December 11th! The fateful day in which I roll up to the Create a New character screen and decide I’d like to make a paladin. I have a sort of kind of idea that I’d like to see how the Looking for Dungeon tool functions at lower levels, but no specific plans at this point. I clop happily through Azuremyst, bludgeoning moths and feeling guilty every time I don’t heal one of the injured Exodar survivors (“Ugh, it hurts! Help me, please!”)
As soon as I can reach a mailbox, I make sure my baby pally has plenty of bagspace and some shiny new heirloom items. Equipped with this BoA gear she goes about her merry way, to try and get to a level where she’s actually worthy to set hoof in an instance. I died only one time during actual questing/leveling – got a little too pull happy with some satyrs and paid the price.
A few days later I hit level… I think 17? I was playing around with a weird ret spec (all seven points!) and then I decided to just go Holy. It will be either a tanking or healing spec that I know will get me into groups quickly, and I’m more comfortable with healing – even though I have tanked a little before, with my warrior.
Her other gear is pretty crappy but with that much inherited twink I figure it won’t matter for her.
First pug instance! I’ll admit to cringing a little when the loading screen came up. My experiences going through here at higher levels have always been confused and loooong. Thankfully, my pug group was really quite pro. All of them were kitted out in BoA gear and knew their roles. More importantly, they knew which way to go in the instance.
The mobs here cast Sleep quite a bit. The priest in the group was not only dispelling it off me but actually apologized for being [i]too slow[/i] about doing so… I told him that dispelling at all means I’d never complain. We cleared this, I still have no idea what direction to go in it, but no wipes and no problems. Mana was kind of an issue, I went through so much water that I’d exhausted mine as well as the stuff the mage gave me. Mine was fancier, though, being Melon Juice and all.
Another group that really knew what they were doing, this only took us about a half hour. We just systematically went through and wiped the whole place out. My joking attempts to exhort people not to stand in the GIANT BURNING OMG FLAMESTRIKE aside, I had a good time. There was another pally along who said, “Heals what glyph would you recommend for a leveling pally” – at which point I realized that I didn’t HAVE a glyph. I didn’t complain about the Flamestrike so much after that. Also – people who call me ‘heals’ want to make sure they never have the opportunity to partake in those ‘heals’…. But the group was fine and I had fun. I’ve never actually taken damage from a parrot before.