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Raid Kitten pt deux

March 30, 2010 4 comments

http://slice213.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/late-post-is-late-herding-cats-hey-its-raiding-time/

Go read the inital part for a refresher. Take it as gospel, the koran, etc for being a raid kitten.

Also check out http://1337bohica.wordpress.com/

I agree with what Tir has written. (he may have a temper at times, but the man does know his stuff, and he is genuine when he wants the guild to succeed and besides he is a nice guy).

I admit that I do not think I am a “good” WoW player. It takes me a while to learn mechanics, as Slo mentioned you can read and watch all the videos, but till you actually see the fight first hand, all that other stuff is fluff. The written strats and the videos are reference materials only and really should not be taken as gospel.

Raid Leaders and members must: Learn, adapt, and evolve as appropriate. Otherwise we die. A raid is a living breathing organism composed of its members, when one faile, the raid dies.

Be prepared when you head into a role you are not used to, be it healer or DPS, or tank. Spec, gem, enchant appropriately. If you are not used to DPSing – spend more time with it. Not used to tanking, do more of it…(yeah i know i need to tank more).

Watch your threat meters, don’t get tunnel visioned into lifebars (I am bad at this sometimes), procs, etc. Dont stand in front of a boss (if it has cleave) or behind it (if it has a tail attack). 

Also learn the habits of your fellow raid members if possible. Learn to think what would they do in a certain situation. For example, Ari and I were targeted by the ice tombs. My reaction is if someone runs toward me and we need to be spread out, I will run from them. Forgetting Ari can blink, she can move faster then I, should have allowed her to move as they are better equipped for the task.

When possible keep raid channels and vent clear for raid information that needs to get passed on.

I do not want to sound like an ass here but there is no other way to put this. Joking and fun is all good, but please can the chatter when about to pull or when in the middle of combat. If you talk while in combat…and hitting that push to talk key  – you may miss something you need to GTFO from, cast a critical spell needed,  or cut out someone trying to relay an important piece of info to the raid.  Combat time is srs bizness. I don’t care if its lolNaxx, or totc 10 something can happen to screw the raid over. (like a certain Paladin or Shaman not being in a healing spec :P still cracks me up)

If you are getting replaced or not picked, do not take offense. Means comp is not working and need to try something else out.  Once the kinks are worked out alt ways can be worked out etc. If you are getting replaced, take it as moment to Learn, adapt, and evolve. Is your spec off? Rotation off? Gemmed, enchanted incorrectly?

The game is not about the loot. Its about, as Tir mentioned, beating the “endboss”. If loot is your driving goal. You may wanna review why you are in a guild. If you just want loot, join a PuG.

A guild raid is a beautiful thing, a guild is like a family. A guild is like that security blanket one can always rely on.

FOR BACON

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10/12 woot?? Monday morning raid report.

March 29, 2010 4 comments

3/29/10 Shadow Rising went into ICC 10 to kill some stuff.

I know myself…I was tired. Was tempted to ask for a replacement, but meh manned up and went thru with it.

Wiped once on Blood Princes….not quite sure what happened…Kinetic bomb maybe?

2nd try was poetry in motion. Couple of times I did lose track of Soth. /panic.  I also wanded a ball as well. (ok that does not sound good, but meh will keep it in)

Then went onto Prof. /pwned.  Got me a new belt.

I want to be knocking on Arthas’ door soon, not playing with his pet dragon.” – Arioch from Clearcasting

As you can see, we hit a brickwall. Ground Phase and Airphase seem to be going ok. Just slow down the DPS on the tombs a little.

Also the draw – in ability she does. Seems like we are getting that down, noone is dying from that anymore for the most part.

Protip: As soon as she does it, rotate your camera to the direction you wish to run. Hit the ground and zoooooommmmm. GTFO.

2nd phase at 35%…I know I messed up. Note to self: leave room behind for people to hide.

People need to move as soon as the ice tomb is broken,  and also get away from the person being targeted with the tomb.

I am sure we will get her down. :)

And then hello Lich King! Can we borrow some sugar for lemonade!

Also for some early morning excitement check out fromthenether.wordpress.com. Its “stimulating”

FOR BACON

Categories: guild, raids

Shield calculator

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment
Categories: disc

Melee? Caster? Healer?

March 26, 2010 22 comments

In any game, be it an MMO (WoW, FFXI etc) or a console game, how do you prefer to play? Does our own every day persona affect what role we like to play as well?

In a console RPG i tend to prefer the characters who are not as loud or out spoken/flashy, they also tend to be the caster or the healers in a lot of games. (go figure).

In RTS I do tend to take the defensive path and unit conservation.

In MMO’s i will tend to pick caster/support type classes before venturing out into a melee or tank role.

IRL I admit i do tend to blend into the background doing my own thing, not really being outgoing till i get to know a group of individuals. Also helping out people IRL is important to me, so a backline job in games is something that comes natural to me.

My younger brother on the otherhand, like to be on the front lines, bashing heads, tanking mobs. When he did play an MMO he was a Paladin in FFXI. When he wanted to kill things – he played warrior and bashed things with a great axe. IRL he is the outgoing one.

Looking at my own guild Shadow Rising, seeing people in their class choices and then hearing them on vent, I can see for the most part why they are the class they are. Although there are a few exceptions.

In games does your class match your personality? Or does your backstory behind the character more your personality? Or are you a complete opposite of your character?

raid update – VDW down 2nd time! Our Shamans are pro. *nods* Rotface down with a paladin who has never kited the slimes before. Pro kiting Arv :P

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Melting Pot

March 25, 2010 5 comments

 Hmmm..recipe for 10 man raid says.

2 tanks, 2-3 healers, and the rest of the raid to consist of a mix of ranged and melee DPS. Mix well and serve over ice.

Now I dont know about tanks…I assume you can take any 2 and you will be fine.

For DPS will want a  good mixture of both.

Healers….hopefully your guild has a good mixture of people you can bring into the raid for a variety of heals, abilities, and buffs.

In Shadow Rising:

1 Holy Paladin off spec Ret

3 Resto Shamans, I think all 3 have a DPS off spec

1 Holy/Disc Priest

2 Disc/Shadow Priests

0 Resto Druids

I am sure if you take 3 resto shaman…probably be ok. Especially if it is the 3 resto shaman we have in Shadow Rising. (Hex, Slopole, and Sorak), but will be missing some pretty sweet buffs for the raid.

However, all the healing classes besides their buffs and spells, provide the raid with variety. This being  how they “heal”  also benefits the raid.

You have Holy Paladin’s heal bombing targets, Resto Druids padding the raid with HoTs with lovely HoTs, Resto Shaman doing what resto shamans do (I have no idea how they heal), Disc Priests – hitting one button: Power Word: Shield (yum dmg mitigastion), and Holy Priests…helping with AoE heals.

 Having a good mixture of healers, will in my opinion cut down the stress on your healing team. Taking 3 holy paladins…I am sure can be done…but might be a bit hectic. While swapping in a resto shaman and priest will help not seeing health bars dropping down too far. (dmg mitigation > direct heal imo)

Got incoming AoE dmg…Bubble, CoH, a pre-cast PoH, a druids HoTs will help out.

Know your tank is going to get hit hard real fast? Holy Pally!, PW:S, ES?

Got that DPS who like to Whirlwind? PW:S, ES or some HoTs. Beacon?? LOL

In this game, variety is good. :) Trust me.

Also WTB Resto Druid pst! paying well…we haz Pie and Tir.

And today I have not messed up with the reply system. :)

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Now for your daily squee…*insert earplugs*

March 24, 2010 1 comment

For  Koala and Ari. Enjoy.

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Update!!

March 24, 2010 8 comments

Ok being nicotine free has really sucked so far. I can tell my patience is a lot thinner right now. (although it will not show XD) Hopefully soon this will be all over and not feel any cravings for the Nicotine.

Last night…I was pretty grumpy/tired. SR went into VoA stomped it to the ground, or course priest never drops T-T. Then off to Naxx…yeah we wiped!!! jk. (Would have been kinda funny if that did happen :P).

Then onto 25 man ICC. I dont know why but serious 25 man raids (ICC and i guess ToTC), really stresses me out. Not sure why…probably cause it brings flash backs of Dynamis and Sky. Also with 3 pro shamans…didnt feel like i really did anything lol. Just shielded things. One thing that did kinda confused me was why Tir didnt want shielded and PS when he was hopping over to the other boat?? The add tank, Arvash, does not require lots of heals, a shield and a heal or two is the most needed at times.

On the death dude – on the rolling. I was tired and I apologize…i missed that the dude was trying to sell the mark off, missed that in chat (even though raid chat is in orange). And i stupidly type didnt he win it? I meant that, cause i thought the mark was given to sorak with a lower roll. I was really weary at that point, sorry to SR if i sounded like an ass.

*I should have taken a nap before raid time :P*

On a positive note. got my new shoes!!! 31% base crit. nomnomnom. Better then golden grahams, and lucky charms, but not apple jacks. Now to buy a saronite to pay back the guild and buy the other shoe cloth pattern for the guild.

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