June 30, 2010

Well that was interesting.

Posted in Guild things, Tattered Legends at 8:55 am by Aduial of WrA

Today (well, yesterday, at this point) was one of the most… interesting… days I’ve had in WoW in quite a long time. It was supposed to be the day Tattered Legends came back on the raid scene in a big flourish, or something. Of course, however, that was the farthest thing from what happened.

As indicated in our previous posts, our raid assist got hacked, and all of our raiding stuff was taken from the guild bank. The raid we were supposed to do tonight? Whatever the weekly was, unless it was Ulduar (where we’re going to start progression runs), in which case we would do Obsidian Sanctum and just zerg Sarth 3D for titles. Unfortunately, the weekly was Malygos, and for several hours it looked like the only person we had going who had the key… was our raid assist, on his hunter. And he got his account back, but almost all of his gear was missing (everything that could be sold was gone, to be precise). We started about 5 hours before the raid trying to gear him up in time to do it, counting on having Ith to run heroics since he’s not only a great tank, and ensures instant queues for quick badges for him, but also pulls normally 3-4k DPS in heroics which would help cover for what our raid assist now lacked. But then Ithraen had to go and that plan fell through.

So it went… Okay, we won’t do Maly. We’ll do OS… oh, wait, we needed our raid assist’s 5k DPS to help cover where anyone else might slack. Shit. Okay… We’ll just do Saph to grab one of us the key and save everything else for Naxx on Satur–… okay, guys, I can’t do a raid by myself.

And I ended up slowly watching every option slowly.. fall.. through.. the ground. Painfully so.

Until about an hour, maybe an hour and a half before our scheduled raid time, when Emere logged on… Who… actually had the key. Out of all the people we had scheduled to go, he was the only one. So Maly was back on the schedule and because vehicle UIs tend to glitch out on my new UI I went to look up the buttons while Em tried pre-explaining the fight to me (he was one of only 2 people in the whole group who had done Maly before), which, of course, confused the hell out of me… So I finally figured out a way to make wowwiki’s information stick (normally looking up strats and fights just confuse me without being there to see what’s being talked about, so I end up more clueless than people who hadn’t looked them up). I just read through the attacks, when they happen, etc, ended up sort of coming up with a strategy in my head as I read, which… turned out to be the proper strategy to use. Yay.

So I’m reading this and planning until about 15 minutes before, went and reglyphed since I wanted to be able to get in two Holy Shocks during Vortex… 10 minutes until the raid, I’m wondering where Ith is, since he was supposed to be back by then. Text him, and… He thought it was cancelled. Of course. So he starts driving back home, will be late… and was also supposed to be our raid leader but is absolutely clueless about the fights. Woot.

So I ended up not even sending invites until the start time. 5 minutes after Em gets back from getting a drink… Start filling out the group… Ith actually makes it before we’re ready to PUG… End up with only one short.

And I’m not sure I’ve discussed it here yet, but we’ve ended up having a sort of “alliance” with another guild that had moved over to WrA from another server due to a mutual friend/guildy’s recommendation, to start raiding with SnM, and they were shunned/kicked out… when they’d all but bent over backwards to be what SnM supposedly needed for raiding, and said mutual friend/guildy ended up managing to talk them into raiding with us, after I got to know their leader and talk with her a bit. They’d been wanting to be a raiding guild but had had the same problems Tattered Legends used to have–lack of numbers, and they’d been even more unwilling to PUG than us, so the majority of them had never raided before. However the leader knew fairly well where her people stood gearwise and ability-wise, and only handed us certain names that she knew should be capable of doing whatever and were likely to be able to make it.

So between Ith, Em, two of the original TL crew, the other group, and I, we had 9 people… And I asked in vent (oh, and the other guild is kindly letting us use their vent for raids until we’ve got ours set up) if they had one more DPS, and… they actually did. This was the first time, ever, that Tattered Legends had a raid and did not have to PUG someone. I was shocked. And… thought things were going to go great.

Just to recap: We only have one person with the key, who also ended up being raid leader, leading his first raid ever, in the mess I ended up being Master Looter when I absolutely fail at loot distribution, only 2 people in the group had been to Maly before, and a good chunk of the raid had never raided before, period.

We get all get summoned, and one of our DPS is being knocked offline, repeatedly, apparently due to an addon several others had turned on… So we have to get everyone who has it to turn that off, despite much confusion… Then go to head on in, and one of the people gets lost because they thought the portal was above the building rather than inside. Get that straightened out, and we have four paladins, so we start assigning buffs, which… get screwed up because one of the paladins has Pally Power and apparently can’t buff without it.

As a side note, from now on, Pally Power must be turned off before entering a Tattered Legends Raid. Seriously. It is not that hard to just buff people with the buff you are assigned by hand, or to watch for when it falls off (very easy with greaters–buff yourself then everyone else, watch for when it falls off yourself, then rebuff everyone), or to pay attention and if someone dies, rebuff them after they get rezzed. There is nothing Pally Power does that cannot be done by communicating and paying attention, both of which should be done anyway, and as far as I’m concerned, will be done in our raids. On top of that it just forks with everything if some people have it and some people don’t–and there will always be at least one paladin in our group who will not have it.

Anyway, moving on… After spending a good couple minutes dealing with buffs, Em begins the explanation in vent, fairly succinctly but with everything covered, gets through it, and… people are saying just tell them what to do as needed. H’okay. Maly is a confusing fight for first timers, hell, just about any fight is, and sure maybe a very quick resummarization of what we’re doing as needed could be good, but not for every single difference or personally, when the raid leader is completely new and I’m completely surprised he’s not breaking down or freaking out or screaming or something already. Thankfully he handled it extremely well and was a natural at it.

So we pull. And I screw up and stand in the cleave, because everyone started taking so. much. damage. and I was too focused on the green bars to see where I was. And I’m getting screamed at in vent. Shit. Run this way, run to the side… Oh crap, have to judge.. Okay, good, good… And people keep taking damage. I wasn’t the only one who can’t separate a head from a tail, apparently. There ends up being like one or two people on discs towards the end and we reach berserk with many 1 Scion down. So we try again.

And again. And again.

Eventually people get the hang of killing the sparks though it takes a couple more tries before they get the hang of, well, standing in them afterwards. And then there’s the spark at the head. Oh, joy. Did they.. did they really just tell my tank to turn a dragon… with a cleave… around to face my raid, so they can kill the spark? Oh, he’s told them off, good, good. Moving on.

Okay, which retadin just taunted the dragon?! ..Oh, it’s the one that got cleaved when Maly had the 50% damage buff and is now laying dead with the other DPS that couldn’t get away from the head. Okay then. And there’s only one DPS above 5k… The only one above the tank… And the healer is pulling more than that one… And there’s another berserk. H’okay, trying again.

Obviously, we were in there for a long while. About 6 or 7 tries, I think. We did almost get him down at one point, and we did make very noticeable progress each attempt (by adding anywhere from 45sec to 1min to the enrage timer than we’d had last time). And while Maly lives (for now), all things considered it wasn’t… completely horrible. I mean, like I said, there was very noticeable progress each time and I’m fairly certain we would’ve been able to down him if we’d had just one more try, because we were so close, but our druid healer had to go because he could no longer concentrate due to a massive headache, and a shaman + paladin healer duo doesn’t make the best for Vortex, when instants are.. fairly crucial.

Thankfully the ones we, being TL,  were personally responsible for bringing pulled their weight with only one screwup (that was later dealt with), so that only left the other group. So after the raid cleared out and it was just Em, Ith, the other group’s leader and I, we sat and talked. We discussed what happened, what went wrong, what needed to change, etc, and it went over well. In the end the whole group is really willing to take whatever advice we can give them and actually put it to use, to the point two of the people had respecced, reglyphed, and were working on re-gemming, as well as had been taught the proper rotations, etc. which should help them out a lot.

Tonight (since today is technically Wednesday now, here) was supposed to be part one of Ulduar, though it’s been cancelled in favor of spamming heroics to get gear for whoever needs it, partially because of them needing gear as well as the fact that it was decided they were not quite Uld-ready yet, and it is not practical for us to try to lead a TL raid on Ulduar when we’d be PUGing 7 out of 10 people (since Ithraen will be on a bus to New York during our raid time). We will likely either do more heroics Sunday (when part 2 of Uld was originally scheduled) or we may take another crack at Malygos, since everyone will be fresh out of Naxx and should have better coordination.

Overall, things look bright for us, if awkward and scattered. Or maybe I’m just optimistic. But hey… Even if our DPS needs to be worked with, we’re willing to help as long as they’re willing to work with us, and not having to PUG? That’s what I’m talking about.



  1. Eric said,

    So glad you guys got to go in and raid. I’ll be on Mok later tonight and farming gold/eternals/whatever to at least fill in what’s missing. At least enough to go to randoms…

    Also, /subscribe

    • I was actually planning to do that on Kas had I not ended up sleeping instead (also only like 6 fires from getting you your Nesingwary, the rest are in Adu’s bags from where we were gonna make it). And if we can get you heroic-ready then I may drag you along to heroics with AA, and I may end up tanking (shock, horror) while Em heals me or vice versa, so we can blast out a few more quicker (still totally confident you can pull great numbers despite not having your gear >>).

      Also, that reminds me I still need to teach you how to use RSS, huh? Think we ended up getting distracted last time it came up…

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