Past the halfway mark

With Gorefiend out of the way, it didn’t take us much time to score the next mythic clear. A tad disappointing, but we will take it after all the time spent at Gorefiend.

7. Socrethar the EternalTwenty pulls or so, mythic tier gloves. Easy money. Iskar should have died as well,  but one of “these days” happened. Next reset.

Gorefiend dead, guild still alive

Lovely, lovely, lovely!

So after somewhat slow start in Hellfire Citadel caused by summer holidays and all the absences, we eventually reached was is rapidly gaining the fame of a guild killer – Mr. Gorefiend himself. The first few pulls proved we are in for a treat.

A lot can be said about Warlords of Draenor, there are many flaws and examples of poor design decisions. However, for the raiding part of the community, all this absolutely pales in comparison to the quality of the raid encounters we are offered. Our latest, precious kill is a prime case of just that. An entire week spent on the same encounter and never once was it boring. Hell, even after the kill instead of the usual we “uhh, finally!”, we had people cheering and wanting to do it again right away.

And so just as the title indicates – hard boss done, guild alive and kickin’, still protecting Stormwind, as expected!

Kill video soon to be available at our wowprogress profile, linked on the right side.

6. GorefiendAmazing teamwork, extra-enjoyable learning experience where suddenly, step by step you go from chaos to relative order. Simply insanely good fight, already being mentioned as a candidate for peoples’ “top 5″ lists. Even the decision of putting this boss half way through the instance, whereas he feels more appropriate for much further part of it, feels good in the end. Statistically the next few bosses should fall with less attempts than this one.

We shall find that out soon enough!

Kilrogg Deadeye

Adds are the name of the game. Took way more time than it deserves, but again, summer, people going on holidays, ridiculous heat wave, all the external difficulties one can think of. Certainly more pulls than the difficulty level justifies, but what do you do, that ‘s how it is sometimes.

Kill video available at our wowprogress profile, linked on the right side.

Kilrogg Deadeye

On a more important note, we had time for few first pulls on Gorefiend and it was a slaughter. Finally a fight that requires some proper preparations, assignments and such. Could not come any earlier. Now to just get people back to normal activity and we should be on tracks.

Hellfire High Council

So even if we are fighting the summer more than the bosses, we managed to get ourselves a new kill. Not bad, felt hard and chaotic the first time we reached it, but then the next time things started to fall in the right places sooner than later.

Kill video available at our wowprogress profile, linked on the right side.

Hellfire High CouncilThen some pretty amazing struggle to get the raid going, few more pulls, obligatory 1% wipe and it died. Four down, one more easy to go, then it gets real.

Kormrok

Very cool encounter, pure fun to learn. We opted for doing it the harder way, i.e. used a standard a mount of healers and did not brute-force nor skip any mechanics. With hindsite, perhaps that was not the smartest way to go, but in any case – we had fun and we did it.

Kill video already available at our wowprogress profile, linked on the right side.

KormrokScreenshot as green as any other to expect in Hellfire Citadel. We did not have too much time to try the next encounter, High Council, and it feels like that will take some doing. The fact that the next few resets just happen to be the peak of the holidays absences surely does not make it seem any easier.

There is no justice, there is just me

While the quote does not exactly come from the particular Reaver we were faced with this time, it is still relevant. Still the same reset we killed the final boss in heroic mode and we are on a roll. Admitedly, learning that getting a hit in the face from a giant mechanical behemoth is not advised took some time, but eventually we got on top of that as well ways to deal with bombs of different sort. Not quite the most entertaining encounter ever, but it is still just the beginning of the road.

Kill video already available at our wowprogress profile, linked on the right side.

Iron ReaverAnd so, doors blown wide open, the guarding Reaver taken out of equation, finally we set foot in the fel fortress itself. We still had some time left on our hands, so we tried next boss on our kill list, Kormrok. Did not seem too bad.

All the while, we have arrived to the absolute peak of the holidays season, very many people seem to be taking some days off the next few weeks. Likely not too much of mythic progression in near future, but worst case scenario we get all the gear we could possibly want from heroic mode. Then once the team is back, fresh after relaxation, the real game starts.

P.S. Those are some very green, fel screenshots, the last three!

Modest beginnings

Rumor had it the first mythic “boss” (encounter?) in Hellfire Citadel was in fact easier than the last boss, Archimonde, in heroic mode. As far as we are concerned, this rumor turned out to be very true. Not too many attempts needed for that; notwithstanding, fairly enjoyable baby-boss.

Kill video available at our wowprogress profile, linked on the right side.

Iron AssaultA little bit of controlled chaos and by no means a clean kill, but at least it gets us going. The doors to the citadel are wide opened; next step, getting rid of the mechanical guardian known as Iron Reaver.

Arch demon killed, heroic mode cleared

With Hellfire Citadel released just in the start of summer holidays, we have had our doubts as to how smooth we would get started this tier. Turns out there was no reason to worry at all. The bosses leading to the final villain went down mostly as expected, even if it was unusual for a re-kill on one of them to be harder than the first kill. That is what happens when an encounter gets fine-tuned after week one (Socrethar the Eternal).

Archimonde himself was a different ball game. We did not do bad against him as such, but we should have won the encounter earlier – we had a breathtaking 0.3% wipe and then never managed to get the job done in that reset, only got him the next week.

Kill video already available at our wowprogress profile, linked on the right side.

Archimonde hcHe is dead, true story! Not quite our typical situation, having killed the final boss on our first raiding day of a reset. Tension rises, let us see what the reset of the week brings.

Blackhand no more

Blackhand’s (also referred to as: Bluenose, Redface, Greyhound) cruel reign over the Blackrock Foundry is no more. We celebrated Children’s Day in style – after many near-death experiences on the day before, all it took was a grand total of two pulls to get the job done. By no means a smooth kill, hardly anyone left alive by the end, but that only made it more thrilling and memorable. Screenshot to prove it did indeed happen!

10. Blackhand 2There are certain issues with the wipe counter for this encounter as we have been reseting a whole lot, but it seems that pull no. 247 was the lucky one. The screenshot above clearly proves that what was missing before was the gnome power! It is now a matter of hours until we get a few kill videos uploaded – if you want to check them out, look them up on our wowprogress profile (link on the right hand side).

On a more serious note – good fight, not extremely long which was a nice variation from the usual end-boss marathon. With the tactic we used, however, the raid composition requirements were quite extreme. Because of that a whole lot of good people was on standby often during the progression. These guys very much deserve the credit, just as much as those who got the first kill.

Having killed Blackhand we have now cleared the entire tier 17, so both Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry. This granted us some nice little side-rewards:

T17 cleared2All the good stuff shown above – from left to right: Blacksteel Battleboar (ugly boar for completing mythic tier 17), our first Faultline (Blackhand’s mythic-only mount), The Enigma Order banner, the raiders’ garrison monument and an alliance banner behind it.

With all that hard work done, with summer around the corner and with the next tier undergoing testing on the PTR already, now is the time to relax and enjoy some laid back raiding. Surely we will want to kill Blackhand weekly for quite a while longer to get us some mounts, but luckily we now have access to him directly, without the need to clear the entire instance first.

Second tier in a row we managed to clear in a timely manner with our reasonable schedule; tension rises. Over and out, but back in a bit!

Good job team.

The Blessed Fun-race

The Blast Furnace encounter has been defeated by The Enigma Order. It was not easy, it took a lot of planning and adjusting and once we did do it, it was awesome and a smooth kill. Even the screenshot will proove that fire is ever-present in this fight.

Blast Furnace

We had a rather unusual learning curve on this one. After two almost full raids the conclusion of one of our most trusted members boiled down to “all these wipes and we are still not anywhere closer to a kill then on the second pull”. This was an overstatement, but surely a good indication of the impression we all shared. Slowly but steadily we figured out our way of doing the fight, decided on specs people will play, did all the small arrangements that eventually made it all seem not quite as bad, whereas one raid earlier it felt like an uncontrollable mess. Luckily the final phase turned out to be not too bad and so we managed to kill the boss the second time we reached it in proper shape. The kill video that we will be publishing very soon on forum as well as our wowprogress profile is particularly worth watching, the amount of communication will make anyone appriciate just how much is going on at Blast Furnace.

One boss left, the endgame, Blackhand. Now it is all about the next patch not being released before we get it done.

Oh, shout out to the fine people who spent a whole lot of time on standby because of Furnace!