Time spent on Onyxia attunement quest chain: about 4 hours (maybe a little more)
Time spent in meeting spot before traveling to Onyxia’s lair: 45 minutes
Time spent taking the obligatory group photos outside the lair: 5 minutes.
Time spent explaining the Onyxia fight to the group, and getting ready for attempt #1: 10 minutes.
The Onyxia fight: Less than ten minutes.
We really overprepared.
We had 19 folks keyed for Onyxia that assembled in Bloodhoof Village before the raid. Part of the reason for meeting here was that the whole thing was pitched as an RP event, and this was where the mandate to kill Onyxia was announced to us at a guild meeting. We congregated by the bonfire and some fire resist gear bought in the AH was distributed. There were also fire resist potions, fish that would give magic resistance, and stuff like that. Some people even went to the trouble of crafting new fire resist gear (“I can make two more pieces for myself if someone gives me six primals and two pieces of crystal infused leather…”). It did seem to go a little overboard, given the number of us that there were, and the fact that all of us were level 70. Still, none of us had seen this encounter before and we were all pretty excited. We just couldn’t help ourselves.
After everyone was ready, we traveled to Onyxia’s Lair via Orgrimmar, which was sort of the long way, but our flock of wyverns swooping over Durotar was an awesome sight. When we arrived at the lair, we took a bunch of group photos, everyone took their final afk break, and in we went!
There were two pulls before Onyxia, and they posed no danger to us. The mobs were dead before the folks at the back of the pack even got to them. I don’t think I even managed to get my cat to the mobs before they died, they were downed that quickly! Even so, filing in with 18 other people was really amazing… I can imagine how exciting this was for 40 level 60’s.
It was really cool walking down the corridor and seeing Onyxia sleeping in her lair. We all stood there looking down at her for about ten minutes while the fight was explained to those who hadn’t read about it. We had four groups, the evens going to the right, the odds going to the left, etc, and I tried not to laugh as the plans were described (thinking again about that Onyxia wipe video. Hee…) Strategies for the three phases were explained, and it was decided we’d save our resist potions and fish for the second or third attempt, in case we just wiped right away.
We ran down the path and the main tank grabbed aggro on Onyxia. I waited a bit until he had her attention before I started shooting. The whole fight was a chaotic mess of running around, dodging fire, getting knocked back into whelps (which we killed, no problem, so no DKP minuses), and before we knew it, we were in phase two. The DPS ramped up, and as she flew around, I stopped to take screenshots. I know in the end this impacted my DPS, but I just couldn’t help it! The guy who coordinated the whole run was laughing in vent, “this is going so quickly!” And then we got to phase three and poured it on. In less than ten minutes total, Onyxia was dead. Explaining the fight took longer than killing her. Even looting her took longer, I think.
We decided that the guy who had rallied us all for the run in the first place should loot the head. He came up with the idea, got enough interest to get a group together, helped bunches of people get attuned by escorting them where they needed to go in Blackrock Spire, and made sure we had some kind of strategy (that we didn’t particularly get to employ, but still!). After all the loot was distributed (trophies!), we were portaled to Orgrimmar where we did a slow march to Thrall and then to the guy in the front of Orgrimmar who makes the announcement that Onyxia has been slain and puts the head on a post. Awesome.
I realize that in the scheme of things, it’s not that impressive of an accomplishment for 19 decently geared 70’s to take down Onyxia. I’ve seen videos of fewer than 10 level 70’s killing her. But, for our guild to get 19 people together was impressive given that we’ve had trouble these past few weeks filling Kara runs. It was also a hell of a lot of fun.