This past week has been an eventful one for me. I’ve been working to get back into WoW and I think I’ve found my groove again. I have my rotations down and my keybinds rememorized and, not least of all, I have my UI in
working order and fully functional again. One of the best parts about getting back into the game is being able to experience things I haven’t been able to before and I really have my new guild to thank for that. They’ve been great with working me into things and have generally made my experience back a lot more fun that it’d been in my previous attempts.
I actually have these guys to thank for one of the funnest times I’ve had in WoW in probably over a year. Earlier this week, I was able to run my first raid since I PuG’d the first two bosses in Naxxramas (we wiped several times on the first one, surprisingly enough… or… not). Luckily, this crew knows their stuff and has the skill and gear to pretty much float through most encounters. So, when they came up short on an Ulduar 10-man run the other night, I was excited to accept their invite to fill-in for a missing DPS.
Ulduar is, well, let me just say, wow. The word epic comes to mind. Most raiders will probably laugh at my naivete but coming from exclusively 5-man dungeon running, the scale of the zone is just massive. The encounters were complex enough that I had to pay attention and be looking out for certain things (like buffs/debuffs – note to self, move SCT to the right so it’s not blocking my avatar).
I have a soft spot for dragons, so the Razorscale fight was one of my favorites. I have to say though, the coolest encounter, if not the most complex, was Kologarn. I know a lot of you don’t play WoW, so imagine this: you’re facing off against a giant so big you can only see the top half of him over the edge of a cliff. Throughout the fight, he’ll grab a raid member in one of his massive hands, shake them, and throw them at the wall when he’s done. Finally, when you’ve killed the arms and destroy the torso, you see that he’s actually half a giant growing out of solid rock and to move on you have to walk across to pink splotch that used to be his midsection. It reminded me of the fight between Ender and the Giant in the fantasy game from the book Ender’s Game.
After that run, I was able to get myself a nice new staff which a guildie enchanted right away without asking for anything in return, as well as a nice off-hand should I go for a sword and frill set-up at some point.
Today should be even more interesting as Maxivik arranged a Naxxramas run to help gear me up. I’m the only guy who needs anything from there, so this kind of help is really appreciated. I’m interested in the gear upgrades but, on another level, I’m more interested in finally seeing all of it. Naxx is one of those raids where it’s just cool enough to make you want to raid it just to see it. The theme is dark and Undercity-ish, which is right up my lane, so I’m excited. Plus, I shouldn’t be a total noob since I’ve read up a bit on WoWWiki and already done a couple of the fights.
And, on that note, I should get out of here. I’ve spent the majority of this morning editing the audio for the podcast, so it’s time I get moving so I can be ready to go when it starts in an hour and a half.
Oh, before I go, I have an exciting bit of news for you all. Tonight, I’ll be going to see…. New Moon. Oh yes, Team Jacob vs. Team Edward. Will I report back with a full, line by line, synopsis? Methinks YES. Mwahaha.
… The things we do for love.