We did what?

Yes we did.  Echo of Fate went to Ice Crown Citadel for the first time and managed to take down the first 3 boss fights.  Other than the first fight, no one had been in there before.  I am so proud of us.

Our previous guild, Call of Fate, never really got out of raiding Kara in BC.  They did join up with another 10 man guild and pulled off a few runs in Gruul and a couple attempts in ZA.  I wasn’t max level at that time so I am not sure if they tried anywhere else or not.  When Wrath came out we hardly had anyone online, let alone any geared 80s to raid in Naxx.  By the time we did, Ulduar was rocking strong.  At that point we changed over guild names and priorities.

We were going to see end game content.  That was the goal.  When Arthas dies, we were going to be there to see it.  Maybe not in the first week, but we would do it.  We got a good group of us together and we started raiding Ulduar.  At this time everyone was in ToC.  We always seemed to be a step behind everyone else.  The holidays came and decimated the online attendance.  We were lucky if we had enough to run a 5 man heroic instance.  Things were not looking good for our raiding goals.

The other officers and I got together and decided that we were going to push forward and even if we didn’t have enough people, we were still going to raid.  Even if we had to pug half the raid, we were going to raid.  There were several raids where this was the case.  Our first full clear of ToC was half guildies half pug.  Not ideal, but we did gain a new member out of it and a couple of new friends.

The time finally came where we all decided that we were done with lower tier content.  We were ready for the big time.  It was time to take on Ice Crown Citadel.

Anticipation was built up, sign ups were made.  At the time of the raid we had 8 guildies.  Other than one Ulduar raid, we have never had that many guildies in our raids.  It was just the icing on top.

What this pile of bones is trouble? What trouble?

 

We walked in, the rogue died, the warlock died, things were progressing normally.  We 2 shot Morrowgar.  Considering only 4 people in the group had ever seen him, I don’t think that was too bad.  Time to go into see Lady Deathwhisper.  One of the pugs we had picked up (boomkin) was an old hand at ICC and helped us with the trash in her room.  I explained the fight and we took a shot at it.  Wipe.  Shit.  Ok let’s try this again.  Wipe.  Shit.  At this point the boomkin whispered me that he had to go cause he remembered that he had to get up early the next morning.  Uh huh, sure.  Luckily Dily showed up (he was waaay late) and we were good to go again.  Wipe.  Shit.  Ok guys what is going wrong here?  Our new warlock sent me a whisper suggesting that the special mobs each get a different raid icon so that the dps could figure out which ones to kill.  FANTASTIC IDEA!  I asked the MT to mark separate icons.  Our next attempt went MUCH better.  Each time we took her on we did a little bit better.  On our final attempt things went so smoothly you would never know we had spent the last hour struggling.  I love my guildies.

We slapped that bitch good.

 

All accomplished and filled full of adrenaline from the recent kill we marched up to the next encounter.  The trash before the ship gave us a bit of a fight, we lost the rogue and warlock again, but nothing too out of the ordinary.  Finally we reach the gunship.  Jet packs my friends, jet packs.

After about 20 mins of everyone playing with a jet pack, we got down to the business of the actual fight.  Let me be the first to say that this fight is a lot harder than you are led on to believe.  We wiped more on this fight then we did on Lady D.  After some tank switching and a change around on healing assignments we jumped back in.  Just like Lady D, each time we tackled this fight we did a little bit better.  Our 2nd to last attempt we got the other ship down to around 500k.  We were ecstatic when we saw the other ship move away.  Special props to Andrew on this fight.  He really jumped in and took charge.  As a result we were victorious!

Jet packs . . . jet packs

 

At this point we had been raiding for several hours.  It was close to 3 am for the east coasters.  We had several people about to pass out, but everyone decided to give Saurfang a try.  Just one, to see what the fight was like.  We quickly failed on that fight.  I am confident though that the next time we go to fight him that we will do so much better.  Now that we know what not to do, and what changes to make, I think we will be just fine.  We might have a few wipes as we get used to things, but I have full confidence that Saurfang’s number is up.

There has been talk between myself and some of the raiders about changing our raiding times around.  Making Wednesday our 1st night in ICC and Saturday the continuation.  Go in on Wednesday, clear as many bosses as we can in 2 hours and call it.  Then on Saturday pick up where we left off.  This will have us fresh for Saurfang and any of the bosses that come after him.  This would mean moving our weekly raid to Thursday and pushing back the regular ToC/Ony raids we normally do on that day.  I need to confer with more of the raiding team, but I think this might be what we should do.

When I get home tonight I will upload the boss kill shots from Saturday.  I ran out of time this morning and did not get to email them to myself to have access to them at work.  –EDIT– Pictures updated 😀

Once again:  CONGRATS TO ECHO OF FATE!  YOU GUYS JUST KEEP PROVING HOW FANTASTIC OF A TEAM WE ARE!

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nitedragon
    Feb 02, 2010 @ 14:31:37

    Gratz.

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  2. Delerius
    Feb 02, 2010 @ 14:38:14

    I believe Lady Deathwhisper trash has wiped us more than anything else in the lower spire.

    But Rotface… let’s not talk about it.

    Gratz to Echoes if Fate!

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    • Orangeslice
      Feb 02, 2010 @ 14:40:55

      Rotface….*cries*

      But gratz on the kills and lootz.

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      • Nibuca
        Feb 02, 2010 @ 15:24:05

        HUGE congrats! We spent ~ 2 weeks wiping on Saurfang before we got him.. we’re now on week 3 of wiping on Rotface. I figure as long as we’re progressing and learning I’m satisfied.

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      • koalabear21
        Feb 02, 2010 @ 15:29:29

        Thanks and thanks and thanks!

        I was so proud of the fact that we got as far as we did the very first time we went in there.

        I always knew we had a fantastic group of raiders and this just proved it even more.

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  3. Miss Medicina
    Feb 02, 2010 @ 15:51:32

    This makes me so excited! I get a lot more excited about the more casual guilds taking things down than others. We’re somewhat in the same boat as your guild, it seems. We wiped on Deathwhisper a lot more, trust me! We still struggle with that fight.

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    • koalabear21
      Feb 02, 2010 @ 15:55:29

      What turned the tide for us was marking the reanimated mobs and either me (RL) or the MT calling out if it was casters or melee who needed to kill it.

      “casters burn that down”
      “melee kill that mob now”

      or my favorite

      “giant troll dude! everyone kill it now!”

      and the best one of the night

      “get out of the neon green shit on the floor”

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  4. For the Pie
    Feb 02, 2010 @ 16:01:45

    Conga Rats!

    but..less raiding more leveling.

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  5. Slopoke
    Feb 03, 2010 @ 07:08:40

    Heya, good for you guys, so cool to see you making such great progress 🙂 And you guys will have Saurfang soon I’m sure, it’s less complicated of a fight than it first seems I think.

    Although Slo is running ICC10 with Dreadnok, don’t forget I’ve got a little DK tank/dps, she is pretty good, if ya ever need to pug a tank (although we raid on Wednesdays as well, but maybe Saturdays)

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    • koalabear21
      Feb 03, 2010 @ 07:51:51

      We were actually thinking of maybe joining with you guys at one point to get a 25 man together.

      We wanted to wait until we knew the fights a bit better, or even take on ToC or Ony or something in 25 man.

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      • Slopoke
        Feb 03, 2010 @ 08:04:31

        That would be fun to try, I have only ever puggged 25 in there, and not so successfully 😉

        We are having a pretty good time of ICC so far, Rotface stuck us for a bit, but now we can get him down as well as the Blood Council no problem. Putricide and the Blood Queen – ugh, scary, no luck yet on them.

        Our problem is just that we run out of available hours, our raid times are pretty short so we have to make the most of it while we can. We are raiding Wed/Fri/Mon at the moment, but a 25 man on the weekend or late night Friday could be a possibility, and since I know alot of you are west coasters that could work maybe?

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      • koalabear21
        Feb 03, 2010 @ 08:21:49

        That might work. I will check with everyone.

        Start out easy with like Ony?

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      • Slopoke
        Feb 03, 2010 @ 08:38:45

        Yeah, sounds like fun. I will check with my guys as well tonite, make sure they are all in agreement too.

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  6. Ryan G
    Feb 03, 2010 @ 23:36:38

    Grats on the kills. Hope to see more of this.
    Don’t let the clowns above fool you. Rotface is cake, assuming everyone can pay attention on when to move, and can stay calm while learning new mechanics (what do you mean I have to kite? I’m a healer….).

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