While relaxing this afternoon, I got a little bit ambitious. Truth be told, I’ve only gone into the Raid Finder once and that was with my friend Valanyr (and it was at his behest, too). So, I’d done the Siege of Wyrmrest Temple, and even a boss with Saintvache. But that’s literally it, and so I thought why not give the Siege a try again. I’d heard and read horror stories about the Raid Finder but was in the mood where if it didn’t work out then “oh well.”
The first moment I knew something wasn’t right was standing on Wyrmrest Temple. I thought, hrm…I must’ve joined one in progress. Wasn’t that big of a deal, as I said a moment ago I was just in the mood to be there regardless. Turns out I was wrong about the whole situation and it stemmed from what I must’ve clicked on. You see, a rather ominous presence appeared on my screen and I realized I wasn’t saving the Temple…
So, indeed, when I realized I was fighting Ultraxion I reconsidered things just a bit. I hadn’t even read the fights for the Fall of Deathwing because I hadn’t planned on being there any time soon. But, in this case I was there, so I figured I may as well make the most of it. If I failed, I’d learn from it. Ultraxion went smoothly, as did the ship. Then came the Spine and I just shuddered because of the various horror stories I had heard. We cut it a bit close, but still succeeded. Then came the final fight and when everyone was a platform over, I had no idea how they got there as Mrs. Amateur came in to inform me the boy was sick. So worrying about him and trying to figure out how they got there, I was pretty well useless.
So I did a bit of dps on anything I was in range of, and otherwise just kept myself alive. I kinda figured the raid might come back to me and I should be ready if that was the case (and for those who haven’t been there, it was). After that it was a piece of cake!
I have to say given the stories I’ve heard, and even the random dungeons I’ve had, I never expected a run this smooth. Sure, a few people died and we had to battle rez a tank twice, but otherwise everyone just showed up and did their job and those who did any chatting were friendly and helpful. I couldn’t have asked for a better run. I rolled on a pair of casting gloves and won them but ended up giving them to the Mage who they were more suited for (no Spirit), and I think that brought the luck to my side as I won Maw of the Dragonlord.
The one thing I did learn, is that with my computer running Ubuntu and my Emulator (Wine) not able to access all my hardware, I had some serious lag. Heck, I would hazard there’s a cinematic between each fight but I couldn’t even play them. The screen was just black so I was smart enough to hit escape. But, it was a tonne of fun…speaking of which, tonight’s Laid Back Raid in Blackwing Lair should bring some fun of its own as well! Rest assured I’ll share the story as always.