Posts Tagged guild progress
Not only did the Brotherhood of Oblivion finally conquer our cockblock (DIAF Anub), but we got a new recruit out of it. There’s another two that I’m reeling in, as well. Yay! DPS!
I am forever amused (and frustrated by) the fact that we have this plethora of tanks and healers and a dearth of solid DPS. WTF, guys? Thankfully, most of our tanks and healers can rotate into DPS slots, but not all of them. The majority of them are competent at their secondary jobs if not downright excellent, which certainly makes my life earlier.
To my further amusement, our healers are less likely to complain about DPSing than our tanks. While most healers I know suffer from “back seat healing syndrome” (see how often I drop out of shadow form sometime), none of them seem to flail at others doing their job like a tank will. Is it because the tanks are more visible?
And now, let’s talk about…
How To Offer Opinions And Not Look Like A Dick
We have two raid members who are both rather opinionated individuals with a lot of usually solid advice to offer. One of them is an appreciated, well-liked member of the team…
…and the other is on the verge of being gkicked nearly every raid he attends. Why are they different?
- Watch your word choice.
- Watch your method of delivery.
“In hindsight, using X at This Time would have been better,” is less hostile than “Gee, using X at This Other Time was a mistake! Didn’t you see that _____?” If you are really frustrated and want to vent, find a friendly ear and do it there. Hint: ventrilo isn’t it. Tell your Healing Buddy that doing Y was dumb as hell, then suggest far more politely to your raid leader that maybe we could try ___ some time, because you’ve seen it work really well before.
Similarly, commenting in raid chat or in whispers is considered more polite than random vent comments during a boss fight. So, what what you say and how you say it: it makes the world of difference.
On a related note, if you are not the RL/an officer, don’t call for things like brezzes or heroism. Sometimes, we forget…but sometimes we have something else in mind, so we’d really rather you not confuse the matter. A pug, for example, might not recognize that you’re not the RL/officer and go ahead and do it and then…well. Oops.
Last night’s ToC actually did…not go too badly. We started an hour late because I had issues filling a larger-than-normal number of gaps, but it wasn’t without its benefits. For one thing, I unknowingly ended up with the alt of a friend in the raid. We almost didn’t take him due to gear-I wish he’d told me who his main was beforehand. D’oh! Thankfully I trust that guild tag in general, so I decided that a slightly undergeared Celestial Darkness person was better than a slightly undergeared Random Person. You can only imagine my delight to find out it was my buddy Wyre. Drood in warrior form!
Anyway, we may have picked up a new “regular pug” with the potential to turn into a guildie-and even better yet, they’re shaman flavored. Yay, shamananans.
Despite the shortened raid time, we cleared up to Anub with minimal issues and got some attempts in on him, which was more than we’d done for the past couple of weeks. I just want to know why we can handle everything up to that point and then all of a sudden it…falls apart.
Oh well, strat research time!
And now on to Things That Bug Me:
I appreciate opinions and strat suggestions. I really, honestly, do. However, once the fight starts? If you’re not an officer, shut your mouth and don’t call out instructions. We have seven bloody officers, do you think we any need any help cluttering up vent? No! :P We run all over our own god damned selves just fine without outside assistance…
So last night, BoO made its return to 25s.
We still need some solid DPS-we pugged a couple, some of our own still need work, and some alts made appearances. Of course part of the alt fun was because two nublettes decided that it was okay to take their healer mains to a pug Ulduar25 since OMG we have so many heals right? …and then we’re short a healer come the night of our run.
Don’t do that. You know who you are and you of all people should know better. :P Yes, we have more healers than you can shake a stick at. Yes, you have alts that are capable of going into Ulduar25. But you have no idea if one of our other healers might have connection issues, wife aggro, kid aggro, or whatever at the last minute. Save your god damn mains for god damned guild runs.
Let me tell you, the last thing I want on what is still progression content is Josh healing. Not because Josh isn’t a fine holy paladin-he is-but because I want him tanking.
Besides, on his pally Josh gets all up in my healing business. “I think that not having healing assignments on this was a bad idea.” Really? It was a one tank fight (pummelbot bitch doesn’t really count). Do I have to explicitly tell you that you’re a tank healer and should therefore be on the tank? And that the raid healers should be on the raid? Hello? /thwack
If we have an excess of tank healers (and we did, last night) then I’m going to be the one on raid bitch duty. This is fine with me as I’m the most used to it. I really want to push the tanks to be comfortable with Celaeno, anyway. Know the Celaeno, love the Celaeno. I am not the only disc priest. I do not want to be the only disc priest. Feel the warm embrace of the other disc priest’s bubbles… They seem a bit insecure sometimes because she’s not on vent (with reason), but they’ll have to get over it. I’ll make them. >:|
I’m not sure if my tendency to hand out similar healing assignments is good, or bad. Familiarity vs boredom? I’m most likely to assign Kotakh the floating “assist on the tanks but watch the raid” because I know he’ll be on top of it. And well…raid is raid. I could switch up the tank assignments, but…Josh wants me healing him. So. You try to work with that and make it interesting, damn it!
Mim wasn’t a smooth waltz in and one shot, but we still improved by leaps and bounds and he did, eventually, fall. And drop loot that no one really cared for because we all had better-go figure.
And as they descended down the shattered hallway, Lyrandre stopped to gape. In all her years, she’d seen nothing quite like this. What had rampaged down this hallway with so little care for the timeless beauty?
This fight proved that the healers of BoO are amazing. Why are we amazing? Because not only did we do a lovely job of keeping the tank up, but we kept the tank up despite one of the DPS failing at shadow crash seven mother fucking times. And that’s only the one DPS, mind. A couple of others failed it a less-failtacular but still WTF-inducing 4 times. Quit staring at the meters, guys. Seriously.
Oh and don’t pull aggro. *stares*
After Mimiron he actually seemed rather easy.
On to Yoggy!
Vezax strat will come out as soon as I…figure out what everyone else was actually doing.