I had a little bit of time today, so I decided that I’d run Stormstout Brewery. It was the first instance I’d done since hitting 86, and I wanted to get a feel for how my mana held up and if healing felt any different, or more strained. Ultimately, my mana was fine. I was never at risk of being completely dry, including a pull where I aggro’d an extra pack, we lost a DPS and a DPS went AFK (it was a VERY long pull). My healing felt pretty good and aside from not understanding some mechanics (more on that later), I didn’t really ever feel that I struggled to keep my group alive. Now, the video capture that I did here, was from the second time that I cleared through the instance. Since I knew what to expect, I thought “hey, let’s fraps!”.
While this was largely the case, when we got to the final boss in the zone, I was humbled to realize that he uses different mechanics and isn’t always the same. So imagine my surprise when I didn’t have my “bubbly” jump really high debuff and instead something else happened. It took me a few cycles before my brain clicked enough to realize what the bubble debuff did, and once that happened, we were set. However, until that point there was sheer panic on my part the very first time I encountered the bubbles and couldn’t heal. A little less panic when I actually figured out how to pick the damn bubble up and realized there was just no healing in that phase. And finally bliss when the lightbulb went off and I figured it out. However, I decided to keep this boss in, rather than re-capturing, because I think it illustrates that we still have the capability of dealing with things when everything goes awry.
The one thing I will say is that I didn’t really use mushrooms nearly as much as I did in the Temple of the Jade Serpent. Partly because there wasn’t really a great place for them, and in the occurance of the last boss, because when everything went to hell in a hand basket “OMG MUSHROOM” wasn’t really the first thing I thought of in terms of (barely) keeping things together. Regardless, I hope you enjoy and please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!