Last Wednesday, I worried about which 9 people would go with me into our first guild Dragon Soul run. At the time, we had 17 people signed up. By Friday, we had 26 for Saturday and 24 on Sunday. I shouldn't have worried. Everyone got to go!
Look at all of you! I am so thrilled that this many people signed up and came to the raid. I forgot to take a photo of everyone who came on Sunday. It was most of the same people but we had a few new faces too.
The goal of this raid was just to see the place. If we downed anything, it was gravy and a huge feather in our collective caps. I had to ask where the heck the raid was because I didn't even know. A lot of us have, by choice, not gone into the raid via LFR because we want to do it with our guild. This was our chance to see just what all the fuss was about. First boss, Morchok.
Look at that! We killed him! It took us three tries but we downed him. I forgot to write down who got gear but we did have to shard one piece of plate healing gear. Oh well. A crystal for the bank. Three tailoring patterns dropped over the 2 days, and were won by Pinkel, Leitha and Delamonde.
From there, we went to see Warlord Zon'ozz. That was less productive than Morchok.
On Sunday, we brought along our orphans and traumatized another group.
Zon'ozz, hereafter referred to as "Ping Pong" for the fight mechanics, just proved to be a bit out of our capabilities. We aren't quite sure how to keep everything going and move. We're not the most mobile of guilds, never have been, so a fight where you have to MOVENAO can give us quite a few fits.
After spending an hour on Sunday working on Zon'ozz, we moved on to another boss, Yor'shaj the Unsleeping. He's commonly referred to as the "Skittles" boss for the colored oozes that surround him and which are called during the fight. I neglected to take screenshots during this fight.
Personally, I far prefer this fight to Zon'ozz. It was a lot of fun. We didn't have too many problems with the oozes other than the randomness of which colors get called during the ooze phases of the fight. I am so pleased with how quickly we reacted when Ranhol called out which color we needed to kill first. We got some bad color combinations which proved to be our undoing. The next time we come in here, we'll do Yor'shaj before Zon'ozz. I think we can get him down, too. If you are interested in the numbers, here's a link to the forum thread with the raid parses.
We exceeded my goals for the weekend. At least 28 people got to see this fight in a guild setting. It's harder and has more mechanics than the LFR. We are a guild that keeps plugging and we made definite progress, even on Zon'ozz. We will be back again after we clean up a huge bunch of "by request" raids and raids for our guild commercial.
I want to thank Ranhol and Thoryn for leading. I could not have done this. (As a side note, the Raid Leader Officer position is still open.) And I want to thank everyone who signed up and came over 2 days. It was so much fun.