First Impressions: Trial of the Crusader

November 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm (Commentary) (, , )

I recently was part of a group that did a full clear of 10 man Trial of the Crusader. Having only recently returned, I was excited about the chance to raid. Previously, I had done 10 man up to the Faction Champions, however the group (PUG) I was a part of wiped within ten seconds of starting the fight each time.  Interesting side note: This was the PUG that led me to my current guild.

Northrend Beasts: The group I was with was doing a great deal of DPS, so we really blew through the Beasts. As a Healer, I typically try to stay toward the back, so I don’t have to do a lot of the moving during Acidmaw and Dreadscale. I would like to say, however, that the fight with Icehowl is some of the most fun that I have had in a boss fight in a good, long while. The fight itself is not too difficult, and the mechanic of his Trample attack makes for a lot of good times for my guild.

Lord Jaraxxus: Okay, so when I was in a PUG, this boss completely leveled us for a few tries before we barely managed to get through. Like the Beasts, I try to stay back a bit and try not to move around a lot. It’s a fight where any person in the raid has to be able to be hit by multiple healers, due to Lord Jaraxxus casting Incinerate Flesh. Luckily, my guildmates were pretty much overgeared, so Incinerate Flesh hardly mattered. A definite shout out must go to Deadly Boss Mods during this fight, for identifying who has Incinerate Flesh as well as Legion Flames. It’s really helpful to see, “LEGION FLAMES. MOVE.” on my screen. Speaking of Legion Flames, I have to admit that like to take the easy way out and bubble and then step a few steps to the side. I find that it keeps the flames stuck in one spot, so there’s less of a chance of other raid members running into them. The real shout out again needs to go to our DPS, who make very quick work of this fight.

Faction Champions: Absolute insanity and mass chaos is what I use to describe the fight with the Faction Champions. I know there was a Retribution Paladin, a Moonkin (Read: Moonchicken), a Warlock, a Priest, and a Shaman. Everything beyond that I have no idea about, I just know that the fight started, and about a minute later, the fight was over. I’m pretty sure one of our cloth wearers died, but I can’t really be sure. It honestly was that quick. We sapped the Paladin, Hexed the Warlock (Which immediately broke), and sheeped (shapped?) the Priest. Then we hit Bloodlust and blew up the Shaman. The raid leader turned this fight over to one of our members who absoultely lives for PvP. I don’t know how much the fight actually resembles PvP, but we did well enough. I spent a great deal of my time dispelling (Big ups to Decursive).

The Twins, Fjola Lightbane and Eydis Darkbane: My poor guild. I was the only person who had never done this fight. Luckily, instead of explaining to me every mechanic of the fight, my favorite Druid tank told me to just stand next to him and make sure he didn’t die. “No problem sir!” I said as I got into position. Our raid leader described Fjola and Eydis as the only complicated fight in the entire raid. I’ve got to be honest, I don’t know how this fight works and I’ve been there. I know that there’s some switching like an old school Capactius or Thaddius encounter. All I know is that the only time I tried to switch I quickly died after clicking on the portal. I tried to switch after about the third vortex, and it didn’t really work out. I’ll probably watch some videos or ask around about what I’m actually supposed to do.

Anub’arak: Having never been this far into the raid before, I was having a little fanboy moment while watching the Lich King show up and blow up the Crusader’s Coliseum. We had to take some time to replace someone before the final show down with Anub’arak. I took the time to load up a video from Tankspot to take a look at what to expect. It looked relatively easy, just stand on the ice and kite the boss during the borrow phase. Well, turns out you don’t really have to kite and you can just stay on the ice. I nearly wiped us, because of course he has to chase the new guy first. I was kiting him like I thought I was supposed to, and a few people died as a result who were just standing on ice minding their own business. My raid leader told me to stay on the ice the second time this happened, and after the fight someone chimed in that I did pretty well for their being zero explanation of the fight.

Final Thoughts and Gear: I like how quickly this raid gets done. No trash, just you versus the bosses. I liked Naxx and Ulduar, however after 10 p.m. I don’t want to be clearing trash. My group one shot every boss, thanks mostly to my guildmates having already done the raid a few times, however that’s not a bad thing. I like going with experienced players who can help pickup the slack for somebody like me that tries, but sometimes has to do things a few times to get them right. At the end of the night I had a brand spanking new Pride of the Kor’kron to show for my troubles, which felt pretty awesome to take home after watching all the cloth and leather that blows my current gear away pass me by. In conclusion, I think this is a really well put together and thought out raid encounter, and look forward to what comes down the pipe in the future.

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