Posts Tagged ‘Chandrilea’

Burning Dragons

March 1, 2011

If you read Analogue and Reversion’s blog also, you already know how the weekend raid went.

Friday we … man I need to start writing these down. I have to really think about where we went first. LOL. Pretty sure we hit BoT first though. Yeah, yeah we did. Before the raid, Kaly wiped his 2H frost offspec and picked up the Desecration +2 spec for fights other than Wind Council where he has to handle adds. His main tank spec is the Lichborne +2 spec. (Details on both specs can be found over at pwnwear.com. If you have a DK and are thinking about tanking, it is THE place to get info.)

So .. Halfus. We had Storm Rider, Whelps and Slate, released in that order. So I put on the desecration spec. My job was to release and tank the Storm Rider, then when he is almost down release and aggro all of the whelps, release and tank the Slate Dragon once the whelps are down, and then take the boss from Rev so he can go cat for max DPS in the final phase. We one shot it and beat our previous best time.

I swapped specs and we cleared the trash and moved on to Valiona and Theralion. Now, this is one we’ve worked on once or twice but hadn’t made any serious attempts in a couple of weeks. So we all had things to learn on it. First time I let T eat Analogue when he came down. Oh, I can taunt him before he even lands? Well, gosh. I guess that will make it easier. Yeah. We made progress and were starting to get the hang of it, but decided it would be better to get Rev tanking and bring Karius in. Still took about six attempts after that, but …

BTW, does anyone know how to get rid of those little white strips along the top of Combustionhelper? They showed up after the patch and they annoy me.

I tried  both frost and fire for this fight, and ultimately ended up going with fire. The DPS differences weren’t that huge, but I wasn’t killing myself with cauterize, so the extra mobility of fire won out. Now that they nerfed Deep Freeze and buffed Frostbolt to compensate, frost has lost a little of its capability on movement-heavy encounters, at least in my limited experience.

Afterwards, I hopped back on Kaly and we went and one-shot the Council of Wind. This is one fight where you do NOT want to use the desecration spec, because if you slow the adds on the green platform, it may keep them in the green healy circle longer. A nice tank ring dropped. I know some people in the guild are all like ‘grumble grumble no loot I want there why do it’, but our raid likes having a guaranteed kill each week, plus sometimes one of us *does* need a belt or ring, and if not, hey, it’s free maelstrom crystals.

Well, with three down and still more than an hour left in our raid, we figured we might as well get Magmaw too. This proved to be a little more of a challenge. Part of it was just my newness to tanking the fight. I ended up tossing on both of my stam trinks instead of one stam and the Porcelain Crab. It took until the final pull of the night, but eventually it all came together and we downed him.

Saturday night, as Analogue has already mentioned, we had a few personnel issues. Once we got a full roster though, we went after Omnitron. For this fight, I did go with the desecration spec, as it’s helpful to slow the slimes as soon as they spawn. Of course, this only works if I’m the one actually tanking Toxitron. We didn’t discuss it beforehand, but as luck would have it, I did end up with Tox. We one shot it. Plate DPS bracers dropped and of course I said give them to Grom, they’re not tanky. Then as it turned out, he already had them, so he gave them to me.

Maloriak. Perhaps if I had mentioned the desecration spec to Rev, he would have put me on adds. As it was, he took the harder job for himself and let me learn the fight by tanking the boss. We had a few issues adjusting to the difference in personnel .. the person playing the mage was unfamiliar with magery and so the shaman had to purge remedy, meaning the other interrupts had to be handled by others. I got the responsibility of covering the Arcane Storms. No problem! I have always loved doing interrupts. Yes, I know I’m weird. As with the night before on Magmaw, it took awhile, and it was the last pull of the night when we finally got him. And he dropped the gloves that Kerick has been drooling over .. you know, the ones with haste? Yeah … they are now a crystal. /cry

All in all, though, it was a very successful weekend. Six bosses down!  It’s nice to know that, even when faced with having to pull in three new people in order to field a team that week, we can still down our farm bosses and even get a new one.

So how did Karius celebrate the fact that he actually got to be in on a first kill?

Talk about getting burned … you better be  careful, there, Kar. That Chan’s a real heartbreaker! I don’t know what you and Kerick are thinking, messing with Kaly’s girl like that. 😛

Doubly Spurned

February 15, 2011

Kerick was out grinding Lovely Charms and throwing rose petals on Hordies last night in Uldum when all of a sudden, the world turned red.

Oh me, me! Pick me!! I know you want to see my golden locks go up in flames.

I hadn’t actually seen him when Karius got toasted, but I did the same thing then that I did now … frantically turned the camera every which way in an effort to spot him. And then I saw him!

Wait … where are you going? Hey! Get back here!! You were supposed to kill me. *sigh* I hopped on my drake and flew over to where he’d been but I saw nothing burning. I’m not quite sure what happened, but he didn’t seem to have torched ANYTHING. Completely bogus, man. Blizz, fix the fake flyovers, k?

Despite having found both an orc shaman and an undead warrior there, this incident left Kerick feeling pretty angry. He gave up the charm farming and bemoaned the fact that he hadn’t found a troll rogue yet.  Chandrilea came to his rescue though, promising to make one for him. He brightened right up at that proposition, and promptly popped on Crusader Aura and set a course for the Echo Isles.

Now, as we all know, Chan has been Kalyon’s girl for quite some time. But since Kaly’s tanking hasn’t been needed, he hasn’t been around much. So Kerick has been moving in on his turf, and he thought it was going quite well. Why, just this past Saturday he and Chan had a very romantic picnic in Dalaran. They nibbled on Buttermilk Delights, and then flew together to Naxx and Wintergrasp to pity some fools. He was in for a surprise though when he got to Sen’jin.

Well, we know where her heart lies. Poor Kerick completely underestimated her feelings. The bond between healers is great, but can’t stand up to that tank-healer bond. I mean, come on boy, what were you thinking? Kaly has felt the sweet loving ticks of her renews. Chan has stood back to back with Kaly, surrounded by mobs of undead, safe and secure in his Death and Decay. You had no chance.

This is the second human priest that has broken his heart. He is swearing them off for good. Time to find a tank of his own instead.

Five minutes later, he’s off to Halls of Origination with Logarithm for a fun game of “See How Low Log’s Health Can Go” … perhaps someone should have warned him about rebounds.

Kingslayers!

August 31, 2010

Title says it all.

OMG that fight is not easy. We were there a couple of hours. We had some trouble getting first phase down because we tried a couple of different things from how they had done it before. Once we switched to the way most of them were used to doing it, we had no more problems with phase 1.

We only spread defile over the entire platform once. I think we only lost one person to val’kyr over the course of the night, too. I was impressed with everyone’s ability to focus. There was joking around, sure, but once we were hitting phase 2, vent cleared except for Cael calling things out.

That phase 3 … OMG, I don’t think there’s any way I could have survived this fight if I hadn’t respecced into blood. Don’t get me wrong, the healers did an awesome job … but the ability to pop vampiric blood and have 80k health to survive a Soul Reaper when the other tank is still busy with a Spirit is priceless. Somewhere in between wipes I swapped out the Glyph for the Black Heart, and wore that along with the Corroded Skeleton Key for as much health as I could get.

I got this one just as he hit 10%, before he killed everyone.

That third phase was crazy. You can see we tanks ended up with him in a corner over near the throne … I’m sure that worried the healers a little bit. I know Cael mentioned later that it freaked him out. But that was where I drug him to avoid a defile. Meh … we won. But damn … he’s tough.

I MISSED the cinematic. I was typing and somehow escaped out of it just as it was trying to start up. Oh well … there’s always the fountain in Dalaran.

Everyone put on their titles as soon as it was over, then there was some loot distribution or something  … wasn’t important. Then it was photo time.

And of course, more Kaly ‘n Chan time. 😉

Poor Bolvar .. talk about a fate worse than death … geez.

Once we got back to town … well ….

Perhaps it was somewhat dickish, but can you really blame us? We were all so excited and proud. There were a couple of people from hardcore raiding guilds making fun of us, but we didn’t care.

You know, I’m kinda glad now that Cael and I didn’t get it in that pug we went to. It was way beyond awesome to get it with a group of people that I know … to get it with friends. And geez, Cael got it with his family there! Does it get any more awesome than that?

Bam! Pow! Bankai!

August 30, 2010

Thanks a lot Fyuria, now I’ve got Bleach on the brain. Dang rogues, always up to no good.

Anywho, last night was the debut of Crits reorganized progression team. We had a few people who had never downed the end wing bosses, and others, like me, who were there in a new role that they hadn’t taken that deep into ICC. In fact, Kaly had never beaten a boss outside of the plague wing on 10 man … and his forays to Valithria and Blood Princes in 25 man had been solely as DPS.

It was, to put it bluntly, a smashing success. I don’t think we even had a death until we got to Blood Princes. Our only wipe was the first attempt on Sind .. and I can place almost all of the blame for that one on myself. I’m at her side, happily DPSing away in 3rd phase, when it comes time to tank swap so Moe can clear his stacks … and I haven’t bothered to clear mine. So yeah, I got flattened. But omg, that fight is SO easy as a DK. Blistering Cold? Bwahahahah .. who cares?! /cast anti magic shell

We downed 11/12 in about 3.5 hours. Then we ran up to the Frozen Throne for pics.

Then of course, Kaly had to have some alone time with his favorite girlfriend Chandrilea.

Tonight we get the entire block of raid time to work on the King. Keep your fingers crossed … cuz I have no clue what I’m doing. xD