Having cleared the way on Monday evening, last night our merry band of adventurers went to play with a poor, sickly dragon in need of help. And it was … weird.
Even more so than usual, I was mostly running about like a headless chicken. “Blazing Skeleton on the left”, run run run thump. “Suppressors, right”, trundle trundle thwack. As a pure adds fight for DPS, the only time I looked at Valithria was in the odd gap where I threw a Holy Light or used Lay on Hands on her, and on reflection I’m not sure that was a great idea. For future encounters, I think ignoring Valithria and using any gaps in the adds to top up members of the “outside” team would be a better plan. Primarily, it was very strange not to be glance at my target frame periodically for a quick check on our progress. It seems I pay more attention to that than I’d thought, normally, and it felt most peculiar when I couldn’t do that.
Anyway, after a couple of attempts our awesome healers managed to fix her ailments but it came as something of a surprise, to me at least. Not long before the finale, one of the two healers assigned to dragonbandaging keeled over and given that there didn’t seem to be a combat rez in the offing, I assumed we were headed for another wipe, although a “better” wipe as we’d made it past her “nearly there, loves” emote. Then we were done, the dragon was up (and then gone before I could even get my head around the idea of taking a screenshot) and the fallen were back on their feet. I wouldn’t say it was anticlimactic, but there didn’t seem to be the same instantaneous collective roar that we had for the Putricide kill, possibly because we weren’t all able to see her health inching closer and closer to full. Anyway, another success in ICC! \o/
ASIDE: For those focused on healing the dragon, it must make for a pleasant change to do some flying about, then nuke heal like crazy on a single target — to be able to look about a bit (I presume) instead of spending so much time focused on Vudho.
Things need to remember/do next time:
- Find a way to put Val’s health up on screen somewhere so I can see what’s going on — purely for selfish reasons. Focus target? DBM?
- Don’t bother trying to heal Val in the downtime moments — either heal members of the DPS team or reposition.
- Check to see if repentance works on any of the adds. It probably doesn’t, but check anyway
- Fix my UI so I can make better use of not-hitting-stuff abilities when useful. I was trying to use Cleanse and Divine…er…thingy as appropriate but I don’t think I was terribly effective with it.
Point 4 is the big one. I’ve resisted the urge to customise my UI thus far, beyond sticking a few addons on it, but I might have to bite the bullet plus replace Healbot with Vudho while I’m on, as it’s most definitely the raidframe weapon of choice among the enthusiasts. I’ve seen many appealing UIs here and there, but the one time I made a start I installed Bartender (I think), freaked out when I logged in to find buttons scattered everywhere and promptly uninstalled it. Since then I’ve preferred spending time playing WoW to playing with WoW.
More on UIs after I’ve made a start on making mine.