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Paragons of the Klaxxi
Fresh off victories over Thok and Blackfuse this week, tonight team Kaels went after the Paragons of the Klaxxi, who have rather unsurprisingly made their allegiance to Y'Shaarj clear by supporting the old-god powered Garrosh Hellscream. I was looking forward to this fight because for some strange reason, I always loved the Klaxxi quest lines. 

If one was to read only strategy guides or even the dungeon journal, this fight would seem beyond overwhelming. This is because the raid group has to kill all 9 paragons, each of whom have multiple abilities, although only three of the paragons are active at a time. Every time you kill one of the paragons, another becomes active and flies down. I won't bore everyone with details about each of the paragons' abilities (both because it would take like 8 pages and also because I don't know all of their abilities), but the kill order we used was the following: Rikkal, Skeer, Korven, Hisek, Xaril, Kaztik, Karoz, Iyyouk, then Kiilruk.

Turns out this encounter was easier than it appears from the dungeon journal, and we got them on either the second or third pull of the evening. In fact, we even had a nice chunk of time to work on that bastard Garrosh Hellscream. Hopefully we get him next week! :)

Edit: I should add, big thanks to Chorocito, who was able to come back to us this week, and to Tvath, who was able to fill in for Chanta who fell ill. (Everyone wish big heals to Chanta, ok?)
Tvath Really fun to do this with y'all! Good luck with Garrosh!
Azucarino Casting greater heal on Chanta, thanks for having me! I had fun. See ý'all on Tuesday!
Siegecrafter Blackfuse
After killing Thok on Tuesday, team Kaels got some good work in on Siegecrafter Blackfuse. We also benefited from completing this fight a couple of times in Ninotcka's flex raid. After getting used to damage patterns and target priorities, we got him. Up next, we hope to kill the Paragons of the Klaxxi; we actually attempted this fight fairly blind several times last night, and we were able to kill six out of the nine Klaxxi. Wish us luck on Friday! :)
Thok the Bloodthirsty
Team Kaels saved its lockout from Spoils last week in an attempt to get some more progression, and what do you know, it worked. On Tuesday, we downed that nasty dinosaur thing, Thok. The fight came down to the very last second, and the last surviving person, Ashblade, actually died shortly after we killed him. I didn't think about this until later, but we three healed that fight when most people two heal it. Maybe we'll try that next time? Who knows. :)
Spoils of Pandaria
A brief note about raid progression, and why it can be difficult for a casual raiding guild. 

Team Kaels has been having a bit of difficulty on this front. Although we can now clear 9 bosses relatively quickly, when raid members do not show up or cannot make it, suddenly we have only 2 hours (or just under 4 hours if we are lucky) to defeat those 9 bosses and still attempt additional progression in a week. This has happened to us over and over; lately we've had most of our weeks with only 2-4 hours of progression raiding total.

With that in mind, Team Kaels pilfered a lockout this week from Xoff so we could start at Nazgrim. This did give us some additional time, and we were actually able to get to and one-shot the Spoils of Pandaria encounter on our first night of raiding, Tuesday. Yay!

However, when we showed up on Wednesday hoping to work on that nasty dinosaur Thok, we were missing both a tank and one dps. As such, were not able to accomplish as much as we'd like, although we did get some practice in. And given several people had plans on Friday, this means that even with our stolen lockout, we did not accomplish much progression this week.

I suppose I'm discussing this as a bit of a cautionary tale: if you are interested in raiding, please make sure you will be available to raid on the scheduled evenings. In a 10 person group, there are 8 or 9 other people who have cleared their evening schedules to be there.
Pamena Well said.
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