Saturday, Divergent dinged 80. I grabbed a couple pieces off the auction house and convinced Reversion to heal me through regular ToC and the three new dungeons on regular. Got some really solid drops too. After gemming and enhancements to get me to the defense cap, I decided to try a couple heroics. Reversion switched to his hunter and we got sent to Halls of Lightning.
It went well; only one wipe and that was when we got four mobs in the hall with the statues that come to life.. The shaman healer was excellent and I played it safe. Very satisfying. But while there I noticed the least effective dpser was a warrior with a gear score roughly equal to mine (a little over 3k). I was putting out 1300 dps; he was barely cracking 800. I asked if he was having trouble with a rotation. “Just need gear”, he said. And he did, true, but he could have got a lot more out of what he had.
Yeah, we’ve heard that story before, but my real point is this: I’d just run regular ToC and the Icecrown instances and the gear they dropped was better than what drops in HoL. If you’re going for badges, you need heroics, it’s true, but I ran ToC until I’d got most of the drops I wanted there. And the folks I encountered running those instances with me were generally better geared and more competent than the “bad dps” we run into in heroics all the time.
I am formulating a theory that good players gear their alts with the new high end instance, while bad players may not even know that they’d get better gear that way. Instead they ding 80 and instantly queue for heroics. So you’ll actually find few bad players in regular ToC than in H Nexus. Thoughts?
Funny story; queued Divergent to tank a random early Sunday morning before church. I get VH and start buffing people when I realize – I know that hunter. And that mage. And the dps pally too – they’re all guildmates who queued separately from me. We had a good time, even though they pulled off me from sheer dps constantly.
Even funnier story: later Sunday got into a HOK run. The druid healer, 5200 gear score first asks “Can we just do the two-bosses-and-out strategy” and then says “Oh god never mind” and drops group. I noticed one dpser had even lower gear score than mine so I’m assuming he just decided this group would be too hard to heal. Our replacement healer is a shaman with 3200 gear score (about what mine was at the time). We get through the place in close to record time, nobody dies, and we all have a blast.