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Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Court of Al'Afaz

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Well, I never made it to Berlin due to my nose deciding that my life would be better if it started to produce unbelieveable amounts of gunge and my throat deciding it hated me and wanted to cause me intense pain all weekend. Or, as my two year old son put it (encouraged by his Mum no doubt), "Daddy has man-flu!".

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.
I had never raided this zone before, and it has been almost four years since I last visited the Shimmering Citadel, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I did know that the raid was an epic x4, i.e. it was balanced for four groups, and we only had 9 people in the raid. We were 15 people short! Still, we had a good experienced leader in Voltaan and the will to take some chances.

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?

4 comments:

  1. I love this bit "he explained sagely", LoL! I can't tell you how much I was laughing at home when you guys coudln't get back up the wall after I told you it would be OK.

    It was a blast, and yes I did get lost. I got my compass points confused and went to the wrong tower. Like you said, a bit of perserverance and a lot of fun had by all I think. Thanks for coming along.

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  2. Glad you're feeling a bit better matey :)

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  3. Third Comment!!

    You need to change your Barbarian appearance to SOGA Bro! Voltaan looks terrible in old stylee, hehe.

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  4. Hehe, will do mate!
    Oh, sorry about the healing /tells, I need to remove them from my raid UI!

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