I posted this image to the guild FB page a few weeks ago and I feel it is highly appropriate to last nights raid.
Flamebender Ka’groz is possibly my most hated fight in this instance – so far – certainly currently!! I don’t think I really hated any of the fights in Highmaul but this one…I hate. I would be very happy to never ever have to experience that ever again.
I tried to read the one page strat – and got completely overwhelmed.. From the grumbling on vents – ranged were going to get screwed. Initially I said to Ultra that it didn’t seem to bad….by the 5th attempt I had changed my mind. I was completely over it.
I mean LOOK at it!!! Fire, weapons, storms..WOLVES!!!! GAAHHHHHHHH! 9% was one of our best attempts for the night…it was really messy prior to that. I actually died early and thought they were going to get her…but it all went belly up just before this. I died early because I was chasing a wolf around and was too far away to get the meteor into the melee. I managed to avoid killing anyone else with it but my blink and my iceblock were on cooldown and I was just in the wrong spot.
We did manage to kill her eventually but people were getting frustrated because they had already killed this one, I don’t think they like spending time on bosses already killed. But there is a reason why – back in the old days – we used to actively try to get bosses on farm. These fights have HUGE amounts of RNG elements and you cannot under any circumstances think it will be smooth every single time – things will happen differently, effects get placed differently. I guess I am particularly touchy about last night as one of the issues we were having was people grouping up when they had the Blazing radiance and killing us during the firestorm. I was being really really careful about 3 things…staying green in my range radar, watching for the molten torrent and watching for radiance. During one of these moments someone said quite gruffly, “Dragonray you better not be in the group because you have radiance, you better be out of the circle!” I am going to lay down some smackdown if I ever figure out who is was (I wasn’t really listening as I was focusing)….because it had already passed to someone else when the firestorm had started it even showed that in the chat panel.
I think what annoyed me the most was being called out when no one had been called all night. (to the point that earlier someone specifically said “I know who it was but I don’t want to call them out.” on a different attempt) I don’t normally have an issue with being called out – we need to know when we stuff things up, but if everyone else is going to great lengths to not call people out by name – then why do it to me? Is it because I normally don’t mind and people know that? I will never know – but I am just going to take that reasoning over the more negative things running through my head. I have never gotten annoyed/frustrated with wiping if people are remaining calm and trying…so my annoyance lasted less then 30 seconds, but it is one of those things I have posted a lot about recently and it is a big part of my enjoyment in WoW.
Anyway, we did eventually kill the crazy woman!
I think by the end of it, I understand the fight now and it isn’t overly horrific. Space is an issue and co-ordinating people to get range on the mobs and boss is an issue, I know I was deliberately trying to stay behind the healers as they need range more than me. After all that though, I don’t like it and I think it was made harder as a couple of us had to learn it for the first time as ranged.
We only had about 30 minutes left so we went to have a squizz at Kromog.
This looks like it will be a tough fight to coordinate – and only because I think you need to be closer together for the runes which means you will need to be very careful about getting one. The hands take a fair bit of damage to kill, and I know I died to them each time because they simply hurt.
Everything else seems to be ok with this – on the initial couple of attempts – so I don’t think we will find it too hard once we get the runes sorted out. Just avoid the swirlies, and the hands and the earth walls and voila….easy….(yes I fully intend on coming back and eating humble pie one day!!).
All in all I enjoyed myself as I always do when raiding. I got a new kill and most importantly had some laughs with the guild. I can’t wait to see how we go on this guy.