It's amazing what an extra 5% can do.
Our normal rogue is still MIA, but aside from that we had nine of our core ten present and accounted for. I switched over to my ele shaman and we brought in our backup ret pally, and we flat-out steamrolled the place. The first wing was fully cleared in a half hour, and Saurfang Jr. went down in just two minutes and five seconds, didn't even get half a bar of runic power. From there we decided to skip the farm bosses and head straight for the Frostwing Halls.
We had our ret backup go holy for Dreamwalker; it was his first time healing the fight, so he had a little trouble stacking the cloud buffs, but not so much that we had any trouble one-shotting it. The extra damage outside mowed down the adds so quickly that I had plenty of time to throw a bunch of extra Healing Waves on the boss between waves, and by looking at the meters it seemed that our outside healers had plenty of time to do so as well. From there it was on to Sindragosa.
We decided to run only two healers, hoping the extra damage on the table would shrink the burn phase enough that we could kill her before the ice blocks and mystic buffet spiralled the fight out of control. Well, let's say we were about half right on that. The plan was the two ranged (ele shaman and warlock) would be on ice blocks, giving extra priority if one of our healers got iced; meanwhile, our enhance shaman would pop out a Maelstrom Weapon-powered Chain Heal any time our healers got stressed. Suffice to say, they got stressed every time one of them was in an ice block. And even more so when one was in an ice block while Blistering Cold was going off. Yeah, that happened. We lost three people due to a misplaced ice block during that, but by then the boss was at 5%, so we called for an all-out burn.
It was messy, it was close, but god was it satisfying. Next week I'll need to get it on my main.
After that, we cleared out the Plague wing with nary a scratch and called it. Thursday we'll wipe out the Crimson Halls, then it's on to the Lich King. Can't wait to see those defiles.
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