Raiding - First night, first wing; Second night not happening!
Now that first wing is on farm I was hoping to get some casuals in so that their gear can get up to par so we can tackle some of the later bosses if they have to substitute in. The first two bosses at least are easy for the slightly undergeared, and I was hoping Voros could hop in if we were short.
However, we only just had enough to raid and we had Sabre who is in sore need of gear, so I decided against sitting someone out for Voros. I also asked Asys to sit out on his druid, and perhaps that was not the best thing to do as I will outline later.
It was a good night for offspec gear to drop. I walked out with 2 agi leather items, which made me wish that Lush had brought his monk in so that he could gear up as our backup tank. And it would be fun to have a monk in the raid.
The first two bosses went down well, dispels on the Fallen Protectors made me happy and Taloski's healing put me to high shame. I thought that perhaps in the future we may be able to 2 heal those two bosses, so we can get some other people geared.
Norushen went well too, but we had some hiccups on The Sha of Pride, and I kept getting max Pride despite being as careful as possible. It could have been because we took a bit longer in the burn phase which meant we had more dispels and thus gained more pride.
There was some sweet loot picked up by everyone. Aza rolled Purified Bindings of Immerseus, and got Warforged Sha-sealed Sandals from the Fallen Protectors. Sev rolled a warforged Gaze of Arrogance from Sha. Souglyy won the Tier chest from Sha, and I passed on Prismatic Prison of Pride to let Taloski have it - surely a guilt thing after I took the Lei Shen weapon from him LOL.
Thursday however, we bashed our heads on the waves of mobs from Galakras. The tower party went well, but the ground party was dying a lot, and it didn't seem to improve during the night. Raked was having the poops with the fight because nothing seemed to be improving, though I felt like it was getting slightly better with improved survivability (ie, people weren't dead when the guys came out of the tower). Loth'remar was taking a lot of damage and we had our NPCs die a few times causing the raid to reset.
Aza told me to DPS the banner and at first I was cranky because I have so much to do already without having to add my crappy DPS on a banner, wasting one GCD which could have been better used on a rejuvenate or a refresh of a lifebloom or a reposition of my mushroom/efflo. However, once the banner was up it's so large, it was easy to target and I managed to hit it once or twice with a noobfire and it has very little health. Moo was having a hard time, getting hit by stuff all the time, and I wondered if there was something in particular he could avoid but he said he was dying to fire arrows.
By the end of the night people got surly and Raked disconnected and did not come back halfway through the fight. Lush was glad the night was over because he had to be at the airport at 6am to fly interstate for work, and he logged off.
I will have to go review what we can do better for that fight. I don't like bashing my head pointlessly on stuff.
Now about Asys....
After I asked him to sit out on Wednesday, I got an ingame mail, saying that he might move his druid elsewhere since now the team had a fulltime tank back and he was no longer needed. I hoped that I had not upset him or made him feel unwelcome so I was looking for him in game to chat to and see if he still wanted to stay and tank part time or play his shaman, but he has been hiding and not logged on during the times I am on. If he decided to go, I wish him all the best and a big thank you for helping us raid during those tough times. One of the greatest things about Asys is that he doesn't give up and he is willing to try different things to make something work. And he was helpful and willing to try out different toons to raid with. I really tip my hat off to him - he helped Frostwolves find their feet on Saurfang.
But this leaves some holes in our raiding roster again. Where did all my healers go? No Bish or Lacrox, Roshii is missing, Voros is not really available due to family stuff for a few weeks... but at least Moo will be back to raiding full time. Is it time to recruit again? Or maybe I can ask Priestie/Frostie to heal - I suppose I can start sitting out some more, as long as Moo or Sev start figuring out how to do the EPGP (I can see them now - screaming NO NAVI DON'T SIT OUT BECAUSE I DON'T WANNA DO THE EPGP WHATEVER THINGO!). Either way, we have some tight times ahead.
And of course, don't forget daylight savings this weekend. That will surely confuse the hell out of everyone who is in Queensland and other countries.