Because you responded positively to finishing Tomb, that's what we're going to be doing until it's done. Hello Avatar.
If you're playing along at home, you will find this at the next to last spot on your score card. It's a tricky fight with beams to soak and swaps to be made and trying not to push the boss into phase 2. As yes, phase 2.
Lots of green fel death in phase 2. The best we did was 47%.
I have to admit to having the wind knocked out of my sails when I heard Tarsan's news. When I mentioned a desire to finish this; after all, we have "just" two bosses left; I was accused of making a progression or hard core raiding guild out of us. We are not and we never will be. I don't want to do this kind of raiding ever again. It's been unbelieveably stressful for me. I take all the worry on my shoulders and I spent time wondering if we had everything we needed. I worried for no reason. I worried because, well, it's what I do. We brought 30 of you into this raid. We asked a lot of you. I worried it was too much. And when it was clear we couldn't get our goal, as much as I wanted to continue, I worried you would not.
Yet, what you've expressed, both privately to me and in the responses to posts on this site is that this has been an amazing adventure. You're pleased with the challenge and what you've learned about your capabilities as a player. Better yet, you've seen, within this guild, a coming together toward a common goal; a goal technically beyond what we do in this guild.
We're setting aside all other raiding to get Mythic Tomb done. This is not something we can set aside and come back to once a month. This is tough raiding. We all agree. This is a challenge we've never faced and it's maddening, frustrating, and infuriating, all at once. If you are having an "off" day, sadly, we can tell. For some of you, this is not your cuppa. I respect that. You've voted and we hear you.
We got Avatar to 47%. We were not at full strength. We had 18 of 20 people. We will NOT go into this raid without a minimum of 18 people. This raid does not scale if the raid isn't at full numbers. A year from now, when we come back because we're working on achievements, 16 people will be able to blow everything up, but right now, we cannot, even though we overgear the place substantially. For the guild achievement, we must have 18 of 20 people.
Raiding will be Thursday and Friday nights this week. We know we will not have some of our regulars because we're getting into a month where a lot is going on. We get that. If it is at all possible that you can come, please sign up on the IN-GAME CALENDAR. After this week, we will go in only once a week, due to other things we want to accomplish. If you want to go but can't make one night, please let us know. You can post here or send Tarsan, Mizauki, or myself an in-game letter. As we did with last week's raiding, we will make every effort to get people in who want to come.
Also, you MUST be capable of being heard via voice chat. As the 18 people who went on Saturday will tell you, the Avatar mechanics meant we needed to do call-outs and you cannot do that via typing. Sorry. 95% of the things we do here don't require you to be heard. This one does.
We will need foodstuffs for feasts. We are currently using Galley Banquets. These require, among other things, sand shifters, tiragarde perch, and midnight salmon to create. If you can donate these things, please send them to Mizauki or put them on tab 2 of the bank. Thanks. We are using Legion cauldrons and, right now, I have enough herbs to make sufficient cauldrons for the month of October, depending upon the projected raiding schedule. If I need more, I will ask.
This is where we are with Mythic Tomb. We can do this. We can clear this. Once we do, I swear we will not go into this Elune-forsaken place for a year. We have other things we will do; other things which will seem like a walk in the park compared to Maiden.
I thank you for your support of this. Here's to a clear. As always, if you have questions, please ask.