Tonight has been an awesome night! The last week or so we’ve finally started to work on the heroic difficulty of Lich King 10-man in a more serious manner. We’ve put in some random attempts in on it here and there during the last months but something else always came in between and as such we just hadn’t gotten it done. For comparison, we did Sindragosa 10-man heroic for the first time on 2010/05/24, after that it was all-out 25-man. And we managed to get pretty far with that by the way, currently sitting at 10/12 done in 25-man heroic mode.
But like I said, the last week we’ve been putting in a few nights of good attempts and tonight was the night where he finally fell to his bane. We started out with two great attempts with the second one getting us as far as 14% but we had a few dead by then and we got too close to the enrage timer and Lich King pimp-slapped us all. After that, what happens? Oh it’s the standard thing isn’t it… several disconnections in a row, lag-spikes, unlucky defile in the worst possible spot, etc. But then, after countless wipes, everything suddenly aligns perfectly and we get to phase 3 again, this time with everyone alive.
We slowly and methodically carry out the tactics to the letter and manage to keep everyone alive and.. finally… he hits 10% and boom!
At this point vent goes nuts, but I can’t hear anything due to the incredibly loud wind rushing sound effect that kicks in in the 2nd phase transition. It’s a bug that kicks in sometimes randomly in cities but in this fight it appeared like clockwork everytime in the start of the 2nd phase transition and never leaves. This bug made me and half the raid totally unable to hear anything in the game or on vent during the entire last phase. Raiding without voice communication? Pro-ness.
Deviations from the standard strategy
You can see the standard tactic for defeating Lich King 10-man heroic difficulty on tankspot.
We went with three healers rather than the recommended two. We tried with two several times and it seemed viable but there was absolutely no room for error or bad luck and we did have a bit too much dps, so why not go with three healers?
Rather than using a hunter for tranquilizing the enraged adds we had a moonkin do it. They are the best class at handling it nowadays with their new Soothe which is cheap and instant cast.
I got inspired by riotxjess from Tales of a Noob to write my own bucket list of what I wanted to do before Cataclysm:
Herald of the Titans– which finally was turned into a FoS on the beta today. Halion 10-man heroic The Immortal
- Swift Razzashi Raptor from Zul’Gurub
Get my gold count up to over 100k again
There are some other achievements that I’d like to do but I just don’t think there will be a window of opportunity to actually do them within the next month. Achievements such as Conquerer of Ulduar, A Tribute to Dedicated Insanity and of course; The Light of Dawn.
How about you guys, what are your goals before Cataclysm and do you think you’ll be able to achieve them in time?