Last night I managed to pull myself out of my recent funk and actually get more than a modicum of excitement about the prospects of raid night once again. On Tuesday The Nighthold opened and since we are a Wednesday night raid we hoped that any weirdities would be resolved by then and we could simply get in and start working on clearing new and interesting things. Thankfully that was the case and we moved forward with only the most spartan scribbled notes to go from as we pushed our way through the boss fights. We are not exactly a super serious raid, but that said it is nice to keep moving and doing things that are at least progression for our purposes. Before the launch of Nighthold we managed to clear both Emerald Nightmare and Trial of Valor on Normal, and push all of the way through Heroic Emerald Nightmare and even got it on farm status. We have a bit of an odd structure in that we raid a single night each week, and then have a second night on Friday that is completely optional. So up until this week we had been doing Heroic Emerald Nightmare on Wednesdays and attempting to clear Normal Emerald Nightmare and Trial of Valor all within a pretty compressed Friday night. For the most part it has worked out pretty well for us, because Friday gives us a night to start bringing folks who are maybe not geared enough for the more serious content.
As far as the fights that we saw… I have to say they were really fun. We are very much a raid that learns on its feet, or at least needs multiple attempts to sort out the fight. However generally speaking once we have a fight sorted as such, we then can pretty much repeat it every single week regardless of the exact raid composition. Skorpyron was absolutely a case of me trying to sort out how exactly to do the tether mechanic effectively and I think we managed to get it down on our third or fourth attempt… going pretty much from chain rezzing tanks to clear within the space of a single attempt. Chronomatic Anomaly was its own special hell, but we sorted out how to deal with the tank swaps and the add phases… and the fact that the boss could be moved if only slightly towards the add when it first spawns making the “dunk” go much more smoothly. Sidenote… the dunk absolutely reminds me of a handful of fights in Destiny where you have to pick up an orb and then slam it down somewhere else… so I got a bit nostalgic there. We then moved on to Trilliax… the fight where we get to eat cake… and play with roombas. To be truthful as the tank I am not entirely certain what is going on other than the fact that it sounded like madness, because Art and I spent our entire time worrying about tank swaps and trying to kite the boss around the room… or prepping for the next kite phase. I know it somehow involved eating cake and not eating cake and not allowing the roombas to have any cake. Whatever the case after a couple of attempts we had one of those slow wipes to the finish line that ended up with a boss kill.
Throughout the night I had been tweeting out each time we downed a boss because I knew there were a few people who could not make it last night, and also a good chunk of our guild as a whole is on twitter. Over the years I have sorta adopted people and smuggled them into my guild, and now you have the end result that tends to be an amalgamation of awesome. We were working on clearing the insane amount of trash on the way to Spellblade Aluriel when I got a Battle.net message from a friend of mine that lives on the other side of the faction fence. He excitedly told me that I apparently got a congratz message from the official World of Warcraft account, and when I alt tabbed over to check myself… sure enough there was the above message as well as a handful of favorites to go with it. Senpai apparently noticed us, and smiled upon our progress. I won’t lie… it gave me and still does give me a bit of an afterglow of warm fuzzies. We continued on and put in a little work on Spellblade Aluriel, and managed to at least push into phase 2 before needing to call it for the night. Like I said we are a bit of an odd case when it comes to raiding because we raid 8 to 10:30 EST, and try really hard not to push too far over that line. So in that 2 1/2 hours minus a break in the middle when our first flask wears out we managed to clear 3 bosses and at least reach a point of understanding with the fourth. As is always the case I am certain we will speed up in week too, because it honestly felt like last night we spent more time talking out strategies than actually fighting things. All in all though it was a pretty great night of raiding in a really pretty instance with some seemingly fun encounters.