Random thoughts on Ulduar
Last night was my first trip into the Titan Disneyworld known as Ulduar, and I came away with some random thoughts…
- Flame Leviathan is the kind of vehicle fight that may get me over hating vehicle fights. There’s enough going on there to keep it interesting, although honestly, I dislike the slow turning speed and lack of strafing ability of the Blizzard vehicle interface (yes, I keyboard-turn sometimes, shut up). But that was more than compensated for by getting to fling my wife out of a catapult onto the Leviathan’s back. What’s not cool about that?
- Based on the two non-vehicle fights we saw–Razorscale and XT-002–there’s certainly going to be more importance placed on the offtank there than in Naxxramas. Speaking as, basically, the low-ranking tank in my raid (meaning I do offtanking most of the time if I get to tank at all), this is a Good Thing Indeed. Razorscale had both of us OTs working very hard gathering the Iron Dwarf adds in so they could be AOE’d down. Perma-tanking Pummelers on XT-002 is fun…although trying to tank three of them when a Tantrum hits and Shield Wall is on cooldown doesn’t work so well. I don’t think I’ll be using that Arms spec and turning into the Roflcowpter for quite a while yet.
- Bosses in there hit redonkulously hard. I tanked Razorscale for about ten seconds on our successful attempt after the MT went down, and ate a hit for thirty-three fargin’ thousand damage before I died. XT-002 clocked me for over 23,000 and I don’t think he was enraged yet when he did it. At least on the early bosses, it appears Blizzard has gone to the “slow but hard” philosophy instead of what they did on, say, Patchwerk, who doesn’t hit all that hard but rains blows down very very fast.
- XT-002 skeeves me out a little. Maybe it’s because I actually have a three-year-old and I get to listen to real tantrums on a regular basis. Or maybe it’s because I see him doing his deep kneebends and toe touches and I think “holy shit, it’s Sportacus” and start having traumatic Lazytown flashbacks. (I truly despise that show.)
- Basically, Ulduar is a wake-up call. This ain’t your mama’s raid instance. It’s back to the days of Blackwing Lair, of slowly grinding through one boss at a time, maybe one new boss a week, wiping on fights again and again to hone your execution to a razor’s edge of near-perfection. It’s back to the days where a first kill on any boss, even the second one in the zone (Razorscale) meant something and was worth forming up and taking a screenshot.
By the way, our scorecard from last night? Flame Leviathan was one-shotted easily…and then we had to blow fifteen minutes running out of the instance because it bugged out and stuck us all in combat until everybody zoned out. Razorscale took several attempts, the last one ending with the dragon enraged and keeling over with just three of us left standing…the disc priest and two resto druids. (Birchslap!) We weren’t quite able to get XT-002 down before we ran out of time, though our last attempt got him to 3%. We’ll own him tonight, and then it’s on to Ignis. And we may do Malygos and take another poke at Sarth +3.