You know what’s good about the design of the Lich King fight? It doesn’t matter how much Wrynn buffs your raid. You still have to do it right or you’ll die. There aren’t many fights in ICC that manage that feat of design. Putricide to an extent, and Sindragosa for certain. But the other fights? They still need some strategy, but with the 30% buff a lot of the details can be overlooked or even ignored without penalty.
My guild finally got around to killing the Lich King. We got past Sindragosa some time ago, and had cleared the rest of ICC well before that. The strategy for Arthas had eluded us until this week when it just clicked, as often happens on these technical fights.
It doesn’t matter how much health you have, if the Val’kyr drops you off the edge then you’re dead. If you stand in a Defile then the raid wipes. If the Infest doesn’t get healed away quickly then its unhealable.
What the Wrynn buff does provide is the ability to kill the Val’kyr a little faster, maybe make the heals hit a little harder, maybe let the tank survive a hit that would have killed him otherwise. It makes the fight more forgiving, but still far from trivial.
Our success brings me happiness, pride and sadness. My happiness is for my guild. We have a very talented core, but our casual approach to the game has always kept us a little behind the most current progression. This is the first time that we have killed the hardest available content, even if it took us a long, long time to get around to it. I’m glad that my group of friends and I have had the opportunity to experience all that WoW has to offer.
My pride comes from the fact that I tanked the fight. I had almost no experience tanking pre-ICC. When one of our our main tanks stopped playing WoW, I took my paladin tank from tanking heroics to tanking ToC to defeating the Lich King in a very short time. I’m glad I was able to do that, for the sake of my guild, since we are very short on tanks. I felt like I did a good job and that my lack of tanking experience didn’t become a liability.
My sadness is from having the Kingslayer title on a character other than my main. I really want the achievement to go to Dinaer, so we now need to gear up another tank and get him/her the experience so that he/she can take my place in the fight and let me in there on my rogue. I’m not going to display the Kingslayer title on my paladin until I get it on my main.
Maybe I need to write a tankadin guide to the fight =) That would be a change of pace.
Congratulations the The Dragons (Sen’jin-US) on defeating Arthas! On to heroic modes!