The first random dungeon that I tried, with my Hunter of course, right after posting my To PUG or not to PUG article was The Culling of Stratholme. I chose the heroic option since I figured my gear was goodenough not to make a fool of myself. When I queued up for the random dungeon I was surprised how quickly I got the confirmation screen. That happened so fast, in fact, that I was busy doing something else and couldn't confirm it so I missed the first boat but got aboard the next one in the next couple of minutes.
I'm tellin' ya, this new LFG tool is to running a dungeon as a fast food is to a restaurant... or something.
My first random dungeon (and my second dungeon in WotLK) was The Culling of Stratholme. It was quite a welcome for me because I really enjoyed it. I have soloed Stratholme many times before, in fact it is one of my favorite Classic WoW dungeons. I also ran it plenty of time in the old days with my guild. But I'd never seen it how the city looked before the events of Warcraft 3. For me, this was a fantastic glimpse into the past. Stratholme looked entirely familiar but also new at the same time.
My first random PUG was very good. Those guys knew what they were doing and I believe they were all over-geared for this heroic. I did very well as ranged DPS and none of us died. The whole run lasted about 30 minutes. As I always do in these situations, I never told anyone that it was my first run and there was no need to. I followed the veterans and all was good.
After killing the last boss, Mal'Ganis, I even got the chance to roll a Need on the Reins of the Bronze Drake that he drops because no one else wanted it. So I found myself with a new mount that I now adore because it looks much cooler than my old Gryphon.
In all, it was a very pleasant experience and a casual introduction to pugging. I'm really glad I took the plunge and started using the LFG tool. Here are few achievements I won during this heroic:
Former WoW player, current Diablo 3 fanatic, I love the finer things in life such as PC games, beer and computers. While playing a good game is a spiritual experience, blogging about it is almost equally rewarding.