Near Miss

These days, I don’t head into Kara much after collecting all the pets but since I’m travelling around the continent every day, I decided to clear all but the optional bosses to see if I had any mount and pet luck.

Curator-kill

Apart from the wrong opera and nothing from The Curator, I headed up to the Opera Event for my usual quick and easy solo. Now it usually goes without a hitch but for some reason I was stuck in the second piece I tried to move. After several attempts to eject myself from the pawn and log myself out of the game, it actually looked like the game was frozen.

Luckily, the game dropped out about 10secs later so I logged back in to find the match still going. At first I thought I had an automatic win because the cache was sitting there but then I noticed the pieces were moving. By hopping into the King and moving him from his fiery position, I ended up only hitting King Laine twice before he keeled over and died. They must have nerfed the event again because it seems even faster now with literally minimal effort.

Prince-kill

At least I didn’t leave empty handed.

Soloing the Chess Event in Karazhan

Courtesy of the Blizzard website

Courtesy of the Blizzard website

Creating a WoW video is something I’ve wanted to do for a while but never tried until now so when I asked around my social networks, Fraps seemed to be a popular suggestion. Sadly, the free version only let me record 29secs worth of stuff so I needed another option. In the end I decided to try a program I had never heard of before but once I had figured out what to record, I headed into Karazhan for my weekly pet farming session.

Now I realise there are a lot of ‘how to solo chess’ videos and guides already out there but this is a basic strategy which I’ve simplified over time.

The video shows you how to win using a minimum of 5 pieces. This obviously depends on RNG so some games will be faster than others. It’s also possible to win the event using less pieces than I’ve shown but for me, I’ve had the best success rate using this method.

Basic Strategy

  1. Set your King to focus before you start so you can keep an eye on his health. (I did this a few steps into the video).
  2. Talk to the King – cast Heroism/Bloodlust (key 4) and exit. Note you get an 8sec CD before you can enter the next piece.
  3. Move the Grunt/Footman in front of each Wolf/Charger forward one space.
  4. Now move the Daemon/Elemental into the spots the pawns were in. Cast Hellfire (other AoE) before you leave each piece.
  5. Check the health of your King. If you need to, use the Necrolyte/Cleric to heal your king to full. (Lately I have not needed to do this, even if he’s standing in fire).
  6. As soon as the enemy King gets in range, swap to your Mage/Warlock and start nuking. Don’t forget to use the Poison Cloud (other AoE) too.

That’s it. Now make your way to Prince.

Granted it’s just a basic video as I haven’t done one before but you get the idea.

Hodir to Illhoof

A couple of days ago I told you about my trip into Ulduar as a furry beast. This time, it was back to normal with a bit of a different agenda. Since we didn’t need anything from Ignis or Razorscale we skipped them, working our way a little bit further than last time.

Once again here’s a quick pictorial of our kills.

Flame Leviathan

XT-002 Deconstructor

Kologarn

As we waited for Auriaya to come back around, I took the opportunity to take a few pics and going back to Disc for the fight.

I spy with my little eye…

Auriaya

Heading towards Hodir, I had a brief incident with a pack of worms proving one snow mound can still be detrimental to one’s health. Cool managed to join me afterwards and made quick work of them. I initially tried Hodir as Disc but we managed to hit his enrage timer so I ended up going shadow again which resulted in his demise.

We ended the raid with a new mace for myself and a shield for Cool.

A little bit later, I headed over to Kara to try and farm my belt again (since I traded it in for a free slot a while ago).

While we waited for the Big Bad Wolf, I took a shot of our new toys.

Terestian Illhoof

Unfortunately, no luck with the belt today so I guess I’ll be back next week.

Karazhan Opera

One of my favourite fights in Karazhan would have to be the Opera Event. Here you had a choice of three random stage productions. To start the event, all you had to do was talk to Barnes the Stage Manager (assuming you had first killed Moroes below), who would be waiting by the stage door. From there, he’d walk on stage and make an announcement, triggering one of three plays:

Big Bad Wolf
The Big Bad Wolf – Starring the hungry Wolf himself.

Stagehand Barnes:
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this evening’s presentation! Tonight, things are not what they seem… for tonight your eyes may not be trusted! Take for instance this quiet elderly woman waiting for a visit from her granddaughter…. surely there is nothing to fear from this sweet, gray-haired old lady! But don’t let me pull the wool over your eyes! See for yourself what lies beneath those covers! And now… on with the show!

The Fight
Terrifying Howl
– Instant. Causing nearby enemies to flee in fear for 3 sec. Cast every 25-35 seconds.

Little Red Riding Hood

  • Description: Change the target into a little red hooded gnome aka Little Red Riding Hood. This increased the likelihood that the Big Bad Wolf would chase them and try to gobble them up!
  • Effect: Reduced the target’s armour and resistances to 0. Increased speed to 50% to flee the Big Bad Wolf. Pacifying and Silencing.

Wide Swipe – Instant. Stun the current target for 4 seconds. Cast about as often as Terrifying Howl. This could be used against a target with the Little Red Riding Hood debuff, possibly guaranteeing death.

Killing a player: Mmmm… delicious.

If you ever wondered about the audio cue for “Run away little girl, run away!” you’d have this event to thank. My favourite drop from here would have to be the Ruby Slippers who doubled as a hearthstone. I used these for a long time until I replaced my slippers with my Kirin Tor ring sometime later.

Raid Notes: 4 August, 2007 – Another One Bites the Dust!
After our usual start with the Huntsman, we decided to switch it up a bit and head straight to Moroes. With a bit of CC swapping we added another boss to the tally. Next came our standing appointment with Barnes the Stage Manager. Before long we were playing chasings with the Big Bad Wolf. Moving onward, we cleared our way to the Curator. A great effort getting him to 18% on our first attempt!

This was by far the most common production for us.

Romulo and Julianne
Romulo and Julianne — A tale of forbidden love…

Stagehand Barnes:
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this evening’s presentation! Tonight we explore a tale of forbidden love! But beware, for not all love stories end happily. As you may find out, sometimes love pricks like a thorn. But don’t take it from me. See for yourself what tragedy lies ahead when the paths of star-crossed lovers meet. And now: On with the show!

The Fight
Julianne

  • Eternal Affection: Calls upon Holy magic to heal an ally. Heal 46250-53750, Cast Time 2 seconds.
  • Powerful Attraction: Stun 6 seconds. Range 45 yards. Cast Time 1.5 seconds.
  • Blinding Passion: 4500 Holy damage inflicted over 4 sec (1500 initially, then 4 ticks of 750 each). Range 45 yards, Cast Time 2 seconds.
  • Devotion: Holy damage dealt is increased by 50%. Spell casting speed is increased by 50%. for 10 sec.

Romulo

  • Backward Lunge: Strikes at an enemy behind the caster, inflicting weapon damage plus 300 (Knock Back 35 yard).
  • Deadly Swathe: Strikes at nearby enemies in front of the caster, inflicting weapon damage plus 300 (Affects up to 3 targets).
  • Poisoned Thrust: All statistics reduced by 10% (Stacks up to 8 times), the debuff can be depoisoned.
  • Daring: Increases the Physical damage dealt by the caster by 50% and the caster’s attack speed by 50% for 8 sec.

Raid Notes: 1 March, 2008 – Parting is Such Sweet Revenge
So there we were, three bosses down in just over an hour and then it happened. Over in the Opera Hall, Barnes made the announcement we were hoping to hear. The only Opera Event we had yet to encounter which began with – “A tale of forbidden love…”. Said to be the hardest of the three, we managed to add this event to our list of achievements.

Fighting Romulo and Julianne was a pretty intensive fight. Phase one involved fighting Julianne who primarily cast spells, while phase two involved fighting Romulo, who only did melee. Phase three ended once you successfully fought them both together.

The Crone
Wizard of Oz – Starring Dorothee and her dog Tito, Tinhead, Strawman, the lion Roar, and the evil Crone that tries to stop them on their way home!

Stagehand Barnes:
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this evening’s presentation! Tonight, we plumb the depths of the human soul as we join a lost, lonely girl trying desperately, with the help of her loyal companions, to find her way home. But she is pursued by a wicked, malevolent crone! Will she survive? Will she prevail? Only time will tell. And now: On with the show!

The Fight
The Crone would appear once the four major players had been defeated. She spawned cyclones that would knock raid members up into the air, dealing a significant amount of damage, as well as fall damage. They were avoidable but any slow fall ability would also negate any fall damage. Cyclones did not stun so instant cast spells could be used in mid air. The cyclones moved around slowly with someone usually calling out the cyclones position and direction so everyone could move accordingly. The Crone did not have a lot of HP so this phase was easier than the first.

Raid Notes: 19 April, 2008 – Conventional groups? Psh!
We tend to strive when it comes to the unconventional so when it looked like we would be limited with our group make up we gave it a shot anyway. I WILL say that it started with a minor mishap but what began as one Tank, one Healer and six DPS soon became something different. Not only did we manage to kill Attumen with a single healer but were soon clearing the path to Moroes, Opera and Maiden. In just under two hours, we one-shot them all with our slightly unconventional group of nine.
What can I say? We push the envelope and love it!

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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