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From Dubiosity (my other blog)

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Frequent readers of this blog may know that I don't get to do dungeons nearly as much as I'd like to, due to the fact that I rarely have a couple hours of uninterrupted time to play. However, lately I've been throwing caution to the wind and grouping up when I normally wouldn't.

And so, this week I finally got into THREE dungeons that I've never been in before: Shattered Halls, Black Morass (aka Dark Portal), and Steamvaults.

My two SH runs were phenomenal. I ran with a couple guildies who happen to be decked out in Tier 5 gear, a Prot Pally and some sort of Warrior. And let me tell you, Prot Pally tanking in SH is the way to go. He would run through the area, aggroing 2+ groups at a time, and he held them like glue. I love it when I can blast Chain Lighting like a lunatic, and at the end of the first run I got the Tidefury shoulders, which made my CL even more powerful.

My two Steamvaults runs were a lot of fun too. That's definitely one of my favorite dungeons right now. I got to kill a lot of gnomes, get another piece of my Karazhan key (which I thought was in Black Morass) and picked up the Scintillating Coral Band.

Before all of that however, I got into a Black Morass group. I've gotta say, I really don't like that one. It's completely unlike the other dungeons; it's basically just "Guard the VIP" in the middle of a wide-open space. It was a nightmare for me, because I can't produce the DPS necessary without going OOM. And to top it off, we wiped 3 times and only downed the first boss. But I'm ready for another try now, but only because I've got to for my Karazhan key. I got a ton of MP5 gear so I'll last longer, and patch 2.3 is coming tomorrow, so I'll have better mana efficiency/regen too. Once I get my KZ key, I'll probably never go back there.
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Anonymous said...

Tue Nov 13, 05:20:00 AM 2007

I feel the way you do about Black Morass, except with slabs. i hate that place so much. Ive run it about 12 times, each time the group broke up and i STILL dont have that flippin key part! >,<

Bevans said...

Tue Nov 13, 08:44:00 AM 2007

Yea, I was doing SLabs a bunch recently, but then I suddenly realized that I had no reason to. I had my key fragment, and there's not really any loot in there that I needed that I didn't already have. The only reason why I was still doing it was to get the Lower City rep for the Gavel of Unearthed Secrets (and to unlock Heroic Mana Tombs for Consortium rep, but I don't have to worry about that in 2.3), but that's going to take way too long, and I'm better off just doing SH a few times for the dagger that drops off O'mrogg.

But I've got nothing against that dungeon, although I think I'm definitely due for a break from it.

Darkkstalker said...

Wed Nov 14, 12:31:00 PM 2007

The Prot Pally was my alt, Lightwalker, and yes, that IS the way to go in Shattered Halls. Who needs CC when you can lay down the consecrates and the entire pull hates you forever? Pew pew pew!

I can do the same thing on the Demon Hunters outside the Black Temple, round up a dozen or two and they kill themselves on my Holy Shield while standing in a chain of Consecrates. Good times.

Regarding Black Morass... I've found that runs there are very hit and miss: either your group is 100% incompetant and the run is a nightmare wipefest, or you have a solid group that makes it look easier than it is. You should try again with a "better" group, the fact that it isn't "walk into room, pick off groups of mobs, repeat until boss" makes it a lot of fun - when you're not wiping all the time.

Steamvaults is also fun, just get a Warrior or Druid to tank. 3 Casters per group with Fear and Silence = Pally Tank rendered useles. Heroic SV is a great way to get Badges since it's by far one of the easiest Heroics. (Lots of solid Cenarion Expedition Rep rewards from the Quartermaster in Cenarion Refuge as well.)