Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Heroics Gone Fabulous!

In a bout of late night insanity, my tank and I decided that we'd go and run a heroic... in our tier 2, Judgement, the most awesome looking armor set evar in wow, considered the iconic gear of Paladins.

With a little bit of enchanting, gemming, trinket juggling, and gear swapping we managed to make it happen. The tank flasked and I elixired up and we both used buff food for the duration of the instance to help with the 'gear curve'. I opted to use a few more of my normal pieces and a few less Judgement to help compensate the tank's slight drop in effective health and avoidance. We both ran with 4 pieces.

After we were done we went and installed the darnfangled Gearscore to see what it said about us:

Before Awesomization:
My Gearscore: 5505
My Average iLevel: 247
Tank's Gearscore: 5362
Tank's Average iLevel: 244

After Awesomeization:
My Gearscore: 4024
My Average iLevel: 200
Tank's Gearscore: 3796
Tank's Average iLevel: 198

In essence, we put ourselves to be right at about the right level to do heroics.

We queued ourselves for a Nexus and three unlucky individuals (one from Zul'jin, one from Shattered Hand, and one from Warsong) were stuck with us. We did not explain why we were in the gear, we said very little, and no one asked WTF. They may have inspected us and found some other gear that indicated we were actually raiders with some experience. I found myself being on a heightened level of awareness of stuff going on around me, the mistakes of other players.

The rogue was impatient, kept running off ahead to pull. He was in some guild on Warsong, my addon that lets me see people's ranks in guilds showed me he had an alt rank and a lot of the text related to his guild was Brazilian. English skills were probably lacking. I noticed the rogue not kick a near dead dragonkin that he was attacking when it tried to heal. Said dragonkin healed almost all the way up. Come on, even I can time that kick on my alt. Fail. The rogue also had a habit of attacking the mob that wasn't the tank's focus. The tank and I both took a moment to switch up our hand of salv macros for the occasion.

The elemental shaman was wearing some Naxx gear and BOE gear. Probably a freshish 80, I figured he knew some of his class (he did have a tremor totem down when appropriate) but might make some novice mistakes (like occasionally shooting the wrong target or doing that AOE knockback and sending things away from the tank).

The shadowpriest was no trouble at all. I did notice her apply PW:S to herself, though I stopped paying attention to my grid indicator. I'm not sure if she stopped bothering when she realized the heroic was going to go OK or if she was doing it the whole time.

The first and second boss went without a hitch.

The third boss we ran into people not switching to the sparky portals, which made the fight slightly annoying to heal.

At that point the rogue got testy and started running ahead and attempting to TOT+FOK stuff onto the tank (but forgetting the TOT before doing so).

By the time we were heading up to the final boss, the rogue ran off into the next room and tried to kill one of the adds. We dillydallied on a piece of trash just to piss the rogue off before pressing on. The rogue died and the add came to us. Much to the rogue's dismay, we handled the add and resurrected the rogue.

I announced I needed to drink before we engaged the boss but someone (probably the rogue) started the event when I was at 80%. The fight went fine and we won. Most of the party left without ceremony but the priest did thank us for the run. Tonight we may have given a few people a story to tell.

This last image has some photoshoppery: I edited out a large green number and the name of the party member I had selected. You can view the full version (1024x768) here, I may have to make it my wallpaper.

Gear Used:
Helm: Judgement Helm (iLevel 232) ~ 37 sta + 20 def enchant ~ 20 def 5% block meta ~ 10 dodge 10 def gem
Neck: Nexus War Champion Beads (iLevel 226) ~ 10 dodge 10 def gem
Shoulders: Judgement Spaulders (iLevel 76) ~ 20 dodge 15 def shoulder enchant (sons of hodir exalted)
Back: Pride of the Demon Lord (iLevel 245) ~ 16 def enchant
Chest: Judgement Breastplate (iLevel 76) ~ 22 def enchant
Wrists: Armguards of the Shield Maiden (iLevel 245) ~ 40 sta enchant
Hands: Judgement Gauntlets (iLevel 76) ~ Armsman (2% theat + 10 parry)
Waist: Shieldwarder Girdle (iLevel 226) ~ 51 sta JC gem
Legs: Judgement Legplates (iLevel 76) ~ 55 sta 22 agi (epic leg armor kit)
Feet: Dawnbreaker Sabatons (iLevel 245) ~ 30 sta ~ 22 sta enchant
Ring 1: Harbinger's Bone Band (iLevel 264) ~ 30 sta
Ring 2: Ashen Band of Greater Courage (iLevel 259)
Trinket 1: Figurine - Monarch Crab (iLevel 200) ~ 51 sta ~ 34 def
Trinket 2: Bubbling Brightbrew Charm (iLevel 200)
Main Hand: Bonebreaker Scepter (iLevel 251) ~ Bladeward
Offhand: Royal Crest of Lordaeron (iLevel 200) ~ 20 def enchant
Libram: Libram of the Eternal Tower (iLevel 264)

Me (Healer):
Helm: Liadrin's Headpiece of Trimph (iLevel 245) ~ 21 int + Mana Restore Chance ~ 34 int ~ 30 SP 20 Crit
Neck: Arcane Loops of Anger (iLevel 232)
Shoulders: Judgement Spaulders (iLevel 76) ~ 24 spellpower 15 crit
Back: Kharmaa's Shroud of Hope (iLevel 136) ~ 23 haste
Chest: Judgement Breastplate (iLevel 76) ~ 8 to stats
Wrists: Sunforged Bracers (iLevel 245) ~ 20 int ~ 16 int enchant
Hands: Judgement Gauntlets (iLevel 76) ~ 28 spellpower
Belt: Belt of the Lonely Noble (iLevel 264) ~ 20 int x3
Legs: Judgement Legplates (iLevel 76) ~ 50 spellpower + 30 stam
Feet: Protectors of Life (iLevel 264) ~ 10 to stats ~ 20 int ~ Nitro Boots (24 crit)
Ring 1: Ashen Band of Unmatched Wisdom (iLevel 268)
Ring 2: Heartmender Circle (iLevel 245)
Trinket 1: Solace of the Fallen (iLevel 245)
Trinket 2: Talisman of Resurgence (iLevel 245)
Weapon: Quel'Delar, Lens of the Mind (iLevel 251) ~ 63 Spellpower
Offhand: Bastion of Resolve (iLevel 245) ~ 25 int enchant
Libram: Libram of Renewal (iLevel 200)

There will probably be more of this to come.

Heroics are boring, but at least we can put ourselves on their gear level and look awesome (and maybe raise a few eyebrows) while doing it!


  1. I wonder if Awesomeization lowers your gear score enough to prevent you from getting queued for HHOR or H-Oculus.

  2. Nope. I think it goes on the gear you have in your bags (maybe even bank) as well.

  3. I think the Judgement set is my favorite vanilla set of all; and it looks way better on belfs than it ever did on humans.

    I support this endeavor wholeheartedly. Ya know, I've got a set of dungeon 2 in my bank... =P

  4. We girly belf men look great in dresses. Unfortunately people collecting such gear is something I think that's probably fairly unique to a RP server.

    We have 4 male belves in guild with several pieces of the set each. I'm at 7/8 pieces, only need the belt.

  5. Well I play on a normal PvP server, and while most of the players are the 'lolrp' sort, I've known a lot of hardcore raiders who keep RP sets and dress their bank alts in nice outfits.

    Personally, I can't put anything in my bank cause its full of holiday clothes, scourge event items, old gear I can't part with, and a load of other knick knacks I can't bear to part with.


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