So people were all present yesterday, wondering who had made the cut. In the 20 people there were 4 who had not killed Deathwing on normal - 2 healers (Biship and Targetme), 1 tank (Manbull) and 1 DPS (Augment).
Hwired is the officer who is the most patient and best at teaching people, so I wanted him to teach Manbull to do Spine and Deathwing. I thought it would be easiest if he went to the 2nd group and we bring Entranosh over to the first group. However, he wanted Manbull to be brought over to the first group where all the DPS had killed Deathwing. But I wanted Targetme to go with Manbull so they could at least learn together - they probably do better together than separated I think. So I was in everyone's bad books because I put 3 people in one group who hadn't done it before, and I refused to budge. I took Voe and Beauti into the other group for longevity because the DPS in Group 2 was weaker than Group 1. Anyway, Gutsy was with Bish and Targetme and he was grumpy at me and didn't talk to me because he felt like he had to carry the other two - but they hadn't done it before so that's what it was going to be like, and that will likely be the group set up in the long term (+/- substitutions with Bladewind when he gets back from holidays). Falln was moved into group 2 making it a bit melee heavy but his DPS was good, so probably not a bad move in the end.
So my group had Belinia + Entranosh tanking, Voe + Beauti + Navi healing, Augment + Fallnapart + Lushnek + Azadelta + Barkhoof DPSing. Ultraxion went down cleanly. Warmaster Blackhorn went down easily as well. But Spine was sketchy and it didn't help that we had a few hiccups that caused wipes. A few people fell off during rolls - make sure when you're stacked you see that little red tendril debuff! If you don't have it move around until you do. People died from being gripped. We were overwhelmed by adds. The usual stuff. On our kill attempt, we had to take 2 goes to get the last plate off but it was done. And I forgot to FRAPS it. Probably just as well as it wasn't a perfectly executed kill anyway.
Then on to Madness of Deathwing. Me and my big fat mouth.
We were doing so well that first attempt. Then I said "Hey it's going well." "Don't say that!" said Az. "You'll jinx us!" And I think I did.
It started with a few funny things. Barkhoof was running to the wrong platform. Then he fell off the platform during the fight. Oops. We didn't DPS the Elementium Bolt fast enough and it hit the platform and knocked our health out big time. We didn't DPS him before he cast Cataclysm and the world was destroyed. Voe and Lushnek yelled out opposing things and we all followed Voe and died. Oops. Tanks died from not using their cooldowns on things like impale, or instant died from some 280k hit. We didn't press our buttons for the shard thing (can't quite think what it was called). My mana was rooted at the end of one wipe. Bleh. I think Augment might need to fix his spec a bit because his DPS was horrible that fight.
Anyway, the other group had their own whinges. Hwired + Manbull were tanking, Sev + Moopie + Roshii + Bahada + Shabadu were DPSing, and Gutsy + Biship + Targetme healing. They finally got Spine down, but it was painful, with lots of deaths and healing a bit low because of 2 of them learning a new fight. But now both groups are onto Madness, so there is a little room to mix up a bit. I think I might move to the other group and put Bish into Group 2 so to even it up a little. See how that goes on Sunday. But I was feeling a bit stressed after that raid, so went with Sev to PVP a little and won 2 out of 3 Arena games, which always makes me feel better.
So Sunday. If both groups get Madness down that's 2 groups clearing Dragon Soul. That would be good.