First Kill of Argaloth (10n)!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 1 March 2011 11:20 Written by HalonaZAT Thursday, 20 January 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…

FBK - Baradin Hold - Argaloth - 10n

FBK - Baradin Hold - Argaloth - 10n

Argaloth, the Pit Lord of Baradin Hold could perhaps be regarded as the raider’s equivalent to the confidence-boosting “easy question” that an interviewer will often ask at the beginning to settle a candidate’s nerves and gently remind them that “they can do this” before moving the conversation on to more challenging material.

Thus, after having returned to a regular raiding schedule only last week, our second evening of attempts proved fruitful and saw the 10-player normal-mode version of this encounter beaten. Should any of you reading this be inclined to cry out “But I did it with my guild and we dropped him on the first night of trying!” you should recall what the passage of time between the cessation of Wrath-era raiding and the commencement of Cataclysm-era raiding may have made faint in the memory. We champion the ZAT approach.

For those with memories so “swiss-cheesey” that the meaning of ZAT has also been forgotten, know simply that it means we don’t read up on anybody else’s tactics or strategies for the fight before we’ve beaten it by ourselves. We go in blind, we observe what the encounter’s mechanics are for ourselves, we die over and over in the process and eventually we figure out some approach that enables us to survive longer than the “boss” we’re attempting to kill. For a much more in-depth description of the ZAT approach to raiding, see our guide.

So Argaloth was killed by our firm hand and loot was deposited into our grasp. Since Argaloth calls the contested PVP zone of Tol Barad home, this meant the drops were split between PVP and PVE gear. Given the increased rarity of “epic drops” from quest and dungeon content however, even the PVP epics proved popular for now.

As a team we have no illusions that the our first “FBK” (aka ‘First Boss Kill’) of the Cataclysm era was relatively easy and expectations that later content will be significantly more challenging are likely realistic and accurate. However, the team is up, the team is running and the future looks bright!

Baradin Hold - Argaloth - 10n - Cheese Award 1

Baradin Hold - Map 1

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