Normally I run raids on my main, who is a Prot Paladin. This past Tuesday, my guild schedules a raid of OS-10 no drakes and the mix of people that sign up ends up being:
1 Warrior Tank
3 Paladin Tanks (including me)
1 Holy Priest
1 Resto Druid
1 Holy Paladin
1 SV Hunter
1 Balance Druid
2 Ret Paladins
1 Combat Rogue
OK so that makes 12. Also way too many tanks and one healer too many (could go with 3, don't need 3).
The Warrior tank decides to sit out, and the Holy Priest decides to sit out, which gets us down to 10, but we still have 3 tanks. One of my guildies says to me, "hey you rolled that new Ret Pally a while back and she just hit 80 didn't she? I say yes, my Ret Pally is 80 now (as of about 90 minutes ago), and I at least have the Titansteel Destroyer and the spiked Titansteel helm and boots, so the guildies convince me to get on the Ret Pally and DPS. (I know I could just have a Ret set on my main and respec, but I needed a farm toon, and a new Ret Pally with mining/skinning makes an excellent farm toon... plus I HATE to respec and collect multiple gear sets, leveling a new Pally to be my Ret was more fun!).
My DPS was pretty low (1215) and the Rogue who was also a brand new 80 (maybe 2 heroics under his belt) had terribad DPS (893). We got all the trash and drakes down with no real problems, and we did wipe twice on Sarth (mainly because the 2 tanks had never done the fight before and had to learn how to position Sarth (MT) and pick up the adds correctly (OT) and some people had idiot problems with the flame waves (even I got nailed by one on the first Sarth attempt O_o)
Third try we killed him! The plate DPS helm drops, and the Pally T7 glove token drops, but we had 2 prot, 3 ret, and 1 holy Pally in the group, so I got nothing... except for being able to say that I got my first 4 Emblems of Heroism from an OS-10 raid, which was pretty cool.
Then last night on my first H UK attempt ever on my Ret Pally, I got the Plate DPS legs, and it was the heroic daily so I got two extra emblems. To celebrate getting the legs on my first attempt I promptly gemmed them and put leg armor on them and then went to run H VH which I got no drops from but was also a sucessful run. So after two days of being 80 on my Ret I have done pretty decent I would say....
As a postscript, my DPS after some experience as a Ret and after getting those legs went up from 1215 in that first raid to about 1650 in H VH. Still not where I want it to be, but a big step up in a very short time!
Edited, Mar 5th 2009 12:35pm by jeromesimina
Edited, Mar 5th 2009 12:37pm by jeromesimina
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