Archive for July, 2009


What a wow!!

SO last night after a week with no raids the guys were just superb 😀

After three weeks of constant wiping on Hodir – we got him on attempt number 2 – our second Hodir kill!!  Very exciting 🙂  We one shot everything else and then went and had a play on the Iron Council, we are so close on that front, except I think at the end of the night after such a high from Hodir, people were starting to fade and not be on the ball…so tonight should be promising 😀  I am wanting to go to Thorim after Iron Council now instead of Freya, as Thorim sounds doable whereas Freya just scares the crap out of me to be honest, she sounds like a hell of a lot of work and so much going on….ARGGGHHH…I am not entirely sure we have a group that will succeed, but I guess we can only succeed if we try right?

I banned the use of recount/WWS stats from the guild as well last week in an effort to promote killing bosses and NOT personal DPS….as I said in my post to the guild, it doesn’t matter if you do 16k DPS….if the boss is up or you are dead, it has basically accounted to zero DPS….I wonder if it just a coincidence that the next week we raid after that announcement we one shot everything and 2 shot Hodir?  perhaps it was just a coincidence, but I can’t help thinking perhaps people were watching what they were doing and not where they sat on any meters…..

I know we used to push for people to do a certain amount of DPS, but that was more the game requiring more…so we did push them to watch their output and improve it, but I think that has just made it worse for everyone involved.

So we shall see, if the next few weeks end up much the same as this week with good clean kills and better group movement, then perhaps it was the right decision. It was not a permanent ban, some people did get angry with me for banning them, most though have made no comment to me yet, so if everything falls to shit again once the ban is over it will be an interesting little experiment 😀

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No raiding….woot?

Basically haven’t raided this week due to numbers, just people offline with RL things, which has been nice I have to admit. A nice week of not being pushed for success.

Next week will be back to normal I am sure, and I think most of the guildies were happy with a couple of nights off so they could do whatever they wanted 😀

Am looking forward to the patch actually, so many new things in this one…well for the pet collector in me there is lots of new stuff 🙂

Crusader :D

Ok, so it took me slightly longer than most, but well, they are very tedious dailies 😀

Am up to 18 titles now….just a little nuts if you ask me 😀  Have to find the next achievement I am going to go for….probably finish my cenarion rep…and my consortium….

Iron Council Strat

So far the best strat that has worked for us, is having our MT grab Steelbreaker and tank him near the front door, and an OT picking up Morogrim (or whatever his name is) and tanking him to the left hand side of the room. (Left hand as you are looking at them).  We don’t even worry about a tank on Brundir until after Steelbreaker is down.

Basically we pop heroism as soon as possible on Steelbreaker so we can get him down faster. We have one healer on Morogrim Tank and 1.5 on the Steelbreaker tank.  We send out .5 tank healer to help on Moro just as Steelbreaker is dying – approx 10% as the tank on Moro ends up taking more.  We all race over to Moro, with the Steelbreaker tank going and picking up Brunir.

Our last good attempts we got Brundir to about 50% before we just had too few alive.

The Runes of Death lived up to their name and just kept killing people.

Seems to work well for us, just hoping we can get some good practice in as I think this is a winner.

Hodir Strat

So basically our Hodir Strat is to remove all the NPC’s from the iceblocks – every time the flash freeze happens…get them out – starting with the mage of course 😀

We tank him in the centre of the circle on the ground and try and keep him as still as possible, so we don’t have to move around as much.  We don’t use a frost tank, and we don’t tank him up the back of the room.

Avoid the runes and priest for Mass dispel is super awesome 😀  We also don’t generally worry about the moonbeams very much and we focus more on the toasty fires.

Sounds easy on paper, much harder in practice 😀  It works for us 🙂

This weeks wrap up!

So Hodir finally bit the dust…no idea why he is so hard, but finally people got it together, so we went to try out Iron council as well and had Brunir to 50% before we all ended up dead…so basically they are doable as well.

For the sake of testing it out, we tried FL in hard mode tonight…all night….and well he is hard obviously, we have concluded though that our gear is just not up to standard of hard modes yet, so we ended the night by just killing him quickly so we have tomorrow and Monday to clear as much as possible.  We were however getting him down to about 39% each time with 9 people (we basically had one person dc every time we started the fight)  so I think for hard mode that is pretty good.  Well I say hardmode…we did him about 3 times on 4 towers up and fuck me!!  so we killed 2 towers and were doing ok…so more bosses and more gear and we should have that 😀  the biggest problem was our vehicles just didn’t have the health to sustain much damage….

So Thursday we clear to Iron council and have Monday for Hodir again – perhaps get him down faster this week 😀

All in all I am pretty happy with the outcomes 😀

Auriya Strat

Crazy cat Lady 😀  Evil bitch this one.

We use a few combos of strats out there, we have a hunter/immolation trap, DK/D&D, Pally/Consecrate etc to pull them over, we stand at the top of the stars and the end of their patrol and we hide 😀  We have an OT for the 2 cats and a tank for the boss. Generally our Prot warrior takes the 2 cats and our feral takes the boss.

We DPS one cat then the other, popping heroism at the start. If we are having a good DPS night, both cats will be down before the first scream, otherwise the second cat will be at approx 10% health and gets burned down pretty quickly once we get back.

We let the OT pick up the feral defender as much as possible and we don’t DPS it all, just let the general AOE splash damage kill it, at about 5% health we try and move it away from the boss and if not possible the tank starts moving the boss away for the void sphere that spawns.  once the defender is down we move the boss to the the other end of the platform not even very far really, enough that if people get feared it isn’t in the void zone.

Generally we get 2 spawns of the feral defender and only one void zone before the boss is killed.

Oh How I hate thee Hodir….

We wiped all night on Hodir, we got much better towards the end, and we were getting him consistently to approx 30% before too many of us were dead to beat the enrage timer.

However I was consistently sitting on about 3.5k DPS all night which made me pretty happy, I have to admit I did very little raid leading as was just watching my own toon more than I usually do, I have to admit though – I don’t think I have a choice in Ulduar.

and my best DPS for the night as follows 😀

5150

Thats my achievement score at the moment, I think considering I don’t do any PVP that’s an awesome number 😀

Need to do the dungeon ones, I have all the outlands dungeons needing to be completed.

75

My warrior is now 75 😀  

After too many years sitting on the sidelines, she is so close to getting to 80. I am pretty excited to be finally working on another toon.

It should hopefully only take me another week to get her the rest of the way, maybe 2 weeks since I will be raiding as well.