Sunday, 08 January 2017 22:19

Mythic Helya dies! 420 Blazin' it!

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Tonight, after (a "planned"..) 420 wipes, Helya finally went swimmin' with da' fishes.

An excellent fight, which was both mechanically difficult and technically demanding; the best of the expansion by a clear margin, and probably in the top 10 of all time in my books. It was difficult progress, but steady; bit by bit, mechanics were learned, and movements were planned, which finally culminated in our kill tonight. For a 'stopgap' raid tier between EN and NH, TOV has surpassed expectations and been an excellent tier just in itself, in fact is was a major disappointment that Helya was nerfed so early in, as we were thoroughly enjoying the progress and the slightly easier encounter the nerfs created was very acutely disappointing, although didn't take away from the sense of achievement from the kill. Perhaps this time, Blizzard's oft unkept promise of releasing content quicker, just this once, was not one that needed keeping. I think another month or two in TOV would not have been unwarranted, and perhaps another boss would have justified that. As a result, I can see many guilds leaving TOV unsatisfied to have not cleared it.

Our kill itself was overly satisfying, despite knowing it was coming, after several sub 10% wipes on Thursday, we did not expect to come into raid and two (nearly one!) shot it today; the relief in Discord was tangible.

We are looking forward to NH, and feel much more prepared than we have done throughout this expansion so far. Hopefully roster bleed has finished now and we can continue to improve on our world and realm ranking.

Saturday, 31 December 2016 23:47

Happy New Year!

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2016 ends with a bang, literally!

 

While most people are out partying, those left over came together in Orgrimmar in true meme level fashion to bring a fitting end to meme year of 2016!

 

For 8 months we farmed HFC in anticipation of the release of Legion...in hope, no desperation - for new content. Boy did Blizzard deliver! On Legion's release the constant guild chat spam of artifact links did not get boring. We've gone from a big rooster, to a tiny rooster, and back to a big rooster again. We've farmed AP (at interestingly chosen times), and lots of it. We have been disappointed with the raiding Blizzard delivered with Emerald Nightmare, and then pleasantly surprised by the challenge Trial of Valor offered - a trial we were perhaps under prepared for. But as always, the guild has banded together and the quality raids continue!

 

Now, on the eve of Nighthold, no effort is being spared to enjoy and perform the upcoming raid as much as possible (and also to deliver the finishing blow to Helya in the coming raids).

 

Thanks for a great 2016 and here is to an even better 2017.

 

Happy new year!

 

Front page new year posts in 2016?!? Firework screenshots in 2016!?!?

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 23:23

Phase 3 Bitches

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So, after what became a meme after getting to phase 2 and failing to deliver on the promise of a commemorative news post. Here is that news post for phase 3 (albeit 3 days after we got there)!

 

Progress is certainly going strong, and it is a shame the boss has been nerfed because its certainly a good one. Phase 2 is certainly getting more consistent and we are already starting to get an idea for our routines in P3. But Christmas is on the way, and so is Nighthold!

 

So enjoy your Christmas, and keep up the good work for the next raids to come - its only a matter of time now!

Thursday, 01 December 2016 22:12

Guarm Mythic dead! 2/3 ToV

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A troubling start to the expansion has only increased in severity for us. 

Since Legion began, we have lost more core raiders in every department than I'd care to list, through people burning out and quitting the game. This includes some crucial classes, namely mages and shadow priests.

We however did not help ourselves much on Guarm, and found our roster lagging behind on artifact power compared to other guilds on our level, on top of missing those key classes.

100+ wipes on a mechanically very simple boss was very soul destroying at times, when you can see that the dps requirement is out of reach by the smallest of margins it is very demoralizing, not to mention the huge dent that it was putting in our wallets. Thankfully our roster have banded together and maintained consistent performance which eventually lead to a kill (even if it did mean Underzz had to solo the last 5 mil hp) 

Although this result may be a downfall in our overall world ranking slightly; it will strengthen us in the long-run, as we have proven to ourselves that we are capable of fighting against the odds to reach a common goal. 

 

Monday, 17 October 2016 21:13

Xavius Mythic Down! 7/7 Mythic Emerald Nightmare!

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Ok...

We hadn't really had massive hopes of killing Cenarius when the reset commenced; and those hopes had been more than dashed when our new tank quit after the first night of progress, and although we knew there was a good chance of us killing it tonight; we hadn't allotted for an early kill... So to agree with our good ol' friend Illidan... We were not prepared.

We took 30 mins before the boss to watch a couple of videos and copy and pasted some tactics.

The first few pulls consisted of people not getting into their dream in time; another 10 minute break to figure out what the hell Nightmare Reverberations was, and why it killed one of the mages 'randomly'. 

A few wipes later and the boss was randomly dead.

We knew going in that everyone was killing it quick, but 16 pulls was Ra-Den cringe worthy. We were far from optimised... I think only the shadow priests got their damage buff from the dream, I didn't even use a 2nd pot or my third round of CDs (praying for that corruption!) before the boss died. So yeah... not sure what to say about this. GG

Monday, 17 October 2016 20:54

Cenarius defeated! 6/7 Mythic!

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Back on the update wagon again.

Our first week on Cenarius saw some turbulent and frustrating progress at times. We have taken a big beating this expansion in terms of raiders, and lost three tanks (1 during the first night of Cenarius) and a healer during progress which resulted in a very patched up raiding team. So with 3 Guardian Druids (2 of which were offspecs) we steadily niggled away at Cenarius' HP

I think I spent more time in brambles than out of them at times; however progress was steady. After two nights of progress we were consistently managing to get to the last transition, however this usually ended in a wipe. Tonight started in a similar fashion. We hadn't managed to last a few seconds in the last phase when suddenly we found ourselves with a 8% wipe. The next pull it died. 

In hindsight, extending our lockout earlier in the tier would have meant an earlier kill on Cenarius for sure, and probably with a more cemented lineup, however it is hard to take away from a group of players who have knuckled down in harder times to remain consistent and show perseverance in maintaining a very respectable progress kill.  

Monday, 10 October 2016 21:01

Il'gynoth Dies! 5/7 Mythic EN!

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After 2 weeks of speedy progress, and slow news updates we have killed 5 of the 7 bosses in EN.

Tonight saw the biggest test to date, and with the tactics we prepared being desecrated by Blizzard buffing the boss a week after release, we had to start from scratch... old school!

Progress was frustrating at times, with mages unable to stand still for any set period of time, soaking the Death Blossoms was a challenge we didn't think would cause an issue. However with a tweak here and there, a reroll or 2 in the tanking department, and a good bit of shadow priest whoring to boot, we took the boss down on our last night of the reset. 

Next up, we will see how the hardest boss of the instance measures up against Fang..... Lets hope the pools are a bit smaller on mythic! 

Sunday, 04 October 2015 19:37

Archimonde down! 13/13 Mythic - Expansion done!

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The final boss of the expansion went down in comfortable fashion tonight after a few short weeks of progress and 332 wipes in total. This leaves Fang at realm third, and 137 in the world.

What has been a rollercoaster of an expansion for us is finally over and we can now sit back and enjoy the long farm until Legion launches some time next year. We have endured sub-optimal progression setups for the majority of kills the entire expansion, most notably on Blackhand. This left us with many mountains to climb for periods of time however finally we're at the summit, and the view is pretty darn good!

At times progress was slow and tedious on some bosses throughout WoD; however we always persevered and always came through it. This perseverance saw us jump dramatically in performance and ranks in Hellfire Citadel culminating in our best finish of the expansion.

Before WoD launched, we wanted to maintain a similar overall rank that we achieved on Garrosh Hellscream (world 74) and with 10 and 25 man raiding combining we set ourselves a goal of achieving rank 150 or better by the end of WoD, which at times looked way beyond our capacity, however a massive push in HFC saw this goal surpassed and we can now look back on the expansion as a success... a difficult one but a success nonetheless.

Once again, some of the highlights of the progression during the entire expansion has been the competition between the guilds at our level, which on Kazzak is a lot. Last expansion we saw ourselves racing with Last Resort, this tier saw 4 other guilds join the chase, making a real competition out of it.

So time to plan for Legion, time to fine tune our roster, but more importantly.... time to farm!

Sunday, 13 September 2015 22:10

Mannoroth Dies! 12/13!

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Tonight, with barely 150 wipes on the clock, Mannoroth bit the dust.

A thoroughly brilliant fight, quite possibly one of the best of the expansion meant that progress was fairly enjoyable and very steady on our side. 

After a series of sub 5% wipes and one 2% combat res on the wrong player and one last 900k wipe, the boss died in near flawless execution amid the first set of (semi) nerd screams of the tier as it means getting one up on some of our rival guilds who have been progressing the same boss much longer than us! 

Onwards to Archimonde and finally the completion of Warloards of Draenor!

 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 02:31

Fel Lord Zakuun dead! 9/13 Mythic!

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Fel Lord Zakuun hit the dust very quickly tonight after a short period of progress.

Quite an interesting fight on mythic, requiring a lot of coordination and awareness in order to get down properly. We put a good amount of preparation into this, and it paid of dividends as it took very little time to kill! 

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