This weekend was a lot of fun, and was a blend of Warfronts, Mythics, Heroics and at the very end dipping my toes into the raid with Facepull. By the end of the weekend the Demon Hunter is 337 item level, and the Warrior still 332 since I have yet to do the Warfronts and get the 370 item. Tonight is going to be me grinding away slavishly on Warfronts because thing I did not realize… you get a 340 or better every single time you do them. I thought I was just lucky in getting a 340 and a 370 for turning in the quest, but apparently that 340 is a reoccuring thing. Based on what I am hearing there can be weapons and armor both that drop… which given my track record with weapon drops in this expansion probably just means armor slots I already have better items in.
Since Facepull is a very well established raid, it meant that I would be filling the very uncomfortable spot of DPS which is not really a thing I do well as evidenced by how bad my parses will ultimately be. I’m a tank… I think like a tank and act like a tank and when you tell me to burn something I get a very confused look on my face. However I was apparently not a bad enough impediment to keep us from downing Taloc after a handful of tries. Of course I got nothing but crafting materials, because that is the way of the world. It supposedly drops a really sweet two handed mace that would have been a nice dps upgrade for my warrior… but that wasn’t going to happen because weapon drops don’t exist for me in this expansion.
This is a lovely shot of me dead on the floor in the room of MOTHER which apparently is actually supposedly to be in all caps. You know what Titan servitors like the most… burning and purging corruption. MOTHER appears to really enjoy it, and the fight is all about trying to stop her from doing this thing while also not being purged yourself. On this particular attempt Ary and I zigged when we should have zagged and got a wildly unexpected mace to the face. Ary got a battle rez because he is a useful member of the team, I stayed on the floor because I was just barely keeping up above the tanks. We made progress but also sorta went too long and lost progress as well, with our last handful of attempts being significantly worse than some of the ones in the middle.
I feel like MOTHER is either a gear check issue, or we are just doing something not quite right during the process. Since most of us were hovering around the 325 range I figure we probably hit a gear wall, which became a subject of much lamentation over discord. All in all it was a quirky and enjoyable night, and I managed to die most spectacularly when I accidentally clicked on a Warlock portal and went zooming into a firey death pulling MOTHER in the process. I had no clue what was going on and apparently I instinctively screamed “OH SHIT!” to which my wife freaked out trying to figure out what was wrong.
The only negative of the experience is the fact that the Sunday time slot is really horrible for me. Pretty much ANY weekend time slot is horrible, but especially Sunday night because that is generally when we finish up anything that needs to happen for the week. I felt like an ass sitting there and raiding while my wife had to struggle with things I would have normally helped out with. So there in lies the problem… I enjoyed myself as I generally have any time I have raided with Facepull… but the timing is horrible and I am not likely going to make it every week… which means I stay in an under geared pupa state and am likely more trouble than it is worth? I would like to get a raid going on a week night that is much easier for me to manage attending on a regular basis. We will have to see how things shake out, but ultimately my hope is something workable can happen via RoboSquid Armada. Being on the computer from 6:30 pm to 10 pm on a Sunday when I should be swapping loads of laundry and what not isn’t going to work for me as a regular thing sadly.