Well, ok maybe not.
But it was emotional.
We missed getting our very first bear mount in the guild by 30 seconds. Thirty freakin seconds. It could have been the extra time we took after Jan'alai. It could have been the three deaths along the way to Halazzi (mind included) that took an extra 10-20 seconds each. It could have been the 1 extra scout and the 1 extra pat we had to kill. It could have been anything in that 45 minutes.
We got to Halazzi's room with under 5 minutes to go. The first time we got the 3rd timed chest it was under 6 minutes. I knew we could do it and reminded everyone about that first ring.
The first phase was not promising; it was not going fast enough. By the time he popped out of his first split phase the mages must have started up their engines and we were roaring through him. We unloaded on him. Hard. DPS was unreal. Then in the 2nd split we lost our rogue to a Flame Shock. Then a mage to a totem. It was down to the wire with Fire Elementals out, Heroisms used, all pots and HS on cooldown and every major trick in the book already blown. The hunter went down and we were now down to only 3 DPS. Then a healer. We were on our last legs coming into the final 25%. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the little gnome step out of her cage and catch fire. The mount was lost. Less than 30 seonds after that Halazzi fell.
There was screaming, wailing, and the gnashing of teeth. It was lost.
According to WWS we did the fight in 3 minutes 16 seconds. Maybe we could have shaved off 15-16 seconds with all the dps up. Realistically the time was lost along the way in the prior 45 minutes. No one is to blame. Everyone did their job and did it splendidly.
In all likelihood the patch will drop on Tuesday. In all likelihood that patch will replace the bear mount with something else. In all likelihood I have failed in my mission to bring the bear mount to Unorthodox.
If it is the end of the Amani War Bear mount then I want to thank everyone in Unorthodox that stuck with me along the way. Nearly a year of running ZA, learning it while undergeared, gearing up while wiping, and most importantly pressing deeper and deeper into the content against the clock. Too many names to name but thank you all for learning with me, for wiping with me, and for standing by me.
And by the way, the timer is still there and we're going to beat that clock even if there isn't a mount at the end.