Anyone have any stories involving extreme luck? Have you ever gotten something that should have taken you way longer than it did? Stories that draw the ire of your friends and fellow collectors? I have a couple.
First, this is how I got my Minfernal:
I've been spending most my time in pet battles just searching for rares. I still don't have any pets leveled up to 25 at this point, just collecting them is enough fun for me right now. The majority of the pets are pretty easy to find, so just any rarity isn't enough, they have to be rare. The Minfernal is different though, just getting any rarity is a worthy quest. I'd been through Felwood searching a few times, but nothing really hardcore. So one day when I saw that they were doing rolling restarts on all realms I figured it was time to buckle down and be there for a restart to get one.
I made my way to Felwood and started looking for a good place to log in. I figured that any place with a few (non battle pet) critters might be a good place to find them when the servers came up, so I scouted around and found a spot and settled in to wait for the message saying the server would be going offline. After waiting around for a few minutes I saw the familiar paw appear on my minimap. After zooming down to check it out, I saw that it was merely a Tainted Rat. I battled it anyway, figuring that it beats just hovering around. This did reassure me that I had found a good spot though, and after the battle I resumed my wait. Several minutes later the paw again appeared on my minimap, and looking down, I saw what was definitely a Minfernal! I swooped down as quickly as I could, went into stealth (pvp server, no chances) and engaged it.
I came away with a poor quality Minfernal, but after all the horror stories I've read from people that have never even seen one, I decided this was a win. I didn't feel like camping out for one, and I'm sure the other people there were happier for slightly less competition when the server restart happened. If I want something better, I can come back at a later time when competition isn't quite as fierce or when (hopefully) the respawns for them are a little more reliable.
My next story isn't about a pet, but a mount:
Around the middle of Cataclysm, in a lull between patches looking for something to do, I thought I might try my luck at soloing Utgarde Pinnacle Heroic for the Blue Proto-Drake. I'd tried before, earlier in the expansion, but couldn't quite pull it off. Rogues aren't really known for their solo capabilities, but I figured I would try it once to explore the possibility. If it's not too bad, I could make a regular thing out of it.
Getting through the instance to the boss was no problem, I didn't even have to defeat the two bosses before Skadi. My first pull was disastrous, I went straight into trying to pull the boss down with the harpoons and he hopped down with a bunch of adds still up beating on me. I was able to vanish and reset the encounter though, so I figured I'd give it another go. This time I made sure to have the adds under control before shooting down the boss. I don't remember too much of the specifics of fighting him that time, just that it seemed to be no problem and I could probably do this every day until the mount dropped. But when I looted the boss I found that the mount had already dropped and I wouldn't have to do it again after all.
That mount is still one of my favorites, and every time I use it I think about my friend Chris saying he was going to kill me in my sleep.