Champion of the Frozen Wastes

A lot of people are rocking their “Jenkins” title. Some still sport Champion of the Naaru or Hand of A’dal. And all of them are awesome. But last night I was able to get the longest title ever. The night before we started official 25-man raiding a group of us headed over to 25-man Malygos and racked up a kill, which finished off the Champion of the Frozen Wastes achievement. While Malygos isn’t on the list, it’s a known bug and is actually required to finish it. And it was pretty cool to get. Hailstorm dropped and it got defaulted to a Rogue. The guild leader says a Hunter will never get a melee weapon over a melee class, which I am OK with in most cases, but apparently this also applies to when the person is upgrading from one epic to another while we are rocking blues. Not sure how I feel about that.

My numbers on Malygos weren’t awesome either, but that one is because 85% of the sparks we killed, which in turn give you a huge damage increase, were killed so close to Malygos I couldn’t stand in the area to get the buff and still maintain enough distance from his HUGE hitbox to to shoot. Sadness.

Shrug that off and get back in the saddle, as I joined an increasingly regular group of heroic runners, which allowed my to finally pick up my Heroes’ Cryptstalker Tunic, which is my third piece of badge gear, going along with the neck piece and the belt. Picking up this bad boy put me in an interesting situation. It put me at 215 hit rating, which was over the cap with 3/3 Focused Aim. But dropping any piece of gear would put me under the hit cap or it was an item that I didn’t have a solid replacement for since I had upgraded it.

So I decided to try something different. I only went 2/3 Focused Aim, which now puts me 14 under the hit cap when only taking those two talents.  I then opted to try 3/3 Improved Stings and still took 2/2 Go for the Throat. This still leaves my Rapid Fire at a 5 minute cooldown but I do still have Readiness. I am not sure if I am going to like having the talents spent like this, but if I find myself not needing the reduced cooldown on Rapid Fire Improved Stings may prove to be a decent DPS increase. I guess we’ll see tonight when we head into 25-man Naxx. I just want to make sure I am pumping out as much DPS as possible.

Soloing OnyxiaNow this wasn’t the only stuff I did last night either. I set my sights on one other goal. Solo Onyxia. No bugs or exploits. Just me and my gorilla. And boy it was an adventure. I went in for a few attempts and kept getting stuck in phase 2. So I headed back to Orgrimmar and picked a very janky spec. And when I say janky, we’re talking about something like this. If you look at it, I am pretty sure you can see why I decided to spec like that. The biggest problem I was running into was attrition damage from constant fireballs during phase 2.

With only one health potion per fight and Lifeblood on a 3 minute cooldown, I needed ways to survive long enough to bring her down. I specced my gorilla like this (yes, there is a missing point. Genghis is only 79) because I need Roar of Sacrifice to absorb some of the aforementioned fireball damage every 21 seconds (that’s how long the cooldown is with Longevity). And with Mend Pet ticking for 1400, GenghisKong was never in danger as much as I was. :)

In the end, it involved a lot of feigning death, my gorilla (GenghisKong) killing a whole lot of whelps and trying to *not* get feared into the whelp pits when Bestial Wrath was down. It brought in 182 gold and some vendor epics, another 18 slot bag and the enjoyment knowing I solo’d Onyxia without any cheap tricks or bugs. Enjoyable most definitely.

Onyxia down!

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About Drotara

Drotara (or BehemothDan) considers himself a geek on many levels. A web developer and programmer by trade, he has no shortage of geeky hobbies. When not fulfilling husband and daddy duties, he enjoys WoW, the WoW TCG, Magic: The Gathering, and great board games with friends and family.