So whilst I wasn't able to experience the delights of the Tiergarten I did manage to spend some time in the well-kept gardens of the Court of Al'Afaz as the Acolytes of Valor raided the zone this weekend.
|The Acolytes prepare for battle.|
It didn't take too long for us to hit a problem.
On the first fight our fearless leader explained what would happen. "This guy has a powerful knockback, but if you get knocked off the cliff behind us and get aggroed just climb back up the wall", he explained sagely. Our virtual selves all nodded in understanding and the fight commenced.
Three second later I was flying backwards off the ledge. I landed in the middle of some aggro beasties but kept my head and ran towards the climbable wall to lose them. It was too late by the time we realised that the game mechanics had changed so that you can no longer climb walls whilst in combat!
We somehow survived and moved on.
A little later after a few more fights brave Voltaan was leading us through the citadel. "Follow me!" he shouted before we went on a very scenic tour that involved running back and forth many times. It was almost as though he was lost!
Shortly after that our brave companions decided to accidentally try and fight both Moonchild and Sunchild at the same time. Nine of us against two epic x4 mobs! Things got a bit hairy, but we battled through once more.
The rest of the raid seemed like a cakewalk after that little challenge. The leaders of the towers fell swiftly as the axes, sword, bows, and er... firebolts of justice descended on them.
I love raiding with AoV. It is constantly fun and always amusing. Any scrapes we get into are always laughed off with a great humour (and a little teasing). Everyone seems to take things in their stride and there is no pressure or angst as I've seen in many raid forces before.
Plus I got a great new charm item for my warden!
Thanks to everyone involved (especially Volt). My first journey into the Court of Al-Afaz was a success, and more importantly, a lot of fun. Here's to the next one!
Now, where did I put my Lemsip?