I pugged a few heroics last night and by a few I literally mean three. Normally, this would be somewhat disappointing, but last night's group was so full of win that I had to stick around. (And I honestly mean that I liked the group. No sarcasm here. Just wanted to be clear on that.) XD.. So, "LF2M dps H UK and UP" was the start of my fun, five-hour long journey with this pug when it caught my eye in trade chat since the daily dungeon quests I still had in my log from a few days ago were UK and UP. What was also nice was that we had enough dps and good gear that we'd definitely finish the instances before they reset in a little under an hour and a half from when we grouped up. =) Or, at least that was the plan...
The group consisted of: Paladin (tank), Priest (heals), Rogue, Hunter, and Shaman (me). This group was good, I mean the "finish-UK-in-20-minutes" good. We did UK first with no snags whatsoever. Next was UP, and here's where the real fun began. I decided to mention the achievements for it, and a couple ppl hadn't gotten them yet and everyone agreed to give them a go. ([The Incredible Hulk], [My Girl Loves to Skadi All the Time], [Lodi Dodi We Loves the Skadi]).
For the abomination achieve, we got the abom to about 10%. The tank starts situating the abom better onto the platform under Svala's Sword when all of a sudden, he runs off the platform with the abom following and he just stops moving. The abom misses the sword's damage and we end up killing the boss and abom as we realize the tank has been disconnected from the server. Oh well. People weren't too bummed about the achive since we were all just there for badges anyway. Tank reconnects and we resume the clear.
As we get to Skadi, I asked if ppl have vent just to make calling out harpoon duty easier for the one-pass downing of Grauf, and the healer offers up his vent info when I was poised and ready to click on my vent-info macro =). I logged into his vent where I see a user by the name "Blinded" in the lobby times four(!!), one more "Blinded" in the "Group 1" channel, user "holla"x3 and one other person in "Group 1", and server ping bouncing between 50 and 200. I kinda just write it off, and I notice I can't hear anyone, nor does my vent key work, so I go into the Setup and see that they aren't using the "Speex" codec on his server. So after a few minutes of party chatting about how I'm on a mac and won't be able to hear or say anything unless they come to my server, Holla, the vent owner, changes the codec to Speex and all is well. I explained the strat of how I've done the achievement with at least 5 other groups before, and they all agree that it's the way we'll run it. (Two people farm harpoons for [My Girl Loves to Skadi All the Time] (we designated myself and Hollaholla for "poon-farming" *giggles like a 13-yr old boy*), and run back out to reset the boss so we have a chance at [Lodi Dodi We Loves the Skadi].
[Insert a shit-ton of more DC fun here]. The tank, Mutung, disconnects again during the fight and THEN the healer does too! We wipe, but I self res and we start the event over again. We try again, and Hollaholla DC's yet again, so we run out and reset. He comes back and coincidentally, Mutung DC's again. Try this about 3 more times and by this time, I'm actually laughing, Holla and I are pretty much the only two who are amused by this on vent, the rogue gets sick of it, and without saying anything more than, "sry guys gtg," he hearths out and drops group. We find a replacement dps, a boomkin from the priest's guild. We wipe a couple times more as the heals DC again, and Blindedsoul offers to heal since she won't DC lol. More DC fun with the tank and now-shadow priest, and eventually, we get enough online time together for me to call out when we harpoon him, we get him down in one pass, and miraculously survive the fight even after the healer dies from a whirlwind. ... ...
So, Skadi dies, and NO ONE gets the achievement!
*Sigh* So, Holla and I were designated harpooners, but I'm guessing that the hunter picked up a harpoon or two and used the harpoon guns before we called it out. He was DPSing the boss from next to a harpoon gun and he was the only one ever near the harpoons other than the moment Holla and I agreed to use them. Hunter was on vent, but maybe he missed the moment I said, "I'll call out the pass for pooning." XD Oh well, no one is too bent out of shape from missing the achievement, and we try to go on while Priest and Tank keep DCing alternately.
By this time, it is 8:50am server-time. The instances are gonna reset at 9, and Mutung DCs in the room just before UP's end-boss. So we all decide to just call it, and run out so we don't get saved to UP for the next day when it resets. Hunter hearths/drops group without saying a word to anyone. And we (Boomkin, me, S-Priest and Pally) duel each other outside UP while Boomkin and Priest find someone from their guild to join us for H ToC.
We find someone, I use my awesome [Argent Crusader's Tabard] and Holla and I start summoning. The interesting fun in ToC though, was when two people started the jousting event while me and Blindedsoul were still summoning the new party member. We run in and they're already jousting the trash. The fifth party member, after only jousting for a one round all of a sudden has to leave, or never had time to do ToC in the first place, and we spend some more time looking for a fifth. We find a replacement, summon him, he acknowledges the summon in party chat, but didn't accept it in time, so the four of us were already jousting and decided to just down the bosses and summon again when we inevitably run out to reset after the joust event. *Sigh* =D We die one by one but run in from the graveyard fast enough to keep the event from reseting. And then the event bugs, though it was a different bug from what I'm used to seeing. The bug I'm used to is when we down two bosses from their mounts, and the third just never dismounts. But the bug we were experiencing was: all three bosses got downed, but we never popped off of our own mounts! So we just did the usual, run out and reset it, and all is well again.
We get through it pretty smoothly after the jousting event, and I decided to call it a night... or DAY rather since it was about 10am by the time we finished H ToC. XD All in all, I had a blast because the people were fun, easy to shoot shit with in vent during the "downtime", and I felt like I at least helped them by staying with them since they told me that other dps'ers just kept dropping group out of sheer frustration about the constant disconnecting! Haha.
Wow, thanks for reading all that if you made it this far in my post. I hope it was at least as interesting to read as it was for me to experience! XD