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A Raid Too Far’Aman

It is Monday, right? Sorry for the “lateish” post, but I was working on Episode 4 of TNB.  Finally it is up so I can get back to serious business… :P

Friday night we were supposed to finish up Gruul’s but, like last week, we didn’t have the peeps to do it.  So, another Kara run was started up and Fhuun was invited in to heal. He can actually use the badges (I’m really close to getting that nice Mace…) so that was fine with me.  We had a particularly interesting party setup which you can read about here (no sense on re-inventing the wheel).  We did a pretty good job and then after the Curator I had to logout to interview Bear:)

Saturday was the big day. My second leading of the Zul’Aman raid. We got the group together pretty quickly and headed in. We were trying for the timed run (at least to the first boss), but we wiped on the last trash pull.  We tried to let the tanks each take 2 of the mobs, but they were just overwhelmed.  So, we did some CC once we got back in, but we were left with too little time to get the boss down.  We wiped once on the big bear boss (hmm…)  , Nalorakk, and then headed over to the gauntlet before Akil’zon. We got the Eagle boss down the first try though (and no problems in the gauntlet either). 

WoWScrnShot_061508_002829I decided we were going to head over to Jan’alai and that is when the pain started.  We had only done this set of trash once and we had a few bad pulls and a few missteps, but we finally made it to the boss. Once again, we had only seen him once before and not everyone in the raid had been there.  I explained the fight as best I could and we moved in. During one of our attempts we actually got him down below the 35% mark… and forgot about the fact he hatches all the eggs that are left… ooops.. All of us go boom..

The main saving grace on this boss is that he is resettable.  We had to quit around 12:30am my time, but I am pretty certain that this fight is doable with this group.  Next week, I think we are going to sub out one of the 2 warriors for a pally tank. Oh yeah, we had:

  • 2 Warriors (Tanks, Duh..)
  • 3 Healers (Druid, Paladin, Priest)
  • 5 DPS (2 Hunters [inc. Fimlys, woot], 1 Shadow Priest [LJ], 1 Warlock and a Mage)

DeadAgain_061508_003325 This was a pretty good group. I think swapping out for a pally tank will help us overall though. Next week, we’re getting Jan’alai down! After the run ended, I went to finish recording the podcast.

Sunday was father’s day and I spent most of the day away from the computer. That evening I logged in and a continuation of the Kara run from Friday was commencing. Fhuun joined up and we did fine on Chess (duh) and the Prince. Then Netherspite kicked our butts until we quit and went down to tackle Nightbane. We finally got Nightbane down, I don’t remember if we one shot him or not, and then went on to the Maiden. Our tank wasn’t so sure about this fight since she has a silence effect (tough for Paladin tanks) but we handled it without much effort. Obviously there was nothing that dropped for Fhuun except for badges.

Anzu_061608_011847 After the Kara run, a group of us got together and ran Heroic Sethekk Halls. Which was not only the Daily Heroic, but I also needed to kill the first boss for the quest to summon Nightbane. Frya came along since she was the one needing the quest and we had 2 mages, a warrior and a priest. Have to say our DPS was not lacking! The only place we had any problem was on the last boss and some misfortunate happenings that kept us wiping. We even went back and killed Anzu, but no mount dropped (oh well).

Tonight is the PvP and “Off” night. We’ll pick up the raiding schedule again tomorrow. For now, I must go. That’s all I gotz. Peace folksies.

Don’t Follow The Shadow Priest

Here is a little bit of wisdom from last night, I need to impart upon my children. When faced with the prospect of peer pressure, I will ask, “If a shadow priest jumped off a bridge, would you?”.  Last night, Jess went up to the bridge before the back entrance to Kara at the start of the raid.  Our MT decided to put himself on /follow with her and go AFK. She proceeded up the stairs and then was reminded that we could port up to the Shade’s room because we killed him last night. Cursing under her breath she proceeded to then jump and “levitate” down to the ground so she could go into the front door.

The tank finally gets back from AFK to exclaim, “Whoa! How did that happen?”. It turns out that he dutifully Followed Jess off the bridge! She lost a tank and she wasn’t even healing.. So, children, remember this well.. Don’t ever put a shadow priest on /follow….  It can be detrimental to your health. 

PilFyra_061208_210756 So, yeah, we were back in Kara for night #2. If we got through the rest of the bosses, then Fyra would have all 150 (exactly) Badges of Justice to pick up the Scryer’s Blade of Focus. After the events of the story above, we ported up and headed to the Chess Event. We had a few little mishaps on the way.  One was pulling 3 of the consortium-type dudes in the big round room at the same time!!

We also picked up both of the ones up by Netherspite also at the same time. So, Chess was easy and then we headed to the Prince.  We had a few odd bugs (or just bad timing) things happen. One big one was an Enfeeble right before his axes came a calling to the rest of the raid. Both healers were Enfeebled and the axes one shot each of them. I popped out of Moonkin to start healing (the prot pally we had was offline) and was doing okay until I ran out of mana. I popped an innervate and a mana pot and when I tried to cast a heal, the tank was out of range.  That delay was enough for him to go down and so did the rest of us.

PrinceTime_061208_225124 Luckily the pally logged back in just then and rezzed us all.. :) Lol, does that still conut as a wipe? We did finally get him down the next time and then headed down to Netherspite. This fight went fine. I got to take the 2nd 1/2 of the first red beam in the rotation again. Actually, I think we wiped the first time (or did we? Ugh.. the memory, she is going).

We then took a header off the stairs (an accidental pull of some odd respawns in the way) and made our way down to Nightbane.  He was a nightMARE in all reality.  We usually can do alright, but it took quite a few tries to finally get him down.  And on that try, the MT died pretty quickly and the OT picked him up and held him for the rest of the fight.  I also died around the last of the flight sections. But he died, and that is what matters. I got the Uni-Mind Headdress (I think it was karma since I passed on the T4 head token to the bear tank…)

FyraDead_061308_003800 Back in and over to Maiden and we got her down in one shot without any issues. All in all, I picked up a ring ( Ring of Recurrence ) and the headpiece and a few badges.. But.. I was 2 badges short! We didn’t kill Illhoof! Um.. what do I do? I really wanted to get that dagger tonight.. “/t Piladden Wanna go do a quick Heroic Mech run after this?”…  “Um, ok…”.  So, we found a few others and we set off to get my other badges… (Yeah, it was pretty late by then, but I NEEDED THAT DAGGER!!!!)

Off to Mech we went and it generally went great. We had 3 pretty good DPS and enough CC to handle the groups well enough. We ended up clearing the whole place and I then ported back to Shat to pick up my shiny dagger. I got the Spelldmg enchant and am now over 900 +spelldmg. I think self-buffed I am at 902. My spell hit rating is up to 118 so I am getting closer..

Mech_061308_014221 Was VERY late by that time and so I logged out. Tonight is the continuation of us beating our heads against Gruul (Hmm, maybe that is what we are doing wrong.. We should use weapons maybe).  Hopefully we can get him down quick and move on to clear trash in SSC. Tomorrow night I lead the Zul’Aman run. We moved it to Saturday to see if we could get more “appropriately geared” people to come. I will now leave you to your RL/WOW pursuits! May your loot be pentiful…

Breaking the Karapace

Well, we didn’t exactly break records, but we did pretty well.  Yeah, I’m talking about.. Kara! Fyra got another shot at getting to her 150 badges (and possibly some loot) last night. She is getting very close to that awesome SpellDmg Dagger from IoQD.

The Kara run went well. We got down Attumen, Moroes, Opera (Big Bad Wolf), Curator and Shade of Aran.  Fyra actually cleaned up… Kinda.. She got lots of Kitteh gear.. Don’t think I’ll ever go Feral, but if I do, I have plenty of gear ready for it! We had a fun time and although there were delays here and there, we did it fairly quickly. From Attumen I did get the Bracers of the White Stag. Hooooray!

Shade_061208_004326 There is some new stuff going on over at the Twisted Nether Blogcast. We are working on a Wiki to track WoW Bloggers, Utilities, etc. Phaelia from Resto4Life has joined as a contributor and will be putting up posts about the Blog Azeroth Shared Post Topics.

Tonight is the continuation of Kara. Hopefully things continue to go smoothly and if we clear it, Fyra can go get her dagger.. (WOOT!) Then I just have to find the mats to get all this new stuff enchanted.  Could the Mats for SpellDmg on Bracers be any more CRAAAAZY!

JessRunning

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