Yesterday I set out with the mission of running the rest of my characters through LFR, but after some frustrations with a couple of bad tanks… I decided to retreat into the comfort of leveling. The problem is… leveling through Wrath content feels extremely slow. The way they lay quests out just is not conducive to burning through them. I began the day at 71 and after a few hours I had finally dinged 72, so I figured I would take a break and run a dungeon. Apparently somewhere along the way I had forgotten just how good Wrath era dungeon experience was. I quickly shifted from questing my way across north rend to chain running dungeons.
I am generally the most anti-pug person you could imagine, but for whatever reason as I said the other day… if I am dpsing I have the patience of a saint generally. What I found surprising however was just how painless the whole event was. We had one tank rage quit because we did not clear the optimal number of mobs, and someone aggro’d one pack too many. After calling us all noobs and leaving we got another tank within seconds and completely the dungeon without issues. We had another tank that did not know which way he was going in Gundrak and after going swimming with the angry fishes for an extended period of time several of the people afk’d out of the dungeon, and I joined them. Other than those two instances… I had 26 instances of success.
At times the group was chatty, other times they were utterly silent. In all cases however we succeeded without much effort. It feels like they have nerfed the dungeons to the point at which anyone can run them without much thought. As a rogue I pretty much spammed Fan of Knives as we pulled huge packs of mobs. I found it surprising how quickly I hit 80. Thanks to the handy dandy statistics inside of World of Warcraft I know I ran exactly 26 dungeons to get from 72 to 80, which was the better part of a day. However this is definitely the express elevator through wrath content, and I feel like I will do this with pretty much all of my alts that have yet to clear that hurdle. In fact I am considering today once I have gotten a bit of gear, to do the same with the 80-85 climb.
Matter of Perspective
Maybe my fear and loathing of pugs is unfounded? Maybe it really is a simple and efficient way to level? Maybe chain running LFR has just given me a perspective on what I should expect from others? In any case it was not nearly the traumatic experience I had expected. I figured I could stomach anything for a single group, however I found the experience rather refreshing. It may simply be that at this point everyone knows the wrath instances like the back of their hand, and can pretty much run them on autopilot. In any case I might have to revise my opinion of pick-up groups. That’s one of my good traits however is that none of my opinions are so intractable that they cannot be changed. After all I had sworn off World of Warcraft for years, and now find myself enjoying the hell out of it again. Just like everything in life, I feel that it is all a matter of perspective.