Saturday I was invited to finish up Naxx-25 with another guild and jumped at the opportunity. I came in to finish Thaddius, the Military Quarter and Sapphiron but we didn’t manage to down KT before they called the raid. They went back in last night to finish it up and invited me back BUT Sundays are my normal Naxx-10 night for Vae Victus, so I declined. I managed to snag Mantle of the Corrupted from the Four Horsemen which is rated better than my T7 & T7.5 shoulders, not taking the set bonus in to consideration.
One of our Hunters couldn’t make it and our normal Ret Pally was Holy so we were 9 manning Naxx-10 while short 2 DPS. It wasn’t pleasant at all. We cleared the Arachnid Quarter, Patch, Grobb, Gluth, Noth & Razuvious before calling it a night. Going from farming Naxx for 9-10 weeks to struggling on certain bosses was a bit dissapointing but with some of us switching roles in the raid, it was expected to run in to a few snags.
We lost our Prot Warrior OT to RL issues so rather than recruit a tank this close to 3.1, our Resto Druid opted to step in and OT on his DK. This left us without a very well geared AoE healer so our top-DPS Survival Hunter is AoE healing for us on his Shaman. At the moment, we’re 2 spots short with Ulduar only weeks away and a guild that was fully geared and really to steamroll Ulduar-10 is now back somewhere in the middle to try and gear and OT and healer.
The DK isn’t scrub geared and has some experience tanking heroics, etc., and did good last night in Naxx. The Shaman has already cleared Naxx-10 and 25 but could still use some upgrades as well. I picked up a few upgrades last night and hovered around 2700-3000 DPS so there is room for improvement for the 3 of us.
I put out a recruitment ad in trade and on the SoE realm forums but so far no one has responded. The Prot Warrior said he would be back in May but I don’t want to wait around just in case he changes his mind at the last minute. It’s not like it set us back to square one but it really threw a wrench in to our spokes and a majority of our raid is not happy having to farm Naxx even more to gear up the 3 new positions.
Aside from the uncleared Naxx, the DK managed to snag an upgrade or two and I picked up quite a bit.
Equipping everything brought me to about 1.3% below hit cap and I was saving my emblems for the trinket but I broke down and picked up Ward of the Violet Citadel to reach cap again.
I was kind of happy with my performance last night but it was a learning experience. I knew the fights from farming the place for awhile but I’ve never really had to manage a pet before (outside of when NOT to throw out my Shadowfiend). Doing something like not pulling your pet back for Locust Swarm or timing your Life Tap poorly can hinder your performance and that is just something that I’ll have to get used to.