Much progress is being made on our upcoming "Herald of the Titans" run. For those few who don't know what this is, it's an achievement where you run the Algalon fight in Ulduar
with at level characters who are wearing only the gear which would have been available at that level. This means, level 80's wearing 226 armor and carrying 232 weapons. Nothing higher is allowed. Tarsan has a thread going in the forum where you can see all the tips for gearing up your toon.
We've been doing this on Wednesdays, with an eye toward Saturday, December 9th, as the target date for the first group to attempt the fight. With this in mind, some things you should know.
The officers are meeting on Friday to plan December's schedule. Spectacular Death celebrates 10 years on the 15th and we have "Ten Days of Spectacular Death" planned. It's going to be a lot of fun. If you are looking for help with raids, achievements, 5-mans, let an officer know or post to the "Suggestions" tab in the forum. We'll do our best to create an event for you.
Please, please, please sign up your toon in the "Herald" thread with the class and the spec you prefer to play. If you can be multi-class, put that down. As the time is winding down toward our first attempt, we need to know who is coming and what class they are gearing for. We can take ONLY 10 people at a time, so some people may not go on the first go-through. But, we are looking at, come January, multiple attempts to get this achievement. I have no idea how Ulduar as a Timewalking raid is going to affect "Herald" attempts. We will have to see, but we will be ready for that when it shows up.
Do not feel bad if you just can't get a toon leveled and geared in time for December 9th. Lil' Gimm is only 60 and I don't know if I will be 80 by the 9th. So many other shiny things attracting my attention. We struggled, mightily, with this boss in Warlords. There had been enough class changes, nerfs and buffs, that we could not down him. We will continue working on this boss for everyone who wants to do it. It's such an iconic part of WOW, we want people to experience it. How the fight starts is still, after all these years, one of my favorite openings to a boss fight.
Mizauki, among others, can cut gems. Tarsan has, on the thread, listed the gems which will work best. We have a large number of enchanters who can make enchants for every piece of gear. (I have Epicurian, for instance.) You MUST be gemmed and enchanted. The incremental boosts from gems and enchants are very meaningful for this encounter. Don't hesitate to ask in chat for something you need. We have the materials and the people willing to get your toon to optimal readiness.
We need herbs to make flasks. Herbs and volatiles from Cataclysm are needed. We need food. Fish and crocolisk meat from Cataclysm are needed. Stuff all this onto the gear tab. There is some crafted gear of i226, which may be of use to people. If you can make that level of gear don't hesitate to craft it and stuff it onto the gear tab. Ask if you need mats. We have a lot of stuff stored off-site.Tarsan explains what's needed on the last page of the thread. Please use that, especially the handy-dandy table, to see what we need. If you can make the flasks or the food listed, grab what's donated and create, sticking the final result on the gear tab. Yes, the tab will get messy, but that's a good place for it.
This is a great event. We worked very hard gearing up and learning the fight to get the acheivement for the first 15 people who did this many years ago. I remember the first raid I ever did; original Onyxia. (She needs to be a TW event.) I remember the rush when she died. When Algalon died and we got the achievement, I felt the same rush. It is so very satisfying to put in this kind of effort for something like this. The achievement is useable across all your toons, too, so if you do it on one, your level 10 bank toon can be "X, Herald of the Titans". Thanks, everyone, for helping in any way you can.