Nov 7, 2007

Last night was pretty amazing. The Gold team completely rocked Karazhan. We started in our usual manner going through Moroes and Opera (though the Opera was odd as we got Romulo and Juliane, but after a fluke death to a tank, we reset it and got the Big Bad Wolf who we one shot). We then continued quickly through the Curator (where Harkor received his second pair of tier four gloves), Shade of Aran, the Chess Event, and then Prince Malchezzar. Like the Curator, the Prince withheld tier four pieces from us mages, warlocks, and hunters.

After the Prince, we were given a choice - back to quickly finish off Attumen and the Maiden of Virtue, or on to Netherspite. Netherspite just barely won out with a vote of 6-4 (I have a feeling it was the healers and me that voted for the Maiden - I'm looking for boots, they're looking for a healing mace). But after one failed attempt at Netherspite due to a new strategy we were employing, we got him the second time through.

Oddly, Netherspite dropped two caster items. The Uni-Mind Headdress which Nefernetcher took for raiding instead of the PvP helm he was currently utilizing, and the Jewel of Infinite Possibilities. Though I hadn't thought about switching away from my Staff of Infinite Mysteries, I was persuaded to take the Jewel in case the Prince ever dropped the Nathrezim Mindblade again (Legionaire got the first one we saw - well deserved).

Running the numbers of the Jewel + Mindblade vs. the Staff, it's a pretty close call, but I think dual-wielding would be the right move. I would lose 24 stamina, 15 intellect, and 2 hit rating, but gain 23 crit, and 41 damage. Since I'm already at or near the hit cap, the loss of 2 hit rating wouldn't bother me much, but the gain of 23 crit and 41 damage would be a very nice upgrade. However, it always hurts to lose stamina as I am already fragile enough.

One thing I would like to do in anticipation of a tier four helm ever dropping off Prince Malchezzar is to complete my Nightbane questline. I need to venture into Sethekk Halls and Shattered Halls in heroic mode and kill the first boss there, then use the Blackened Urn to summon Nightbane. If I'm lucky, I can get these two runs in before Friday when we will kill Nightbane again. Then, I'll be able to get an Infused Amethyst which will give me +6 damage and +6 stamina - and which will fit perfectly in the blue socket on the Collar of the Aldor.

Once again, last night, I was reminded of my folly as we passed by what is now termed "Tiddly's Door" on the way up to Prince Malchezzar. A few weeks ago as we were ascending to kill the Prince, I decided to turn the wrong way and peek inside a door we had not yet opened. Unfortunately, there were a few guys inside that didn't take kindly to me peeking in and they instantly killed me. Luckily, Aracely and Vetarra were ready to seek revenge and promptly killed them with the help of the raid and I was avenged, but now every time we go up, I'm once again reminded of my curiosity. Perhaps later this week I'll be allowed to explore the kitchen of Karazhan. We have not yet ventured in there and should have some free time after we quickly clear the place.

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