One of the things we’ve gotten back into doing is trying to schedule a Retro Raid every Wednesday, for no other reason than fun.
It’s an opportunity for anyone to suggest an old school raid they’d like to do… and I welcome guildies that want to lead a raid to step up and volunteer. We have two raid leaders, Graimerin and the team of Cassie and I (Cassie and I count as one raid leader… you don’t want to know how bad I’d be without her research skills and notes), and Pushpin has volunteered to take some on when he can.. but why prevent other people from having the fun and trying it on?
So you might say Wednesday nights are our Open Mike Night at the Sidhe Devils comedy club.
Case in point, next week we have one of the guild founders, Melpo, stepping up to lead a Blackwing Lair raid for giggles.
But that’s for next week.
Let’s talk about this week.
I put a retro raid up for tonight… a little Mount Hyjal action.
Understand, Cassie and I never set foot in Mount Hyjal before. We also never did Tempest Keep, Black Temple, Sunwell, never cleared Serpentshrine, etc…
We never cared to do most of the other stuff, but what we have heard of Mount Hyjal and Black Temple actually sounded fun. They sounded like epic encounters, laden with lore, majestic stories, sweeping vistas, battles worthy of the sagas.
So what if the loot is of no use to an 80… we always wanted to take a gander and see it for ourselves.
So Cassie and I REALLY wanted to finally step inside Mount Hyjal and see it up close and personal.
Tonight, we entered Mount Hyjal, a guild run of 14 folks.
Of the group, only two of us had ever set foot inside, Algernon and Neehi. They provided some tips on what to expect or what they had done before. For the most part, we all read up on encounters from the Wowwiki entry on the raid instance.
We entered with two designated tanks, four healers, and eight DPS. We expected a pretty strenuous battle.
Only a few people in our group had gear from 25 man Naxxramas, most of us are proudly wearing our phat 10 man Naxx and Heroic loot.
We tore through the place.
The first four bosses were extremely cool. We decided on strats, we cleared trash, we saw awesome vistas, and we kicked boss butt.
It was pretty unexpected. I figured we would certainly get past a few bosses, but since we really had no previous experience as a group in there, I didn’t expect to make much true progress towards clearing it our very first night ever in there.
But we never even came close to having a wipe on the first four bosses. We only had two die from Doom on the fourth boss, and the third one died from Doom after the boss had already toppled.
For Archimonde, the last boss, we took a break for treats, to put children to bed, and to pet cats.
Then, we got serious.
It was at precisely that moment that BOTH of our experienced players had to leave the run, right at the same time.
Now, this caused a teensy weensy bit of consternation amongst the group. What did they know that we didn’t? And could we even 12 man the last boss of the Battle for Mount Hyjal, wearing mostly 10 man gear? That sucka was supposed to be a mighty tough hombre.
Granted, the people we have in the guild are wonderfully skilled, dedicated, pay attention, and care about what they’re doing. That’s all great, but there is still such a thing as a reality check when trying to take 12 comparatively undergeared and totally inexperienced raiders up against the final boss of Mount Hyjal in Tier 6 content, cold.
But I asked all of them to read the Wowwiki strat to themselves, and let me know if they were pretty cool with it.
Awesome folks they are, they said yes, and we all worked out a plan.
We went after him…. there was flame crawling across the ground, bodies flying through the air, marks and explosions and great bloody trees on fire… it was mass hysteria!
We wiped the first time in about .2 seconds.
Apparently, we did not prevent him from reaching the tree the first time, because we didn’t know to, like, do that.
The second time, we pulled him to the side of the mountain… and it sucked because he was all up in the foothills amidst the trees, there was poor line of sight, the fields of fire were obstructed, it was a massive pain to manuever, everywhere you looked the flames were all over the ground on the half of the valley we were trying to stand on. We got him to 24% and wiped.
The third time…. ah, the third time.
We pulled him and tried to hold him in the center of the clearing on the other side of some tree stumps.
Not too shabby for a bunch of non-raiders, huh?
This, to me, was more fun than Naxx, to be honest with you. The raid was full of amazing imagery, great encounters, fun mechanics, and good times. It didn’t take that long to do, and while there wasn’t much of value in terms of loot, the experience was awesome.
And yes, that is my Spirit Beast, Moonlight, at level 79, getting a taste of Archimonde.
Turns out he tastes a lot like chicken. Who knew?
We’re gonna do it again in two weeks, and maybe after that, if we get the turn out, hey… maybe Black Temple?
Oh, and while there isn’t MUCH of value, there is still some.
Now that dual specs are live, those of us that play the more relaxed game have toons that could stand some loot for an off spec. Others have toons still leveling. And others have toons that actually CAN use upgrades from there.
Case in point, it turns out that the Tier 6 helm that Cassie won for her Rogue last night, the Slayer’s Helm, is an upgrade over her old helm. And it looks right wicked, to boot.
She also got the Claw of Molten Fury, which she took as an RP piece. It looks dead sexy. Hopefully the off hand version will drop too, some other run. Wouldn’t that be cool?
Seriously, we are still doing other stuff that is current content, we have Naxx Spider and Plague scheduled for tomorrow, and Construct and Military for Saturday.
It’s so nice to see something fresh and new to us, though. Something that doesn’t have the smell of desperate struggles for progression and a confirmation of digital self-worth surrounding it, like Ulduar does at the moment.
Hmmm… will we someday be Sunwell raiders? While the rest of the WoW universe destroys Ulduar on hard mode?
Ahh, how I love the thought.