Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Drop That Won't Drop

Raiding Black Temple

We started up another week of Raiding in Dominion. We need to burn through the Bosses faster so we have more time to work on Council and eventually the big guy himself. We now have a release date on Wrath so the pressure is on to accomplish our Burning Crusade goals in the limited time we have remaining.

We managed to down 3 bosses last (Najentus, Supremus, and Reliquary of Souls). We do Reliquary on Tuesday because Dominion loves me for Phase 3. Basically you get to me in Phase 3, and you’ve got a kill. I don’t raid most Wednesdays due to real life commitments, so they do other Bosses on those nights.

It would be really nice for our team to get Akama, Teron, Gurtogg and Mother tonight so we would have plenty of time to on Council, and maybe even get a kill.

There are few things I find more enjoyable in game than being in on a Progression Kill.

Loot Frustrations

There are few things I find more frustrating in game than waiting on your loot to drop. Yep, once again Tide Stompers did not drop.

I’ve talked in the past about the RNG and my luck or lack thereof with loot. It can be a fairly frustrating process to wait and wait and wait for the Boss to decide to drop your loot. It makes it exhilarating when it does finally drop, but the frustration of waiting can be rough.

It is nice to know that I am not alone in this. A couple of Tankadins on MainTankadin have had similar frustrating experiences with the Tide Stompers Greaves.

What if you could turn in unwanted loot for some sort of token that you could use to buy the loot that didn’t drop after you had a set number of tokens? Ah well, one can dream.

It was really nice when I was working towards so many Badge rewards during my time in Tier 5. The Badge alternatives were just as good if not a little better than what I could loot. I knew every Badge I looted was a step closer to my upgrade even if nothing else I could use dropped. Now in Tier 6, I am waiting for a couple of specific drops that I need to upgrade my suit. It’s mostly out of my control.

I feel like I’m capable of tanking anything in Black Temple or Mount Hyjal right now, except for Reliquary of Souls Phase 2. No amount of gear is going to put Spell Reflect on my hotbar. So I don’t necessarily need any gear to be a contributing member of my raid, but I know I’ve only got so many shots at Najentus before the Expansion comes and I’m stuck with troll feet until 80.

I do have another alternative. The Mymidon’s Treads which drop off of Akama are a decent replacement. I don’t know if our other tanks (who are ahead of me in DKP) already have them.

We run a fixed cost DKP system, and most of our Core raiders have 10 times more DKP than they can spend on any item. The way most people climb up our DKP charts is with DKP bombs which amounts to dropping thousands of gold on the Guild Bank.

I’ve never been a big fan of fixed cost DKP systems, but it really isn’t that big of a deal. I get plenty of loot. It’s more the RNG that’s the problem more so than any loot system.

One of my Warrior co-tanks is equally frustrated by her Tanking weapon. Because of our terrible luck with drops she is still sporting a Mallet of the Tides. With all our kills, we’ve only seen 1 Unbreakable Will and 0 Brutalizers.

It wasn’t all bad luck for Tanks last night as Reliquary did drop a Pendant of the Titans which went to Kee, our usual Boss Tank. He will be our tank for Illidan so I was happy to see him get an upgrade.

During the night, I hit Exalted with the Ashtongue Deathsworn. The only Outland factions I’m not exalted with now are Netherwing, Kurenai, and Sporregar.

I picked up the exalted Paladin trinket, Ashtongue Tailsman of Zeal. I’m not sure if I’ll ever equip it. I have a Crimson Serpent for threat and a Moroes Pocketwatch for avoidance to go along with my Commendation of Kael’thalas. It might have a place in my healing set, where right now I’m sporting the Scarab of the Infinite Cycle (Haste) and a Ribbon of Sacrifice.

Loose Ends

I’m not sure what I want to do with the Hunter right now. He’s 70, but I don’t see much point in trying to ‘gear him up’ much. His main purpose in life is to mine ore so Honorshammer can level up Engineering and Jewelcrafting if I decide that will be my profession mix in the Expansion. I am waiting to see what they do with Engineering because based on how it looks right now it can’t possibly be finished.

Between Raiding, and World Server Is Down, I haven’t done much on the Beta server.


Andover said...

Ribon! Oye man...pick up the badge healing trinket if you have the extra badges.

It's healing that is working all the time.

Anonymous said...

i feel for you honor's on not getting your drops. when you feel too bad though, just think about this to make yourself feel a little better, with killing maiden in kara for 7 months straight, i have never even seen her gauntlets drop lol.

i go back in there now to help guildies badge up and what not, and still do not get those when they are more of a want now :P