We did what we said we wouldn’t do as filthy casuals: raid a third day. We had three or so sub 5% pulls on Wednesday before calling it and the stars aligned to allow most of us to play one more night.
The first pull looked like we would be rewarded only to have a classic Kinetic .7% wipe. We did kill it on the next pull. This afforded us some good pulls on Stone Legion Generals thanks to a Sleepytime doppelgänger named… Sleepytree. Thank you kind sir. I hope you and Sajia have all sorts of weird druid babies together now that you each have professed your love.
Seeds and traps and withering touch… oh my! It really wouldn’t be a good Artificer pull without Vuduz stepping into a trap. He survived this one and so did us (well mostly…). We killed the damn thing and that’s what’s important. Well that and we get to skip most of these bosses on Normal now that we finished the quest.
Kinetic in its continued hybrid server glory is now 5/10H in Castle Nathria. For context, a once server first and top 100ish US or World guild (depending on the content) has managed to make the Top 50. For Horde. On Frostmane. But, like, wut everman im liek alch90, ok?
I decided to check-in on my fake nemesis guild and it appears they are now 8/10H. According to raider.io, they killed Sludgefist/Council on Sat 1/23, Sun King/Artificer on Wed 1/13, and Lady Inerva on Tues 1/12.
Reminder to like/subscribe/etc to Saji’s Twitch as he provided us with this kill video:
I suppose it had to happen eventually. We wiped to the Sun King’s Salvation encounter for the first time. Hopefully it’s the last time until a theoretical world in which we increase our numbers to run Mythic content. In case my wording was not clear enough, we killed it on the next pull and we collected purples. In my case, I traded my purples to Vuduz (something about BIS). With this, we moved to 4/10H for Castle Nathria. I feel confident it isn’t a spoiler to say we weren’t done for the night since you had to scroll past the other post to get to this one.
For your inconvenience, here is the kill from Saji’s Twitch (like/subscribe/etc)
I’m not sure what was more ‘fun’ last night: the one shot on Shriekwing, learning all the fun ways a hunter trap can be broken, or figuring out how much people like walking into traps. But that isn’t what this post is about… we killed a thing, again, and we did it on heroic. For those scoring at home, this makes us 3/10H (yay upgraded item in the Great Vault).
We should have killed another thing, but I guess this is what happens when you get older and it gets late. Very much looking forward to skipping most of the normal bosses so we can spend more time on getting heroic loots.
Did you know that in the heroic version of this encounter, there are TWO Shades of Barghast? Good times! We technically had eight pulls, but the first one Hads was afk outside the room (virtually & IRL) getting a peach smoothie (I wish I were joking) and the encounter was reset when he was targeted by the boss. Laughs were had by all. This makes 2/10H overall since we didn’t kill Hungering Destroyer after 5 pulls.
I have to admit, though, I didn’t think all these posts in the last seven days would happen. I say that because one of the more active, consistent people decided to leave the guild to play with some friends from WoW Classic. He went from not knowing if there would be a raid to clearing Castle Nathria on Normal in one day (not to mention a couple heroic bosses). How could I blame him? I wouldn’t (and don’t), but as the Jordan meme says:
I’ve always taken things personally, though, and I have to deal with it. This won’t be the last time someone quits the game or the group unexpectedly. It also won’t be the last time I take it personally. What I am doing is watching their new guild’s progress in Castle Nathria. They are now 6/10H (though he is only 2/10H… just like us). I have issues, man, ok?
10 out of 10 would be the official count for us on the Normalist of modes. This fight was weird y’all and we wiped four times because of it. Ok, ok… it’s not that it was weird so much as Nerv couldn’t figure out how to go through the mirror. GO INTO THE LIGHT CAROL ANNE. Thankfully Sanka & I focused our inner <Force of Will> to keep some adds from spawning.
A special thanks to everyone who has been consistent the last couple weeks. It’s been pretty fun to slay foes again. My hope is that it continues as we adjust to the additional difficulty. It would be fun to be a Sinbreaker before the next content release.
One down, three to go. That is true for both the amount of posts I have to make this morning (go team) and also the number of times we have to fully clear up to Sludgefist on Normal before we can just farm the last bosses.
When Katnuss said Sludgefist & Stone Legion Generals (on Normal) were easier than some of the fights we had already completed, I have to admit I was skeptical. She was right, though. Since no one will ever really read this, I feel ok admitting that.
Three wipes, one kill. Interesting. My OCD is happy.
Side note and true story: we joked that Sanka & crew (on Illidan) should rename their guild Kinetic so our screenshots looked better. Katnuss said “I’ll do it for $20” and I couldn’t pull up Venmo fast enough. Now we just need to work on Sorcia…
Hurray – we qualify for another Great Vault reward due to being 7/10 Normal. In all seriousness (or at least somewhat serious), last night was a good night. We breezed through the first 6 bosses and tweaked this encounter to our liking. We went ahead and killed Heroic Shriekwing as a reward in advance of more progress tonight.
The biggest realization from the evening was that we don’t really need most of the loot that has been dropping from these bosses. The “skip mechanic” will be very welcomed after 4 Sludgefist kills as we begin to push Heroic… and dare I say… eventually… soonish… Mythic.
To the surprise of all of us, this is not the simple zerg it is in LFR. We did finally get our first, very famous “Kinetic Kill” on this boss. We found the soft enrage and managed to eek out a kill. Sure the last 2-3% of the boss was mad chaotic, but it instantly reminded the old timers (myself especially) of many previous boss fights from Vanilla on.
This kill took us to 5/10 (also known as half way). Just in time for the holiday season. Happy Holidays y’all.
p.s. Not that Starbucs will ever see this, but thank you for realizing you weren’t playing well and logging. A+ accountability.