First Kill of Nefarian (10n)!

Last Updated on Friday, 1 July 2011 11:27 Written by HalonaZAT Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:30

Halona is an Alliance PVE raiding guild on the Silvermoon-EU realm. Practicing the ‘ZAT’ approach to raiding, they regularly recount their newest ‘First Boss Kills’ or ‘FBKs’ through posts like these. Read on to find out which encounter has just been defeated…

First Kill of Nefarian (10n)!

First Kill of Nefarian (10n)!


Patch 4.2, known otherwise as the Firelands patch, was released this week bringing with it numerous subtle changes to the raiding landscape. All first tier Cataclysm raiding encounters were ‘nerfed’ to allow them to now be more easily ‘puggable’ by the general community whilst various classes received ‘balancing’ tweaks that will potentially shake-up some of the class-rankings on various performance charts.

New content has appeared in the form of a quest chain launched via the capital city boards as well as new raid and dungeon encounters. Then there’s the dungeon journal which brings guides to these encounters into the game for the first time. However, this author cannot comment further on any of these unfortunately since all in-game time since the patch’s release has been split between our guild’s raiding endeavours and ensuring our addons (we have four now) are properly updated for the patch. At it’s peak, we’ve been testing updates of Recount as they were released mid-raid and providing feedback to confirm that bug-fixes worked. (Since two of our addons depend upon Recount, it’s self-interest that motivates us to do this!)

As a result though, we cannot indicate at this time how the Dungeon Journal will affect our ZAT aspirations over time or report whether the quest chain is any good or not. That will have to come later.

What we can report on today though is our completion of the normal-mode, 10-player version of the Blackwing Descent raid instance. We cleared as far as Nefarian on the Wednesday evening and spent a short while learning the encounter, coming close on a couple of occasions.

Thursday evening therefore began with Nefarian and after a single wipe born out of clumsiness (it happens!) we managed to kill Neffy once again on our second attempt. We hope he’s getting the message because this whole business of having to rekill bosses that were previously beaten is tiring at best.

Aside: We had to kill Onyxia as part of the Nefarian fight but didn’t we sever her head and hang it from the Stormwind gates several years ago?

With Nefarian killed, we spent the rest of the evening in the Bastion of Twilight instance and managed our second ever kill of the council before arriving at Cho’gal. Having never attempted this encounter before, we had enough time for a single pull which we used to learn more about the encounter’s mechanics. We managed to get the boss down to 48% before losing the plot, not bad for our first effort.

No doubt we’ll be back to trouble Cho’gal further in our next raid but for the moment, we’ll leave you with the gallery of images above to enjoy. Congratulations all!

Blackwing Descent - Nefarian - 10n - Action 01

Blackwing Descent - Team Photo 01

Blackwing Descent - Team Photo 02


Blackwing Descent - Loading ScreenBlackwing Descent - Map 1Blackwing Descent - Map 2

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