I had a very good weekend of WoW.
Thursday: Did a quick heroic Mech run to get the last couple of badges I needed for the Blade of Serration. According to the well-known DPS Spreadsheet, this is the best PvE main hand dagger I can get without doing BT or Sunwell. So after getting it enchanted I am set there, probably until the expansion.
Friday: Ran Gruul’s Lair with our partner guild. We are getting much better at that nasty High King pull. We are still not perfect, but its a lot less frustrating. And Gruul himself is a piece of cake. Gruul dropped the Champion T4 Leggings. I threw my name in the hat for them, along with the other rogues and paladins. Surprise! I won them. (I’ll post about our quirky DKP system later) That took care of my glaring need for a leg item upgrade. Slapped a Nethercobra Leg Armor on it and I was happy. That allowed me to switch out my T4 shoulders (which are mediocre) for the slightly better Bladed Shoulderpads of the Merciless without losing the T4 set bonus.
Saturday-Sunday: Our partner guild had some internal issues, so there was no cooperative Kara run this week. To our surprise, we actually had enough people online to do our own run! We did need two players to respec, but they didn’t seem to mind. We had enough time to do Kara through Curator and get some players some nice gear upgrades.
Partway through the run, during a break between bosses, I was flipping through my gear lists and I realized that there is nothing that I need from Karazhan anymore. The only items that drop there which would be upgrades are the Steelhawk Crossbow or Sunfury Bow of the Phoenix, and those are going to go to hunters before I get a shot. Other than that, I’ll be running Kara just for badges and to gear up other guildies.
That was a big moment for me. Before Burning Crusade I had never raided anything beyond UBRS, and even that I only did once or twice. I had never owned any raid tier armor pieces before, either. Now I have done a raid instance (only a 10-man, but still…) and gotten every item I can use from it. I have 3 T4 pieces and could have a fourth except I didn’t want it. I’ve come a long way.
The flip side – from this point the gear upgrades I need (without doing pvp) are in raid instances that I am not currently doing. Time to light a fire under someone! Lets do Void Reaver!