Heroic Ragnaros

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Monday: 13%

Earlier tonight: 5%

And then…

Down, at last.

I forget where it is but there’s a picture of Hamuul Runetotem with a trollface.jpg pasted on top and there are times when that’s quite suitable.  Or the frost patches can really be obnoxiously far apart, or the first dreadflame spawns on top of the first breadth of frost before anyone has deluge.  I wish I could blame everything on that sort of junk, but I can’t.

Really, Ragnaros comes down to having enough time in phase 4 where you learn how to deal with bad root placement or bad frost trap placement.  And every single person in your raid needs to master what to do in every possible stupid, ludicrous, RNG based combination of factors that can happen to them in this fight.  It’s telling that on our kill, a whole bunch of bad/stupid happened and we still pulled it out of the bag.

Mind you, if it had been in its original version, there is no way that the mistakes have been survivable.  This is what, the third version (two hotfixes) of this fight?  My hat’s off to those who beat it earlier; I can’t imagine this guy with more health; we were just learning to reliably get into phase 3 when the second hotfix dropped, shoving us directly into phase 4.   We extended the raid lock when the nerfs hit and still didn’t get him, but learned a very valuable (and hard) lesson.  Rumors that he falls over and drops loot as soon as you reach phase 4 with everyone up are, in my opinion, greatly exaggerated.  Perhaps we’re bad but being the 45th US 25 man guild to down this boss suggests that there might be more to it than us simply being dumb.

This tier has been a hell of a journey.  We really had to push this and in ways the grind was reminiscent of Heroic Lich King.  We stumbled in early heroics, bashed our heads against Rhyolith, meandered over to Beth’tilac, killed Domo 6th instead of 3rd and arrived late at Ragnaros, knowing a nerf was in the cards.  A lot of people sat out of the kill or were brought in to substitute; tonight used a couple of unexpected fill-ins and a few people changed plans around at the last minute because we were so close.  To everyone who patiently sat for the sake of an “ideal comp”, listening on vent or watching streams, to those of you who put in the time to theorycraft, and to those who wiped many many times as we inched our way closer to a kill… congratulations, all.

Not a moment too soon.  /ducks