Let me introduce you to Walani. He was the first toon that I had who reached level 70. I leveled him as a restoration Shaman for the sake of getting in groups. When he hit 70, I did not have a lot of options so I went off to do nothing but battlegrounds. I eventually formed an arena team and had some moderate success with him and was able to get some decent gear for him.
I wish I would have spent more time with him, but my love was with Ruhtra. As of late I have been spending some time with Walani, dusting off the old totems and focusing the spirits of nature in preparation of his run to 80. I have changed his spec to elemental. I really do not see the need to have a second healer and in the trial runs through UK, he has been topping the charts for DPS. Granted his gear is fairly decent and will not be replaced too easily. There are some really nice drops in the mid 70s range that will do nice, but until then I am just kicking back and raining down lightening on anything and everything that gets in his way.
When it comes to long term goals, I do want to give this old school Shaman the respect he deserves and get him geared up and running all the newest content. I do not know if I will have the time to do it, since he is on the account that my wife plays on. My goal is simple, when she logs onto her second account, I log on and work with Walani. I have him almost to 71 and am looking forward to seeing how he does as he progresses through the levels.
My all time favorite moment was hitting 70 with Walani. It was the first character to reach 70 and everything seemed so new and open for opportunity. Unfortunately, because I did not play Walani as much Ruhtra, most of the comedy occurred with Ruhtra. I guess Walani is more of a serious individual than his contemporary.
Alright, so I figured I would start with Ruhtra. He was my first Horde toon on the Daggerspine server and has come a long way.
When I first started playing the game, yes I rolled a Dwarf Paladin and after all my friends got done laughing I finally deleted him and rerolled Ruhtra as a Blood Elf Paladin after the Burning Crusade came out.
Ruhtra was the first character I played straight through to 80. I took my time though with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion on route to 80 because I wanted to have some fun and take in the game. Little did I realize this would mean that I did not do any quests in Northrend until after I had reached level 77. It was kind of weird, I did some of the Burning Crusade content I had skipped and then my guild would summon me to instances and I would heal them through the instance. It was somewhat a different way for me to level, but I really enjoyed it and now when I want to earn some money I hop on my Netherdrake and head off to a zone and do a few quests. It was a much more smooth and fun run to the level cap with Ruhtra this time verses the Burning Crusade.
Pretty much Ruhtra started out as a retribution build, but I soon learned that once I reached the Outland content that I would have to choose either Protection or Holy. I tried Protection and absolutely dispised it. Tanking was just not that interesting to me. I figured I would give Holy a shot and have been there ever since. With Ruhtra I approach healing with a focus on mana regenration tempered with a decent amount of critical and a little haste. I rely more on my trinket to proc and allow that to boost my haste rating (which has worked thus far to perfection). When healing in normal groups I stick with the good old fashioned Flash of Light. No need to waste mana on the regular runs any longer. While leveling I mixed it up with Holy Light, Flash of Light, and Holy Shock. In heroics it is dependant on what is going on. A lot of times I find myself relying on Holy Shock and when my trinket procs, then casting Holy Light. With the addition of Sacred Shield and Beacon of Light it seems my healing abilities are much better and easier to deal with. I say easy, but it is not easy to heal a lot of the instances as a Holy Paladin because of constantly having to move. I could go on for quite some time on healing mechanics used now verses when I was leveling, but that will be something for the future. As far as raiding goes, I just follow the instructions provided by those leading the raids.
I have refocused on PVP since this is where I find the most enjoyment. Out of my first ten arena matches I lost all save the last. I wish I would have had a screen capture of it as I did not expect to win at all. There were several close matches, but one win was more than I could have asked for. Battlegrounds have not changed one bit for me. I charge in and Arcane Torrent the casters who do not move, stun the Retribution Paladin who thinks they will own a Holy Paladin, and then self heal while the alliance opponents drop from the rest of my group eliminating them through focused fire. A good thing to point out for anyone who tries to kill a Holy Paladin in a battleground......don't. Ignore us (the good ones will not go down) and focus on eliminating the DPS which will gut you. Again, not going to go in depth on this as I could spend a long amount of time talking about strategies and experiences.
I think my favorite moment with Ruhtra was the completion of the Blood Knight quest line when it really meant something. I put so much time in to gathering the items and earning the funds for it. It always cracked me up when people said it was a free epic mount. I guess if you exclude everything that led up to that last quest it was free. The funniest moment with Ruhtra was leading a train of allies (it was at least ten) through five different zones. Honestly, one minor little misunderstanding and the grab a rope and try to hang you from the nearest tree.
Well, that is all for Ruhtra. I do not want to give too much information away. Tricks of the trade and what not.
Hey it has been a while since I was on here and I apologize but things have been somewhat busy and a small break was a great thing. It gave me time to relax and read a lot of the blogs. During this little break I really enjoyed a lot of the articles out there and wondered what happened with a few of the community who seem to deviate from their usual blogs.
At any rate, while I away I was playing many of my alts and I decided I should introduce them to everyone. So over the next few days I will be listing my toons that I play with on the Daggerspine server. I know there are several people on here who refer to having some sort of altitis or other references, but truth be told, I just get bored once I cap a character and so I move on to another.
It's good to be back and I will catch everyone later.