Archive for March, 2009
As he looked around the battlefield the large Tauren couldn’t escape a grim smile as he looked upon the corpses of the four dragons and their minions. As he turned away from the bloody mess he had help create he smiled broadly at his companions. Most of them resting from the heavy battle. A few fellow Tauren licking their wounds, the healers taking care of the more critically wounded. It pleased the big tauren to see that he and his friends had lived through another challenge. As he thought about the challenges ahead he walked towards the quick campfire that had been created, thinking about the road that took him there.
Only a few months before that fight the cold dark embrace of death I had felt for so long had suddenly lifted. As I came into consciousness I heard whispers in my head, a strong voice giving me directions. Telling me to slaughter innocents, to murder everyone. Without regret, sorrow or hesitation I followed orders until one day… nothing. No voice, no orders, no directions. As I strolled around Acherus he noticed more people in confusion, and then a strong presence entered the room telling us were were free, given us instructions to pledge allegiance to our new leaders.
Yes, as the above quote illustrates, we finished off the hardest encounter in the game this week; the 10-man version of Sartharion with all 3 drakes up. It was the last world left for us to conquer in current PvE content. The part about weeping is a blatant lie, though, as we’re actually very excited about this development.
After a few long wipe nights while we were learning what tactic and setup was working for us, we actually killed him on the first attempt of the evening in question. It wasn’t a perfectly smooth kill, as we lost two dpsers inside the portal after Vesperon died, but the group was able to adapt and finish him off, even if it was painfully slow due to being down to two fully spec’d dpsers.
In the end, the setup we found worked best for our group was based on control rather than dps. We had 3 tanks, 3 healers and 4 dps and simply healed through the Twilight Torment phase, not taking any portals until all three drakes were dead. Here’s a full list of the setup along with two videos of the kill, from the points of view of our add tank and boomkin.
Anubelle, protection paladin
Apteryx, warlock (Voidwalker tank)
Braggha, protection warrior [ watch PoV video ]
Argha, restoration shaman
Kaylani, holy priest
Ostalia, holy paladin
Jomotei, survival hunter
Lynessa, shadow priest
Tagor, balance druid [ watch PoV video ]
While all the basic content is now done, we still have some stuff to do until Ulduar rolls around, including working on completing the Glory of the Raider and Heroic: Glory of the Raider achievements.