Grim Legion returned to Karazhan last night. What a raid. Warrior and Paladin shared the tanking duties. Four, count them, four Shamans in the raid. Two Restoration, one Enhancement, and one Elemental (yours truly).
I did pretty good. I’ll give some credit where I think it’s due. There’s this cloak enchant that you can get. It reduces your threat by 2% or so. Called Subtlety. 2% doesn’t seem like a lot. I almost didn’t bother with it. But… my damage output has never been higher. Whatever it is, whether it’s just the 2% difference, or I am playing more aware of my threat generation, whatever it is, something’s working. I used to be tied with the Enhacement Shaman in damage output. Before I’d gotten the enchantment on the cloak I trailed most of the DPSers. Sometimes I trailed pretty badly. #5 in a raid of 10 was not where I wanted to me. Oh, I’ve got utility too, like cleansing and healing and buffing and such. Well, last night we didn’t have any Mages, Hunters, Druids, or Rogues along. So somebody had to be up there on the chart. I’m glad it was me. The Enhancement Shaman just behind me.
It wasn’t a perfect run. We did wipe on Netherspite. We got the dragon mispositioned and then lost a tank. We ankh’d back up and got him on the second try. We wiped on some ghosts. There’s a five pull you get on your way to Netherbane (Netherspite I mean). Except all of a sudden there was a sixth. And then a dozen more. That’s been a recent glitch that’s been happening over and over. This crowd of ghosts just happens to stream up as we’re fighting the crowd we expect and it’s a sure wipe. I’ve seen it several times now. Absolutely no way to prevent it if you aren’t expecting it. Few are. But for the entire run, we never once ran back from the cemetery, we never once needed to repair. (We never needed to go back for gear, reagents, or anything. Flawless.) Every boss but one one-shotted, and he was two-shotted.
What did our raid look like? I’ve already mentioned 6 of our 10. Protection Warrior (point tank for single targets) and Paladin (AoE tank for mobs of mobs). Two Restoration Shamans (both heal Heroics), an Enhancement and an Elemental Shaman. We had a mana battery along, our Shadow Priest. We had a Warlock along, obviously useful for the Illhoof fight. We had a Holy Priest, and a slam spec DPS Warrior rounding out the team. It was a fantastic job in that we finished in just over four hours. Despite the little dance with the dragon, and the snafu with the ghosts, I’ve never been on a better run.
Oh, yes. Arcane Resist gear on the Curator fight. We did a little test. Only the Hateful Bolt soaker was wearing it. He kept the #2 spot on the Curator’s aggro table. The rest of us were in our regular gear. That worked pretty well. But it’s imperative that you can burn down those flares quickly. We got it to where we had a little breathing room between them. If you aren’t killing them quickly, Arcane Resist will help you through the longer fight by reducing the healing required.
Gearwise there’s two more things I must get from the badges vendor there in Shattrath. My boots are my last green item (Item Level 115 Landing Boots, quest reward, and they’re VERY good Elemental boots), and my chest armor is my last blue item (the Tidefury Chestpiece). 60 badges for the boots and 75 for the chest, and I’ll be rather well equipped. I’ve also got 49 badges towards that goal.