My troll hunter formerly known as Anhur and now a female draenei hunter happily ensconced in my friend Natsu’s server got thrown into the lion’s den in Firelands.
Just to clarify, I thought it was going to be more of a guild trash run with an attempt at Shannox and possibly even Beth’tilac. My hunter hasn’t even been inside any of the Tier 11 dungeons, and since my RDPS skills were still rusty, I merely wanted to “break in” my hunter gently back into raiding, perhaps win a nice BoE from the trash to get her geared.
“Breaking in” turned into a jaw-dropping baptism of fire when I discovered upon entering the raid instance that they had downed two bosses and the run was actually a continuation. AND they were heading for Lord Rhyolith!
I nearly had cardiac arrest. My well-geared super achiever Death Knight has never attempted Rhyolith, and there I was on my much-neglected hunter with an average iLevel of 361 facing him for the first time:
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I wanted to puke. It has been weeks since I last saw the Tankspot video on the Rhyolith fight. I had no clue on what to do from an RDPS standpoint. But since there was no backing out, I braced myself for a night of humiliation. My hunter was calm and collected on the outside but on the inside she was…
But hey, after several wipes, we downed him! And I’m proud to say that I wasn’t the one responsible for those wipes!
We moved to Alysrazor whom the guild one-shotted while I spent most of the time as a corpse. (Hence, no screenshot to document the fight) Yeah, those fiery tornadoes hurt. >.< Again, I have never done that boss on my DK and to make it worse, I have never seen the Tankspot video on that fight. Good thing my hunter's guildies are so nice. I seriously thought I was gonna get kicked.
Then we moved to Baleroc...
…where I fucked up by moving to the crystal too early but good thing I was with such leet people that they still managed to one-shot him. I was so ready to die of embarrassment. No screenshot again this time. Nothing to be proud of. LOL. I whispered my apologies to my Raid Leader, explaining my nerves were getting the better of me. He said, no worries.
Then it was on to Majordomo Staghelm, where I did NOT die and we one-shotted him AND I won a nifty little trinket!! WOOHOO
I came face to face with, as they say in the ‘hood, da man hisself.
Did we down him? Hell, I wish! LOL. Perhaps next time. Our Raid Leader had to call it as people were getting tired. I could even hear a couple of them on vent with screaming babies in the background. Real life called.
I’m really grateful to Natsu and the guild for being so patient with me and teaching me the fights. I take my hat off to those fine people who impressed me with their teamwork, focus and determination to get the job done. And to think they’re not even a hard core raiding guild! Their raiding ethic is a reflection of the general attitude of people on that server, so it’s really no wonder that realm is one of the top 40 (US) in terms of progression.
I have no regrets moving here.