HFG entered Ice Crown Citadel for the very first time last night to attempt the first wing in a 10-man raid. If you’ve been following the blog lately you know that we started playing WoW again at the end of March. In just a little over a month we have worked our way up to the last raids in the game.
ICC is broken up into various ‘wings’. The first four bosses comprise the first wing:
Lord Marrowgar: He’s a big skeleton dragon-like thing. To beat him all we did was stay behind him, move out of fire, and try to not sit in him while he spins around the room like a top. Looked really neat.
Lady Deathwhisper: This fight sends mobs at you from the sides while the boss stays essentially unaggro’d at the front center. A couple ranged DPS on her the whole fight while the rest of the raid finishes off the adds and a quick tank rotation after her shield is down and the fight is over. This one was scary because we did the quest for the extra special loot bag at the same time (on our first run and under-greared).
The Airship: This fight rocks because it’s not the traditional type of boss fight. During the fight you’re on an airship that encounters the airship of the opposite faction. You pull up alongside and you have to shoot cannons at the other ship while also killing their ranged units that are shooting over. During the fight a caster will freeze the cannons and your team must jump over with goblin rocket packs as well as handle adds that appear in a portal on your ship. Lots of back and forth on this one which makes it fun as well as easy.
Saurfang: For being the 4th boss, he’s a piece of cake. Just tank him and pull the two adds that spawn away. Kiting them with hunters and mages is simple. In my opinion he’s also a loot pinata.
The second wing is where we began to run into some trouble. We were geared fantastically for the first wing, but the second wing requires just a tad more. We went in and attempted Rotface and Festergut. Both fights gave us temple, but Festergut was hitting our tanks way hard after he sucked in all the gas. Since our tanks are geared right on the cusp, we had to rely on the tank heals to be just enough (which they were). Both of these fights were fun — especially Rotface — and we finished up all 6 bosses.
Overall, I think ICC is exactly what I expected. Last night’s run was a lot of fun for our group of 10. For a first run, with the gear we have and the raid makeup, it wasn’t hard for us to get gear and have a good time.