This was all Captain's Crew in this raid and I am proud of how awesome we did. We had only 1 divine healer and 1 spell singer bard healing which was even more impressive. It wasn't easy by any means. We played very smart conservative and used about 6-7 shrines. All optionals completed and only 2 mana pots were consumed.
We got our asses kicked in the first optional. 11 of the 12 in the raid had never done EE before and it was an eye-opener. The 2 SP pots consumed were on this wipe, people with spell bars released and re-entered and went with a different strategy and we were fine. Everything went perfectly for the rest of the raid.
Except for the lag.
We spent about 3 hours in this raid total and about 20 minutes of it was us waiting for lag to clear.
We even had a near wipe at the final portal keeper due to the worst lag many of us had ever experienced (the floating in the air for eternity lag... nice). Quite infuriating when it felt like all that hard work and time was going to be wasted on a wipe that was out of our own control.
Smart playing and quick monks nabbing soul stones allowed for a recovery and a completion.
Would love to attempt another time with the new game plan and I'm sure we can get it down to no re-entries, 0 pots, and much fewer deaths. Lag permitting that is.
Over 8 items, many of them good, dropped as well as 24+ commendations and a +3 tome (LOL- yes... a +3 tome). 5 chests but we expected this going in. Everyone finished on the toon that started the raid.
Awesome job CC!