Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Echoes of Doom," or "Ch Ch Ch Changes"

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.
-Tom Stoppard

Echoes of Doom whispered across Azeroth two weeks ago (a.k.a., The pre-Wrath content patch of 3.0.2) and brought with it a myriad of changes... The Elders have spent the past two weeks busily, testing out new spells and abilities, rebalancing their talent specs and adapting to a new world... preparing for the greater challenges ahead in the frozen and forboding beyond.

For better or for worse, we've tested those abilities on a number of our old enemies, and have proceeded to steam roll through those who once stood in our way. What good is a fact if you can't change it? Lurker and Leotheras have become cake now, and we are proceeding through Mount Hyjal, Black Temple swiftly. On the weekends, Tempest Keep, Kharazan and Zul'Aman find themselves the unwitting targets of our machinations, and have been wiped clean by them. We've set a number of new records for ET recently!

- Solarian DOWN!
- Anetheron DOWN!
- Kaz'rogal DOWN!
- High Warlord Naj'entus DOWN!
- Four Chest Zul'Aman! (and two Three Chest runs!)
- Kharazan in 2 hours and 12 minutes, with each boss fight barely over one minute long!

Great work ET, Grats to those with new loot, and continue to prepare yourselves for the bigger, the better, and the more challenging! Stay Classy, Shattrath.

More pics after the bump...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Blinded by the Light

There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is seeing something that is not there.
-Thomas Hardy

After sharpening our work in SSC on Lurker and his trash, we moved on to Leotheras the Blind. The fight was exciting and challenging for all involved, and showed us how to re-hone our basic skills, how to effectively use our playspace, and how to overcome challenges. After a few nights of intense tries and intense personalities, we finally downed him! He still gives us a run for our money, but it won't be long until he's another notch in our belt and we've moved on to bigger fish (like Karathress and Najentrus.) We're looking forward with mixed feelings to 3.0.2 and Wrath, but everyone carries some excitement.

Congrats to all the new members who have made full member, and congrats to those with new loot. Happy New Year to those to whom it applies, welcome back to school to the students, and enjoy the changing seasons!