Not every boss in Cataclysm, but a good share of them, met their demise at the hands of Crits and Giggles raiders this weekend. We went into Bastion on Friday night with our entire raid group there, ready to raid, and excited. We even had a hunter – Ado wasn’t saved on his hunter so he could come on that instead of the spriest – and I knew it was going to be a good night.
Two purple epics before Halfus were a great sign. Especially when one was the bracers for Falahla! Her mage is really getting epiced out! And then the staff dropped for our holy priest – I’ve already got one – so yeah, awesome.
Halfus was a slightly tricky combo. We lost Empyrean, the priest, at about 30% – but I brezzed him and we ended up with everyone standing when the boss went down. One shot – we’ve been one shotting him for weeks now.
The twins died in one attempt too. It wasn’t always the prettiest attempt but we’ve got those two pretty well figured out. Some trash, and then it was time for our progression fight, the Twilight Council. We’d put in enough work on them that I was pretty confident they’d die.
We did really well at keeping the dps balanced between them, everyone was alive at phase 3, and I started holding my breath. Could we do it? I popped tree and healed my heart out and then – they were down. One shot. First kill for raid and guild both.
And we had over two hours left in the raid so it was time for some Cho’Gall attempts! Several of our raiders had already seen him so the rest of us got an explanation and we started working. Long story short, quite a few attempts, we made some real progress, but we weren’t downing him and when the trash respawned, we headed to Blackwing to get some farm bosses down. It was getting late and we were sloppy; it took three attempts on Magmaw. One attempt somehow our ret pally couldn’t get on his head – not sure if it was a bug or what. But he died. Then we went and looked at Omnotron, but wiped and it was closing time.
Saturday we came back, exact same setup for once! We one shot Omnotron and took 3 minutes off our best kill time. Then downstairs to Maloriak where we…. wiped. It was going beautifully, too beautifully, in fact, and we realized we needed to hold dps on Maloriak to make sure we got our second green phase. So several of us ran over to where the adds were – myself included – just in time to get out of line for the fire blast and die horribly. I felt like such an idiot since I’m pretty sure I was the first to move to the wrong place…
Came back, did things right, kill him. Got the healing trinket again, we almost always do. Kerick won it but then let me have it. Hurrah! I’ve given away about four of those so far… very cool toy.
We did a bit on Chimaeron, didn’t down him, then decided to go try a few attempts on Cho’gall. Again, we made some good progress and I know we’ll down him eventually but we need to be better with stuns and interrupts, and possibly find a way to two heal it. That or make all our dpsers pull 20k. I like that plan better.
So we went and one shot Four Winds so fast I think we only had two complete cycles. It was nuts.
Next week we have problems. Friday night we’re going to be down two tanks and a healer from our regular rotation. I’m working on filling slots but we have a sudden horrible tank shortage in guild. I think we have three full time tanks right now. It’s bad – and this is speaking as someone who is married to a tank and so gets runs whenever I want. Reversion is tanking both guild raids on his two bears. Not entirely sure what happened, we had more tanks a while back.
But I will do my best to find people. Reversion and I won’t be raiding Friday so I am eager to hear how things go. The best test of how well we’ve put together this raid is how it performs in our absence, I think.