What’s in a number?

It started out with good intentions. Earlier today, Coolidge and I went into ULD25 to kill the first boss. We do this quite often, the first time was to help me get It’s over 9000! in achievement points. Other times we try to do as much as we can as we’re trying to work on the next legendary for the Guild achievement and for personal reasons. So anyway, we cleared the first boss as intended and had some time before our raid was due to start for DS, so we hung around in Org until it was time to start inviting.

The raid started a bit later today as we waited for people to log over and needed to find two puggers to fill out our group. As the norm now,  we’re two-healing for the first six bosses in the place, minus Zon’ozz. However, opening trash seemed to be going a little slow. I put it down to the DPS being a little low. Anyway, fighting Morchok seemed to be going ok until I noticed us taking a lot of damage, especially on the Resonating Crystals. Although we had at least three people running to crystals, there was still a lot of damage going around. We even lost Zes who was the other healer with me and I knew something was up. A little over two minutes into the fight, one of our puggers said “It’s set to 25″. Doh! Interestedly enough we didn’t wipe straight away. Since everyone was so amused we kept doing what we were doing getting him to 81% before we called a wiped.

Things certainly went smoother after that but there were a few funny moments.

  • I still had my Kirin Tor ring on from earlier healing past Morchok. Some things never change ;P
  • Az couldn’t bring himself to put down his sandwich during Zon’ozz and forgot to change his seal for most of the fight.
  • Shredi forgot to switch out her gear for Yor’sahj having her heal gear on when she was going kitty.
  • I was having trouble adding the boss names to my loot addon since I kept getting the error – boss name is not in this instance lock… Say what?? It was then that I realised that the raid was still set for Ulduar… Grr

After the raid, Cool and I went into Ony’s Lair with our Shadow/Prot combo. The trash seemed to take ages to die. I was wondering what was up. When we started on Ony her health was not going down much at all. On our way back to our bodies, Cool realised that it was set to 25 again. OMG!

So after setting it to 10 mode for the second time today, we gave it another go and of course it went a lot smoother. Three raids in 25 mode and only one was intended. Geez.

I think we both deserve an early night ;P

Beasts of Karazhan

When we first started our first Horde Guild on Khadgar, Karazhan was the first raid we ventured into. Not much different from now, recruitment was slow but it did not deter us from trying. There were three random beasts who became available as optional bosses. I used to think of them as rare spawns because you had to force an appearance. However this isn’t really the case. I was always eager to encounter all three. The loot they dropped were epic-quality random enchantment types, which weren’t too bad at the time.

Back then it could take a while before one appeared. Luckily you didn’t have to clear the entire area for a boss to spawn. It usually appeared after a certain number of kills – an emote, such as ‘Hyakiss the Lurker emerges from…’ would occur. These bosses did not lock you to a raid ID either so this area was useful for new raid groups in building confidence and speed levelling everyone’s reputation to honoured so that Koren (an NPC inside) could be used to repair. It appears we only killed these beasts five times after we managed to encounter all three. Once we managed to get the rep for everyone, we decided to skip this section entirely.

Below are some of the entries from our raid encounters (taken from our first Guild website).

Hyakiss the Lurker

21 July 2007 – Moroes CHECK!
What started as a typical day with Attuman and Midnight, slowly evolved into something else when the optional beast boss – Hyakiss the Lurker announced himself to us. Down he went on one easy try. Next came Maiden. They say third time’s the charm right? It certainly was this time. The group now motivated to try Moroes, were pretty close to adding another boss to the tally. We knew we had it in the bag for our second attempt though and before long it was a certainty. Down he went with only 2 CC’s to boot. Well done MischiefUs and friends!

02 February, 2008 – MischiefUs Achieves New Record
Five people ventured into Kara today all set to clear a few trash mobs and before we knew it we had cleared the way to the Huntsman. With only a second to spare we engaged Attumen in combat and shortly after that we had the Huntsman and his steed dead with zero casualties no less. Working our way upstairs, we managed a couple of attempts at the Maiden getting her to ~50%, the day ending with a successful first attempt at the Spider boss.

A pretty exceptional effort for 1 tank, 2 healers and 2 dps. Well done everyone!

Hyakiss the Lurker

Lurker’s Grasp of the Bandit
Lurker’s Cord of Intellect

Shadikith the Glider

01 September, 2007 – Mammoth Effort
You could say we made up for lost time in Kara today after last week’s effort. That is just a distant memory now with our ‘Wham Bam thankyou Mam’moth effort! With an abundance of CC combos we quickly breezed through the Huntsman > Maiden > Moroes and Opera.

The Opera event!

It seems for the time being we were destined to be stuck in some sort of Twilight Zone starring the Big Bad Wolf himself. Never-the-less we took him down with ease and ended the day with Shadikith the Glider – the second out of three optional beast bosses.

14 October 2007 – Novelty Group
Well it felt like things were back on track today. Not only did we down Maiden and the Beast boss with 9 but with the addition of another off-tank to fill out the group (which is unusual for us) we successfully took down Attumen and his steed, Moroes and completed the Opera event.

Shadikith the Glider
Glider’s Greaves of Stamina
Glider’s Greaves (Mail, Sta/Int)

Rokad the Ravager (image from Navimie)

08 September, 2007 – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
So there we were, Attumen and Moroes dead within the hour. Next came Maiden, another boss we have on farm status now. But the highlight of the day came from not one but two new events for us as a Guild. Barnes offered some welcome news when he introduced Dorothee and friends. Before we knew it we were fighting The Crone. Last but not least, we decided to leave things on a high note by attempting the Beast boss – Rokad the Ravager, the third of the optional beast bosses we had yet to encounter.

Rokad the Ravager
Ravager’s Bracers of Stamina

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