Dungeon Finder

12 Apr

I know this is an old topic, but the blog is new, so here goes.  First let me say that I think the dungeon finder system is probably the greatest thing that Blizzard has added to the game since it launched.  Unfortunately, it has also brought out some very nasty behavior in people.  Through the dungeon finder I have met some great people who are patient and willing to explain the fights to a relatively new 80.  On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been told my gear or DPS are crap, and promptly quit the group.

With Gravesaur (then Kitinara), I ran a lot of dungeons once the dungeon finder was implemented in December.  When I hit 80, Grav was outfitted with mostly iLvl 175+ gear, and he had a few badges saved up.  This let me get a couple of pieces of badge gear fairly easily.  I was actually shocked how fast I went from needing items in heroics to just running them for badges.   ToC and the ICC instances are pretty much the only instances that can provide upgrades for me other than badge gear.  I still enjoy running the instances, but I am getting a little sick of Halls of Stone, since it seems to come up more frequently in the random dungeon than the others.

Ikotar seems to have geared up really fats, but that may be due to the fact that I spent a bunch of badges on heirlooms for Nycterenne :P.   It also felt easier to get into the groove for heroics with Ikotar probably because I had already seen the content on Gravesaur, and the community for hunters is great with a lot of different resources for figuring out spec and priority lists.

In Nycterenne’s case, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag.  After running Northrend dungeons for awhile, you forget how complicated and long the old-world dungeons were.  This has been reinforced constantly with running Maraudon and Blackrock Depths.  I really hope that Outlands proves to be different, but I’m unsure, since I didn’t do many groups in Burning Crusade, since I found getting into groups painful as a DPS prior to the Dungeon Finder.

I’m hoping that with Nycterenne I’ll be able to run some of the instances that I really enjoyed from the original game.  Lower and Upper Blackrock Spire, Live & Dead Stratholme, and Scholomance.  There are probably a couple I’m forgetting, but I would be happy to see those while I can get experience from them.

As my warlock and hunter, the dungeon finder has motivated me to clean up my spec and rotations substantially.  I’m probably not doing maximum DPS, but mobs are dying, and I’m not pulling aggro (much), so something must be going right.

Well, the dungeon finder may not be perfect for everyone, but it is a huge step in the right direction.



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