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Clearing Out the Halls

With access to the lower levels of Orgrimmar, we faced off against Garrosh's strongest supporters, secret weapons and crazy creatures. Taking out Garrosh's lieutenant, Malkorok, didn't take long. A short adjustment to the healing trick and he fell quickly. Busting through the security system around the Spoils of Pandaria took more effort, but not much. It's a big departure from normal raid bosses. As a DPS, I enjoyed the change of pace! Not sure about the tanks and healers. :)

Thok, the hungry dinosaur, was a big change from the previous two bosses. He was a big challenge! A lot of raid damage and a lot of HP to get through. Sounds like Thok has generally been harder for 10-player guilds than 25-player. When we finally got him down, there was only one person left alive. Way to go Swipenrake! Siegecrafter Blackfuse is a fun fight with a lot of moving parts. Not as hard as Thok, but trickier than Malkorok and Spoils. It's a good fight with jobs for all roles in the raid. The last fight in this section of Orgrimmar is the Paragons of the Klaxxi. There's a lot of moving parts to this fight, but it's actually very simple. It was sad to kill my old bug buddies, but they were always clear they would turn against us to help the Old Gods!

With the Paragons exterminated, all that remains is Garrosh himself and his big, purple heart!

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Tear Down the Walls!

Assaulting Orgrimmar itself is hectic! There is a lot going on in these fights. The Tower/Add phase of Galakras has a lot of parts, but not many surprises. Biggest tricks are to keep the Bonecrushers off of Varian and don't get knocked off the Towers! Galakras itself is a quick burn: Either the drake dies fast or you do. Helps a lot to split the raid into two groups on the left and right. Iron Juggernaut has a LOT of AoE damage going out! It gave a really rough time at first and we finally beat it by using 4 healers! The enrage wasn't a problem at all, staying alive was the trick.

Once inside, we found out that everything had been calm before. I saw elsewhere that the Dark Shaman is "the Olympics of Not Standing in Stuff." That is an apt description! Poison and Tornadoes and Slimes and Elementals EVERYWHERE! An extremely crazy fight, probably the most nuts in the entire expansion. Darkguns may have died. Often. ;) Nazgrim is quite tame by comparison, except he is VERY ANGRY! We got a very close kill, down to 3%...then he stood next to a Healing Totem and went back to 30%. That one HURT. He went down cleaner the next time.

What horrors lie below the streets of Orgrimmar?

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Cleansing the Vale

The first four bosses in Siege of Orgrimmar went down quickly. Immerseus is extremely easy and barely a boss. The only interesting part is at the beginning. The Fallen Protectors looks complicated, but is quite straight-forward. An easy fight once you learn you can just toss the Mark of Anguish to a tank. Much better second fight than Horridon!

Norushen probably gave us the most trouble, with the tightest enrage timer and highest healing requirements of the four. We found sending DPS to get Purified earlier made it much easier. Sha of Pride was an interesting fight, except for the tanks! They were pretty bored. Like the Protectors, it appears very complex, but is quite manageable. (Letting the tanks take care of one Prison made it significantly easier too.)

Overall a good start to the Siege! A little bit of challenge, but no brick walls. Progress is much smoother than in the Throne of Thunder. A fun raid instance so far, but it hurts to see the noble Protectors of the Vale, and the Vale itself, so twisted!

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Storms and Feathers

The Siege of Orgrimmar is coming up soon, so to keep busy we've been smashing things in the Throne of Thunder. Since the death of Lei Shen, we've taken down the Heroic versions of Jin'rokh and Ji-kun!

Heroic Jin'rokh was a big pain. Most of the fight didn't take much adjusting, but his Lightning Storm is substantially different. We had a LOT of wipes to that before finally getting through with enough people alive to kill him. Heroic Ji-kun was quite a bit easier! I'd definitely recommend her to any guild just starting Heroics. The main difference was finding someone to tank the extra adds on the Nests, so we pushed Darkguns to do it. :) He did a great job and even stayed alive! It felt great to get a couple Heroic kills in. We've got two weeks left, so we'll see if we can get any more!

Also, here is a FLYING BEAR.

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Thunder Fades and Silence Reigns

With one final Crash, Lei Shen has fallen. The Thunder King rules no more! After some good pulls - and many bad ones - we took Lei Shen down in a glorious, amazingly clean kill. The fight is truly an epic one with a lot of moving parts, including many ways for the raid to mess up. We used a lot of those, but I'm sure we could find more! Definitely a cool fight and a fun one, when it all clicks. Frustrating when it doesn't click, but that's normal!

Thus we have cleared all the bosses in the Throne of Thunder on Normal mode! Fantastic job, Game Theory! There are several weeks left until the next raid, the Siege of Orgrimmar, so we have some time to relax a bit, re-clear for more loot and kill some Heroic bosses. See you in Azeroth!

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Treasures Among the Stars

We returned to the Throne of Thunder to take on the final obstacle to Lei Shen: his Twin Consorts, Suen and Lu'lin. We played among the stars and with the help of the Four Celestials, took Lei Shen's favorites down! Turns out they aren't very tough. The easiest boss in the instance! It's a fun fight, even if I did spend more time in the "Star World" trying to draw constellations than actually fighting the bosses....

All that remains is the Thunder King himself. The Storm is coming and the Sky itself will crash down upon us. Yet, we will persevere. The Thunder King will Fall.

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The Gates are Open and the General is Dead!

After killing many trolls (again), working our way through a sewer and dealing with some bizarre creations, we've made it to the final rooms of the Throne of Thunder! We faced off against Lei Shen's General of his armies, Iron Qon. Qon brought some crazy elemental quilen with him, throwing all sorts of fire, ice and electricity around, but it wasn't GOOD ENOUGH.

We beat down the quilen, killed off Iron Qon and all that remains is the Thunder King and his Consorts! Let's finish this.

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Breaking the Thunder King's Toys

Lei Shen makes some weird stuff. A funky eyeball that shoots colored light. A mutating lizard that sleeps in ooze. A bunch of toy robots? Wait, they're powered by some sort of blood, ooze stuff? Lei Shen's gotta rethink his toy making business. There are going to be massive recalls when some 3 year old drinks the blood Anima and leaves their own "Crimson Wake." A noble effort to make some cool toys, Lei Shen! Then again, maybe that's why they are stuck in your basement?

Dark Animus is a very interesting fight, but also a very odd one. A huge chunk of the fight is just setting it up right at the start. After that it's very simple and the boss himself is nearly a Patchwerk-style burn fight for the DPS. (Healers are more challenged.) The concept is very cool, but it doesn't seem to have worked out the way Blizzard wanted it to. Oh well! I like that they are mixing it up, this one made us think differently, which is pretty cool. Onward to the final Mogu!

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Nasty Creatures, Precioussssss!

They have ssspiky things and pointy things and burny things, Preciousss! Mean, nassssty creatures, yesss, what do they want? Why must they bother usss? We just want to swim in our sssweet pool of muck and ooze. Ssso greedy these creatures! Taking all our ssshiny toys! They didn't get YOU, Preciousss! They think us dead, but we know better, yeesssss!

(I think we killed him, but I'm not so sure now!)

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A-maze-ing Sight!

What looks so good? Game Theory next to a dead Durumu! Or is he sleeping? First boss I can remember that looks like he's just sleeping, not dead... He'll wake up in a minute and yell at us crazy kids for having a party on his lawn. PHASE FOUR!

Durumu is a cool fight. I like the randomness of the Light and Maze phases. They are different every time, but the random is easy to adjust to. It helps keep the fight fresh without being frustrating. He turned out to not be very hard! Practicing in LFR and Blizzard's changes to the maze must have helped because we downed Durumu in just a single night! From what I hear, the next four bosses aren't very hard either. The only challenge left is Lei Shen himself! Boss kill post spam incoming.

Awww, he looks so tired! He was just lonely and wanted friends to play with. WHAT HAVE WE DONE??

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