First off, congratulations to Crits and Giggles for completing all of the content up to 4.2! Not only did the Friday/Saturday raid get Nefarian down on Friday night, but the Sunday/Monday group was able to get Nefarian and Al’Akir down. This completed the pre-4.2 content for both raid groups. I am so proud of the groups and though they finished after 4.2, they did well getting as far as they did prior to 4.2. Congratulations to all and congrats on the new mounts earned for the guild!
So I went raiding with the Friday/Saturday group on my Warlock. He had maybe a half-dozen epics and then mostly heroic dungeon gear, but a few normal items as well as a green wand. Damn you Blizzard for your lack of wands at 85. Seriously.
The experience was mostly good. Nefarian isn’t a very complicated fight, compared to something like Lich King. It’s all about managing the cooldowns and kiting the adds. The group was pretty well-organized and though we had several of us that had never done it before, including one tank, we progressed and got it done. We went over did some firelands trash for a bit, then went to kill Al’Akir. Saturday we did BoT downing Choga’ll and finished the whole place in about 1.5 hours. Not a single piece of DPS cloth dropped. Sad day. The good news is that with the changes to the way I was doing rotation and therefore some of my glyphs, I really managed to do better than I thought. Not too shabby for having gear that wasn’t ideal.
While seeing this content was fun, and a good time, I honestly have to say, I don’t know how you people do this. Raid, every week, hours on end. At about 1.5 hours into our 4 hour scheduled raid, I was done. I started to get sloppy in play, I was tired, restless, I wanted to have someone say, “Okay, we killed Nef, everyone have the night off!” But you people are relentless! Ha! I mean, if you love it, good for you, but I was quickly reminded why I play the game the way I do. Raiding is not for me. But kudos to all that can do that, throwing yourselves mercilessly towards death repeatedly often for nothing. Wow. I’m not sure if I should be scared of you, or respect you. Ha!
It was a good experience though, and I was glad I could help the group out, at least with Nef. I’m pretty sure I was pretty useless on all other fights we did.
I also wanted to comment on the dailies in Firelands. I love the progression of the druids across the firelands, the storyline is pretty good, and it feels good too, like things are moving, the world is alive. And it looks like an epic battlefield out there. Good job Blizz! However, I do wish it was more Quel’Danas style, where the server as a whole worked together to open up the next section, the next vendors, etc. This is crazy. To have to do this repeatedly on each toon to get my 150 marks? Insanity. No thank you. I’m pretty sure that I’ll send one or two through it and that’s it. If it was server progressed, I would probably do it on more toons, to help the cause, but knowing that each one will have to do this repeatedly to unlock it for himself? No way. This is when the game starts to feel like work to me and not like fun. I would rather dig up archaeology finds than repeat those dailies for months on all my toons. So, I give them credit for making the area feel epic, however boo to it being individual and not server wide progression.
Back at work today, good times. Was a busy weekend with raiding and fire festival stuff. I finally got Flame Warden on Elgar…should have done it on Rossini, but as always I resort to “next year…”