Ding, dong, Deathwing’s dead!

Well I must say I’m TOTALLY stoked – after a long and hard slog through Cataclysm, my amazing guild <Insidious> of US-Nagrand finally killed all the pieces of that evil fucking dragon, Deathwing! While we were a little behind the 8-ball thanks to the loss of a few of our core raiders mid-progression, we pulled things back together for a great finish to the expansion at the end of July. Granted, it was a rather messy kill, as evidenced by the screenshot below…

Yes, that IS one lonely token durid left alive – goooo Diggl! (mostly uh moonkin is 4 a spam moonfare. them haf sum good armors & fite storng)

With the 30% buff in effect, it was admittedly nowhere near as challenging as we had expected, and once we had the bloods under ‘some measure’ of control on the head phase, it was all kill from there. Well, Diggl killed – we just licked our screens and held our breath in the dying seconds, but that’s neither here nor there – a kill is a kill! While I’m on that, look at that silly rogue face-down in the crack! Dunno what he was trying to do – tunnel under the head or something?

Another great achievement was our Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider meta completion, where those of us who have raided throughout t13 got our lovely horn-headed dragons to ride around and poke people in the butt with…

well, some of us got our meta mounts… that other TOOL decided to get his Ashes out… Damn you Finia! One day it SHALL be mine!

We spent the following week completing metas for the rest of the raid team, with a few heroic boss kills still left for one or two that we’ll get to this week, but it really was a great effort by our raid team to complete current content before the end of the expansion – especially as we replaced half our raid team mid-progression and had all the trials and tribulations of gearing them up appropriately for end bosses.

We’re now spending most of our non-Dragon Soul raid nights working our way through some of the t11 and t12 end bosses and achievements we never got around to at the time, and we’re currently sitting at 4th overall on server for raid achievements, so that’ll keep us busy until MoP rolls around, and give us another mount (albeit a fugly one). Can anyone say Heroic Rag? We’ve only just started working on him (30-odd attempts so far), and I wanna see some leg soon!!

Last durid standing = win.

To give some background, we have a long-held tradition in our guild, that some of the most challenging fights are ‘last druid standing’ situations, as per our Sinestra kill a while back…

yup – that’s me still alive and kicking that dragon bitch in the clacker – CAT DURID IS 4 FITE!!!

I must say, some of the most skilled players we have in our guild are druids, and we regularly run with 3-4 of different specs (kitty, bear, healer and oomkin). Admittedly, most progression guilds wouldn’t run that many druids in a 10 man situation, but ours is a case of ‘taking the player, not the class’ as evidenced by the above screenies. As a druid myself, of course I am somewhat biased, but I love the fact we can save the day with some last minute magic to get a boss down in spectacular and nail-biting fashion!

Gotta love it when you hear the massive roar that goes up in vent when what ‘could’ have been a wipe becomes an epic kill 🙂