A Real Last Ditch Effort Between a Druid and a Priest

I had the pleasure of ringing for Sinful Intent in their Karazhan run (Carnage demoted it to an off raid night). Going into Karazhan for the first time was so long ago. It’s been a while since I ran with a Karazhan team that had not been able to take down Prince within the coveted 3 hour mark. Attumen, and Moroes were easy take downs.

Maiden became an interesting fight. We did not have a Paladin running with us. Our healing Matrix consisted of two Holy Priests and a Resto Druid. No Blessing of Sacrifice. This was going to be tough. I volunteered to run into the Consecrates. Needless to say, it worked. I came very close to death. I think my health even dropped to the double digits at some points. Our only casualty was the Resto Druid who was too far back behind the pillars and out of my line of site. She perished from a Holy Fire. Let this be a lesson guys. If you can’t see your other healers or dispellers, they can’t see you. When you’re executing a take down on Maiden, always move in front of the pillars within that circle.

Big Bad Wolf was rocked with several minor deaths (mine included, but a soul stone negated that effect).

The clear to Curator was very swift and very disciplined. It was perfect. I maintained a 60% plus mana reserve at all times with my shadow fiend. Ghost, after ghost, after ghost fell. Quickest chain pulling I’ve seen yet. The fight with the big boss bot was interesting. DPS was suuuuper slacking. I think we got up to the 3rd evocate. Someone forgot to eat their Wheaties that morning.

So here’s the play: At the conclusion of the 3rd evocate, I think Curator was sitting somewhere around 20%. The other Priest was dry. Our resto druid was dry. I was seconds away from being dry. A quick glance to my timers indicates my Shadowfiend has one minute remaining. My potion has 45 seconds. All THREE innervates were blown (Boomkin, Resto, and Feral). My 2 minute mana regen Shade of Aran trinket had 1:30. One of Curator’s minisparks shows up and my screen flashes red signifying that I’ve pulled aggro. The tank was at 80% health and there was no way he was going to survive the next 6 seconds with all of his healers out of gas in the tank.

Then it dawned on me.

I scream out over vent: “DON”T HEAL ME”. I had enough mana for 4 more flash heals… which I dumped on the MT to build up even more aggro. Sure enough, Curator targets me and fires a Hateful Bolt (Remember, no Paladins for salvation). I collapse. The Feral Druid understands what I’m trying to do and before I even call for it, he Battle res’s me. I’m back in the game with 33% mana. At this point our tank is nearing death and Curator is at 10+%. I execute my OH $#@& sequence of moves and is able to bring him back up past the point of no return. Curator is now in the single digits. Everyone’s wanding and trying to apply as much pressure as possible. Curator at 2%, I’m out of gas again. Tank buckles and dies. Last ditch nuking ensues. Curator… no longer… operational.

That was the most fun I’ve had for a while yet. There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of a do or die boss take down in WoW.

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  1. Situations like that are a lot of fun. We had something similar on a Bot run a while back. The tank was a newly Prot specced Pally who’s threat generation was craptacular (just no expirence). Despite my best efforts he goes down while Saranis has about 40% left. There was me 2 Ragues and a Hunter left. One of the Rogues did everything he could to get a good threat lead and sprinted in circles while the other followed behind and the hunter DPS’ed from a distance. Of course my healing aggro was huge so when he went down I was next. The Hunter Fegined and the other Rogue did a similar tactic and when he died the good Comander was down to about 5%. The pet tanked for just long enough to take her down. One guy left standing! My other great story is in Old Hills. We had all died and Thrall managed to take down the last 4% of the final boss all by his lonesome! Took forever, but he did it with about 2% left.

  2. Thrall is a BEAST

  3. Nice job on the Curator save. =) Great story.

    I love winning by the skin of my teeth…. last week when we downed Prince it was all going swimmingly until phase three. He managed to wipe out the entire caster group except for a warlock, and then the melee dps started to fall. With 2% left it was me (feral tank) and the tough little warlock. And then Curse of Doom triggered…. and the big guy fell. Whew….

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