Last night was raid night, and our first order of business was to head over to Baradin Hold (with 20 minutes left before the battle) and do an Argaloth take down. With Argaloth’s death, I got the 1000 Valor Point achievement, and …
Yeah!!! World one millionth and guild third!!! For serials though, I mostly gave up on achievement point collecting in the middle of WotLK when I decided to stop playing as much. Thanks to the slew of new achievements that came with Cataclysm, I was able to finally reach nine thousand achievement points rather easily.
After Argaloth and knocking out Halfus (we knew we’d get whelps since it was discovered that which adds are up is not random), we decided to head over to Throne of the Four Winds to try our hand at the Conclave of Winds, a Four Horseman-type encounter where three Djinns must be killed within 60 seconds of one another.
As the “instant casts healer,” I was stuck on the Rohash platform. Rohash is the most trivial of the three platforms. He deals low damage to random raid members on his platform, and when everyone else is doing their ultimate he does a version of Malygos’ toilet bowl thinger … but it only ticks for 2 500 damage per tick and then plops you down for about half of your health bar in fall damage. It’s not very challenging since your DPS generally runs off to split the AOE ultimate damage on a neighbouring platform before the toilet bowl happens, and a stack of Lifeblooms while in the air and a Swiftmended Rejuv plus Lifebloom bloom after hitting the ground is enough to get a druid back up to full health relatively quickly.
The actual part of Rohash that does get a little bit frustrating is his ability Wind Blast. While casting Wind Blast, Rohash will turn to face a random direction as he revs up (think Winding Up from Mimiron), and then he blasts the area in front of him while rotating clockwise for 6 seconds. Again, think Mimiron, except Wind Blast knocks you off of Rohash’s platform instead of killing you outright. The problem with this is that each of the Djinns in this encounter require that at least one person be on their platforms at all times, or the lonely Djinn will channel a raid wiping ability. So everyone getting Wind Blasted off of Rohash’s platform results in raid wipe.
I know what you’re thinking. “Well, Pookies, just fucking avoid the Wind Blast then … it’s raiding 101, l2play, etc.” Well, to make Wind Blast more interesting, Rohash is constantly surrounded by 3 tornadoes. These tornadoes randomly path around Rohash’s platform and knock anyone they hit backwards off of the platform (basically preventing melee from being effective DPS again Rohash). These tornadoes and gray and seem to prefer to path right in front of Rohash just as he’s about to do Wind Blast, so if you get unlucky it’s virtually impossible to see which way he’s facing. Really, fun times.
We did eventually learn how to deal with Wind Blast more effectively as the night went on (pro tip: use Travel Form and angle your camera so you can dodge tornadoes while running around Rohash), and the other platforms worked out some of their issues (those issues mostly revolving around the fact that their platforms were far more demanding than the Rohash one), and we did get Conclave of Wind down after about two hours.
Omnotron rounded off the night, and we said our bye byes for another week.