After a long night of wipes, S-a-S finally knocked down Aunaya and her crazy cats. This was definately a trail and error type fight - where just like Mulgar, so much rides on a perfect pull. Looking back at our WWS reports from our two nights of attempts we had 45 wipes before we finally pulled it all together. One raider made a comment that it was nice to have a challenge, and that he would have been frustrated if we hadn't gotten her down.
I don't want to sound like my grandpa here "Back when I was a kid.." type story, but really? Four years ago (has it really been that long?) when I was in my first Molten Core guild, we spent weeks wiping on Lucifron - forget Ragnaros. Razorgore was a full month of tears and pain, and don't even get me started on the challenges we faced against Fankriss. Granted, we weren't on the top of the curve, and trying to herd 40 cats through content when PvP epics were being handed out like sample heroin vials was pretty tough.
Things are different now
I really do like the direction Blizzard has taken with raids and consumables now. With more dalies than you can possibly compelte (due to the cap), and a greatly reduced raid consumable requirement, more time can be spent enjoying the content for what it is. More guilds are getting to see the end content, and this can only be a good thing.
Hard mode designs and achievments were a brilliant idea in my opinion. This gives the extreme guilds something to keep pushing for, and it let's the more casual players have access (eventually) to the end-game before the next expansion.
From what I've seen so far, I think Ulduar is very close to being perfectly tuned. Guilds like Ensida and Vodka who spent months working on the PTR have already cleared the content. Matticus touched on this in a recent post about why guilds may be frustrated in Ulduar, and I think he hit it spot on. Ulduar will be puggable in a few months, which is just about right.
I'm looking forward to an attempted repeat tonight. If we can pull off a repeat, I'll post up our strategy with a couple of screenshots.