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Magtheridon & Lady Vashj

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Some lackluster presence from the raiders tonight as we downed attempted Lady Vashj. A heavy healer raid (4 x shaman, 5 x priest, 2 x paladin) does not bode well on Lady Vashj. Despite the obvious ‘less than desirable‘ raid mix, we had a few attempts on Lady Vashj, but did not make it anywhere clear in phase 3 so we tucked tail and ran. Ran all the way to Magtheridon.

Our best attempt on Lady Vashj. Overall, I was #2 on damage done to Lady Vashj, so that should tell you something was lacking from our hunters/rogues/dps’ers.

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Group:

  • Warrior (main tank)
  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Warrior (fury)
  • Shaman (me)

Totems:

  • Grounding Totem
  • Healing Stream Totem
  • Searing Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

vanirright.jpgMy details during the Vashj fight here:

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We turned to Matheridon and turned the pit lord over on a BBQ spit. Not a bad turnout from yours truly with #3 damage done spot to the enhancement shaman!

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Group:

  • Warrior (main tank)
  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Warrior (fury)
  • Shaman (me)

Totems:

  • Windfury Totem
  • Healing Stream Totem
  • Searing Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

My details here:

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So, #2 dps on Vashj, and #3 dps on Magtheridon. Hmm!

More next week! Stay tuned.

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Vashj swims w/the fishes

3 weeks and finally got her down. Phase 3 is *jump*, *hit*, *jump*, *hit*, *jump*, *hit*, *jump*, *hit*, *jump*, *hit*, … <repeat>.

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Overall, the many wipes in the last 2 weeks we worked on Vashj prepared us for the survival in phase 3. My job was fairly simple, dps Vashj on phase 1, dps Naga in phase 2, dps Vashj in phase 3.

Group:

  • Druid (feral) and main tank
  • Warrior (fury)
  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Shaman (me)

Totems (phase 1):

  • Grounding Totem
  • Healing Stream Totem
  • Searing Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

Totems (phase 2):

  • Windfury Totem
  • Healing Stream Totem / Poison Cleansing Totem
  • Searing Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

Totems (phase 3):

  • Grounding Totem
  • Healing Stream Totem
  • Searing Totem / Fire Elemental
  • Strength of Earth Totem

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Ignoring the WWS/Combatlog bug of including Static Charge (I was tops with 4 Static Charges during the fight) with players dps, a quick summary:

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  • White melee miss rate: 15.4% (not bad)
  • White melee crit rate: 31 % (it’s my own enhance shaman goal of 30% or better vs. Vashj)
  • Windfury procs: 30% (WF crits 26%)
  • Living Free Action potions saved me (and my close rooted neighbors)
  • Heroism/Bloodlust at Vashj 20% life

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Total totems dropped, buffs and debuffs listed here:
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Loots:

All in all, a notable event has passed us. Now, for the guild-breaker Kael’thas Sunstrider. Wish us luck!

Your friendly neighborhood enhancement shaman,

– Asirae

SSC & Zul’Aman

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We are just on the verdge of getting Mount Hyjal attuned, and the patch 2.4 notes show us that Blizzard has used the nerf bat on attunement again.  No Eye attunement, you just get “Champion of the Naaru”.  No Black Temple attunement, you get the “Hand of A’dal” title.  A giant big “ha ha!” to all the people with the title.   Now anyone can run into Mount Hyjal and Black Temple, so gather up your 25-pugs and get ready to wipe!

Getting less and less turnout from our raid healers, so we farmed up some content from both SSC and Zul’aman tonight.  In hopes of getting our great healers back into the swing of raiding, we downed bosses from Lurker Below to Morogrim in Serpentshrine Cavern then turned out and downed three bosses in Zul’Aman.

  • Hydross @ 6th for total damage.  646 dps. blah!

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  • Morogrim @ 10th overall damage for 919 dps.  Mucho good, but AoE damage rules in this fight.

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  • Nalorakk  @ 2nd for damage output and 831 dps.

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  • Akil’zon @ #1 in damage output and 797 dps.

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We’re going heavy on Lady Vashj and Kael’thas this week.  Stay tuned for more.

Vashj 13%

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We traversed the endless drip of Serpentshrine Cavern in hopes of our 1st guild snake in a bag. Overall, this friendly neighborhood Shaman did ok with 7th on damage output & 784 dps*.

Group:

  • Druid feral (MT) 21k health!
  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Warrior (fury)
  • Shaman (me)

Phase 1

During phase 1 I went crazy dps on Vashj and planted Grounding Totems in order to absorb the Phase 1 Totems targeting our main tank, a big butt bear druid with 21,400 health.

12:26’24.968 Lady Vashj’s Shock Blast hits Grounding Totem for 8330 Nature damage
12:27’20.218 Lady Vashj’s Shock Blast hits Grounding Totem for 8385 Nature damage
12:33’15.203 Lady Vashj’s Shock Blast hits Grounding Totem for 10303 Nature damage
12:34’20.140 Lady Vashj’s Shock Blast hits Grounding Totem for 11525 Nature damage
12:34’50.343 Lady Vashj’s Shock Blast hits Grounding Totem for 11406 Nature damage
12:35’05.125 Lady Vashj’s Shock Blast hits Grounding Totem for 10504 Nature damage

Phase 1 Totems:

  • Grounding Totem
  • Healing Stream Totem
  • Searing Totem / Fire Elemental Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

Phase 2

I was on Naga dps duty during phase 2. Don’t be afraid to burn Heroism/Bloodlust during phase 2 as this is the diciest phase for the Vashj encounter. If your party gets any poisons from the Elementals, drop a Poison Cleansing Totem to counter it.

Phase 2 Totems:

  • Grace of Air Totem \ Windfury
  • Poison Cleansing Totem \ Healing Stream Totem
  • Searing Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

Phase 3 

Phase 3 is similar to Phase 1, so return to Grounding Totems to eat the Shock Blasts. I’m really torn on Phase 3 because I want to drop a Nature Resistance Totem to counter the 99% of attacks that are Nature based in this phase, but the Grounding Totem is direly needed to survive the Shock Blasts. Possible Totem Twist needed here.

Phase 3 Totems:

  • Grounding Totem
  • Healing Stream Totem
  • Searing Totem / Fire Elemental Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

We have consistently reached 13% health on Vashj on more than 2 attempts, so I am sure it will happen soon: Vashj will die.

*  One note on the Static Charge: Vashj you evil, evil water snake. How dare you root all melee and then Static Charge them all right after rooting? That’s just diabolical. I got 2 of those root-and-static-charge fiascos last night and it was not fun to blamed for 26% of the damage to the melee!

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Another trip, another trip back in the endless drip

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The endless drip of the Naga infested underground Serpentshrine Cavern.

Group:

  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Warrior (fury)
  • Shaman (me)

Totems:

  • Windfury
  • Healing Stream
  • Strength of Earth
  • Searing

We dove hard into SSC last night with the full intention of clearing all but Vashj.  We came up 1 boss short of our goal.  Three hours to clear all bosses except Morogrim Tidewalker and of course the cursed fembot, Vashj.

1st up: Hydross.  681 dps here for yours truly, it’s ok but I just don’t enjoy Hydross anymore.

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2nd up: Lurker Below (even though I’ve lobbied hard to skip this boss because we just waste too much time killing him for less than legendary loot).  I just blast through the adds and /tickle Lurker when I get the chance. 713 dps.

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Next up: Leotheras the Blind

With only 1 mage in our raid for polymorph duty, it was tricky to cc any groups with confidence.  Our one warlock did a fine job as usual to Seduce and cc other mobs as we worked our way to Leotheras.  934 dps. 

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Last boss before the end of our 3 hour raid to SSC, the crowd pleasing Fathom-Lord Karathress

My job tonight ended as a pure dps class, because Fathom-Lord demands healing interruption duty by yours truly, so I didn’t get to dps a-go-go on the Fathom-Lord fight.  I only get to dps on the last part of the fight where it’s Fathom-Lord solo vs. 25 person raid.

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 I went to Karazhan after the SSC raid to down 4 bosses and then I went to sleep, hard!

Pauldrons of Primal Fury

On a side note: I got my picture approved for Pauldrons of Primal Fury, I’m the 5th picture in the screenshots list of the shoulders. 

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Raiding DPS Progression History

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Historical progress of our guild on some of the SSC/TK bosses plus some Zul’Aman as well. These are all the recorded WWS kills (except for Vashj, still working on her).

Serpentshrine Cavern      
  Date Duration DPS
Fathom-Lord Karathress 2008/01/17 11:30 AM 8’28” 9895
  2008/01/03 2:15 PM 7’52” 9243
Hydross the Unstable 2008/12/19 12:13 PM 8’13” 8916
  2008/12/12 1:40 PM 9’58” 8127
  2008/12/05 1:01 PM 10’08” 7735
  2008/12/05 1:01 PM 10’06” 7735
  2008/12/03 12:32 PM 10’17” 7569
  2008/01/23 11:51 AM 7’37” 9862
  2008/01/02 1:08 PM 10’02” 7847
Lady Vashj 2008/01/29 1:01 AM 5’44” 6736
  2008/01/29 12:46 AM 5’31” 7917
  2008/01/29 12:28 AM 6’16” 8081
  2008/01/29 12:04 AM 5’43” 8725
  2008/01/28 11:33 PM 6’29” 7429
Leotheras the Blind 2008/01/23 1:53 PM 8’05” 8506
  2008/01/09 1:55 PM 8’34” 7800
  2008/01/03 12:27 PM 10’05” 6869
Morogrim Tidewalker 2008/01/10 12:42 PM 8’56” 13936
  2008/01/10 12:17 PM 10’42” 10612
  2008/01/02 2:31 PM 9’00” 13915
The Lurker Below 2008/12/19 1:16 PM 11’03” 8203
  2008/12/03 1:19 PM 13’59” 6957
  2008/01/23 12:22 PM 8’51” 9441
  2008/01/02 12:20 PM 11’21” 8011
Tempest Keep      
  Date Duration DPS
High Astromancer Solarian 2008/01/14 2:03 PM 7’34” 11476
  2008/01/06 12:22 PM 6’14” 10145
Void Reaver 2008/12/10 1:56 PM 8’32” 8945
  2008/11/29 12:53 PM 9’53” 7688
  2008/01/14 1:21 PM 3’59” 10758
Zul’Aman      
  Date Duration DPS
Akil’zon 2008/12/20 1:25 PM 5’24” 4223
  2008/12/04 11:33 AM 7’24” 3096
  2008/12/04 11:33 AM 7’24” 3096
  2008/12/01 12:08 PM 5’34” 4136
Halazzi 2008/12/20 2:04 PM 8’41” 2638
  2008/12/01 1:41 PM 7’03” 3804
Nalorakk 2008/12/20 1:01 PM 5’09” 4470
  2008/12/15 12:05 PM 5’25” 4254
  2008/12/04 10:59 AM 6’50” 3365
  2008/12/04 10:59 AM 6’50” 3365
  2008/12/04 10:59 AM 6’50” 3365
  2008/12/01 11:24 AM 5’18” 4349
Zul’jin 2008/01/07 3:09 PM 8’59” 3238

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1st look at Kael’thas Sunstrider

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We managed to cook the chicken and take down Al’ar, so that lead us to some more interesting trash to get to the prince of all Blood Elves, the highbourne himself *drumroll* … Kael’thas Sunstrider.  He’s pretty cool and has a group with him that reminds me Maulgar’s crew & Fathom-Lord’s posse.

First look at Kael’thas Sunstrider:

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Next look at Kael’thas Sunstrider:

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We high-tailed it back to Shatt city and I forged a Stormherald for pvp.

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Called it a night after that. /tired

I’ve been called to try and kite the Coilfang Striders on Vashj.  I suppose I will have to spec to Elemental Shaman in order to range kite the Striders effectively.  Our guild dps is just so strong, that enhancement shaman w/Frost Shock might not be the best kiting strategy around.  We are using a Warlock to tank at the moment, but I want to try it out so any advice on how to kite Coilfang Striders on Lady Vashj with Enhancement Shaman, please comment! 

Totems:

  • Strength of Earth Totem
  • Windfury Totem
  • Poison Cleansing Totem
  • Mana Spring Totem
  • Searing Totem

I have to catch up on some promised chores both in-game and RL, so I’ll be back in a few days with another update.  Buenos Nachos and good night.