Mages, ten-man raiding, and other things that are awesome.

I don’t often blow my horn about my guild. (I don’t think I do, anyhow, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). I do write about my guild’s experiences where they intersect with something I want to talk about. Every now and then, though, I just really want to go on about something significant.

Many thanks to Draos from my guild for a number of screenshots used in this post.

Six months ago we were finishing up our last heroic ICC kill. Things didn’t look promising from there – heroic Lich King is a fight that was highly tuned for a strict ten guild. That’s not to say that none have done it (I know of at least two and one is an awesome blogger)!

As the months went on, it began to look like an H LK kill would slip through our fingers. We were plagued by personnel issues as we flailed against the Summer Boss. There were vacations (including Voss and I going on vacation in October). We were demoralized. We actually decided to stop working on H LK, period.

Longtime readers will remember how we discussed and wavered about whether or not we would keep our strict ten ranking. Ultimately, we decided to drop it. It was more important to us to have all our guildies in one place. Many of us “stricters” went out and tried ICC 25 in the weeks that followed. Most of us didn’t get any loot, anyhow. We no longer “ranked.” We’d decided to let H LK go. It gnawed at me a little bit, but I wasn’t going to force the guild to do something that they didn’t want to do.

One night, I was flying around Icecrown with Voss doing Argent Tournament dailies. He told me he was whispering with one of our paladin tanks, Meraxis. Mer had gotten a whisper from a guy in a 25-man guild on our server. They’d been armory stalking us and wanted to know if Mer, Voss, and Pan (our discipline priest) would like to join their H LK attempts. I remember sitting silently for a few minutes and then turning to Voss.

We should be doing that fight,” I said to him. “We shouldn’t be doing it with some other people. We should be doing it together. Do you think anyone else still wants to do it? That is so wrong.”

“Let’s ask,” he said, and we asked in guildchat. My visceral reaction was one of simple wrongness – that our guildies should be working on such a tough achievement with some other random people, instead of their raiding guild. Everyone who was online at the time (some six or seven of us) wanted to do it. We made a forum post. Nine out of fourteen people responded with a resounding yes and two more told me later they didn’t realize they had to post for it to be understood that they wanted to do it. We wanted to do it. We started working on it again.

It was not easy to get the team together. Scheduling hated us. Vacations and timing hated us, but we kept at it, extending our lockout, re-clearing for more chances at gear that might make an infinitesimal difference on the fight. As the weeks ticked by we increasingly felt the crunch – there was a hard deadline for this achievement and we were staring it down. Last week’s attempts ended on a high note – we got him to thirty-eight percent, our best attempt yet.

This week, we got him to thirty-three percent. On our next best attempt…

I am not sure I breathed for the last five minutes of the encounter. It was all a blur of desperate, focused intensity. Our first Harvest Soul went without a hitch. We followed our paladin tank and danced the dance and our healers were incredible and we came through. Everything was going fine until the second Harvest Soul. Even that went fine – we came out, but our paladin tank dropped quickly.

“Can we get a battle rez on him?!” I blurted into Vent. Ulla got him up but then we went back into Shadowmourne and this time lost our holy priest. No one said anything in the tension but you could FEEL us all focusing. It was getting down to the crunch. As we came out, our poor unbuffed paladin ate another Soul Reaper and went down again.

“HANG IN THERE,” I yelped as Voss quickly picked up the big bad.

“Two percent left, come on guys,” our paladin said.

Living Bomb, Scorch, don’t get hit by Vile Spirits, yesss pyroblast, fireball, fireball, come on, come on…

Yes, you heard me. DEAD.

DEAD. The sound was deafening. We annoyed everyone by sitting and watching the cinematic again. No, there is no heroic version. But the incredible feeling of succeeding at this lent it extra emotion to me.

I have never been prouder of our guild. We didn’t get this kill earlier, and that’s OK. We didn’t even get it while we were “ranked” strict ten. But there is no one who has 277 gear (aside from our rings, naturally). We’re all dressed pretty much exactly as we were when we were still as strict as can be. In our hearts we’ve never been anything but a tens guild, and this is a great triumph. I’m immensely happy. I’m excited to go back and do it again since everyone was not there.

It also bears mentioning that this kill holds significant personal significance for me, for one very good reason:

I did it with my main. Not a single member ever complained to me that I swapped moonkin for mage post-4.0. Originally the intent was for people to “try out” new specs and classes, I’ll admit that I seized the opportunity to play the character I have missed since January. It was selfish of me. Millya’s gear isn’t quite as good as Shae’s was. But damn it, she is my Millya. She is Bane of the Fallen King, and I know who my true main always will be, and I couldn’t have done that without my generous and uncomplaining guildies. I don’t think I was holding us back in the final kill (for any WoL nerds, like me). But this story doesn’t have a star. Everyone tonight was awesome and essential to our success. I am so proud I could burst!

Congratulations, Business Time! Tonight you were all down to just your socks.

Oh, he's fallen all right.

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Comments on: "Been Waiting A Long Time For This…" (28)

  1. Enormous Tirion heroically approves!! Congrats Business Time! :D :D

  2. Congrats! :)

  3. “Tonight you were all down to just your socks.”

    Even though it wasn’t a Wednesday? Impressive! :D

    (Gratsies!)

  4. Congrats!!!! I am so excited for you guys!! Loved your retelling of the story!

    Back when you were first talking about dropping off the 10-stricts, I debated approaching you about it because I wanted to share with you my experiences having gone through it. We got pushed off the 10-strict rankings ages ago for much the same reason you were dealing with; we had friends & family that didn’t raid with us but enjoyed pugging from time to time, so we ended up falling off the strict list. Our raid team however is 10s only and is still in 10-man only gear.

    In the long run it was the best decision for us to let it go, just as it was for you guys. Like you – we don’t raid for rankings – we raid for enjoyment of the game and each other. I know you’re probably still eyeballing the list and looking at that spot where your name should be. I know it’s there! We just can’t see it but it is. :)

    Y’all rock!

  5. Congrats to all of you!!

  6. God, many many grats. I’m so happy for you :) This is awesome! I mean beating the atmopshere of apathy in WoW at the moment is a boss kill in itself!

  7. Huge congrats!

  8. Massive congratulations are in order, I think! Very very cool to see you succeeding at this, especially with the story surrounding it. Amazing fun :)

  9. Congrats! What an enormous achievement for you guys! Great job on getting it done – I can’t imagine how good that must feel. :D

  10. Congratulations, you’ve worked long and hard and earned that kill and those sexy titles! :D

  11. Yesss! Congratulations, Business Time! Job well done. I’m so glad you guys came together to earn it as a guild :)

  12. Woohoo! Congrats Vid Millya and Voss and all the rest!

  13. Again, a huge congrats to you and your guild! That’s quite the accomplishment for a strict 10s group.

    One question: is your guild a giant FOTC reference? Or was it just a coincidental naming?

  14. Hell yes. Congrats to you and your team!

  15. Hooray! Congrats! I’m really glad you guys were able to push through and get it done! :)

  16. Grats! That’s one hell of a fight. :D

  17. Fight was so epic, I still can’t get over it.
    I haven’t felt this way since downing Rag for the first time in Vanilla

    Go BT, go US! :D

  18. Congrats!!!!

  19. Who’s awesome? Business Time is awesome. You guys rock for getting the only thing in WoW worth bragging about!

  20. “Not a single member ever complained to me that I swapped moonkin for mage post-4.0.”

    No one complained because we could finally fit the whole raid on the Mimiron train without sharing seats.

    …Actually, I’m pretty sure I complained once or twice about no longer getting to make fat moonkin jokes. Your dps is orange-er though, so I can’t complain ;)

    • Hahaha. The true downside of losing Vid’s druid is not the loss of a rebirth or innervate…it is the loss of the fatty boomkin jokes. ;)

  21. Congratulations! I can appreciate how good it must feel to get the title with your (true) main too. :)

  22. Whooop! Congrats!

  23. Congrats to you and your guild!

  24. [...] will not try to describe this night as Vidyala at Manalicious already did a great job of it.  I’ll mainly focus on what we tried and what worked out in [...]

  25. [...] grats to Vidyala and her guild on downing the Lich King in heroic 10-man mode. That’s an enormous accomplishment and a very proud [...]

  26. Congratulations, that must feel awesome :)

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