Well, after a lull of a week or two where Tawyn was sort of stabled from instances and focusing on PvP and working on trade skills, the instancing appears to be back in full swing.
Yesterday I did both Shadow Labs and Botanica. The Shadow Labs run wound up being horribly ironic because everyone in the group was running it for gear, and not a single piece of gear for any of us dropped... that includes the ever-so-elusive Sonic Spear. However, I did receive a visit by one Bremm in the middle of this instance, so that was pretty awesome. /wave
Botanica we were running for the second half of the Arcatraz key. Our group also had slightly better luck on this one gearwise; I actually didn't come out of the instance with anything for myself (a pretty good neck piece dropped, but the rogue and I decided we would roll for it and he won, which I'm glad for, because he deserved it)... but the quest turn-in did bestow a pretty snazzy new belt upon me. Not to mention the Arc key! We'll hopefully be running that at some point today.
One of my favorite parts of the instance-running, though, was this: there's a boss in Shadow Labs who mind-controls the party (I can't remember the name of this boss). The problem for us was that when he does this, the tank seems to lose aggro. So we came up with a plan: after the next mind control, I was to misdirect onto the tank. The next mind control pops up and by the time it's over the boss is chasing the rogue around-- probably another hit and the rogue would be down.
Here comes Tawyn to save the day!
Misdirect on the tank... pulling back the bowstring... and... BAM!
Aimed Shot Crit Misdirect. Oh yeah!
Boss runs back over to the tank, rogue survives, and we finish the guy. I felt pretty awesome.
My next moment of personal heroism was the last boss in Botanica. Right towards the end-- boss had maybe 6% of his HP left... everybody wound up dying except for the tank and I, and we managed to finish him off. But to be honest there were a lot of little moments of heroism from everybody throughout the instances, not just me. It was really great.
I also felt good because at some point everybody started complimenting me for my traps. "Tawyn, I have no idea how you do your traps like that, but you're pretty much the only hunter I will ever group with." Stuff like that. /blush. Even though I still think my trapping could use some improvement, but I think I'm getting better with all the practice I've been doing lately.
I promise I'm going to post about something other than instances soon. =P