Posts Tagged ‘Icecrown’

Easily Defiled but Not Broken

I haven’t posted much of anything lately, but I had a quick break and figured I would share what helped me make it through the Lich King and all his Defiles.  And for those who haven’t killed him yet, I hope my tips will help you and your guild make it through.  I think I got like three of those Defile things last night- and I didn’t wipe the raid!  It’s a miracle!  LOL

I remember writing more than a month ago that this fight and the Defiles was all about pre-moving.  I still believe this is true, but let me take you step by step of how I deal with this phase of the fight.  TankSpot is spot on when the guide says, “Phase 2 is all about handling defiles and proper slows.”  To avoid wiping the raid (fingers crossed everytime) and possibly being docked DKP, I did the following: Continue reading

Kingslayer, Baby!

Finally!

Lich King Ain't Got Nuthin' On Me!

Crikey!

We went in to see the Lich King for the second time last night, and this fight is a learning process and a work in progress.  That’s the simplest way to put it.  One spell- and one spell alone- can jack it all up.

Defile.

It looks like this if you fail. Continue reading

LK to 61%

Not too bad for our first night of wipes, right?  Some say it will take us four weeks.  I am hoping for three at this point.  Dealing with LK’s defile is proving to be a stumbling block; however, I think we have phase 1 down.  The defile phase is all about pre-moving.  Body and Soul, GO!  Continue reading

Pug-Nasty Pug-Foolery

I didn’t think I could do it, but I got 24 people- with decent gear and decent skills- to go into ICC.  I got the loot rules out of the way quickly.  One need roll for main spec for the raid.  If no one needs it for a main spec, then an off spec roll.  And if no one wanted it for off spec, then those who had already won something could greed roll with the rest of us.  Primordial Saronite was held for the end of the raid.  (I rolled a 99 for that, and with all the pain and suffering this pug caused, I think Blizz owed it to me.   LOL)

It really wasn’t THAT bad, but it wasn’t that great either.  The trash pulls were going fine, when that stupid Belt of the Lonely Noble dropped.  It’s BoE so naturally it was “hey, if you win this, you must equip immediately.”  The only holy pally said he would take it.  He was the only one to roll.  So I gave it to him.  Then he says, “That wasn’t a boss.  So that was a greed roll.”  Of course that sets off a cacophony of complaints from anyone else who could wear it.  Everyone wanted to re-roll greed.  So the pally loses it to someone else- who again I tell them to put the darn thing on.  (Somehow, I think that belt could end up on the AH anyway- but whatever.)  After wasting time on that, a former guildie who was tanking on an alt was like, “Everyone calm down.”

All the while I am thinking.. I need to re-think this one-woman guild thing.  LOL

So, we down Lord Marrowgar.  Then comes the weekly with good ‘ol Darnavan with Lady Deathwhisper. For some reason, someone had it out for him.  Poor brain-washed thing.  Some noob- or noobs- tried to off him.  So this is me on vent… “Wipe it!”  People die.  We raise the dead.  Folks run back, and someone types, “You don’t call for a wipe just because it’s the weekly.”  I LOL it off and say some of us need the emblems, but others decide to get into a chat-fight.  “I know plenty who would.. why wouldn’t you call for a wipe… blah, blah, blah.”  As the raid leader, you would think folks would listen to me when I say, “Let’s just get a fourth tank to either keep Darnavan or get the adds.”  Oh noooooooo.  Don’t listen to the little woman.  LOL.   We try again.  This time the adds are going nuts, but the third time was the charm.  One tank finally decided it was a good idea… oh but it was his idea of course.  Boys.  We got the mofo down.

On to the gunship.. which was easy peasy.  BUT before we got there, another frigging Belt of the Lonely Noble.  This time the pally gets it and keeps it as his need roll.  Immediate equip.

I had a few people with kids leave early- one former guildie couldn’t take the drama and bailed.  I don’t blame him a bit.  <Wasted Space> had a “no drama” policy.. so dealing with fussy pugs got old for us quickly.  I was almost glad when too many people decided they had to leave.  We missed out on our tokens… darn!

But I learned a lot today…

  • Be firm but nice in the raids.  Being nice can go a long way.
  • Be fair with the loot and explain it up front.
  • There are folks who need these 25-mans even if they are in a guild.  So don’t put up with BS attitudes.
  • Earn the raid’s respect.
  • Always have someone who knows as much as you do- or preferably MORE than you do.  LOL. Thanks, Gujii!
  • If you do it right, they will come back for more. LOL

I have a lot of folks who want to come back next week, but Hubby and I are thinking about starting a really good 10-man that will kill the Lich King and move on to heroic.  That gear is better than the ICC 25 stuff, and it takes less folks to do.   Plus, should I decide to re-join the guild scene, my gear won’t be too far behind.

However, I really gave it serious thought today.  The guild some of my old guildies joined needs healers, and they want me to go, too.  After today, I am seriously considering it.  But again, despite the pug-nastiness of the day, it’s been nice just chillin’.

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

Nice Work

Plagueworks 10... down!

The guild has a new strat that was employed this week in 25-man.  We got him down to about 9% in 25.  Tonight in 10-man, we got him down to ZERO!  Sweet!  I should add that the 10-mans here in my new guild have had him down since January.. LOL.  So this is MY first Prof. Pute kill. 🙂  I think he will die in 25-man soon.

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

OMG.. we stuck!

In the words of.. um.. Sheneneh Jenkins on Martin: “Oh my guuuuudness.”  We are stuck on Rotface.  I think we got him to 3% when all the ooze got loose and.. and.. well.. it was just bad.  Green slime and bodies everywhere- and my wings of course.

I am thinking once you get the hang of the fight: running to the OT with Mutated Infection, moving from Slime Spray, and taking cover from Unstable Ooze, then it should be smooth sailing.  This has not been the case for us.

The Jinx Is In

I think part of it is “The Jinx”.  We get going real good, and then it happens.  An officer says something like, “Keep it up. people.  This is a kill.”  Yeeeeeeeeeah, right.  No sooner than those words are uttered, things get out of control.  Maybe not so much a jinx or a curse as it is the wrong thing to say at the right time.

Let’s break it down.  You’ve got “Positive Reinforcement” with the first half of the sentence.

“Keep it up, people.”

It serves as encouragement to let the raid know they are on the right track.  Nothing wrong with that, right?  People need encouragement.  I am a firm believer in that.  You should tell them when they perform well because gosh knows we yell at each other when it goes terribly bad. 

It’s like my dog- bless her heart.  She is so BAD and SPOILED, but she LOVES treats.  I guess in this case, treats would be equal to loot; however, when I say, “Good girl” while patting her head, she eats it up and wags her tail.  It makes her want to repeat that action, right?  Same with us raiders.  Sometimes we need a little verbal push to keep doing the right things.

But when you couple it with the second part of our sentence something goes wrong.

“This is a kill.”

Do you know this for sure?  Probably not.  There’s a chance– as Judy Tenuta would say- that it could happen.  But when Rotface is still sitting at 30%… I don’t know if that’s the best time to call a kill.  I think it could quite possibly have a negative affect on people.  No, I do not claim to know the inner workings of the minds of 24 other people.  Well, let’s say 23 because I am married to one of them, and I think I know him quite well.

But what if it’s just one person who thinks, “Hey, I can slack now.”  Nah, I don’t believe any of our people would do that, but again cue Judy, please.  So what is it?  Hmmmm.  I know what it is…

BAD LUCK.

It’s like telling an actor, “Good Luck,” when you should really say, “Break a leg!”  Or like sweeping the main tank’s foot with a broom mid-raid IRL.  Why not just march the whole friggin’ raid under a ladder!?!

“Hut 2, 3, 4.. left, left, left, right, left.”

OK, let me calm down. LOL

/deep breath

/smile

I just want a kill, you know?  So, yes, keep up the good work people.  You know this fight!  We can do it!

That’s all I need to hear until I hear the DBM Victory Sound.  Then and only then can you even think to utter the words, “This is a kill.”  Oh, yeah, don’t forget, “Great Job, WKN!”

Happy Raiding!

Exxy

P.S. Yes, I know skill trumps everything here, but we got skills.  We just need all of it to come together- and STAY together until the very end.  I know we can do it. 🙂