This week I decided to create a new character. I was intending to wait with that until Cataclysm, but I’m an impatient girl and the release is still a long way away.
The reason for yet another alt is I discovered some old friends had transferred their characters from the alliance to the horde side and had created a new guild there. They wanted a fresh start, and due to some unpleasant business with some people on alliance side, they did the whole faction-transfer/name-change deal.
For me there are 2 options:
1. Faction-change Mandorellan to the Horde.
2. Create a new alt.
Both have their pro’s and cons.
For option 1 the pro is that I can keep doing what I like to do, tank heroics, and in the very near future start tanking ICC10. The con is that…Mandorellan is a cool looking big strong blue Draenai hunk…and a faction change would mean changing him into something …ugly. Yes, I admit it, I’m an alliance fan girl. i think the Draenai are the coolest looking race in the game, and the Worgen will get a solid second place in my opinion. The other alliance races are just as cool, I like the Night Elves, the Gnomes are cute, the only races I don’t like are the humans and the dwarves. Faction changing Mandorellan would mean changing him from gorgeous blue space goat into an ugly green monstrosity, a cow, or a haughty, selfish looking nasty piece of Blood Elf scum.
Option 2 is left then.
The pro is that Mandorellan remains a gorgeous space goat. Another pro is that I get to experience the Horde areas and quests for the first time. And I get a new class to boot, something I’ve never played before…a druid. Pro’s about the druid: I never really have to see that it’s an ugly cow. I’m either a bear, or a cat, or a moonkin, or a tree.
The con is that it’s gonna take some time until I can play together with my friends doing heroics and raids.
My new baby
cow druid has been baptized Multiplex, on the EU-Kul Tiras Horde side. His destiny is to be an awesome bear tank, and I fully intend to level him as feral tanky as possible through as many dungeons along the way as possible.
Thanks to the ability to mail heirloom items cross faction he is already equipped with some [shoulders] and [chest] for the +20% experience gain. And yes, I know that resilience is useless for pve, but I ran out of badges and I did still have a ton of stonekeeper shards to spend. I will need to save up a few more stonekeeper shards to reward him with the [staff] as well, and a few more badges to get him the [trinket].
I’ve been playing him for a little more then 6 hours now, and he just dinged level 13. In 2 more levels I can experience first hand what it’s like using the LFD at the lower levels in Ragefire Chasm. It’s going to be interesting to see how his tanking will be, since my abilities at the moment are a bit limited.
As a baby druid, I know have the following spells:
In normal form:
Wrath – a ranged channeled damage spell
Moonfire – a ranged instant damage and dot
Entangling Roots – an instant CC that applies a dot, but can (and often does) break on damage
Healing Touch – a channeled healing spell
Rejuvenation – an instant hot
Regrowth – a channeled healing spell + hot
Revive – a ressurrection spell, which I obviously can’t use on myself
Mark of the Wild – a buff to increase stats
Thorns – a buff that damages attackers that strike you
In bear form:
Growl – a taunt
Maul – an “on next swing” extra damage ability
Demoralizing Roar – a debuff
Enrage – a rage increasing buff for a short duration
Nature’s Grasp – a buff that lasts 45 seconds that has a chance of applying entangling roots on an attacker
At level 14 I think I will get Bash as well for bear form, which will give me a stun.
Very limited abilities…At this level there are also no threat increasing talents yet, so it’s going to be very interesting to see how a bear tank can handle himself in a low level instance.
Has anyone got some hands-on experience tanking a low level instance like Ragefire Chasm, Deadmines or Wailing Caverns?