Secrets of the Tomb

After Saturday’s normal run, Cinder, Dec and I stayed in the Tomb of Sargareas to have a bit of an explore and see all the rooms that we normally don’t go into.

Cinder had mentioned to me earlier that there were runes around the Tomb that when clicked would let you turn into Gul’dan. I hadn’t seen them before so Cinder took me through the instance to find them. Even though we had cleared the whole instance there were still quite a few rooms that had mobs in them so it was lucky we went in as the trilogy of tank, dps and heals. Even so there were still a few deaths when we all took turns triggering the polymorph adds in different places.

There are 5 different runes scattered through the raid. The first two I clicked on turned me into Gul’dan but didn’t do anything else.

 

The third showed me a cutscene of Gul’dan surrounded by orcs and Gul’dan killing one, but no dialogue.

I was hoping the 4th would show me another cutscene but it didn’t.

While searching for the 5th rune we came across a small room that held the biggest biggest puzzle of all. On either side of a doorway were a pair of ancient switches that could be clicked on.

When lit up, we could hear a grinding sound but couldn’t find any changes that the switches made, so we started to scour the area looking for a reason for those switches. I happened to have the map open while in the same room as the switches and saw that behind one of the doors that could not be opened was another room.

Dec used his spectral sight and it showed quite a few mobs behind the walls and door, but their location didn’t quite line up with the room according to the map, which was another mystery. Once we realized there was a whole other room  hidden behind this door, we started to go room by room looking for a way to get that door open.

While clearing out the chapel where the spirits were still in service, we found the 5th Gul’dan rune.

Clicking on this one gave another vision, this one showing the death of Gul’dan and his steps to his final resting place. His staff and armor still there to see.

As soon as the vision faded, I raced back to the hidden room to see if  clicking on the door or switches while in Gul’dan’s form made a difference, which it didn’t. So we set off back through the rest of the instance to see if we had missed something.

Looking so closely through the tomb, we found a few interesting details. The neutral mobs that were left in the raid cycled colour from purple to white and back again. We aggro’d a couple and dragged them into the Sister’s room and found their colours matched the colours of the floor as the moon was still phasing across the floor. Interestingly enough, the  mobs that are always hostile don’t cycle colours.

Overlooking the Sister’s room, standing on a balcony is a NPC called Fan’verg the Vicious. I was able to get close to her while in the Gul’dan illusion as that turned all mobs neutral to me. Without the the illusion we weren’t able to get close to her, having triggered a protective trap right in front of her.  Wowhead has comments that this NPC could be a tribute to Fanny Vergne who’s a 3D artist at Blizzard.

The scenery  in this raid is absolutely gorgeous. On the way to Desolate Host there is a wall with stained glass images  and the statues that are broken have ghostly images of what they looked like while intact.

Cinder pointed out that from far away this statue looks beautiful, until you get closer and realize that her eyes have been gouged out.

We worked our way from the very top of the raid right to bottom but no  matter where we looked, there were just no other switches or hidden rooms so it’s remaining an utter mystery for now.     

Maybe that door will open when Mythic Kil’jaden has finally been defeated.

 

 

 

 

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Heroic Kil’Jaeden down

Goes without saying that this is a bit of a spoiler post if you look at the photos,but since the patch has been out for a week it’s probably unlikely you’ve missed seeing spoilers, but beware about reading on  if you are trying to miss them until you’ve killed him 🙂

We finished the regular week’s amount of raiding at 8/9H on our mains, achieved through 2 split runs. We had all come back together on mains on Monday night to work on Kil’jaeden but we just didn’t get him down, so a decision was made to come back on Tuesday when hopefully everyone was a bit fresher. Monday was a huge night of raiding, we spent a good bit of time on Fallen Avatar on the first split run and then when he was down, worked from the 3rd boss back up through to the 8th, raid was longer by an hour and half for the 2nd night in a row to make sure it was all done. I don’t know about anyone else but I was really mentally tired from being in there on 2 different healers for a bit, so I was more than happy to come back the next day.

Walking back in on Tuesday was much better, but it still took a bit of time to get all the mechanics under control, there’s a lot of stacking and spreading and running to specific spots.. sounds like a normal boss fight really 🙂 You fight him on his spaceship and I was a bit worried about falling off into space but the platform was actually quite big, phew.

The fight actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought he would be, for a long while the first 1 or 2 on Mythic have generally been harder than the last on heroic but it didn’t feel like that this time. Maybe because everyone was pretty geared from NH and Mythic plus runs. We ended up having to take an hours break with the brief shutdown for restart but we got him down not long after it came up.

This is the first time I’ve collected the Ahead of the Curve achievement in the same week a raid has gone live. It’s pretty good getting it so early as that means mythic can be started on that bit earlier. Time to start watching a lot more videos on changes.

Once KJ dies, you get to watch the cutscene that’s been floating around for the last week or so, then you get teleported down to Azsuna. It’s still part of the instance so you can’t leave and you can catch up with Illidan and Khadgar for some congratulations and from then on Argus is floating above Azeroth.

 

The image of Aegwynn is there in Azsuna and you can talk to her to be sent back to the ship where you fight KJ and you can get some really good close up views of Argus.

It looks phenomenal and scary, I cannot wait to go there.

As to how I’m going in my new guild/raid team, I really don’t think that well. They are really good raiders, and I’ve done a couple of mythic plus with a few people but it’s not a super friendly guild. Well I don’t think so and I’ve been in there a month. And my healing is horrid, I’m not coming near the other healers in healing numbers. It doesn’t help that we are 5 and 6 healing heroic/normal for only 26 people but the other main healers seem to push out phenomenal numbers even with that amount of overhealing and I just don’t. I do have some good numbers; I have really low damage taken, and really low deaths and higher dps on bosses.. but none of that is raw healing numbers and I feel inadequate.  I really don’t think I’ll end up raiding mythic with this guild, with 4 other really fantastic healers I can’t see there being too much room with an extra.

But for now I’m still raiding and that’s pretty cool, we’ll just have to see what mythic brings.