Soon after completing normal Siege, the guild moved onto the heroic version. You might recall I spent some time fretting about this, but I ultimately concluded that I just wasn’t very interested in heroic raiding. Yeah, I’d like the powerful gear and of course want to collect ALL THE COLORS of everything for transmog’s sake, but there’s “challenge,” as far as I’m concerned, and then there’s “suffering so much you learn to enjoy the pain.” I did recently volunteer to jump off a cliff if it would get me a Garrosh kill, which actually worked! (Can we talk the Dark Shaman transmog set now? Because I will totally throw myself off a cliff into the sea onto a bunch of sharp pointy rocks for that … but preferably in Flex mode. I got my limits.)
Yeah, I rolled, got gold, and then I died because of a dot or something, or possibly sheer frustration at FINALLY GETTING HIM DAED TIME TO USE PRECIOUS TOKENS and of course, gold. (Or it could’ve just been overwhelming shock.) So what’s a girl to do now that Garrosh has had his face punched in, Arf the Kor’kron War Wolf the Destroyer of Worlds has been adopted and I’ve conclusively proven that RNG doesn’t care how long you’ve waited for this moment? GET MORE LEGENDARY CLOAKS, OBVIOUSLY.
The two closest contenders are Thermalix and Ignitine.
Thermalix is farther ahead in the quest series, partially because the end goal feels less distant. She is currently stuck collecting Titan Runestones. Ignitine’s got capped rep as well, but because she hit 90 so late, she’s still scrabbling for twenty Secrets of the Empire. Thermalix and Ignitine are now both collecting Titan Runestones. Niremere is trailing far, far behind at halfway through Honored with Wrathiewathie, and I don’t even remember where everybody else is (which means they’re probably all still collecting sigils).
Most people conclude that I am in dire need of an intervention when they hear that I’m working towards more legendary cloaks. But I think I am still sane, since it’s not like I’m actually working real hard towards this goal or anything. It’s more like, “oh gee, I guess I could transmute some trillium,” or, “well, it’s not like I’m doing anything else, so I could run ToT and see if any Secrets drop.”
But then again, I did just stay up until like two a.m. in the morning, grinding Ignitine’s Black Prince rep from the beginning of Revered to capped. It was just so easy as a Destro lock, I couldn’t help myself! I simply parked Ignitine and her Voidlord next to a spot where a bunch of statues spawned on a relatively quick basis (and some dumb ass Mogu walked by regularly), and they Killed Everything That Moved. Sometimes all at once, even. Was I not paying attention to what I was doing, and therefore got hit by four or five mobs that the Voidlord hadn’t aggroed yet? Oh, I got a healthstone for that. Healthstone on cooldown? Oh, I got embers, I’m good. Am I getting knocked back, interrupting my Chaos Bolt casts? An eye for an eye and all that jazz, so I’ll just stun them … ALL AT ONCE. TREMBLE, STATUES, AS YOUR PATHETIC MAGIC BETRAAAAAAYS Y …
(Note to self: sure, you’ve broken ICC a couple times, but it seems clear that ICC has broken you.)
Even though Thermalix is the second character I ever created, I suspect that Ignitine’s got better long term chances of actually getting the cloak. This is partially because Ignitine now outgears Thermalix (when the hell did that happen) by ten points. It’s partially because the demons, while sometimes dumb, somehow seem to be less dumb than hunter pets. (FOR THE LOVE OF DEEPS, STOP DESUMMONING YOURSELVES ON THE IMMERSEUS FIGHT.)
More importantly, Ignitine can heal herself with a renewable resource – embers. (Healthstones don’t hurt, either, nor does making your demon shield you with its very health …) Poor Therm has one pot per fight and any bandages she can get on herself, plus her spirit beast’s incredibly dinky heal. Ignitine breezed through the part where you have to reactivate the Thunder Forge and make the spear to throw at Nalak, as did Bombelina before her. Therm? Nope. I actually had to redo it (gasp), and I specifically planned ahead for the second attempt by running heroic dungeons until I got into a party with a warlock. I stole a Healthstone and kept it for my own nefarious purposes. Potion + bandage + spirit beast’s dinky heal + lockcookie = SUCCESS.
The other major factor for Ignitine’s eventual supremacy is the fact that I can manage 300k mana much better than I do 100 focus. If I have focus, I must use Arcane Shot. It’s some sort of compulsion where I must select the Thrill of the Hunt talent, and I must. Press. The. Flashing. Button. I will Arcane Shot dump every bit of focus as fast as I possibly can until the button stops flashing. But then Kill Command will come off cooldown and I end up not having enough focus! That forces me to take a long time using Cobra Shot to restore focus. Being me and liking flashy buttons, this situation occurs quite often and I always wind up using Cobra Shot more than once whether I need to or not because of my mashing technique. Long story short: as a hunter, efficiency is not my #1 virtue.
Throwing the spear at Nalak was fun, even though I’ve done it before. I think it’s because there’s an element of totally ridiculous risk, but it’s not something utterly insurmountable – it can easily be defeated if I
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