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A Week in the Life of Portent Alliance: The "We Raid Wrath!" edition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ailinea   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 12:56
Some of this is going to repeat last week's late post.  But hey...why not?  I'm trying to catch up here....

The good thing about wiping in an instance or a raid is that it usually makes the participants hungry for revenge.  So that's what we tend to do.

Heroic Culling of Stratholme?  Done.  And if Arthas would shut his fool mouth, we probably would have gotten the timed event too.  As it stood, we missed it by a few minutes.  We tend to gripe that he's a typical Alliance paladin.  (Blood Elf paladins don't have to talk.  Their looks speak for themselves.)

Heroic Violet Hold?  Done.  We even got the voidwalker boss and the water elemental.  The voidwalker was easy.  The water elemental gave us some troubles as we tried out different strategies, but we eventually got her down too.  Again...wipes make us want revenge.  After that, taking down the dragon was simple.

We also took out Heroic Nexus, as reported in the previous post.  Note to everyone who attempts it:  After killing Keristrasza, some of the dragonkin repop.  They decided Sayriha was a tasty snack as we headed for the door.  And at that point, a group member had already hearthed out.  Now we know.

I understand an attempt in Heroic Occulus didn't go as well.  But there's a sign hanging in there somewhere saying, "We'll be back.  -Portent Alliance"

Team Level Appropriate blasted through Wailing Caverns on Sunday.  We got started a little late since some of us (*guilty look*) weren't aware that we'd be doing the run yet, and hadn't picked up the prerequisite quests.  Once again, the instance was easy, but maintaining mana pools is not.  That will come with time and gear.  Next we either need a lock or to run/ghost walk our naked butts over to Alliance territory to hit Deadmines.  Since most of us have played only Horde or baby Alliance alts at most, this will be completely new.

Finally...Naxx last night.

Now, we've heard the rumors.  "Naxx is a loot pinata."  "There are Heroics that are more difficult than Naxx."  "The hardest part about Naxx is gathering enough people."  We've found these all to be true...to a point.

Again, we have 9 people at 80, and Sayriha joined us again.  The cool part is we don't just have a full 10-man, but a pretty well-balanced one at that.  The biggest fear is having some combination like 5 hunters, 2 locks, a ret pally, a feral druid, and a mage....and no healers.  Instead, we consisted of a feral druid main tank (Canivoris), a prot pally secondary tank (Xendayr), two holy priests (Sayriha and Grissle), a resto shaman (Campitor), a ret pally (Maenus), a unholy death knight (Leoloren), a beastmaster hunter (Jezriyah), a fire mage (Ailinea), and a boomkin (Thuryn).  Thuryn had a hard stop due to RL appointments, and we replaced him with a beastmaster hunter friend of Sayriha's (Tribus) from Warpath.  We didn't plan to have (or worse, require) people level up their mains to have a balanced group...it just all worked out that way.  (If we did end up with 5 hunters, 2 locks, etc. etc. then we would have just dealt with it until we had enough alts to rotate around.  We're in no rush.)

So yes...we have enough people.  And we still have quite a few members who are closing in on 80.  Are Heroics more difficult than Naxx?  From our experience last night, we think so.  We've found Heroic trash that was harder than most of the Naxx trash.  Even the time we had two groups add on us in the Death Knight wing all was easily handled.

As for loot pinata...yes and no.  No only because we were learning the strategies.  I hate calling something a loot pinata even if we are whacking blindly at it.  Our main target of the night was to hit the Spider wing.  The bosses?  1-shot, 2-shot, and 1-shot.  I think in another round or two, Spider wing will become more like we're school bullies beating up the bosses for their lunch money.

For gits and shiggles, we decided to take on the Death Knight wing.  We had one wipe on the Instructor as our tanks were needing to figure out the icons for the mind-controlled trainees.  That cost them some precious time when they needed to switch.  However, the second attempt was no problem.

I must emphasize that one thing I have always been proud of the Portents for is the usual calm-under-pressure and knowing their class.  The second attempt on the instructor had two deaths: Grissle and myself (Ailinea).  Even though our feral druid was one of the tanks, both he (Canivoris) and Thuryn were quick on the battle rezzes and innervates, and we picked up as though nothing happened.  It really was like clockwork.

The next boss (Gothic) was more interesting since Thuryn had to leave.  PA is also apparently marked with a special form of insanity (the Finns call it "sisu" and it means "courage"...but it's still a special form of insanity) and we decided to go ahead and 9-man it.  We had 4 people (Xendayr, Sayriha, Jezriyah, and Ailinea) on the "Live" side and the rest on the "Dead" side.  It was definitely an interesting fight.  He was also 1-shotted.

Tribus then joined us to take Thuryn's place as we headed to the Horsemen.  Unfortunately, that's where the night got long, our luck ran out, and real life meant people had to log for bed.  The main problem we found is just the mechanics of the pally taunt right now.  But Xen is looking forward to the single-target taunt that's coming to paladins, so that should be less of a problem in the future.  (We're certain if he had his warrior to 80, this would be a non-issue.)

So once again, we may have ended on a wipe, but that just leaves us hungry for revenge.  In the meantime, we were able to get 8 upgrades and 2 off-spec upgrades.  I know Xendayr and I were then able to buy some badge upgrades as well.  (A necklace for him, and an off-hand for me.  I also discovered a major belt upgrade from faction with the Wyrmrest Accord.)

The only downside to this novel of a post?

We forgot to take screenshots.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2008 12:00 )
 
Comments (4)
There's more!
1 Tuesday, 16 December 2008 13:22
Ktok
We also took out Heroic UK without much of a problem (last boss was the only one that killed us at all).

Also, I did take screenshots of the Naxx raid. I'll edit and upload them later.
H-Oculus
2 Tuesday, 16 December 2008 16:11
Jezriyah
The Oculus run was myself, Say, Maelthas (tank friend of hers), Leo and Thuryn. We actually kicked the snot out of the first two bosses. The third one was a bit tricky, but we got him down after a few tries. The dragon fight destroyed us. It's basically the same as regular, except there are newfound aggro issues, and the spawns are much more rapid, and at random points he suddenly turns into Kael'thas from MgT...
See?
3 Tuesday, 16 December 2008 17:27
Ailinea
Aren't you glad I added the comments section? Y'alls need to make sure you check in on the front page for new posts to make sure everything's covered!
Notable updates...
4 Thursday, 18 December 2008 11:59
Ailinea
* Elairdrin hit 80 on Monday night, bringing us to 10 80's.
* Entropian hit 50 and is coming along quite nicely.
* Did some heroics last night. Xendayr, Grissle, Leoloren, Elairdrin, and Ailinea blasted through Heroic Culling of Stratholme again. No deaths, tore the place apart, and rounded the corner just to see the special dragon boss for the timed event walking away. >.< If we'd had 2 minutes more...or if Arthas would just shut up...we would have gotten the mount.
* Leo had to go to dinner, so Thuryn subbed in and we tore Heroic Utgard Keep a new one.

...then I went to bed so I don't know what else happened.
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