Heart of Fear Complete!

What an exciting week of raiding for Shadow Rising!  Not only did we manage to get a new boss kill this week, we cleared up Heart of Fear and got two new kills!  Congrats guys on a job well done!  This is reminiscent of the night we finished up Mogu’shan Vaults where our first Elegon kill was followed-up by a Will of the Emperor kill to complete the raid.

Shadow Rising Ranking

This puts Shadow Rising as the only guild on Drak’Tharon with a complete clear of both Mogu’shan Vaults and Heart of Fear on normal mode 10 man.  Woot woot!

Rocked the Un’sok

We starting the raiding week wiping all Tuesday night and some more Wednesday on Amber-Shaper Un’sok.  It took a good amount of attempts to get everyone acclimated to the Mutated Construct driving and the timing on the different abilities.  We tried a couple different strats, including stacking Destabilize on Un’sok as high as we could, before pushing him into phase 2.  But in our kill attempt, we deployed the signature “SR brute force” strat by pushing through each phase without worrying about rolling the Destabilize stacks on either Un’sok or the Amber Monstrosity in the first two phases and making sure that every Amber Explosion was interrupted.  We saved our Bloodlust for phase 3 to maximize dps, especially for those who were already Mutated.  Un’sok went down with only seconds left on the Berserk timer and I think Wok, Van, Lyss and I were the only ones left standing, lol.

Amber-Shaper Un'sok Down

For my troubles and with a lucky Elder Charm of Good Fortune roll, I got a pretty sweet one-handed sword, the Scimitar of Seven Stars.

Scimitar of Seven Stars

I wasted no time and after the raid was over, I quickly upgraded it to the 500 ilvl version.  Just a couple more Valor points and I should be able to upgrade it once more to 504.

Eliminating the Empress

Honestly, I don’t remember much of the Grand Empress Shek’zeer fight, it was kind of a blur to me, maybe I was tired lol.  All I remember is that it was a tank and spank fight; Wok and I tanking the Empress and then the both us getting spanked and owned by the adds, lmao.

The ranged and healers did a really good job in handling the Dissonance Fields and Zug threw out his banners to help with the damage when the Fields died.   Wok and I did a tank swap at every 4 stacks of Eye of the Empress, if you get a fifth stack, bad things happen (more on that in a bit).

The problem we were running into was when the adds came out.  In phase 2, the Empress goes and hides and sends us 2 Reavers and 6 Windblades split into two groups for us to deal with.  The damage that they deal on the tanks is pretty insane, you have to utilize every CD you have and healers have to give everything they’ve got to keep them up.  We even had Adoe kite a few of them for a bit just so Wok and I could get some breathing room.  Once Wok and I got the adds under control, the rest of the raid made their Amber Traps from the Sticky Resin on the floor so we could trap the Reavers.  After all the adds are killed, the Empress comes back out and the cycle starts all over again.

Because of our dps, we were able to get the Empress down to 30% and into phase 3 before we got another wave of adds.  This phase got really hectic and I really don’t remember all of the abilities the Empress does, but she still continues applying that Eye of the Empress debuff on the tanks, so tank swapping is still needed.  Remember when I said that bad stuff happens when you get 5 stacks of the debuff?  Yeah, you get mind-controlled by the Empress and it doesn’t wear off until you are killed.  It happened to Wok when he accidentally taunted off me and he turned and started going to town on the rest of the raid.  All is not lost, though.  I called over vent to kill Wok and have him brezzed quickly.  The dps took him out quick and Wok was able to come back in time to taunt the Empress off me.  The funny thing was Zarm thought it was a wipe when Wok got MC’d and actually stopped healing for a bit.  Silly Zarm, it ain’t over until the fat panda sings (good thing Sorak’s mic was turned off, ha!).

After that quick recovery, it was just a matter of time before the Empress went down, no flirting with the Berserk timer either!

Grand Empress Shek'zeer Down

In the pic above from left to right is: Adoe, his pet Gurgie, Sorak, Zarm, Van, me, Zug’s big daddy, Liyhe, Zug, Lyss, Wok and Shadeey.

Heart of Fear Guild Run Complete

An awesome week with my awesome guildies, what more can you ask for?  =)  Next stop, Terrace of Endless Spring!

Da Claw and Da Bug

The pet RNG gods took pity on my soul this weekend and Brann gave me enough of the right fragments to finally discover the final archaeology pet in my journal, da Crawling Claw!

Crawling Claw

To celebrate this moment, I’ve compiled a few other famous “claws”:

Bruce Lee vs. Han with his claw

Inspector Gadget’s Dr. Claw

Toy Story and “the Claw”

Wolverine and his claws

And speaking of gods, I didn’t realize how close I was to solving a certain Nerubian artifact, so I used my leftover crates to discover da Blessing of the Old God, which is a cool on-use item that transfers you into a Green Qiraji Battle Tank for 20 seconds.

Blessing of the Old God

Not quite the “bug” I was looking for, but I’ll take it.  =)

Brann is safe from punting…for now.  Let’s hope I don’t have to wait as long to solve this, lol.

Heart of Fear – Knocking the Wind out of Lord Mel’jarak

Wind Lord Mel'Jarak

Another raid week, another new boss kill as Shadow Rising takes out Wind Lord Mel’jarak to go 4/6 in Heart of Fear!  Grats guys!  We are also the first guild on Drak to get that kill and progress that far in HoF. =)

The strat that we used to defeat Wind Lord Mel’jarak is not what most guides out there suggest.  It isn’t an SR raid if you don’t brute force the boss or come up with an interesting way of using mechanics, lol.

First off, instead of CC’ing four adds at the start, we only CC’d three, one of each type – an Amber-Trapper, an Elite Blademaster and a Battle Mender.  Each set of adds have a shared health pool, so with our cleaves and AoEs we were able to hit two adds at a time for each set. And rather than tanking Mel’jarak away from the adds, we stacked him with the group so he could join the fun and eat some damage too.  We also popped Bloodlust at the start to bring down the adds faster.

Our priority on the adds were the Battle Menders first, then the Amber Trappers and the Elite Blademasters last.  Zug and Sorak kept tabs on the two active Battle Menders to interrupt any Mendings, while Wok and I backed them up if they got caught in any Amber Prisons from the Trappers.  Imprisoned raid members were called out on Vent and we rotated the savers because the Residue debuff only allowed us to free a member every two minutes.  I don’t think the Blademasters did much other than focusing on a random raid member and beating on them for a bit.

Once all the adds were down, Wok and I brought Mel’jarak to the middle of the room to give space for the raid to drop their Wind Bombs around us.  They don’t despawn and do lots of raid-wide damage if someone comes in contact with one, which wasn’t a trouble for us.  Other than avoiding Mel’jarak’s Whirling Blade boomerang-like ability and using raid cooldowns for his Rain of Blades , it was pretty much a dps race to the end.  And we managed to kill him right before he hit Berserk, lol.  Apparently we just love cutting it close on our boss kills. =P

We put in a couple of attempts on Amber-Shaper Un’sok to finish the night.  Un’sok is a pretty interesting fight, involving a “vehicle” mechanic where you become a construct with its own set of abilities, like driving the Abomination in the Professor Putricide fight in ICC.  Hopefully we can soon get him down and the Empress too, so we can move on to Terrace of the Endless Spring and completing that so we can be ready to take on patch 5.2 and the Thunder King. =)

Now Sear This

The Time-Lost Proto Drake mount was a faster grind than this.

I didn’t have to wait long to get Aeonaxx to drop his Phosphorescent Stone Drake mount.

Even Dormus the Camel-Hoarder coughed up his Grey Riding Camel after finding 5 of his not-so-well-hidden Mysterious Camel Figurines.

So what grind am I talking about that’s worse than these three mounts?

Getting this guy.

Yeah, a pet.  The Searing Scorchling of the Molten Front, to be exact.  Of all things grindy, I don’t seem to have the greatest luck with pet drops.  Take for instance the Fox Kit.  I must have farmed tons of Baradin Foxes in Tol Barad that I could probably reupholster all the structures in Thunder Bluff…twice.  Thank God the pet was available through purchase for 200 Tol Barad Commendations.

The Darkmoon Eye and the Crawling Claw also seem to elude my grasp, no pun intended.  Jeremy “the Weasel” Feasel is such a teasel and still won’t give me my prize.  And I only get seven chances a month to battle him; I can hear that punk snickering and laughing his ass off every time I walk away from him empty-handed.  As for zee Claw, I’ve been solving a crap load of Pandaren and Mogu artifacts and exchanging them for Tol’vir fragments to get a Claw solve that if I don’t get the pet soon, I’m gonna go crazy and just punt Brann off the balcony at the Seat of Knowledge.

Back to the Searing Scorchling.  I’ve been farming this sucker all the way up to the end of Cataclysm, way after I unlocked everything in the Molten Front, including the Flamebreaker title and the Flameward Hippogryph mount.  It takes 30 Marks of the World Tree in order to purchase Zen’Vorka ‘s Cache, where the pet can be found.  To get enough Marks to purchase the bag each day, you need to do all four sets of Molten Front daily quests, starting in Mount Hyjal.  Van and Adoe got real lucky with their Scorchling drops, they managed to get the pets in their first and third bags, respectively.  You guys suck! =P

I started up the Scorchling grind again after finishing the Dominance Offensive storyline and finally last week, after what seemed like forever and going through hundreds of Zen’Vorka’s grab bags, I finally had my elemental.

Searing Scorchling

I even put my best outfit on to celebrate the occasion. =)

Goodbye Zen’Vorka and the Molten Front, you will definitely not be missed, lol.