Making the World of Warcraft more trivial, one post at a time…

What a difference a week makes. Last week, we were celebrating our first clear of Naxx. This week? I headed to bed angry, frustrated and demoralised.

First up, we had a go at Onyxia. We breezed through phase 1, but spent two hours wiping, wiping and wiping again on phase 2. The raid as a whole felt we were making good progress, but I'm not sure I share their faith. It simply felt to me like we lacked the situation awareness, the co-ordination and the communication to make it work. After the two hours were up, our raid leader called it, and we headed off to Naxx to farm some badges and bag the last achievements some people needed for the Fall of Naxxramas

So, we picked military wing, which four or five of us lacked. And the first two bosses when down quick and easy. But the Four Horsemen proved to be our bane. It was knocking on for 11:15pm by the time we got to them, and I was assigned to heal tank the back two, alongside Andro (a mage). And I was made of fail. The first attempt, I missed the void zone completely, and died. The second time, I was faced with moving out of a void zone, and dying from the shadow bolts, or staying, healing and dying from the zone. So I died again.

For the third attempt, they swapped me out for a paladin, but Andro died on the change-over and then all sorts of things went wrong on the taunting up the front. Wipe and call for the night. 

Intellectually, I know that raiding is a swings and roundabouts game, and that, chances are, it'll be better last week. But right now, I'm feeling pretty low.

  • Bre

    *Hugs* Leafy.

    I know it can be demoralizing. Doesn’t matter that you know it will be better next week or the raid just had a really off night, it still brings you down and makes you question.

    Right now, just let the disappointment in and accept it, it will drive you all not to repeat it again the next week.

  • Yeah… it can be demoralizing, and the best advice I can give you is to just remember you get a try again next week. When I have a bad raid or instance I just shake my leaves, run around Dalaran Lifeblooming everyone and /dance inside the Herbalism shop to keep my spirits up. ^_^

  • Damn mages, just so squishy …

    To be honest, I think it was a host of things: Knowledge, positioning, communication.

    We needed to learn where to go and what to do, to move at the right time, to adapt to changing cirumstances, and to generally be more “situationally aware” (as I you mentioned). It’s about teamwork and coordination more than individual prowess (not that that’s unimportant too).

  • Oh mah gawd how we hated 4 horsies. I thought the wipes would never end.

    Keep in mind that the job of the people in back (as I understand it) is to simply keep the attention of the two bosses until the main body of dpsers in front can come back and bump them off. We put two self-healers with lots of health back there – a tree druid and warlock, usually. Pally is good too, but mainly the job is twofold – stay alive, and swap out before you get 5 ticks or so. Everyone else should be up front.

    Once everyone learns where to look for those debufs and gets the timing down, it goes pretty smoothly. Just hang in there.

  • Mage tanking the Horsemen helps if you are Arcane (a bit more resistance) and save your mirror images for that “Oh shit the heal isn’t coming moment”

    Suddenly there are 3-4 more targets and the Mage might just scrape through by the skin of it’s cloth wearing butt.

    About the only time I spec Arcane is for that fight… I still prefer the boom of fire…

    Also helps if you had a shadow protection buff… but that probably goes without saying.

    Also Mage can blink away from an impending I have too many debuff death…

    Ice block… Mage is still there, just not taking damage… (but gratefully receiving heals).

    Good luck… normally takes us 2-3 runs to get it down, maybe a few more if we are breaking in a new mage (ie. it isn’t me)

  • *hug Leafy*

    My guild had a week like that last week. It sucked, everyone died to lazer eye beams and such. We just were out of it. Must be a full moon or something, right?