Of unicorns and other imaginary things
See that right there? That, my friends, is the Commendation of Kael’thas. Back during the last part of Burning Crusade, this little trinket was the shizzle if you were a tank that, like me, had no real hope of seeing Sunwell or even much of Black Temple. +57 stamina? Awesome. And look at all that automatic emergency ass-saving dodge! I literally can’t count how many times this thing kept me alive when things went pear-shaped.
I got that on my first run into heroic Magister’s Terrace, believe it or not. (Yes, that’s it, drink the tasty Haterade, peeps.) And it was my constant tanky companion through Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep. It was awesome to be rocking one of these back then.
When you’re offtanking Ulduar 25-man? Not. So. Freaking. Much.
My wife knows that if she wants to hear me rant, all she’s got to do is mention the words “tank trinket” and then dive behind the sofa. Trinkets for raid-geared plate tanks are hard as hell to find. There’s the Seal of the Pantheon from Halls of Lightning, of course, which is generally considered to be a necessary “entry-level” trinket just because of the massive +65 defense rating (Lin’s still wearing one, because stacking +defense is actually quite effective). But getting into Naxx, well, there isn’t much. There’s the Repelling Charge from Thaddius on 10-man…assuming you’re in a 10-man that can get to Thaddius, which I wasn’t for quite a while, and that it drops, which I’ve only seen once in 4+ months. There’s the Defender’s Code, which is more of a druid trinket with the static +850 armor and the on-demand hefty +dodge, but doesn’t have any +stamina. The badge trinket, the Valor Medal of the First War…again, all +dodge, and no stamina.
Which is why, weeks into Ulduar 25, with every other piece of Linedan’s gear at ilevel 200 or higher, he was running around with a damned item level 115 level 70 trinket still firmly glued into his first trinket slot. Because tank trinket upgrades, like unicorns, leprechauns, and politicians that actually want to cut government spending, don’t really exist. They’re just imaginary figures.
Until last night.
I’d like to thank Captain Crotchpocket, aka Ignis the Furnace Master, for supplying me with this lovely little item, the Heart of Iron. Yep, that’s right, kids, that’s not a misprint…one hundred and sixty-two points of tasty, tasty stamina. 1717 health off one trinket, and some emergency dodge thrown in.
Linedan now has almost 32,000 unbuffed health, and with full 25-man raid buffs is up over 41,000, competitive with our other two raid tanks. And y’know, it still doesn’t feel like enough on some fights. I’m beginning to wonder if Ulduar is harkening back to the Burning Crusade days where if you were a warrior, there was only one gem you ever put in your gem slots unless you had to activate a meta–stamina uber alles. It seems that Ulduar is all about BIG NUMBERS…even the trash routinely spanks a pimped-out tank for well into five digits per hit.
Lin’s now one belt away from the Epic achievement.
It felt good to see the Anvil get back out of the ditch and put the hammer down last night. Loot Leviathan, Razorscale, Ignis, XT, and Kologarn all went down without too much fuss. Now we’re working on Auriaya, the Crazy Cat Lady. And all I have to say about that fight is, now I think I know what a yarn ball feels like.