I was stuck with the kids so I told my raid team to start the raid without me. I was worried that we wouldn't have a raid if I wasn't there, so whilst I was lying in bed with a child on each side of me, one clutching my index finger and the other one rubbing their snotty nose on my shoulder, I was on my phone logged into the mobile armory and gchat telling them to get started.
By the time I got online, they had gotten to Nazgrim but not without a couple of hiccups. Kyxyn wanted to be Superman. Faster than a speeding bullet, he was running ahead and pulling trash. Morz and Cranked were probably still trying to figure out who was healing what and Clark Kent went down like a ton of kryptonite had fallen on him. Not just the one time though. There were some strong words from the Tyrant Kyxyn and the two of them put their speedy boots on and kept up for the rest of the trash.
Raked was here again, so he and Kyxyn tanked, and we had 2 windwalker monks (Aimei and Lushen), Moopie, Aza, Sev and Owl DPSing.
I joined the raid when they got to Nazgrim but I wanted to let them do it and try to let go of the apron strings. So imagine how thrilled I was when my two healers, managed to two heal Nazgrim and it went down easily! I don't think any
parent guild leader could be more proud!
On to Malkorok. Since we hadn't killed it yet, I came in to heal and swapped Morzierz out. Morz stayed on standby in case we needed 2 healers. Exray/Owl had gotten a macro from one of his friends and was going to be marking the pie pieces for us. However, my mistake was to trust that he was going to do it and I stood where I thought it was safe and I died because he had forgotten to mark it! That was wipe #1. The second go Moo died,because Owl put down the markers and just when the boss was about to do his Breath of Ysaarj, Owl decided to remove all the markers! (He thought that it had been done already) That was wipe #2. But on the third go we got it down and we were all thrilled to be killing a new boss! Moo was AFK so he is missing from this picture - the pictures I took with him there was a damned INFERNAL in my view... AZA.
So we did Spoils after that and we expected that to be easy. I was with Raked, the monks and Aza, and the others were with Kyxyn. Boxes were opened WAAAY to fast on our side and I got overwhelmed and I died. Aza died from trying to tank the mob from the green box. The second time, Moo died from the mob in the green box and so did Az, so we wiped it up again and then went slowly on our third attempt and Spoils was down. Phew! How exciting, 2 new bosses in one night! Asys got Bracers of the Pristine Purifier.
Then it was on to Thok. I was expecting to be stuck on Thok for a week at least. And we were 2 healing it. I whispered Triarchi, the GM of Illidari Remnants, who was also up to Thok and asked him a little bit about it, and said we were 2 healing it. He said you can't 2 heal Thok. I sighed and thought ok, well this is going to be a wipe fest.
Thok has 2 phases - in healing terms, I think of them as:
- Phase 1 - we stand on his side all bunched up and heal and don't do long casts because the Deafening screech will interrupt your cast and lock you out of heals for a few secs.
- Phase 2 - run like hell up and down the corridor when he targets you so he doesn't eat you and don't get stepped on like an ant if you're not being chased.
So for me it's important I put my Efflo down so everyone knows that's where they're supposed to stand. Then it's chucking instant hots around until we get really low and then I need something that will help me cast tranquility - that's where paladins come in. I whispered Kyxyn and told me he needed to BoP me. I assumed that meant blessing of protection. He said he didn't have it. I was worried - do tanks not have it? He linked me Divine Shield, but that wasn't it so I had to ask the raid what it was that he did. And they said it was Hand of Protection. Well why the hell does everyone call it BoP when it's HoP?? So from now on, Kyxyn and I call it HoP, it's PROPER name.
On our first attempt we got to 32% before we wiped. I think we lost a tank or something. But everyone was quite excited. I expressed my concerns about healing because we were bloodlusting at the start and I worried that we couldn't heal in the last phase, but everyone reassured us we would be fine. On our second attempt the poison phase was horrible (from freeing Akolik) and people were dying to it. Aimei told me that monks can dispel poisons so I told them they had to dispel it themselves and I would do as many as I could. Asys said that everyone was too spread out in that phase, so we couldn't heal them properly. As the tanks and DPS discussed the best way to position the boss and how long to let Thok wander around building stacks, I whispered to Asys, "Why are they talking about this? You know we're going to die from lack of healing! It's crazy in that last phase!"
Asys replied, "They'll work it out when everyone dies in the last phase." I agreed.
So off we went again. Kyxyn was good on the BOP and that first phase seemed to last FOREVER. I didn't realise that it was because of everyone's health being about 50% - if you have 5 people below 50% who are stacked up then he will move to Phase 2. This time I followed the tanks (last time I got separated when I ran a random direction to get away from Thok) and we were doing really good. Ice phase came and went - Owl was frozen this time (I was frozen last time) and then it was poison phase. I burned through my mana chucking heals around and dispelling and then we were into the fire phase. It was chaos - we had lost Lushen by then, and Aimei called for the tanks to move it out of the fire. Thok was 8% and screeching and I asked Kyxyn to BoP me so I could tranq. "HoP Nav! HoP!" he said, and I had my bubble and so I hit Spiritwalker's Grace and run with my tranquility and I was yelling for everyone to use personal CDs, healthstones, anything when my tranq ran out. I think Asys got a healing tide down too, and Kyxyn used his devotion aura too suddenly it was OMG THOK IS DEAD and we were all cheering! OMG 3 pulls and we got Thok, we were so chuffed! Not just that, in one night (2 hours) we had done 3 new bosses on normal! Kyxyn said that he died more times on the trash before Nazgrim than he died on all the new bosses all night. I found that a little hard to believe - did he die more than 6 times on trash? No way!
Moo got his Tier helm, but nobody wanted Hvitserk's Formidable Shanker so it was sharded. However, there was a gasp from me when I saw that Aimei had rolled a warforged Thok's Acid Grooved Tooth - he had forgotten to change his loot specialisation! Man, I wanted that trinket!!
Great work Frostwolves! Now, we have Monday to look at Blackfuse. I don't imagine that would be as easy as Wing 3 turned out to be - and 2 healing again?? Maybe I should take a break and let Morz and Cranked do that one :D