We did it! After all the dramas we have gone through as a team over the past couple of months; after losing so many players and recruiting and trialling others, we are finally at a point where, not only have we defeated all the mythic bosses we had killed before, but we have now got down a new boss! Mistress Sassz’ine is DOWN!

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Mythic Sassypants (Sassz’ine)

This fight is of the most RNG-heavy, mechanics-intensive fights I think I’ve ever done. It is one of those fights that, even after having done it hundreds of times, you still kinda feel like you don’t really know what’s going on. It is absolute CHAOS. And I freaking loved it!

For our team, we went with 5 healers, but as a result, were told that we also needed to dps as much as possible in order to beat the enrage timer. Because of this, and the fact that this fight has SO much movement in it, I swapped my gear and talents around a little to what I would normally do.

For my legendaries I used Uncertain Reminder. Aside from having some really juicy stats on it, it extends the duration of hero by 75%. That extra time of hero, combined with our restoration artifact trait Sense of Urgency, AND the fact that hero is popped at a time when there is bucket loads of damage going out, means that it’s a really useful legendary to have. So this one was a no brainer.

The second legendary I had been thinking a fair bit about. In the end, once it was confirmed that we needed to be pushing out more dps, the decision was easy. I went with Soul of the Farseer. Again, it has some great stats on it. But the reason I went with this legendary was the fact that it let me run Echo of the Elements AND Cloudburst at the same time, meaning I could cast a lot more on the move (extra Riptides and Healing Stream Totems) and be able to cast more Lava Bursts. I was glad I went with it in the end, because towards the end when I wasn’t dpsing so much, I was able to drop out some more instant heals as I was fleeing for my life from some hungry octopus thing.

For talents, I had Torrent, Graceful Spirit (this is a no brainer – being able to cast on the move more often is essential in this fight), Lightning Surge Totem (which I didn’t use at all), Ancestral Guidance (to beef up my Cloudburst Totems), Ancestral Vigor, Cloudburst Totem AND Echo of the Elements, and lastly Wellspring.

Wellspring was a last minute change. Normally on this line I’ll take High Tide, but swapped over to Wellspring because it just felt stronger here. It was great for topping up loads of people after each Hydra shot. And it looks cool. 😀

My heals overall were pretty crap, but a lot of that is just due to pushing out damage wherever we could, and the sheer amount of movement there is in this fight. The movement also meant that I couldn’t drop healing rain very often at all, and that usually heals for a pretty decent amount.

None the less, we did it. Mythic Mistress Sassypants is sassy no more. Next up… Maiden of Vigilance.

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~*~*~*~*~Spoilers ahead. If you don’t want to see any of the Tomb of Sargeras stuff yet, please turn away now.~*~*~*~*~

This week the Tomb of Sargeras opened. For me, it was a bittersweet time, as my partner Thor had made the decision to stop playing WoW. It would be the first time we weren’t raiding together in years. In addition to that, I was having all sorts of dramas with a new PC (more on that in a later post!) and generally being less prepared than I would have liked. So I went into Tomb, well, flustered.

But in we went, a much stronger team than we were going into Nighthold. And oh, how amazing this raid is. It’s always nice to see some new fights, of course. And for the most part, we powered through normal (with a shut down in the middle of our first night!). On our second night we cleared 6 bosses on heroic, and last night a few of us went in again to get the 7th down.

After we called it for the night last night, I ran around the Tomb to take some screenshots. It’s an amazing mix of beauty and terror. Especially in the real Nightborne areas- things look beautiful, but upon closer inspection, and down right horrific. In one of the pics below you’ll see a statue of a beautiful female night elf holding a large pan. And the light and colouring is so beautiful and serene. But then when you get closer to her, and you look at her face, you see her eyes have been gauged out, and she has an eerie grin that says she’d love to do the same for you… So creepy.

~*~*~*~*~ Post raid spoilers ahead! ~*~*~*~*~ 

I’ve put the spoiler tag just in case, but there have been loads of pics of this around absolutely everywhere. As many people will know, Argus comes to Azeroth, thanks to some tomfoolery from Illidan (of course). Getting to that point, though, was absolutely incredible. Seeing battles with Kil’jaeden in the background of the Fallen Avatar fight was really great. It was nice to see the other NPCs doing something other than standing there watching us fight.

Once the Avatar is down, we portal up to Kil’jaeden’s ship, and in doing so, we are treated to a mini-cinematic featuring our own toons! It was hands down one of my favourite parts. The Kil’jaeden fight alone was really interesting (ok so I was definitely unprepared for this fight! Kinda winged it!) Afterwards, when Argus was in view around the world, I popped an Inky Black Potion and took pics of it, because it looks so bloody  intimidating. It’s amazing seeing the world change like this because of our actions.

The end cinematic for Tomb was bloody brilliant. I had been so busy in the lead up to this that I’d had no spoilers at all, and really no idea of what was to come. So I spent a lot of it just going “OH MY GAWD!!” Here it below if you want to see it. (Goes without saying, massive spoilers!!)

The last thing I wanted to mentioned about Tomb was some random runes I found around the place. The first one I noticed was on a wall as we headed in to the fight with Mistress Sassypants (that’s totally her name, guys). I didn’t want to click on it during raid in case it did something bad, so last night I went back down there to see what happened. Here’s what happened:

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Yes, I turned into Gul’dan. Not only that, but I got a new spell bar, with 3 of the spells he used in the fight with him in Nighthold. And boy are they fun to use!! One of the runes even set off a short roleplay scene, but I couldn’t hear anything, I just saw Gul’dan kill a bunch of people.

I looked it up on wowhead, and there’s 5 entries for orcish runes in the database, but no other information. I found 3, so I’m curious about where the other 2 are, and what they are all for. Do they need to be clicked in a certain order for something to happen? I really don’t know. But you know, it’s weird. Even though Gul’dan was a giant dick, running around as his ghost for awhile was, well, kinda sad.

Anyway, those are my adventures in the Tomb of Sargeras so far!

Well, it took us three weeks, lots of tears, frustration, swearing and hysteria, but we did it – Mythic Gul’dan is defeated! We got our Cutting Edge achievement, and new title Vengeance Incarnate. And my partner, Thor, was very lucky and won the mount (it looks AWESOME!!)

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I’m even more excited about this because we came into Nighthold as a new guild. As many of you know, we’d had some dramas with the last guild and it disbanded, leaving everyone to go their separate ways. A bunch of us like-minded types ended up forming a new guild – Pit Crew. And we worked our butts off to recruit like mad and build a great team.

Working on Gu’dan himself was an adventure in patience. We had a lot of PC and internet issues (including my computer absolutely packing it in in the middle of a pull last night), some attendance issues of key players, and a general issue with being numpties sometimes. But we got there. And we got there by one-shotting him on our first pull of the evening tonight! We all were laughing and cheering at the end – it was awesome.

Our clicker hunter (he clicks to play… we’re all baffled, but he does it very well!!) caught it all on stream. You can find Tombstone’s stream at http://twitch.tv/whiteronnie

I’ve uploaded a copy of it to my YouTube channel so you can all see it here. The good bits come in at the end around 12 mins where our rogue starts getting excited and says “Fuck yeah bois! … and girl!” I cracked up. 😀 (please excuse my dodgy attempt at making this presentable for youtube! I have no real editing software for fancy intros and stuff, so just did the best I could.)

We need to get as many people in who missed out on the kill tonight in for it next week so they can also get the achievement.

Anyway, we are all so excited to have gotten him down. Now to start getting ready for Tomb of Sargeras!!

 

Truth be told, I’ve been feeling pretty lost in WoW lately. No, it’s not from lack of things to do, or not enjoying the game (because there is plenty to do, and I still completely love the game!). Once again it’s how I’m performing in raids. And it’s at the point where I’m seriously at a loss as to what to do, and wondering if I should even bother.

I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong anymore. Previously there would be all manner of excuses as to why my performance as a healer sucked – I didn’t have the right legendaries, group composition really makes a difference, I’m not using the right stats, I just need more gear blah blah blah. But whilst I don’t have all of the legendaries that I want to be using on my resto shaman, I do have some very good legendaries that should do just fine. And I have plenty of gear with the right stats on it (not that stats are supposed to matter all that much any more). I’m working my way to my 51st trait, which isn’t as high as others, but it’s still pretty high overall.

I’ve looked at logs and seen what talents people are using. I do know one big problem is that I don’t use Cloudburst Totem as a talent. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that it makes my framerate drop to 3 (and given my UI settings are already set to 3 in raids, I can’t drop it any lower – I have difficulty seeing some abilities as it is). So I can’t use it without it causing some issues. (I’m really hoping I’ll be able to buy a new PC in the near future!!) Might just have to try again.

I look at logs and I suppose a consolation is that Druids just seem to be kicking ass at the moment. And it also doesn’t help (me) that the other healers are just fucking awesome. I guess my problem is that I don’t know if it’s just me doing the wrong thing, or if it’s my class being lacklustre. It just feel like my heals don’t do a lot unless everyone stays low for an extended period of time. But they all get topped up so quickly, so my mastery doesn’t get a chance to kick in. This expansion was supposed to be about bringing back triage healing, but instead it seems the fights are just unforgiving – if people fuck up they get one shot, rather than just getting really low, allowing us to heal them back up again. It’s just back that old ping pong healer bars again, and as a shaman I just feel useless. I’m back to being a walking CD.

And I’m not writing this to get anyone to “fix” things for me or say things to make me feel better, I just need to get it out of my head. I can’t figure out if it’s going to get any better for me. And if it’s not, what does that mean? Do I just stop healing and go hit things instead? Or do I heal on a different class? What? I really am just feeling awfully lost. I found myself going back to this post where I was hypothetically thinking about what class I’d play if I couldn’t play my main and I landed on druid or mage. But what if it’s not the class? What if it’s just that I’m shit? Do I just stop raiding? I keep coming back to moments like this, and Bume is really lovely and helps me out, but I don’t feel like I’m getting any better. Instead I just feel like a burden.

It makes my brain hurt. And in the meantime I just feel really blah. So instead I’m bumming around levelling up an Alliance priest because their spells are pretty and it makes me feel better.

 

About 2 weeks ago I managed to pick up a casual job thanks to an old boss and some awesome friends. Getting back to work has been really great – knowing I’ve got money coming in again to pay bills is a big load off my mind! But it does come with the downside of a lot less game time. Even less than last time because I actually care about this job, so I’m not being cheeky writing blog posts and what not during work hours! But even with less time in game, I’ve still had a really successful couple of weeks.

Mythics

We’re doing pretty well with our progression, getting 1 new mythic boss down per week. Since getting Krosus down a couple of weeks ago, we’ve successfully managed to continue getting him down each week, which gives us 4 mythic bosses on farm. From next week we’re stoping the heroic runs altogether and starting mythic from scratch so that we have more time to spend on progression bosses when we get to them, which is great.

We got Spellblade down the week after Krosus, and then last weekend it was Tichondrius’ turn to go down.

We should have had Botanist down tonight as well, but thanks to Easter and WoW server crashes being the attendance boss from hell, our raid night didn’t end up happening at all. Hopefully we’ll get him down on Wednesday so we can start the long slog on Star Augur.

Team wise we’re doing really well. We’ve got the numbers which is awesome, and we’re all really gelling together quite well. There’s tense time of course, but that’s part and parcel of mythic raiding, I think. It’s just about making sure that at the end of the night we’re all still mates. We’ve got a great little healing team as always, though really need a strong swing healer to fill gaps for us when someone is away. But otherwise, things are going really well.

Riding around

I’ve been pretty lucky with some new mounts lately. Firstly, I finally got my fox mount! I do love it so much, though I think my pandaren shaman is a little too big for him, so I think I’ll use him on my night elf toons instead. 🙂

Then after raid last week I was so lucky!! Thor was flying over Azuna and asked me “what’s an Ephemeral Crystal?” I spun around and asked if he’d seen one. I immediately flew to where he saw one, and off I went. (Thor wasn’t really interested in the mount, and he knew how much I wanted it, so I hunted with his blessing!). It only took me about half an hour to find all 5 crystals needed to get this beautiful mount!

Then of course there was a Mind-Riddler’s Worm, which the WoW secrets discord group had been hunting for since Jeremy Feasel sent out a series of cryptic tweets. It was really fun to watch the whole thing unfold. I had joined the server just to follow along – people are amazing!!! I knew they’d figured it out when my notifications for the server started going bonkers. It was such great work on their part! There’s a great guide on how to get this mount for yourself – shouldn’t take too much time, especially if you have some friends with you to help make the old raids part faster. It’s such a funny looking mount, but I had to get it! I loved that when I got the final piece that rewarded me a mount, there were loads of people just hanging around on them, floating on these strange worm things in solidarity. So much fun.

And then lastly there was of course the unlocking of flying on the Broken Isles. And so now I have a whole other level of exploring to do from up in the air! 😀

March of the tadpoles

Another micro-holiday came along. This was one I was really looking forward to – March of the tadpoles! Seriously, is there anything more adorable than baby murlocs?!?! No, I didn’t think so. 🙂

So for this micro-holiday, we were able to go see a whole bunch of the more adorable little baby murlocs running around. And best of all, we got to befriend one for the day! Every single baby murloc that was there had a different name, and it’s very own little personality. I had such an awfully hard time choosing which murloc to adopt – I wanted them all! I didn’t want any of them to feel left out! There were some running around really fast like hooligans, having so much fun; there were others there were just hanging out chatting; there was even one little guy that just kept “fainting”! He was hilarious, and I nearly chose him… but then I thought a lot of people would choose him, so I didn’t. I wanted to choose one that no-one else would. (I blame this song that my Mum used to sing to me as a kid for this whole feeling sorry for the “runt” of the litter thing I have!)

In the end I found a little guy hiding in a corner under water. His name was Bloop, and I loved him straight away! He seemed like me – too shy to hang out with everyone else, but still kind wanting to be a part of things… at least from a safe distance.

We went on some adventures together, and in the end he gave me a little present – a Wet Rock. I’ve kept it in my bank for safe keeping. ❤ It was a wonderful little holiday!

Questing all over the world

The rest of my time has been spent on the Broken Shore and around the Broken Isles in general doing World Quests. I want to do a whole separate post about the Broken Shore world quests, but in the meantime I’ll just say that I love them, and I’ve been having so much fun with them!

As well as the World Quests, I’ve been banging my head against the wall that is the healer’s solo artifact challenge. I’m so determined to get it!!! But no luck so far. In time, in time.

 

So that’s my big catch up post! What have you been up to?

Tonight was a really great raid night. As usual we started off with our normal heroic clear which went quite well (although completely pathetic heroic Krosus kill with most people dead). We got that all done in an hour, so then it was onto mythic.

We were down one of our strongest healers tonight which made things a little tough, but we did just fine and managed to clear 4 mythic bosses tonight, too! We did a few pulls on mythic Spellblade (which we got down for the first time last week) but we really needed the 5th healer to get us through it so we called an early night. So overall it was a really productive night!

But the best thing of all tonight, was that I got the mythic tier chest from Krosus! Between being extremely lucky with other tier pieces and the transmog pieces being available in mythic Emerald Nightmare, I now have the full shaman mythic tier set appearance! When I first saw this set I was in love, and knew I just had to get it.

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And because I have the Balance of Power elemental artifact appearance, I can re-live this awesome wallpaper I won from Skog last year (back when this set was just a dream!)

Cinderwallpaper by Skog Designs

Tomorrow night we should get Spellblade down, and then it’s on to prog on Tichondrius. Yay!!

A shameless plug – we’re always on the lookout for more dps, especially a dps with a strong healing off spec (except paladin). If you’re interested in joining, check out our recruitment post on the forums for all the people to talk to. 🙂

 

I have been extremely lucky this evening. For some time now, anyone who has listened to any of the podcasts I do will have heard me whinging like a giant sook about not yet having the hidden appearance for the my restoration shaman weapon. I mean really whinge (I’m a big ol’ baby!) But I wanted it. I really, really wanted it. I went so far as running in there on my own on normal today, killing everything very slowly on my own in the hopes of being able to get it. No luck.

Lately I’d been taking to running the dungeon on heroic at least once per day to increase my chances, racking up the bad luck protection. After raid tonight, I went and queued once more for an attempt. And I hit the motherload. Because not only did I manage to get my hidden artifact appearance, but I ALSO got a legendary FROM THE SAME BOSS!!

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Hidden appearance AND legendary from the same boss! Talk about extremely lucky!

I was giggling like a maniac. Like, really. I kinda lost it for a bit. I was so, SO excited to get my hidden appearance finally (now I can work on the last tint I need – 200 dungeons using it! *gulp*)

Here we are learning the new appearance:

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The only downside is that the appearance doesn’t suit the new transmog that I recently purchased well at all. I’m hoping I’ll have an elemental appearance that will suit it instead! In the meantime, this is what I’ve gone with for my resto set, using the hidden appearance:

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I’d like something better, though I don’t have anything in my wardrobe that I like yet – need to get some lucky drops in older raids for what I have in mind.

Then there’s the legendary. WoWScrnShot_032217_225615

To be honest, this wasn’t high on my list of “wants”. I was leaning towards the bracers or gloves being my next preferred legendary (not that you get to choose!) But it seemed RNG-sus had something else in mind for me. Something that might just help us with the boss we are currently progressing on. See, for the last couple of weeks our guild has been bashing our heads against mythic Krosus. We’ve hit enrage quite a few times and just missed out on the kill – our dps just isn’t quite up there yet. We’ve been mighty close, but just missing out. Now these legendary boots certainly aren’t going to help with meeting any dps checks, but given that there are great periods of standing still, and I have my healing rain up for almost the entirety of that fight, these boots are going to come in very handy for helping get some extra healing out on a fight that is really rough with only 3 healers.

The legendary works by healing people standing in my healing rain, 10% increased healing from my healing spells. Obviously this requires people to be standing in my healing rain for it to be useful. Thankfully, on Krosus, we do spend a lot of our time stacked up together in the healing rain, so this could really come in handy.

Tonight I have been exceptionally lucky and got 1 item I wanted, and 1 item I needed. I am extremely grateful. Here’s hoping I get to post again tomorrow night with a Krosus kill shot!

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Nighthold has been out for a couple of weeks now, and guilds everywhere have been poking around killing this and that, edging their way up to kill the worst of the worst – Gul’dan. Exorsus got there first, followed by Serenity, then Method. On Sunday night last week, Pit Crew killed Gul’dan on heroic difficulty, giving us Ahead of the Curve. huzzah!

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Ahead of the Curve: Gul’dan is ours!

Then last night we got our first mythic boss down – Skorpyron.We’d been really lucky and managed to recruit some new dps over the weekend, which meant we had a full 20 people on to run mythics, even though some regulars were away. It was great news. (Having said that, we are always on the lookout for more dps! So if you have the same outlook and goals as we do, and you’re looking for a team, have a look at our recruitment post.)

Skorpyron on Mythic is really interesting. He goes through different phases as time passes, and will break off different coloured chunks based on the phase he’s in. Each coloured chunk does something different – green pulses raid wide AoE damage, red only hurts if you’re near it, or if it gets hit by shockwave (but hurts everyone nearby a LOT when it’s hit!!) It’s essentially all about balancing the positioning of the chunks so you can hide behind the right ones. That and there’s green gunk all over the ground which kinda hurts a bit too. Overall it’s not a hugely complicated fight once you make a good plan. (I do feel bad for anyone who is colour blind, though!)

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Bye bye Skorpy!

After Skorpyron we headed off to Chronomatic Anomaly, which just hits like a truck on mythic. On normal and heroic you can kinda ham it and not worry too much about things hurting if you stand in them or if you forget to take your bombs out far away. On mythic, there’s no wiggle room. If you don’t take a time bomb out far enough, you can potentially kill players. And if you don’t dodge the blue orbs well enough, that can kill you, too. For healers, healing off that debuff is a giant pain when time is slowed, and pretty drastic if we fail. We got him down around 20% I think? We ended up stopping an hour early because one of our raiders had to log off for awhile and we didn’t have anyone else around to fill in his shoes. So we went and cleared heroic ToV instead for the AP and legendary chance (our tank got one, so it was worth it!) I feel like we would have had the kill, though, if we had have kept going. Oh well, there’s always next week.

Nighthold itself is an absolutely beautiful raid. And it really should be, given who lives there! The elves have a lovely way of making even the most destructive things stunning. A couple of weeks back after a normal clear I went around and spent about half an hour to an hour just running around taking screenshots of the zone. I loved finding little details here and there that helped make the whole place really feel palatial.

Here are some of my favourite pics (click on the thumbnail to see the full pics)

Ok, I might have gotten a bit carried away… It’s just that it’s such a beautiful place! And the gardens are out of this world stunning. I would happily sit in a corner with a book for all eternity in there. Just beautiful.

The bosses themselves are really great. There’s a lot of variety in the types of fights, so it’s quite interesting moving from one to the other. That and I feel like they make sense to the story of the raid.

Have you had a chance to get into Nighthold yet? Which is your favourite fight?

In my last post I mentioned there had been a bunch of guild drama that had happened recently, and I tweeted last week about the guild ending. It’s sure has been a busy time!

I don’t like to talk negatively about other people or anything, so I’m not here to bitch about individuals. But I did want to talk a little about some of the things that lead to the situation, and what’s happening moving forward.

The thing about guilds for people like myself who play a fair bit, is that (regardless of how completely naff it sounds!) they are like the family you choose to hang around with. You spend a lot of time with them – they’re there to run world quests with or pvp with or raid with; they were probably there when you had that sneaky log in on Christmas day to pick up the presents underneath the Winter Veil tree, and they were there when you logged in, hungover, on New Years day. And even if you don’t actively play with all of your guild mates, they are the ones who are there to congratulate you when you ding your achievements you’ve been working so hard on, or when you get that rare mount or legendary – they’re there to beg you for it (but also cheer you on!).

At least, that’s what being in a guild has always meant to me. And judging by recent events, it’s a shared perception held by many.

But what happens if this isn’t what your guild is like? What if  your guild doesn’t cheer each other on? What if they have different priorities to you in game? What if your personalities completely clash?

This is essentially what happened with the previous guild. One of the troubles with having quite a few people in a guild and raid team, is that you’re a little more likely to come across people who have different personalities to you. I think this was one of the bigger issues that I personally had with the old guild. I don’t understand why people just don’t be nice to each other, or just not be dicks to one another. I mean yes, I can be a bitch at the best of times, but I don’t like to bring other people down just for the hell of it. And there was a fair bit of that around, especially towards the end. Maybe it’s the old lady in me, but the way I see it, WoW is my hide-away from the rest of the world. And I as it stands, there’s already too much negativity and hatred out in the real world – it doesn’t need to be in game.

Another big factor (and this was a main factor for many other people) was a different approach to raiding. There was a big divide in the raid team about what the highest priority should be for a fight. One side felt that mechanics first was the way to go, and the other side felt pumping out the best dps etc. was the best approach. It’s probably easy to figure out which side I fell on (all about the mechanics, baby!). It’s a difficult divide to resolve, especially when it’s split so evenly between players.

So between those 2 main factors (and a few other bits and pieces), it was decided that the raid team would end and the guild would cease to be.

This led to the next issue – what about raiding? What about a new guild? What do I do? Pretty quickly a new guild was formed that consisted of the people who all had the same feeling and approach to raiding. One by one people came on board for a new team that was all about focussing on the mechanics of fights, having a good time, and focusing on a more mature approach to the game. Pit Crew was born.

To me, this split has been the best thing for everyone. From what I can tell, everyone in the old guild has already found a new home, which is really great. What this whole experience has showed me, is that it’s just so important to be happy where you are, and happy with the people you are spending time with. I’m sure people who have moved on will be relieved to stop hearing me going on about running away from things instead of standing in them for extra dps, and vice versa. I think this is a good outcome for everyone. And I genuinely hope everyone is a lot happier.

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New beginnings – Pit Crew heading in to Nighthold for the first time.

We hit a few things together last Sunday night, but didn’t really do a lot. Our first real raid night was Wednesday, as we headed into the Nighthold to take down Gul’dan.

Here’s hoping for a long and kick ass raiding future for us 🙂

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