Gates of Hell Tanking – Nailed

One day before opening of the second wing, I’ve decided to try tanking the first one.

Besides the perfect timing, Melaris is closing in 52 on her tanking weapon, and she also had a quest and no first wing runs yet. So I decided to give it a go.

It went surprisingly smooth. Our second tank, a dwarf paladin, didn’t have a clue about what’s going on, so I pulled it off almost alone.

Trash mobs – no trouble at all. Took them out pack by pack, so we were fine.

Goroth – I was the only tank. Even with melted armor I just used my cooldowns, and all was fine. A pair of jumps was handy to relocate myself behind the pillars and back, so the boss positioning was executed by textbook.

Har’jatan – the second tank obviously died, because he didn’t turn the boss to raid bulk. So I pulled it off almost alone. Positioning was not that perfect, I held the beast in puddles very often, so it was not too convenient for melee dps.

Sassz’ine – nailed it, and almost alone again. As for void zones, I only got trapped by jellyfish once, but it was the only fail. I whispered to the second tank before the encounter to aggro from me at debuffs, but it didn’t work too well. He succeeded to perform this once, so I had to survive the whole debuff periods on my own cooldowns. A tough fight, yet I weren’t on the verge of dying.

For loot, I’ve got a cape, tier gloves, and a trinket. A decent drop.

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I’m eager to try tanking with other specs, although demon hunter is so great with AoE aggroing which is basically built in rotation. Could be harder with other classes.

So, all roles for the first wing tried and succeeded. Bring us the next wing! :)

Leveling Issues: Death Knight Melaris

Melaris

TRIVIA ABOUT MY TEN 100s

1. First of all, on this weekend I finished the Epic Ring questline for everyone until ilvl 680 – and I will leave it at that. Can’t grind this many Ogre stones and further runes for anyone except my main. Just sick of Highmaul.

UPD: Just thought that if I take this quest for the ogre stones, now and then followers get these missions for stones and runes. So why not, as long as I don’t have to grind Highmaul manually :)

2. Then, I suddenly leave all my toons at standby state. I will run the Blackrock Foundry cooldowns with them, yes. But all in all – I’m not in the mood to do Garrison business, work on crafting cooldowns or anything else. I’m only doing some Garrison achievements with some of them – like Stables, Lumbermill, my fighting  companion, maybe achievements from dailies and grinding reputation for my main. I definitely do not  feel like I will devote much time now for whatever Garrison offers me. I lost all the interest in craft as long as I did 640 gear and learned all the recipes and schemes. I don’t want to get busy with followers’ missions “matching” game either.

BTW! All the LFR sets are total designer’s shit! Suddenly we feel ok to blend the dirty yellow with red and pale blue in one thing. It’s just disgusting, especially leather sets. I’ve never used mogging so heavily before.

3. Yes, I did this S.E.L.F.I.E. achievement! It was fun to run over the long forgotten places – and the most comforting thing was that I didn’t visit WoWhead to learn where all these places are! Cause I’m a Master Explorer, mwahaha.

MELARIS: Gameplay

As my leveling progresses, I like Death Knight gameplay more and more. The only thing that bothers me is that I rip off aggro from the tank in almost every encounter (and often die). I think it’s because I open up with AoE. Need to fix that somehow. Apart from that, the fast fighting style of Frost Death Knight is just perfect for me. Leveling “in the field” never went so smooth and easy.

MELARIS: Leveling

Leveling nowadays is fast. I do so mostly from questing as waiting for dungeons takes much time and I don’t want to run the same dungeons too. It takes me an hour to get a new level, so it’s not exhausting, not at all. Besides, I replay the most interesting questing lines.

MELARIS: Professions

Blacksmithing was always a disaster with a significant lack of mats, so I just let it and Mining be and put that away until Draenor. Can’t afford my Alliance toons to spend gold – we’re collecting for a Chopper!

MELARIS: Mogging

Strange thing about Death Knights is that they give you a perfect mogging set right from the start at 55 lv and you just don’t want to change it! So I just kept it for myself and after gear upgrades go and transmog them into the first set :) What will stay with me until the end is that amazing black skirt and this amazing runic blade. Other things are optional but must range in the black/dark blue palette. She’s now the most stylish character!