Our merry little band went into ICC 25 person Sunday evening for the last official night of achievement runs. If a member had been fortunate enough to be able to go every week, then this would be the last run for the last achieve… before we do a makeup week, anyway.
As usual, we started a half hour early to pop off some Sartharion with all drakes up, and it started things off with a big surprise.
I was already at Wyrmrest Temple, and I began inviting to the raid group from within the sanctum, hovering just outside the portal to the raid instance.
As the invites went out, the airspace within the temple sanctum grew crowded with raid members.
Wait a minute…
We formed a cross-server Alliance raid group, and while in the open world, as a member joined the group, they joined the real world environment we all shared.
The cross-server zones are active with patch 5.0.4, and one of the side effects is to allow cross-server raid groups to meet in the real world, not just in a raid instance!
You know what this meant?
We can use the summoning stones in a cross-server raid to summon people!
That was just… that blew me away.
Do you remember my one big complaint? That with the loss of “Have Group Will Travel”, cross-server raid groups like ours would be hosed, unless they put the summoning stone inside the instance?
Well, Blizzard went me one further, and let cross-server raid groups meet wherever the heck we want… as long as it ain’t in a capital city.
Any world zone that can be cross-server, is now effectively a shared zone for your raid.
Totally flabberghasted. Didn’t see that one coming!
At any rate, last Sunday a week ago we cleared all of ICC 25, up to the Dreamweaver, in preparation for tonight. A little over an hour later, and the Lich King lay dead (re-dead?) at our feet, and for many of us, the final achievement was finally won.
My thanks to all of those who came with us, who forged a group out of such wild, untamed creatures as us Hunters and Druids (with the token class here and there. We even had Thelandira on her Warlock last night!) and brought us to victory.
It was a long time in coming, but here they are, your Glorious Icecrown Raiders!
Once it was all over, someone had the brilliant idea of taking advantage of the new cross-server zone and raid thingie phenomena to go do a flying mount photo shoot outside the gates of Stormwind. Elwynn Forest was host to a lot of frozen chickens tonight!
Other players started getting in on it, which is fine, but we wanted just a few more with the team, so Laia, our long-suffering and masterful main tank (and Guardian Druid) found us a nice ledge just off to the side, and so there we perched… and I see someone managed to get a big frozen chicken butt in the picture. Sigh.
This marks the successful completion of the first ever BBB Cross-server Raid of Awesome People… or CRAP, for short.
This was so much fun, I think we’re going to keep doing these on Sunday evenings, for as long as folks are interested in showing up.
Next Sunday, we will be doing a one-shot, a blast into Ahn’Qiraj 40, to kill that bastard C’thun.
The week after, we will be doing a single makeup run of ICC 25 for a few of the achievements some folks are missing, such as Neck Deep in Vile.
Here is a new announcement for everyone!
If you have not been a part of this series of runs and would like to be involved in the future, simply send me a friend invite at my Battletag, BigBearButt#1737.
There is no obligation… but I do intend to do Ulduar 25 full achievement runs in the very near future, and after that and we’re all level 90, who knows? Do I see some Bastion of Twilight? Some Firelands?
Just not Heroic Spine. Dear god, no Heroic Spine.
Something old, something new, something not too tired, something quick to blow through?
Congratulations, my friends.
Tonight, we accomplished something that took effort, planning and persistence, and it really paid off. Thank you to everyone!
Hi ho, silver frozen chicken butt, and awaaaaay!