Battleguard Sartura

Pierre de Coubertin, founder of modern Olympic Games said “The most important thing…is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

Our guild has just moved on to AQ40, and we are trying to develop tactics for the first bosses; last night, we met Battleguard Sartura. We wiped, and wiped, and wiped. And you know what? It was wonderful. There’s a huge difference between instances that a guild has on farm status, and new encounters. I am relatively new to raiding at this level; when I reached level 60 and started raiding, all bosses up to Nef were well-choreographed, and everyone knew what to do. All I had to do is watch, learn, and not make any stupid mistakes. This is different.

We’re all on an even footing now, discussing tactics and trying different plans; people are going afk to read various guides, and coming back to discuss what they’ve read. It’s hard, and quite expensive (after the purple sheen wears off those brand-new epixx, you realise how expensive they are to repair), but the sense of team spirit was amazing. This isn’t a group that forgives people leaving raid groups after a few wipes; everyone that was there was determined to beat the winged bitch, and no one was wimping out. This is why I love raiding. I feel amazed when I see a group of 40 people who meet on a regular basis, who work as a team to meet challenges and still have fun.

As a warlock, I learned several things: DoTs in this fight generally lead to Certain Death™. The tactic of having all locks around the boss, spamming her with CoA and Searing Pain in order to “ping-pong” her back and forth between us was…interesting. Not sure if that would have been successful, as the loose adds generally took us out fairly quickly, again leading to Certain Death™. All the other classes had their own version, their own learning experiences, mostly all leading to (again) Certain Death™. it was worth it. We could see at least three other guilds on the ghost run back to the instance, and I would bet that they felt the same way.

But we had fun. No ultimate success yet, but a lot of great work in tandem with friends. And that, for me, is what end-game raiding is all about.

1 Comment so far

  1. Shannon Campbell (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    Sartura is all about the stuns. Stun, stun, stun if you’ve got one. Focused fire on each of the adds until they’re gone, then more stunning and more pewpew. If the adds or Sartura start your way, just strafe — their aggro ping pongs so badly (especially in a raid not experienced with her bitchy ways) that they’ll forget about you quickly and move on.

    Good luck!

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