We finally downed our first Firelands boss last night. We had been working on Beth'tilac, but after two weeks of wiping (and much tweaking of strategies), we decided that we just didn't have the gear for it. Beth'tilac is a gear check, and we just weren't getting the adds down fast enough.
Most of us are over 359 average ilevel, but not by a whole lot. Many have stopped running heroics out of sheer boredom with them. We try to do a few a week, but we are definitely not capping VP (and we don't require that). If we were less casual, that average gear level is probably enough. After all, I've seen stories of folks going in with that sort of gear and doing just fine. Being pretty casual, we probably need a bit more gear. It was doubly frustrating because everyone else seems to think that this fight is cake. Well, the cake is a lie. If your group is struggling, feel in good company.
So, in the last half hour, we decided to swap over to Shannox. The only reason we didn't do him first was because we didn't want to waste a bunch of time clearing the trash to get him to spawn. We've done enough trash runs that most of the trash no longer gives rep, so there's little drive to do it. Still, it was time to try another boss. The hunter's horn sounded thrice, and then...
We one shot him. Yeah. It went something like this:
/Ful starts reading strat over vent
/Shannox pats into range halfway through the reading
/We say "screw it" and pull
/yadda yadda yadda
I know, I yadda'ed over the best part. Well, we killed one dog early. The second dog we dragged out until Shannox had like 35% health left. Then, we finished them both off. We were just sort of winging it with only the vaguest idea of what we were supposed to do, and it worked.
So, I have to say: Shannox is far easier than Beth'tilac... especially if you're not high on the gear curve.
The side effect of an unexpected one-shot is that we got out first chance to see one of the BoP embers needed for the caster Legendary. As one might guess, we found ourselves ill-prepared to deal with it. I don't know if you've ever been in a casual raid group before, but it's been my experience that whenever something special like this drops, there's this moment of mini-panic where everyone is thinking "oh shit, now what do we do."
You see, casual folks tend to have a wide array of different opinions when it comes to gearing. And Legendaries can cause guild-stress even for the prepared. It's just one of the truths of the game.
Fortunately, rational heads prevailed and after a few moments of collective flailing, we had it narrowed down to three people who both wanted the opportunity (not everyone wants the responsibility... you're pretty much saying you'll be there for every raid and then some) and could make good use of the resulting item. The three rolled and, well, yours truly came out on top. So, if our ragtag guild somehow manages to construct the Legendary, I will get it.
I'm super-psyched about this. I don't think I've ever had a shot for anything cool in the many years I've played this game. Generally, there hasn't been a whole lot unique and cool for casters, but also I've never been in a position where it was really possible. I hesitate to get too excited, because actually being able to do this is a long way off, and could never happen, but it feels nice to even have the chance. I've been a dedicated guildy for a lot of years now, and my current guild-mates are some of my very best friends, so though they may give me crap about it... I'm thankful nonetheless.
Which brings me to my question of the day. Now that I have a shot at the Legendary... does anyone have any tips? Is there anything I can do to be ready for it? Are there any other Warlocks out there rocking this bad boy?
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