I have the worst luck when it comes to getting orbs on my druid. She is (as far as I know) the only maxed out leatherworker in the guild. We have several mail/leather wearers who want stuff made. I’ve offered to make stuff for them, but I need orbs. Their answer was to run some heroics with me on my druid and give me the orb.
Well that is the idea. How it actually happens is far from that. Last night is a prime example.
At some point yesterday afternoon I decided I was going to powerlevel jewelcrafting on my DK. He was just going to sit there in Org so why did I need a gathering profession on him? While doing arch on my rogue on Sunday I came across a ton of ore nodes, so I mined them. How many times had I seen them while doing arch on my druid? Lots! So I wasn’t going to waste them when I had a character that could actually mine them. The result was I had a ton of mithril and iron sitting in my mining bag. This got me to thinking that power leveling wouldn’t be that difficult.
Onward to the guide!
I had Slice find me a powerleveling guide (cause he wasn’t working so why not) and when I got online last night I started farming the copper and tin. Apparently I needed some stones that came with the mithril so I farmed some more up in Felwood. It helped that I had two dig sites in the area. Multi-tasking amirite? ;-)
The tricky part was knowing exactly how many bars I needed and how much ore I should keep to prospect. I tried to follow the guide, but I just didn’t have enough gems. So I took what I had and went with the guidelines. I got lucky and only needed to buy a few gems. I think I got him to 222 and found I had no thorium. Off to Winterspring!
As I am trying to find nodes (seriously someone must’ve just been there and strip mined the place) Yui pipes up in gchat about not being able to get any gear for his druid (he obviously doesn’t raid with us because the only raid gear we get is druid gear). I told him that my leatherworker could make him something I just need the mats and most importantly I needed the orbs. So he was all “let’s run a quick heroic.” Sorak was online and jumped all over that. At this point Slice, Sorak, Yui and I were all in vent. It was said in vent AND gchat that the run was so I could get orbs to make something for Yui.
We got Rep to come in as the 5th guildie and we queued up. We had Yui tanking on his bear, Sorak on his rogue, Rep on her DK, me on my druid as a boomkin (I so fail in this spec) and Slice healing on his priest. Slice no longer had a dps spec so I had no choice but to dps. If I am lucky I can pull 6k on her in a non-moving boss fight. Yeah I am pretty bad. Yui’s bear isn’t really all that geared either. But hey we have Slice, he who healed the 4 DKs in heroic Grim Batol, how bad could it be?
Well . . .
We got Lost City for our random and it was apparent that Yui was VERY squishy. More often than not I had to switch out of boomkin and throw out some heals to help Slice. Disc can have problems when 3 people just start dropping health rapidly. Add on top of that only 1 CC option (and we all know how much Sorak LOVES CC) trash packs were painful. The first boss took forever. We just didn’t have the DPS numbers that all of us were used to. I’ve honestly never seen these boss fights take this long, ever and I ran heroics in the first 2 weeks of Cata.
We FINALLY make it to the last boss, down him and I roll need on the orb.
What is this?
Slice ALSO rolled need on the orb!
Guess who won it?
You guessed right!
Of course everyone starts laughing and Slice is all “What?”
Me, being me, laid into him. I reminded him that the entire run was to get me the orb so I could make Yui gear. NOT so he could have an orb for his cloth cooldown. He claims he wasn’t paying attention and was watching The Guild. /sigh
Now this is not the first time this has happened to me. I tend to not run heroics on purpose. I don’t like the feeling of “having” to run them every day. Especially on my druid. So when I am in a heroic on her it is because I need to get an orb for someone. 9/10 times that I have run heroics with my guildies for the purpose of getting an orb, someone else will also roll need on the orb and I get nothing.
It isn’t like I am taking the orbs and making gear to sell on the AH. I am gearing a guildie who needs the gear to raid. It took me at least 5 runs to get 2 orbs to make Zerl’s belt. The 2nd orb I got was actually in a heroic that Arv asked me to come and heal on the last boss because they lost their healer. It wasn’t even a guild run!
At this point it is past midnight EST. Rep & Slice are both east coast. It was decided we do a 2nd run. This time we got the dreaded heroic Grim Batol. I reminded everyone (aka Slice) to not roll on my orb. I also asked them to please loot so I could skin the drakes (hell if I am making gear might as well get the leather right?) The pulls were painful and people weren’t looting!
We get to the first boss and things are going well. I am the only ranged so I am trying to take out the purple trogg. The problem is my dps is so bad I can’t kill him fast enough. I start dying to his hits AND all the hits of the other troggs. Sorak tries to help me on his rogue, but he quickly dies too.
After 2 attempts Sorak switches to Fayle and said he would take care of the troggs. This time we didn’t have an issue with the troggs. Woot!
As an aside, they really need to change up the boss skinning. If I have to have 530 skinning to skin him then he needs to drop something better than1 measly piece of leather. I have to carry around skinning gloves for 1 piece of leather! Soooooo not cool.
The 2nd boss wasn’t as bad as he could be. At one point I got way out of range due to several falling rock spots and fire pits on the ground. As I am trying to heal myself before I go back on the boss Slice life grips me to the rest of the party. The fucker. I hate it when he life grips me. He does it on my lock during raids because “it looked like you needed to be moved” when I had things under control. He also doesn’t have any kind of warning when he does it. It just happens and you are jerked across the fucking screen.
He thinks it is the funniest thing.
We skip the 3rd boss and die to trash. At this point Sorak has switched to tanking and is the worst DK tank ever. I still am not sure why he keeps trying to tank. He even admits he has no rune management. /sigh.
We make it to the boss where Yui goes back to tanking. Rep and I have one of the adds and Sorak has the other. We were so good on the adds we got the achievement. I even got a shiny new staff.
I also got the orb.