Val’anyr

Last week a group of us headed into Ulduar to finish my legendary but due to various circumstances, it went a little skewy. Initially I was going to try and use an old save from the week before but I kept getting an instance error and could not enter. In the end, we started a new run, skipping the optional bosses since one was there on limited time. We even managed to grab a couple of achievements I still needed and saw the Starshard Edge drop from Mirimon which was exciting.

Must-Deconstruct-FasterCat-lady Major

However, there was false start on Yogg while I was upstairs talking to Freya so while I was waiting for the raid to wipe, I saw the following achievement pop.

They're coming out of the walls

A few seconds later, I was teleported down to die with the rest of them but in my case it was death by dagger. Unfortunately we lost two people to various circumstances and had to call it. I was so disappointed but what can you do? I apologised but thanked everyone for coming before telling them I would extend the raid another time.

Several days later I planned another raid and hoped for the best. I wanted to make sure the raid started without a hitch so I headed out only to run into the same issue – I couldn’t enter with an extended save. OMG! I asked Cool to invite me instead and extend the raid to see if that rectified the situation. Thankfully I did so I headed inside to send some of the Keepers down.

We had Navimie, Arvash, Luxy, Kamalia, Zeriah and Rezznul joining Cool and myself as well as Lucáh last week. The fight itself was pretty quick. In fact, he almost died before I was able to throw my item during deafening roar. By the time everyone stopped DPS’ing, he was at 2% so I just had to wait for him to do his thing. At first it wasn’t working because I didn’t have him targeted and then I was missing the throw window while trying to keep my sanity up. Finally, it worked. I could see the CD on the item but to be extra sure, I wanted to throw it twice. Once I saw the CD again, I told them we were good to kill him.

When I went to loot him, I auto-looted the item without realising and was wondering where the item was… until Cool tool me it was already in my bag. :P

Yogg-killshot

After a quick photo op in front of the boss, we headed to the console room for the final step and after-party.

Val'anyr achievement
Val'anyr, Hammer

The sad thing was, I missed the Guild achievement when I hearthed back to the city due to a rather long loading screen =/

Thanks so much to everyone who joined me on my last step as well as anyone who had a hand in helping me along the way from old friends and guildies. But a very special thanks goes to Coolidge who may not have been with me for a few of the fragments but has been with me ever since.

Unbound Fragments

After years of perseverance, I was starting to think it would never happen but today I collected my very last Val’anyr fragment. It’s been such a long and hard road gathering all 30 fragments but I did have one thing on my side, my one constant – Coolidge. Now I admit there were times when some coaxing was required since it often took several hours just to clear through half the raid. More often than not, we would head in there with no fragments to show for it but on occasion we would be lucky with drops and get three in a week – that was pretty rare. As our gear improved, we were able to work our way to Council, Kologarn and the Cat Lady.

Joining Fragments

Over the last few months, we’ve been able to clear more and more while doing what we could on hard mode. Most of the time, this included XT, Thorim and Council. On a few occasions, we’d even have some company from friends and guildies which made things a lot easier so to all the individuals who had a hand in helping me get my Shattered Fragments, I can’t thank you enough.

To celebrate, I made a short video which records my excitement from collecting my last three frags but if you’re wearing a headset, you may be hard of hearing once you finish. You’ve been warned!

I just know the next bit will be even more exciting… I can hardly wait.

Edit: Thank you all those who said they were willing to help me with my last step. If I don’t have your battletag, pls send this to me via DM on Twitter, email or my contact page.

But Wait There’s More

This week we had Arv and Luxy joining us in Ulduar so not only was it a lot quicker but we managed to get to Yogg without much effort. Along the way we completed a couple of achievements that Cool and I had been missing so that was exciting and was just 1sec off from getting the speed kill with Arv tanking and me healing.

With-Open-Arms

Cool was a bit worried about doing this achievement but I was just hoping he would grab me first. Unfortunately, he grabbed both Cool and Lux leaving me to DPS as Disc. I didn’t think we would make it when they both died but then Lux popped and ended up dying again after being grabbed a second time. However, I was somewhat surprised when he failed to grab me – even though he tried three or four times – but after the first attempt, I worked out he couldn’t if I was being hit by the beams so I didn’t move the whole fight. Seemed to be just the trick because Kologarn died just as he grabbed me in the last few secs. Cool was hoping I would join the death crew though… so mean :P

Cheese-the-Freeze

For Hodir we were going to try two achievements but it seemed to be Getting (a bit too) Cold in Here so I’m glad we managed to get one done at least. We also attempted a few others but it didn’t happen for one reason or another. On the other hand, it was exciting to see the fragments dropping like candy which is unlike all the other raids I’ve been to and helped with. By the time we reached Yogg, the event started without bringing any of the Keepers down so it was pretty messy by the end of it.

Yogg-MC

On the second attempt, Arv and I were grabbed by tentacles, while Luxy became MC’ed and Cool was inside his brain. All-in-all it was a nice and fast run so thx again to my two friends for joining us today. I can’t tell you how nice it was to get that far in one sitting and also to Coolidge who has been with me every step of the way. :D

Eight to go!

Heavenly Titans

Yesterday I collected my last Secret of the Empire from the Throne of Thunder so that meant I could hand in my quest to Wrathion and complete a really cool part of the legendary chain. I won’t go into too much detail as I was asked not to spoil it for someone but I’ll just say that the solo scenario in the Thunder Forge was really exciting and more challenging than I expected.

Thunder Forge and the sha

I did stop to admire the Celestial Defender as long as I could but as I said, this was the most exciting bit about the next two steps in the chain. The next quest involved interacting with Nalak so I originally thought that I would need to wait for a raid kill to complete the Spirit of the Storm Lord but after I found out you can just do the quest solo, I headed over there. A few Alliance players were hanging around at the time so may have wondered what I was doing as I rode in and aggroed him but the next thing you knew his essence started following me around. All I had to do was kite the essence around a bit while I bubble ran around the square. About five seconds later, the quest was complete.

Crown of Heaven

When you head back to Wrathion, he asks you to return to Masons Folly so he can create your legendary meta but not without a few more warnings from Anduin about Wrathion’s true intentions. But for now, it’s nice to see some more interaction between the two of them.

Earlier today, Cool and I stepped back into Ulduar after clearing past the first few bosses several days ago and cleared all the way to the cat lady. However, we skipped Hodir since he takes a bit of time to do, even after our pretty flawless effort last time. Instead, we made our way to Thorim (which we previously ran on hard mode) and Freya which was a new one as a duo so it was great to add another boss to the run. Unfortunately, I forgot to pick up the items for the key (even though I don’t technically need it any more) but I love completing new quests. So far I’ve only handed in Freya’s one so I just need to remember the others on future visits.

Algalon

Best of all, I managed to walk out with three fragments and my tier legs so I’m just missing my shoulder token. I’m also past the half way mark for creating Val’anyr. I can’t wait to do more and start my challenge modes finally but that’s another story.

Better Than Zero

After my successful run in Ulduar the other day, I was quite psyched to go in again, hoping to at least walk out with one. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen – though we cleared all the way to Hodir – but we did manage to complete a couple of achievements, including the last one we needed for council.

Stormcaller

Waiting for Auriaya to come around, we had a clammin’ good time. Once the fight started, Cool suggested we give Nine Lives a try which proved pretty easy.

Shells-in-Ulduar

Nine-Lives

Hodir proved harder than the rest though so we left it there last time.

Hodir

Today I was excited to walk out with three – talk about making up for last week. We called it a day after Kologarn.

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