It’s been weeks since we had our entire raid group together. Before this weekend we’d entered Firelands twice; once we just did some trash and once we did a few Shannox pulls but without Reversion there they just weren’t solid attempts.
Friday Log told me he definitely couldn’t raid that night, so I went looking for another tank. I got one of our dps to swap to his warrior tank, so all I had to do was fill that dps slot. One of our melee dps parted with the raid a few weeks back and that slot is a bit shaky right now. I have Sharelore’s great dk who comes when she can, but her work schedule gets in the way. And then Locklyn showed back up so I grabbed him on his hunter, but now he was going to tank.
I tried asking in guild, but after over half a dozen people, no luck. People had to study. People weren’t geared. People couldn’t make the time. And several people would have come but now that there’s another raid going at the same time as ours, they were already spoken for.
It’s perfectly possible to have two ten man raids going in the same time slot, supposing neither ever has attendance issues. Of course, when does that happen?
So we went to BWD and nine manned it. With the lower dps, and two afks where someone critical went off for twenty minutes, it took us nearly three hours. But just before we pulled Nefarion, Sharelore logged in and we got her in. We killed Nef and looked at the time. An hour to go. Not time to clear trash and pull Shannox, not really, so we went to BOT and cleared that place too and called it.
Saturday was going to be good. I had an empty DPS slot again so during the day I hit up guildies, finally finding someone to come in. We had our tanks, it would rock.
Saturday night came, and one of my healers was missing. But we had BH! So I got a guildie who had half an hour to spare and we went and killed Occu’thar. Yay!
Then we went to Firelands, and as we started on trash, Sharelore logged in again, on her druid. I invited her to come heal with us and we were set.
We killed trash. Things were laggy. We discussed our strategy, pulled Shannox, and Rev and I lagged out so hard it was like watching a screenshot.
The next hour was a nightmare of disconnects, lag, resetting routers, calling the ISP, checking addons, to no avail. I was lucky to have latency under 800mps and even when the latency didn’t seem high, we’d just lag.
Finally we gave up and went to Throne of Four Winds. It makes me so mad, our first decent night in weeks. Even with the awful lag we were managing the dogs and such well, but when one tank can’t move and one healer’s reaction time are crap, you just aren’t going to get there.
It took multiple attempts on AA, all our wipes were in P3. We had lag, we had people who didn’t know the fight, we had clouds spawning ahead and behind. But we killed him too and called the night.
It was a pretty awful weekend of raiding. I hope Friday night our lag is better. We’re down 4 dps on Saturday and I’ve only filled one of those slots, so we’re going to hit Firelands hard Friday and clear T11 on Saturday. With crazed dwarf hunter pugs from Trade, if we have to, because we are raiding two solid nights if it kills me.
WTB more fill in raiders. Sigh…