Last night, I finally got my Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest. When I was in Apotheosis, I was still Resto so I wasn’t eligible to be considered to receive it (nor would I have been anywhere near the top of the list, but that’s another discussion). After I left Apotheosis, I joined a new guild and Dragon Soul was the current content. This meant that I would have to find a group to go back to Firelands to get me my Embers, then help me get the Cinders and finally siphon the Essences. My raid group was gracious enough to go back and do the content, sometimes we tried hard modes (which most hadn’t done before) but did it mostly on normal mode. When I got about halfway done my cinders, one of my fellow raiders was leading a Firelands run through OpenRaid. This was well past the point of raiding fatigue had set in from doing Dragon Soul so our actual raid didn’t get to do Firelands at all. So I joined up with my raidmates OpenRaid raids and he had the Cinders and eventually Siphons reserved for me.
When I looked at the numbers and how long it would take me to get the staff, it put me at this week. I would’ve been a week sooner, but the raidmate who ran the run was on vacation and finding a FL run through OpenRaid where the siphons weren’t on reserve was impossible.
Last night we cleared Dragon Soul in just under 2 hours, took about a 20 minute break and headed over to Firelands. I needed 26 essences, which meant about 3-4 bosses on heroic. If we did this all on normal, I probably wouldn’t have finished. After some wipes to heroic Beth’tilac, we managed to get her down and I got 7 siphons, we got heroic Rhyolith and I got 8 siphons. Alysrazor was a test in patience due to some guildmates not really having done it before and, I’m not blaming them, not really wanting to be there. After a few wipes we ended up doing her on regular and I got 3 siphons. This meant that for the next 3 bosses I needed only 7 siphons. Thankfully heroic Shannox provided and I was done! So we did regular Baleroc and heroic Majordomo and onto Rag.
The caveat of this fight when someone has 250 essences is that they get a debuff that causes them to do an AoE around them occasionally. My mind being in cruise control and just wanting to get it over with, accidentally screwed this up when we had to stack when Ragnaros sent out the seeds – I blew up the raid! After a couple more wipes due to some lack of organization we got him down! We called everyone out to make sure they kept me alive, one Druid managed to keep me up and I got my Heart but died on the way out of the Lava. Oh well, I got the quest item. After that, I went to Org and turned in the quest and got the staff as you can see above.
So today is the day before Mists of Pandaria launches and I’m pretty excited. Overall, I felt Cata was a pretty poor expansion. Things just didn’t have the same feel that Vanilla, Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King had. Mists looks like it could bring back that magical feel. I’m going to be up playing at 3AM tonight and going as long as I can.