It should be no surprise to anyone reading this blog that my guild is not an end game progression guild. I haven’t seen Illidan or Archimonde other than in Warcraft3, heh.
Our guild isn’t very big, and attempts to stay casual by nature. And by casual, I mean in playtime and raiding schedule only. When we are online and raiding, we play and raid to win. We are currently running 2 Karazhan groups and clear Kara weekly. We have only been seriously putting forth effort in raiding since early June. All in all, I’m pretty happy with our progress.
Now, we are turning our eyes towards the 25 man raids. Our roster still isn’t full enough to do guild only 25 mans, so we joined forces with another guild for our first ever attempts on High King Maulgar and Gruul.
I’m happy to report that we downed HKM on our 5th attempt, and got Gruul to 20% on our 3rd try before calling it a night. I learned a valuable lesson on our 3rd HKM attempt. When going up against bosses that can hit this hard, that first little bit of rage should be spent on Shield Block. Typically I use my Bloodrage for an initial Shield Slam for aggro. Last night, on our 3rd attempt, HKM came along and smacked me for a 9500 crushing blow right out of the gates. Followed by an Arcing Smash and regular melee. He finished me off doing 25k damage in just under 4 seconds. My 18k buffed hp wasn’t enough to survive that opening salvo.
05:00'12.343 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Bloodrage
546 Bizzam gains Prayer of Mending
05:00'13.390 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Bloodrage
05:00'14.437 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Bloodrage
05:00'15.359 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Bloodrage
05:00'16.375 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Bloodrage
05:00'17.390 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Bloodrage
921 High King Maulgar's Melee hits Bizzam for 9241 (crushing)
05:00'18.140 Bizzam's Shield Slam parried by High King Maulgar
281 Bizzam's Melee hits High King Maulgar for 172
578 Bizzam gains Lightning Speed
578 Bizzam gains Shield Block
625 Bizzam's Prayer of Mending heals Bizzam for 1542
640 Bizzam performs Prayer of Mending
05:00'19.375 High King Maulgar's Melee hits Bizzam for 4982 (398 blocked)
375 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Bloodrage
812 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Shield Specialization
812 Bizzam's Melee hits High King Maulgar for 127 (glancing)
05:00'20.218 Donator's Flash of Light crit heals Bizzam for 2270
234 Kcinham's Holy Light heals Bizzam for 4640
234 High King Maulgar's Arcing Smash hits Bizzam for 6541 (398 blocked)
671 Bizzam gains 1 Rage from Shield Specialization
05:00'21.468 Bizzam's Heroic Strike crits High King Maulgar for 507
578 High King Maulgar's Melee hits Bizzam for 4652 (398 blocked)
05:00'22.265 Bizzam dies
From now on, my first rage spent will be on Shield Block as the boss is incoming. There isn’t much more demoralizing than getting obliterated in the first 5 seconds of a boss fight.
In the end though, we still prevailed. Our guild performed great and we came together to down HKM 2 shots later. We had good attempts on Gruul and he’ll go down the next time we see him.
To wrap up, as noted, we are trying to fill out our roster for 25 mans. If you or anyone you know is interested in having a look at a mature, casual playtime, yet serious when playing guild, take a look at Calzowned