Saturday, 15 January 2011

Patience and fortitude conquer all things

Yesterday I ran heroic Halls of Origination for the first time with some members of the new guild. I had initially only logged on to take a screenshot of the outside of Orgrimmar for a blog post when they asked me to heal. I remembered saying to them that if they could "put up with my healing" then I would be happy to do the run.

As the loading screen for Halls of Origination loaded up I thought..."oh no." It wasn't my first attempt at the instance but I have never made it past the first boss. We had tried all sorts of different methods of pulling those damn levers. Two players going either side or everyone going one side then the other. I dropped a lightwell at the top of the stairs, hoping that players would click as they ran back to the boss and prayed...and chucked out a few heals and to my amazement we got one go.

We moved on and as we arrived at Earthrager Ptah I decided to try to get the achievement 'Straw That Broke the Camel's Back' which is achieved by defeating the boss whilst sat on a camel. Not hard you may say, but I discovered thanks to a guildie that I wouldn't be able to use my Shadowfiend for mana purposes if I used a camel. I enjoy using the camel in that fight on normal because I can cast spells whilst running around that normally require me to stand still. Anyway, we beat the boss on the first attempt, I got the achievement and better than all of that, despite not being able to use my pet and bearing in mind I'd never got to this boss on heroic mode I had full mana! Now I don't doubt that the reason I had full mana was due to the superior playing skills of the guild group, but it still felt good that I had kept everyone at almost full health and had full mana. I know my mana pool is not the best at the moment but I'm working on that!

The rest of the bosses went in a blur, one DPS died twice, but other than that there were no wipes and it felt amazing to have beaten  Heroic Halls of Origination in one go on what was essentially my first attempt.

I cannot praise the guildies enough for such a smooth and uneventful run.

Later on that day, my husband who is now playing a Tank logged on and we set to run heroic Stonecore. Now I had healed previously heroic stonecore but have no doubts that the guildies carried me through that. Stonecore has a lot of mechanics that need to be mastered for a straightforward run and as it was Nuad's first time in there as heroic and it had been a long time since we had run it on normal, the inevitable happened. we wiped, over and over again whilst the guild group patiently explained what needed doing, they offered constructive advice and never once moaned, whinged or shouted about the wipes. Two hours later, and after resetting following a bug with a wipe on Slabhide we finally beat the instance. We couldn't have done it without the patience and calmness of the guild members.

"Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience," and Drama, have it in bucket loads.

Thanks Guys and Girls! :)


Nuad said...

We did Stonecore with almost no CC whatsoever which is a testament to your healing. We wiped alot because as you said it was my first time, and there's some little tricks there that I simply didn't know; the distance bug on Slabhide for example, or the dancing required on Ozruk.

I felt like we really abused the Drama guys as they basically boosted us through, but I learned a lot from it. I've reforged dodge into some hit/expertise to keep up with the suddenly higher DPS. That means I'll get hit a bit more often but hopefully that others in the group get hit less.

Upset said...

So many wipes are to be expected really - was surprisingly fun anyway :)