Well, going solo occasionally.
One of the things I really enjoy doing in WoW is soloing instances. Way back from when I first solo’d Stocks (think I was at about level 40, just after I got boomkin). My missus doesn’t really see the attraction, but there’s something about it that I really enjoy, even while doing the low level ones for Classic Dungeonmaster.
A few months ago I went through a phase where I was going to try to solo all the Outland dungeons. After I did a few, I then thought I’d try my hand at the heroics as the normal versions were proving quite easy, and managed all of the Hellfire ones without too much of a problem, but at the time it was a little bit of a personal challenge.
I then had a couple of attempts at Utgarde Keep (normal), tried the first boss once but soon realised that once I was ice blocked, there was actually no way to get out of it! So next time round I stealthed past him and went through the rest. I very almost got the last boss down, he had about 10k health left when I died on my last attempt, and I gave it up after that.
Anyway, I went off of the idea for a bit after that, but have recently had the urge to carry on, get through the rest of the Outland heroics and see if I do any better in Northrend dungeons, and also some of the classic (and maybe even BC) raids. This was sparked off from a post at Feral Instincts, and fueled after reading this interview on WoW.com (amazing).
I’m really not sure, as a druid, how well I can do in some of the harder instances. Raegwyn (from the interview linked above) is a DK, and I could see that this probably does have massive advantages while trying to solo group content. I also think that a Paladin would certainly have an easier time of it than a druid, but I’m going to try anyway! Maybe one day I’ll also try on my DK, but we’ll see.
Last night, while milling around Dalaran waiting for a raid, I decided to have a crack at Violet Hold (being the most convenient one to get to), just to see whether it would be at all possible. To my surprise, I managed to get two bosses down (Erekem and Lavanthor) before I had to hearth out and get to ICC. No major “oh shit” moments, although I did use survival instincts and frenzied regeneration a couple of times, and barkskin whenever it was off cooldown. Most worrying moment was probably just as I finished off Erekem, I was at about 16k health (out of 40k) and the next portal opened as I still had the two adds to get down, luckily they didn’t hit very hard and so I didn’t really lose any health and had some time to heal up to full before the next portal. Lavanthor was laughably easy, as long as I stepped out of fires he barely hurt me at all. I’ll give this another go at some point soon and try to finish the whole thing.
To document these as I do them (assuming, of course, that I do manage to do them!) and also to list the other achievements and goals I have in game, I have created the My WoW Ambitions page. It’s not yet finished, I just added some of the ones that came to mind as I wrote it yesterday, so I’ll be adding more to it.
I might even take videos of my solo attempts. Hmmm. We’ll see.