This week was our first real week of 3.1 raiding, and it was quite the mixed bag of emotions for me.
On Tuesday we pulled together 25 people and headed in to Ulduar. We managed to get Flame Leviathan down last week after a few messy starts, so this week the plan was to try it with one tower up. I got to try out the Chopper this week! It was fun. So far I’ve tried everything but driving the Siege Engine… and I don’t know what I like the best! They’re all pretty fun.
We got Leviathan down really quickly… but it turns out no one actually turned hard mode on, and we didn’t get the achievement. Oh well! We’ll try next time. I did manage to pick up Gloves of the Fiery Behemoth – FINALLY netting me the Epic Achievement! I had to respec and regem to allow for the loss of hit… but it’s completely worth it.
We hammered away at Razorscale most of the remainder of the night. We had a couple of good attempts, but the best we did was getting her to about 57% at which point she enraged. From what I can see, we have two major problems right now: People are dying in crap, which should NOT be happening. The solution to that is simple – just don’t do it. The second issue is that our DPS is not up to par. We are carrying far too many people.
We’ve got some people who are trying out DPSing for the first time. Personally, I think Ulduar is not a good place to learn a new role. Spend some time in a few Heroics first, or at least with a test dummy… but Ulduar isn’t Naxx – we can’t carry 5 DPS doing less than 2k, it’s just not going to get us anywhere. These people either need to practice, get better gear, or get replaced if we want to make any progress.
XT’s trash? Ridiculous! I’ve been told it’s been nerfed since, but we really weren’t expecting it to be so hard, and it kicked our butts thoroughly on Tuesday night. I got to do some trapping, but it’s difficult to trap a mob that pounces and stuns you!
Wednesday night we went in with another strategy for trash: we kited them back to Razorscales room and ran around in circles taking them down. It was messy, but it got the job done.
We didn’t have a full 25 at any point on Wednesday. That was not a good start to things. We still haven’t solidified a strategy for Razorscale, and we haven’t gotten her down. We made some halfhearted attempts at XT, but again, no really solid strategy.
In the end, we split into two 10-man groups. My group ended up taking down Flame Leviathan, and the other got Orbital Bombardment and a couple of XT’s achievements.
To be honest, I think we should be doing 10-mans regularly. And I know the gear isn’t AMAZING, but we wouldn’t be doing it for the gear. What we need is focus and practice. I’m sure the people who were in the other 10-man and got XT down have a better feel for the fight now, and I wish I could have been there. If we could all get a chance to try it without the chaos of 25 people running around, I think we’d do a LOT better stepping into 25-man.
But this has been discussed and the leaders have stated that we are a 25-man guild, not a 10-man guild (although I’m sure they didn’t mind getting those achievements and boss kills).
We spent Thursday night in 10-mans again. I had so much fun, and I learned a lot… in fact, I wrote about it all yesterday.
This Week in Raiding… is my weekly Saturday post where I allow myself to brag about new gear, bosses, achievements, and such.
Come back next week for another dose of epeen and QQ!