I had a story corner for the last podcast, episode 56, in which I was a bit of an ass in a heroic, but we didn’t get to it with all the awesome stuff to talk to Zeherah about. I ended up telling the story in the postshow, but I thought it’d be worth retelling for the other 99.9% of WHU readers.
Before the last podcast I had decided to run a random heroic for no particular reason, other than playing with focus is fun. The queue was uncommonly long however and I was just reaching that point of deciding to leave (I can’t stand people who leave halfway through a heroic — as if they didn’t know how long it would take them) when the queue popped, so in I hopped.
It was Old Kingdom, which is pretty short. It became clear right away that the tank knew what he was doing and had no aggro problems. I was leading with MD of course, and generally we were blowing stuff away and racing from pull to pull.
A bit into it one of the puggers asked, “Can we do a full clear? I need to kill every boss.”
To which I responded, “I’m sorry, I don’t have time to do all the optional bosses.” No one else said anything, the guy didn’t say anything back, and we kept racing along.
I was slaughtering the damage meters with the killer heroic MM spec — using mostly just arcane shot, kill shot, and silencing shot — and picking the targets lowest on health and going for those killing blows so that I never ran out of focus and almost never had to steady shot. I realized at one point that hey, this was actually a lot more fun than just sitting there and chaining Volley. A heck of a lot more fun. I’m making decisions about who to attack and what button to press. This rocks!
I dismissed my pet and we made the stairway jump, then raced up toward the final boss. Three of us were right at the faceless ones before the Herald when we realized that the tank and that one guy who asked to do all the bosses were nowhere in sight – they were going the other way.
One of the other guys proximity aggrod a faceless one and I sent my pet in and quickly turned growl on. Then the other two turned and ran off after the tank, leaving me and my pet with aggro. Well with cower and Mend Pet and a lot of dps I managed to burn the faceless one down and then said into party chat, “Hey guys, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize we were doing the optional bosses. I said I don’t have time, and I don’t have time for them.”
This was met with a couple of comments, including “Hunter come here.” and “Hunter, get down here.”
I had been about to apologize and leave, but these guys had annoyed me just enough. Screw ‘em, I figured, I’ll just finish off the instance on my own. Goddamnit I don’t need them — I’m a hunter!
Well I was not terribly prepared for any extreme soloing. I didn’t even have the Glyph of Misdirection on this spec (though in retrospect I could have just changed it on the spot — but I was too annoyed to be bothered with anything other than proving I didn’t need them). So I slipped on my two pieces of tier 5, switched to a tenacity pet and didn’t even bother with any other stamina gear or pet food or consumables. I just charged.
After clearing the rest of the faceless ones, I prepared to take on the Herald. I wasn’t entirely sure if this was possible but I was running out of time until the podcast and the rest of the group was still on their way to the first of two optional bosses. So I attacked.
The fight went surprisingly well. My pet was certainly taking a lot of damage — more than I could heal and I was dpsing for all I was worth to try to increase the t5 set healing, which of course led to me pulling aggro, but a quick FD took care of that.
The MM spec was working particularly well for this. Every now and then the Herald would do some magic damage to me, and then I’d Chimera Shot and heal it up. But my pet’s health was steadily going down, and I had already burned Cower.
I figured all I really needed to do was get to the Insanity phase. Since there was only me fighting the boss there’d only be one nightmare and my plan was to trap the nightmare me and hang out and heal my pet up.
I succeeded in pushing Volajz into casting Insanity while my pet had just 20% health left, and I made sure that Mend Pet never dropped (and wished I had gotten around to re-installing Power Auras). My pet got up to about 50% by the time Insanity finished casting, then 70%, then 90%.
The problem with the only nightmare being me was that he was apt to hang out at range and shoot. I looked around. Where was my nightmare? Pet was at full health. Still no nightmare me. I checked the Herald, he was still channeling. Where was my nightmare?
Then I saw in the party frames the other party members dying, one after the other.
“WTF hunter? What are you doing?!”
Whoops, I guess that boss encounter is zone-wide. That was totally not intended. But honestly, how did those weakling little nightmares kill them? Oh well, I figured once they all died the nightmares would come to me and I could deal with them easily enough — heck handling them all was no big deal before 4.0.1 and with the new MM unlimited focus against weak opponents build this would be crazy easy.
Alas they all left the party, which then booted me out of the instance as well.
But hey, if it weren’t for those other classes holding me back I could totally have solod heroic Volazj in my MM spec. How awesome is that?