Now that I’ve capped my justice points I’ve started playing with my tank spec again. For raiding I like to have a dps offspec, but as we’re so short on heals atm I don’t see myself dpsing in raids for a while. Truth be told, I enjoy tanking way more than dpsing anyway, but I haven’t tanked full time since Burning Crusade. But it also allows me to get back into one of my favourite nonraiding pastimes – soloing instances!
At lvl 80 I’d soloed all the BC heroics, as well as Kara, ZG and AQ20 (except for Buru, shudder). A group of three of us spent a few weeks pre-Cata 3-manning MC, BWL, AQ40 up to Huhu and Magtheridon (for rep, the sceptre quest and luls) but it’s been a while since I dusted off my solo shoes, so time to think about possibilities.
Soloing hard content (especially instances) is a great way to learn your strengths, weaknesses and where all your ‘oh shit’ buttons are. It doesn’t teach you much about threat, but it does help you learn
– when to charge and when to pull back
– how to round up groups and deal with casters
– what cooldowns are good in what situations (defensive and offensive)
– effective rotations on long boss fights
– patience, strategy, daring
So. A list of places to try to solo as a feral (tank) druid. Currently my tank gear is mostly 346ish and gemmed/chanted appropriately.
(Update Jan 31 – started tracking my soloing progress here)
I may go back and do MC, ZG just because. BWL is unsolable because of Razor… AQ20 is rumoured to have changed in 4.0.3a, but I can’t find it in the official patch notes, anyone know about this?
I know that this was soloable at 80 up to Fankriss, so shouldn’t be too hard. I may be able to stealth past him in any case. I’d really like to finish my Brood rep grind off, but I know my friend Wilson would as well, so may not end up soloing this initially. Edit: Soloed the first few bosses, notes here.
He was three-mannable at 80, but tricky. Would be good to try solo just for fun.
HKM wasn’t solable at 80…. shudder. Not sure if he will be at 85 either, could go have a look I guess, but not hopeful.
I didn’t try either of those at 80, might be worth going in to have a look at trash and which bosses are doable/skippable just for fun.
Again at 80 we two/three manned the first boss and farmed trash here for a while so we could farm rep. Worth having a look at 85.
Tried two and three manning the trash here at 80 and it was tough. Would be good to stick my nose in and see how I go, but not sure it would be ‘farmable’. Again, would like to finish my Ashtongue rep off, so we’ll see.
Wrath of the Lich King
Not looking at the raid instances here, though Sarth and/or parts of Naxx might be soloable. (Brings back memories of stealthing through Naxx at 60 for the frozen runes….)
At 80 I went back and soloed lvl 70 heroics, so naturally I’m wondering which lvl 80 heroics would be solable. Thinking I’d start with ones that felt easy when we 5 manned them: UK, VH, Nexus, DTK, AN… And work my way through them all. Perhaps the ICC 5 mans may be tough. Could try them on normal first and see.
High priority, as there is rep that I’d like: BT/AQ40 – will try these first.
Lower priority, but look approachable: WOTLK heroics, Magtheridon, ZA, SSC/TK
Nothing really new in any of this, but I’ll blog my successes and failures, along with anything I learn. Just looking forward to practising my new tank abilities before I offer my furry bear butt to an unsuspecting pug! (Or even worse, guildies! hehe)
Any other suggestions from people who’ve started soloing some olde worlde content at 85?