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This Week in Raiding… Razorblade Roller Coaster!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I must say, this week was a bit of a roller coaster for the Razorblade Arcade raid team!  Sunday night, we ventured in to Icecrown Citadel to finish clearing up the bosses we could.  The plan was to make our way to Putricide, taking out Rotface on the way.  Well, one of our raiders had forgotten about the raid… so we had to bring in some PUG DPS.  This is the kind of PUG that I get mixed feelings about.  He seemed to follow instructions fine, no blowing up the raid or anything… but simply was not pulling the numbers we were looking for.  I felt bad for him.  But we realized after an attempt at Putricide that he was doing half the DPS of the person he was temporarily filling in for, so it wasn’t a good idea to waste our valuable attempts.

Instead, we headed to Blood Princes and took them out pretty quickly.  I took up my post on Disco Ball duty (which is not nearly as fun as it sounds). I was pretty pleased – we managed to take out both Rotface and Blood Princes in a couple hours, when before they took entire nights of attempts to get down.  Progress!

Monday night we all hunkered down to push through and finally beat Putricide into the ground.  Confidence was high and things were looking good – but alas, just two attempts in our Resto Shaman lost his connection, and we know from experience that meant he probably wouldn’t be back for the rest of the raid.  It sucked, but we took advantage of it and did a Sarth 3d to get someone a mount, and 6-minute Maly to get some Glory of the Raider achievements.  Unfortunately, the night was also spattered with some drama within the Officer class… but I won’t get in to that here.

Wednesday, on the other hand, was a beautiful raid night.  7 bosses in less than 3 hours!  Putricide took us just 4 attempts (including one where our Abomination tank disconnected at the start).  I really don’t know what we were doing much differently from our previous attempts (in which we could barely get him below 70%) but we really hit the nail on the head this time!

Sunday night we head in to hopefully take down the Blood Queen with our remaining 16 attempts and maybe even get a peek into the new wing!


treasure_chest1This Week in Raiding… is my weekly Saturday post where I allow myself to expatiate about new gear, bosses, achievements, and such.

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This Week in Raiding: Rotgut and Festerface

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

This week we had our first experience with the Plagueworks of Icecrown Citadel.  I have to say, it’s a bit of a challenge.  First, we have Frogger 2.0.  A few torpid people in our raid even died to it… I won’t name names, to protect my their integrity.

Then came the Valkyr mobs.  And after getting overpowered by our own selves, we managed to take these mobs out by focusing on the Valkyrs instead of the ghosts.  That seems to work most of the time.

Onto the puppies, Precious and Stinky!  It’s true that they’re almost mini-versions of Gluth from Naxxramas, even their abilities.  It just goes to show you how much more difficult this place will be if they are using old bosses as trash!  In the end, they weren’t very difficult.  Although I think Precious should have a chance to drop that pretty red ribbon… that could be a fun little trinket. :)

We first went in and had our way with Festergut.  After only one wipe, we managed to get him down.  It takes a bit of coordination but it certainly is manageable.  Loot was dropped, and it was of the hunter loot variety.  Yay!  Things were swell.

… And then came Rotface.  Buttface is more like it!  We’ve now spent several hours (about one and a half raid nights) fighting him, and still haven’t gotten him down.  It was a bit demoralizing to see wipe after wipe and very little in the way of improvement… we really couldn’t even see where to improve.  You see, the problem with that fight (at least using our initial strategy) is that it’s a difficult and interesting fight really only for the slime tank.  The rest of us get to side step around the boss every 30 seconds or so, and maybe even kite a slime to the slime tank.  That’s about it.  After many, many hours of this, it gets a bit boring.

Not to mention “Good news, everyone!” and “Great news, everyone!” being shouted into your ear repeatedly!  For once, I was actually tempted to turn my game sounds off completely just to keep some piece of sanity!

After a second night of wiping on Buttface, analyzing what was killing us and some good looks at videos and various slime-kiting strategies, we’ve managed to lock down on a new way to do it and we’re very confindent he’s going to be down for the count next week.  Stay tuned!

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“That Guy”

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Not actually my "that guy", but a fairly accurate representation from my imagination.

Along with a new guild comes a whole slew of new faces.  It’s an exciting time to get to make new friends and build new connections.  So far, things in my new guild, “Razorblade Arcade”, have been going swimingly.  While we only have about 13 people in the guild, it’s more active than Unemployed was when I decided to move on, and I’ve been able to play with both old and new friends.  10 mans are fun and more intimate, and that’s really what I want and have the patience for right now.  But you know no matter how big or small a group is, there’s always… “THAT GUY”.

[RW][ThatGuy] BREZ ME
[RW][ThatGuy] BREZ ME
[RW][ThatGuy] BREZ ME!!!!!!

And it might not even be the same guy (or girl) for everyone.  Your “that guy” could be everyone else’s favourite player!  But you know that there’s nothing that’s going to change it – he’ll always be “that guy” who makes you pout when you see him join a raid, who makes you cringe when he speaks on vent, who makes you facepalm when he types something.

[R][ThatGuy] we cant whipe cause i have 1 reagent
[R][Raider] god damnit ThatGuy
[R][Brajana] ><
[R][ThatGuy] what
[R][ThatGuy] rofl
[R][Brajana] you should come to raids prepared!
[R][ThatGuy] ya……i kinda forgot
[R][ThatGuy] rofl
[R][ThatGuy] i had an issue witha rl friend today so, i didnt really think about
[R][ThatGuy] LOL
[R][ThatGuy] LOLOLOL
[R][ThatGuy] ahahahaha

[R][80:Vageata:1] wtb summons
[R][80:Xacklir:1] wtb fly here like everyone else :P
[R][80:Ladryn:2] ageeeeed lol :P
[R][80:Vageata:1] sorry i was looking at badge vendor
[R][80:Vageata:1] but ok

So, I’ve got a new guy.  When he first PUG’d with us, I was pretty happy with him.  But it wasn’t long before he got comfortable with the group and his 15-year old teenage boy-ness got the best of him.

[R][ThatGuy] wtb summons
[R][Raider] wtb fly here like everyone else :P
[R][OtherRaider] ageeeeed lol :P
[R][ThatGuy] sorry i was looking at badge vendor
[R][ThatGuy] but ok

I’m a pretty understanding person.  I don’t dislike a lot of people.  I try my best to let that guy do his thing and move on, but sometimes… there just isn’t enough patience in the world.

[R][ThatGuy] sorry i just have to do this
ThatGuy (a healer) links the healing meters.
[R][Brajana] And why did you HAVE to do it?
[R][ThatGuy] cause it was pro rofl
[R][Raider] Did we kill the boss?
[R][ThatGuy] rofl no
[R][Raider] Because that would have been pro.

Like I said, facepalm.

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Learning 2 Play

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

horde-coliseum-treated

As you all know, patch 3.2.0 dropped yesterday.  Hydraxis had some extended maintenance, but it was up just in time to get our raids together.  The plan was to take 2 10-man groups into the new Argent Colliseum.

Although my group didn’t get started until about an hour and a half into raid time, when we finally did go in, we were raring to go!

I’d briefly glanced over MMO Champion’s list of abilities for this fight, but I am horrible at putting a list of abilities into a coherent strategy.  All I knew is “there are some knockbacks or poisons or something.”

None of us really knew what to expect, we didn’t know if we would have to fight all the “Beasts” at once, or if it was timed, or if we’d get a break between them.

And we were fine with that.  More than fine, in fact!

Last night was one of those rare opportunities where something is so new, that there is no well-known strategy to use.  Instead of reading the strat and evaluating ourselves on how well we can execute it, we had to be attentive to what happened in each attempt and develop and evolve our own strategy.

All ten of us participated in this process, adding suggestions and observations and asking plenty of questions.

It was one of those times where I remembered why I love playing this game, and how it really does help develop real world problem solving and teamwork skills. We had to learn and adapt how we played, and each attempt was nearly better than the last.

I hope everyone who is able to get a group together can give this a try!  Don’t just wait for someone else to develop a strategy, use your own!

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This Week in Raiding… More 10-Man!

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

The last couple weeks have been difficult.  Most players will know what the summer can do to any solid raiding guild, and we’ve experienced quite a bit of that problem.  It’s no one’s fault, really… people are busy going on holidays or having company over (or in my case, having a tooth removed).

So the last 2 weeks have been mostly 10-mans.  Last week we ran 1 group of 10, a strike force dedicated to rushing in and taking out Yogg. I was lucky enough to be part of that group for the first night!

And it was a lot of fun.  I always forget how much I really do enjoy doing 10-mans… it helps refresh your strategies and makes you feel a bit more responsible and valuable to the team when there are only 10 of you.

On Tuesday we got all the way through to General Vezax, and after taking some extra time after the raid, we got him down.  I was pretty excited, and revitalized to see him on Heroic next time!

Unfortunately I wasn’t there the rest of the week due to my tooth extraction, but the rest of the managed to go through and get Yogg Saron down… pretty exciting!

This week I was unavailable to raid Tuesday and Wednesday due to company, but the guild managed to get 1 night of 25s, then had to resort to 2 tens the next night.  It was sort of the opposite of the previous week for me, and I got to go in and see General and Yogg.

Yogg was fun!  I had fun dodging the clouds and going into the portals.  I am a bit scared of going in there with 25 people though… it’s rough enough trying to get 10 people not to stand in the clouds!

Anyway, I realized when I logged in to raid that I hadn’t logged into my Hunter since the previous raid last Tuesday.  That’s nearly 10 days!  And it made me figure out that I’m just not that interested in doing anything but raiding with her anymore.  That’s not a bad thing, but I really do know where my priorities lie.

Hopefully next week we’ll be back to 25s!


treasure_chest1This 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!