This post was going to be quite a bit different.
I had this thing? You know, the thing with the Cub? And I was totally going to report it.
Then this thing happened.
Trajar wasn’t able to make raid tonight, so I got called up off the bench. That’s what I asked for, to be put on idiot reserve, and so I warm a bench. Happily, I might add. Progression raiding is awesome fun, but requires a massive time commitment.
Anyway, so I got called up, and the first order of business was a first time raid attempt on heroic General Nazgrim.
A few tries on him, and we defeated him. HUZZAH!
A few words on Heroic General Nazgrim.
Heroic Iron Juggernaut is down, and we’ve tried on Heroic Dark Shamans, and the healing and AoE damage on that fight, even splitting with three tanks and managing Iron Tombs sucks.
Let me say that for posterity. FUCK Heroic Dark Shaman. Crazy out of control RNG timer bullshit URRGGGHHH.
A fight that will feel good once we are able to improvise on the fly for any weird ass timer combo. Until then, chaos.
But Heroic General Nazgrim? Completely controllable. Things are on a set schedule, and as long as you control adds properly and kill them like RIGHT NOW in the RIGHT ORDER, and face the sniper towards the wall away from the group, it felt very smooth.
Anyway. After that, we switched to normal, cleared the rest of Siege of Orgrimmar, and there was a ton of time left for the scheduled raid night.
The raid team has been working on old raid achievements when there is free time, so we went off to go after Heroic Lei Shen in Throne of Thunder.
The raid team worked on it a little last week, when I wasn’t there.
This week, boom, down goes Heroic Lei Shen. Titles for all! Satisfying boss kills, TWO new bosses down! Yay!
And then the secret chamber was unlocked and this happened;
Wow. The big one.
I mean, you only get to see this boss once Heroic Lei Shen is dead. Cut scene! RP text! Neat chamber!
We start talking about the fight, none of us remember shit about it. I barely remember seeing videos showing the world first kill team doing it in the center of the room. And balls, big balls everywhere hitting everyone in the face.
The raid leader yells, “We’re doing it live!” and in we run.
We died about ten seconds later to this interesting cataclysmic amount of damage, something like 10,000,000 each.
So folks read some spell stuff, and we talked for a few minutes, and the decision was made… we have ten minutes left in the raid night, so screw it, pull it and go great gonzo. And kill the blood adds, ignore the vita. And something something heroes.
So we did that, and every once in a while a lightning bolt would come out and zap someone and they would drop dead. Boom! Face, floor, floor, face. Have fun!
In fact, once Ra-Den hit 40% and went into ‘burn phase’ with all the balls, or whenever he started that phase, we were down quite a few people, but screw it, dig in and see.
Down Ra-Den dropped in health, but so did our members, until there were only three left; Pankration the monk tank, Pumpken the shaman healer and Callaghan the paladin healer.
One tank, two heals. 20% left to go.
Then 15%. 10%.
We counted down, and down, and down, and DAMN IF THEY DIDN’T TAKE RA-DEN ALL THE WAY!
So this happened;
Pretty amazing, and a testament to how awesome our tanks and healers are on this team. Never even came close to being in trouble, and Pankration put out some amazing DPS, ignoring all the adds and letting him just take the balls all by himself.
To be clear, it was Ra-Den taking all the balls, not Pankration. Thought I ought to, like, be more specific.
So we were excited. Our second pull ever, and Ra-Den is down? Wow!
And then this happened;
That… was a huge surprise.
All I can say is, way to go Band of Misfits on Azuremyst for kicking ass, and continuing to surprise me with how a bunch of people who are successful raiders can still be so nice, friendly, and fun without becoming flaming egotistical drama-queen asshats.
It can be done. It CAN be done.
It’s something special to have a place where when you log in, there is no stress. There is never a worry as to what drama may have happened while you were logged off, because there wasn’t any. Or if there was, it wasn’t between any of your friends. How incredibly, indescribably relaxing.
Plus successful raiding!
Also, bonus quote of the night; “So the way to do it is to ignore mechanics and go all-out on DPS.”
I do have one more thought.
Damn, I feel sorry for Trajar not being there tonight.
Good news is, they’ll do it all over again when he’s back! And even easier, because his DPS? Woo, puts mine to shame, everything will go that much smoother once he’s back on board.
Started the night thinking “I wonder if we’ll be able to get this boss down” and ended on a heck of a special surprise guest boss appearance.
I love this game.
Oh yeah, and seriously. Screw Heroic Dark Shaman.
Ooh, bonus quote of the night.
Lynn; “I wonder how many other guilds are wondering why they haven’t gone back and killed heroic Lei Shen and Ra-Den before now?”
Tom; “All of them.”
Quoted for truth, get your butt in Throne of Thunder in your fancy new gear and get you some Ra-Den thunder god mojo, man.