I continued my solo runs by doing the first two Cavern of Times instances; Escape from Durnholde and Opening of the Portal. Both are very easy, which again comes not as any surprise. The Opening of the Portal is a little confusing, and two dragons actually got through to attack Mediev. Still, you can easily solo that instance without any sort of preparation.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any notable loot. At least I got to ride a dragon.
I won’t continue with the Cavern of Time instances for now; next would be the Battle for Mount Hijyal raid, and then the Old Straholme level 70 instance. Instead, I will continue with the instances in Outland – Terrokar is next, I guess.
The Bronze Drake is awarded in the timed run of the Stratholme Cavern of Time instance:
I continued my solo efforts with the next logical step: I moved on to Zangarmarsh and defeated the five-man instances there. Again, as with the Hellfire Peninsula dungeons, I expected no challenge from them and they were easy mode. There are simply no weird mechanics in these fights that could cause a problem. I didn’t get any worth-while loot either.
As a side note, you do get pretty good reputation gains from the Hard mode dungeons. I think I got 5-6k Cenarion Expedition reputation for the three dungeons together, plus maybe 20-30 Coilfang Armaments. I didn’t even do a full clear of any of these dungeons.
I’ll want all reputations maxed that I can do with reasonable effort, but the Cenarion Expedition is one of those reputations where it makes more sense than just to get the achievements; the Cenarion Expedition sells the Cenarion War Hippogryph mount to those who reach Exalted.
I started off my soloing ventures by doing the three dungeons located in hellfire Peninusla: Ramparts, Blood Furnace, and Shattered Halls. I didn’t expect any of them to be a challenge and I was not disappointed, they were all really easy. I still need a decent setup for my keybindings, and I need a better macro solution to work misdirection in, but that’s why I am starting off with the easy dungeons.
I didn’t obtain anything overly unusual or special – and I found myself reminded at how ugly most of the Burning Crusade loot was. The one item I found I actually like is the Skyfire Hawk-Bow. It’s one of the better looking bows I’ve discovered so far.
The Cataclysm hit and I missed it…
Between my job, a new girlfriend, and more things to do at said new job I have hardly been playing since last year. I did level some character, including Kitiralaysha to level 85, but simply couldn’t get raid-ready with the time available to me. In the end I decided to quit the Raid Group I was a member of, and went on a Hiatus.
That hiatus has now ended and I made some progress in getting Kitira decent equipment. It still isn’t quite at a raid level, but it’s okay. My “in character” narrative, unfortunately, won’t be happening – I did too much in between, and I have too little time. On top of everything, I am almost certainly going to migrate to a different server, to play with real life friends there, which means Kitira may morph from a Night Elf into a Blood Elf. At least temporarily.
In the meantime, I will try to do what I always wanted to get into with Kitira, and that is, I will try to solo stuff. I am not a stellar player any way you want to look at it – I am a decent DPS though – and I figure that is something that may help me practice. Besides, that’s something I can do at my own pace and it will be fairly satisfactory to get various things down. I actually should start a new blog for that, but hey, I already have too many blogs, so I will just recycle this one.