Last night was Blackhoof’s first time to Karazhan. Literally the first time he’s stepped through the door and entered the place. Msaker, my Protection Warrior, has been a couple of times, and has seen the Prince killed. Last night was Blackhoof’s time.
The raid started forming up. We’ve got like 4 Shamans going. Two are Restoration, two are Elemental, me included. Obviously somebody had to sit the raid out. The Raid Leader asks the questions. Moments of pause. I whisper the RL “This is my first time, I’m kind of excited about the run. Besides I really need to pick up 2 more badges.” That’s about when the other Elemental Shammy said, “Okay, I’ll drop.” The Raid leader tells him, “You get first shot next time. Why don’t you bring your DPS Warrior along instead?” Which he did. So, that player gets to go to Karazhan anyway. (And wound up collecting more weapons for his collection.)
Anyway, the run consisted of Attumen, Moroes, the Maiden, the Opera Event (Big Bad Wolf), Nightbane, and we finished at the Curator. (They’ve done full clears in 4-5 hours, but this run was a new guy Main Tanking (Pally) so we ran a little slower. But not a bad run whatsoever. There were, maybe, 4-5 deaths total. Every boss one-shotted.)
As the Elemental Shaman I held the #3 spot for Damage through out the first four events. I was occasionally in the #2 spot. But once we got to Nightbane and the Curator I’d dropped to #4/#5, tied there with the Hunter. #1 spot was taken by a Rogue in full epics. #2/#3 was our off-tank Raid Leader Feral Druid, also in full epics, who spent most of his time in Cat form DPSing while the Pally tanked. The final #3 was the DPS Warrior (in about half epics, a piece of Tier 4, and Ragesteel).
So I place in the top 3, then 4th place, for half of Karazhan. Where should I be? I’ve gotten a couple epics now, like the Kilt and my bracers, but I’m still wearing a cool looking, but only a blue item, +Healing shoulders out of a Heroic (Mantle of the Sea Wolf) that now includes +Spell Damage. They’re the best I can get my hands on at the moment, and they have good mana regen on them. I’m still wearing green, quest reward, boots. And I place pretty highly up there on the Damage output chart. (And the DPS amount was 610+ or so.) And I can heal, cleanse, and interrupt heals (in the Moroes event). I’m pretty pleased with my performance.
The half run netted me the badges I needed to go and buy the [Mazthoril Honor Shield] which I promptly got a +12 Intellect enchant put on it. It’s a pretty good Elementalist shield. Otherwise, no Karazhan loot. (Not that there’s much in Karazhan for an Elemental Shaman anyway. My next upgrades are all found in Heroics.) But maybe tonight when we finish the run and kill the Prince, and perhaps Netherspite, maybe Lady Luck will smile a bit on this Tauren Shaman.
P.S. Second night and we cleared it all. Blackhoof end the 2nd night out in the #3 spot on the Damage chart, reaching that during the last fight of the night, the Prince fight. Nothing the first day, but the second day found me winning some epic caster trinkets, some epic enhancement gear, an epic caster cloak. So much so that I was feeling a little guilty that I was getting that much stuff. I don’t really *need* the enhancement type gear at the moment, but it’s better than sharding the stuff, and I’ll be leveling up soon enough again, and I might want to do it dual wielding.