I didn’t think I’d ever see this happening. I stopped playing my Draenei death knight a while back, when I sort of dropped WoW for a bit. And then one Saturday evening, Colt casually mentioned that all the others in guild were on as their DKs I decided it would be fun to log in as Eir. Aside from the “Whoah, I’m scared!” reaction of a couple of guildies when they logged into a pure DK guild roster, I did a little research that night, and concentrated on my Frost dual wield spec, and got back into the swing of things, pleasantly surprised by the pretty little yellow numbers that were floating above the enemy. So I logged in as Eir a few more times and edged ever closer to that magic level 85.
We had a lot of signups for the raid tonight- which was fantastic news! Colt made it, he’d signed up just before me. I didn’t. It didn’t worry me in the slightest, I figured I’d casually do some achievements, or level Eir up a bit more. Then I had a whisper from a lovely guildie with Alt-itis, asking me if I fancied going on a dungeon run or two. I was a little nervous. I’ve not felt good about melee, and I didn’t want to let her – or the guild name – down with derpy dps. I was also having a bit of a low confidence day. But I bit the bullet and said yes. She’d tank, she wanted the practice, and I could dps my little heart out.
So in we went, on a random normal, the Vortex Pinnacle, that was okay for my 84th level, along with another lovely guildie, a pug dpser and a pug healer. And part way through, the pug dpser asked for recount. (Mine’s borked at the moment, and I’ve purposefully left it that way for a bit so I don’t get hung-up over it.) To my surprise, I was top.
We ran another, the Stonecore, and I enjoyed that too, desperately trying not to be too much of an aggro muppet, and feeling my way. I also had Splashdown playing in the background, and a relaxed couple of guildies with me. It felt really good.
Then we ran another. Our guildie tank opted to choose one manually for the better items and the better XP. We ended up in a normal Halls of Origination. And it was there that I dinged to 85th.Which led to the comment by one of the puggers “Grats – now I don’t have to ask why a level 84 is topping the dps!” I thought they were joking at the time. But it turns out no, I found out later that I was actually top of the dps. Which for me, who normally hates melee classes, is a HUGE thing.
Tonight surprised me in other ways. Not only did I remember what I should do for each boss – playing as heals is a completely different animal – but I also started to get used to watching out for adds, and had a proud moment when I spotted an add heading towards our healer, deathgripped it and thwapped it one. These should be things I know at 85th, but I rarely group as melee dps, because I’ve simply not had the confidence. For the first time in my WoW life, I felt totally comfortable playing a melee dpser, and I relaxed into it all the way.
I came out with some upgrades, but mostly an upgrade in my confidence, and the realisation that I CAN play a melee class, and not do badly. This pleases me. I’ve yearned to do that for a while now, but it’s always eluded me. So I want to say a huge thanks to those two wonderful guildies who were with me – tonight meant a lot more than I can say. But if I could bake you two both cakes, believe me I would! And I’d deliver them with bottles/boxes of wine too!