Welcome back to the weekly raid roundup! For the new folks joining us, every week I take a look at what we did right and wrong on each boss we faced. Sometimes the roundups can be lengthy, while others are blissfully short. I include notes about what we need to watch for and what we should remember from the Raid Leads, so keep an eye out! There’s also a link to the Warcraft Logs for each session, so you can refresh your memory or follow along.

MoD took a vacation at the end of Legion, but came back at the start of BFA to hit the ground running so we could push hard and fast this tier. Our first level 120 popped early on the 14th (congrats, Corignis!), and the rest of us hustled to catch up and spam heroics, mythics, and eventually M+ when they became available. Between old hats coordinating at the start of the expansion and several strong new recruits, we’ve made an outstanding start to the raid tier, culminating on an 8/8 normal clear on week 1 – an unprecedented feat for the Ministry of Defense.

Continue reading

Tonight we downed the last boss needed to clear heroic Antorus, and that was Coven. Good job everyone involved. As promised, we did a raffle for an in-game store mount for everyone that participated, and Symderella won!

Congrats again to all for an excellent raiding season!

A big thanks to everyone that came out to the For the Horde! achievement on Tuesday. We had 27 people show up! It was a great time had by everyone. Lunzzul was unfortunately out of town and couldn’t make it, but big props to Bighoss for leading the attack and showing all of us the best way into various cities. Between good entry paths and quick mage portals, we finished our run in under an hour (really around half an hour if you discount all the dicking around before our first go).

Following are a ton of pictures and a synopsis!

Continue reading

And double thank you for organizing the successful heroic run through Tomb of Sargeras! The event got eligible players another artifact appearance, as well as guild credit for the heroic kills leading up to, and including, Kil’Jaeden. Be on the lookout – Sym has more events in mind!

Have you ever wanted to slap Anduin’s stupid little face? How about beat Tyrande’ with that stick that she’s had up her butt? And after Legion, I’m sure we all want to give Velen a piece of our mind.

Now you can!

Next week, 5PM server, we’re going to run through For the Horde. Even if PvP isn’t normally your thing, achievements are nice to have, and this is a good time to do it! We don’t know where certain NPCs will be in BfA, nor do we know how stat squish will affect the difficulty of this achievement. Plus, our Artifact Weapons are giving us a huge advantage right now. The more people we have, the easier this will be!

This is also a great way to dip your toes into PvP if you’ve never done any before. While the NPCs aren’t opposing players, chances are that opposing players will show up to defend their leaders!

Sign up on the in-game calendar and check out the PvP Discord channel for more information and news.

Wednesday: Heroic Lower

We decided to kill more Heroic Lower bosses to start the week, in another attempt to get set pieces for Raiders before a hopeful Aggramar clear. We had the typical 3 wipes on Kin’Garoth and a few wipes on dogs…but, this was also the first time that Qwaylas was able to down Dogs with the guild on Heroic, and we’re all proud to have him in our ranks.

Wednesday Logs

Saturday: Annihilating Aggramar, Aggravating Argus

We worked harder and figured out some more tweaks necessary on Aggramar. It may be beneficial for tanks to move Aggramar a bit away from certain little adds. Likewise, we may want to let the add in the back “drop” sooner, so that it doesn’t get as close to larger adds or to Aggramar and risk having a double explosion.

And we downed him! In only 4 pulls that night, too. Overall, it took us 14 pulls and under 2 hours to take him down. Not too shabby!

We forgot to take a kill pic, so please enjoy this recreation with Uro:

After that, we pounded on Argus for a while. Our first pull was pretty good on Phase 1. After that, subsequent Phase 1 pulls have been rough. Raid Leader Thoughts: People need to keep aware of the effects of Blight and Cone at the same time. Similarly, people with Blight need to stay spread out and not be adjacent to one-another.

Monday: Heroic Argus Only

On account of the upcoming holiday and excitement over a potential kill, we moved Alt Night to July 4, and Heroic to July 2nd.

More messy Phase 1 Blights were the problem for us, but we did manage to get in to Phase 3 on our own. We also pulled in a variety of returning Raid Team members in an attempt to get a kill, welcoming back both Khaanatra and Orektarg for the guild DPS. Eventually, our luck came through, and a pair of 970 tanks queued up. We quickly scrambled to move our tanks into DPS roles, and the tanks added an additional DPS and Healer. We got another pull and then a bad bomb explosion wiped us at 93%. To no-ones surprise, we then downed him for a kill!

Overall, it took us 9 pulls in 1 and a half hours to down Argus.

We have a new banner on the Raiding Team page to commemorate our Heroic Argus Guild Kill.

Congratulations to everybody who helped us achieve this goal. We’ll take a commemorative picture at some point for those who have AOTC with their Violet Spellwing mount at the Aerie Peak eagle statue. Stay tuned in Discord for more information on when that will be happening.

Monday Argus Logs

The guild’s raid team had a successful kill on heroic Argus this evening (we’re looking at you Coven).

Several raiders were able to get their ‘Argus: Ahead of the Curve’ achievement this evening. 🙂

Thank you to Orektarg for reminding us that the Argus kill is dedicated to one of our guild tanks, Ashkicker, who died this past May from the complications of cancer.