May 15, 2009

100 Pets and Hodir Down

Just a quick update...last night, I received word in game that there was a member of the horde who wished to trade Argent Tournament pets. In exchange for a low listing of the Mechanopeep on the neutral auction house, I would have a chance to buy the Sen'jin Fetish. And thus, I received my 100th "official" pet (I still like to count Don Carlos' Famous Hat and the Bloodsail Admiral's Hat as "pets"). Many thanks to Taranwayward for the trade!

After that was finished, I headed up to Ulduar for our run. The night before, we cleared Flame Leviathan with one tower up, XT-002, Kologarn, and Freya in an abbreviated two hour run time. I was lucky enough to outroll Brellis by just one point and won my T8 gloves, Valorous Kirin Tor Gauntlets, and now I have more hit rating than I know what to do with (I resocketed some gems and now have no +hit gems...).

So last night, we went straight to Hodir and had little trouble with him. He dropped a couple of tanking items and we received Cheese the Freeze and I Have the Coolest Friends. We then went back to our nemesis, Mimiron. We spent the next 2+ hours wiping on him. We consistently got him to phase 4, but ran into issues each time. Learning how the P3Wx2 Laser worked exactly, how his ranged attacks work, etc. The problem also was, while we could consistently get him to phase 4, we had issues in phases 1-3 occasionally which would end up forcing us to wipe the raid so we could start over and wasting more of our time. During our best attempt, we got each section to about 20%, which is good, but not that good. I know we can do better, but our massive amounts of melee DPS on this fight make it very tough to master. We forced Vetarra to go respec boomkin, but still, that left 5 melee players as we had 2 ranged and 3 healers. With the rockets, proximity mines, and AOE effects, that's a lot to heal and avoid. I'm pretty sure next week, we'll do the same - clear through Freya or Hodir on night one, then hit up Thorim and Hodir/Freya and finally Mimiron on the next night.

That stupid bot will go down!

May 10, 2009

Bunch o' Updates

After Wednesday's amazing run, we went back into Ulduar on Thursday to continue our domination. Unfortunately, the new bosses of the place put us in our rightful place. Though we were able to conquer Freya after taking over an hour on her trash and another few wipes learning her first stage, we decided to then venture back to Mimiron who had destroyed us the week before. Despite quite a few tired souls, we spent well over an hour on him, wiping over and over. Mostly in the first stage, sometimes in the second stage, and rarely in the third stage. Just as we were about to call it, we got one more attempt on him. And though I'd love to say we took him down, we did not. But, we did get our best attempt of the night, taking him to the fourth, and final stage and I'm quite confident we'll get him next week.

After concluding our Friday night 25-man runs in Naxxramas, the gold team moved on to Ulduar this week. I didn't have high expectations as I've heard of many great guilds running into walls after Flame Leviathan. However, our team is quite amazing. We quickly dispatched of the Flame Leviathan and then moved on to Razorscale. It took our team a while to learn the fight, since for a good chunk of the raid, it was their first time seeing these fights. After some trials and getting him to within 500k of dying while down two DPS slots, we picked up some extra players and promptly took him down with the full 25 man complement.

After Razorscale, we moved on to XT-002. He gave us some issues as we struggled with positioning early in our attempts, but it didn't take us long to destroy him and stop his play time. Where to next? Ignis of course! I was actually very pleasantly surprised at the speed which we dispatched Ignis with. Unfortunately, it was nearing the end of the night and we had to leave Ulduar with the first four bosses down. I truly believe next week we'll get Kologarn and the Iron Council down with this team.

Early the next morning, I awoke knowing that I had just one more day of dailies to go until I could earn my Crusader title. I quickly headed up to Icecrown and completed the dailies earning my title and amassing 6,500 achievement points exactly.

I then continued on my business, doing other daily quests, getting denied by Old Man Barlo on my hunt for crocolisks, and working towards 100 more cooking awards to buy a Chef Hat...

This morning, I woke up early, continued to advertise in Icecrown that I am buying Argent pets for 2,000g each and finally got some takers. So I now am the proud owner of all 5 Alliance-side Argent Tournament pets. It cost me 6,000g, but they're mine! And tomorrow I'll hit 40 more marks which I can purchase another Alliance pet with and hopefully work out a trade for a horde pet. 5 more of those pets to go. As it stands now though, I'm at 99 pets. So which ever horde pet I acquire first will be my 100th pet!