It's been almost a week since I last checked in so I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I'd have some news. No new mounts to report although Reins of the Drake of the North Wind dropped during my Heroic Vortex Pinnacle run today off Altairus. It's the first time I had seen that mount drop and it's a shame I didn't win the roll because it's a beauty. I followed through with my Engineering leveling and after getting to 525 rushed to get my Deadly Bio-Optic Killshades which look pretty cool on me if I may say so. I even got all the extra engineering stuff I mentioned in my last entry so I feel like I definitely improved which made the expensive grind worth it. I even went back to The Storm Peaks (my favorite place) and got the recipe for Jeeves within the first few minutes of killing Library Guardians which randomly drop it. I later found out how expensive and time consuming it is to make the little bugger but I will be trying to get that finished by this weekend.
After taking the advice of some of the people who commented on my blog I have been doing Baradin Hold for three straight weeks now. Although I haven't gotten any of the T11 pieces yet I am enjoying the extra valor and raid experience it gives me each week. In a bit of a surprise I got invited to my first 10 man group on Sunday night. This included two bosses in The Bastion of Twilight and three in Blackwing Descent. It was very nerve racking being my first time as you can imagine and since invites have been rare I of course wanted to make a good impression in hopes of getting another invite sometime. The first boss we did was Halfus Wyrmbreaker which I can barely remember since it happened so fast. I don't think I did much to be honest except find myself lost most of the time and trying to shoot at what everyone else was killing. A good start saw him drop Proto-Handler's Gauntlets which I narrowly won the roll for against another hunter in the group (who deserved them a lot more than I did) and I sheepishly took them. The low point of the night came in the Valiona & Theralion fight, I had flashbacks to my Heroic Altramedes attempts which I would end up dying in the first 2 minutes even though I felt like I was doing the mechanics perfectly. Same sort of deal in this fight, I got caught by the breathe the first time, learnt that lesson quickly. Second death came during Blackout when I stacked up behind her with everyone else but somehow ended up dying nonetheless. Very frustrating and I think I would of given up my spot for someone with a brain had the raid group not been so friendly. Moving to Blackwing Descent was definitely uplifting as it didn't take long to learn the Magmaw fight and we were able to get him down without much trouble. Likewise the fight against Omnotron Defense System was fairly easy for me. All I really had to do was know when to switch targets and avoid stuff around me. Maloriak would be the boss that would eventually end our raid night on Sunday. We got very close to killing him twice, coming as close as 3% and 1%. Very frustrating but all the attempts were very good for me as my DPS got stronger with each attempt and out of all the fights this is probably the one I'm now most comfortable with. We didn't end up finishing the raid before it reset on Tuesday, I don't think my performance will get me another invite but the experience was invaluable for the next time I raid. The gloves were just a bonus so I would say all and all it was a very good week progression wise for Dakona.
This is how Dakona is looking today. Need some T11 gear I think to make her look less whimpy in her oversized boots. Hopefully I'll be able to get into another raid group like last week again soon, would really love to get a new ranged weapon and perhaps if I'm lucky get Malevolence from Halfus Wyrmbreaker.
Here is a link to my current gear: Dakona's Armory