Raiding has taken an unexpected turn the last couple of weeks. Anub was released as the last boss of the Trial of the Crusader raid and there was much excitement. Sadly last week, and so far this week, ToC has been a disappointment in the 25 man version. Extreme lag has resulted in Northrend Beasts and Lord Jarraxas being actually challenging (but not in a good way) and the Faction Champions are unplayable. Five second (5000ms ping) lag has turned ToC 25 into a strange stilted dance of electronic figures who teleport from location to location around the arena and die randomly.
Last week we wrote it off as first week teething problems for the new boss and broke into 3 x 10 man raids two of which cleared the joint. The 10 man groups had normal lag mostly and the game was playable. Fast forward to this week and once again the excitement of starting a new ToC 25 raid quickly turns to anger and despair as unplayable lag terminates the raid after a narrow victory over Lord Jarraxas.
So we’re back in Ulduar…
Last night was clearing the keepers and then having a few shots at General Verax in hard mode. Amazingly we cleared his trash in near text book style without a single wipe. When not doing hard mode the trash is usually more dangerous than the boss.
OK, so I wrote the kinda semi rant above with the idea of finishing it up this morning and posting it. Then last nights raiding happened. ToC 25 had about the normal lag and although we didn’t one shot everything it was quite smooth. Well except Anub. On the last boss I fell out of the healing zone. No idea why but I lost focus and basically caused the 3rd and 4th wipes all on my own. Very embarrassing. I hate doing that, especially twice in a row. Basically I let the off-tank die in the first wipe and then let him die twice in the second wipe. :( A complete balls up. I hung my head in shame.
5th attempt the raid leader very sensibly replaced me OT healing and assigned me to raid and we downed Anub fairly easily. This is quite a fun fight for a healer with the regular heavy damage in phase 3 a challenge without random number deaths occurring.
One thing which probably helped with the raid, and certainly reduced my latency was installing Leatrix Latency Fix. This simple change reduced my normal 350-400 ping down to 250-270 instantly. I’ll probably post more on this later.
So following Toc 25 we head back to Ulduar. After some delay we decide to call the raid half an hour early rather than attempting General V hard mode and his trash. Good for me as I need the sleep anyway. I log over to my bank toon and am about to exit the game when my raid leader pops into my vent channel and asks if I want to heal a quick ToC 10 clear. No rest for the wicked. I kinda of reluctantly accept thinking I can always sleep another night. We form up, summon and zone in. Its a mix of raiders and a couple of alts and what not.
Blam! Toc 10 cleared in just under 1 hour. It was amazing. The raid leader was the laid back sort and we had all done the fights before, so other than a bit of discussion pre-Faction Champions we just got on with it. One wipe on the champions otherwise very smooth.
Thought out both 10 and 25 clears one common theme was in the loot. Caster DPS loot dropped from pretty much every boss with some dropping multiple caster DPS pieces. I picked up a couple of upgrades including a new off-hand with hit rating which was an upgrade for my healing spec!
Anyway better post this before I fiddle with it too much more.