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As many of you have noticed around here, there aren't many posts that talk about boss downage.  Our guild is small and focuses on community first and are not what you'd consider a ‘raiding' guild.  We do have a lot of really great and skillful members, so the fact that we consider ourselves a ‘casual' guild does not = bad players.  If I wasn't so biased, I'd say we have one of the greatest mixes of new players and veterans alike.  Until more recently though, we've never really had the fortune of having enough guildies geared to attempt some raids.

So, you may see a few more of these types of posts from time to time.  We're talking about scheduling a weekly raid night, which I'm really hoping for.  However, the guildie that was our raid leader has to go out of town for some training over the next month.  So, likely not to put that schedule into effect until he returns… unless someone else wants to try their hand at leading.  We'll have to see how it pans out.

Needless to say, we've been looking forward to getting a shot at 10mans and have been working on gearing up for them.  One of our guildies raided with a rather hardcore guild on our server and has been through a lot of the Wrath content.  (He came back to us when he needed to slow down the raiding schedule.)  A few of our members have also had opportunities to help fill PuG slots for Naxxramas and Obsidian Sanctum.

But last Friday, we were able to run our first 10 man Naxx… with all guildies.  How cool is that for us? We were stoked!

We planned to tackle the Arachnid Quarter first, and then the Plague Quarter, depending on time and progress.  I wish I could say we finished off the Arachnid Quarter, but we reached the time limit we set before the last boss.  (Although we did take one shot at her, but she ate us for a midnight snack.)  I don't care how much other people say this content is ‘too easy' and they are farming it, or whatever, because I am proud of the accomplishment our guild achieved: downing those first 2 bosses.

Faerlina down! And...not my best in-game photography work, I know.
Faerlina down! And...not my best in-game photography work, I know.

It took us a few tries on each, yes, but we learned from those wipes.  A couple wipes were from silly mistakes, like my ass getting locked out of the room on the first boss.  Or, our raid leader on auto run after a wipe and he went running straight into the boss as we were recovering.  *snickers*

Click to read my wonderful raid chat.
Click to read my wonderful raid chat.

But it was ok, because we weren't just making fruitless attempts and failing.  We examined what happened, adjusted accordingly, and would go at it again.  I saw some great leadership and teamwork.  (I also got a nice new belt!)  And. It. Was. Awesome.

So, I just wanted to share that with everyone.  I know some of the Twitterati already were aware since I tweeted about heading in and the ending result.  I was pretty pumped afterwards and ended up running a couple 5mans.  I think one heroic and one reg, possibly dailies, I can't remember now.  Either way, I was up waaaay later than I should have been since I had to get up early-ish for a hair appointment on Saturday!

Oh, and if anyone is wondering, I was around 1500ish average DPS.  Funny thing was, I almost didn't sign up, because I was feeling like my numbers were still crap when I'm in heroics.  Was that great DPS for me? No, but it was sufficient, I was still decent with my spot on the meters, and I'm still working on gear.  My DPS probably would have been higher if I was closer to hit capped for raids, but currently I'm only capped for heroics.  But we're getting there…. oh yes we are!

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  • Grats and GL with it. Once you start gearing up as a group you’ll see progression start to fall into place. It’s good to have a small, close-knit group of people to raid with… makes it more fun. 🙂

  • It’s such a great feeling stepping into Naxx for the first time. I remember that I was horrified when I saw that big ol’ bug.

    I have to tank that? LOL that’s funny.

    Now, I make it a point to turn his wings in to an ashtray! That fight has wipped us more than any other fight in there to date. That’s incredible that you guys got it down on the first night.

    /pats Syrana on the back

  • “I don’t care how much other people say this content is ‘too easy’ and they are farming it, or whatever, because I am proud of the accomplishment our guild achieved: downing those first 2 bosses.”

    I agree 100%. Our guild learned the entire raid without jumping in to the content with an already-established guild to brag about downing bosses without the learning process. Clearing Naxx as a guild when we’ve learned all of the fights ourselves was a huge accomplishment.

    Grats to you guys =D

  • hehe, i know how that feels. we were once a small bunch of people who had problems to get an own naxx 10 group. now we get 25 man (the first time last week!) but the ‘core’ is still there, doing much stuff together and enjoy weekly naxx 10 for fun 😀

    it’s more important to have fun then .. just hardcore raid, in my opinion. and i try to handle it like that, if i just would play with the peeps for raids it wouldn’t be much fun.

    hm, yeah, i hope you got what i wanted to say, haha! anyways, a BIG gratz from my side, keep on going! 😀


We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!