Having completed the Cluster Clutch quest, I was taken to another stealth-sap-distract run leading to a solo combat, much like the one we all did previously in Gilneas City at the start of the questline. The new quest is Blood of the Betrayer and it takes place in Deadwind Pass.
First comment – I wanted to do it completely cold without reading any strats or guides. In the end I had to look up a guide because I COULDN”T FIND THE ENTRANCE TO THE CELLAR. The quest sends you to the town outside of Karazhan. You’re phased, and the town is full of 85 elite mobs and wandering pats (just like Gilneas City was when we did the Assassinate Creed quest). However, I had no idea where I was supposed to go. I wandered around for almost a half hour before I gave in and looked up a guide online.
Next, the stealth part this time was significantly easier right up to the end. That may be because of my experience from the first go-around, or it may be that the mobs weren’t as tightly packed. It does get tricky in the hallway right before the mob you have to kill.
The fight itself was much like the Creed fight in Gilneas. You’ll have to use all of your rogue abilities – kiting and bandaging, Recuperate, Stun, Blind, Cloak, Shiv, and even Expose Armor. This time around, though, you’re given some assistance. You get warnings like, “She’s casting Arcane Infused Armor! Expose her Armor!” and they tell you what to do. I’m not really sure if those warnings were from the game or from DBM, honestly.
Also, this time I went prepared. When I killed Creed in Gilneas I wasn’t expecting how many times I would die figuring out the fight, and I ran out of consumables. This time I went in loaded with food, potions, flasks, and bandages. I had a Travelers Tundra Mammoth so I repaired before each attempt at the stealth run.
Once I got through the stealth part into the fight area, I did die 6 or 7 so times while learning the ins and outs of the fight, but managed to eke it out in the end before I was forced to repair and re-do the stealth run. That’s much better than I did on Creed when I was forced to hearth out and repair TWICE before figuring it out. When I did Creed, I tried it a bunch of times in Mutilate spec before I learned that Combat or Sub for Imp Recuperate was necessary. This time I went in with my Combat spec from the start.
So, after a couple of hours of stealthing and about 45 minutes of fighting a dragon in a basement outside of Karazhan, I am now the proud owner of The Sleeper and The Dreamer. I am 3/60 on the next collection quest, and that has a one-per-Dragon Soul boss drop rate. That puts me at 57 DS boss kills to go. For my guild, that’s probably 9-10 weeks. I only hope we keep raiding for that long without losing our raid team to the end-of-expansion doldrums.