In the 25-man raid on Wednesday night, Traxy got Festergut’s Acidic Blood to go along with Rotface’s Acidic Blood, which are the two raid drops necessary to complete the quest The Sacred and the Corrupt. With Leafie's generous donation of 15 primordial saronite, the purchase of 5 more with frost emblems, 4 from the AH and one from another guildie, Traxy had the quest complete and now has herself Shadow’s Edge.
side note: How awesome is it to have a friend who will just give you 15 primordial saronite? I didn’t ask her — she offered. Even taking a bit of a discount off of AH prices, they are still worth on the order of 10k gold. It’s the equivalent of handing someone Quel’delar. I feel like I haven’t said this enough: Leafie is awesome.
Now I just have to find her an RP dress.
I want to take a moment to admire the weapon that has fallen into Traxy’s lap. I’d like to compare it with Bryntroll, the Bone Arbiter. Bryntroll is a weapon that dropped from Marrowgar on Wednesday night, and which I could have won with a roll of 24 or higher. I didn’t roll on it because 1) it would have been only a six item level upgrade, and 2) I was hoping for Bloodvenom Blade from Saurfang or the Bile-Encrusted Medallion from Rotface. As it happened, both the Bloodvenom Blade and Bile-Encrusted Medallion dropped. I lost the former but won the roll on the latter, which was a huge upgrade over the Fossilized Ammonite Choker I had been using. Given that I was only going to get one drop, this was the best result possible for me, and I came out of the raid very happy. (Imagine if I had won Bryntroll, then had to pass up a chance on both of the next two items, only to replace Bryntroll with Shadow’s Edge after the raid. That would have been horrible.)
But anyway, back to the comparison. As compared to Bryntroll, Shadow’s Edge has:
- +24 Stamina
- +16 Strength
- +92 Armor Pen
- +92 Crit
- +71-106 weapon damage
It’s hard to evaluate the effect of Bryntroll’s proc. I have never been all that interested in theorycrafting melee classes. What I do know is that with Shadow’s Edge, I have more health and slightly more parry. My melee damage will be higher, and my Death Strikes and Heart Strikes will do more damage because of the additional weapon damage. If Bryntroll is itemized properly and the proc balances out the extra stamina, strength, armor pen and crit, I’d still rather have the latter. Shadow’s Edge is just a far superior tanking weapon because of the 3.7 speed alone.
I noticed this quite a bit when we went up against Sindragosa Thursday night. On that fight, Sindragosa has a chance of putting a stacking debuff on you every time you hit her. With Shadow’s Edge, I noticed that the buff stacked a lot less often than it had before, which I attribute to the slower speed of the axe. It’s an ideal weapon for that fight.
But back to Shadow’s Edge and on to the title of this post.
Acquiring Shadow’s Edge puts one on a long questline, toward the end of which one acquires Shadowmourne. The first quest after acquiring Shadow’s Edge is called A Feast of Souls. The objective of this quest is to “use Shadow’s Edge to slay 1000 of the Lich King’s minions in Icecrown Citadel.” The quest itself suffers from the observation that in a full clear of ICC, you will not encounter anywhere near 1000 minions, but we can ignore that for now. I just want to record my observations about what does and does not count as a minion for this quest. The following observations are from the run on Thursday night, which started with Blood Queen Lanathiel and proceeded to attempts on the Lich King.
- A mob’s death will not count unless the mob is struck by a single-target attack. Striking a mob puts a debuff on the mob which will count toward the quest when the mob is killed. AoE attacks like Death and Decay or Blood Boil do not put this buff on multiple targets. Chains of Ice, however, does put the debuff on the target.
- Severed Essences from the Val’kyr circling the upper spire do not count.
- Trash Mobs in the Blood Wing do count, except for the beasts that are summoned by them.
- Blood Queen Lanathiel does count.
- The mobs leading to Sister Svalna do count, including the conjured ymirjar.
- Svalna’s “reinforcements” do not count.
- Trash mobs on Valithria Dreamwalker do count.
- The large arachnids in Sindragosa’s gauntlet do count, as to the vrykul that spawn in the middle of the event.
- The small arachnids in Sindragosa’s gauntlet do not count.
- The frost whelps on Sindragosa’s balcony do count.
- Rimefang and Spinestalker do not count.
- Sindragosa does count.
- None of the adds on the Lich King fight count.
- The Lich King does not count.
I’m trying to figure out what rules Blizzard followed when determining whether a mob counts, and I can’t seem to come up with them. Perhaps after I do the front part of the instance, it will become clear.