September 28, 2009, 02:54:49 PM by Scythe | Views: 2697 | Comments: 0

We knew that the 3rd encounter in Heroic ToC, the Alliance Faction champions, would be a stretch for us since we focus near-exclusively on PVE content.

Still, given the time, we can pick up nearly anything, so we set to work. We didn't know it at the time, but we had gotten what is widely considered the most difficult group of champions: Arms Warrior, Ret Paladin, Resto Druid, Resto Shaman, Warlock and Shadow Priest.

I'm not going to sugar-coat it. We got beaten up pretty badly. We didn't have more than an hour or so of time to work on it during the first week, but we came back the next week and managed to get the same group and much the same result. We improved markedly, but were still getting taken out after killing 1-2 of the enemy champions.

Fast-forward to this week. We drew a far better composition of rogue, enhancement, warlock, mage, resto druid and disc priest. They still gave us some trouble, but after some strategy tweaks and some respecs to ...
September 14, 2009, 12:52:00 AM by Scythe | Views: 2826 | Comments: 0

One of our big goals since the release of Ulduar has been to secure the Rusted Proto-drake that comes from completing the "Glory of the Ulduar Raider" achievement.

For those who aren't familiar with that achievement, it's a meta-achievement comprised of nearly all the hard mode encounters in Ulduar (with the notable exceptions of "Observed" and "Alone in the Darkness"). The title "hard modes" do them justice - they're not easy. Certainly some are easier ("Disarmed") than others ("Firefighter"), but they're altogether pretty challenging.

Vortex had been stuck on the "One Light in the Darkness" achievement for roughly a month after completing "Firefighter" back in mid-August. We've given it a bunch of attempts, but could never bring it together for whatever reason. Still, we're stubborn and kept plugging away despite a great deal of frustration and ridiculous repair bills.

Earlier this week we had cleaned up a couple sections of the fight where we were sl...
September 04, 2009, 09:07:46 AM by Scythe | Views: 2603 | Comments: 0

So we haven't updated here in quite a while, so let's bring everyone up to speed with what we've been up to.

Ulduar Hard modes:

We've been primarily focused on these over the last couple of months. To date, we've completed all of the hard modes necessary for the Glory of the Ulduar Raider aside from One Light in the Darkness. We've been a bit stalled on that due to vacation and school schedules, but we expect to finish up shortly and claim our Rusted Proto-drakes!

In completing the hard mode encounters for each of the 4 Ulduar Keepers (Mimiron, Freya, Thorim, and Hodir), we also gained access to Algalon. We've only spent one hour on him so far (that's all you get a week) and while we can confirm that he hits like a truck, the fight also looks quite doable as soon as we work out some details around his Big Bang ability. This isn't at the top of our priority list, but hopefully we'll have some progress here at some point.

Incidentally, this wee...
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