Council What? MM ed.

MM knocked the socks off 🧦 these dancing sociopaths last Tuesday. After a staggering 169 pulls… yes… Midnight members were more than happy to see the frolicking blood drinkers kick the bucket. Now firmly, 7/10M, MM joins roughly 4 thousand other guilds worldwide on Mudfister, a typical Wednesday night for Clumsy. Oh, excuse me, I meant Sludgefist. I must’ve read that wrong. πŸ”

Shimmy… *PTSD triggered* Enjoy the video below!

What’s Wrong With Castle Nathria?

Sire Daddy’s castle is an unusually hard tier for a first raid tier of an expansion. Coupled with this patch being exponentially longer (content drought), we’re still seeing very few guilds make progress. Why is that? When we look at the other first raid tiers from BFA and Legion, the numbers suggest varying degrees of success:

For one, CN has 10 booses, where both Uldir and EN have 8. EN saw the most amount of guilds achieve CE, where many got stuck at Fetid Devourer in Uldir. In CN, Council of Blood is the first big wall for guilds pushing for CE and after that, it only gets harder. If we compare CN to Tomb of Sargeras, though:

ToS and CN have similar difficulty towards the later bosses. ToS nicknamed “Tomb of Soakgeras” was difficult in a different way, in that for every boss you needed a minimum of 3-6 immunity soaks. M KJ is also regarded as one of the hardest M bosses in WoW’s history with entire guilds swapping to Horde so their healers could go Goblin for the rocket jump. πŸš€

The Problem

CN has its problems but it’s not the worst first tier of the most recent expansions. If we look back to BFA, guilds struggled to have any success in Uldir, especially beyond M.O.T.H.E.R.. And it didn’t help that there were 3 walls, ouch. πŸ‘Š

CN has done a great job with the first half of the raid, but there are still issues. We’re seeing similar progression to other later tiers and bosses with significantly more time available… the problem here is time and tuning. ⏰

  • M EN opened September 27th (ToV opened November 8th) and ended January 17th = 112 days
  • M Tomb opened June 28th and ended November 28th = 154 days
  • M Uldir opened September 11th and ended January 22th = 133 days
  • M CN opened December 15th and it’s May 1st… = 137 days and counting (expected 200+)

CN is much more like Tomb of Sargeras, than we realize and as we add more days to the tier, it’s becoming more apparent. If CN were like EN, we’d expect to see 10 times the amount of guilds kill Sire and if were like G’huun, double. CN is almost like a later raid tier in difficulty.

I’d argue that raid tuning is not being done right, and hasn’t been done right for multiple tiers. I’d hope for another round of nerfs to the last four bosses if Blizzard wants to create a true guild curve, but I think I’m being too hopeful. Usually a new patch comes with a lot of renewed optimism, and with 9.1 being right around the corner (finally), I hope we can take that enthusiasm with us into Torghast and leave 9.0 behind.

Byeee’mox, MM ed.

Midnight to Minutes did it again! Living up to their name in every way, MM struck down the greedy thief during the last pull of the night! Somehow our seed handlers didn’t chi portedo, blink, disengage, or soul shape into traps. 😿This was definitely a feat of strength for some, especially Mayunie. His fat panda definitely did that several times… as well as the game literally inting on some pulls – he’d stand on top of the seeds with no cursor indicator anywhere to pick them up, thanks Clumsi! πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ I’m sure there were other instances of seed mishaps but I could only remember my own because CHI PORTEDOing into improperly executed mechanics is so extra and I am that extra. 🀚✨

The best part was that Xy’daddy went down in what felt like only one raid night??? We spent a half a day on him on Tuesday and then a full raid night on him the following Sunday. So let’s say it was one raid day’s worth of time, kek. πŸ™ˆ The video is below, courtesy of Izzacangel! No Beethoven this time. Congratulations, MM!

More images to come! I have to find the person with our group photo!

Lady I’annoya Derpvein, MM ed.

Defeated by the forces of love πŸ’–, rainbows 🌈, and kitty toe beans 🐾, MM prevailed against that nasty Lady D and her anima canisters (still the best guild name never used). With her out of the way, Daddynathrius’s plans were halted – preventing more anima from bleeding out into the Maw and into Andy’s mouth.

Some of the fun encounter highlights for me was that amount of people zipping in and out doing their “lines”… something Clumsi is a pro at. πŸ‘ƒ

Watch out kill video below in a true dramatic Beethoven fashion, courtesy of Izzacangel:

Saving Private Kael’thas, MM ed.

Kael’thas Sundaddy was saved by Minutes to Madness… Men… Midnight on Sunday! Opting for the single tank strat (DHs are broken), they heal zerged with 2 restoration shamans, 2 holy priests, 1 restoration druid, and 1 holy paladin. πŸ’š

The healers and PI bots pumped their love juice into KD (Kael’daddy), until he was uWu refreeeshed. But the highlight of our most recent reclear was something none of us expected – the return of Izzacangel’s ‘sOaK’ vocal cry. For those that don’t know, Izzac suffers from Chokesondixia, where the throat randomly goes crazy and words filter through as though he is choking. Before his diagnosis, we all first noticed it during NYA progression, notably on Hivemind. Thankfully, he’s worked through it and is an advocate for Chokesondixia awareness. πŸ†

Below is MM’s first KD takeup??? Technically, we don’t takedown since we just heal him and slap him around a bit so it’s whatever. βœ‹ Enjoy!

M2M Booty Absorber Destroyed Edition.

Minutes to Midnight scored another Mythic kill after Barnacle yeeted everyone with beams. Clumsi finally quit using his 🐒 to sit on Devour’s face, to get da πŸ‘ consumed! Marci is going to be pissed… or into it πŸ”₯. Awesome job M2M! Now 3/10M CN. They will be starting to work on the Portal Ethereal Xy’Mox πŸ•³οΈ. Stay tuned for more Clumdump shaming πŸ’‹.

AoTC, M Shrekwang and Huntymanz, MM ed.

Minutes to Midnight (the team formally known as Sloppy Seconds and formally known as Weekend Warriors) knocked out a few important milestones this tier! They downed Zaddynathrius and got AToC and started their foray into mythic waters! It was a successful evening, they recleared mythic Shreekyweeky and DESTROYED Huntydaddy in just 2 pulls! πŸ™€

It was a night full of excitement… and then wiping our asses so hard that nothing was left. Thanks, Hungering Holestroyer. HD is definitely a step up in raid coordination compared to the last two bosses where baiting and immunity soaking trivializes certain mechanics. Instead, team members have to leech heath from other members while avoiding high debuff stacks themselves. 🩸 MM is opting for the 4-tank strategy, popularized on Reddit, where tanks assume the leech rotation which frees up the DPS to tunnel, something even Clumsi can do. Bless.

Again, congratulations to MM! There’s around 3-5 more months of this tier so let’s see how far they get!