More Attack Power!
Epic gear is nice, even when it’s welfare epics. Welfare epic is generally defined as epic gear not obtained through raiding.
I finally hit exalted with the Shattered Sun Offensive on Friday. Perfect timing too, with the 1-month mark to celebrate the release of Patch 2.4. It was the first thing I did that day after realizing I had run out of daily quests the day before and was left with 304 reputation to Exalted.
I paid a visit to the SSO quartermaster and bought myself the [Shattered Sun Pendant of Might] and a [Tabard of the Shattered Sun]. It’s fun going around the Isle and watching NPCs greet you and welcome you. SSO is also very generous with their gifts when your reputation with then increases. With this being my second faction with which I’m exalted, I’m gonna go and work on my 10k rep remaining for Cenarion Expedition. If only I could get exalted with the Aldor, I can get the pendant to proc.
I also went into the Botanica for the first time on Thursday night. I was rewarded with my third piece of the Beast Lord Armor: [Beast Lord Cuirass].
Friday was also my first time completing heroics. I ran heroic Shadow Labyrinth and Slave Pens with three guildmates and 2 separate PUG mages. Heroic Shadow Labyrinth brought me to 35 badges for [Steadying Bracers]. I also picked up the original Serpentshrine Cavern attunement quest from Slave Pens.
After equipping all that new gear, I reached over 2000 attack power while buffed with Aspect of the Hawk and Trueshot Aura. Talk about damage!
That got me thinking, I remember when I started playing that my friends told me to stack more on Agility as a hunter. This became a dilemma when socketing gems because the agility gems don’t contribute the same about of AP as actual AP gems. All my red (and derivations of red) gems are AP rather than agility-based. I’ve read that marksman hunters are all about burst damage, so the AP gem is preferred over agility. However, my crit chance has taken a dip lately. I remember when I was in Hellfire, I had a crit chance of about 18% or more. Now it’s 16.2%. The only critical hit buff I get is from [Bladefist’s Breadth]. I’m hoping to get better once I get the agility enchants. And if I finally get the [Stabilized Eternium Scope], that will also help. (Though I’m still leaning towards the Savagery enchant for Sonic Spear rather than the 2H agility enchant.)