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

Chimearon sucks – That’s why my guild hates me!!!

That kind of says it all, don’t it :)

Our healers are having a rough go at this guy. I assured them I think they can do it, and that 80% is all about them. I said, “You guys carry us to the last phase, then the rest of the raid will mop things up for you.”

Its all about spell & target selection for the healers in this fight. I know that’s somewhat self explanatory and true for most fights if not all, but this one is a bit different. I’m not going to get into the details of what healers should or shouldn’t do here, I don’t play a healer and never have – so I feel somewhat incapable of making good educated commentary beyond the above.

What I will mention is the role the RL/GM has in this. I dragged them there last night…kicking and screaming…”let’s go to BoT!”…”No. We are going to BWD. And yes, we are attempting Chimearon.” “sigh”
I know its painful, but as a dps class I didn’t shy from Festergut – typically considered to be a DPS/Gear check for your raid’s progression in ICC. I relished that challenge. I min/maxed to get every scrap of dps out of my spec and gear. It was hard…very hard at first. Eventually we got it with our 10 man team, and in the 25 man of which I was a member. We wiped…a lot. Even Heroic mode was a challenge at first, and trying to get the achievements for it, etc.

Additionally, I forced a main tanking guildie out for one simple reason. The RL said we’re going to X instance, said tank’s response was – “No, I am not tanking that place, I don’t like it”. Well, it’s not his call, now is it. And we can’t avoid fights or instances simply because we don’t like them, they’re hard, or a root canal is the more preferred way to spend an evening. Doesn’t work that way folks.

So here I am being the hard ass, telling them…We’re going! And you will thank me for it in the end!! Well, there were no thank yous, and it did get bad as one of my healers outright said, “I don’t think we have the healing core to do this”. My response was – then I need to replace you with someone who can. Harsh? Perhaps. True? Absolutely.

As a GM or RL we struggle with one of the most fundamental issues of a social game with semi-tangible results and goals. At what point does the fact that you “like” someone, or they are a really “nice” person no longer enough justification to bring them to raid? It’s a line in the sand we all face, and have to contend with. Its not fun, or easy.

My measuring stick…

  • I am always apt to continue to give the player a shot so long as they are trying and measurable improvement can be seen.
  • If they hit a wall, I will work with them as much as I can to help them get over that hurdle and back on track.
  • If they give up on themselves…well, that’s a sure sign to cut them loose.

Not easy decisions whatsoever, and it can be especially nerve wracking for 10man raiding guilds on low pop servers where numbers and warm bodies are scare or limited. Heavy is the crown folks…heavy like a concrete slab holding you down on the lake bed. :)

-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