I got distracted today and didn’t get a chance to do pretty much anything WoW-related that I wanted to do.
Except that I wound up tanking a great deal in Mana-Tombs, Auchenai Crypts and Sethekk Halls. As a freaking warrior.
Without going into details about how it’s happened, I’ll just tell you why it’s happened.
My brother decided to level his druid to 80. He may want to bear tank in Cataclysm. Or play a rogue. He’s not sure yet.
His rogue is 71. Basically, he played the rogue until Magtheridon, then stopped playing entirely and then was bored one day and played the rogue and gained a level.
But his druid? Man, his druid has been at level 60 for YEARS. He did a little bit of Hellfire Peninsula on the druid — he tanked Blood Furnace and Ramps a couple of times, did a few quests. But he threw the druid over for the rogue and never looked back.
Until last week.
When they nerfed the experience required to get from 60-68 or whatever it is, my brother’s earned experience was suddenly one experience point away from 61. That means that the system won’t ding him automatically for having had more experience then required to ding, but it was clear that he was beyond the requirement. So it’s been a running joke for ages now that my brother’s one experience point away from 61.
Only he started to level.
Naturally, he demanded I level with him.
“HAH!” I laughed, triumphantly, “I don’t HAVE a character below 80 or above 17!”
So he went on a healing spree in his 5/8 Cenarion gear, learning how to heal again on the druid for the faster queues, because, frankly, his Warbear Woolies weren’t cutting it.
By last week, he was 64.
We then both remembered his warrior character, who was, coincidentally, also level 64.
So now I’m tanking for him and we’re level 67, never you quite mind exactly how. ;)
I’m actually enjoying tanking as a warrior because I have things like an interrupt, a sweet cooldown or two, and, let’s face, it Berserker Rage without needed to change to Berserker Stance is just ridiculously good. The only issue is the lack of, you know, Righteous Defense and a persistent 360 degree attack (Consecration, Swipe), but I’m managing with Thunderclap and Shockwave, which is pretty much FANTASTIC.
Plus, I know my brother knows how to heal. He healed in MC, ZG and AQ20. So the duo of Kurn and Fog healing and tanking lives — even if it’s me tanking and him healing. ;)
I’m not really doing it because I want a warrior or even want my brother to have a warrior, but rather so that my brother can actually get his druid up there and it’s just easier if it’s the two of us. We don’t really have heirlooms available to us since our 80s are split between 2-3 servers and the ones we have on Eldre’Thalas have virtually no badges. ;)
So we’re doing it relatively old-school, just chaining instances and doing the odd quest (hi, Ring of Blood, I still hate you).
Xmolder joined us on his hunter tonight and damn me, he does some awesome damage at 68/69.
Anyways, that’s what I’ve been doing on Eldre’Thalas the last few days. It’s been kind of fun. And ooooh, I get Commanding Shout next level! Where DO you get those wonderful toys, warriors?
More pally/healing stuff tomorrowish. :)