More “how not to”…

I’ve a ranty post centred on healing in draft, but in the meantime…

How not to instance as a hunter (concise edition)

  • Aspects are tricky, and you’re quite new. Stick to Aspect of the Noob (Aspect of the Pack)
  • Definitely have problems with your misdirect
  • Be sure to let your guild know that you had the wrong aspect on in the last pull.
  • Bonus points if you’ve already done this once in a recent guild raid.

How not to tank Baradin Hold as a Death Knight

  • For Occu’thar, definitely don’t make use of AMS to counter the nasty breath attack. Those blue bars are unsightly, make them go down
  • For Argaloth,  *do* make use of AMS for the cleave (does that screw up the damage sharing? Not sure…)
  • When running between Occu’thar and Argaloth (which you might do if you have a fresh-ish 85 alt in your run) don’t bother with Unholy Presence. The raid will wait for you.
  • Just before you get to the room, switch Unholy Presence and forget what you just did. Lower GCD > threat and survivability any day
  • Definitely complain that the other tank is taunting or overthreating, even though they’re waaaay more experienced than you. I guess I lose a potential bonus point for the other tank being a guildie
  • Try not to realise the problem before most of the other group are already dead to the cleave.
  • Announce to the raid full of guildies that you have “Aspect of the Noob” switched on. Be reminded that it’s a “Presence”1.
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  • Make sure that the Helm from Hallow’s end only drops for your DPS casters.
  • Have your DPS caster win the helm early on
  • BONUS :Point
  1. but still very definitely Presence of the Noob []

Raid Administrator Anorak, reduced

So my previously-mentioned experiment with raid organization has failed. Not in an exciting way. There has been no “who do you think you are, asking for my spec and capabilities, you never-raided-only-played-since-3.2-loladin?”. No “you didn’t pick me and now I will tear the world apart”. Not even “you suck and I don’t want to share gchat with you, much less raid with you”.

Nope. Instead I got … nothing. Zero response. The “go check the raid post in the forums” MotD was live for a day or so before being replaced with a “gz to X on reaching 80”. I tried spamming gchat with “interested in raiding – go visit our guild forum at xxxx for the raid signup thread” periodically and got … nada. Wowstead is currently not responding for me so I can’t double check, but the post had maybe 30 views last time I checked – and I’d be willing to bet that at least 20 of them were me looking to see if anyone had replied.

Ironically, just this past weekend I looked in the calendar to see a “raid night” entry for Wednesdays, created by another guildie. I was, momentarily, nonplussed. On closer inspection, this was to go look at lvl70 raids, and didn’t seem to have much in the way of signups. I’d *love* to go back and look at older raid content – but I’d prefer to do some level 80 raids first, or at least in parallel.

On Friday, there was a rather haphazard attempt at the weekly raid quest. A handful of guildies, a couple of PuGs and a couple of friends-of-the-guild. We had quite a few people (me included) who didn’t know the encounter at all.

First was a mildly irritating stop in Naxx to pick up a key. Mildly irritating because I went splat during the encounter, saw no combat rez incoming and so released, thinking I’d run back in. Only the door was locked. So I missed the end, and the achievement. I suppose that given I was a puddle on the floor, I probably don’t deserve it, but still. Raid achievement #2 continues to elude me.

Next, we variously flew and/or were summoned to EoE, whilst a couple of PuGged members pointed out in raid chat that if we didn’t know what we were doing here we were all going to wipe. They were right, as it turned out. I was frantically reading a strategy for Malygos and my confidence was dropping a sentence at a time. We zoned in. Some stuff happened (I’m not entirely sure what) and we wiped. Half of the raid promptly left the group – a reasonable response, I thought. So we gave up, and I went back to my mage alt, Centrella. More on her later.

So, it seems pretty clear now. If I’m to raid *at all*, I need to find a new guild for my main. Much as I enjoy running heroics and boosting alts/new players, and despite the considerable fun as I’m having with Centrella, I want to try raiding on my main. I’d like to at least do *some* of the level 80 content before it’s 5 levels behind me.

This does not make me happy.