Last night was the latest in the series of Laid Back Raids. The plan was to tackle Molten Core and then move on to Blackwing Lair in the time available. Alas, best laid plans do not always come to fruition. As we congregated for Molten Core, I had decided to take my Death Knight, Fireflint, in hopes of a lovely new two handed weapon (perusing the loot tables showed me plenty of options) and inspire a flashier transmogrification. On this night I would be joined by Mrs. Amateur’s level 80 Warlock (great for summoning), Shoryl‘s level 56 Shaman, and Navimie(!) with her 75 Mage. Around the same time we realized I was the only one attuned, Matty and her 70 Druid joined in.
By the time the ladies were attuned it was on the latter side of 8:30, and we knew we had to tread somewhat carefully, and that Blackwing Lair would be another day. Our little Shaman may have walked into every room with the drums pounding and trumpets blaring. The minions loved turning her into a little pinata, despite our best efforts otherwise. About a half hour into our venture a guildmate came on, Magik. He grabbed his 85 Prot Pally and we summoned him into the fray just in time to clear Magmadar. After that, Navimie had to go about her daily life and she bid us fond farewell.
A short time later, Matty also had to part ways. We downed Garr and sure enough had Mage and Druid Tier gear drop. It stands to reason of course. Truth be told, I didn’t take my Rogue because I thought a different guildmate would be joining us. In total, 4 Rogue items dropped. Meanwhile, we had Warlock Bracers and a Paladin Belt. I think that was it for those of us stil in. At least Shoryl got two Tier pieces for her Shaman. Speaking of Shoryl, it was after Garr that she decided she was switching toons. I think she felt bad for being a giant sponge in the room. At the same time, our guildmate was also leaving. I think Game of Thrones + a slower run had him just not interested on this night.
So if you’re keeping track it was now myself on the DK, Mrs. Amateur and her Warlock, and now Shoryl on her 85 Pally. We burned through the rest of the Core with limited issue that I can think of. Alas, Ragnaros himself didn’t offer anything up to any of us. It capped off the night about right. Not to say we didn’t get anything out of the run. Not in the slightest. I think, and it’s honestly inevitable, it was just one of those nights. There weren’t too many of us and only a few were really into it. Rather than continue with the group, get frustrated and possibly pass that on to others, they simply decided to remove themselves from the run. I’m sure I’ll have a night where that happens. It didn’t stop the remaining three from channeling the Flintstones and having a gay old time.
Some nights things go perfectly, and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes we have a near-full raid and others we’re left with just a few. But no matter what, we keep on going each week. Speaking of which, hopefully folks come to slay some dragons this coming weekend when we seek out Malygos and Sartharion!