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The Great Mythic+ Challenge: From Zero to Hero (Episode 3)

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Our Mythic+ writer Petko challenged himself to earn Tormented Hero: Shadowlands Season 2 Tormented Hero: Shadowlands Season 2 on a fresh character before the end of Season 2. Here's Episode 3 of his journey!

The Great Challenge, from Zero to Hero

Hey guys, Petko here! I have decided to challenge myself before the end of the current season, and earn the Tormented Hero: Shadowlands Season 2 Tormented Hero: Shadowlands Season 2 achievement on one of my fresh characters, and since I have done it numerous times in the past, I will guide you through every step of my journey.

In the mini-series, I share my experience and guide you through what you can do to increase your current Mythic+ Rating. The challenge would be boring without some limitations, so here they are!

Rules of the Challenge

If you've missed the previous two episodes of the challenge, make sure to read the articles below. They cover the basics like challenge rules, intentions, end goals, and more.

Chapter 1, Episode 3

As I come closer to collecting the best possible gear across all dungeons, I see a massive difference in the DPS. I went from 235 to 241, although there are still a few pieces that I can obtain and potentially upgrade with Valor Points from Mythic+. For the rest, of the gear, I have to rely on luck from the Great Vault since I have no other source of items but Mythic+.

As I started to break into the +20 key level territory, I've noticed a significant improvement in the player base. Not only do players have a better understanding of their class, utility, and deal higher damage, communication, and MDT theory-crafting, something I never saw below 2,400 rating, also became more prominent. Keep in mind it took a three-week grind to reach this level, even though I had anticipated spending less time, but Alliance pugs are something really special!

Major Challenges and Focus Goals at 2,400 Rating

One of the major challenges I discovered during the keys around +20 level (or around 2,400 score) is that people don't understand the importance of meta picks. Of course, you can do the key without picks like Windwalker Monk or Frost Mage, but they will speed you up the dungeon even if they are below average players, simply because of how good their spec currently is.

  • It gets significantly harder to complete a +20 key with complete randoms from the Group Finder tool, especially with harder affixes. Number 1 priority is to add people of "value" to your Friend List. In other words, specs/classes/players that have performed well in your past runs. That way, you can check your Friend List before searching for randoms through the LFG tool.
  • Having a conversation about routes before your run is equally important, as there are points, where the group might want to skip specific packs, and if your group doesn't have stealth, you must save an invisibility potion and not use an offensive potion instead.
  • Interrupting major casts is still a common issue, so make sure to save your personals to help your tank survive specific pulls.
  • It is unlikely to deplete the key due to having low damage, it happened only once out of my 20 keys that I ran that week, if I had to give you one piece of advice, that would be, to focus on interrupting and playing it safe, rather than doing something extremely risky.
  • It's unlikely your key will get depleted due to the lack of damage. To me, it happened just once out of 20 keys I ran that week.
  • Focus on interrupting and play it safe rather than engaging in anything risky.
  • You should also have essential addons installed. I have already discussed that in this article,  which is still up-to-date and relevant going forward to the next season, take 5 minutes of your time to read it and you will thank me later.

What's the Next Goal?

After earning 2,400 rating, my next goal is to get as close to 2,600 rating as possible without joining voice communication such as Battle-net voice-over, Discord, or TeamSpeak. I know it's going to be extremely hard, but I am confident in my own skills. I also believe that as soon as I get closer to +23 keys and above, I doubt I can do that without the help of voice comms or pre-mades.

So my next goal, along with collecting all of my items from all dungeons, will be adding people to my Friend List that I consider "high value". I play most of my keys during the day, and one of the biggest problems I am facing is the lack of players on the Alliance side in the early hours of the day, compared to the Horde side, where such a thing does not exist.

I hope this issue will be resolved with cross-faction play in the next expansion. 

Final Thoughts

I must admit, reaching 2,400 was harder than I had anticipated, mostly, due to my low item level gear combined with no Domination gear, and pre-mades. The challenge taught me to appreciate a lot more what I have.  Even if the gear was from Heroic Raiding, it was still a massive upgrade.

Another major concern was gold. I need to find ways of making gold to help me fund Mythic+ consumables. 

Stay tuned for the next episode, and thank you for reading!

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1 hour ago, Shengai said:

Very interesting. I wanted to read the "article" about the addons but the link must be broke cause I get 404 😉


I've fixed the link, thanks for letting us know.

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On 1/28/2022 at 3:10 PM, Petko said:

with no Domination gear

how much of a difference is it to play without domination sockets?

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4 hours ago, ResoWho said:

how much of a difference is it to play without domination sockets?

I can't speak with an exact %, but a 239 domination piece with a DPS socket, will do a lot more than 252 ilvl. Roughly around 3-5% bujt that's a napkin math!

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