April 3, 2012
Patch 4.3 - Hour of Twilight arrived late November 2011. This seemed to be an exciting patch as this was the patch where we finally get to fight Deathwing the Destroyer, the main nemesis for the Cataclysm expansion. Along with Dragon Soul, the new raid zone, three new heroic dungeons were introduced. These new dungeons were quite a treat for me as they took story lines from the Warcraft novels and put them into the game. The geek in me was geeking out at being able to go back in time to fight over the Well of Eternity alongside Malfurion, Illidan, and Tyrande. Although Tyrande is a fail hunter - hunters can’t run out of arrows!
With the new dungeons and raid zone, we set out to prepare ourselves to raid Dragon Soul. Besides the dungeons, we also were able to use the new patch feature of Looking for Raid (LFR). This allowed us to join a 25-people raid of Dragon Soul, acquire better gear, and learn a little bit of the new boss fights. This seemed to help as we were able to defeat the fight boss, Morchok, on December 7, 2011.
Full of confidence we proceed to the next boss, Warlord Zon’ozz, where we learned just how different the LFR version was from the normal 10-man version. The difference was hard enough that it took us almost two months until we finally defeated Zon’ozz. Luckily our main tank Whimsi realized Zon’ozz was like a bad toilet and he needed to be jiggled in order for the purple ball to hit him.
The next boss Warmaster Blackhorn was a bit more difficult and it took us a longer to defeat him. It can be very frustrating when you have to fight a boss with a less than ideal raid composition (we were too melee heavy for a fight that required a balance between meleee and ranged dps), but the reward of defeating him was so much greater.
Unfortunately we have hit a wall with the Spine of Deathwing, and haven’t been able to get much attempts in as I would like. But all our raiders are still interested in finishing Dragon Soul, and hopefully we will find the time to finish it. Maybe we can even find the time to finish the Fireland raid zone as we have yet to defeat Ragnaros. That would be an awesome way to end this expansion!
February 4, 2012
It has been a long time since I have last posted but Lanakila is still around and still in the raiding business.
We got a slow start in Firelands but eventually got a stable raiding team and picked up momentum in killing bosses. This zone was fun due to its size and “aliveness” with all sorts of mobs filling up the zone and moving around. And the boss fights were very fun with unique mechanics, although most had a last 20% of the boss health be a burn phase. Unfortunately we hit a wall when it came to Ragnaros and were not able to finish the raid zone when the Dragon Soul raid zone came out.
August 21, 2011
It’s been over a month since I last posted as there wasn’t much to talk about in July. On the other hand, August has been a busy and exciting month. Besides the release of Patch 4.2 - Rage of the Firelands with a new raiding zone, Lanakila has been busy on the membership and raiding front.
We have recently acquired a bunch of great players: Vashude, and Bunta & Chandare, a married couple that used to raid with us back in our Ulduar/Coliseum days. Vash came from a progressive raiding guild and brings a whole wealth of knowledge, while I have raided with Bunta and Chan before and know what great players they are…. I wish I had the time to tell you about the epic fight we had in the Coliseum where it was just me, Bunta, and 3 others left to fight Icehowl. Oh man, what a fight! Anyways, with the addition of these great players Lanakila’s raid teams is very solid and have been making great progression. So much so that I have been able to hang up my healing helm and don Tsanga’s Helm to be a fite kitty.
With a solid raiding team, we have seen much progress in August. On August 2nd, we entered Blackwing Descent to face our final nemesis here: Nefarian and his sister Onyxia. Previously we have been struggling with this encounter, mainly due to the massive damage of Nefarian’s Electrocute. Thanks to Patch 4.2, the damage from this encountered has been reduced to a much more manageable level. After many attempts, we were finally successful in defeating Nefarian and Onyxia, which resulted in much celebration and happiness in finishing one of the raiding zones.
Being full of confidence, we then headed to the Bastion of Twilight to challenge the Ascendant Council. After a number of attempts, we had also defeated the Council.
We also made an attempt at Cho’gall, and after getting him down to 48% vowed to return to finish him off.
On August 5th, we remained true to our word and took on Cho’gall. This boss fight seemed to be a bit easier than fighting Nefarian even though both are the “final” bosses in raid zones. I guess fighting a warlock-ish ogre is suppose to be easier than fighting two undead dragons. Again, much celebration and happiness endured in finishing another raid zone.
We topped off the night by clearing the Throne of the Four Winds. Fighting Al’Akir took many attempts to learn, especially Phase 3 with floating in air and vertical movements. Fighting in 2 dimensions (horizontal and vertical) is never easy and never easy to coordinate. Yet through sheer determination and luck, we finally defeated Al’Akir.
Besides the sense of accomplishment, the guild earned the “Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider” achievement, which rewards guild members with the ability to purchase the Reins of the Dark Phoenix. This is a great reward and shows just how great our raiders are. And while we were not able to clear these 3 raid zones before Patch 4.2, it is still rewarding having cleared those zones especially since we are not hardcore and able to raid every week.
Besides clearing the first 3 raid zones of Cataclysm, Lanakila members have worked hard to level the guild to level 25. XP for the guild was earned by doing guild activities, from raiding to running dungeons to doing weekly guild challenges. And despite not having a steady raid schedule, we were able to reach level 25 by running a lot of dungeons together and other guild activities. Our reward for reaching level 25 is the Reins of the Golden King mount. Now Lanakila members are riding and flying in style!