Aug 11, 2009

Heroic Achievements!

As most know, I love my achievements. So when I asked if we could do Shutout (25 player), I was rebuffed. We had too many new comers that night and we just wanted to blow through the bosses. Well, I persisted, got some others to join my side, and we took a shot at it. And we completely destroyed the Flame Leviathan. And by destroyed, we broke our old record by almost a minute. Next (or two) towers!

So that was done, I was happy and we continued on, getting a few more bosses down before calling it a night. On Sunday night though, people were itching for some Triumph badges, so it was time to do the heroic daily. Over to the Oculus we went. We decided to try and do only Amber Drakes to get a couple of "void" achievements. After a couple of tries, we mastered the 5xAmber Drake achievement (it actually goes really fast if you know what you're doing) and I was one drake closer to Experienced Drake Rider. We then decided to push our luck and try for one of the harder achievements, Watch Him Die. After our first attempt (where we would have had him if I had Ice Blocked in time - both he and I died at the same time and we were denied), we waited for our healer's cooldown to come back (10 minutes), but again it didn't work, so instead of waiting another 10 minutes, we just decided to try without the cooldown and zerg once again. And, success! I successfully trinketed out of the disorient, and just as I ice blocked out of webbing, he went down via my (and probably other people's) DOTs. Success!

Last night, again, people want those triumph badges and it was the dreaded Ahn'kahet. I had but one achievement to go in there, the seemingly impossible Volazj's Quick Demise. I read up on some hints and was all ready to go in. We had our pally switch to a tank spec, yet he was healing. We all had our macros ready to unequip our weapon and then quickly equip it once insanity was cast. And somehow...even though we didn't use our macros correctly, somehow, we did it. For some reason, his 66% insanity cast lagged. Our tank got in a perfect spell reflection, and before he got his cast off, he was under 33%. So somehow, via a bug, or via our insane DPS, we forced him to cast just one insanity. After the insanity wore off (and I just BARELY) survived, we burned him down, and even as the tank thought we were giving up due to deaths, we continued through and I have no idea how much time we had left, but we did it and Ahn'kahet is eternally clear for me.

That left us with a couple of places to go next. We decided on Gun'drak. The two crazy achievement whores in the group wanted to try Less-rabi. I respecced to get improved counterspell to silence him for 4 seconds when he drops below 50% and our other mage already had it in his PvP spec. So with our druid getting the first interrupt, the tank on the second, we would be under 50% and it would then be up to us mages to use our counterspells to take him down. And we almost had it. On the first attempt, I timed my counterspell perfectly, called out for the second one, and while he was about to cast it, Moonrabi transormed. So we ran out, reset it, and tried again. No luck, and to top it off, our DOTs killed him. So no Less-rabi last night. But there was one achievement to try for - Share the Love. After a long time, he finally impaled all 5 of us, I got a res from the druid, and we downed him! Success. So we're working our way towards Glory of the Hero
. I have about 9 to go. Some really easy, some still pretty tough. But hopefully with this renewed wont to run heroics for the triumph and conquest badges, I should finally get my Glory of the Hero some time soon.

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