It was time for our second round of random Burning Crusade instance shuffle in our attempt to getting tied up too much in the turmoil of the Naaru.
And so the group lined up for action.
60 Orc Shaman – Earlthebat (Earlthecat)
61Undead Mage – Bigbutt (Bungholio)
61Tauren Druid – Hurmoo (Vikund)
61 Blood Elf Paladin – Enaldie (Ula)
61 Undead Deathknight – Maliverney (Skronk)
Last week the dungeon finder sent us to Hellfire Ramparts three times running, so we decided to check the list and see if that was all we were likely to get for this round.
And the winner was… Hellfire Ramparts.
Ah well, at least we’re good at it by this point. And killing orcs… that was the staple of my RPG life for a long time.
Earl had been doing some warm-ups, so he was very close to level 61. In fact, he was so close he got there before we hit the first boss in Ramparts.
Maliverney had also changed his spec to something recommended for tanking, so this run was also a good warm-up for that change. This being our fourth time through the instance, orcs were dispatched in record time and we were soon looking to the dungeon finder to send us out again.
And the dungeon find obliged us and sent us to the Blood Furnace.
I last did the Blood Furnace with a random dungeon finder group when I respec’d a level 68 druid on another server to be a healer then did a test run on an “easier” instance. The level 61 paladin tank took my level to mean that he could pull every mob in sight and I should be able to keep him healed. I was kicked from that group when my healing would keep up with 10 mobs pounding on him.
Fortunately, our tank was previously our healer in the old group, so there is empathy for my plight. Plus he isn’t an insane, “Go, go, go!” instance-happy, munchkin. That helps too.
So we took it carefully… for the most part. We certainly got to the first boss, the Maker, without any drama.
After that we got a little shaky. We lost the mage a couple of times, the problem with the highest DPS player wearing nothing but a bathrobe for protection. And then came the Broggok fight.
Broggok isn’t just a fight, but an event. You have to get through four waves of helpers before he comes to get you, all without a breather, so if something goes wrong with the helpers, life gets pretty tough.
And so it went for us.
We managed to lose Bigbutt and Earl on the third and fourth groups of helpers and Broggok was about to emerge and we were still flagged as in combat.
Fortunately Hurmoo had his in-combat ress handy, and brought Bigbutt back to life while Earl had is shaman self-revive available. A couple of quick heals and a innervate on Bigbutt and we were able to take down Broggok pretty quickly.
After that it was pretty smooth sailing. The last fight with Keli’dan and his minions was a walk-over and we were soon rewarded with the achievement and our dungeon finder goody bag.
With the Blood Furnace down, we still had enough time for one more run, so we went back to the dungeon finder. What would it give us this time around.
Hellfire Ramparts again!
Ah, well, at least it is quick and the experience is good. And we’ll soon have all the possible drops. Enladie got a pretty decent random drop early on.
That hat is high on style points in my opinion.
Otherwise, our second run through the ramparts was very like our first of the evening, and we were soon at the end of our adventures for the night.
The instance count so far is:
Hellfire Ramparts: 4
Blood Furnace: 1
Most of us are level 62, so only 6 more levels to go until the dungeon finder switches over to Northrend instances for random choices.
We will see if we can add another instance to the list this week.