Ragnaros the Firelord has been destroyed by The Flying Hellfish
After a significant span of teamwork and experience, The Flying Hellfish have altogether annihilated Ragnaros. This encounter required many weeks of guild preparation, determination of strategy, and everyone learning their own task. In the end, when everything came together, it was a decisive win with minimal losses on our side.
This encounter has been dramatically enhanced since the latest patch, but in the end, DPS still plays a significant role in taking down Ragnaros. One of Ragnaros' new abilities is the Wrath of Ragnaros (WoR). WoR hits your rogues for at least 1000 damage and sends them flying no less than 120 yards skyward. The rogues then land for either 4000 damage, or in a pit of lava... meanwhile, they are also getting hit by both lava and magma splashes. Finally, the WoR is a partial memwipe on the main tank, causing any rogue who doesn't follow the plan to steal direct aggro and take up to 4000 direct damage from Ragnaros instantly, plus a 4800 over 8 second DoT. To put it simply, this is a painful fight if not done properly. Daggeth, who is special enough to have his own guild rank, submitted this view of the Ragnaros fight from a rogue perspective.
Anyway, below are some of the images we collected during the Ragnaros fight. In particular I'd like to point out the screenshot submitted by Sooryo. His GUI single handedly reinforces the idea that priests are unorganized sociopaths. From what I gather, his GUI is typical of a Hellfish priest.
Raid Setup, Mage DPS
Crazy Gui, My perspective, Group shot
Due to some computer issues, this update took long enough that we were actually able to engage Ragnaros a second time before the update was published. For our second kill, the plan was to engage Ragnaros on our first attempt and have it be a "trial run" in order to make sure everyone had the strategy down, and then use consumables for the next run. However, we ended up downing Ragnaros with no consumables or buffs on our very first pull of the night. Ragnaros: Farm status.
We were also fortunate enough to have Ragnaros drop his legendary Eye of Sulfuras. This item immediately sparked a tremendous amount of guild
in order to create the server's first Sulfuras (an item that is still extremely rare server-wide).
Within one hour we had acquired the necessary ingredients: 50 arcanite bars, 10 blood of the mountain, 20 dark iron bars, 10 fiery cores, 10 lava cores, 25 essence of fires, 8 Sulfuron Ingots (one kindly loaned by Bloodline), and of course the Eye of Sulfuras, an extremely rare drop from Ragnaros. Within 1 hour we had gathered all the reagents, and our friend Nambo, from our kind allies in the guild Auphan, performed the combine for us.
Materials, Precursor Hammer
Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros - Now belongs to The Flying Hellfish of Kil'Jaeden. The lucky recipient was our most active DPS warrior who is also well trusted by the guild. His name is Cuauhtemoc (we just call him Carlos).
Of course no one would leave Cuauhtemoc alone, and he was forced to duel for nearly 2 hours, with record crowds. Orgrimmar was emptied, and our enchanters were actually making money off of the attendees.
Crowds form, Dueling starts
Moving right along... In addition to farming Molten Core, The Hellfish have been doing Alterac Valley battleground instances en masse since its release. Many of us have been working diligently on reaching exalted status. Speaking from personal experience, you start to become a sadistic son of a bish after playing until 10am five nights in a row, training nearly 80 mobs on a single alliance just to loot his body for 1/2000th of the faction needed to reach exalted. The best part was, before the patch, faction wasn't shared so you had to race against your "friends" while they cursed your name and blamed your looting skills on their crappy ping (this excuse works against Chubits and Tanka when trying not to look slow). Moreover, late at night, a group of 10 horde would be able to easily hold the base against a vastly superior zerg of 40 alliance, allowing the loot to stream in at unprecedented levels.
Unfortunately, as that previous description might imply, Alterac Valley was not exactly "tested." Below are some screenshots that will give you an idea of the pain that is AV.
AV Troubles, 12 Korraks
Over 100 Arch Druids, Final Boss evade bugs
Besides Alterac Valley, we have been doing many things to keep ourselves busy. Below are a few snippets of the life of a Hellfish.
Having Fun in MC
When Kil'Jaeden goes down, and it does a lot, the entire server logs in to our albino Tauren alt guild on Dragonmaw and cause minor chaos. Last time we went we made the bold journey to Orgrimmar at level 1, and caught us a gnome on the way there.
Albino Taurens abuse Dragonmaw during downtime
Our most active players each have their own personal way to pass time when they're bored. Kronos apparently visits farms. Sangreal has become famous for selling enchants so much that he could single handedly alter our server's economy (no this isn't a joke). When he isn't in Orgrimmar, usually due to raids, he actually suffers serious enchanting withdrawals and will start to sell them in the Molten Core general chat channel, or to fellow guild members who just won a new item. Yachiru on the other hand, once fished for deviate fish, 2-boxing, for 16 hours straight. Here is a small excerpt of his night.
Kronos visits the farm, Sangreal: Kil'Jaeden's #1 swindler, Yachiru post-AV
And finally the last few random shots of Hellfish life:
Player abuse at Azuregos
Tanka finds true love, Braze, Jersey
And finally, as we end all updates, and everyone's favorite part... quote time!
Nothing can kill Ragnaros...
Applicants who may not get in...
Officer Chat - Tanka
Officer Chat - Milian
Officer Chat - Sjamlock (clear winner)
Congratulations once again to all of the Flying Hellfish