Last week’s LFR was really quite successful: I picked up Kamalia’s last four Secrets of the First Empire in just two wings of Throne of Thunder, and Keija went to Mogu’shan Vaults and nobody called her out for having horrible DPS (I still haven’t gotten around to reinstalling a meter) and Starshatter dropped!
Kamalia dutifully trotted over to the Tavern in the Mists to meet with Wrathion, then went to the Isle of Thunder. The first stages of the Thunder Forge scenario were pretty easy. I was delighted that the Shado-Pan NPCs showed up on my Grid as soon as they appeared, so that I could heal them just as if they were players. Then that final boss appeared and I just couldn’t do it. I could keep the Celestial Defender alive, but it barely tickled the boss. If I tried to damage and heal, I ran myself OOM very quickly. After three or four deaths in Resto — with the Spirit Healer resurrecting me while the Celestial Defender was still fighting the boss — I tried switching to Elemental as soon as I rezzed. Now I could do more damage, but it was harder to stay alive (especially during that accursed Meteor Swarm phase) and I wasn’t doing enough damage to keep ahead of the anvil clock. I don’t think I got that boss down to even 50%, on my best attempt. I only use my Elemental spec for doing dailies, so I haven’t at all mastered its CD usage nuances. I died and I died and I died and I died. Finally I gave up and started the scenario over from the beginning, this time in Elemental from the start. That was even worse — the first stages were more difficult, and I failed in the penultimate stage because I let the Celestial Blacksmith die.
I guess I should go see if I can find some Shaman-specific strategies for the Thunder Forge scenario. Ideally, one for Resto, because my Resto gear and skills are always in better condition than my Elemental gear and skills.
For awhile, I thought perhaps the 6K valor points would be the stage of the Legendary questline that stalled me. Then, for a little bit, I was having such terrible luck with Secrets of the Empire drops in LFR that I thought that might be the stage that stopped me. This Thunder Forge scenario, though… it just might be the thing that really washes me out of the program…