The Realm of the Harvester

In the past week we’ve heard a lot about this “lonely path” that the damned apparently walk. Honestly, it just doesn’t seem that lonely to me – I always seem to have 39 folks keeping me company, and we accumulate quite a few skeletons along the way.

So Gothik died (finally) – after a good two nights of trying. First it was the live side wiping, then it was the dead side, and we kept falling just short of Gothik’s arrival, with stuff running loose. I read somewhere that you really need to flask up to see if your strategy works, and i’m inclined to agree now that we’ve done the hard yards – this was one of those fights that pretty much burned through consumables while we refined our attempts over and over again. Changing positioning here, change the DPS mix there, move this person over to that side and whatnot.
Fortunately it finally came together on us, late at night like it always does – on a Monday rife with poor performance, disconnects and the dreaded “Awaiting Character List” lag. I’ll spare you more prattle and give you the killshot.. as always, click for a larger view.

Gothik Down

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It takes two to tango..

Blizzard has a few recurring themes. One is the frenzied, fearing dog, the other is the Suppression Room-like clear followed by a boss with no wipe recovery. I’ve got to hand it to them, the room before Heigan is one big mess with grubs, bats, and the occasional plaguebeast. It doesn’t help when people keep disconnecting in that room. The zerg you get when someone reconnects in the room while the rest of the raid is somewhere else is impressive to say the least.

Heigan himself wasn’t too much of a problem, but dancing proved to be harder than expected for some. Unlike quite a few other bosses in Naxxramas he has no enrage after a set amount of time, so losing people to various rounds of dancing doesn’t mean the fight’s become impossible.

Heigan killshot

Click the image for a full-size killshot.

After killing Heigan we took a look at Loatheb, one big ugly looking fungus. Suffice to say that fight looks quite interesting and will take some serious practice.

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Update: So.. we oneshot Heigan this week, on a Wednesday no less.

But I really wanted to clear the bats some more!

You… die now!

Saturday was definitely “the night”. The server was cooperating. Ability lag was minimal. At 5pm we zoned in and gave Thaddius some really good attempts – including a wipe at both 3% and 1% before our consumables ran out.

Then.. sadly.. it was time to move on. We were out of pots. We’d burned our flasks. Durability was at zero. The skeletons were piled in two neat clumps around the defiant Thaddius, who refused to fall even as the lag kicked in and polarity changes grew more and more sluggish.

So we went and did BWL – and thus did the first sign of what was to be a great night occured. Nefarian dropped Wrath for the third time EVER.. and not just Wrath, check out this ridiculously good loot table. Our excitement woke Galreth, who had drifted off to sleep Solaris-style, and he joined us for the rest of the venture.

Nefarian Loot

If only we could get this stuff every week? Alright, forget the Netherwind.

Considering it was 11:30pm, and we were still smarting from the 3% and 1% wipes, I suggested that we go and take one crazy midnight shot at Thaddius – just throw everything we had at him. And someone suggested, “why don’t we get the head buff?”. Sign number two.

The third sign of what was to come was very simple.. because of the buff, everyone displayed a greater than normal focus when running to Thaddius. It was, in fact, the first time ever we’d run to Thaddius without losing people to the slimes.

We potted. We flasked. We used some last minute consumables bought from the AH, scrounged from mailboxes (thanks Arethor), brewed in-flight.. everything. Prot warriors used crit stones, mongoose and Recklessness. Greater Marks of the Dawn were consumed in one final act of desperation.

It all came together in one crazy post-midnight attempt. At 12:33 server time, Critical Mass killed Thaddius and cleared the Abomination Wing.

Thaddius Down!

Here’s the money shot, click to see the full size image courtesy of Dugrin.

I don’t believe i’ve ever been part of a more satisfying kill. After all the hardship, the server lag, the consumables used (and used again), the repair bills, the skeleton piles and the frogger slime deaths – Thaddius is dead. Now, we can focus our attention on the last four undefeated encounters in lower Naxxramas.

What a great night. Our third ever Wrath, our second ever Crul’shorukh, and our first ever Abomination wing clear!

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