The Climb to 90

I have a lot of characters (dur) and one of the toughest decisions I ever have to make at any one time in game is WHO to play and who to work on next in terms of progression. While many people tell me they wish they had as many characters as I have, it’s an issue of “the grass is always greener on the other side”. It was discussed in guild and decided that perhaps I should level up my paladin, so that the guild could have another tank to do things with, as of this moment we only have one “main” tank, and a second that’s the alt of our main coercer. I enjoy my paladin a lot despite the fact that she was heavily power leveled, and I’ve never actually dedicated any time to playing a tank – and thus I decided to work on her almost exclusively.

The paladin is sitting at level 86 at the moment, and yesterday I managed to complete my fabled epic with the help of some friends. I’d like to get the mythical version done, but of course I don’t have to speak as a dragon completed, which means I’ve got to run all over Norrath picking up runes first before I can begin that quest.

I spent 200 plat on kaborite clusters to make skills, and picked up a few cheap ones from the broker that don’t get upgrades. Her achievement list is VERY low, but again that’s something I can work on. I’ve also been stashing aside level 90 tank gear so that when she finally reaches the appropriate level I have some things tucked away.

Am I any good at playing a tank? Well, I’ve boxed one quite a few times even though I’ve never actually had my own. That doesn’t exactly make me a good tank, but I like to think I’m not horrible. Really, only time will tell.

Happy gaming, and I’ll see you in Norrath!

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3 Comments

  1. FWIW on tanking, my SK had “ok-ish to bad” gear for TSO (T1 armor and the level 77 mastercrafted jewelry). In leveling her to 90, I didn’t actually find much armor that was any better, but I was able to upgrade all of her jewelry cheaply at the faction vendors. I haven’t done many instances with her yet in order to get Marks to buy the nice tanking armor in Moonfield Hamlet nor found any really nice other pieces yet, but even so, I was able to tank the Cella instance with a single healer. Able, sure, but it was very hard on the healer, and even though several members of the group said they thought I did well, I felt like I’d stunk up the place.

    That said, I was on my coercer last night in Abandoned Labs. The tank had the nice tanking Mark armor, mythical (enervated), all armor was legendary SF instance gear, as was his jewelry, and everything was adorned to boot. He had just under 25K hitpoints when all buffed up, and we had 2 healers. Even with that, he could still fall apart like a wet paper bag if we weren’t careful, and nobody though he did badly, not even me, so….. perhaps it’s just a perception problem from when I am the tank vs when I’m following the tank around.

  2. stargrace

    Gnomeland security in Steamfont Mountains :D

  3. Longasc

    Nice screenshot. Where in Norrath is that?

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