Every expansion has its Big Bads. Some are, of course, Bigger and Badder than others, and some raids run out of time, energy, and (occasionally) people to fill raid spots before they can be defeated for good.
Onyxia. Ragnaros. Nefarian. C’thun. Kel’thuzad.
Gruul. Magtheridon. Vashj. Kael’thas. Archimonde. Illidan. Kil’jaeden.
Sartherion. Kel’thuzad. Malygos. Yogg’Saron. Anub’Arak.
I think it goes without saying how proud I am. I didn’t raid with TRI in Classic WoW, but I’m told they never killed Nefarian. I was there for the wipes on Archimonde and the progress through Black Temple and Kael’thas’ death – but we ran out of time and energy before all the class changes happened.
But last night, we did that which TRI has never done before.
We killed the end boss of the expansion.
Did we use the 20% buff? Sure. But for the last weeks, we’ve been raiding one night a week; at our strongest we only raid 7 hours over two nights. We’re a raid entirely made up of “casuals” – a really good example of why “casual” doesn’t mean “bad”. This week was our first “raid lockout extension” too.
25 people sucked it up and kept the morale high through 4 hours of wiping last Friday, and then 3 hours of wiping last night. But somewhere around 2 and a half hours in… it just clicked. Everything fell into place, and after only two attempts that got to the Vile Spirits phase, we took him down.
The excitement was palpable through the silence (I mentioned we’re an RP raid; we waited to celebrate vocally until everyone had seen both the Death Scene and the following Cutscene Video), and the loot was distributed with the grace and camaraderie that I’ve come to expect and love about TRI.
So congratulations guys.
I’m proud to be a part of the team that puts TRI together every week, but even more proud to count myself a Kingslayer among your number.
::waves the victory flag::
Oh we can beat them
For ever and ever
Then we can be Heroes
Just for one day
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