So Wrath isn’t over yet, but I got all inspired by Larisa and Cassandri‘s raid boss rankings. And I get the feeling I’ve probably gone just about as far in ICC as I’m going. Maybe I’m wrong (prove me wrong Res!) but it seems like as good a time as any to sum up the first few months of my raiding life with a few heartfelt awards.
I was going to try and think of a fancy pants name for them, but somehow the Rhii-ies doesn’t sound real good. I have an alt named Emiri, maybe I can call them the Emis.
Anyway, I can’t rank the bosses since I didn’t kill them all, but I’m going to hand out some honorable mentions.
Number of Wrath raid bosses killed: 34/52 (Well over half, go me)
Biggest Embarrasment: Malygos
Yep, I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never yet killed that flying blue booger. I think it comes from me being the healer. I can’t really outgear targeting the right thing and positioning myself near the other drakes, and I’m not real good at vehicle fights. And I’m even worse at 3D positioning. Vehicle fights WHILE 3D positioning? HA. Ha. ha. If I ever kill Maly, it’ll be as DPS and others will be carrying me.
Boss Killed Most: Beasts of Northrend AND Lady Deathwhisper
Weird, I’ve killed the first boss of TOC a bunch of times, which makes sense, but I’ve actually killed Deathwhisper more times than Marrowgar OR Gunship Battle. I can’t remember subbing in after the raid had started or quitting after Deathwhisper. Maybe my memory is faulty. Or maybe it’s the armory. Who knows?
Easy Boss I Laughed At: Kologarn
We did kill him after he was nerfed, so I can’t really say I’d have laughed at him when he was new, but we were appropriately geared when we got him and he was… not hard. What he was, though, was fun. I really liked the giant torso sticking up out of the rocks that crumbles to become a bridge. And eye beams. There’s something really cool about eye beams.
Hard Boss that Made Me Want to Cry: Hodir
Guys, stand on the snow. /cry Why is it so hard to stand on the snow? /cry Look there’s a huge circle on the ground, go near it… when the snow falls, jump on top! /cry Jump around, FFS, don’t you remember Keristrasza? /cry Why are the NPCs dead? /cry
Fun Boss that Nobody Liked: Faction Champs
Once you learn which ones to kill first (for the love of god, put the skull on the SHAMAN!) it becomes fun! I solo-healed it after our first few wins (being the only one of our healers without a functional offspec) and so here are my instructions for solo-healing Faction Champs (10) as a holy paladin. Bind Cleanse somewhere very easy to reach. Beacon self. Cleanse. Cleanse. Cleanse. Cleanse. Holy Shock. Cleanse. Cleanse Cleanse. Win. Look at dispells in recount and see huge numbers. Feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Boss I Wish I’d Seen When it Was New: Sartharion
By the time I saw Sarth, he was trivial. I outgeared him a LOT. And we killed him pretty effortlessly with a bunch of noobs who were in their very first raid. It was kind of sad. Sarth looks epic. He’s grouchy and big and black, [Edit: and he does not has a really iconic line (Run away, little girl!) DBM you joker.] And he lives on an island in lava. LAVA! And there are waves that jump up and wash over you. This guy lives in a giant lava tsunami. Think about that for a moment. It’s a shame I didn’t see him when it was still even a little challenging.
Biggest Noob Moment: Loatheb
Only saw this guy once. Kept dispelling the spore debuff. What? Healers dispell debuffs.
Best Leet Moment: Koralon AND Lady Deathwhisper
There’s two of these because I had the same feeling of intense Leetness from two similar events. In both situations, my co-healer went down very early in the fight (for Koralon was it because my co-healer was fail, on Deathwhisper he was just very unlucky). In both situations things got hairy soon after. In both situations I had to LOH myself to restore mana — something I almost never do. In both situations we squeaked out a kill with most of the raid lying dead on the floor in pools of fire/death-n-decay. That’s what being a holy paladin is all about. /flex Feel the Leetness.
Biggest Surprise: Flame Leviathan
I HATE vehicle fights. I hate drake riding, I hate riding Gymer, hate. But I LOVE that golf caddy. You should be in our vent when we go to kill Flame Leviathan. I race people for the siege engines and squeal and giggle and call them “See JenJens”. Yes I’m a girl, IRL. I’m actually pretty rotten at knowing where to go in my See JenJen and I pity my gunner, because I’m usually wandering off far from the group electrocuting random dwarves who didn’t do anything to me, but it’s FUN! Moar golf caddy!
Biggest Letdown: Gunship Battle
Gunship battle is fun for DPS. Gunship battle is fun for tanks… especially bear tanks with rockets strapped to their bums. Gunship battle is fun for the people who get to shoot the cannons. Gunship battle is not fun for me. I get to stand on the ledge at the edge of the ship and try to heal the crap out of a tank who is taking too much damage to be running out of LOS all the time. While being shot at by rockets that I can’t avoid without interrupting my cast. Yeah, yeah QQ moar. I don’t DISLIKE Gunship battle… it’s just that it’s pretty much like every other fight for me. I hear Valithria Dreamwalker is fun, though… I should try her.
Really Cool Mechanic I Liked: Gothik the Harvester
Another encounter that was trivial by the time I tried it, but still a neat idea I’d like to see implemented again. Having to divide the force made me really feel like I was infiltrating some enemy citadel, not just traipsing through an amusement park filled with spiders and undead. It felt cooperative in a way that a lot of encounters don’t feel to me. Like, we can defeat our side, but if our allies don’t pull through on their end, all is lost anyway. And we can’t help them. I don’t know, I just like it. Add Gothik to the list of things I’d like to have seen at the appropriate gear level.
Most Random Loot Acquired: Ramaladni’s Blade of Culling
Yes, the famous axe. Envy of DK tanks everywhere. Sadly, we didn’t have a DK in the group that day. If we had, I wouldn’t have this stupid ret set taking up all my bag space.
I don’t know how many times I’ve run TOC. I suppose I could look it up, but I’m not going to. Suffice it to say, I ran it every week for several months. Did I ever see this shield drop? No I did not! Am I still using the Protector of Frigid Souls from reg POS? Yes I am…
And as a side note: Annhylde’s ring is not from raids, I know, I know… but Rhii wanted it so bad when she first dinged 80. About a billion UK runs later, she has still never seen it drop, despite the fact that it drops practically every time Myr runs through there. I don’t even need it anymore, it’s become about principle… Maddening.
Luckiest Loot Drop: Rhii’s Pants
Funniest Wipe: Onyxia and Cookies
First time we went to Onyxia’s Lair as a guild, our resto druid got hungry during the buffing up phase. So he wandered off to his kitchen for a cookie. While he was gone, his dad happened to pass by the computer and saw a very fascinating large dragon looking back at him. So he walked up to say hello. While the raid yelled “What are you doing?! AAHHH!” The druid was quickly made into toothpicks and the raid was then nommed by Ony at a semi-leisurely pace. Dad’s response? “That dragon isn’t very friendly. /frown”
Biggest Achievement: Deathbringer Down before the Pity Buff
My old guild had some problems showing up. And we were largely new to raiding, and quite honestly, not that well geared. We didn’t ever get into the second wing of ICC (excepting one extremely humiliating wipe on Festergut) and we certainly weren’t competing with the top guilds on the server. But we did clear the first wing before the Pity Buff struck. Which I think was a pretty good accomplishment for scrubs like us. Considering we were breaking in a new tank EVERY time we went in there.
And there it is! My Raid Awards for WotLK! Perhaps I’ll get some new ones before Wrath ends, but if I don’t, I’ve at least given the credit where it’s due and admitted the fails where necessary.
Here’s to Cataclysm, and new and better raids for all!
/playing Auld Lang Syne