How Now Brown Cow?

Ignoring of course the fact that in-game my cow is actually grey…

New header. Love it? Hate it? Too busy? Thoughts? Mad props to Phae at Resto4Life for pointing out this crazy-fun site.

I’ve been a sick little kitty lately. Woke up yesterday after a splendid 3-day weekend and felt like I’d been hit by a bus. Seriously, did anybody get the license plate on that kodo? Feeling a little better today but still not completely up to snuff. I’m plugging away on the first installment of the feral tree, so never fear.

In the world of raiding I had a vere interesting weekend. On monday I stepped up to the plate and led Zul’Aman. The kind would call the experience educating, the less-kind would call it one boss short of an abysmal failure. Here’s the story.

I started invites at 6:30 sharp. I love Zul’Aman, for serious. So naturally I was excited to get the group together and get a move on. Ten minutes in we’re short two healers, another tank and a couple dps. That’s pretty much half the raid! I start sending out calls, stopping barely short of begging in guild chat to get people to go. Fifteen minutes before start time our two rostered healers show up and we manage to get another dps and a tank from somewhere. Our second tank had never been, but I felt confident enough that I’d be able to give everybody the info and we could give it a go.

We started out trying on bear. I stressed to the second tank the utmost importance that we stand directly on top of each other. I don’t want to take a swipe to the face, no way no how. Sharing is caring. With my insistence of us stacking I’m thinking, in retrospect, I didn’t stress enough the importance of carefully timed taunts. I was watching my BigWigs very carefully and I called out five seconds before-hand that tank 2 was to get ready for the taunt and- I lost aggro. She taunted! Oh noez! Nalorakk switched, bit her face off, and she went down. I tanked through bear then, when he switched back to troll and charged off I popped a barkskin and tossed tank 2 a res and we valiantly tried to continue on. It didn’t work, however, we’d gotten off sync and it was pretty much a wipe after that.

I think we might have wiped again (I’m not sure, my memory is really rather crummy) but eventually we did get him down and there were congratulations all around.

Next we decided to hit up Akil’Zon aaaaaaaand… that didn’t go so well. I think we tried the gauntlet twice before we got through it. First time I had the priest mind control the scout and we killed the first two and were working on the second two trolls by the time mind control broke and… the first two immediately respawned behind us.

The second time we went without the mind control all together. Not sure what happened there. But the third time we did a little of both. We Mind controlled until the first mob was down and we were working on the second, then I called for the priest to break. We killed the last of the first two guards and moved on up. We had some serious issues with the pats coming in behind charging and stunning our other tank (Primal Tenacity ftw?) But when everything was all said and done we were at the top of the platform staring Akil’Zon down his eagle-y beak.

It had been a bit of a rough night up until then, but Akil’Zon just proved to be too much for us to handle. I’d noticed during bear that dps was slower than I usually see on ZA nights. Our first try on Akil’Zon I had our other tank take the hits (she’s a warrior) while I dps’d. I figured hey, I’m feral, I’ll do more damage as a kitty than she will as a dps prot warrior, every little bit helps. Well, when everything was all said and done it looked like I was taking about 1k damage per hit less than her, so we had me tank it on our last try.

It’s a damn shame. We were extremely close too. We’d have gotten him down if one of two things had happened. See, I had been depending on my BigWigs BossMods to tell me when the storm was coming, and it was accurate for the first third of the fight, but like I said, our dps was slow and the fight was getting long (we weren’t in any danger of hitting the enrage timer however). The longer the fight though, the more unreliable bossmods get. Our last storm didn’t come. The timer was up, I called everyone in on the tank and the storm didn’t come. We all got static charged and we died. We died and we died and we died.

By the time we’d all run back we found that the gauntlet had respawned and, by popular vote, we decided we’d had enough.


I felt… odd. I wasn’t mad, I was dissapointed, not at the raid exclusively nor completely with myself. I believe I led to the best of my ability, people listened and our guild’s big time raid leader was in vent listening in. He didn’t have anything scathing to say; he offered a suggestion or two but for the most part didn’t say much of anything. I’m taking his silence to be tacit approval of my leadership style. I’d made sure to keep pulls going strong, trying for very little down-time and explaining bosses during trash whenever I could. I think we moved at a good pace as we got in three tries on Nalorakk, three on Akil’zon, and three attempts at the gauntlet all by 8:30.

All-in-all, I look forward to attempting to lead Zul’Aman again.

Tuesday saw me in bed most of the day. I was on and off of WoW and actually took a nap later in the day. Said nap concluded with Mr Tigerfeet gently shaking my shoulder and saying “Is Unemployed not raiding tonight?”


I bolted off the couch, nausea and acheyness aside and was on vent and into WoW faster than a RAWR-Bomb. First pull starts at 7 sharp, invites at 6:30. I finally got my act together by 7:30. After profuse apologizing I was assured that crap happens and it wouldn’t be held against me. My guild leader even messaged me asking if I felt up to sticking around, waiting in the wings in case we got an opportunity to take our first stab at Vasj.

So, I hung out in vent and listened to them take down Lurker, then Leo while I puttered around and did my Island Dailies. After that I farmed some clefthoofs off in Nagrand and glory of glories, there was time for one try on Vasj and, despite my transgression, I was allowed to come along!

Long story short, we got her to phase two before everything went crazy, but all-in-all it looks like a fun fight. I have every confidence in <Unemployed>. There’s a lot of moving parts to that fight but I could see us getting her down in two weeks, three at the very most. (My money’s on two weeks)

EDIT: Next time on Akil’zon I’ll make sure to turn my game sounds down and my ambient way up so that I can listen for the storm instead of depending solely on bossmods.

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  • Comments (5)
    • Faerun
    • September 3rd, 2008

    The ambient sound is supposed to be the best way to do it, but the one time I tried it I couldn’t hear anything except birds chirping. I don’t think your timer was ‘off’ per se, but I think the timer just counts down to when he CAN do the storm, not when he IS GOING to do it. Also, don’t forget you don’t have to tank when someone’s in the air. Plenty of time to do a tranquility, or a BR (but not both, at least a full tranquility).

    Vashj phase 2 is pretty crazy. I remember one part of the octagon being easysauce, and another part being so huge I couldn’t see the other side! If they’ve got you on a side try and stay nearer the top as it’s easier to run from one side to the other at the top than at the bottom (shorter). Also, when you’re running for one elemental make sure to make quick checks behind you just in case a tainted shows up.

    Have fun Tigerfeet people

  1. I love the header addition. Nice choice of colors. 🙂

    I hope you feel better – I’ve been feeling under the weather myself lately!

  2. I well remember the first time we tried Akil’zon, and every one of us whining about our boss timers being off. Yeah, we didn’t realize the timer was only for the cooldown and not the actual storm. We were also using a jacked up strat that called for the raid (minus the tank) stacking in a pre-designated location when it was “supposed” to start storming, then when it started the tank would run in. Makes more sense just to go stack on the tank, right? Yeah…

    Better than our first attempts at Nalorakk the second week ZA was out and we hadn’t yet cleared Kara!

    • kal
    • September 3rd, 2008

    Vashj is one of my favorite fights in the whole game. Good luck with it. Make sure the raid brings more netherweave nets than they think they could ever need, bring more ranged than you think is possible, and use one good melee on the south side to free up more ranged elsewhere. Killing the striders is everything.

    Akilzon is really annoying because of the bossmods. And it’s always going to be rough with people not knowing what they’re doing. Don’t worry about it. ZA is also my favorite instance in the game; it’s almost perfectly designed with a feral in mind.

    • Saresa
    • September 4th, 2008

    That is an awesome header! 🙂 Best of luck on Vashj!

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