April 15, 2009, 01:25:47 PM by Scythe | Views: 2867 | Comments: 0

Following a somewhat "problematic" deployment of the 3.1 patch that ended up stealing 3 of our 4 scheduled raid hours last night, we got our first taste of new content in nearly three and a half months.

As with many others, we had been closely following the development of the 3.1 patch in the hopes that it would give us the chance to step away from the rest of the pack and show what we're capable of. We didn't, however, memorize the fights from the PTR. As a general rule, we'll read over the basics of the fight, but enjoy figuring out the specifics and our own unique way of tackling each fight.

First up was the Flame Leviathan. Blizzard had touted this fight as the first real usage of the vehicle system in a raiding capacity and we'd agree that was the case. It took us a bit to understand the capabilities of each vehicle and how they all worked together, but we picked it up quickly during the trash and our first couple pulls on the Flame Leviathan. We polished ou...
March 19, 2009, 01:05:15 AM by Scythe | Views: 2938 | 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: 2852 | 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...
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