Highs and lows
Work is kicking my tail this week (/whimper), so as much as I would love to make an appropriately epic “First Impressions of Ulduar”-style post, all I really have time for are a few quick thoughts about Week One.
For me, it was all about highs and lows …
Over the course of three days, my 10-man raid cleared Ulduar through Mimiron, leaving only General Vezax and Yogg-Saron undefeated. I had so. much. fun! Especially with Mimiron, a wonderfully chaotic fight that reminds me a little bit of the Lady Vashj encounter in SSC. I also really enjoyed solo-healing Thorim’s gauntlet — a challenge for a resto shaman, because while versatile we are, mobile we are not.
By the way, Supremus has nothing on Freya when it comes to trash. I will never look at flowers in quite the same way again! There is definitely some sort of phototropic effect going on, too, because those menacing little cutlings are absolutely drawn to Chain Heal.
Also, Mimiron’s trash is actually named Trash, which totally awesome (not just awesome, but totally awesome!) in my book.
Speaking of books, check out our Mimiron-10 killshot:
Can you pick out the real shamans in this picture? (Hint: I’m the cute one.)
My 25-man raid was crit by an unlucky combination of server downtime, Naxx-induced laziness and Real Life®, and only managed to down two new bosses: Flame Leviathan was a two-shot, and Razorscale took a bit more effort but ultimately went down (and dropped a very nice healing mace in the process).
Saturday’s Deconstructor attempts were thoroughly disappointing. XT-002’s very simple, Solarian-type mechanic got the better of us — over and over and over again. To be fair, we were missing several of our core raiders (nerf finals!), and running a 24-man group that included a handful of undergeared fill-ins from our Friends & Family rank. We ended up calling the raid when our fury warrior’s game card ran in the middle of wipe recovery (sigh) and our healadin’s finance came home, armed with wedding plans (double sigh).
Oh, well. I’m willing to write Saturday off as a practice round (spring training, as it were). We’re heading back into Ulduar-25 tonight with our core raid intact, and I’m hoping to see some significant progress. If not, I’ll have to look at making some changes to bring my 25-man raid up to the admittedly higher standard set by my 10-man team — but that’s something to worry about another time.
Work is summoning me, and I don’t dare decline. ;.;