Heroics Round 1
by, 17-07-2012 at 02:57 PM (1967 Views)
Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to another glorious blog from your 5th favorite resident Shaman, Ryot. Last week I posted that my guild would make our first real attempt at heroics. Well, I should say the first real attempt with me in the party. I explained some of the trials we faced in determining which people should, and should not, come to the raid; and also how we expected things to go.
Well, I am happy to report we took down all the bosses we shot for! Before I get ahead of myself, we really only went for 2 bosses. Before I get into my recap, I'll break down the party.
Tanks - Warrior/DK
DPS - Ret Pally, Roguex2, Hunter, Boomkin
Heals - Druid/Shaman/Disco Priest
We were set to begin at 11:00pm EST, but ended up not getting started until midnight since we had to wait for people. This was a slight annoyance, but ok...I can accept a little bit of a late start. Since this was many peoples first time, it took a minute to explain what was happening. Now, I will say that the first few wipes were pretty messy. Initially, we had 2 healers on my side and it was boring. So, I wanted to give it a shot solo style. Unfortunately, I also had the weaker of the two tanks on my side, plus the Rogue who had never run the boss before; so we wiped 2-3 more times. Once we evened the healing back out, 2 more shots was all it needed before we dropped Morchok. Now, I thought this was a pretty boring fight. It seemed really basic, and I never felt like I was pushing myself to heal properly. I think I could have single healed with the top tank and a better understanding of the mechanics; so we'll see how that works next time. We started at 12:00 and didn't finish the first boss until 1:30. Yes, you read that right, 1:30 (if not later). What really irked me about this run was the amount of time we seemed to take between each attempt at the boss. Literally we would have 15 minute intervals between each attempt at the boss. These intervals would begin with our main tank going afk to the kitchen (god knows why it took him 15 minutes in the kitchen) and then a lot of bullshit chatter. However, as soon as the focus of the chatter went from one person to another; we would then start the run. I like our strat guy in the guild, there is no denying he has an understanding of the mechanics of each boss, but it was just taking way too long to explain and the fact that people went AFK was just ridiculous. Hell, it may have been 1:45-2:00 before we moved on to the next boss. I also noticed, during this first fight, that our Boomkin (who has one of the highest gear score/ranking in the guild) was putting out the worst DPS. In fact, while the rest of the group was in the 35-40K range, he was in the 22-26k range. Simply put, this does not cut it. Now you can chalk this up to anything you like, (tired, stressed) but bottom line is a certain level of DPS is needed for these fights, and he was under performing. I'm pretty sure he doesn't use the right attack rotation, otherwise (with the best gear of all DPS'rs) he should have been at the top, and not having less DPS then our main tank...
We moved on to the next bosses, but opted to kill them in normal mode. I'm not quite sure why, but the general consensus was no one knew the strats and we had to learn them first. Ok, I thought that kinda sucked to be honest. We have a strat guy to tell us the method to each boss, but we opted to not even try? Maybe because he figured we'd just be wiping, but I was bummed to not even try the bosses. Our next target was Ultraxion...
It had to be about 2:30-3:00am EST by the time we got to Ultraxion. We lost our boomkin, which ended up being a good thing since we replaced him with higher DPS, and dropped our Disc Priest for the guys Rogue. We knew we had the DPS to handle the job, it just a matter of not getting blasted by Fading Light or Hour of Twilight. And good lord did we get blasted. I believe we wiped 6 times on Ultraxion before the big win. Each time we'd get him lower and lower; but a DPS or tank would always miss the fading light or hour of twilight. Now, after each death, we'd run back; eat up and try again. It was frustrating, but not in an angry sort of way. Each time we wiped, there would be a groan of disappointment, but we got right back on the horse and tried again. One of our Rogues died a lot, and a Hunter who was running with us their first time also died a bunch. Regardless, it didn't bother us they were dying; we were glad to keep things moving at a good pace and we got closer and closer which was awesome.
When we hit attempt #7, we had declared "Ok, this is the last shot on heroic, then we'll go normal and clear the rest of DS. Let's just focus". Our raid leader also said, "I just want to get to Time Loop so we can see if you healers can keep us up", to which I replied, "You get us there and we'll keep people alive". So on attempt number 7 they got us there, and holy balls was that something else.
The Druid took the red gem, and I took the Green and Blue gem. Once the Time Loop hit, it was the most intense thing I've ever experienced in WOW. I have never seen so many health bars dropping so fast; and I was spam healing GHW and Riptide as best as I could. It was frantic, chaotic and FUN! I have never clicked so fast and so much in my life; and in the end we were successful. We had one casualty, which REALLY bothered me. We had healed our asses off, but could not keep everyone alive. For that, I almost feel that it was a failure. What was odd was he said, "There ya go, I sacrificed myself so you could all live". Now, I'm not sure exactly where he came up with that determination that he somehow sacrificed himself nobly so the group could live, it was just a matter of him taking a tad more damage then the next person. But, sometimes people need to feel better about themselves? Maybe he was just joking, but no one got it.
So, this brings me to my first question: When a person drops during a heroic boss battle like that; is it considered a failure on the healers? Should I, or my healing partner, feel bad about someone dropping? Now, I can honestly say I was really pissed the guy dropped; but I'm assuming those things happen. But you tell me, my healing brethren...how do you cope with that type of loss?
When ultra died it was about 4:00am EST at this point. People were starting to get tired and we slowly began losing members of the raid group. We wiped 3 times on Normal boat, but cleaned up our act and plowed through the rest of DS. It's amazing how easy the normal modes felt after playing on Heroic for 2 bosses. At the end of the night, everyone got a new piece of gear; with a bunch of us getting offspec pieces. It was very rewarding and gratifying. The adrenalin rush from healing on heroic ultraxion was amazing. It felt like I had just won a sporting event, and I am very much looking forward to our next attempt. What made the experience miserable for me was the amount of wasted time. When they say, "We're starting at 11:00 pm EST (or 9:00 server)" I expect it to start at about that time. Not an hour later. When someone goes AFK for 5-10-15 minutes between each wipe on the FIRST BOSS, that is going to piss some people off. I understand real life issues come up, but there comes a time when it's just wasted time. All in all, it turned into 6 plus hours of attempted raiding; with probably 90 minutes wasted on nothing. That is what rubbed some of us the wrong way. I also firmly believe that if you cannot reach a certain number for DPS, you shouldn't come. We only had one issue with the boomkin early, and once he was replaced we had no problems taking down bosses. It started out as one of the more annoying nights of WoW, but turned into one of the best nights of WoW. There is little else that can match a solid night of healing and boss killing. I only wish my RL hunter friend could have been there with us. Otherwise, it was cool as shit! I walked away with a few new items (final piece of my tier and final piece of my offpsec tier 13) and I felt incredibly comfortable and confident in my healing ability.
I'll be back next week to talk about our next attempt at heroics. We're currently slated to attempt these on Saturday nights. I'm going to have a talk with the GM about starting times and who can commit to being there. The last thing any of us really want is to wasted 90 minutes on BS and staying up until 5:30 AM. It was the first time I can remember seeing the sun rise when I wasn't coming down from a night of taking ecstasy. I crawled into bed and received a lecture from the wife about, "You better not sleep all day, we have baby things to put together". I'm trying to avoid that I appreciate the feedback that everyone has given me on my blogs and on playing my character. I hope some find these reads interested, or at least they're just something to peruse to kill time. I thank Bink for the forum he's given me to express myself and my thoughts on WoW. Cheers to the community.
Don't forget the question for my healers out there: When someone dies, but you still kill the boss, do you consider it a failure? If you're a non-healer and you die but the rest of the group lives; do you blame the healers? How does that make you feel?
Ryot of Doomhammer
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