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Die, you stupid troll, die

Posted in Achievements, Raiding, Tanking with tags , , , , on October 14, 2012 by Aeliel

Gara’jal heroic down.

Oh. My. God.

So proud of everybody in our guild, you have no idea. This fight is such a tight DPS race, especially in 10-man. Likely to get much, much easier with gear, but right now we don’t have the gear… so it was very, very, very tight. How tight? That yell he’s doing in the screenshot is his berserk mechanic, a spell that instantly wipes the raid. He started casting it and fell over a half second later.

Dropped Sollerets of Spirit Splitting (yay!) and Circuit of the Frail Soul.

Realm first! And according to WoWProgress right now, world 30th 10-man, 60th overall. Unsurprisingly, we’ve gone from being the underdog guild nobody really cared about to the guild everybody’s itching to join.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeee. *bounces*

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It’s been a long time coming

Posted in Achievements, Druid, Raiding, Tanking with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by Aeliel

This is not the post I was originally going to make. That post had a few screenshots of me turning the rest of my raid group into bunnies throughout yesterday evening, and the reactions.

This post? Well…


Madness HM is finally dead.

Without the nerf.

We got very close yesterday after swapping out a shadow priest and swapping in an arms warrior for the extra slow on the phase 2 blood, with several 2% wipes. “Okay, we’ll get him tomorrow, this works” we told ourselves.

Today, our warrior informed us that he had an eye infection, and couldn’t raid. Cue a collective groan and facepalm, because our bad luck on this fight has been legendary. Seriously, it’s like we were cursed.

Witness:

– A shadow priest trial, key to our original strategy, decided he wasn’t enjoying his shadow priest and wanted to go back to his previous main, and quit without warning.
– Our main tank and our second healer quit on the same day, again with no warning, citing too much stress and lack of enjoyment.
– A death knight trial just… stopped showing up to raids.
– A hunter got himself poached by another guild (apparently being with a guild for a month and going from 4/8HM to 7/8HM with them doesn’t make them deserving of your loyalty).
– An elemental shaman trial decided that raiding five days a week was just not for him, after barely a week of raiding.
– A balance druid disconnected mid-raid, then logged the day after and quit the guild, again with no warning, with the only explanation being “it’s for the good of the guild”.
– Our amazing second mage had a sudden attack of massive real life issues, rendering him unable to raid for quite a while (he’s still not back).

Add to that various real life issues, illnesses, injuries, connection deaths, power cuts, computer deaths, and so on (you have no idea how many raids we had to cancel or cut short because a key member of the raid couldn’t attend).

So we sighed, swapped the shadow priest back in, arranged for our rogue to be our second slow, and prepared ourselves for an evening of wipes.

And then we promptly two-shot it.

Bonus screenshot (Drexi being our warrior with the eye infection, who had to sit out):

It dropped No’Kaled for our lovely enhancement shaman, Kiril for me (which puts me three items from full BiS gear, four counting a ring I’ve been passing to every other agility user in the raid because crit/haste is ew – why yes, I am ridiculously lucky)… and the rare Blazing Drake in addition to the 100%-drop Life-Binder’s Handmaiden.

We’ve had the Blazing Drake drop once before. A social member won it. I promptly bought it off him for 30k gold and gave it to Alieth. (Because nothing says “I love you” like giving your significant other a ridiculously rare mount. ;))

Karma and the RNG gods came through, and I rolled a 97 on it, which made me quite happy.

And then Alieth rolled a 90 on the other mount, which made him quite happy.

And then we went to Firelands to kill Ragnaros HM for the mount (and some upgrades, such as the necklace off Staghelm for our mage and the necklace off Ragnaros for me), and I rolled a 70 on that, and nobody else rolled higher than 37. Which made up for the two times I lost it rolling 95+.

It’s been a good night!

Oh god still shaking

Posted in Achievements, Druid, Raiding, Tanking with tags , , on February 22, 2012 by Aeliel

Turns out raiding 4 hours a day, 5 days a week is fairly incompatible with writing regularly on a blog, at least coherently. (I have a bunch of half-written posts I should just complete and hit “Publish” on, but I’m far too self-conscious about my writing.)

That is, however, not what this is about.

I have had, historically, extremely bad luck with raiding at the end of expansions. Didn’t see Kel’thuzad in Vanilla (the guild I was in at the time barely managed to kill Razuvious), didn’t kill Kil’jaeden in TBC (killed up to pre-nerf Twins, then the guild I was in imploded), and didn’t kill HM Lich King in WotLK (I did kill HM Halion 10man, but then we had guild implosion of the worst kind). When Dragon Soul was announced, I was in a tiny little guild that struggled to get 2HM down in Firelands, so I figured I would – at best – kill NM Deathwing and maybe HM Morchok, and that would be it.

Then Reunion started, and, well…

On our first reset, we ended up with 3/8HM (wiped a bunch on Hagara, then just killed her and the rest on NM).

On our second reset, we wiped a bit more on Hagara, then killed her and just pushed over Ultraxion.

On our third reset, we killed Blackhorn.

Then we started wiping on Spine. Wipewipewipewipewipe–

Fourth reset, clear to Spine, wipewipewipewipe–

Fifth reset, clear to Spine, wipewipewipewipe–

Second to last day of the reset, we had a shortened raid. (My mother is visiting, just for a couple of days, and “Sorry mom, I’d rather raid than spend time with you” doesn’t really work.) Wipewipewipewipe–

On the last few wipes of the night, we changed the tactic slightly, and something seemed to just click. Suddenly we went from dying horribly shortly after the second plate gets pried up, to dying horribly just before the very last tendon exposure phase. We extended the raid for one hour, wipewipewipewipe–

Last day of the reset. Shortened raid, again, same reason.

One wipe to a stupid mistake. One fairly close wipe. One incredibly dumb wipe to a series of stupid mistakes. One very close wipe. One wipe to a stupid mistake…

And yes, we screamed on Vent. A lot. I half expect my mother (who was asleep two closed doors away) to ask me, tomorrow, what exactly we were screaming so much about.

This feels so good. (Even though we got mildly useless loot. The cloth gloves made one of our mages very happy, but the strength trinket went for offspec. Sigh. At least the paladin it went to actually uses his Ret offspec for Spine, so it’s all good.)

And yes, we’re most likely extending the raid and seeing about getting Madness HM down. :D