First Kill of Warmaster Blackhorn (10n)!

Last Updated on Saturday, 4 February 2012 01:03 Written by HalonaZAT Wednesday, 1 February 2012 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 - Dragon Soul - Warmaster Blackhorn - 10n

FBK - Dragon Soul - Warmaster Blackhorn - 10n

Warmaster Blackhorn, the sixth encounter of Dragon Soul, returns your raid team to an encounter that takes place upon a flying warship. The fight spans two phases. In the first, your ship will be under attack from twilight dragons, unwelcome Vrykul boarders and the odd goblin sapper. All will be attempting to cause damage that will render your ship broken. You must prevent this. It’s a basic dance to kill each attacker whilst sacrificially taking damage on behalf of the ship so that the vessel will survive into round two. At this point, the Warmaster appears and he’s a simple tank-and-spank affair with a periodic cone-AoE attack on the raid (avoidable) and a proportionally escalating damage output as players die.

The challenge lies all in the first phase where the amount of damage being taken will stretch your healers immensely and until the team can get a handle on the damage mitigation, you’ll wipe and wipe and wipe some more. Once you get it, the fight is breezy-easy.

Halona’s team took a few evenings to understand the mechanics and get the practice down but that all ‘came good’ this week with a reset-night smash-and-grab that brought a smile of relief to those healers faces. Now it’s just the Spine and the Madness of Deathwing standing between us and a successful clear of the instance. Onward team, onward!

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First Kill of Ultraxion (10n)!

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2012 10:50 Written by HalonaZAT Monday, 9 January 2012 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 - Dragon Soul - Ultraxion - 10n

FBK - Dragon Soul - Ultraxion - 10n

Ultraxion, the fifth encounter of Dragon Soul, is the simple fight that will trip your team over their proverbial laces. The fight cycles through a single phase repeatedly, a 40 second countdown to a devastating ability that simply requires you to press a button to escape the damage within a three second window of safety. Every 15-ish seconds during the countdown, two members of your team will be targeted to receive a bonus dose of devastating damage and again, all they need do to avoid it is click the special button. Two tanks have to coordinate their actions a little and the healers need to arrange a rotation for the collection of power-up crystals. For everyone else it’s just a gravy-train of enforced front-facing DPS and button pressing. What could be so hard about that?!

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First Kill of Hagara the Stormbinder (10n)!

Last Updated on Monday, 19 December 2011 04:56 Written by HalonaZAT Wednesday, 7 December 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 - Dragon Soul - Hagara the Stormbinder - 10n

FBK - Dragon Soul - Hagara the Stormbinder - 10n

Hagara the Stormbinder, the fourth encounter of Dragon Soul, provided our team’s rogues with their first chance to pick pockets and begin a legendary quest-line of their own, more on which in the months to come. The encounter then proceeded to test our ability to run faster than a rotating wheel, slower than a rotating wheel, never through the middle of the zone when the wheel is spinning and from pillar to post whilst chaining lightning. Add in a few beam breakages, the odd ice-tombing and it was business as usual. Just don’t let the woman catch you with your fingers in her purse… or you’ll suffer the consequences.

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First Kill of Yor’sahj the Unsleeping (10n)!

Last Updated on Monday, 26 December 2011 03:03 Written by HalonaZAT Tuesday, 6 December 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 - Dragon Soul - Yor'sahj the Unsleeping - 10n

FBK - Dragon Soul - Yor'sahj the Unsleeping - 10n

Yor’sahj the Unsleeping, the second or third encounter of Dragon Soul, asked us only; “can you remember that purple is ‘badder’ than green and that green is ‘worser’ than yellow?” If you could, this fight was a relatively simple affair… sometimes it was necessary to also prioritise a mana void ahead of all other things, lest our casters run out of their beloved mana. It was not hard to do.

Running around was a small chore and mostly because if you normally arrived first at spawning slimes, then failure to do so at any future moment was grounds for imminent mockery. It was though a chance for all to show their adaptability and in general we were able to coax enough of that out of the team to provide the conditions needed for success.

On balance though, this proved to be a perfectly normal encounter, neither great nor terrible. A stop on the way to the later parts of the instance then… of which, more later!

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First Kill of Warlord Zon’ozz (10n)!

Last Updated on Monday, 26 December 2011 02:49 Written by HalonaZAT Tuesday, 6 December 2011 09:30

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 - Dragon Soul - Warlord Zon'ozz - 10n

FBK - Dragon Soul - Warlord Zon'ozz - 10n

Warlord Zon’ozz, the second or third encounter of Dragon Soul, proved relatively simple to understand in concept but stretched the abilities of our healers to their limits and is measurably a test of their output and your team’s capability to generate enough DPS to fell the boss before he takes us all to “OOMs-ville!” Thankfully, we passed those tests and achieved another FBK as reward. If you face this test a-fresh, know only that you need a small amount of talent for ‘ping pong’ and the ability to count to around five or six. So, if you’re in the elite top-5% of society that can manage both those requirements, you’ll be golden!

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