Today marks 21 days until Cataclysm. That is 3 weeks until the level cap is lifted and we all get to start learning a whole new game again.
I don’t know how long you’ve been playing, but for me this is the third expansion. I stared about a year before Burning Crusade, and have Logged into the game at least once a week since. Most weeks it was probably closer to 7 days a week. So far the previous expansions were pretty good to me. I looked forward to both before they hit. In vanilla I was in a very late-blooming raiding guild who never had a chance to finish even AQ40 or MC. When TBC was about to hit we went through a bit of an upheaval and lost some players and gained some players. None of us really knew what we were getting into when the Expansion ended. We were a bit upset that we were unable to get people raiding for the last month. We went from almost clearing MC to barely being able to clear ZG again. It felt like the end of the world.
I left that guild about 6 months before Wrath hit and on a new character I joined a guild with some Cousins and their friends. We started out all barreling to 80 and by about June we had enough people at 80 for weekly Kara runs. We kept at it and when Wrath hit we were still running Kara and ZA and pugging Magtheridon, TK, SSC, and Hyjal. We didn’t really have a pre-expansion slump or anything. we just kept on going. I guess it was our casual nature that led to that. Nobody left to get into that other guild which could get them an Illidan kill. Nobody left to join that Sunwell guild. We were content having fun with each other, knowing that when Wrath came out, none of it would matter.
Now that Wrath is almost over, and I’m in my 5th guild of this expansion, a guild who is still struggling to finish the game, I can feel the pull. We have 3 weeks. I personally only have one week left of raiding and then the last two are all busy.
I have one last shot at Killing the Lich King. I have One last chance and I hate it. I am afraid it won’t happen.
Give me 9 competent people and let me go destroy the place. Let me get a title. Please. The concept of having to re-teach the fight every week because we only have 24 regulars on, since August, is killing me. Every week we have to re-learn the strat. People who know it are screwing up. Even I don’t perform 100% every pull. (I know right? Me? I’m like a God… how could that be?)
We’re right on the verge and someone stops paying attention to DMB and drops defile in the raid… Come on man! Move the timers so you can see them, and run out when it’s about to hit. It’s not that hard. Come on man! Standing in Defile? Come on man! Not Stunning a Valk? Come on man! LOS behind the Ice Block so you can’t heal the tank? (ok that last one was me)
The expansion is almost over and I’m afraid I won’t kill the Boss. I want to win the game. just let me win the game for once. Even if it is only for 3 weeks. Let me win the game. I have been sick of raiding for over a month. I’ve been ready to give it up, but that carrot still pulls. The Lich King… He’s tugging at me. He wants me to kill him. He wants it to be over. I can feel it. All it will take is one pull where nobody screws up. We can’t have one screwup. Not one. We’ve all had flawless attempts. Just not all 25 of us all at the same time. I know we can do it.
The preceding section of text was written yesterday afternoon on my lunch break. Had it been written today, it may look something like this:
This time around, with wrath almost over, I have finally been able to beat the game. Even though we’ve been through our trials and tribulations. We split from our old guild, and reformed. We took two steps backwards and had trouble even killing Sindy for about a month. Finally we got our feet back underneath us, and just as I was about to quit raiding for the rest of the expansion, we started going after the Lich King again.
Each week for the past few we’ve made progress up to The Lich King, but we always seemed to get stuck. People having lag issues or sound issues, or addon issues. We just couldn’t make a clean transition into phase 2. I don’t get it. We’d have people dying to the plague, we’d have people dying to infest, we’d have people running into orbs and getting punted. Once we did get into phase 2 we had poor Defile location. we had Valks not being killed. We just never had a fight where everyone was at 100%. Sure we all had our 100% attempts, but never all 25 of us at the same time. It didn’t help that we were teaching new people the Strat each week.
With my schedule and our focus on 25′s I haven’t been in ICC 10 for months. So I didn’t even have a 10-man kill. I can only see my Girlfriend on weekends, when the guild runs 10′s so I’ve been pretty much pushing for that 25-man kill. The Expansion is almost over and I’ve been afraid that I’d not kill the final boss. All I want is to finish the Expansion. With our issues in 25′s and my lack of 10′s It didn’t look like it was ever going to happen.
More of the same. Last night, 22 people signed up for our 25′s LK night… Gee thanks guys. I’m hosed. One more week. I have One final chance for a Lich King kill then I’m done. I’m not going to get it. That’s all there is to it. It’s not going to happen. Game over. FML.
Well, we may get some stragglers so we can make a few attempts. So we got the raid together and at 8:00 we did the City invasion stuff, Still didn’t have 25… We talked about it and decided that 10 of us would go in to try Lich King. 8 of us who hadn’t gotten the kill yet, and 2 who had. It’s possible that a couple people were on alts but had kills previously on mains.
We went in and gave it a few weird attempts. People dying to the plague, or getting punted by orbs, or enraging Shambling Horrors. We made a change and had me Soothe the enraged guys, while also healing the LK tank, and we got through phase 1 and 1.5 with no deaths, and then the tanks died one after another in transition. Not sure what that was all about. I had heals on them. Maybe my mouse had moved to a DPS and not the tank, while I was looking elsewhere.
Release, Fly back, Buff up, try again. Phase 1, Tank 2 dies to plague, I think. LK tank almost calls the wipe, but sticks with it. He pulls the Shambling Horror and tanks both of them and the Lich King. One dead, 3 minutes left on my Battle Rez. Crap Crap Crap. Keep trying guys. Kill the adds. Ok Push Phase 2. Awesome! 20 Seconds left on the Rez. Get in position. Valk! ok. I move out to rez the Tank. Defile! On me! Oh No. Rez has to wait. OK, Next Valk. Good job! Defile. Go Go! On me?? Shit! No rez again. Ok. keep going. Another Valk. Another Defile. Get that Rez. Oh crap. it’s on me again! Drop it. Then grab the tank. Got him! YES!
Move to the edge. Transition time. Alright Do this. Fight Fight Fight. Heal Heal Heal. Move Move Move. Heal Heal Heal. Move Move Move. Oh Crap! The tank died! Oh crap! We all died! Oh Shit! we won!!!!
Finally. I Finally finished the expansion. I killed the final boss. I Got the Title. I did what I had set out to do. Now we just have to do it on 25 this week. We got this. We have SO got this!