Posts Tagged ‘ Progression Raiding ’

Nefarian! You are not prepared!

Woohoo! Tonight, Far Riders completed two progression kills: Maloriak followed by Atramedes! Maloriak went down rather quickly, taking somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-4 attempts. Atramedes… took longer (/cough 20-25 attempts? /cough). We suffered from every kind of minor mistake from standing to close to the boss (harder to dodge the sound discs), to forgetting which way to run (Me in vent: “If he targets you, you run clockwise… Like a clock. If not, then run counter-clockwise… Unlike a clock), to getting caught on imaginary steps while running from the fire breath in air phase (that was me – I swear, there was nothing there!). Regardless, I was very proud of the guild tonight. We made some serious progress! We spent our remaining time killing off Halfus and the Twins for the sake of gear, but next week, Nefarian is going down!

Shockingly enough, I remembered to take a guild photo of our kill of Atramedes /gasp! Totally forgot to do one for Maloriak, but considering I also forgot to grab one for the other 6 bosses we’ve killed… I’m not surprised.

What? He was handicapped? ... The kill still counts!

Incoming!

My apologies for the delay in posts. My guildmaster and I have been dealing with issues within the guild for awhile now, but tensions reached a peak over this past week. On top of that, my university’s spring break was this past week, conveniently at the same time as the release of Pokemon Black and Dragon Age II (/cough DA2 is awesome /cough).

All of that aside! I’ve been inspired to continue in the footsteps of Idkittens, a blogger over at Sword and Board. I first started tanking as a full-time job when Cata hit the servers (prior to that, I did it as my off-spec), and whenever I had issues with a particular boss in a regular or heroic dungeon, I consulted the tanking cheat sheets posted by Idkittens. I continued the trend of following the advice posted on Sword and Board when my guild first began to do the cata raid content, and I was deeply saddened by the fact that only three were posted (Halfus, Magmaw, and Omnitron).

So… Since I found the advice in those posts so informative, I’m going to follow the trend and do some similar posts here. I don’t intend to do anything Idkittens already posted – just continue where the posts stopped. Look forward to those coming out sometime soon!

And on a quick side-note: Far Riders currently has 5/12 down. Halfus, Valiona and Theralion, Magmaw, Omnitron, and Chimaeron (and Argaloth, if you count him). Maloriak is the next intended target – we’ll see what the week holds!

I’ve a work in progress upcoming, detailing the methods I use for tanking

Blackrock Schmackrock

No, the title doesn’t really make sense, and also, my apologies for my silence lately. There hasn’t been much to talk about! Lol. Well, that’s not entirely true – just nothing I wanted to talk about in a blog, really.

This week’s raids for Far Riders started off relatively uneventful. After a week of raider troubles last week, we hit Bastion this Thursday with a good stride, easily plowing throw trash and Halfus alike, but ran into some issues with the Twins and one of our two regular healers having a power outage. We ended up calling it relatively early, and a friend and I had fun on a bun with arena.

We came back today (Saturday), cleared Argaloth, and made our way to BWD. We quickly dealt with the local worm infestation, loot was doled out, and we began working on our progression in BWD with the Tron Council, since we were already there (fly to Bastion? too lazy!). After some work (5-7 tries?), we finally nailed the buggers, but just barely, considering only four people were left alive. The reason for this was simple, actually: Ang, my fellow tank, died to a poison add at the last minute. Hell broke loose because despite my throwing a taunt at Toxitron, he gleefully continued to roll over the faces of my fellow raiders. Luckily, I managed to regain control just long enough for the DPS to kill them off the second after I died. /insert manic grin here o_O

At this point, we were already in BWD, so I polled everyone using the fabled readycheck poll to figure out who wanted to do what: continue in BWD or go down the Twins. The majority wanted to stay, so we delved deeper into Netharion’s little hell hole. Enix, our paladin healer, was the first to reach the elevator, and he jumped over the edge and after a quick bubble, trotted up to the trash. Now, apparently Ang didn’t notice that Enix bubble jumped because he walked right off the edge – and promptly died. Our rogue laughed at him, jumped over as well, and used his parachute – which resulted in him swimming in molten magma. Needless to say, big “lolz” were had ^_^. We quickly made our way up to Chimaeron, and after rushing through a rough and dirty explanation of the mechanics, gave the fight a whirl.

To make a long story short, many deaths occurred, more explanations were given (since we didn’t explain it right the first time; whoops), Ang died after falling off the elevator again (Elevator boss – 2 | Ang – 0), and we ended up calling it a night after about 5-6 attempts. I can’t remember for certain, but I believe our best attempt was approaching 50%, but most of them ended up in the 60% neighborhood. It was a very good night for raiding, and I couldn’t have been prouder of us killing the Tron Council, despite Ang’s close encounter of the poison kind. Chalk one up to the laidback raiding!

At one point, Ang decided to test the merits of tanking as a plant. This didn't last long =P

Magmaw no mo’

In another successful raid night, we downed Magmaw last night. We used the same setup that I described from last time: myself tanking the giant worm o’ death, Ang kiting the parasites, and everyone else grouped up on the other side of Magmaw. We used hero on the very first “exposed” phase, where Mag’s got his head stuck on the pike. For those paladin tanks who may be interested, I did some seal swapping at regular intervals during this fight (I minor glyphed both Truth and Insight, to help with mana).

I started the fight with Truth active, then after establishing a good aggro lead, swapped for Insight. While I can’t remember if I looked at recount or not after the fight, I do remember feeling like that was helping contribute to keeping my health up. Once I was pulled into his mouth (go go gadget chewtoy?), I switched back to Truth. Now, this portion of the encounter has some fun tank damage on it, but at that point, the tank has access to Magmaw’s head instead of his body, so by popping CDs reguarly, I was able to pump out some nice dps here. I kept Truth after being dropped, and after Mag freed himself (and I established another aggro lead) it was rinse repeat.

We went on to fight with the “Tron Council,” and we had mixed success. This was mainly due to us needing to replace DPS twice due to internet issues, meaning fresh folks (no one we brought in had done it before then) were being mixed in intermittently. We almost downed them at one point (I believe they got down to 4%), but I was single tanking by that point due to Ang dying, so we weren’t able to make it, ultimately. We’ll be continuing on Thursday again, so stay tuned! Well, as “tuned” as you can be to a blog o.O

Too many raiders!

Brief post today: my GM and I are currently attempting to organize a second 10man raid for our guild, since there seems to be enough raid interest to sustain it, if a couple of us raid on both. I’m actually pretty excited about this because while it won’t be the same as DPSing on Nehmen, I’d be playing my mage Feuere for the second raid, meaning I’d get both the tanking and DPS perspectives of the new cata raids. The challenge, of course, becomes finding times that work for both without conflicting with one another.

The ultimate goal of having these two raids is to provide in-guild raiding opportunities for more of our members while doing our level headed best to avoid “burning out.” To accomplish this, I believe we’re going to shorten our usual raid time of 4 1/2 hours (6:30-11pm) down to something closer to 2 1/2 hours (8:30-11pm). In the past, we’ve found that raid productivity tends to decline towards the latter hours of the raid from progression wipes and/or sitting in one place for that long, so if we can maintain a decent rate of progression with shorter hours, then why bother holding longer, tedious raids? Also, most time conflicts that members run into tend to occur earlier in the evening (“my folks wanted to have dinner,” “work got off late,” “traffic was horrible,” “I had a ridiculous amount of homework,” etc), so starting later may help avoid those.

I’ll let you know if this ends up working out, and if we had to make any changes to find success with the raid structure/scheduling.

First Raid Night: Halfus down!

After struggling with quite a bit of raid setup (our start time was supposed to be invites at 6:15pm begin at 6:30pm, but we didn’t start until 7:15pm…), our guild marched into Bastion of Twilight. One of our healers was a somebody’s alt, and one of our best melee dps sat out due to the melee dps constraints, but despite these troubles, after a handful of wipes (I believe 9-10?…), we downed Halfus Wyrmbreaker!

For those of you interested in attempting this fight yourself, it seems pretty easy, once your raid has the rhythm down. However, we used a slightly different method than what I’ve seen online in places such as Sword and Board: instead of releasing all three drakes, one-by-one, we only released two – and we released them all at once. To make this work, we used hero/time warp after the off-tank had established aggro on both drakes (we released the Storm Rider and Time Warden, leaving the Nether Scion alone), and I immediately used Divine Guardian to give our healers an early advantage against the imminent onslaught of damage. Also, I used all of my trinkets and other CDs early on (not all at once, naturally) because that way, they’ll further assist the healers early on, and everything was ready again for the final minutes leading to the enrage timer.

The key to this fight is perfectly timed interrupts, hence the raid’s need to establish a rhythm. We paired an elemental shaman with me on Halfus for the entirety of the fight (the only dps not on the drakes at the start), so he could interrupt all of the Shadow Novas that Halfus uses when the Storm Rider’s in play. Later, when he uses his shout knockdown, we had a combo of humans using Every Man for Himself and our mage blinking out of the stun to use counterspell to interrupt the Shadow Nova. Once we perfected this cycle (spare a few wipes for other minor reasons), the fight was downed, relatively smoothly.

Unfortunately, I have no screenshots of the fight with Halfus; only of Magmaw, who we attempted for the remaining hour or so, until I had to leave early (co-worker was sick and needed shift coverage ^_^’ ). In the end, I felt the raid was very successful, especially considering our “personnel” troubles for the evening. We’re still working out an exact raiding schedule, but I’ll keep you posted about anything that could help your own raiding experiences!