Sunday night, after several grueling weeks of progression, Shroud’s raid team finally vanquished Imonar the Soulhunter. Real life causing attendance issues made it so that a fair chunk of progression time was actually spent either reclearing farm or simply not being able to do progression at all. As a result, this boss died later than it should have, but thankfully, he did die.
When we first began progression, getting to 60% and then crossing the second bridge safely was perhaps our biggest issue. We would steadily lose people and be unable to have a full raid make the journey to the third platform. We eventually got through and began to get to this platform regularly, but it took a fair amount of cooldown coordination to do so, along with personal responsibility in general.
Personal responsibility, in fact, was a big problem throughout the time we spent on this boss. Getting hit by the balls Imonar would send out periodically as we attempted to cross was a common occurrence. Not only was this more damage on the raid and more pressure on the healers to keep everyone alive, anyone getting hit would be slowed, obviously hampering the long walk across the bridge. We generally improved on this the deeper into the fight we got, but there was still a fair amount of avoidable damage being taken.
Another issue was keeping tanks alive during more difficult bridge crosses, as they were popping cds and clearing our path of traps, wires, and mines. We had some attempts where we lost a tank and were unable to rez, due to having to use it earlier that had a good chance of resulting in a kill had we been able to rez. This made the fight even more frustrating than it already was, because we could have a relatively good attempt and be ready for the last platform with plenty of time on enrage only to lose a tank, be unable to rez, and then lose our remaining tank on the final platform, resulting a very low percentage wipe.
Indeed, we lost a tank on our kill and were unable to rez, but through pure magic and a little willpower somehow pulled off a ridiculous kill.
Congratulations to all involved! Next up is Kin’garoth. Hopefully we can improve a bit and avoid taking so many balls to the face.