Last week was a bit momentous for me and my various dealings in this world of Warcraft. So, I apologize for being absolutely terrible at providing my usual fare of edu-tainment, but my mind was firmly ensconced elsewhere!
One of the biggest events last week was my guild killed Cho’gall on 25man mode for the first time on Wednesday. We’d been working on the fight for about three Wednesdays in a row by that point, and while the previous week was generally a giant pile of frustration, by the end of the night we were hitting phase 2. The first 75% of the fight was starting to become habit. So then last week imagine my glee when–on the very first pull!–we got him into phase 2. That meant our “base” for the fight was right where we needed it to be.
Cho’gall, as a fight, reminds me a bit of Professor Putricide: it’s seven minutes of repetition with an increasing level of danger, followed by a nervewracking burn phase. And learning the fight is a pain because you have to spend all this time learning that first 75% of the fight–mastering it–and then you can wipe before even seeing the most crucial quarter. So you keep doing that first 75% over and over again until it becomes second nature, and the fatigue is ridiculous.
I was worried last week we were going to spend an hour or so getting back to being able to hit phase 2. But, like I said, fortune smiled and we were on our game. So the following attempt we had similar success, pushing it to phase 2, but wiping soon after. At this point I assessed the situation and listed for the raid the things I wanted us to immediately fix before we could successfully kill the boss. Chief among them was Corrupted Blood totals. That last attempt, we had a few people at 50 before we even got to phase 2, which was unacceptable. The law was laid down: no one past 25 until phase 2.
The third attempt we did we really locked it down and got Cho’gall all the way to 7%. Immediately everyone was excited by the sudden inevitability of the kill. Fourth attempt was to 9%, a tiny backslide, but we were doing much better at the burn phase, just corruption was too high going in.
The fifth attempt wasn’t stellar, to put it lightly. We had tank deaths, people at greater than 50% corruption, and various other non-stellar things. I released Frank a bit on that attempt, unfortunately, and as much as I hated doing so I think between that and the shame of the backslide, a lot of us buckled down with a determination to achieve redemption on the next go. And so we began our next attempt, coasting through the add phases with no trouble what so ever. Tanks weren’t in any serious danger, slimes were blown up immediately, and (most importantly) blood remained very uncorrupted all the way to phase 2.
By the time we hit the burn phase, every was still under 25% corruption, which was incredible. I pulled Cho’gall onto his throne so that all his eye stalk adds would spawn immediately around him and go be easily AOE’d/splashed down. People held everything together, and after what felt like an eternity, we finally knocked Cho’gall over.
It was our first end boss kill on the 25s, and definitely very exciting. Three people got their four piece bonuses that night (Antigen among them, grats to him!) and the raid got a much needed shot in the leg after the last two Wednesdays that ended ignominiously on Cho’gall.
Changing of the guard
The other major happening from last week was a major shift in my guild. After a solid year of leading Enveloping Shadows, I’ve stepped down as guild master for a quieter existence as just an officer. In my stead, Zilga and Falowin have stepped up to divide up my duties, with Zilga taking over leading raids (Frank is dead, long live Francine) and Falowin taking over the remaining GM duties of the morale and complaints departments.
The game has started to become way too frustrating thanks to the excitement of the past few months and I wasn’t able to give the guild my all anymore without exploding into a supernova of stress and ulcerated tissue. Thankfully, my officers are a stand up group of folks and I know they’ll be able to continue in the job with a fresh determination that I definitely was unable to provide as of late. The guild is, beyond a doubt, in fantastic hands.
I’m currently suffering because I can’t wait to raid Tuesday night, finally being able to just sit back and just tank. It’s going to be a surreal experience.