The Epic Story: When I got my epic mount and crit over 1000.
I actually finally got my Pally epic mount today. Yep... I know it might seem a bit late, but I was a huge slacker and couldn't decide whether to get it or just a regular epic mount instead. This, really, is the the top for my character. I don't have anything else to accomplish with her now. The two goals I set for her approximately one year ago is complete: Get her to 60 and get an epic mount. I am happy that I have achieved this now.
For a very long time I was weighing the Paladin Epic vs Regular Epic against each other: first it was 800 gold manaless mount vs grind-my-butt off for a Pristine Black Diamond plus do hard-ass quests for a mount that cost 500 mana to cast.
Then as Pristine Black Diamonds dropped in price by 280 gold, getting it suddenly became much more lucrative... But still, the mana cost was annoying and I didn't like that you had to five-man Scholo do to a really hard single-attempt event. I had even done it to help out guildies, which we wiped on... made me really turned off from doing it for quite a while.
I thought it would be a smart idea to PVP to get my mount, realizing well too late that it would take an insane amount of rep grindning and battlegrounding to get one. Especially when I got really bored and didn't PVP for days was when I just had to face it that I wouldn't be able to get it through that way due to many factors among rank decay.
Over a month ago I realized I had well over 300 gold, so I said to myself "Eh, what the heck." and payed the money to begin the quests. The reason for the delay of doing it until today was mostly due to Arcanite Bars: Instead of asking guild members or paying someone to transmute them for me I just took my Druid who didn't have a profession and leveled her up to 275 Alchemy in about two days (and it only cost 40 gold total I think). After transmuting everything, I finally got my barding blessed this weekend and scheduled up a run for today with two of my fellow guild members. A Priest and Mage were awesome to help us out with this as well.
I mean, seriously... We tore that place apart. It was really, really fun to try out how the new Paladin worked... As I've mentioned I specced for total Retnoob and up to Improved Hammer of Justice in Protection. Get this: I actually did so much damage that when we got to the death knight after the fourth wave he just wouldn't stop attacking me! I eventually got killed right at the end due to being both oom, using my Lay on Hands as well as still having the potions on the cooldown.
One of the Paladins in the group was full Protection up to Holy Shield. Props to that since I know it won't be the most popular build. I just want to mention that.
I've never done damage that got over 1000 with my Paladin. NEVER! When I grind for mats with my Druid as Cat Feral I crit for 1200 very often with Ferocious Bite. Every time I do this I say to myself "Damn, I'll never get tired of critting over 1000!". So you can guess my surprise when I critted a Judgement of Command for this during this run:
What the hell? (this is without a single piece of epic gear)
So in conclusion I would guess I accomplished a third goal I wanted to do with my Paladin: crit over 1000. And boy, I sure did it! Woot. Tonight I have to say I can go to bed and sleep comfortably, feeling good of what I've achieved today.