Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Game of Inches

Last night, our team went after finishing Trial of the Grand Crusader. We only had Anub’arak up and about 25 attempts left on the timer.
Our team consisted of Boston (Blood DK), Honorshammer (Protection Paladin), Blackhaus (Holy Priest), Stark (Resto Shaman), Bluetide (Arms Warrior), Muddled (Arcane Mage), Donkatonk (Arcane Mage), Neovomonica (Destro Warlock), Ofn (Combat Rogue), and Lakini (Boomkin).
There are multiple points in the Anub’arak fight where you can make a wipe inducing mistake.
Our main issue is keeping Boston alive in Phase 3 while simultaneously healing the Leaching Swarm and Penetrating Cold. Our Holy Priest loses two GCDs (Global Cooldowns) taking care of Penetrating Cold and then we lose Boston, usually right after he takes a Freezing Slash.
But it was hardly our only issue. On multiple attempts, we would lose people to the large Adds not getting interrupted. They cast a Shadow Strike which will one shot a raid member if they complete the cast. On a couple of occasions, I got my cast of Holy Wrath off, but it didn’t interrupt. I think they resisted the stun and kept on casting.
There were a couple of attempts where I struggled to wrangle the adds. I never realized Resto Shamans put out so much threat healing, but if the Add had to go a long way, a Hand of Reckoning sometimes wasn’t enough to hold it.
We lost a couple of attempts to poor kiting. Sometimes our kiters tried to kite just a little too long and it cost us. A couple of times, we didn’t have the DPS to push Anub into Phase 3. The two attempts where he submerged a second time, despite being under 30% were very frustrating.
The one aspect of the fight I don’t feel we have down yet is the little Adds in Phase 2. Sometimes a very manageable amount of adds would spawn. Other times, the amount of adds was overwhelming.
But we had several very solid attempts where we pushed Anub to sub 5% before we lost Boston and the raid buckled. One attempt I was the Last Man Standing. I did everything I could to stay alive, but the Bubble was locked out because I used Divine Protection early in Phase 3 to limit the healing I needed so I couldn’t Bubble and hope the DoTs finished him. He despawned with 56k health. You here in football or baseball sometimes called a game of inches; we were inches from a kill. Just a couple more seconds and we would have had him.
We all felt like a couple of those sub 5% attempts would have been a kill if we had had Replenishment. On several of those attempts, our Healers and DPS just ran out of mana as Anub'arak got low. If we had had Replenishment, they might have lasted out long enough.
We used up every last attempt, even pushing a little past our normal time, but we left ToC with Anub still standing. Well that’s not technically true, he despawned after our last attempt was used. But we didn’t get him.
During the whole process, I was continually amazed at our team. Regardless of what happened, everyone kept their cool and kept focusing on improving. There was none of the sniping that you sometimes hear on a wipe night: DPS blaming heals, heals blaming Tanks, Tanks blaming DPS. It didn’t happen. I’m sure things were said under their breath or without the Push-to-Talk key, but nothing was said publically. We hung together as a team. I was very proud of that.
We’ve hit roadblocks before. We hit a roadblock with Firefighter in Ulduar and now it seems like Anub is a roadblock in ToC. With Ice Crown here now, I don’t know if we’ll get back to finish our business with Anub. It would have been great to have gotten him down, but now we can turn our attention to Arthas.


Elleiras said...

Two healing with that composition is hard. Annah (holy priest) and I (resto shaman) tried it last week for the first time and wiped something like seven times before we were able to heal enough of the raid through P3 to defeat Anub... and this was with a 10 man raid in ilevel 245 and 258 gear, that has had ToGC on farm for weeks. If you're getting as close as you are in 10-man gear, you are doing exceptionally well. The trick for us was to let passive healing (JoL, LotP and healing stream totems) keep the raid up, while we focused on the tanks and penetrating cold victims. Our off tank, a DK, kited adds away from the raid and let them burrow. It was doable, but messy; we got Insanity last week with less than half the raid standing. I think a paladin healer is almost required for a smooth P3; Beacon of Light is very powerful.

Chris said...

My guild's first killshot on Heroic Anub 10 man was very similar. At the time, we were not familiar with the 2 heal kill version, so we went in with 5 dps and 3 healers. This also meant that we'd go through 2 submerge phases.

The trickiest part of the encounter was the kiting of Anub'arak and the add management. We discovered over multiple attempts that doing anything to stop the Spikes other than HoP'ing players would cause Anub to bug. He'd continue chasing players after the permafrost, or decide to miss the permafrost completely.

Anyhow, we made it through the second submerge phase by smartly using only 2 patches of ice, and chain HoP our MT (we run with Holy (me) and Ret Pallies).

As the last HoP wore off, Anub'arak surfaced and we dropped the final Permafrost and went to town. Ave, our Ret Pally blew his Bubble-Sac immediately on p3 as well as burning Heroism. As Ave's wore off, I popped mine. We killed the first set of adds as second emerged.

Unfortunately, we happened to have Anub placed right over a spawn point for the adds. The OT picked them both up after one beat on the MT for a bit. He was told to hold them while DPS burned Anub hard, but the ticks from the Cold and from Leeching swarm were too much. People started dropping like flies. The MT held Anub and his two adds for about 350k before he too fell.

The last person up was our rogue, Syliva. I watched his health and compared it to Anub's. Anub was at about 91k and Syliva had just under 3k. Amazingly, he saw a string of misses from Anub and his two adds. Right as two more adds popped up, Anub finally collapsed under the strain and we'd downed him.

Unfortunately, the triumphant hero also fell to the Hungering Cold ticking on him at the very end of the fight. Still, it was an epic moment.

Of course, we picked up the alternate group make-up the next time we went in and got Mad Skill... but that downing will remain as the most epic moment I will remember about 3.2.

Thorned said...

We have 3 Paladins in our togc10 group (heal, ret, tank(me)) and we chain wrath them till they submerge or die.
To me it looks like wrath interupts them but they can cast it again right away after the wrath because its not a interrupt with a follow up silence like kick or something like that. Maybe your Shield Throw works because it has the silence effect afterwards.

Its nice to see your progress and the calmness of the raid. Good Luck in your future attempts (if you don't want to leave the business unfinished that is ;))

since icc will be gated like sunwell you'll have some time anyway

Honors Code said...

We're mostly 10 man geared. The only 245s you'll see on our team are from VoA or badges. I'm really proud of my guys.

I'm the only Paladin in our raid and the only active Paladin on our 14 man roster. I would Bubble Sac, but I'm generally holding the two Adds so that's not an option.

We eventually had our Boomkin start throwing heals in Phase 3, but we didn't quite get him. That 56k wipe was a killer.

What's my main Again? said...

I'm kind of confused... you didn't have replenishment and because of that possibly wiping... why didn't the destruction warlock just talent soul leech and be done with it?

I find healing and dpsing as an arcane mage to be much more difficult without replenishment and find it throws off a lot of my cd's. We used to be fine till both of our hunters switched to marks... sometimes one person needs to take a hit in dps to bring up the rest of the raid.

Ruhtra said...

Congratulations on solid attempts. Hang in there and like Thorned said, with the gated design of ICC, you may find some time to go back in there and finish the job. No matter how you look at it, you can definitely take some pride in what you all accomplished.