HEEL BARES DURID!

Posted: 20 September, 2008 in Druid, Raiding
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Last night we did something we’ve been talking about for ages but never quite got round to – an all Druid Karazahn raid, and it was the stuff of legends.  I’ve not had as much fun playing this game in months.

The raid consisted of three Ferals, four Laser Chickens and three Trees, and let me tell you, it’s really hard to fail at a boss fight if you have ten battle rezzes and seven characters who can toss effective heals around.  I’m not sure how long we took to clear the place but I used a flask of blinding light just before Moroes and there were two minutes left on it when we pulled the Prince, so most likely the raid lasted a little over 2 hours.

This was also Shinano’s first instance as a Laser Chicken!  And it was a lot of fun, although those chickens sure go through mana fast!  Of course, when you have 10 innervates spare who really cares?  Shinano’s Boomkin gear had just over 1000 Nature damage (Kara, Zul Aman and Magister’s Terrace gear) so it’s really not that hard to get a decent Boomkin set good enough for a two hour Kara clearance if you want to.

We had a few “uh-oh” moments of course, some fights in Kara are designed with a certain class mechanic in mind, and if you don’t have that mechanic you need to improvise, so here are the fights that gave us some trouble and how we dealt with them:

Moroes
Problem:  No crowd control for the undead adds.
Solution: Bear tank them, kill them.

Terestrian Illhoof
Problem: No mage or warlock, so no spammable AoE for the Imps.
Solution: We have 10 Hurricanes!  Hurricane rotation set up, Imps pwnd.

Wizard of Oz Opera Event
Problem: No fire damage to keep Strawman crowd controlled.
Solution: Bear tank him!
Problem: No fear to keep Roar crowd controlled.
Solution: Gief moar Bares!

Shade of Aran
Problem: No spell interrupts.
Solution: HEEL MOAR! LOL
Problem: No crowd control for Elementals
Solution:  TANK MOAR LOL!

Seriously, there are some elements of the Aran fight that are totally trivial as a druid.  His Chains of Ice and Mass Slow are merely temporary irritations for a Druid.  And if we can’t interrupt any of his casts, big deal.  We’ve got ten Barkskin-uninterruptable Tranquilities ready to go, not to mention 10 Battle Resurrections if needed.  Aran was the one fight I thought might give us some problems, but in the end it was over so fast that I got caught by surprise when he died.

Oh, and Kitties cheat, too!  There’s a lot of trash you can skip in Kara if the entire raid can stealth!

And just to prove we did it, here are 10 Druids all casting Tranquility on Prince’s terrace.

There should be a video of the night available soon, I’ll update as and when it’s available.  Now, for next week I just need to find another 9 Paladins…

Apologies for all the Alamo-speak.  ;)

UPDATE: Video is now available as promised.  My personal favourite moment is the Pikachu-inspired “Voodoo Gnomes, I choose YOU!” unleashing of the Zul’Aman Tiny Voodoo Mask trinket on Netherspite, although the entire raid stealthing past the trash to the tune of The Pink Panther comes a close second.  Be warned, the soundtrack is NOT safe for work.  Video here (327MB or view streamed from Filefront).

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Comments
  1. DW says:

    I’d thunk that the fears from Nightbane would have been a major issue, but i guess the sheer amount of HoTs made up for that plenty?

  2. pewpewlazerz says:

    Would have been, but a few patches ago they changed the way fears work, and they no longer de-aggro the tank if he gets feared. So yes, stacking HoTs worked just fine.

  3. Rogosh says:

    Just came across your blog and this summer we went and ran an all Paladin Kara run… SOOOOO much fun. I can totally hear you when you say that you haven’t had that much fun in WoW in a long time.

    Congrats on your run and the epic fun that was had!

    Our run was a bit longer since we couldn’t stalth past any of the trash but it was still full of fun.

    Cheers

  4. pewpewlazerz says:

    I suspect that we’ll be seeing a lot more of this sort of thing in the next few weeks as people think up new and ingenious ways to have fun while they wait for the expansion. :)

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