Tankette’s Rambles

June 16, 2008

Weekend ZA, Kara and another Heroic

Filed under: Uncategorized — tankette @ 4:54 pm

Friday night we got a ZA run going late. We beat the timer on the Eagle boss without a problem. We had plenty of time to get the Bear boss but we wiped – twice. I think the healers were tired or something. The first wipe I died first. The second wipe our druid tank was the first to go down. I wasn’t that concerned about not beating the timer or the wipes. What sucked the most was people needing to log off right after we downed the Bear boss on the third try. That makes like the 10th time we get the first two bosses down and then end for the night without even attempting a third boss. We alway agree to come back before the instance resets but that never happens.

Saturday we had a speed run in Kara that wasn’t so speedy. I forget how many wipes we had but it took over three hours to walk out with 14 badges. People weren’t in synch and we had some players that had never ran with us before.

Afterwards 5 of us went to Blood Furnace for a heroic. I have only tanked that place once and that was months ago. Fortunately I had time to read up on the instance in my Dungeon Companion. My pace was pretty slow but with 2 cc’s it was a clean run up until the second boss. The encounter involves 6 rounds of orcs before the boss comes into play. I didn’t do a great job tanking all the orcs and we lost our mage and hunter on the next to last round. That left me, our holy pally healer and an elemental shammy. It was intense and fun but the three of us got through the last round of orcs. Then the beholder looking boss came out, spitting poison, acid, whatever. I successfully walked him around the room keeping all his foul aoe stuff away from everyone. It was a long fight but we downed him. We had 2 wipes on the big demons after that before we got our strategy down. They just hit too hard for me to tank two at a time so we resorted to putting one in the hunter’s freeze trap until the other was dead. The boss fight at the end was pretty easy. The only trick is to run like heck when he says “BURN!”.

We failed to get enough people to raid Gruuls and mags last night. I guess Fathers Day had everyone away from their computers.

I picked up the badge bracers, Brancers of the Ancient Phalanx. I’m not sure what badge item I’m after next. I think there’s only three items left that I’d use for tanking: Gnomergon Autoblocker, tanking ring (60 badges, don’t recall the name at the moment) and the tanking cloak. I guess the Autoblocker will be next. I’ve already got 15 badges so it won’t take long to get it.

I spent quite a few hours leveling my holy priest. I did another run of Crypts and half a run of Sethek. He’s just 3 bars shy of level 69 now. He’s got 981 bonus healing already. I’m not going to be in a big hurry to finish off his leveling until I have more of his BOE epics ready. Instead of spending all my gold on his gear I have decided to go ahead and get the epic flying mount for Tankette first. I need about 3000 more gold so that will take a week or so if I farm a lot and do all the dailies.



  1. Personally, I’d rate the cloak way higher than the Autoblocker. I’ve got both, and the cloak is the best avoidance cloak out there, and it regularly gets used in Black Temple and Hyjal.

    The Autoblocker, while nice, doesn’t get outed much at all – it’s a much more situational piece, and I think these days I’d probably rather use Shard of Contempt and a +hit trinket than one which grants SBV for my threat gear. Also to get the best out of it, you need to macro it to your shield block key.

    Comment by Namthe — June 17, 2008 @ 7:04 am | Reply

  2. The cloak from A’lar is the best avoidance cloak out there, not the badge cloak. And it never gets used in Hyjal or BT because you don’t need more avoidance than you are already getting on your other gears. So you use the trash drop cloak which has a bunch of +hit on it. FWIW, the A’lar cloak gets used all the time in Sunwell when avoidance becomes a relevant stat again.

    Comment by Rochelle — June 17, 2008 @ 8:25 am | Reply

  3. Oops – I stand corrected. My guild has never actually seen the Al’ar cloak drop, so I tend to forget it exists :/

    I haven’t been using the trash drop cloak, because I’ve been hit capped without it (though having just swapped some +hit gear for +expertise gear, it’s getting aired again now).

    Comment by Namthe — June 17, 2008 @ 9:59 am | Reply

  4. Also, I should mention I made the recommendation based on Tankette’s current equipped cloak which I personally see as more of a dps cloak than a tanking one.

    Comment by Namthe — June 17, 2008 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  5. Ya, the Arathi cloak I have equiped is all I have ever picked up. It has some plus hit, and I’m not hit capped yet so I figure it isn’t all that bad. Maybe the badge cloak should be next then.

    Comment by tankette — June 17, 2008 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

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