Lyss and I had a discussion a couple of weeks ago about organizing a fun guild night where we would do things like raid old content or farming dino bones on the Isle of Giants, all while chatting it up and laughing on vent. We wanted to do this to bring in more guild interaction on our off raid nights and to also break up the monotony of wiping on progression bosses, week in and week out *cough*Horridon*cough*. The last time SR did a fun night like this was back in January, where we raided T11 and in one night, killed Heroic Cho’gall, Heroic Al’Akir, Heroic Nefarian and even Sinestra.
Our first fun raid night was scheduled two Fridays ago, with the intentions of finishing up the T11 achievees for the Glory of the Cataclysm Raider. We had 9 SR peeps sign up for the event (me, Van, Bocat, Slice, Lyss, Shirl, Zari, Adoe and Shadeey), and so I asked Navi earlier in the day if she wanted to come. She said she was still missing a lot of the T11 achievees, so it was a definite yes for her. Adoe and Shadeey weren’t able to make it to the raid that night, so Navi brought in Lushnek and Exray from her guild to fill out the remaining spots.
We started the night with Bastion of Twilight and left it on Heroic the whole way through. Halfus ran over me like a truck and I died once, but came back quick to finish the fight. I honestly think we ended the fight not releasing any of the drakes…maybe that could have helped out a little, lol.
Two of the few achievements I had left for the meta came on the next fight, the twin dragons Valiona and Theralion. We barely got the Double Dragon achievement as we killed the last Twilight Fiend just in time before the Twilight Realm team died.
The Ascendant Council was next; I remember reading about how this was the hardest Heroic encounter back in Cataclysm. They didn’t stand a chance to our army of 90s.
We tried to get The Abyss Will Gaze Back Into You on the Cho’gall fight, but with the additional adds and all the bad going out to deal with, we couldn’t keep the corruption levels low enough. So we avoided that achievement and just killed him for those who needed the Heroic kill.
A few people hadn’t seen the Sinestra fight before, so after explaining a little bit of the fight and handing out assignments, we managed to one-shot her, getting some people their Dragonslayer titles.
Next up was Blackwing Descent. Again, we did the whole raid on Heroic and it went pretty smoothly, except for a couple of hiccups on Heroic Nefarian. We did have another close achievee call by just getting Nef to 50% before he landed in Phase 3 to get Keeping it in the Family.
Oh, and I finally got the best temporary title in the game during the Heroic Maloriak encounter. I managed to stay alive this time around, helping those that needed the Aberrant Behavior achievement and not getting blown up by the adds and bad. Looking at this title makes me feel like I just killed some of Gru’s unfortunate friends from Despicable Me, lol.
We ended the night working on the Stay Chill achievement in Throne of the Four Winds, but it was getting late and we had trouble getting our stacks up, so we left it for the next fun raid night.
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So last Friday, we headed back to T11 land. Our raid comp was a little different from the prior week, with Chewy coming in on his Drak shammy, Smutt, in place of Shirl. Navi said that Exray wouldn’t be able to make it, and so we brought in another fellow Frostee, Luxygaga. We started in BoT again, this time doing everything on Normal, even Cho’gall, to make the run quicker and the achievement easier to get.
We then went to BWD to get the last part of Achieve-a-tron for Van and killed Atramedes for some transmog gear for Navi.
Then it was off to Tot4W again to finish up the meta. We tried different strats to get everyone the correct amount of Wind Chill stacks and after a few attempts, the achievement was finally ours.
And with that, my meta was complete.
The reward for completing this meta is another directional Wind drake mount, the Reins of the Drake of the East Wind, which is a really nice-looking red drake.
We finished Tot4W by killing Al’Akir on Heroic for those who needed the “of the Four Winds” title.
Since we finished T11 so quick, Lyss suggested that we go to T12 for a quick Firelands run to get the “Firelord” title. I had gotten my title in an OpenRaid run last year and I remembered how crazy and hectic that fight was, especially to see a Leggy Rags running around, so I was eager to hear what the rest of the group thought about it when we got to him. Luxy mentioned before we got to Firelands that she solo’d Alysrazor earlier in the week farming for the mount and that we wouldn’t be able to see the Firebird, but we decided to go through with it anyways. One by one, each Heroic boss fell; Shannox, Beth’tilac, Rhyolith, Baleroc and Staghelm.
I did want to test out something with the Baleroc fight. With such high health pools in MoP, I wanted to see how high I could stack my health on the gatekeeper. I was already at 700K HP before the fight started and hoped to hit 2 million HP by the end, but I didn’t quite reach it. I got pretty damn close to it, though, Like a (Mini-Raid) Boss!
In order to see Heroic Rags, you have to kill every other boss on Heroic, so when we got to his Lair, of course Rags was nowhere to be found. So we flipped the raid to Normal and just burned him down quick, no pun intended. We even had Seeds, Sons of Flame and Scions all at the same time as we transitioned into phase 3. =P
It was nice to blast those achievements out of the way and I had a good time hanging out with everyone. We’re planning to do Dragon Soul achievements this Friday and maybe we can also get some Firelord titles too. Thanks again to the Frostees for joining us for the runs and grats to everyone on their achievements!