Last night was Apotheosis’ last raid of Tier 15, and the 9th night we spent working on Heroic Lei Shen. I believe we were somewhere in the realm of 175 attempts on the boss. We made steady improvement on the fight over the last 3 weeks, progressing from wiping in the first transition every time to getting into phase 2 quite often and then finally getting into phase 3 a number of times. Our best attempt was 15%.
Unfortunately, we did not manage to get the kill last night. I hate to blame outside forces, but our last night of attempts was royally screwed by server input lag. It’s something I’ve personally experienced a couple of times in this tier, but not nearly to the extent the whole raid did last night. When we were working on normal Lei Shen some people in the raid often got lag on the pull (and blamed the Hunters), but last night it was just ridiculous. On many pulls the game was nearly unplayable as all ability use was delayed and people were pushing their cooldowns 2, 3, 4 times before they went off (if they did at all). This caused our dps to lag about 5% behind what it normally is, messing up pillar timings. The lag also made transitions even less fun than normal. It’s hard enough to master the most difficult boss of the tier for the first time under the best circumstances, and the lag made it pretty much impossible to make any progress. We ended up cutting our losses and calling the raid a little early.
It is disappointing that we lost our last chance to kill Lei Shen, but I’m still extremely proud of my guild and the progress we made this tier. We ended the tier at 11/13H, which is a huge improvement over last tier. We got through normals in good time and made short work of a number of the more challenging heroic bosses. We didn’t let the roadblock bosses discourage us, and kept pushing forward. In less than 200 attempts we almost killed heroic Lei Shen, when most guilds spent 300 attempts on it.
Even though we didn’t get the kill, I’m happy that we spent our last weeks in Throne of Thunder continuing with progression. We could have farmed some more gear, gotten a few more meta achievements (a number of people, myself included, didn’t get all the achievement requirements checked off), taken it easy. But we’re a raiding guild. Progression is what we do and I don’t want to stop progressing until there are no bosses left to kill. Lei Shen really tested and improved people’s awareness and ability to work together with the rest of the raid team and I expect the improvements we made will keep us rolling through Siege of Orgrimmar.
So, good job Apotheosis – we should all be proud of our progress this tier.
Patch day tomorrow!