Hours, days, weeks and months, it feels like an eternity since we started our campaign against the heroic Lich King, since April 12th we have been working hard to find a tactic that worked for us and tonight after knowing it was inevitable for the last two weeks, with some minor chages, we finally got him down for a server first. We knew early on that we were going to need do use only five healers as even with a 10% buff when we started learning this fight, it was going to be a hell of a DPS race. It didn't take too long to beat phase one even without using the now defunct AVR encounters it was really phase two that had us stuck for quite some time. Anyone that has done the fight in any variety will know that defiles can play havoc. Throw in the fact you need to take 1.5 million HP over three valkyrs before they throw your comrades off the edge of the platform and it requires absolute focus. Even this not the hardest part. The phase has an irritating point when the second defile is imminant, so are the valkyrs and either could come first. We managed a workable tactic for this two weeks ago and somewhat perfected it this evening. The following event certainly helped (I am sure those that have done the encounter will understand): Phase 3, with it's enrage timer ticking down, is more of a reward. We always thought it was going to be a crazy hectic experience, but after very few attempts we soon got into the flow and triggered the 10% event. As well as receiving two ilevel 284 weapons, a heroic token, we also had the priviledge of getting the Lich King's heroic mount Invincible, after a complicated selection process (rolls!) Farxx was awarded our first. He did not drop a shadowfrost shard. While only twenty five of us were in the raid, everyone that has raided with Maligned in Icecrown, past and present, should feel proud that they have also played a big part in helping us with this incredible achievement, some of us have been raiding seven days a week in both official and unofficial raids to ensure that we were as prepared as possible. Here are some fun facts mostly made up on the spot although they won't be that far from the truth: While it took us five months since our initial Putricide kill, we only(!) spent 23 raid nights on the encounter. We spent approximately 110,000 gold in guild repairs. We used ~460 fish feasts to achieve our kill, as well as individual food stuffs. We used ~2,300 flasks and ~4,600 potions over this period just on this encounter. No animals were harmed in the killing of the Lich King. Halion heroic remains and while we have had a quick play we didn't want to lose focus of our main goal, with that out of the way its time to play with the purple dragon. Zin recorded our Lich King heroic encounter so you can expect the annotated video in a few days. I don't care about spelling mistakes. Lastly I would like to extend a massive thank you to those that sent whispers of congratulations (and to laugh at those that said we didn't deserve it!). Obviously the moments following the kill were pretty damn hectic and we were still full of adrenaline, apologies to those that I didn't reply to!