Housekeeping note…

Finished up Bastion of Twilight last night, and as those 10 achievement points dinged, so did “It’s over nine thousand!!”

Nice little double success moment. 9k achievement points has been a long time coming. I have been sitting in the 8000 range since last fall. Cataclysm gave me a good set of points that were simple enough to attain and get me over the hump.

Next major Achievement on my horizon is 100 mounts. I am at 96.

So close….soooooo close.

Q

Hunter achievements…

Thank you Big Red Rhino….I pet tanked Argaloth this past week. It was a lot of fun, and definitely a worth while effort. We actually tried a few pulls on Atramedes with a pet tank again….not successful. BUT….the results weren’t terrible.

Pet tanks take a seriously greater amount of damage than a standard well geared tank, however, they get no stacks of sound. So, good – no sound mitigation on the tank; bad – increased burden on the MT healer. We may try that again at some point, we shall see. I am curious to know what other Raid level bosses Hunters have tried to pet tank to date. Please leave your comments on success or utter failures. We can always learn from either scenario!!

Also, last night I took the neck drop from Valiona, Necklace of Strife. That leaves me 2 more armor pieces for upgrade: Helm and Shoulders. There are some minor bump ups still available, tier legs would be better than my Magmaw dropped ones, and the Valor back piece (Viewless wings) is slightly better than the Maloriak dropped one that I am currently sporting.

One shot on Argaloth, Magmaw, Omno, Chim, and Maloriak on Tues….with a good number of pulls on Atramedes.

Wed night was Halfus and then a lot of work on V&T…we’re still getting used to the movement on that one. Trash was kind to us with 3 BOE drops – Tank gun for our MT, Healing staff for our Druid Healer, and 1H DPS sword for our DK (OT/DPS).

Q

Cataclysm Raiding – 5 of 12

5/12 – That’s not good enough, not nearly good enough.
It’s a hard line to tow. Be the hard ass who kick’s the pig into gear? Be the nice guy that pat’s everyone on the back and says, “Hey, A for effort!”

When do you do one, versus the other?
I lean more to the big meanie side of the spectrum. So, its always appropriate to me the hard ass in my book. One of my raiders said last night “Ok, American Idol is over, 100% of my attention is on the raid now”. I almost lost it right then and there! Raid awareness is almost overwhelmingly made up of “paying the &$%# attention”. Another raider admitted their lack of certain raiding addons, DBM, Omen, etc. Again…must have for many if not all (And it doe not have to be those particular add-ons, so long as its one that serves the same function). So, what function is that?

Proactive vs Reactive. Any good raider will tell you…the single biggest key to any encounter is knowing what to do before it happens. Everyone has a reaction time, you can’t help but have “human lag”. Addons and features like DBM (deadly Boss Mods for those not in the know) and Omen (a threat meter – and if I have to explain what threat is, why are you reading this?!) assist the player in cutting down that human lag. Its far easier to get out of fire when your UI starts screaming GET OUT OF FIRE NOW!!!! A second before you actually have to get out of the fire. It cuts out some if not all of the reflex delay. Is it perfect? No. Does it help…yes. Unabashedly yes.

As for the other issue…having the TV going or music blaring isn’t an issue. I am notorious for having either The Hangover or NFL Network Playing on the big screen in the background, but they do not distract me. They are white noise, not something that splits my attention.

Some raid etiquette:

  1. Do not have anything that distracts (read: DETRACTS) from your in-game performance. Turn off whispers or move them to a hidden chat tab. Ensure RL distractions are kept in check…no raiding while trying to bottle feed your 1 yr old. Make sure to put your DND on if applicable. No running random internet searches in the background, no blogging while raiding.
  2. Computer performance issues? If you know the 3-4 hour raid time is an issue on your aging comp…get a fan set up specifically for raid times. Even ice packs placed under a towel and the laptop resting dryly and safely above can be helpful. Anything to keep it cool and running smoothly.
  3. Don’t be the raid disruptor. If you have familial interference, ask to be replaced. If you don’t want to be replaced, then tell your loved ones to wait until you are free. You do need to choose a priority.
  4. Don’t be the RAID DISRUPTOR!!! Eyes open, ears open…MOUTHS CLOSED! This is not to say your opinion isn’t welcome, but use appropriate channels, whispers are better. Let the RL speak, and follow their instructions. A post-mortem is always welcome to determine if a better course of action is available. But do not undermine the RL and talk over them or argue.
  5. RL etiquette? Don’t yell at people…talk to them, not at them. Explain what they are doing wrong and offer some corrective action. Don’t just call them a noob and raid-kick them. Your job is to lead and instruct…its about teaching and coaching; not condemning and judging.

All of this is of course…common sense. So use some common sense, exercise some practical restraint, and hopefully a better raiding experience will come.

As for me…5/12 is nice…but we can do better. A lot better. If everyone focuses a little more, and practice some better measure of raid awareness and etiquette – 9/12 is right around the corner. And 12/12 follows close behind.

-Q