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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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Poached or Scrambled?

Fried or Over-Easy or Sunny-side Up or...how do you want 'em? We smashed a bunch taking down Ji-kun! We need to do something with all of them! The fight itself is sort of two fights in one. The Boss Crew and the Flying Eggbreakers. I thought the flying part was pretty fun! The boss is fairly easy if you don't stand in green goop and don't get knocked off. She took a little over one night to beat, so not long at all.

Now who wants an omelette?

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The Vorpal Blade went Snicker-snack!

With her many heads we went galumphing back! So it was that we slew the deformed cloud serpent in the depths of the Throne of Thunder! After trying a few different head-kill orders, we discovered one that worked really well for us. We used GRBRGR to minimize tank damage, AoE damage and kiting needed. It was extremely successful, getting us a kill in only two (real) tries! There are a lot of different combos for this fight, which make it totally different from one guild to another. Megaera is an interesting puzzle that has been solved!

Now...SNAILS! (Oh and feathers.)

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Punted!

What do you do with a giant Stone Turtle? Kick smaller turtles at it! Tortos is a different fight with an amusing turtle-punting twist. He was easier to kill than the previous two bosses. A few rough wipes with no progress, but we figured it out and got him down fast. We've cleared a third of the Throne of Thunder! Now to see how many heads we can handle...

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Meeting Adjourned!

This Council of the troll Elders is no longer in deliberations. They're sequestered now. In their graves. That's the end of the trolls for this raid! (Blizzard will have more trolls later, they're endless.) This was the most surprising fight so far. Our first strategy was viable, but turned out to be very tough and resulted in a lot of frustrating wipes. We made one tweak, which seems fairly minor, by having the Mar'li tank (Swipe) get aggro on her and then attack Sul. The difference in the fight was incredible! Just two pulls with that change and the trolls died easily! It's amazing how simple the fight is when Sul doesn't empower.

A good example of questioning strategy. Shifting something small can have a big impact. We should remember to not be afraid to try different things. Next up: Turtle punting!

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Flight of the Phoenix

For about 3 months, a small group has steadily been working on Challenge Modes once a week. Last week we finally finished all Challenge Mode dungeons with at least a Silver medal! It's been a lot of fun and an interesting challenge. We got sweet pandaren phoenix mounts out of it too!

Now we try for Gold and cool armor!

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Extinction!

Dino Down!

This one was a hard fought victory! Horridon is substantially harder than Jin'rokh, the "freebie" first boss. This fight has a LOT of moving parts. Though each door follows the same pattern, the abilities of the trolls are very different so some doors are easy and some are rough. It's a lot to keep up with over a long fight, but we got all the trolls locked out and put the dino back in the ground!

Too bad I couldn't tame it....

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The Breaker Blew a Fuse

A new patch with a new raid has arrived and we have jumped right in! The first boss, Jin'rokh the Breaker, blew up! Took a few tries to keep the lightning out of the water, but he was a pretty easy boss to start with. His sparkly personality wasn't enough to keep him around very long! I'm sure there will be much more electricity in the rest of the raid.

Next up is a really big Direhorn with a whole bunch of trolls!

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Afraid No More

The Sha of Fear is dead! The raging emotions of Pandaria have been calmed and we have been declared the Tranquil Masters. With this, Game Theory has cleared all of Tier 14 on Normal mode! 16/16! Spectacular job, everyone! We've even got a few weeks left to do it again before patch 5.2 hits!

This has been a good tier, with a few rough bosses along the way. We've killed most of them in just 2-3 nights each, with a couple taking a bit longer than that. (That would be Elegon and Amber Shaper.) This level of progression with the limited time we spend is quite impressive and is something we should all be proud of! Plus, it's just plain fun! I'm looking forward to more good times with Game Theory! Next?

There's a Storm coming....

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That didn't take Tsulong

Terrace of the Endless Spring has the easiest raid bosses in Pandaria! Even the Elite mode of the Protectors fight was pretty easy. Protectors Elite took less attempts than every boss from Mogu'shan Vaults and the Heart of Fear. The only boss that was easier was Lei Shi! Who only took ONE attempt. Yep, the penultimate boss of this tier was a one-shot! Of these first three bosses, Tsulong was the most difficult, simply because the enrage timer is a little tight. We freed him from his Fear with some stellar healing by our team! We have a great bunch of healers!

One boss left! We did some attempts on the Sha of Fear as well. He is definitely harder than the rest of the bosses here, but he'll go down soon!

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