Inside Icecrown Citadel

Well, the 10 man version, at least.

Last night, my guild (The Grim Covenant, The Venture Co US/RP-PvP) ventured forth to do battle with the minions of the Lich King inside his frozen citadel.  Now, mind you, we didn’t get very far- we started kinda late, and we did not have the comp to get farther than we did- but we did some fairly impressive damage, all things considered.

Let me just say I so called this.

First off: MINIPET.  Get an authenticator if you don’t have one- I mean, if you didn’t have one before, for security reasons (which you should have), ask for one for Christmas!  Because you get a pet if you have one!

Awwww... he wants to play! (and maybe scorch your face off, I'm not really sure...)

ANYWAYS.

We did start out in the Heroic 5 mans, going from instance to instance.  We got stalled in the Halls of Reflection (undoubtedly the instance everyone will HATE- stupid waves of ghosts and exploding hallucinations- but our unholy tank and a retadin were scheduled to do 10 man ICC, since we were holding off on 25 man until tonight.  Group breaks up, I start heading to the Tournament grounds.  Cue me getting an invite to heal- the 10 man ICC group.  -grin-  ‘Hey, Aanthe, we need you to heal for us, kthx.’

No problem, guys.

Now, first, I just want to say, this isn’t going to be a boss strat post- its going to be random lorebased squeeing (WITH SPOILERS!  Consider this your SPOILER ALERT!) and screenies of the bosses we saw- 3 of whom we beat, one of whom we oneshotted, and the last we didn’t have the comp (or the time) for.

You get inside, and the Ashen Verdict (a combination of the Knights of the Ebon Blade and the Argent Crusade- they’re like the Violet Eye/ the Ashtongue Deathsworn/ The SCale of the Sands- you gain rep with them by doing the raid, and you get a ring that upgrades with each rep increase) has set up a perimeter just inside the door.  Highlord Tiring fordring is in there (with some shinily impressive armor) with Highlord Darion Mograine (with his ugly new weapon- well, I don’t like it.)  There is some talking going on- Arthas threatens us, we threaten him- the usual.  Then suddenly, Arthas remarks offhandedly about how taxing it is to break a certain person… the atrocities he’s committed upon his soul.

Alliance types, you might want to sit down.

The Battle of Icecrown Citadel has begun- the prize is the life of Highlord Bolvar Fordragon, whom Arthas has at the top of the Citadel.  And, for all you RPers out there… screaming is ok. 

I’m done torturing you now.  Onto the screenies!

The Ambassador of the Green Dragonflight is all 'LOL.'

Yeah, my Emerald Whelpling (that took me 12 HOURS TO FARM this past weekend) wanted to nom on Marrowgar.  Call it a cameo appearance or whatnot.

I finally get to see a femme!lich, and she's just as ugly as the rest of 'em.

Lady Deathwhisper, female lich with a really annoying voice actor.  Its true, just wait and see.  And for this next shot, I just want to say, I totally called this, but I really do hate it when I’m right.  I didn’t play on the PTR, nor did I really do and looking on any websites for bosses, so… yeah…

Now, what you’re not seeing here is ANYTHING from the Skybreaker fight- because, seriously, I don’t want to ruin that for you.  Its fun.  Just watch out- you can jump off of the ship.  And die.  Splat.

O_o Dammit, I hate it when I'm right, sometimes...

/cry The Hordie in me died a little when I saw this.  Poor Saurfang…

That’s all for now!  Tonight, we venture into ICC on 25 normal.  Happy raiding, and stay angry, healers!

~Pyo

3 comments for “Inside Icecrown Citadel

  1. Redauroa
    December 11, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Ok silly conment but what kind of gear are you all working with. My little group has mostly naxx 25 and ulduar 10 gear. Well a few have TOC stuff but not to much. I am really intereste in trying the new stuff and just want to know if are gear is going to make for a long night or not. We’ll do it anyway but it is kinda nice to get the heads up LOL. Thanks I really like the fact your not posting strats just yet.

  2. Pyoska
    December 11, 2009 at 8:10 am

    We are working with ToC25 man geared folks right now- most of us are 4pc T9 or T9 equivalent. We pretty much blazed through ICC 10 man, but 25 man is proving to be significantly more difficult- the strats are basically the same, but the damage is off the charts.

    I won’t post strats until we have the first wing’s content down and at least the first 3 bosses on farm. That’s so I have the most understanding of the fight’s mechanics and actually have time to see how everything works. :) The only strat I could do right now with any accuracy is Lord Marrowgar, but I prefer to separate bosses by wings and do the strat for the whole wing. It just makes more sense to do it that way.

  3. Dreddnought
    December 14, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    FARM REP!

    In case you DIDN’T know already, the Rep you get with Ashen Verdict is being nerfed TOMORROW with the server resets, so GRIND FOR THAT RING NOW!

    All told, it takes approximately 5 runs (about 1 hour) to get to Friendly with the Ashen Verdict which gets you an ilvl 251 ring at Friendly, upgradeable to a 258 at Honored, then 265 at Revered, then 272 at Exalted (you turn in the old ring each time and if you pick the wrong ring, it’s 200G to get a different one) I had such a hard time choosing on Dreddnought, because I was healing the 10-man and doing about 3.3K HPS and tanking too as we were rep farming. We’d nuke all the mobs up to Marrowgar, then run out, reset and run it again to get everyone and their alts to Friendly for starters, and I think there’s one of us with the 258 already…

    As for gear (this is for Redauroa) believe me when I say that 232s to 245s are highly recommended. I cheat a little because I’m a bear tank and seeing as the only REAL damage mitigation I have going for me is Dodge that’s been cut 20% (dropping me from 42% to 22%) I have some Polar gear (your friendly local LW can make you +Stam and +Frost Resist gear) that, while my Dodge drops even FURTHER to 16%, gives me +129 Stam PER PIECE plus whatever Gems I socket (the Polar Belt has 2 sockets, plus a belt buckle giving me +129 Stam PLUS 3 +30 Stam gems, the Boots have +129 Stam PLUS 2 +30 Stam gems, my pants have +112 Stam PLUS 2 +30 Stam gems, and my chest has +129 Stam PLUS 3 +30 Stam gems) so while my Dodge sucks, my armor and HP are through the roof giving me just that much more survivability…just a thought.

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