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Ido / Feb 08, 2012

From left to right:
Zeraxis, Ido, Axelkic, Jaedan, Aniana, Zeía, Mongolien, Wolfjøurn, Dvorjak, Linthiel

For an alternate Madness screenshot, you can observe Jaedan's burgeoning photography skills in what I like to call, WoW: the 8-bit Nintendo version.

Fraps for both Heroic Spine and Madness are now available, in 1080p resolution and with recorded Mumble:

Heroic Spine of Deathwing

Heroic Madness of Deathwing

On late Monday night, after two weeks and many attempts, Group 4 was elated to finally kill Heroic Madness of Deathwing and bring to an end a boss we've been staring at on the login screen for over a year. The realm first achievement caused an inundation of congratulations and "what dropped?" questions from strangers and friends alike. To answer the latter, two Rathrak daggers that went to Axelkic and Mongolien and a very pretty mount for Jaedan.

I've been asked by many our plans now that the tier is finished. In the manner of Bilbo Baggins, I plan on enjoying a long holiday - free from the pressures of raiding to muck about in game and meander aimlessly. Our group has shown an aptitude at keeping ourselves amused, getting into places we shouldn't, and looking good for the camera. Plus there's that new Batman movie coming out.

Special thanks to Alchemeia for her help, which she brought with aptitude and a chipper demeanor. I'd also like to thank Mulzur, Sincalla, Aeoeling, and Holyfield for their contribution to our earlier kills in Dragon Soul and attempts on Heroic Warmaster. And thanks to Azure of <WHATEVER WERE AWESOME> for his continued support and advice.

Last but certainly not least, I'd like to thank all the members of Group 4 for their commendable tenacity, sharp minds and pleasant company. I don't know a finer group of individuals that I'd rather adventure with.
Ido / Jan 21, 2012

From left to right: Eisbier, Dyvine, Antifathom, Niftty, Caradyn, Elemett, Artichokes, Àléx, Bouncyz, Gonorrheâ

Congrats to Group 7 for killing Heroic Yor'sahj. That puts them at 2/8 Heroic. There is a massive jump in difficulty in heroics after Mor'chok, so kudos to them for getting past that hurdle.

Niftty, Group 7's rogue leader, had little to comment but managed to procure the smallest group screenshot in recorded WoW history. indeed.
Ido / Dec 31, 2011

Fraps of the kill.

This is my favorite fight in Dragon Soul so far and a cool lookin' boss to boot (note: boss is not pictured above - Ultraxion is not a treasure chest). The healing gems are fun and standing ground to survive the blast wave makes me feel like this:

Thanks to Aeoeling for doing an admirable job tanking the fight and to Mülzur who helped us all this week, even when he had a cold. And congrats to the members of G4 - all of you played great!
Ido / Dec 22, 2011

Congrats to G2 for killing Heroic Yor'sahj last week. Tirithon, G2 healer, went on to say that it's "one of the worst encounters I've ever played in my history of WoW." He left abruptly without any further explanation, and I suspect, given his demeanor, headed toward the nearest bar. What caused the normally calm and rational holy man to speak such hyperbole is anyone's guess, but one would surmise the culprit to be the nefarious purple slime, who hangs out in the seedy opium den cavern that Yor'sahj calls home.

G4 also killed Heroic Hagara this week, which is quite polar in feel compared to its normal counterpart. On normal, blocking Ice Lances to help out the melee makes one feel charitable and kindhearted - a camaraderie building mechanic if ever there was one. Whereas on heroic, the mechanic seeds animosity in men, creating discord and confusion among its ranks.

However, the electric phase, while initially frustrating, turns out to be very fun and makes one feel like a relay race competitor.

A big thank you to Holyfield, who sacrificed having a fun time in the new Star Wars MMO to hang out with our incompetent lot. As his namesake suggests, he has been our group's savior on multiple occasions.
Ido / Dec 10, 2011

Fraps of the Heroic Yor'sahj kill.

Firelands overstayed its welcome and taking its place for adventurers to explore, Dragon Soul is a welcome change of environment. While the final encounter of this expansion initially created a lukewarm impression from watching videos, it's fortunate that playing it is suitably impressive, particularly of the awesome visuals of the elementium bolt screeching to a halt.

As pictured above, Group 4 killed both Heroic Morchok and Yor'sahj, the slime boss. Congrats to Group 2 who also killed Heroic Morchok and is apparently attempting to answer the question - how lucky can one man roll? And congrats to Group 3 who cleared Dragon Soul on normal.

Group 4 is fortunate to add a new member to their team - Zephri, warrior tank and DPS. He boasts an impressive guild history and live arena tournament experience. Also returning to our team and a pleasant surprise is Mongolien, who was responsible for much of our success in tier 11 as a healer and is back now playing as DPS. With our roster solidified, we hope to best the challenges that Dragon Soul offers.