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First off, I have to call out for Steve being a scrub here-he didn’t research the Freya fight because he didn’t think we’d get past the Iron Council. We downed the Iron Council in only 3-4 attempts, one of which didn’t count because Josh and I DC’d moments after the pull. Granted, they apparently gave group 1 a bit of trouble before, but I still mock his lack of confidence.
Naturally this meant that we got to Freya’s room, started cluelessly pulling trash and…OW. Cue me putting in /rw, “Trash is srs bzns!” Yeah, no more blindly wandering into even trash…though nothing shall compare to C’thun trash. Ever. …I hope.
After we recovered from unsolicited attentions from over-sized flowers, we stared at the boss and went “Hmmm.” Then we went and looked for videos (my google-fu is better than Steve’s-I found the 10 man video!), and had three people describe the fight while showing obvious signs of having tuned out half of the previous commentary (“Did you talk about the Touch of Eonar?” “Yes, Josh. I said to kill the trees.”)
One day I should record me explaining a boss fight. “At that point, you’ll see these green trees spawn. You need to kill them OH MY GOD QUICKLY, because otherwise they’ll heal the boss and we’ll want to hunt you down and stab you in the face. So kill the trees, mmkay?” I don’t bother to get into technical terms like Touch of Eonar. Who the hell is going to know what that is?! I like to translate things into “raider speak”. Also, it amuses me.
Anyway. At some point, after wave after wave of flowery chaos, I lost it and just started going “badger badger badger badger MUSHROOM, MUSHROOM” to the complete bafflement of everyone in the raid. I can’t say how much progress we made-we only got a couple of attempts in, and it was rather chaotic. It can be summed up with “adds did not die like they were supposed to.” Hopefully a week to mull over things and do further research will be the magic trick, as it was with Iron Council. I really…don’t quite GET the Freya fight, perhaps because as a healer all I’m worried about is my little green bars and the location of the nearest mushroom.
If nothing else, I was there for one progression boss kill AND got a dagger out of it-woo! No more H Nexus mace!
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Freya aside, I enjoyedIron Council for reasons not related to shiny loot they handed over. For one thing, I had to dig out skills I remember perfecting back in the days of AQ40-mana management. Only back then I was chain drinking pots, and now I’m jugging ability cooldowns.
At 75%, use shadow fiend. When I dip back down again (“down” meaning sub-75%, not almost OOM…the intent is to prevent being OOM, after all) I scoot over to my other healers (assuming I’m not already near them) and use Hymn of Hope. If you have multiple priests, sharing your Hymn of Hope really helps.
And then…I wait. If I hit the 50% mark and my cooldowns aren’t up soon, I go for a mana pot. By the time my mana bar is dwindling into the “uh-oh!” stages, my shadow fiend should be back up. In the final “oh god oh god the boss is almost dead but my mana is almost gone!” part I usually have my Hymn back up.
I toss Pain Supression on the tank while channeling Hymn to try to prevent any unhappy “oh SHIT!” moments.
It’s really “fun” to be on a tank “and raid.” Mmhmm.