So. Story starts with me and 24 guildies assembling down in the Coilfang Reservoir. Fer the first time, I didn't have ta think, Does I go left or right? Nope, it were straight up the middle and inta the Serpentshrine Cavern. Once we got there and was setting everything up, there was a calm, rational discussion as to which party I should be assigned to:
Then, I remindified Mr BRK what he done promised ta throw a misdirect on me, just like in me old tanking days. But he said, Nopes, couldn't be done.
First fight of the night were Unstable Hydross, and we put her outta her miserable insanity right quick. Then it were time fer the Lurker.
One Lurker lurking up from Below...Overalls, I did okay on the Lurker fight. Found as long as I stood at the forward edge of the platform, I could hit him even with me short-range Mind Flay. Biggest thing I need ta learn before me next trip is how ta know when it be safe ta jump back on the platform - I thinks I were way too much time in the stewpot. Oh, and I need ta makes sure I always get back on the right platform. Couple times I jumped onta the inner ring by mistakes.
And then it were time fer Madam Fishy. The guild's beaten her once before, but even fer thems what had been in on that fight there were still learnings ta do. I'd done read up would I could on it, but I tells ya, it be one heckuva wild fight. We took six cracks at her, but only just made it ta Phase 3 on the last try. Phase 1 be mostly just tank & spank, so that were straightforward. But Phase 2 ya got elementals what gotta be burned down, and Naga warriors what gotta be tanked, and then these striders what walk around fearing the befreakers outta anyone what gets too close. And then there's that whole tainted core craziness.
Me job were ta help deal with the strider. First coupla times, I really didn't know what were going on and I didn't do too hot. Third time I picked the dunkerhugger up right quick, but I got one-shotted by a Naga what came up behind. But afters that I got the hang of it. Mostly I Mind Flayed'em, 'cause that slowed the buggers down and (I thinks) made it easier on the warlocks and mages what was kiting and burning. Meant less dps fer me, but I think it were a good trade. We was definitely putting they's areses down right quick, anywho, once we had the hang of it. Nobody ever tossed me a core, so I didn't haveta deal with that, but I thinks that were 'cause I were standing near the middle so's I could track the strider easies.
Anywho, here's a couple pics from the fight. First is us getting all buffied before taking another crack at her (pay no attention to the morale-lowering skeletons):
And here's one of herself right at the start of Phase 2:
So that be the tale of me first real raid, as opposed to me tagging along on a badge farming run. It were one heckuva fun time fer me, and I's lookin' forwards to doing more of it.