Tankette’s Rambles

November 12, 2008

Ending TBC with a Bang

Filed under: Uncategorized — tankette @ 5:20 pm

We had a great last week of raids to end The Burning Crusade. Besides running Kara and ZA, which are like free badges, we rolled threw a lot of new bosses.

We ran AQ 20 on Saturday with a 10 man raid. Surprisingly, this raid wasn’t a complete pushover even though it is level 60 content. We never had a wipe but it was a little more challenge than a Kara run. Best of all, none of us had ever seen the content so it was all brand new. I have to say that I was very impressed with the instance. The artwork was really great to see.

After AQ 20, we grabbed some more people and went into AQ 40. We went in with 20 people and 5 or 6 of those were running lower level characters (like 57-63). We wiped on the first boss. I couldn’t believe it. I can only imagine the challenge of running it “back in the day”. Our biggest problem was the boss does a lot of mind control. Mind controlled characters can easily kill other people in the raid.

We got the boss down on the second attempt and started rolling through the instance. Wow, the place was huge! We didn’t have another wipe for a long time but we had raid deaths during every boss fight and often times on trash pulls. At one point we went down a long tunnel with hundreds of bugs attacking us. As fast as we killed them more would spawn.

Our march through AQ 40 came to a sudden halt on the Twin Emperors. What a cool fight! We ended up wiping 6 or 7 times before we gave up for the night. We came back Sunday afternoon with more raiders, about 25, and the fight was still hard. We finally got them down on about the 6th attempt. Again, I can only imagine how tough that fight was at level 60. We were worn out and needed to prep for the evening raid so we didn’t go beyond the Twins.

Sunday night we took our regular raiders to TK. We were getting pretty down about Kael since we had tried 3 nights and couldn’t get him down. This time we were fresh and knew the fight well. We one-shotted Kael like he was Lurker or something. (Again, I acknowledge the nerf.) We were so stoked!

Since we only had used up 45 minutes of raid time to down Kael, we decided to go to BT. We had only been to BT once. We only made two attempts on Naj’entus pre nerf. The nerf really had a bick impact on this boss. Our dps mowed him down quickly and he only shieled twice. One-shot. So much fun.

We were all in new territory after Naj’entus. We cleared our way outside and set our sights on Supremus. That boss has to be the largest creature physically in the game. It was very intimidating yet so cool to see this boss. After a quick crash course on strategy from bosskillers we gave him a try. We did fine during phase 1 and knocked his health down quickly. The volcanos killed half the party on phase 2. Wipe. The second attempt went about the same. On the third try we got our kill. Say what you want about the nerf but for our guild it meant seeing new content before WoTLK. Very fun.

Monday night we went back to AQ40. We started off with about 18 people. But we had teamed up with another guild and more and more of their people kept joining the raid and we Lock summoned them in. By the time we got to C’thun we had about 24 people. None of us had done the fight before. Of course the first thing that happened was someone entered C’thun’s room unaware and the green lazer killed all of us. A wipe before we even got started. On our first real pull we got our first taste of the fight – and of C’thun’s red lazer, lols. Even 10 levels higher than the instance was designed for none of us can withstand 50K of damage! Wipe. Second pull, the raid is up to 26 people, more deaths by the red lazer. Wipe. Third pull, the raid is up to 27 people and we got better at dodging the red lazer. We managed to get well into phase 2 and take down the 2 claws in the stomach. Our dps let lose and got him to about 25%. We could never get the adds in the stomach down again. Wipe. Fourth attempt, the party was up to 29 raiders. We did a good job of staying alive during phase 1. We got the adds in the stomach down during phase 2 and the dps let lose. We only needed those 45 seconds to burn him down. Wow, such a fun and well designed fight! Beyond the Achievements for AQ 20 and AQ 40, I am really glad I got to see all of those instances.

So our guild really felt like we ended TBC on a roll of droping new bosses, even if some were pre-TBC and others were nerfed. We are all so ready to wipe the slate clean and get going on WoTLK.



  1. Wow! That did sound like a blast. Especially AQ20 and AQ40. I’m looking forward to having a look at those two even if its when i’m at 80.

    Comment by BobTurkey — November 12, 2008 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

  2. AQ would be well worth your time just to see it. I am wondering what other pre-BC content I should go check out.

    Comment by Tankette — November 13, 2008 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Tankette! Great blog!

    If you haven’t yet, I highly encourage you to get a bunch of 60’s (you can 10-man it easily at 70.. who knows at 80!) and head to Zul’Gurub. It’s an amazing place visually with a couple of extremely cool boss fights, though far simpler than what you encountered in AQ40. Still, it’s completely worth seeing, and Hakkar is a BLAST.

    Comment by Urago — November 14, 2008 @ 9:42 pm | Reply

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