Four hundred and sixty-one wipes, forty-nine days, billions of healing done, countless frustrations, and one wonderful kill … was all it took for Pie Chart to finish out Tier 12 content. It was a bumpy road for the entire raid team, battling bad connections from Brazil, tank DC’s, and lag that seemed to hit right before someone died to Engulfing Flames. (Imagine that!) And it was a very bumpy road for me personally, a veritable roller coaster of emotions, as I struggled to find a place in a strat that played up almost none of Resto Shamans’ strengths. But in the end, late into Thursday’s raid time, we finally sent Heroic Mode Ragnaros back into the fire and earned the title “Firelord”. I will wear it proudly, knowing with every ounce of me that I earned it, and knowing that although I came out on the bottom of healing meters, although I struggled and had to spend many a weekday pouring through logs instead of writing blog posts, I made it work. And I can proudly say that our team shirked off every bit of shaman negativity and killed it with not one, not two, but three shaman–one of each spec (many props to Felessialol and Oldboltsides).
And so it was amid cheers, nerdscreams, and sighs of relief that I once again found my place in Group 5.
(Don’t worry, there will be analysis and tips and all that good stuff to follow! But for now … sleep.) Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way, both on this blog and in spirit.