Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Grey Priest: Part 2 of The Ironmaiden Challenge

And WOW is it a challenge!  For a while, I seriously considered looking up IronMary in Tarren Mill to see if she needed a roommate.  Hillsbrad is tough on the white armor class.

Sally found some relief from her mana issues with wands, which do actually work to kill mobs at low levels...but death by wanding takes a long time.  As you can possibly imagine, the problem with slow wand kills is that the mobs are respawning behind at a faster rate than they are dying ahead...which can lead to an unpleasant crunchy sound when the mobs meet with poor Sally between them.  And a lot of screaming.  Forsaken screams are hard on the ears.

Sally pulled up stakes and left Yetimus to his wandering.  Ashenvale being the only other Horde leveling area suitable, she wandered over there for a bit.  Problem is, she was out-leveling the quests to the point of getting zero experience for mobs she was still having trouble killing.  Quest experience was still okay for the green quests, but the mobs were too low.

She has good healing capabilities, and doesn't die nearly as often as I thought she would - as long as the mana holds out, she can keep going.  The big challenge is to eke out out the mana droplets, alternating spells and wand.

Her dots (Shadow Word: Pain  and Devouring Plague) are pretty much mana hogs at this point, so she has dropped them from the rotation for now.  She is using Mind Blast at 40 yards for the pull, followed by Holy Fire at 30 yards.  Holy Fire is her most mana-efficient spell at this level, and is especially good because it also has a dot effect.  Unfortunately, it also has a cool-down.  So, depending on her mana level, Sally then either tosses out a Smite or begins wanding.  When the mob starts hitting her, she stops for a quick Renew, then goes back to her wand.  If another mob starts beating on her, she pops open her Bubble after the renew expires.  With this method, she can kill up to three mobs.  Eventually.

I left her napping in the Inn at Grom'Gol last night.  With a hungry baby raptor to feed, she will be waking soon and heading out to the jungle...

Find the rules to The IronMan Challenge here.


  1. I have to admit that I am impressed with your tenacity. I think it would be cool if a group of greys only worked together throughout the content. Solo work seems not well suited for the IronMan Grey challenge., I dunno, just a thought. Nevertheless, you got a lot of guts and skill doing this lol.

  2. Lol! Ironmary would probably love the company! The same was true with Ironmary on the respawns, she was in that Yeti cave and they were respawning behind her before she could move forward.

    I hope Sally gets a good nights sleep, she'll need all her rest!

  3. Primarily for the mana issues you've already experienced a bit, I think Priest is the hardest class for this challenge. Anyone who hasn't played a Priest in 4.x and see how bad mana is for leveling Priests just won't understand.

    Good luck.


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