A pugging pally is born.

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.

At this point, Vid’s wearing (for healing)
Mystical Pauldrons of Elements
Mystical Vest of Elements
Devout Aurastone Hammer
Discerning Eye of the Beast (x2)

Her other gear is pretty crappy but with that much inherited twink I figure it won’t matter for her.

Wailing Caverns

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.

5 responses to “A pugging pally is born.

  1. In regards to Wailing Caverns, I can feel your pain.. I’m surprised a group of Alliance players found their way throught it at all as this wasn’t a very popular instance before the new LFG tool (or so I’ve heard)

    Personally, as a long-time Horde player I had the missfortune of being asked to tank Gnomeregan on my tiny weeny warrior. Erh, yeah. That part about the tank being a strong leader and directing the rest of the group? pfft.

    • I think you got the short end of the tanking stick there, since WC confuses me but not quite the way that Gnomer does. Maybe the people I’d grouped with had played Horde before and what’s why they knew their way around? I was actually a bit disappointed that you can’t queue for Ragefire Chasm, in the case of Alliance. I ran it once on a lowbie Horde alt and was shocked at how much better it is than Stocks!

  2. You can queue for Ragefire Chasm. You were probably just too high level. I started doing instances at level 15 and ran it 4 or 5 times.

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  4. I was just given the link to your Blog and it made me happy. I just rolled a new pally last night with the intention of only leveling her Holy, and most likely being doomed to the random dungeon wait list for the rest of eternity. I look forward to reading through your entries for help.

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