After a somewhat disappointing (and EXCEEDINGLY frustrating) couple of weeks, with 1 raid night out of 4 occuring, we finally got back on track last night with a full roster of our own people, and some fresh nerfs to giggle fiercely at.
Yep.. We killed Rhyolith. Did it in 5 pulls, too. We took 4 pulls, with some obvious progress (and 2 weeks worth of rust), got a little annoyed and decided “Meh, let’s go kill Baleroc and come back to this douche later.” So, we did that. 20 or 30 minutes later, we’re back up on Rhyolith’s platform with ~10 minutes left in the raid. I figure we’ll give it one or two tries, and call it a night, satisfied with having shaken off the rust from inactivity. (BTW – we wipe on trash at the lulziest of times).
The first Rhyo pull after killing Baleroc, was pull number 5… And that was it for the giant fatass of a flame lord. Seriously, that slowfaced piece of flaming turd can just go away. And I got a new helm for my troubles… I also hit revered with the Avengers of Hyjal and picked up a sexy-ass trinket too, bringing my tanky ilvl up to 374.
Now, i’m not generally one to put TOO much stock in gearscore or item level or any of that nonsense, but I feel like it’s more important now than it was in Wrath (which is ironic, because Wrath is when the whole gearscore business took off). Item level feels like it’s much more of a throttle now than it ever has been before. I remember seeing people at the end of LK in ICC 25m gear, doing absolutely horrific DPS, whereas my t9 equivalent…. whatever I was playing at the moment would absolutely blister them on the charts. Now, it doesn’t seem like it works that way. Gear will hold back your DPS, affect your survivability, and throttle your healing capacity significantly. You will literally FEEL it change as you move up the ilvl charts. Don’t believe me? Think back to december or january when you first started running heroics, and then go run one now. Sure, things are always going to be much easier as the xpac moves along, but for my money this one is scaling much quicker than any of it did in Wrath.
Wow, it’s funny how your brain will carry you when you let it. I totally didn’t mean to sidebar about gearscore, but there it is. Anyway, so now SiB is 4/7 in the Firelands, with a big hairy flaming birdie looking us square in the face next. One of the downsides of there being only one raid this tier, is that after a while, there’s only one way to go. I guess I can’t complain too much though. Being able to pick from any of 5 bosses at the start of a 7-encounter raid is pretty good as far as i’m concerned.
Anyway, random rampaging ruminations aside (as well as auspicious alliteration!), Stands In Bad is still recruiting. I haven’t been having much luck with the conventional methods of recruiting (official forums, in-game guild finder, etc), so come check us out!
Side note: my “I” key has not been very happy with it’s lot in life lately, and it feels like I need to pay more attention to it, in order for it to work properly. It’s amazing how often you use a verb when typing, and how much can GO FUCKING WRONG when it’s not working right.