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This Week in Raiding… Karathress and Cronies eat some floor!

August 23, 2008

Monday and Friday were both Zul’Aman raids.  There was a little drama regarding Monday, since not enough people had signed up, and no one wanted to volunteer to fill them empty spots (including me, Monday is my night off to gather supplies).  And there was a LOT of drama on Friday night, when the raid group (again, I was online but not raiding) was having problems downing Bear, and decided to go to Karazhan instead, pretty much ruining our scheduled Monday night raid for next week.  But I don’t want to get into that here and now.

We hit up SSC on Tuesday night.  Lurker went down with few problems, as usualy.  We decided to make our way to Leo the Blind, of course passing Hydross on the way as he taunted me with his chest piece, shoulders and ring that I so desperately need.  Last time we took a visit to Leo, it was kind of messy.  I was hoping we wouldn’t encounter the same problem this time – and we didn’t!  The problem with stopping DPS was complete history.  But we had a different problem.  The Leo fight was pretty smooth for the first 85% of the fight.  But every time we reached the 15% split, something happened.  We panicked.  People were running this way and that, getting hit with whirlwinds, everything was a big ugly mess.  We made a number of attempts, but it wasn’t going to happen.  At least last week, we managed to down him eventually.

Back to Tempest Keep on Wednesday.  I must admit, I almost dreaded going in there… I’m so tired of wiping on A’lar.  It’s getting very tiring.  But when we got to the big bird’s room, we just went right past.  And Brajana let out a sigh of relief.  Void Reaver and Solarian!  That sounds at least different, if not better.  I think I’ve only done Solarian a couple of times, and it’s been many many months since then.  But I figured it’d be nice to see her again so I can thank her for the boots!

We had a strange composition for Void Reaver, only two and a half (off tank druid in cat form) melee DPS in our entire raid.  Heck, that’s a strange composition for ANY encounter.  But we made it through after one unfortunate wipe caused by aggro pull by a ranged DPS.  He dropped lots of pants, and many people were excited, and we moved on to Solarian.  And I’ve decided that I love the Solarian fight.  It has some quiddity that makes me very excited to be in that room – I’ll have to narrow it down further.  In fact, I think I will dedicate an entire post just to that fight next week!

THURSDAY NIGHT! What an amazing raid night!  We went back to SSC to do what we had not done on Tuesday, take Leo down.  And we did!  Even though one of our mages was having serious connection problems, we took him down in one attempt.  And I got a shiny trinket!

We still had lots of time to spare though, so on to Karathress we ventured!  Karathress was the only one keeping us from being 5/6 and 3/4.  /glare.

We’d had a few sad attempts there in the past, but we were really gunning for it this time.  First attempt:  just over 1 minute and one of our tanks goes down.  Second attempt:  The same thing.  Uh oh, this is looking like a wipe-fest 😦  So we juggled the healers around a bit before the third attempt.  And then… BOOM!  Karathress and his henchmen are no more!  Screenshot!

But wait!  There’s more!  Unbeknownst to most of the guild, it was decided that since we were already done so early, we were going to take a little field trip to Mount Hyjal!

It was SOOO much fun!!  It’s really exciting to just have wave after wave coming, and even though we only made it to the 8th wave, we had a blast – I can’t wait to go back in!

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This week in raiding… Frost traps FTL!

August 16, 2008

Kara on Monday.  I was really hoping to go give it a try on Ferguson, see if I’m up to the task – I have almost 1300 +healz, which as far as I know means I am geared for it, but it was not to be 😦  I got rostered on my Hunter instead, even though I don’t really need any badges or gear from Kara.  Oh well, maybe next time.  It’s not very often that I’m available for a Kara night, but hopefully I’ll be able to give Ferguson a chance soon!  At least I got to be raid leader, which made it a bit more fun.

Things went pretty smoothly in Kara, but we were going a little slower than usual, not sure why.  Only had one wipe on Nightbane, but still by the time we got to Chess, we were already 45 minutes past normal raid time.  I was so tired, but people be needin’ their badges, so there was no rest for me… it would be rude of the raid leader to just up and leave.  Luckily we managed to find a replacement for Tigerfeet for Prince, so at least someone got to bed on time!  I got pretty scared when we got to Prince and one person had never seen the boss before and another had never played the role they were doing… I was not looking to have a wipe, I wanted to go to bed!  Luckily we got him down pretty smoothly on our second attempt, with probably THE best infernal placements I have ever seen!

Tuesday was SSC… had a few new people there, which always makes things interesting… we had a few people that got to learn first hand what the spout looks like!  Leo took us three tries, since we were having problems with people remembering to stop DPS during phase switches, and also a few people having problems getting their demons down.  But the third attempt made up for the trouble of the first two – it was going much more smoothly, but our DPS was still a little slow… at 2 or 3%, Leo hits his enrage timer – but we still manage to get him down.  He took out almost the entire raid in the few seconds that he was enraged, but we didn’t wipe!  It was quite a sight to see!

Wednesday was my birthday!  So I was not available to raid.  And from what I hear, it was probably a gift in itself that I wasn’t there to see it!  It was Gruul/Mag, which usually means we don’t have an ideal or adequate composition signed up.  From what I’ve heard, there was lots of wipes.  Never pretty.  No DST, either!

Thursday… Tempest Keep.  Probably one of the worst runs we’ve had in a long time!  I was a little late getting there, because I went out and bought myself a birthday present, but I made it back before pull time.  There were still a bunch of people missing at that point, and we didn’t even make the first pull until about 20 minutes in to raid time.  We were missing a tank and a CC or two, so the other hunter and I had to try to do some trapping.  Well, first pull… we BOTH used Frost traps instead of Freezing traps.  Whoops! And after that, it was resist, after break, after resist, etc… There were mobs running this way and that, making our raid look like a real hugger-mugger!  Trapping in 25-mans is a lot harder than trapping in 5-mans.  A lot.

We took way too long on trash, and we kept having to bring new people in and switch other people out… in the end, we had 2 and a half hours of raid time, and only managed to get Void Reaver down.  Yuck.  Not a pretty evening at all!

Friday was Kara again!  But this time… Fergy got to heal!  Oh man, I was soo nervous!  I have only healed 5-mans, and only 1 heroic (although it WAS Shattered Halls…) but I had no idea how to heal a 10-man.  Luckily we had a great group of people!  Tigerfeet and Houda, my FAVOURITE tanks were there and I asked the other holy priest to keep an eye out and give me any pointers she could.  Tigerfeet and I, along with a few other people in the group I think, were still learning the encounters (from the roles we were in, at least), and we made Tiger run the show so she could shine as a leader!  We only got to Curator, but I think it was a great experience.  Unfortunately, the only drop that I got was an offspec pair of gloves… but badges are always tasty.  I had a lot of fun, and I am pretty happy with the healing I did – I don’t think anyone died because of me, which is more than I can say for my Hunter this week in raiding!

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This Week in Raiding… Tidewalker Down!

August 9, 2008

I think I like doing regularly recurring posts.  So, I’m starting another one.  Saturdays I will post a “This Week in Raiding”, and Sundays will be “WoW Word of the Week”.  Let’s hope it doesn’t become banal!

I’m going to use this as something to recap what Unemployed, and more specifically, I achieved and accomplished in raids.  I figure this is a good week to start because Wednesday…

WE DOWNED MOROGRIM TIDEWALKER!

Unemployed Downs Tidewalker!

Unemployed Downs Tidewalker!

But let’s start with Monday.  Monday night was Zul’Aman night this week, and although I wasn’t there, I hear it got pretty exciting.  Considering we didn’t even have enough people signed up to fill a 5-man, with some pulls from the guild, ZA was still accomplished.  Even if a good portion hadn’t even been in the raid before, they did an excellent job.  I wasn’t present for it (it was a holiday – I was sleeping and eating, remember?) you can check out Secret Agent Cat for an excellent recap of the night.

Tuesday night we pulled together and headed to Serpentshine Cavern.  Lurker and Tidewalker were our targets.  We’ve been trying Tidewalker for a few weeks now, and we’re all getting antsy waiting to get a new boss down, it’s been over a month since our last progression kill!  Well, we got to Lurker and for the first time in a while, we got him down in one try.  40 minutes from first trash pull to our first 2x[Badge of Justice], not a bad time at all!

Well, we got to Tidewalker, and although our spirits and our hopes were high, our luck was not.  We made 6 excellent attempts, any of which could have taken him down if it wasn’t for little things like half of our healers being Watery Graved at once!  We were taking down those Murlocs a lot better than we ever had… butwe only managed Morogrim to get to 20%.

Unfortunately I wasn’t present for Wednesday‘s raid.  But from what I’ve heard/seen/read, Tidewalker went down pretty smoothly on the third attempt!  Congratulations to everyone who was there… I look forward to heading in and taking him down with you next week! For a better recap of the evening, check out what our Guild Leader Pilsner has to say over at From Cow to Chicken!  We’re working on Karathress now, and that should be lots of fun.

Thursday night, our roster was a little lacking in the numbers and roles we needed (like Tanks and such), so we decided to call it a Gruul/Mag run.  Guess it was a bit of a reward for doing such a great job on Wednesday!  We sped through all of Gruul’s lair in about 45 minutes, and as usual, there was no [Dragonspine Trophy].  As much as I would love that trophy, the day it drops will be a day of guild drama indeed – especially if there are no rogues who need it present.  But that’s a whole other story!

We took a 10 minute break and everyone eventually rounded up at Magtheridon’s Lair.  First off, I must comment on how much the vent chatter was driving me UP THE WALL that night!  We have a guild policy on keeping vent clear of chatter, but it’s a little lax when we are doing something we know so well as the trash in Mag’s Lair.

However… As I’ve stated before, I’m not really “into” the whole theorycrafting my character for level 80.  That is so far in the future for me, I don’t care right now how I’m going to spend my extra 10 talent points or which herbs are going to be most valuable, that’s something I want to figure out for myself when I am ACTUALLY playing through the expansion.  I don’t want to have it all planned out before it even hits the shelves!

That being said, if I don’t care about this stuff for MY character, I sure as heck care even less about how you are going to spec your Death Knight.  A good 30 minutes of being subjected to this kind of discussion that really is only between 2-3 raid members and I’d just about had it.

If you want to talk about it, use whispers.  Use guild chat.  Heck, use the raid channel, because then I can at least avoid reading it.  I am not proud of it, but I eventually had to resort to turning my vent off until we finally reached the boss.

Anywaaaay, back from my little rant… we wiped on Mag.  Twice.  It was sad really, but it wasn’t a DPS or healing or tanking problem… it was a cube-clicking thing!  I don’t blame anyone specific, and I’ve never had to deal with the pressure of being a clicker, but I do think it may have been a mistake to make a clicker out of the only person in the raid who had never seen the encounter before.

We got him eventually.  No 20-slot bag for me. /sadface.

Friday – More ZA.  I wasn’t there, I have no idea what happened… but I am sure it went smoothly!