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An Empty Victory

Malygos is a Wayward Fan.

Once upon a time, this Tauren wrote a blog post about Malygos. It was the Morning after Maly and the guild had wiped repeatedly until they just couldn’t take it anymore.  Being the optimist Tauren, I ended on a positive note:  “And when we are successful, as I know we will be, the victory will be that much sweeter.”

Time passed. Heroics were run. Rolls were won and gear was crafted.  Weekly raid quests sent us back to Naxx, into Ulduar, ToC and back again. ToC10man was conquered and we began venturing into ICC’s lower spire.

And then finally, after months, Malygos was the weekly raid quest again. We were stronger in gear, stats and filled with confidence. Little did I know that Maly is a Wayward Fan and he knew I wanted him to go down.  Little did I know, as phase 3 began and I looked over the drake’s action bars for the first time in months, that Maly would release his very first surge of power on me.

Silly fool” – cried Malygos. “The powers at work here exceed anything you could possibly imagine!

The bright DBM warning flashed and I fumbled at my Shield of Flame but it was too late.  Maly blasted me from the sky and I was demoted from DPS to Space Junk and Raid Screenshot Shooter.

Never one to walk away from watching a raid continue around my corpse, I took up the role of Raid Screenshot Shooter with zeal.

However, Maly was not yet done with me. When the guild took him down, he dragged me down with him and booted me right out of Azeroth. I landed in the “Real World” shocked, full of profanity and panic at the posibility that I didn’t get the kill, the achievement and that title.

Luckily, I did in fact get credit for the kill however it felt empty. Even when I play the role of the dead raider, I am there to watch the fight and witness the team’s triumph. I am there not only to hear my own glorious achievement ringing bells but to see the achievement notifications of my fellow guildies. Maly stole away all that away from me and made it an empty victory.  In the end, I believe that Maly won this fight and it is one that I will never be able to get back.

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