My hardcore casual kinship started Squiddy Saturday’s last weekend where we are learning to take down the 12-man Watcher in the Water raid. Most of our core officers were present to learn from a benevolent Loremaster saint. We were running button hooks and other maneuvers just outside the Vile Maw’s door. I imagine it was a humorous spectacle to the hardcore groups that passed by. After almost 2 hours of discussion, we went in… and died.
Our benefactor said that the raid was rife with random occurrences some that are nearly impossible to overcome. Our first time, someone got hit by a dangler (a tentacle that grabs a player and hangs them in the air until it is killed) next to a first stage tentacle. The Watcher screamed and half the raid died. Two runs later we almost beat the second phase. This time the other captain got hit by a dangler in the shark pool (insta-kill roaming tentacles people lovingly call sharks), and I mistimed a shark while trying to free him. The patron Loremaster was still pleased with the progress, and so were we.
This is my first time really learning a multi-phase boss fight, and during our two hour lecture I kept wondering what I got in to. In the end it was quite fun to have multiple strategies and stages. Our benefactor believed that we might be able to down him next weekend with discussion and practice. Now our only problem is finding ~12 people to meet consistently on Squidurdays.
but you still have Zoidberg