Mondays are always a challenge. I realize that is the understatement of the year but there is just something extra heinous about trying to revive your week day routines after happily nuking them from orbit over the course of Friday and Saturday night. Sunday night is always the roughest night of the week to get to sleep, because my body is not quite ready to relinquish the last vestiges of true freedom. Similarly since giving up the whole weekend blogging thing for lent…. or whatever I did to actually give it up… rebooting that process each Monday morning is an equal challenge. This morning for example I have logged in to “check on” several things, all the while happily avoiding actually sitting down to put thought on paper or at least virtual paper. This weekend was an odd one, but a good one. It started off Friday night with House Stalwart my guild throwing together an impromptu raid into the Emerald Nightmare. We did not really have a lot of time, since it was literally thrown together over the course of that evening, but we did manage to go in and one shot the first boss. From there we started work on the spider boss, but given its moving parts I am wondering if that was the best choice. In truth ALL of the next bosses seem to have their own madness going on and with it a challenge or two that will force us to shift and adjust to the fight. We managed to get spider to phase two, which isn’t much of a challenge but at least I can claim it was progress.
Another thing we attempted this weekend was our very first Mythic+ dungeon… because well Grace and I had keys burning a hole in our pockets. However after attempt number one, I think we are going to wait to do number two… until we know the dungeons better. Mythic Plus Halls of Valor… also happened to be the very first Halls of Valor Mythic run for most of us. As a result we were less than efficient at a number of the fights and failed to get the timer. That said given the number of wipes we had I think we did fairly well in that our timer ran out around the time we crossed the glowing bridge of nonsense. So while we failed… we at least failed in style? The truth is all of us just need a lot more normal mythic runs before we start burning any more keys. None of us have any of the magical legendary drops that our UI tells us we can currently equip one of…. but I hear they absolutely maybe sometimes sorta drop in mythics. We were maybe unprepared given that we were also dragging Ashgar into his first mythic ever… and we went for a timed one. The truth is I think we just wanted to know what the challenge looked like so we could prepare for it. I know personally I find it hard to wrap my head around what is needed until I have failed for a bit at doing something. Similarly we had to fail at the spider boss for me to be able to wrap my head around the videos that I will ultimately watch before we make another attempt on Wednesday.
Finally I made a significant push on Exeter my Paladin, who is now 108 and about halfway through it. Not shockingly I ended up dropping Retribution around 102 and have been leveling as a Protection Paladin the rest of the way. This has allowed me to do things like tank for friends when they need to run lower level instances. We pulled together an Eye of Azshara for Thalen over the weekend… and I happened to need it as well. Now I have several more dungeons waiting in the wings for me to do that I may or may not wait for friends to get to as well. Now that I am so close to 110 I sort of want to push across the finish line so I can start doing world quests and such on this character too. Similarly I want to get in some Coren Direbrew runs for trinkets before those things go away. So at a minimum I am probably going to finish out the rest of 108 because 109 allows me to start queuing. I still think that is a major missed opportunity, in that they should have allowed the Direbrew event to scale with players. At this moment I have finished Azsuna and Highmountain and have just trudged through the faction bullshit in Stormheim. The first part of that zone feels so unlike the rest of this expansion, I can only hope in the future they are going to realize that this game feels so much better when you give us an interesting place to explore with its own story… and quit trying to force everything into a dated red versus blue narrative.