Last weekend my alliance guild killed Blood Queen Lana’thel for the first time in 25-man. I thought it was a really fun fight. It took a few attempts for people get comfortable with the bite mechanic and spreading out during the spinny, bloodbolt-throwing phase of death. Eventually everyone figured it out, but she was enraging and wiping us at 10% health. It was puzzling. We had done everything right, no one had died, all the dps were bitten, but our dps wasn’t enough. I consider our raid dps to be quite decent, so it was strange to see her hit the enrage. We kept trying and managed to get to 7% before enrage. Then the raid leader put his finger on it. We usually have 4 death knights in the group. This raid they were all away (is there a secret death knight holiday I don’t know about?). We also didn’t have a moonkin in the group, and our one warlock was using Curse of Doom. Our very caster-heavy group was having their damage severely nurfed by not having the debuff on the boss that increases spell damage taken by 13%. At that point, one of the death knights signed on (talk about timing). He came in, specced unholy, and the boss dropped like a sack of potatos. Hurray for proper raid buffs!
This week my 10-man group killed Sindragosa for the first time. Last week we had wiped on her numerous times. We kept getting our butts kicked by phase 3. This week we go into ICC, clear the trash and start our warmup attempt. Most people didn’t flask, no one dropped a feast and we didn’t even discuss the order we were going to use for people to hide behind iceblocks in p3 to drop their debuff stacks. We one-shot her. The most amusing part of this kill was that my video card was throwing an absolute hissy-fit during the whole fight. Any part of the screen that had players on it was covered with artefacting. I couldn’t even see my own character. Once we got to P3 I completely tunnel-visioned in on grid and my debuff stack while chanting “please don’t chain ice blocks, please don’t chain ice blocks”. I guess it worked.
My Horde guild also got a new kill this week. Rotface finally went down in 25-man. Unfortunately I wasn’t there for the kill, but still, Yay! Blood Princes, here we come.