As most of you who bother to come here already know, Analogue and Reversion were not able to raid this weekend, and neither was Logarithm. This left us without both of our tanks, our heal lead … and our raid leaders. For most groups, that would mean a week off. But not us!
Plan going into Friday night was for me and Grom to tank. Grom has been building a prot offset and has wanted to try it, so this offered up the perfect chance for it. That left two heal slots open since I normally heal, so we got Jhudora to come back and I asked Lore to come on his pally to take my spot. We filled Grom’s dps spot with a priest, Annaliese.
An hour before raid time, though, Lore got a call and had to go deal with a real life issue. Well obviously family > raid, and we did have Annaliese who happens to prefer disc healing over dps anyway, so she fit nicely into the healing team. But now we’re short a dps. Fortunately, Slice had transferred his mage over earlier in the day, so I wait anxiously for him to log on. When he does, I tell him “We need you to raid!” .. he’s like “sure, when?” … “um … now” … /invite Velineda
I didn’t even give him time to finish enchanting his stuff, but he did fine anyway. The raid went quite well, considering the personnel changes. Of course, we had Ado leading, which almost guarantees a smooth raid. Friday night we knocked off Magmaw, Omnitron, and Maloriak. I’ve now tanked both Maloriak and the adds. Most people will say that tanking the boss is the easier job, but … I think it depends a lot on your individual skillset. Interrupting the arcane storms and ONLY the arcane storms (we have a dps responsible for the add interrupts) is just as crucial to the fight as keeping the adds rounded up, so both jobs require staying focused.
We ended Friday night at Halfus but I think we were all tired by then because it didn’t go well. So we picked it up there on Saturday all fresh. It only took a couple of tries or so and we had him. Much much better. Twin dragons took awhile to learn, although I’m glad to have gotten alot of practice on it. The one other time I tried to tank it, we hadn’t seen much of it and Rev ended up tanking and having me bring in Karius. This time I knew the fight well, having killed it as ranged, melee, and heals, so I was prepared for proper dragon placement.
Once the dragons were finally down, we had only progression fights or Conclave of Wind left. So we went to Throne. That took, um … maybe three tries? Really, the group did great. So now we have almost a full hour left, and all of our farm content is down. Ado asks for suggestions and I’m quick to the punch … OS3D! I wants a dragon. People are of course given the option to opt out on that. So we end up going in with 8 people, and down him in …26s. I’m tempted to try that on 25man. Anyway, I actually got what I came for … thank Elune I rolled good on the one thing I could roll on all weekend. hehe!
BTW, rumors that Slice was the only one playing Alliance this weekend are completely false … I ran into this pretty little dwarf lock in Ironforge the other night …