As far as being a raider goes, I’m a pretty late bloomer. ICC has been the first raid in which I’ve fully participated as a member of a raid team and was not just pugging in when I could get a spot for a group NOT looking for achievement links. I finished Nax 10m once before Ulduar was released, never made it past Mimron when I finally made it to Ulduar and only recently cleared through Trial of the Crusader. While most people have been working through ICC for seven months now, I really only started getting my roots through the door two months ago. So, while a majority of the WoW community is feeling that pre-expansion burn-out, are banging their heads on HLK25m, I’m merrily making my first attempts at fights like Blood Princes and Sindragosa on regular 10 man ICC and just loving every minute of it.
The guild I raid with, Magically Malicious is a young guild, being about three or so months old. I only recently joined their ranks to fill in with Team 3’s 10 man group. Currently, MM has four ten man groups that have been working through ICC for about one month ( Team 1 & 2 about two weeks or so longer than the other two teams). Of the four groups, three of them are 8/12 in 10man ICC regular with Blood Wing and Sindy being the only thing that stands in our way of facing the LK.
Are we behind the power curve? Well, I guess that depends on who you ask. For a new guild, with teams that are still learning to work together and seeing fights for the first time, then no, I’d say we are riding right along at a steady pace. Does the 20% buff mean we are slackers, noobs, lolfacerollers, wannaberaiders? If that is how you feel about it, okay you are entitled to that, but that buff has allowed us to bring in people that were maybe in need of some gear/spec/etc. upgrades and changes to fill out our teams and have fun while downing current content. In our little corner of the raiding scene we cheer each other on to the next boss kill and that inevitable show down with the Lich King.
Now on to some cheering! After several attempts on our first night and three more last night, Team 3 made our first kill on Professor Putrcide getting a majority of our team their Plague wing achievement! From there we headed over to Dreamwalker and rescued her on our first try. Having about an hour left for our raid night we decided to let Sindy be for now and gave the Princes a visit. Unfortunately, the Princes did get the better of us and smashed our lack of raid awareness in our faces. Keleseth didn’t like cooperating with our tank and when we decided that I’d boomer tank him, well yah he didn’t like that plan too much either. It is quite the trick to get all those orbs on you, pray that dps don’t hit them by accident and stay out of crap on the floor. We made some good attempts on them, getting to about 40% on our second try, so I know we can do it! So, /cheer for Team 3, you guys did an amazing job last night and we will have the Princes begging for mercy next week for sure!