I don't normally write about World of Warcraft because it can be pretty boring to hear about a game you're not playing. Most things in games should be experienced but I'll share our biggest victory with you today because it's just a damned good feat.
Yesterday we downed Vaelastrasz the Corrupt. The second boss in Blackwing Lair, one of the toughest instances in the game. Vaelastrasz is probably the third most difficult boss in the game at the moment so getting him down is quite an achievement.
The encounter is absolutely insane in it's premise. You fight a giant dragon that starts life at 30% (still more life than most bosses except a few, a few million hitpoints). Your job as a raid (40 people) is to get him down as soon as possible. This is because as soon as Vaelastrasz is engaged he throws a debuff (spell) on you. In fact this debuff is your key to victory as it restores insane amounts of rage/energy/mana per second. This means that you can use your most powerful damage or healing abilities without worrying about running out of mana for example.
To make things interesting this debuff lasts 3 minutes, after that you're back to your usual regeneration which means everyone dies as he does so much damage. He also occasionally "bombs" a certain person. Once a person is bombed he has to run away from the group or he'll blow up everyone in range. This bombing means that your group gets smaller every few seconds so you're fighting with less and less people as the fight progresses.
I cannot stress how insanely hard this fight is. Once Vaelastrasz is below 20% life left (he started at 30% remember) the warriors can start executing him. Execute is a special attack warriors do that converts all stored up rage into one massive damage dealing blow. Since the debuff regenerates the warriors' rage so quickly they can execute almost continuously. All the while of course you have 10 healers all focussing on the current tank, the one warrior that has the attention of Vaelastrasz. If he dies before it's time (before he becomes the bomb) Vaelastrasz will turn towards the person he hates the second most. This will probably be another warrior but that means Vaelastrasz will turn with his head towards the raidgroup where all the cloth users are. They drop like flies then (Vaelastrasz can wipe an entire 40 man raid in 10 seconds flat).
Of course Vaelastrasz is very sorry about this and he will regularly emote something like "Forgive me Stonebreaker. Your death only adds to my failure". This has to do with the backstory as Vaelastrasz is captured by Nefarius (aka Nefarian, the last boss in Blackwing Lair) and has become severely wounded and corrupted. Backstory.
Well we got him down after about 20 tries so we're felling pretty good right now as you can imagine.
He'll be back next week (Blackwing Lair resets every week, just like other 40 man raid zones like Molten Core and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj) so we'll see if we were just abnormally lucky or not.