Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Karathrass and Heroic Hyjinks.

As promised here is the more detailed break down of my latest adventures in Serpentshrine Cavern.

The Preperation.

The night before I'd heard from Lady B that she was going to do some heroics early the next day with Steb the pally who'd respecced protection (sorry to the others who came along but I'd had 3 hours sleep and couldn't remember you all, If you came leave an "I was there" in the comments and I'll add you in). I begged and pleaded until I was allowed to go along with them. I needed to get whirlwinding out of my system for the raid later that night.

We did four heroics and all in the school of CC is overrated. We did Slave Pens, Underbog, Hellfire Ramparts, and Shattered Halls. Here's a little warning for you, no matter how good you think you are never underestimate heroic Slave Pens, we did and we kind of well .... wiped on Quagmirion. /HangsHeadInShame

Anyway this all meant that I got to whirlwind to my hearts content and was more than willing to hold off WW during the trash pulls in SSC. I logged off for a bit to grab a bite to eat and have a quick nap before the raid.

The Raid.

Unlike our normal raids, this one took a bit of time to get off the ground. I don't know why that day was different to normal but it was.

We finally get in and get buffed up and start pulling trash, at this point I was told that because of the trash we would face today I could Whirlwind to my hearts content, my previous complaints on this subject having been noted. Joy of Joy's I get a full day of all out dps :)

The raid burns through what little trash stands between us an Karathrass, and we settle down to run over the fight, i.e. the kill order, who's tanking what and where. Then after one false start where the hunters don't quite MD fast enough, causing the MT to go splat as Karathrass and his three adds turn him into a warrior shaped puddle on the ground, he died so fast his healers couldn't even get of a Flash of Light before he kicked the bucket. The next time everything went well and we got the bugger, lets see that boss down pic again :)

You know what the best bit about this fight is? I remembered to ware the proper goggles this time, and while I didn't rise any higher on than 10th on the WWS report, ny personal dps was significantly higher. Check it out.

Much much better :). It should also be noted that because of the nature of the fight, having to kill all the adds before Karathrass himself. This meant that by the time we got to him the MT had so much threat on him that the dps could go absolutely mental. And they did, some of the higher dps players managed to reach 1300-1400 dps in this stage of the fight.

The Not So Good Bit (It has murlocks *shudder*)

After the loot was distributed (I didn't get any not having enough dkp, soon, soon I tells ya some of that juicy loot will be mine) we had to change a few players who had to go, and send one or two off to respec.

At this point the raid seemed to lose focus, a fact the became readily apparent on the next few pulls on the way to Morogrim Tidewalker. Here's a pic of the surviving third of the raid managing to down the last couple of trash mobs from an ill fated pull.

Soon after this came the murlocks ... I hate Murlocks. It seemed that in every zone at every level while Stunty was just a little warrior, there were the Murlocks ready and waiting to spoil his day.

Anyway during the Murlock pulls I got to unleash unholy Whirlwind and Sweeping Strikes hell on the Gurgglarggelarggeling buggers. The problem is that you just cannot have that much fun and not pay the price, and I ended up face down on the floor after almost every pull. Sure I could have held back a little and survived, but there was just no way I was going to go easy on my mortal enemies.

We have a couple of tries at Morogrim (a boss the guild has downed before) but it was just not happening. So mister Morogrim ...

So until next time this is Stuntyone the Incompetent Warrior signing off.


Cynra said...

Aww, no murloc love? As long as we're not playing "I, Murloc" I love those crazy murlocs. Enough so that my beloved draenei warrior has spent most of her time on Azeroth learning about these "noble and wonderful creatures". But she's a bit of an odd one...

With my hunter, we raid once a week for five hours straight. I find that around hour four we start experiencing the same problems that you did: we stop focusing, adds start owning us, and we suddenly find ourselves in the middle of the first wipe of the night. In fact, the only week we didn't down Tidewalker was because we weren't paying attention and we wiped no less than four times on the boss -- and each wipe was absolutely preventable!

Hints, tips, and tricks on keeping up flagging spirits and enthusiasm would be awesome if you find any!

Stuntyone said...

I HATE MURLOCKS!!! end of discussion.

As to keeping the raid focussed, I actually have a few ideas, but will need to raid a bit more to see the different effects different situations have on the raid ... stay tuned for more on that.

The Incompetent Warrior.