28 April 2011, a day that will live on in infamy.
At least in the minds of Cho’Gall.
For on that day, he died. Sacrificed on the altar of progress, Cho’Gall perished to give us a single set of shoulders; which our resident shadow priest promptly snaffled.
And there was much rejoicing. As I’m sure you have experienced before that kill you have been working on for so long, my heart was beating very fast and loud in my chest for the last 10% or so. Madly swapping between Cho’Gall and interrupting the eyestalks between Fury casts, I could barely see what was happening due to tanking Cho’Gall on the throne. It seems your camera doesn’t really like being jammed into such a small space…
As the health bar I was watching so closely dropped lower and lower, you could feel the tension over Vent. As the dual achievements popped up on my screen with a whoosh and a sparkle, Vent erupted with joyous acclimation of our heroic actions! Now if your reading this and have Cho’Gall and Nefarian on farm you probably think it’s all rubbish. But for a guild that raids 6 hours per week with most members on a 200+ latency, it’s a great victory!
In the end it took a change of strategy. We switched the tanks around, with me on Cho’Gall and our Warrior on the adds to employ a clever use of heroic leap and the confined space of his throne. Then at 25% we pulled him up onto his throne and used aoe to great effect on the stalks which primarily spawned with him in the confined space.
Through the consistent efforts of our raiders, who had stuck at Cho’Gall for weeks, learning, refining and practicing, we saw the two-headed ogre slain. For me, this is something I needed quite badly. I get very frustrated when not progressing, so to see our efforts rewarded was a big plus. It certainly helped to provide some much need motivation to push on. Hopefully we can continue to kill him each week, and start working on Nefarian. I would especially like to see this tier cleared before major nerfs start and 4.2 arrives.
I will post the strategy we used for Cho’Gall when I have time to sit down and think it all through.
In case you missed it, here is the kill shot:
Till next time,