Over the last few weeks, our guild has finished up the ‘normal’ mode tier content.
We only raid 6 hours a week, and given that we have good people (which we do!) success in clearing this tier has really come down to
- getting a consistent group across Wed->Thu and
- holding the raid open on the right weeks to get enough time on Nef to get him down.
After that we headed to Throne for the first time (yes I know!) and swiftly downed Conclave and Al’Akir.
My feelings about this are mixed.
It would have been nice to get time on some hardmodes before 4.2 landed (we have done Halfus). But reflecting back on the year, the amount of solid raid time we’ve had is really small. First there was the timing of the Cata launch with LOTS of folk on family/summer holidays until well into mid Jan. Then we’ve been screwed around *endlessly* by rolling restarts smack in the middle of our raid time. Also a large chunk of our core raiders (and our GM!) are in and around Brisbane, so the floods took out another couple of weeks of raiding. (Not to downplay the actual toll on those players in real life of course.) In total, our dedicated on-task time in t11 raid instances was actually pretty tiny, so we’ve done well to achieve what we have.
With all of this in mind, I’m really optimistic moving forward into t12. Apart from the usual server stability and player mod issues on 4.2 launch, I’m hoping our entry into this tier will be much smoother. We have a great group of long term guildies and new faces with great ‘lets have a go’ attitudes.
And I’m really looking forward to new content. I hope it’s hard. I hope we SMASH it hard. I hope we take on new challenges and hard modes and prove to ourselves that we’re great (because we know we are really). And have a few laughs while we’re doing it.
And give me lots of material to blog about.
Anyone else having this wildly optimistic feeling about the new content? Or are you already counting your rep grinding days ahead?