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It’s a Druid’s World (of Warcraft)


The Master’s KeyThe Master’s Key.  Attuned for Karazhan.  Finally!

This is one of the reasons I’ve been playing an alt the last week or so.  This, and the fact that I don’t have a ton of free time now that it’s full-scale summer.  After close to a month of asking, pleading, begging, and almost-pugging, I still couldn’t get a Black Morass group together to complete my Karazhan attunement.  I’m not bashing my guild; I’m in a good guild.  It just worked out that when I was on most of the upper levels were already helping someone else, or on a run.  The only thing that bothered me just a little, is two weeks in a row I saw in guild chat they cancelled their Kara run because not enough people showed up, yet it was pulling teeth to get some help on a BM run. 

So, I took some time off, got some things done around the house and started a Gnome Warlock (yes robb – a GNOME!!!).  I’m finding that Warlocks are fun.

About a week ago I checked out our guild website.  I don’t go there often as it’s a fairly static site and we really only use it for DKP and raid signups.  Well, they added a couple sections to the raid signup for folks not attuned to Kara.  One section was for the first two key fragments, the other section was for Black Morass.  So I signed up. 

Well, the runs are Monday and Tuesday nights.  Monday night I was busy and last night I wasn’t able to log on until amost 9.  I checked the guild roster when I logged on and sure enough there were 5 guildies in Black Morass.  Just for the heck of it I asked them how it was going.  Long story short, when they found out I needed it for attunement, one of the party members dropped out and let me go.  Very nice.

I was the tank for the run, and I have to say that while it’s a very fun instance it isn’t that difficult.  If you’re reading some of the strategy writeups and getting nervous – don’t.  We had a good solid group of 70s and had no difficulties whatsoever.  The only issue was on the second boss.  Our leader’s strategy was to let all the adds through and burn down the boss quickly.  Well, by the time we got back to the adds, Medivh’s shield was down to 29%.  Party leader was surprised it had gone down that much, but rest of the run went smoothly and it ended up being a non-issue.

Briefly, there are 18 waves of mobs and a final boss.  There is a boss at wave 6, 12, and at the end.  Each non-boss wave has a Rift Lord or Rift Keeper and that was my duty as tank to keep that guy busy.  There is a period of about 30-60 seconds after each boss where you can re-buff, bandage and pot if you need to.  Again, for a party of 70s, I didn’t think the instance was very hard – but it WAS a lot of fun.

I think one thing that we could have done better is to use our Chrono-Beacons more.  As a group we only used 2 of our beacons.  A beacon earlier on the adds for the second boss probably would have helped.  (Each party member can get a Chrono-Beacon at the start of the instance.  If you use the beacon, you get a targeting circle.  When you apply the circle, a dragon appears and does a good job of killing mob adds that are in the circle).

No great drops.  Burnoose of Shifting Ages dropped off the first boss and I was told to greed it as it was more of a tanking cloak and we didn’t want to waste time haggling over drops.  I ended up selling it as it wasn’t really an upgrade over my Bogstrok Scale Cloak – but darn close.  I passed on all the other drops as I had already got one, so I don’t really remember what they were.  There was a healing trinket off the last boss that looked pretty sweet that I would have taken for my healing set, but someone else needed it.  I was happy just to get this done.

This is the instance where Hourglass of the Unraveller drops that everyone drools over.  No drop, but I may come back a couple times to try and get it.

Talking to Medivh after the run gets you the quest to head back to Shattrath and finally get your key.  Oh, and don’t forget to talk to the NPC at the entrance to the instance.  You’ll get the quest Hero of the Brood to talk to Andormu.  The quest has some decent rewards.


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June 20, 2007 - Posted by | Attunements, Druid Gear, Instances, World of Warcraft


  1. Grats on getting attuned for Kara! Too bad you don’t need Kara anymore to get into SSC and TK! 😦 Anyway… you’ll have fun tanking in Karazhan, just be prepared for Moroes’ crushing blows… they’re not fun. I’ve tanked every boss in there now, and none hit harder than Moroes, at least not that I’ve noticed.
    As for BM, if you plan on letting the adds through on bosses, it is imperitive that you drop beacons to pick them up regularly. Yes it’s fun to have all 5 beacons left for the last boss (They pretty much burn him down themselves), but it is much less stressful to have the beacons used in sutations where you don’t have time to give the adds any attention.
    🙂 Grats again Amanna!

    Comment by Slipslappy (Icedown) | June 20, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hey – congrats on the attunement. I finally got attuned early last week, and had my first tentative peek into Kara on Friday. We took down the first boss (Attumen?), and then got soundly spanked by the Maiden of Virtue.

    Black Morass is my favourite instance right now, hands down. It’s nice and quick, but is fairly challenging. I’ve run it 5 times in the past two weeks, which seems like a lot until you remember that it’s a 45m run start to end.

    My bear has been tanking the place as well, and you’re correct in stating that the second boss is the only hard part. It’s hit or miss if you’ll survive that fight. If he allows the stacking anti-healing debuff he has drop, then you’re golden – but if he gets 9 or 10 of them stacked, there’s not much that even the best healer can do about it.

    Definitely ignore the adds on that fight though….. I have no clue how the shield got to 29%….. usually 65% is to be expected if you don’t let any adds get to the shield prior to the second boss.

    One final thing you may want to keep in mind if you keep tanking BM: Always fight beside the rifts, and make sure that your group knows to run to you if they manage to grab aggro. The mobs on on leashes, and if they get too far from the rift they’ll snap back, and fully heal in the process. (This is what caused the only wipe I’ve ever had in there….)

    Comment by Andrew | June 20, 2007 | Reply

  3. Good comments Andrew. I do hope to run it a few more times – it fun, quick and I’d love to get the Hourglass of the Unraveller.

    I will remind my group to run back to me. I did lose aggro twice I think last night, and of course the person that picked it up started running around like a crazy person. That’s sound advice to have them run back to you, and while I noticed the “leashes” I didn’t know about the healing.

    Comment by Amanna | June 20, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thanks Slippy.

    Hey somewhere along the line I think your Badge of Tenacity comments got lost. I was a bit behind on my spam (yes – you’re still getting flagged), so I was going through it all this afternoon. I flagged your comments as non-spam, but I think they got caught in the delete anyway. Sorry – go ahead and recomment if you want and I’ll keep an eye peeled for it.

    Comment by Amanna | June 20, 2007 | Reply

  5. Gratz to the key…
    I during some time now read you druid blog and have had alot of useful tip from here…

    I have started my own blog also so feel free to pay a visit sometime…keep up the good work…

    Comment by Minji | June 21, 2007 | Reply

  6. I can’t believe you lost my post! You are totally fired.
    🙂 just kidding. No biggie, I think about 4 of my posts haven’t shown up on this site so it’s no biggie, I just figured you didn’t like me.
    Oh! Got my T4 helm last night! 490 armor… lol it’s awesome. I have the gloves as well, but only use them when tanking so they won’t show on my armory page.

    Here’s a pic from last week too. Was right before Netherspite in Karazhan. I nearly broke 40% crit and 3500ap.

    Comment by Slipslappy (Icedown) | June 22, 2007 | Reply

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