This is part 2 in a week long series by Viktory, a guild mate of mine in Conquest, about leveling his new druid. Also, after part 1, he said he wanted to see some Lolcats, so here it goes.
Now I had a RAF partner and a plan, but I still had to learn how to play the class, and, oh yeah, level up the toon. To that end, we decided that instead of power-leveling on our mains and hitting 60 in 19 hours, as I did on my priest pre-3.0, we would actually play the low levels. Further, I would go feral and he would go resto, so we could exploit the insta-queues in LFD as we leveled.
Let me tell you, this worked pretty good about 1/2 the time.
The rest of the time, here’s what I ran into:
● That one dps that blizzards/consecrates/volleys before I even got to the pull
● The dps who really wants to tank extra pulls while we’re still on the main group; I’m looking at YOU retadins.
● A healer who fell asleep/watched tv (hey, wait… my RAF-partner was healing me, why did I have to use cool-downs on trash?)
● Party members who don’t pay attention and drag in extra pulls, then run the mob AWAY from the tank…../facepalm
● Instances I had never run on any toon (hello Mauradon, why are you the worst place to run back to after a wipe?)
● DPS that want full clears instead of just the assigned run
On that last point, I’ve come to realize that this is because while I had insta-queues, and thus turned a HIGH profit on the LFD bonus multiplied by RAF, these dps were waiting 15-45 minutes for a run that yielded 1/3 the xp I was getting. A regrettable difference, but not something that I was often swayed to deviate from. Hey, gotta get THIS alt up, not everyone else’s alt.
Stay tuned for the end of the bear and the birth of Kaboom!