Blackhoof, completing most all of the quests in Zangarmarsh, and dinging 64 in the process, graduated and moved to the forest around Shattrath City, Terokaar Forest.
Most all of the quests are easy enough to accomplish solo. Highlights include taking out the Firewing liaison in the Bonechewer Ruins. This wound up being the worst. I didn’t die as I returned to kill Vindicators and those Warlock types, and I managed to kill the liaison easily enough as well, but as I grabbed my last Vindicator, standing in the back of the compound on the wooden beams of the dam, I must have pulled the Vindicator and a mounted patrol. They beat the stuffing out of me. I ankh’d and tried again, carefully backing away. And a Peon appears and the two of them start beating me like egg whites, and I don’t make it. I come back and gleefully, no quest needed, slaughter that freaking peon, and the vindicator, and go collect my reward. As a Shaman none of the rewards mattered for that quest. Oh, well. The vendors will buy most anything.
The quests centered around the Cenarian Thicket were easy as well.
And a few quests took me to the Arakkoa sites where I slew more than a few of the feathered punks.
Dual wielding Grunt’s Waraxes from Thrallmar, buffed with Frostbrand, I was doing about 200-220 DPS if I remember right. That’s not too bad I guess. (Outland greens and blues at the moment.) Rank 1 Earthshock for spell interruption, and there was a whole lot of that going on in Terokaar.
The Cenarian Thicket quests took me to honored with the Cenarian Expedition. Woot. I returned and bought the Preserver’s Cudgel, a really nice one-handed mace that looks like a massive totem and has +105 Healing on it. My old Staff of Dominance is a two-hander which had +40 Spell/Healing, to which I added a +55 Healing enchant. The mace has +11 Intelligence versus the +37 of the staff. But, it’s a one-hander, so I can use the Landslide Buckler too. That too has +11 Intelligence, and +13 spells/damage. And the +3 mana/5s on the shield adds to the +5 mana/5s on the cudgel, and with +2428 armor, it’s a clear winning replacement. Less +Int, but adding mana regen, so it’s a great trade off.
And I was about to put it to the test.
Employing the Looking for Group tool I signed up for the Hellfire Citadel’s Blood Furnace. Within minutes we were assembled. All of us mid-60′s except the one guy we added, a level 70 Hunter.
The Warrior was level 66, and had run the Furnace for something like 30 times already. He just wanted one particular drop off The Maker. A set of plate gauntlets. I play a Warrior too so I know that this is 2nd piece of plate for the hands a warrior can get in the HP. So he was experience.
The Druid was level 61. He was in Molten Core Cenarian gear, and he was Resto, (Good for him!), and he healed like a madman.
We had a level 65, or so, Warlock.
The Hunter was level 70, and me, level 64 Shaman.
I signed up planning to heal, and I pretty much stayed in that gear for the run. That’d be full Earthfury + Landslide Buckler + Preserver’s Cudgel. +196 mana/5s and +395 Healing.
I was more the “Other tank” on this run, since the Druid did some spectacular healing. I did spot healing, but more importantly, I did my best to pull unintentional aggro off the Warlock and the Druid.
And this group made the place look simple. Three bosses here, The Maker, Brogguk the eye, and Keli’dan the Breaker. The trash mobs were easily handled. The Warlock kept his charm active, and/or his banishes, and we really only ran into difficulty once. That was when the Warrior ran past a group to grab another. We survived, but it was crazy hectic there for a bit.
Basically I kept Windfury and Strength of Earth Totems down. We really didn’t need to exercise more care. We ran the place, almost literally.
So well in fact, that when those gauntlets failed to drop the first time, we completed the instance and reset it, and tried again. Second time was a charm, and he at long last got his gauntlets.
I liked the Blood Furnace, and the story behind it. They made it very clear how the Fel Orcs came into being.
And Blackhoof dinged 65.
And, yes, I occasionally donned my Enhancement kit and tried DPSing. Sometimes 2nd on the DPS chart, occasionally touching the #1 spot.
When I first started dual wielding I was focusing on keep Windfury on the weapons. You know, Windfury Rank 4 on both. Ha! I got suckered. Because most self-respecting Shamans knew to keep different ranks so both have a chance to Proc. I started doing that and Windfury was proccing way more. SCT was just a spam of Windfury hits. Niiiiice. They said they’ve “fixed” that and I supposedly don’t get these “double” procs anymore (Why the hell should the buff on the 2nd weapon NOT proc??!), but it still “feels” good and productive.
But against anything with any armor, that’s not the best. Fire ignores armor, so Flametounge appeared to be a good buff. But what I found was Frostbrand was doing better DPS and as a bonus slowed the mobs down when they thought to run. And those Waraxes are 1.90 weapon speed, so reasonably fast. SCT was showing a good deal of Frostbrand spam too. SCT is just plain fun for a Shaman.
Next stop for Blackhoof will be to start on the quests down in the Bone Wastes. And with the Looking for Group tool, hopefully soon into Coilfang Reservoir.