Spent some more time with the Paladin this weekend! I didn’t get the 4 levels in 1 day I got last week, but I did managed to get him to nearly 69. Woo, almost to Northrend!
I decided not to head out right at 68 because that’s when I had just started Nagrand. Nagrand is my favourite Outlands zone – I’m not going to skip it!
I discovered something though: They made the Nagrand quests shorter in 3.1! Remember the Mastery quests from Nesingwary? You had to kill 30 of every beast in the zone? No longer! They’ve all been knocked down to 12! Does this mean the DEHTA has finally gotten to Nesingwary? I think so!
In fact, this holds true for several other quests in the zone that I’ve noticed so far – the poo quest is down to 8 poo instead of 15 poo, you only have to kill 8 water elementals and 8 shadow elementals instead of 12 each… they have just made it all a bit quicker.
Even more reason to continue leveling in Outlands before hoping on a boat!
In other Paladin news, I ran a Blood Furnace PUG on the weekend. We started with 2 Death Knights, 2 Paladins and a Rogue. If you haven’t already, you can read my theory on Death Knights and PUGs. I got shoved into the role of healer, which was fine. We had no tank specified – it was a Free For All between the other Paladin and DKs. That was fun to heal.
Well, we made it past the first boss, and then we wiped because someone pulled 2 groups full of silencers and I couldn’t ret heal our way through it.
DK #2 has gone offline.
But for once, the rest of the PUG wanted to keep going. So we did. And we 4-manned the rest of Blood Furnace with two half-tanks and a ret paladin healer, with not a single wipe. Too bad for the guy who ‘disconnected’, just gave us more loots! So my theory holds true: our PUG was actually more successful after we lost the second DK!
After this, I decided to respec my secondary talents for Holy rather than Protection. There are two reasons for this:
- I don’t want to learn how to tank for the first time with a PUG. I would rather wait til 80 when I can go with people who will be patient with me and help me out.
- There is always a huge shortage of healers while leveling and PUGing. If I can fill that hole, I will be much more likely to finish instances.
So, while I really don’t enjoy paladin healing compared to priest healing or paladin DPS, I can deal with it.