Citizens of Dalaran! Raise your eyes to the skies and observe! For the very last time in Warlords of Draenor, our world’s destruction has been averted in defiance of our very makers!
Algalon the Observer, herald of the titans, has been defeated by our brave comrades in the depths of the titan city of Ulduar for the eighth and final time.
Cold logic deemed eight runs too many. Cold logic, however, does not account for the power of guild dedication!. It’s up to each of us to prove this is a Feat of Strength worth obtaining! That our titles… our titles are worth earning.
Man, I couldn’t say goodbye to my Herald of the Titans runs without quoting dear ol’ Rhonin. Don’t worry though, unlike Rhonin, I can keep the speech down to once through. With the final group defeating Algalon on Wednesday, <oTQ> has officially ended our Herald of the Titans runs for this season. And because of the upcoming changes to set bonuses in older expansions, the Wednesday run may have been our last run… forever.
Herald of the Titans has been my pet project for almost two years now. I’ve leveled up three different characters, cleared Naxxramus for gear more times than I care to count, and helped get over 50 people their Herald of the Titans title. It’s been a long, sometimes frustrating, but overall, incredibly rewarding journey. And I have to admit, a part of me will always love the Algalon encounter. Except the Cosmic Smash. Screw the Cosmic Smash. But every other part has a special place in my heart.
Herald of the Titans was really my first experience organizing and executing a large scale group activity. At first it was just guildies but in time, it grew to include other friends, acquaintances, and eventually random people who’d heard of the runs. I quickly found the best ways to get key details out to people (bold, change the color, and jack up that font size) as well as the importance of keeping my master posts up to date.
I also learned how to deal with failure. Our first couple of runs actually ended in wipes for 3 hours, something that I had definitely not expected or planned for going in. There are ways to keep morale up and ways to encourage improvement and those first couple of runs were an awesome teaching experience.
And finally, I got to meet and interact with all sorts of people. Good friends who I got closer to. Guildies who I didn’t know as well before the runs and became friends with after. People who joined our guild because of Heralds. Twitter folks who I’d never gotten to play in game with before. And all the random folks who stumbled across the page after googling ‘Herald of the Titans runs’ (we were one of the top hits!).
It’s been a fantastic two years. However, like all things, this chapter is coming to a close. To all of those helped supply the runs, to those who kept coming on the runs to help me fill the occasional open space, and to those who got their titles through the runs, thank you. Thank you for coming along for the ride, for gearing up your characters, for maxing out those gems and enchants, and for watching out for the Cosmic Smashes. And congratulations, Herald of the Titans!
(Editors note: Because Yotaan and Fussypants are going on vacation, there will be no blog post next week. We will be back at it the following week however, just in time for the alleged prepatch drop!)