For a guild who’s had a lot of issues rebuilding and recruiting being so close into an expansion; I will say that we’ve done a hell of a job in Dragon Soul. It’s only been our 16th day in there at around 32 hours of total raid time, as a guild we’ve come very close in clearing the place.
When you consider all the setbacks with individuals, late starts and constant replacements, our deficits have not weighed us down so much that we feel like the irrepressible underdog. In fact, it shows that with determination we are on par with a lot of other guilds out there for the time we spend as a cohesive group. A couple of mishaps that I remember – Jabs not having DBM turned on for Ultra and me to switching back to my shadow gear when DPS’ing for Hagara.
We’ve come close to killing Deathwing on the Madness encounter a few times now, but due to one reason or another, we’ve had to call it a day, mostly due to time constraints. This week we only had ONE raid day, after our raid yesterday was cancelled. So today we went in there with a lot to accomplish. Trying to cram in everything on our one official day of raiding, is not something we’ve had to do in the past.
We started out strong with our team going between two and three heals, solely dependant on the fight. Since all healers take turns DPS’ing a week at a time it was my turn to draw short straw. We one-shot five of the fights having a slight mishap on Ultra. It was also the first time we two healed Warmaster Blackhorn. Well done guys. However, Coolidge ending the fight horizontally doesn’t really count since he died about the same time as the boss ;P
Spine had a a bit of a roll reversal with our whole raid team falling off instead of the adds. :P That was unexpected and quite amusing at the same time.
Now when it came to Madness, as a guild we have yet to kill him, coming close in previous weeks. But you could not come THIS close and not feel like we should have given it one more try. When you consider that the fight itself ends at 1% and we got him to 2!! Seriously, how much closer would it have taken if we pushed it just 1 more percent?!
Even so, I think we’ll have everyone revved up enough to push it over the last percent and say we have finally cleared Dragon Soul. So with next week on the horizon and an extra day to do it, who knows how fast we can accomplish it?