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A Tribute to Skill October 23, 2009

Filed under: Raiding — Pookies @ 8:45

RAWR! Last night EoTS finally cleared TOGC with a really messy Anub kill! We were having some major issues with the healability of P3, and last night we had a couple of sub-10% wipes. Our tanks died on our kill. Our shadow priest Dispersion-tanked the adds. Our hunter Deterrence-tanked Anub. It was down to two DPS at very low health and I’m pretty sure we all thought it was a wipe when the achievements flashed up on our screen.
 

 
We managed to finish with 37 attempts left, which means we gots an extra weapon and a couple of Trophies. We managed to snag the following heroic weapons this run: Blade of the Silver Disciple for me (!!!), Reckoning for our DK tank Balion, Fordragon Blades for our hunter Karazorel, and Lothar’s Edge for our retadin Allrik.
 
It’s great to have finally downed TOGC, and the fact that we got a bunch of useful loot doesn’t hurt, either! Here’s the parse from last night. There are bits of missing data here and there because I kept on getting disconnected, but the Anub kill is there.

 

Finally, some progress October 16, 2009

Filed under: Raiding — Pookies @ 11:43

We had not made any progress in weeks. We had been spending most of our time getting Ulduar hard modes down for people who still needed them for their GotUR metas since we were making zero progress on heroic Faction Champions.
 
Heroic Faction Champions has caused a lot of frustration in our guild. None of us could figure out why we sucked so hard at it (not even taking one of the opposing team down). Tensions were running far too high. It seemed that every new idea we tried just flopped.
 
Last night we finally got them down, and I wish I could tell you why. But I can’t. We tried to use the pet healing exploit, but even that didn’t seem to work too well. I know for a fact that our CC was shit and that our healing was not assigned. I guess you’re just bound to get it down if you try enough times.
 
Kill order: resto shaman -> healy priest -> rogue ret paladin -> lock -> balance druid
 
We definitely identified the shaman’s Healing Stream Totem has being the most dangerous thing in this fight. It was outhealing the shaman and priest’s healing combined. After killing the shaman, it was all about survival. One of our DKs swapped at that point to focus exclusively on shutting down one of the enemy melee (previous to that I believe we were simply cycling some Chains on the melee between our two DKs). We finally got it and we were happier than pigs in mud. Parse.
 
We struggled for a bit with the Val’kyr. We had melee and healers on the “inside” with one colour, while ranged were “outside” with the opposite colour trying to soak while doing DPS. That did not work. We had low DPS, people were getting hit by the little orbs anyway, and with our losses we could never get the shields down in time and the Twins would heal.
 
After four or five attempts, we decided to try a burn strategy instead (more in-line with our strategy for normal). Everyone took one colour, and we stood at the opposite-coloured portal and did our thing. On our kill we just got lucky and only had to burn down one shield.
 
We got them down. I managed to push almost 7500 HPS by using my mind-numbingly boring RJx5-WG rotation. (In 10-man since you only have two groups to worry about you can use every third RJx5 spot in the cycle to put RGs on the tanks or Nourish spam.)
 
We did get Anub about five tries and have learned how to get through P1 very reliably and set up for getting Anub to P2 in two surface phases. Now we have to perfect P2 and P3 … and hope that we can down Faction Champs again next week.

 

In heroic TOC, Faction Champions assist trains you! October 1, 2009

Filed under: Raiding — Pookies @ 9:58

And don’t they? We still can’t seem to develop a workable strategy for getting past these guys, and it is starting to wear on our members. Part of it is that we don’t seem to ever have a great comp for controlling the enemy team. The other side of it is failure to see what we do have and therefore not using it when it could make the difference between a breakthrough and just another failure. There is simply too much emphasis on damage and not enough on damage control. Also, not being able to cast Cyclone in TOL really sucks.
 
We have been going back through Ulduar and grabbing achievements for people so they can finish their GotUR metas. We managed to down Yogg-3 a second time, which was a good feeling.
 
I picked up a Trophy of the Crusade a couple of weeks ago in a TOC-25 PUG, and I finally gathered up the 75 Emblems of Triumph I needed to turn it in for my balance helm. Just call me birdman.