March 19, 2009, 01:05:15 AM by Scythe | Views: 2731 | Comments: 0



One of the few remaining achievements on our "hit list" has been to earn the title of "the Undying", which signifies a complete clear of Naxxramas (within one week) without any deaths during a boss encounter. We've been working on this for a few weeks, but have been hamstrung with a series of freak accidents, usually involving Heigan the Unclean and his notorious "safety dance".

We've kept plugging away at it though. Last night saw an exceptionally clean bit of raiding by a mixture of our raiders and more casual players that really set the stage for us, leaving only Sapphiron and Kel'thuzad left to clear this evening. These aren't particularly difficult fights for us, but I'd be lying if we didn't feel a bit of anxiety now that we were close to achieving our goal.

We can bring it when we need to though and both fights were executed in textbook fashion. We did have a one of those h...
March 16, 2009, 01:49:38 AM by Scythe | Views: 2644 | Comments: 0

After our regular weekly clean up (Sartharion, Heroic Sartharion, Malygos), we decided that we wanted a tougher challenge to wrap up the week with. We went back to one that had eluded us once before: 25-man Archavon with under 15 people.

Our first attempt a month or two back was pretty messy. We didn't have the group synergy that we wanted, some people were on alts and we were significantly under-geared. We did respectably, but it wasn't really close.

We've come a long way since then though. Better group synergies combined with playing together longer and upgrading our gear (which is still primarily 10-man gear based since we are...well...a 10-man focused guild ;)) made us confident that we stood a good chance at getting Archavon down before the 5 minute enrage timer.

Since it was just before the end of our raid window, we knew we'd only get one shot at it. We buffed up and in a fight featuring 2 tanks, 2 healers, 2 Bloodlusts (didn't think you could f...
March 10, 2009, 03:09:27 PM by Scythe | Views: 2765 | Comments: 0

After our kill of Malygos back in January, we've been spending some time filling out our ranks and focusing on a far more difficult challenge (although, to be fair, Malygos still does give us fits and starts at times): Sartharion with multiple drakes still alive.

10-man Sartharion with 3 drakes still alive is without question the toughest fight currently in the game and many 25-man guilds kitted out in all iLevel 213 gear can't do it, so we decided to first focus on the slightly less lofty goal of killing him with 2 drakes still alive.

After we became familiar with the fight and how the pieces worked together, we started our regular process of experimenting to see what worked best for us. We tried out different positions for pretty much every part of the fight, different group compositions, taking portals vs. not taking portals, etc. It's a tough fight requiring high sustained healing and DPS along with a great deal of coordination and individual precision.
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