In the past, I’ve always waited a week or more to try “the new” LFR. This allowed time for strategic nerfs (see: Durumu, Lei Shen), as well as sufficient time for me to buy into the idea that my fellow LFRers were now reasonably familiar with the relevant content – or at least, familiar enough to smash our way through with a couple stacks of Determination. Thank you, Determination, for existing. Other people may regard you as a brand of shame, but I? No! I LOVE YOU!
When it came time to take on the Siege of Orgrimmar LFR, however, I decided I was just gonna get this DONE. I’m not really sure what happened to my former caution. Perhaps going through it beforehand via flex raiding made me feel more competent in general, or maybe my new “real raider” cred infected me with overconfidence? Or it could’ve been the way LFR seemed old hat now, like I’ve been through The Bad a dozen times before, so there’s no way THIS could be any worse. I’m experienced. I’m tough. I’m resolute! NOTHING CAN FAZE ME!
As it turned out, in order for me to get from start to finish on the first wing, I wound up having to kill Immerseus and the Fallen Protectors three times each and
Norushen the Amalgam twice. So much effort (and so many repairs) for so little loot (one Purehearted Cricket Cage).
Bosses downed: Immerseus, Fallen Protectors,
My first go was on Tuesday, and accordingly, this was the most competent group. We got through the first three bosses without too much trouble, though the way LFR handles the “Look Within” mechanic on the Amalgam felt way awkward. In LFR, “Look Within” is completely random. It’s much like closing your eyes, waving your hand about and then pointing to an item on a restaurant menu! As a result, you gotta pray to Gawd that somebody who has previously been selected to “Look Within” (and is less Corrupted) also happens to be looking for and is willing to soak the bad orbs. I don’t know if I have that kind of trust!
The first attempt on the Amalgam, I didn’t get selected to “Look Within” at all and remained at 75% Corruption for the entire fight. The next time around, I got selected to “Look Within” … twice. Say what?
It just so happens that my guild does Flex on Tuesdays, though, so I had to leave while the LFR was still figuring out the mechanics to the Sha of Pride. That was probably ok by the LFR group, however …
Bosses downed: Immerseus, Fallen Protectors
Welp. Since misery loves company, I decided to make my next queue a grand affair, and I invited as many people as I could possibly drag along. This, of course, meant that it ended badly and I wound up apologizing to everyone for getting them horribly maimed. Oops.
It wasn’t awful at first. We kept getting slammed with damage during the Immerseus fight, but we still made it through (yay for healers!). We managed to flail our way to victory over the Fallen Protectors! But that’s when a tank dropped. Then the second went. After a long wait, another tank showed up, but he/she dropped instantly upon realizing we were already part way through the instance. People came via the queue, but more people dropped. Our numbers were slowly decreasing as we stood there, waiting, unable to take on even trash but unwilling to drop ourselves because 1.) we’d already been waiting for who knows how long, and 2.) I don’t know about YOU, but I really don’t want to fight those bosses AGAIN, since I can’t loot and have no tokens for extra rolls.
In hindsight, I should’ve teleported out of the dungeon right then and there. Done something else, maybe, like mining while we waited. But I didn’t, because I didn’t want a tank to miraculously show up and then chain pull, rendering me unable to enter the instance.
So of course, that’s when the rogue decided to be a freaking asshat. Let’s pull trash and get everybody killed! Yay! Your death is my fun! Ha ha at your repair bills! Look at me, all vanished and at full health! Trollololol! He failed the first time, since he died himself, but (since my attempt at a votekick failed) he succeeded the second. Dear Blizzard: please put an easy-access escape ramp to the spot where you jump down into the Fallen Protectors area, so I can get the hell out of Dodge when someone does this, instead of getting stuck on a dang rock and dying because I can’t teleport out while in combat.
And so, we decided to abandon the effort and call it a night.
Bosses downed: None
Cav got back from leave the very next day, which is when I decided “we” should try again! I’d say that it’s one of the worst decisions that I’ve ever made, but I know I’ve made worse. I dragged Cav and Goa into the queue, and pop! There we were, in front of Immerseus. Splendid. Why is it that you never get a partially completed run when you actually want one?
Unfortunately, this party was full of derp, and I mean FULL OF IT. Somewhere between the tank deciding to pull the boss with only one tank present and somebody deciding to blame Cav for another premature pull (which I don’t think he did), our hopes for a bearable run vanished. We gave up and left.
This happens to be the inspiration I had for downloading and installing “Who Pulled,” an addon devoted exclusively to (surprise!) telling you who the heck pulled that crap. Don’t blame my buddies! I’ll find out who the real jerk is! /detective
Bosses downed: All of them, thank Gawd
So, with my fancy addon up and running, I felt confident that I could identify and publicly point out whatever dastardly evildoer pulled before everybody was ready! Alas, the addon isn’t very specific. By “pulled,” it means whoever got whatever’s attention, and I do mean WHATEVER – anything goes. It has an “ignore” list that you can add things to, but the list is very small to start off with. The generalness and the small list combined means that your chat is suddenly overwhelmed with warnings, somewhat like, OH MY GOD! PEOPLE ARE PULLING WILD MUSHROOMS! …. wait, what? That’s that druid thing! Oh my GAWD! ALL THE PEOPLE PULLED ALL THE IMMERSEUS BLOBS!! WE’RE GOING TO DIE … uh, actually, they’re still oozing towards Immerseus like normal. Huh. Here’s an example from a HoF LFR Daschela was in:
So I wound up putting it on “Silent Mode,” in which it does nothing whatsoever and it’s like I never installed it at all! Sigh.
Anyway, this particular LFR wasn’t a perfect run, by any stretch of the imagination. We were either taking a CRAPTON of damage in the Fallen Protectors fight or had more than one healer who was undergeared and couldn’t keep up with the onslaught, so I actually ditched elemental and switched to resto. Given that the idea of healing LFR on the first week filled me with terror, I performed quite respectably. I didn’t die, AND I made it into the top three healers! (By my standards, this is nothing short of amazing.) Accordingly, I was given a reality check when a derpadin insisted he was beating the hell out of the HPS, though my recount showed him at #8 overall. Numbers do not matter. Two things matter: what’s inside your own head, and whether or not we survived to win the fight.
Skipping ahead to the Sha of Pride, I gotta say, there is one thing that bugs me about the room in which it resides – those dang blue swirlies. Do they look familiar to you? They should, since they’re pretty much the same blue swirlies from the Lei Shen fight. But do not be deceived, my friends, for standing in these will not prevent adds and will just get you nuked dead.