So I think I must have been crazy….CRAZY!?!?!?!
A few weeks ago, even a few weeks before Navimie posted this , I had discussed with her the possibility of starting up a casual 10 man normal team because I had been noticing the increased amount of people online. We are not all part of the main heroic team and I know I am keen to raid, so I wondered if others were as well.
Well it came up again in discussion with someone a few weeks later so we decided to really delve into the options. I did not expect that 25 people (both casual/non raider and alts) would be keen. I originally had hoped we could have it on the same night as one of their current raids so it wasn’t an added night – however – I stupidly did not think that heroic raiders would want to do the same content even more?!?! So we decided upon Sunday – but given the date I discussed with Navimie starting at 7.30 and finishing by about 10 pm – if a boss was close though we could push it to 10.30 without too much issue.
Sadly, the invite was made for 8.30 – by which stage quite a few people had accepted and I figured we could change it for the next week :) This first week would be more about seeing if we had the make up and the guff to pull off a normal run.
Exray and I started stressing midweek when we noticed that over 10 people had accepted the invite !! (GULP) So we decided on a rough plan/outline based on the people signed up with the understanding to wait until before the raid to actually see if everyone turned up. Well…not only did everyone turn up, so did other people that hadn’t signed up!!! eep! In the end our tally was 16 people willing to go and only a handful of them were from the main raiding team.
Clearly with that number not everyone was going to get in – it was impossible – and certainly should not have been expected. I will admit to being slightly disappointed that only a couple of us seemed keen to switch out regularly – there was that distinct silence from people when the request went out – you all know the silence – we have all done it at some point in our raiding lives. I won’t name names but I will remember who they were. Not that I want to be self-centered but it was my raid (I use my because I went to Nav and I pushed it) and I sat out more than others – and that made me unhappy slightly. But you know me…always willing to appease others
We headed in and I did a quick attitude check a’la Frosties Flex, loot check and a few other housekeeping bits and pieces, everyone was cool with the switching in and out and the mains over alts for loot. I was asked if they wanted to set to Master looter and my response was we were guildies – if we couldn’t trust each other we were screwed.
Exray (Owl) did a fantastic job of raid leading and explaining each of the fights for the people who were not sure what was going on. We one shot everything to the Dark Shamans. I haven’t done normals much – and I was relying heavily on him to let me know what we could and couldn’t do with the group we had. As always – he was superb!!
We started with Immersius – One shot!
Snuck a piccie as I was running past the fallen protectors – one shot:
Norushen – which I think I royally cocked up the cleansing ball thingies…but you know…we went ok so…I forgive myself :p HAHAH and ONE SHOT!!
Snuck a portal pic – to prove we did Pride – ONE SHOT :
Galakras – I was in the tower group – I even did the shooting of Galakras!! WOOT! Very exciting – I like learning new things! Drauka did the other tower shooting! ONE SHOT!!
At this point Navimie the stresshead came online, I can imagine she was thinking all hell was breaking lose and death was imminent and perhaps even some body parts were being ripped off each other and flown across the Vale. Mummy even posted about it here - but I told her to jump into vents whilst I was waiting for them to kill Juggernaught I gave her the quick run down that everything was going really well – basically refer this entire post!! heheh I think that relieved her stress, she even sat in on the rest of the raid and listened to us being nice to each other :p
Iron Jugger sounded like it went down faster than…well…something fast…I still maintain he looks like a scorpion!!! I had barely finished chatting to Nav and they had him down.
then Shamans – we did the strat they use for heroics – as in – I was outside with Exray and Moz for some healing and everyone else was inside. It was pretty easy for us as all we had to worry about was purple clouds really – I did some AOE on the slimes (which I don’t think I did too badly on – but stupid purple clouds kept getting in my way!!). The inside group were enjoying the tables and laying down good streams apparently so it sounded ok in there as well!! The trash groups did not like our warriors – at all, I counted over 4 deaths…I shouldn’t laugh but they are now joke fodder!!
I didn’t get any loot at all. NONE!! I used extra rolls and most of the bosses I was in for dropped at least 2 items I could use as upgrades – and I got nothing!!! We shant discuss other cloth dps people stealing my loot!!! WE SHALL NOT!!!
I had hoped we would get the first wing down – I was expecting a couple of wipes and some fumbling – but boy was I excited when we just kept going!
Everyone contributed to the raid in a positive way, we had solid groups for fight – there were a few close calls, but mostly everyone using personal cooldowns, pots etc helped and we survived the fights – we one shot everything. Not sure Garrosh could be done just yet, but it certainly isn’t outside the realms of possibility.
To give you a brief idea of our night We had a lot of shammies!!! SHAMMIES EVERYWHERE!!!!
So thank you to everyone who came, everyone who wanted to come but we couldn’t in and those who are keen to come again! I am not sure at this stage if we will just extend our lock out or go from the start again (lots of people still need upgrades from the first 2 wings), but we will make a decision during the week and let you know how it goes. There were a couple of people like McTacky who came online after we had basically sorted out who had accepted the invite in the calender and who was switching for bosses already so we couldn’t get him in – but hopefully next week we can remedy that – I am sorry to those people!! Lominari decided to not even bother jumping online given we had so many people already wanting to go so I am well aware there was a lot of interest in this!
And thanks Nav for letting us try this out