HoTs and DoTs: A Restoration Druid and Shadow Priest

Category Archives: Raiding

8 Rules of Raiding Etiquette and How to Survive Your Trial Period

Over the last few weeks raid attendance to our 25 man progression nights has been abysmal. Vitare, our guild, is progressing reasonably well (2/5 ToGC 25 man) even though we’re only putting in, at the most, 1 night per week doing 25s. We’re coping with our poor turn out as best we can by recruiting [...]

An Insanely Good Tribute Run

Last week the group got him in 2 attempts (without me, /cry) and this week we got Anub’arak without wiping at all. Our 10 man group earns the achievement: A Tribute to Insanity (10). Where’s my ToC Undying title hey?

Starcaller

Our 10 man group defeated Algalon the Observer on Sunday. If you’re following Lathere’s and my Achievements closely you probably already know that. It took us 3 weeks – 2 hours and 33 minutes all up to get him.

Post Patch Nerf (and Buff) Anxiety

Lathere, who is usually so cool and calm when it comes to loot, wasn’t this week. She then explained to me that her Tier 8 Restoration set bonus had been severely nerfed with the latest patch, which, though expected, had come onto the live servers weeks earlier than she had planned. Now I don’t know exactly what the 4 set bonus used to be, but apparently in its current form it renders her Tier 8.5 gear worthless.

Raiding 10s vs 25s

During our 10 man last week the conversation came up:
What do people prefer? 25 mans or 10 mans?

Remind Me to Roll, Please

I have this terrible habit of missing out on loot because I don’t pay attention and forget to roll. It’s my own fault of course. Too busy ressurecting people who died on the opposite side of the room from the boss.

Sound and Ambience

The best way to be aware of what is happening around you isn’t always to pivot your camera and take a look. It isn’t always installing a bunch of addons. Take your eyes off your cast bar (or combo points or whatever) for a moment and look around. Turn on your sound and listen. So many cues in this game come from sound, I honestly don’t know how people play with it turned off.

Bloodlust Lag, The Guild Killer

On Sunday night while Vitare was bashing their heads against Heroic Northern Beasts, we got some pretty shocking news. One of the top Alliance guilds on the server was disbanding. These were the players chasing the leading Alliance guild for fastest progression on the realm.

How to Wipe Less on Heroic
Northrend Beasts

For the last few weeks we’ve been working on Heroic 25 Northrend Beasts, the first boss in a “Tribute” run. Heroic is really a huge step from Normal difficulty. The first night of wiping had me convinced that we needed a heck of a lot more gear before we’d be able to beat it. But we’ve been working on it pretty much each raid night since then.

Since we killed him, I suppose that I’m qualified to offer some suggestions on how we did it.

The Prince and the Army of the Damned

We’ve been raiding and fighting and jousting in Northrend for all this time to take a shot at Arthas and kill him. That’s a lot of anticipation. And the actual final encounter with Arthas needs to live up to that. I’m not talking about the fight being hard. This is not a the-game-is-too-easy-and-I-find-that-unfulfilling type post. This is about letting the imagination run free.