Friday Fun Night – Saviors of Azeroth

Deathwing in Dragon Soul

This past Friday night, the guild went back into Dragon Soul to work on more achievements towards the Glory of the Dragon Soul meta.  We had most of the FFN peeps on: myself, Lyss, Slice, Van, Stunnah, Bocat, Shirl and Vaunt.  Yep, that’s two pallies, two priests and 3 warlocks…I’m glad this isn’t our regular raid comp, can you imagine the competition for tier tokens? ><  No Navi and Lush time around, so I invited Luxy to come along and Lyss brought a warrior friend, Critixix, who turned out to be an alt of Njeri, our long time guild hunter back in Wrath when we raided ICC.

We decided to leave the entire raid on Heroic, so we could do both Heroic Spine and Madness of Deathwing.  Solo-tanking Morchok and his twin was easy and so was Yor’shaj; we even left up two sets of blobs and those who needed the remaining combinations for Taste the Rainbow got that completed.

I guess we really like playing Ping-Pong on Zon’ozz’s fight, we just kept bouncing that Void Orb back and forth so much that a second one spawned right before we killed him.

Heroic: Warlord Zon'ozz achievement

Hagara, Ultraxion and Blackthorn went smoothly and then it was time for Deathwing.  We had a couple hiccups on Spine; on one attempt, we got to the final tendon, but we had too many people on one side and Deathwing rolled over and threw everyone off.  Another attempt, Van let Blood Corruption: Death run its full duration on someone to see if it would really wipe the raid…which it did. ><  The next attempt went much smoother and we finally got Heroic Spine down.

Heroic: Spine of Deathwing achievement

For Madness of Deathwing, we started out on Nozdormu’s platform to knock out another part of Chromatic Champion.  Everything was going great until we hit phase 2, when the Congealing Bloods came out.  We didn’t realize that they would heal Deathwing up 1% for each blood that reached him.  We tried to brute force it by burning Deathwing down while ignoring the Bloods, but we couldn’t catch up on dps and I eventually got smashed tanking the two Elementium Terrors and eating too many tetanus stacks.  The second attempt, we focused on the Bloods first, killing as many as we could and then the Terrors and used Lust after we cleared the platform.  Soon after, Deathwing fell and Heroic Madness was complete.

Heroic: Madness of Deathwing achievement

Shadow Rising Heroic Deathwing Guild Kill

For killing Madness of Deathwing on Heroic, you’re rewarded with a pretty nifty title, Savior of Azeroth.

Arvash, Savior of Azeroth

So all that’s left for the meta is doing Madness with Kalecgos’ platform left to start on and then we should have our mounts.  Looking forward to this Friday to finish this up!

Goin’ to the Con!

Blizzcon

After a couple of weeks of anticipation, a broken F5 button and lots of luck, I managed to snag tickets for Chewy and myself to this November’s Blizzcon!  We tried to make it out to California earlier than that, but we couldn’t get tickets to the San Diego Comic-Con this year.  I think Blizzcon will be a good replacement for our Cali convention fix, lol.

Last Wednesday was the first night that the tickets went on sale, which is also one of SR’s raid nights.  We were working on the Council of Elders and I told the guys ahead of time that I would be taking a break for a couple of minutes during the raid to try to get the tickets.  We wiped a few minutes before 10:30 pm on one of our attempts, so I took this moment and went afk from the game to get ready to buy tickets.  I began spamming the F5 buttons on both my desktop and laptop to refresh the ticket purchase page and when I got through, I ended up 9000-ish and 12000-ish in queue.  I called Chewy to ask was place he was in and he said he was in the lower 8000s.  We then started calculating what place we needed to be in to get into the store, based on the percentage of tickets left and how far we moved up in the queue.  We deducted that we needed to be in the 4000-5000 range for a shot at the tickets, which was confirmed as the store closed with Chewy left at around 3000 and me 4000 in line.  I felt pretty bummed not getting the tickets, but that didn’t last long as we managed to kill the Council of Elders for the first time that night.  I guess you could say I took out my disappointment on the Council by solo-tanking them all, lol.

So yesterday was our last shot at getting tickets, this time the tickets going on sale at 1pm.  I called Chewy minutes before to make sure he was ready but I couldn’t get a hold of him.  I was worried that he’d forgotten and thought our chances of getting into the store had gotten slimmer.  Not wanting that to discourage me, I focused on that F5 button and smashed it as fast as I could and when I finally got through, I was surprised that I ended up 2600 in queue!  I pushed the keyboard and mouse away from me for fear that I would accidentally close out the window when Chewy finally called me.  He had phone issues, but was online to purchase tickets, although he was 6000 in queue.  I told him what place in line I was and he then excitedly started talking about what we would be doing in Cali and I stopped him quick because I didn’t want me to jinx me, lol.  Twenty minutes later, I was the proud owner of tickets to Blizzcon 2013! Woot!

Blizzcon2

This is my first Blizzcon I’ll be attending, so I’m pretty excited.  I think it’ll be awesome to be there live for the new announcements, like maybe the next WoW expansion, Diablo expansion or even the new Titan project.  And lots of swag to buy too, Chewy’s already said he’s gonna be spending a lot on that, lol.  I’m also looking forward to meeting some of the Blizzard crew, WoW Insider staff and my fellow bloggers who will be in attendance. =)

Hmmm, all this Blizzcon ticket talk….maybe I should start making my plane and lodging arrangements now, huh?

Throne of Thunder – Council of Elders Dismissed!

Council of Elders

“If at first, you don’t succeed on your first 70 attempts, then just brute force the #$%^&**#%@!”
– Shadow Rising Raiding

Yeah, that is definitely our motto.  After weeks and nights of trying different strats on the Council of Elders, we employed the good ‘ole brute force strat and finally downed them last night!  Good job guys!

The night started off not so promising, as we were missing some of our core raiders.  Wok, my co-tank, was out for the night and Adoe was having laptop issues, so Shadeey let him use her desktop, which meant we were down a dps.  We enlisted the help of a couple of our reserves, Bocat and Sorak’s rogue friend, Psynite, who just hit 90 not even a week ago.

We’ve been rotating through different strats, like burning the empowered Troll on every switch, zerging Sul the Sandcrawler off the bat, leaving him as the second empowered Troll, tank swapping the Frigid Assault stacks, etc.  But the one that worked for us in the end was one that SR has been doing all along: pure brute force.

We went with one tank, me, and three heals.  The plan was to kill Sul as fast as possible without allowing him to get empowered at all and having his Sandling adds run all over us.  I tanked Sul, High Priestess Mar’li and Frost King Malakk close together so that we could spread the raid cleave damage among them and left Kazra’jin, aka Blanka,alone to do his Rolling Attack all over the place.  All dps focused on Sul and interrupted his Sand Bolts as much as possible, while doing just enough damage on the current empowered Troll to force an empowerment switch.  This meant that we would ignore the Blessed Loa Spirits from Mar’li and let the heals go through while I became a meat-shield for the raid and ate all Frigid Assault stacks and allowed myself to get frozen.  We rotated big cooldowns on me, like Pain Suppression, Guardian of Ancient Kings and Ardent Defender, to mitigate damage while I was frozen, with the healers doing their best to keep me up.  Killing the Shadowed Loa Spirits was still a priority, as there is no way to avoid their insta-leap kill.

As soon as Sul went down, it was just a matter of keeping our composure and dpsing down each empowered Troll until they fell one by one.  And then victory was finally ours!

Council of Elders Down!

Afterwards, we put a couple attempts on Tortos to see the fight and the damage is pretty crazy on that….brute force, anyone? =)  Grats to everyone again on the kill, hopefully we can get Tortos down next week!

Oh and one other thing of note, Bocat has been in every one of our first boss kills in Throne of Thunder so far…and she’s managed to stay alive every time at the end, lol.  Looks like Bo may be SR’s good luck raiding charm!

Friday Fun Night – Doing the Dragon Soul

Fighting Hagara

Last week’s Friday Fun Night was held in Dragon Soul, which most of the raid hadn’t seen since the end of Cataclysm.  Our purpose there was to finish up the Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider achievement to get our Twilight Harbringer drakes, maybe for transmog gear, but definitely for fun.  I invited Chewy’s rogue, Stunnah, to come along to finish up his Fangs of the Father daggers that we never got to complete back in Cata.  Along with Stunnah, we had Slice, Lyss, Zari, Bocat, Van, Vaunt (Tyledres‘ fresh level 90 warlock that she leveled up in our guild) and our fellow Frostee friends, Navi and Lushnek.  Almost a blogger’s paradise, looks like Stunnah and Lushnek need a blog, ya?

We started the night with a quick clear of Heroic Throne of the Four Winds to complete the last achievement for Navi’s and Lush’s Glory of the Cataclysm Raider meta, then it was a quick port to the Caverns of Time to begin our Dragon Soul run.  Navi and Lush already completed the Dragon Soul meta with their guild back in Cataclysm, but they still came along and offered to help us with DS.

Morchok was first and we left him on normal so that the Don’t Stand So Close to Me achievement would be easier to get for those that needed it, but we burned him down so fast that we didn’t even get a black blood phase.  Maybe we could have done him on Heroic, but I wasn’t sure if bringing out Kohcrom would complicate things, since we were only going with one tank for the night.

We then went to Warlord Zon’ozz and did him on normal to get a clean Ping Pong Champion.  We only needed 10 bounces, but because of a few dps that didn’t move behind Zon’ozz, I think we ended up bouncing the Void of Unmaking at least 12 or 13 times, lol.

Next was Yor’sahj the Unsleeping, who we did flip to Heroic to give those who needed Taste the Rainbow! a better chance at more color combinations having four oozes up.  I already had the achievement, just needed the Heroic kill.

Heroic: Yor'sahj the Unsleeping

As we made our way to Hagara the Stormbinder, Navi whispered me about the Holding Hands achievement, which we didn’t have, and said that it was her favorite one to do.  She even said that we didn’t have to kill the boss to get it, so I figured we’d go for it and then wipe afterwards to kill her on Heroic.  Navi and Lush positioned us for the achievement and we made a cool looking lightning chain in the shape of a U, which I forgot to take a screenshot of. ><

Holding Hands

Heroic: Hagara the Stormbinder

Ultraxion, the bane of the extra button pushing (or Ultra-Zion, as someone in the guild called him in the past, like he was from the Matrix movie lol), was next.  I might be mistaken, but I think we tried to do this on Heroic back when DS was current as this was supposed to be the second easiest Heroic fight after Heroic Morchok.  We came close before, but just couldn’t get him down.  This time though, it was much easier…even though some people still died to Hour of Twilight or Fading Light, lol.  We only had 2 or 3 Hour of Twilights to worry about, so Minutes to Midnight was also easy to get.

Heroic: Ultraxion and Minutes to Midnight

The corrupt Tauren, Warmaster Blackhorn, was next up.  We tried to get Deck Defender for some, but we let a Twilight Barrage explode on the ship, so we just downed him on Heroic instead.  It was cool to see Blackthorn’s mount, Goriona, land on the ship too, a neat addition to the fight on Heroic.

Fighting Goriona

Heroic: Warmaster Blackhorn

We were gonna do Spine and Madness of Deathwing on Heroic, but Lushnek mentioned that in order to do it, we would have to have done all the bosses on Heroic, which we did not do for Morchok and Zon’ozz.  So instead, we did them both on normal and started Madness on Alexstrasza’s platform to knockout the second part of Chromatic Champion.

All in all, it was another fun night raiding old content.  We’ll definitely be back here for at least another two weeks, maybe more (Stunnah needs 45 more Elemental Gem Clusters and a Deathwing Kill to finish up the legendaries).  I think most of us need Zon’ozz on Heroic and the final two platforms, Nozdormu and Kalecgos, for Chromatic Champion left to get our mounts.  And even though Spine and Madness of Deathwing on Heroic are not needed for the meta, I’m pretty sure everyone wants that sweet title, Savior of Azeroth, off Madness.  Thanks again to Navi and Lush for coming along and helping us with our kills and achievements and I’ll see everyone this Friday for more Dragon Soul raiding. =)

Challenge Modes with the Frostees

Getting ready for Mogu'shan Palace Challenger

Challenge Modes.  Heroic instances on crack.  These special instances are not to be taken lightly and require strategy and finesse to complete.  There’s no chain pulling and AoE’ing all the things down; now you have to be smart and use CC and your class abilities to make it through safely and quickly.

The first time I attempted a Challenge Mode was back during early 5.1.  It was me, Zug, Sorak on Fayle, Slice and Adoe and we tried out Gate of the Setting Sun.  I don’t really remember much of the instance, but I think we got the first two bosses down before we got stuck, frustrated and eventually gave up and decided to come back to try this another time.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a whisper from Navi asking if I wanted to run some Challenge Modes with her and Luxy.  I’ve been wanting to get back and try them again since my first attempts at it, so I was excited to go and said yes.  Originally, we were supposed to have Roshii and Souglyy round out the group, but they weren’t able to make it, so Navi brought Lushnek instead and Luxy invited her mage friend, Karnmageddon.  Navi wrote up an excellent post about our first week with the Challenge Modes here, even making an interesting comparison between Challenge Modes to the Disney movie, Wreck-it Ralph, lol.  I’ll summarize a little bit of that week.

Our first Challenge Mode was Scarlet Monastery, which was our trial by fire run.  We wiped plenty of times and didn’t medal, but we did see it the whole way through and still got an achievement for completing it.

Scarlet Monastery Challenger Time 04/13/13

I also unintentionally got an achievement off Thalnos the Soulrender by leaving three Empowered Zombies alive.  The fight did last a while and I guess we were so focused on the boss that we really weren’t paying attention to the adds, lol.

Empowered Spiritualist

The next day, we tried our hands at the Temple of the Jade Serpent.  Karn had done this Challenge Mode before, so he gave us some good tips along the way and we managed to squeak by with our first medal, a bronze!

Temple of the Jade Serpent Challenger Time 04/14/13

A pretty nice reward for our first go at Challenge Modes. =)

Temple of the Jade Serpent Challenger Groupshot 04/14/13

Temple of the Jade Serpent Challenger Achievements

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Last Saturday, we started out our Challenge Mode weekend with Mogu’shan Palace, which was the  daily on Dath’Remar.  The instance went pretty smooth and quick and we improved on our bronze medal the week before by snagging our first silver!

Mogu'shan Palace Challenger Time 04/20/13

Taking the group shot was a challenge in itself, at least for me.  Apparently, I just fail in jumping onto objects and kept leaping over Xin the Weaponmaster’s chair for our group shot.  After a couple of attempts (I got on the chair once and tried to use my Instant Statue Pedestal and fell right though the chair, ><), I finally got settled to take our screenshot.

Mogu'shan Challenger Groupshot 04/20/13

Mogu'shan Palace Challenger Achievements

We then tried to do the Challenge Mode daily on Drak’Tharon, Scholomance, but I didn’t have enough time to do it.  With the five bosses and all that trash, I decided that it would take too long to do.  So we opted for Scarlet Halls instead, which Navi heard was the easiest of all the Challenge Modes.

I don’t know how this was supposed to be the easiest or maybe we were just doing it wrong, but we ended up dying…a lot, lol.  Most of it was because I didn’t have any Invisible Potions on me to skip a lot of the trash, especially the gauntlet after defeating Houndmaster Braun.  I think even Luxy had some defective pots on her, she would pop them running in, but the mobs would immediately see her and destroy her.  So we spent a lot of time corpse running through the gauntlet, while Navi and Lushnek would rez us at the end of it.  We eventually got to Flameweaver Koegler with just minutes left to get a bronze medal, but we messed up on interrupting his Book Burner ability, which filled the room with fire and wiped us.  Nevertheless, we got back and finished the instance, hopefully we can make it smoother next time. =)

Scarlet Halls Challenger Time 04/20/13

Getting two medals out of four instances isn’t bad for our first time running Challenge Modes.  I had a lot of fun doing these and I know everyone else agrees.  We will definitely be prepared (and I will be POTpared, lol) for next time.