You’ve already heard about Yotaan’s expansion lull project, now you get to hear about mine! Introducing…
She’s a druid, guardian to be specific, and I’m totally loving her. I’ve been leveling her up through tanking dungeons and it’s the most fun I’ve had in ages.
First of all, we have her name. Its just… perfect! See, I have this thing where almost every single one of my toons has the word ‘pants’ somewhere in the name. The other part of their name has to relate to the toon in some way, either by class or by race or by spec. This means I have toons like Yogapants the monk and Stancepants the warrior. So when I sat down to come up with the name for the druid, I had to keep the moniker. The only problem was, there wasn’t any good play on words I could think of involving druids and the word ‘pants’.
So with the help of my guildies, I thought a little outside of the box. What other types of pants are there? Well, there are jeans and shorts and bell-bottoms and…. Bell-bottoms! Bearbottoms! It was perfect.
So now that I had my name all set, I had to pick a race. I’m no so very keen on night elves and I already had a night elf druid on another realm so I needed to pick another race. Worgen can be druids, can’t they? I got over my dislike of the female worgen models and we were all set.
The very first thing I noticed about leveling Bearbottoms was how ridiculously tuned heirlooms were. It had been a while since I’d leveled a toon and I was not prepared for the scope of my OPness. I was killing things with one moonfire. I was dinging every other quest. By the time I got out of the Gilnean
pocket dimension starting zone, I was already level 15 and ready to run some dungeons.
First, a little background on how I tank dungeons.
While I might not be the most comfortable max level tank, I’m awesome at tanking leveling dungeons… provided you can keep up. I know a lot of tanks complain about dps pulling, well, I pull so fast the dps can’t even keep up. I clear most dungeons in under ten minutes. Right now you must be thinking “Wow, she’s one of those“. Well, in reality I am. But I’d like to think I’m a touch better than all those agressively LoSing speed demons.
For one, I always wait to pull bosses until everyone is there. I might tear half way across the instance with all the trash tailing me, but when we get to a boss, I’m waiting until everyone is in that room. For another, I never activate quest items until everyone who’s gotten it needs it. So you know that famous quest in Escape from Durnholde where you’ve gotta talk to Thrall but you never can because the tank activates him before you can complete the quest? I always make sure I wait to click him until everyone is all set.
The last thing I always do is because of my healer background. I know firsthand how annoying it is to be trying to heal someone and they LoS you. And then inevitably blame you when they die. When I tank, I might run out of LoS but I always make sure I’ve got the self heals and mitigation to survive. And if for whatever reason I don’t, I own up to the mistake right away. It’s my decision to pull like a crazy person anyways, there’s no reason to blame the healer.
Back to tanking on Bearbottoms. This was my first experience tanking on a druid, but the experience was very similar to low level warrior. Charge in (I took that talent), Thrash, Thrash, Thrash, Thrash, Savage Defense, Cat Form and move on to the next pack. If I’m getting low and the healer is far behind, quickly shapeshift and Rejuvenate. But what was different from my warrior was my ability to survive. I could pull the entire instance and survive without a healer anywhere. It’s almost unfair how over powered I am.
And on top of this, I’m still leveling extremely fast. I can ding two level on average per dungeon if I do the quests, meaning I’m leveling up about every 5 minutes. It’s totally crazy! Probably broken as well, but I’m going to enjoy it for what it.
I’m most likely going to take Boomkin as my offspec because the legion artifacts for Balance druids are super awesome. Also, moonfiring things to death is kinda awesome. I’m playing this druid entirely to have a good time, so I’m not going to worry about min maxing and ‘optimal playstyles’. And I have to say, that in itself is a nice break from Heroic raiding min max all things mode. Bearbottoms is my messing around toon.
So this is my little project for the expansion lull. Will I get to 100 on her? Probably. Am I worried about that? Not really. I just want to maul some faces and stare at a pixelated bear butt as it flies through instances.
What are your guy’s expansion lull projects?
(Addendum: the amount of bear related puns I’ve created thus far is staggering. I mean, look at the title. Look at it. It’s glorious!)