Wow – That was a fun weekend
Amanna is now just over halfway to 65. With any luck she should hit it this week, leaving only 3 levels to go for flight form. That’s my next big goal as from what I hear, the Druid Storm Crow form is a lot of fun. Amanna had a little different weekend that most, with a variety of activities. Normally, the weekend is spent solo questing like normal with maybe one instance thrown in due to extended play times. While I did a fair share of questing, Amanna also did the following:
Dropped skinning and picked up Alchemy: Yes, I did it. If you read this blog, you remember my post from last week talking about the Alchemist’s Stone. This bad boy, an upgrade for the Philosopher’s Stone, not only does transmutations, but can be equipped for +15 to all stats and +40% effects on healing and mana potions. After much soul searching, I decided to drop skinning and go for Alchemy. It was a hard choice. If I had it to decide all over again, I would do it again but I would probably wait a couple more levels. Skinning is such a good moneymaker, for virtually no effort. Plus, I’m just venturing into Nagrand where the Clefthoof mobs are. I’m guessing Clefthoof leather is going for a pretty penny on the Auction House. My Alchemy is already up to 200 (only cost me around 40 gold or so), but now I’m running into more expensive herbs. Plus, with most herbalists being higher level, the price is getting driven up for lower level herbs. A stack of Goldthorn was going for around 15G on my server – I don’t remember it being that expensive. So if you read my post and are considering making the switch to Alchemy also, consider waiting until later levels: more gold in the bank to fund the levelling process. (The two most popular potions on the way to 200 and the only ones that got bought on the Auction House? Swiftness Potion and Healing Potions.)
Tanked the Slave Pens: An honest to goodness “you are our tank” instance run in bear form. Saturday afternoon a call came out in guild chat if anyone was interested in a Slave Pens run and I said I was interested. A whisper came back from a fairly senior guild member asking what spec I was. I’m pretty used to this and usually when I say I’m feral, the response is “sorry, we’re looking for a healer”. Hey, I’m still a healer you know. Anyway, after replying that I’m feral, I get an immediate invite and the party leader announces that I’m main tank. I hadn’t had a lot of experience tanking before and was definitely up for the opportunity. Plus, being with fellow guild members took a little of the pressure off. The run went great with no deaths. We had two pallys for healers and they did a good job. No great drops although this cloak off the final boss Quaggmirran was a small upgrade for me. I did learn some things about tanking, and have been learning a lot about my other forms as well. I plan to summarize everything on a post coming up soon.
Bought some new gear: With the switch to Alchemy, I was looking for a big herb bag, assuming that I would be carrying around a lot more herbs now. I thought I remembered one of the vendors in Cenarion Expidition selling them. Well, they didn’t, but hitting the vendors reminded me that I had made Honored with CE and so had some new rewards open up to me. I ended up making two purchases: Preserver’s Cudgel and Warden’s Hauberk. The Hauberk I bought for my cat form. Yea, it’s one more piece of gear taking up space in my bags, but I find my forms really starting to define themselves lately, and cat is definitely all about DPS. 39 Agility is a huge bump at this level and for the red sockets, I picked up 3 Bright Blood Garnets. That’s +36 Attack Power extra making this a nice chestpiece for my cat form. There are better red gems, but I thought I’d wait a bit to see how long this piece stays with me before investing in higher priced gems. My thought process on the Cudgel was starting to build a healing outfit. I’ve got some decent pluses to healing with just my main caster outfit, but this cudgel had good pluses to both healing and mp5 while leaving my off-hand open. That off hand I promptly filled with Unearthed Orb, a quest reward for the escort quest out of The Shadow Tomb. So using Outfitter, I created a Healing outfit and will look for an opportunity to brush up on my instance healing skills.
Ventured into Nagrand: My quest log has been dwindling down and I finally got the “go here and talk to this guy” quest that Blizzard uses to tell you where to go next. The “guy” was in Nagrand. I had heard that Nagrand was a beautiful zone, and I can now wholeheartedly agree. In case you haven’t been there yet, I’ll leave you with these few screenshots I took while making the journey to Telaar: