A little help goes a long way

Before I start this, I am not tooting my own horn. I am A decent hunter, but by no means an expert. I have leveled one to 70 and raided as far as Kara before I switched to healing on my priest. I am now leveling a second one, alliance side. I have some experience, but still can’t seem to get the jump shot down. I strafe kite when kiting needs to be done. I will also note chain trapping is much less fun at 40 than 70.

Now back to the post…

An interesting thing happened to me a few days ago. I was playing on the alliance hunter I am currently leveling In Tenaris. I was just questing through, minding my own business an I made A bit of a boo boo. I pulled 4 mobs of level 44/45 when I meant to pull one out of the pack (for reference I was 40 at the time). I figured I was dead, but as I only needed two more to finish the quest I was on I decided to try to get them before the corpse run.

I put the pet on the caster, trapped to one with the stun ability, and commenced kiting the two others. As I finished burning down the caster and put the pet on the trap I noticed my health going UP on occasion. I check my buffs, Woot! druid hot’s! Sweet I think, There’s hope. So I killed, kited, and trapped till they were all gone.

I look around when the dust settles, there is a mid 50’s druid sitting a bit away. I go over to say thanks, he asks me if I can do it again for his friend. I said I would try and we partied up. A few minutes later his friend arrived. The hunter was 41, specced an odd hybrid of all three trees, and equipped with lots of +strength and +Stam gear. We went over to the next batch of mobs and pulled the whole group again, this time on purpose. With the much appreciated help of the druid’s hots I repeated the earlier performance.

On a side note I forgot how much my 70 hunter relied on both the beastlord set bonus to trapping and the improved trapping skills from being 17 points into survival. You know the old saying “you don’t miss something until it’s gone”? Well I sure missed it then. I can’t even imagine trying it one level earlier. I would have had no bestial wrath, no feign death, and would have still been wearing all leather instead of half mail.

Back to the story, We got to to chatting for a bit about wow in general. It turns out these two, and two other real life friends are all leveling their first characters at the same time. One druid and three hunters. They were new to the game, but had already figured out something that worked for them. The three hunters would all sic their pets on something and kill it while the druid healed. Not a bad system really, it just needed more than one of them online at once. None of them knew what kind of gear they needed. none knew anything special about talent specs. And the other two were logging in right now, could I show them too?

So that is how I ended up in a party of four hunters and one druid. We ran about for some time with me doing things and the others trying. We talked more about specs and gear choices. I pointed them to several blogs for both hunters and druids. Places like BRK, Gun Lovin Dwarf Chick, and Aspect of the Hare for huntering, Big Bear Butt, Leafshine, and Ferocious Bite for druiding. These folks have forgotten more about their classes than I have learned, and they have loads of links to other great sites as well. I also warned them to take everything on the official blizzard forums with a grain big bag of salt. We played around with trapping a bit, having each one of them trap the same mob in turn to keep it trapped while they each tanked and killed one of the other three. When we were done with that we decided to go plow through the pirates along the coast. Watching how fast things went down to the four of us focus firing was amazing.

After about an hour of playing around I had to log. I told them it was the most fun I had in the game in a while. They all said they planned to log as well and go do some blog reading. I think the highlight was as I was logging out. I watched someone try to sell one of the hunters a +strength axe during my countdown the last thing on my screen was “Are you nuts? a hunter needs agility”. I think I did some good, and that’s a good feeling.

8 Responses

  1. What a fantastic story! It’s amazing what a little patience (and a link to Bear Butt and/or BRK) will do to help out, too.

  2. Always good to see people passing on experience to other players. /applaud

  3. Wow… nice story… damn, does this mean i need to like, write something about druids now?


  4. Great story 🙂 Always great to hear people taking the time to help others!

  5. Aww! Thanks for recommending them to me! Now I have to go write some good stuff. =P

    Chain-trapping pre-level-60 is always a pain in the butt since that’s before you get Freezing Trap Rank 3. *shudder*

  6. Mad props for all of that! (Sorry to comment so late; I’m about a month behind my reading, it seems.)

    But, I started doing the same thing with a new guildie last week. So this sort of thing is very timely…great job!

  7. […] May  saw the creation of this blogs predecessor with Welcome aboard on the 14th. It also watched as I started getting my blogging feet wet talking about how a little help goes a long way. […]

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