan again last evening. Our intrepid group of Heroes consisted of Me (Prot Paladin) Beilin (Prot Warrior) Lakini (Balance/Resto Druid) Sameth (Discipline Priest) Darolynn (Shadow Priest) Zadorr (Feral Druid) Regolos (Afflication Lock) Condramous (Mage) Schmedlap (Marksman Hunter) Ferth (Fury Warrior) We got to Attumen. The plan was that I would take Midnight, and then Beilin would pick up Attumen. Whoever got aggro, would take them when they formed up. So I go in and start wailing on the horse. Eventually Attumen spawn. Apparently, he got caught in my Consencration, and immediately ate a Holy Shield charge. This happened so fast that I'm not sure he had even fully rendered when it did. Beilin went to wailing on him. But he stayed on me, and stayed on me. "Let Beilin pick up Attumen" our Raid Leader said over vent. "I didn't touch him" I responded back "I can't pull him off you" Beilin a

Why a Tankadin

From Mahale on the MainTankadin Boards: "someone asked 'why would you want to be a pally tank why not just role warrior and tank like your suppose to' to which I answered. As a pally tank I can do other things and I have more "tricks". Honestly its like choosing between Superman/Wolverine/Batman. Superman=warrior because they are damn near invulnerable can do crazy damage and everyone loves them. Druid=Wolverine because again damn near invulnerable and can do crazy damage plus heal themselves (feral rage and hots and what not). They tank through sheer ferocity. Paladins though shouldn't be able to tank. They shouldn't be able to do the things they do as the cards are so stacked against them. Yet they strap on the body armor night after night stock up their utility belt full of blessings, ranged taunts, throwing stars (shields as the case may be), and go out there and do the same job that Wolverine and Supes do but with an amazingly harder time to

PewPew MewMew And a Bubble

I was asked to switch Arena teams from PVPed in my Pants to Mew Mew Pew Pew and a Bubble. This team consists of 2 Druids, 1 Mage , 1 Hunter, 1 Warlock, 1 Shaman & 2 Paladins (one Prot , one Holy). The Mage and the Holy Paladin are played by the same player. We wanted to do our games last night but thanks to an Authentication Server issue, half the team couldn't log in. I leveled up my Warrior alt, Rabbitslayer while we waited. He's 27 now. Eventually the issue cleared up and we got to get our games in. The team we went with last night was 2 druids (Origami and Zadorr ) 2 Paladins (Me and Rhubarb) and a Shaman (Wichita). The first challenge we pose to opposing teams is identifying the healer. Unfortunately this challenge is somewhat solved by the fact that I have Season 2 Shoulders and I basically glow in the dark. However this is actually a good thing, because they target me instead of the Holy Paladin. Actually more often than not, the Shaman is the focus fire t

King of the Valley

Sunday night I was all excited, not about WoW but about the start of the NFL Preseason. I went to turn on the game promptly at 8pm. Only one, small, detail I had overlooked. The game was on NFL Network. Because my cable company and the NFL are in something of a battle over how much of my money they need to exchange, I don't have NFL Network. No game for me. So back through the Dark Portal. There were a couple of people from the guild who neeed to do the 5 man quests to get "attuned" to Ogril'la so they can start doing daily quests. I grouped up with them. It was Me (Prot Paladin), Darolynn (Shadow Priest, but healing), Regolos (Afflication Lock), Schmedlap (MM Hunter), and a new mage who had just transfered over from Regolos' old guild. One thing I leared was that if you yell in Barrier Hills it can be seen in Shattrath. See, right before I engage the boss, I yell "Hey Bossname, IT'S HAMMER TIME!!" People seem to find it somewhat amusing. We blas

PuGing TK

Saturday night there were only 4 other 70s on, when I logged on. I had already knocked out my dailies and was hoping to get a group for a Tempest Keep instance to keep working on Sha'tar rep. Nothing doing in the guild, I decided to brave the world of the PUG (Pick Up Group). This PuG wound up being me (Prot Paladin), 2 mages, a Holy Paladin and a Rogue (Hearthbraker). The Rogue was actually the one who sold me the pattern for Bracers of the Green Fortress, so I had at least had dealings with him before. We had some disagreement about what to pull first and how much of the first room to clear. Now as the tank, I figured I'd kind of set the pace for the run, but my pace was a bit slow for this group. I tend to take things a bit slow. I check for Patrols, and try to make sure every pull will go well. The other players got a little careless and twice pulled multiple groups. Now with a guild group, I just would have told them over vent that I could handle it and move on. But so

Plant Extract

Friday night, I got into a group running Botanica. I've been working on Sha'tar rep to try to get to Exalted, and I'm still a long long ways away. The group was Me (Prot Paladin), Beilin (Prot Warrior), Ferth (Fury Warrior), Schmedlap (MM Hunter), and Mathman (Holy Priest from another guild, and a friend of Beilin's) This group was a bit low on DPS. Beilin and I are built to be damage sponges, not damage dealers. First boss went down pretty easy. Two Intimidating Shouts and a trap took care of the adds. Beilin got some nice DPS boots. 2nd was a little more difficult, but we put Schmed on adds and we able to DPS him down. Ferth was hoping the Aegis of the Sunbrid would drop. I already had it and Beilin has the Crest of the Sha'tar (/jealous), so he would have been the only one to want it. We skipping the 3rd boss after a couple of unsuccessful attempts. He's just really unfriendly to melee dps. Then we get to Laj, the current bane of my WoW existence. Bei

A Righteous Night

I really should help people more. Last night, I was asked to go to Steam Vaults to help Calexis get keyed for Heroics. Calexis is a Priest and a pretty cool player. Now I've been to Steam Vaults so often the mobs all yell out HONORS! when I zone in (think Cheers....NORM!). But this is the week to help those who need it, and I'm willing to help out. So the group was Me (Prot Paladin), Calexis (Priest), Schmedlap (Hunter), Robella (Rogue), and Agamegnome (Rogue). The run went pretty well. We wiped a couple of time when I would pull a pack and get a pat as well. We had some problems with the Naga that fear, but Calexis was spot on with dispell and it wasn't a big problem. We managed to one shot all the bosses. Most of the drops were vendored since we didn't have anyone to DE. Then Kalithres (end boss) drops the Righteous Breastplate. This the Paladin Dungeon Set 3 Breastplate. I have the Helm and Legs as well. *Curse you Laj, and Nethercurse* I was happy to get a

Comment Moderation

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Scene of the Crime

Last night I decided to take a break from Outland and run run my alt Warrior, Rabbitslayer. He's level 25 now and doing okay. Either I am totally clueless on how to play a Warrior, or Warriors die alot in solo PVE. Well, at least my Warrior does. He has gotten some new skills which are really cool. Cleave, which helps when I've got two mobs on me. Intimidating Shout. I've never had a character who could fear. That's kind of cool. But my personal favorite is Execute. Basically, Execute is a like the mob only have 80% of his hit points. He gets down to 20% and BAM! Execute! Loot. Fun was had. One story about last night. I was questing in the Stone Talon Mountains with a level 22 Warlock. He gets jumped by a level 20 something Troll Hunter with a Bear pet. Who uses a Bear in solo PVE? Anyway the lock goes down, and I charge, and hamstring. The Hunter uses Aspect of the Cheetah. WTF? I rend, and smack him a couple of times, ignorning the Bear. I don't care if he

Tankadin Beyond Gruul's Lair

From Psiven of the guild Prodigy on the server Dalvengyr. He's a tankadin who specs back between Prot and Holy as needed by his guild. I'm putting it here for future reference. His thoughts on Prot Paladins beyond Gruul's Lair: " Beyond Gruul's, think about it, and have your GM/officers think about it. Magtheridon: Who better to pull 3-packs of trash with mass deaggro effects? Why swap out a tank at the boss when you need 4-5 to complete the encounter? Hydross: Can you think of any other situation where you'd really want to bring 4 prot warriors? Why use a feral druid on adds when a paladin takes 10% less spell damage and has access to epic resist gear? Lurker: Who can frontload threat on Guardians that need to be burned down more efficiently than Avenging Wrath? Leotheras: Would you rather have tanks chasing him around during whirlwind and slowly backing back into position, or have him run straight back at full speed to a paladin's Avenger's Shield? Do

Back In Time

Last night was real trip down memory lane for my Paladin. I was helping out some guildies who wanted to run Botanica for gear and rep. The group was Me (Prot Paladin), Jenet (Prot Warrior), Krawl (DPS), Schmedlap (Hunter), and a PuG Shaman. 2 tanks, 3 dps. So I volenteered to put on my PVP gear and try to heal the instance. Now, I haven't main healed in PVE since BC came out, so I was severly out of practice. We manage to move through the first part of instance. Jenet had just gotten Gromtor's Charge, which is a sweet, sweet tanking axe, and needed to level up her Axe skill. It was such an upgrade over the current sword she was using, I advised her to keep using the axe to skill up. We ended up wiping to a bad pull before the 1st boss. Then wiped again when someone pulled the boss while we were clearing the last trash pulls. We regroup and went at it again. This time getting the boss to drop. He dropped a Libram of Lightbringer. The point of the run was to get OTHER peo