As all rogues recall, Patch 4.3 was released in late November of 2011 with great fanfare. With the release of the patch, came the questline to get the legendary daggers.
Every rogue worth his stealth did the opening steps of the questline in the first few days. Then you had to get to Hagara and pickpocket her, then do the wonderful stealth run through Gilneas City. A lot of us who play a rogue as our main had all of that done within a couple of weeks of the patch, and we had earned our first stage epic daggers – Fear and Vengeance.
Then came Cluster Clutch – the collecting quest in the Dragon Soul raid. It cannot be completed in LFR so the rate that you finish this is based on how many bosses you can kill each week on normal or heroic difficulty. This is where the hardcore raiders can pull ahead of the rest of the rogues.
At an average of about 6 Shadowy Gems per boss kill (assuming 10-man raids) this quest required you to be there for about 56 kills.
I’m happy to say that I completed this quest tonight. It took me nearly three months. My casual guild has not been doing full clears each week, so my progress has been steady but not rapid. In fact, we just got our first Deathwing kill on normal tonight, so it was a double-bonus for me.
I’m curious where other rogues are. I think that a lot of them just got their first stage daggers and called it a success at that point, with no intention of moving on to later stages. Then I think that many other rogues want to keep moving forward, but the mid-expansion lull may bring them to a halt as they have trouble forming raid groups.
This weekend I expect to do the next stealth run (near Karazhan) and hopefully get my next-stage daggers.
So, where are you in the questline?