This is a little recommendation for the WoW players out there who, like myself, have just done the following: spent three weeks on vacation, followed by playing only twice in order to raid, followed by playing nothing for a week due to no internet due to moving to a different state. Also, add in the moving company bringing all of your furniture the same day the cable company arrived (second time for the cable company since they messed up the order!), and a nice and overzealous moving van driver running over a “Do Not Enter” sign as he attempted to exit the complex by driving the wrong way down a one-way avenue. Throw on some extra added “moved-whole-life” exhaustion, and then you have me last night.
So if you were/are/will be like me, you do not want to do the following: go into a saved Ulduar instance, teleport to The Spark of Imagination, buff up, and PRESS THE BIG RED BUTTON. Anyone who has fought Mimiron knows the button – it’s huge and red and especially inviting because when you scroll over it, you are told expressly not to push it. We had never, as a full group, pressed the Big Red Button before, so I was excited and happy, tree branches quivering with anticipation. (I mean, if there is a Big Red Button in a room, who doesn’t want to push it?) After a lengthy explanation from our Raid Leader involving the word “fire” more than I care to count, we slid into the room past Mimiron and clustered around the Big Red Button. A lucky contestant was chosen for the honor of pushing it. Mimiron yelled something, and the world exploded. Fire was everywhere. I moved out of it, throwing some heals around, but as far as I can tell, the rest of the raid (including, for all I know, my own little tree) did this:
There was some running around, some confused hitting of Mimiron’s machine, some wild heals, and less than two minutes later, we were all dead.
We tried again, this time making it to two minutes. We tried again. And again. And again. And some more. We got better as time went on, and then switched our strategy, and then switched it again. In the confusion I had the fun of dying to napalm blasts that were not mine as various others would run up to me while I was minding my own business, get napalmed, and then it would hit me since I was now so close to them. Occasionally it was me accidentally jumping onto other people.
With one thing or another, two hours passed. It was like a nightmare wrapped in fire. And while I understand that this is the nature of progression raiding, especially hard mode progression raiding, it is perhaps not the most relaxing thing to do when you are hanging on to sanity by a thin (and decidedly crazy) thread post-moving.
We never did kill Mimiron. And although normally I’m on board with dying over and over for the good cause of learning a fight and defeating a hard mode, last night, exhausted and mentally drained as I was, it ate some of my soul. (Not a lot of my soul, mind you, just a little bit from around the edges.)
So consider carefully when you plan to push that Big Red Button for the first time. Are you prepared for the fiery death it brings? Are you ready to see your comrades in arms run around like crazy people despite clear instructions to the contrary from the Raid Leader? Are you ready to do the ghost-walk-of-shame multiple times? Are you ready to-
Ah, what the hell…push it!