2 pulls….that’s all it took to take down the Thunder King last night. Makes that 3% wipe feel so insignificant, lol.
We didn’t raid Tuesday night because we were missing Shadeey and Zarm, so we went into Wednesday night with a lot of anticipation and determination of finally clearing the Throne of Thunder and putting this raiding tier to rest.
We changed our strategy a little, opting to start the fight with Lei Shen on the north conduit (Static Shock), instead of the eastern one (Diffusion Chain), and going clockwise, ending up on the west conduit (Bouncing Bolt) before the first transition.
After the first transition was complete, we brought Lei Shen back to the western conduit and made our way around counter-clockwise, ending on the eastern one. We used lust on this phase to quickly push us to the next transition. And once the second transition was done, it was a matter of staying focused and out of bad before the big guy went down.
Our first attempt started off great, but Adoe and Shadeey had trouble on their quadrant during the first transition and were soon overwhelmed by adds. The second attempt was nearly flawless and the fight just seemed to flow smoothly.
Wok and I managed Decapitate and taunting Lei Shen back and forth with ease. The group handled Lei Shen other abilities perfectly, stacking tight and spreading out when needed, even during the transitions. I made sure I positioned myself correctly for Fusion Slash on the second phase so I wouldn’t get punted off the edge like a noob, lol. Wok did die on the last phase but was quickly brezzed and we finally killed Lei Shen with the entire raid alive.
We also got a nice Feat of Strength for completing ToT before the patch too:
I am really proud of my guild for this accomplishment. We put in a lot of nights and attempts and used many feasts and flasks to achieve this moment.
Last tier, we missed out on a Sha of Fear kill in the Terrace of the Endless Spring by a week before patch 5.2 hit the servers. I blame that on our guild meet up in Orlando though, which we totally had a blast at, lol.
Side note: The resort we stayed at in Orlando recently had a sinkhole swallow up part of the complex, which is just crazy and scary to hear. I blame that on a certain fat shammy panda *cough*Sorak*cough* for loosening up the foundation before he left, lol j/k.
I want to give a special thanks to the other members of SR: Lyss, Psynite, Bocat, Zari, Ryugan and Chewy. Even though they were not in on the Lei Shen kill, they were all a big part of our Throne of Thunder progression, from our countless wipes and frustrations, like Horridon and Tortos, to our first boss kills and easy ones, like Primordius and the Twin Consorts.
I want to also thank the delay in the release of patch 5.4, without that, this achievement would not be possible. Bring on the Siege of Orgrimmar, we ready!
And one last small thanks goes to Final Fantasy 14. Since most of SR is currently playing that, I’d like to believe they were eager to get back to it, so they all brought their A-game to kill Lei Shen quickly, lol.
Great job guys, I’ll see you next week when we down Lei Shen on Heroic and defeat Ra-den!
…..a pally can dream, right? =P