I logged on last night with no real plan. I was going to run through everyone’s fishing and cooking dailies and maybe fish up some buff food in preparation for this weekend’s raid and then go from there. I was in the middle of the fourth fishing daily when Cael asked if anyone wanted a random. I was on Rags so I figured ‘what the hey’ and said I’d go. We picked up a couple more DPS in guild and away we went.
Stonecore! Well, we have a repent, a sheep, and a mind control. How bad can it be? Famous last words, right? Although, the CC wasn’t a problem. The pug healers, however … The first druid we got, I spent more mana shielding him than dps’ing. I don’t know how he got so much aggro. He stood in Corborus’ burrow twice, said “i think it’s time you made this an all guild run,” and dropped group. The second druid did the same thing once, but we downed him the second time. Then wiped on the next trash. Druid #2 dropped group in the middle of the next pull.
Cael tried to requeue us but I said “two was enough, I’m getting Kerick.” I didn’t want to deal with a revolving door of healers. I suppose I could have tried healing it on Rags, he does have a holy spec. But I have a bit of a double standard I guess. I’m perfectly fine with coming in as a DPS with no gems or enchants, but there’s no way I’m going to heal that way. As my fourth alt who has little to no chance of seeing the inside of a raid, I haven’t bothered to spend the resources to enhance his gear.
The rest of the run was fine. Sure, we had some rough spots .. it’s Stonecore! But honestly, I can say from healing the rest of it, there was nothing wrong with Cael’s tanking and he wasn’t especially squishy. I’ve been healing Log and Squishybear, trust me, I know squishy and Cael wasn’t it! So maybe we just got unlucky and got inexperienced dudes queueing on their offspec to not have to wait in line for an hour. (One was even named something with boomkin in it.) IDK. Maybe Analogue can tell me if resto druids are especially squishy … I know they have lots of healing aggro. But I don’t know enough about the class to definitively label these two as “bad”, so I’ll leave the quotations around it.
Halfus Dance Party
While we were finishing up in there, Cruel was putting together a BoT raid. I hadn’t intended to go, but Rev and Ana and Empy were all in, and they were short one DPS, so I grabbed Karius. Trash went fine, then when we got to Halfus and there were whelps, I decided to swap to fire for more AoE when they are released. So we had a mage of each spec in the raid. That was kinda cool.
After a few wipes, one of the shadow priests had an issue come up and had to go. So … what do we do while we wait around for a replacement to be found?
Kar got down with Empyrean and Reciprocal.
And some catdog action to go with the squishybear.
And of course, Invariant had to get in some shots, but since she’s a tiny widdle gnome, she had to find a way to be seen.
Best part is, we did actually get him down … on what had already been announced as the last pull of the night. I know for some people it was their first boss kill of the expansion, so grats to them! It was the first time Karius had killed him, too, so I was pretty happy with that.