Ummm…yeah…sorry about that…took a bit of a break.

Hello, loyal readers! Thanks for sticking it out with me these past few months. It’s been a wild and crazy ride with real life interfering everywhere I didn’t want it to be. I THINK things will be getting back to normal soon…but only time will tell, and I live in anything but normal times.

Dreddnought, for those of you that have been following his progress ( I ❤ http://www.wow-heroes.com), finally got a look at Arthas a few weeks back, and that’s about all it’s been is a look. It was a long hard road there, but so worth it to get repeatedly pwned by His Lichness. It’s not that the fight, in and of itself is THAT difficult, but it requires a LOT of situational awareness. If your DPS falls asleep at the switch and stands in Defile too long, you are screwed. If they don’t get to orbs fast enough, you are going to get punted off the platform. I don’t care if you’re a tank with 60K HP, that’s a loooooooong way down, and the sudden stop at the bottom is a doozy. If they don’t get on Val’kyrs fast enough, someone is going for a long fall too.

Basically Arthas is a “How awake are you?” check after taking the 3-4 hours required to clear the bottom of Icecrown Citadel. It’s also designed to be an extended fight that will push you on Heals, DPS and Tanking and force you to focus for at least 10 minutes, if not longer.

Dreddnought and co. were able to push Arthas to Phase 2 on almost every single attempt we made, but the situational awareness dropped the longer we were in there, even with a short turnaround time of 3 minutes between pulls.  Tankspot has the most comprehensive strat out there for this fight and we were following it pretty closely, almost down to the second, if you can believe it, but when DPS gets caught napping, that Defile gets really big REALLY fast. In any event, I hope to have more postings on a more frequent basis for y’all, but what I’d like to know is what y’all want to hear about. Strats? Spec? Instances? A Funny thing that happened on the way to the Tournament of Champions? Post a comment and let me know!

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