First Kill of Ragnaros (10n)!

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 10:33 Written by HalonaZAT Thursday, 20 October 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 - Firelands - Ragnaros - 10n - 10n

FBK - Firelands - Ragnaros - 10n

Finally, after several weeks of admittedly difficult and painful “nearly moments” our team were able to succeed in their attempts to bring down the ultimate boss of the Firelands raid instance. After the ease with which the prior bosses had been dropped post-nerf, it was at least good to see that the top-dog boss in the zone offered a bigger challenge.

As it turned out though, all the stars came into alignment this Thursday evening where the team’s most potent players were all available to bring our best efforts to bear on this encounter and after numerous practices and a couple of breaks to keep focus levels high, the job was done.

Congratulations therefore to the team that succeeded today and thanks to all those that helped in learning the fight. Time to breath easy until patch 4.3 brings the next set of all-new challenges.

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First Kill of Alysrazor (10n)!

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 September 2011 10:54 Written by HalonaZAT Wednesday, 21 September 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 - Firelands - Alysrazor - 10n - 10n

FBK - Firelands - Alysrazor - 10n

This week’s ‘Tuesday night/Wednesday morning’ reset brought one significant change to the current Firelands raid content: a major nerf. The nerf was two-fold – all bosses in the zone would now output approximately 25% less damage whilst requiring approximately 25% incoming damage to be killed. For many on our team, the first realisation of what a huge reduction in difficulty this represented occurred when we faced Lord Rhyolith, a boss we’d only killed for the first time ever last week and with some reasonable effort required.

Tonight, Lord Rhyolith fell for a second time despite the 10-player team losing one of its DPS members early on. All agreed, it was hardly even challenging. Following that moment of disappointment, the team faced off against Alysrazor who’d been our focus at the end of the previous week. We’d struggled to pass out of phase one last week due to the ferocity of the phase two tornados. No such trouble tonight. It took barely more than a couple of practice attempts at each subsequent phase to get ourselves organised and Halona had another FBK in the bag.

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First Kill of Cho’gall (10n)!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 July 2011 10:39 Written by HalonaZAT Monday, 4 July 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 Cho'gall (10n)!

First Kill of Cho'gall (10n)!

After scoring a full-on strike against Al’Akir in the Throne of the Four Winds, our team sped with all due haste to the Bastion of Twilight to stand before Cho’gall with a firm intention of bringing the night’s scalp-count of boss-level mobs to two. Seconds out, round two…

With the mechanics of the fight reminded to us all by our fools-will-not-be-suffered-gladly raid-leader we started making attempts on the many-eyed monster and fairly quickly found our stumbling block was the final phase of the fight, when the corruption stacks and the ‘lasers’ can play havoc if tentacles are not controlled properly.

Give it a few attempts though and we’ll generally find our way around most obstacles. Such was the case tonight. After a succession of wipes where healer mana gave out before the boss’ HP, continued adjustment brought us a victory where our healers had half-full mana bars, thanks to the revised DPS arrangement that placed most of the ranged DPS on the crucial tentacle tackling task. So successful were they in chopping down these irritating summons that the few melee left on perma-boss killing duty arrived at the end of the fight with the boss at their feet having never been hit once by the ‘laser of annoyance.’ That’s some pretty good tentacle management don’t you think?

With Cho’gall’s death came the “Defender of a Shattered World” achivement and corresponding title which some in the guild will be wearing proudly in days to come. It marks the end of our journey of exploration through the first tier of Cataclysm’s raiding content and frees us to begin a new exploration through the new content introduced in the recently released 4.2 patch. Firelands and Ragnaros, here we come!


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First Kill of Al’Akir (10n)!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 July 2011 10:39 Written by HalonaZAT Monday, 4 July 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…

First Kill of Al'Akir (10n)!

First Kill of Al'Akir (10n)!

Monday’s raid had a packed schedule and the night’s first endeavour was to take down the Conclave of Wind quickly and get onto Al’Akir for more ‘practice’, with the aim of ‘making perfect’ as rapidly as possible. The air-currents that transport you between Conclave platforms continued to behave unpredictably but the Conclave were soon dispatched and the team moved on.

Previous attempts have been something of a mixed bag, but there was a fair belief that the encounter should now be simpler following the 4.2 patch nerf and that prediction proved ultimately true. Just a handful of attempts saw the end-boss of this raid instance toppled and the loot summarily ignored by all… darn useless Shaman gear dropping for a Shaman-free team!

There was no time to pause to consider the success however, because Cho’gall waited within the Bastion of Twilight for our attention and if we wanted to get him in this reset period without extending a raid lock into the following week, it was going to have to be tonight. And so on we moved…


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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


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