When I uploaded the combat logs from last night’s raid to WWS and WoW Meter Online (yes, I use both), I labeled the raid “Ulduar fail.” It was a failure not because we didn’t down any bosses (although that’s a pretty fair definition of failure, I’d say), but because many of our attempts were damn shoddy.
When learning new encounters, I understand wiping. Personally, I can read all the strats I can find, and I can watch all the videos; but until I’ve actually moved my character through the fight, I don’t really “get it.” That’s just how I learn. But once I’ve seen a boss in action, even if it’s as I lay dead on the ground, I know what has to happen. I know what I have to do. I know where I have to stand. And while, yes, sometimes it takes a few tries (and sometimes a lot of tries) to perfect the execution of a fight, grasping its mechanics comes pretty quickly.
I didn’t see that last night. In six of our attempts on Ignis, people stood in the fire and/or cast during his flame jets. People didn’t seem to listen to instructions.
Ten folks had spent the weekend in Ulduar, learning the fights and developing some strategies, and I couldn’t help but think that there were several people in the 25man raid last night who just expected those ten to carry them through. After all, that’s what could happen in Naxx. As long as you had a smattering of decent folks who knew what the hell they were doing — whether healers, dps, or tanks — you could clear the zone. (You might not clear it gracefully, but you could clear it nonetheless). Ulduar doesn’t work that way. All the DPS need to be rocking it. All the healers need to be on their toes (Almost every fight I’ve done so far has a Kel’Thuzad/Frost Blast component of sorts to it — as in “oh shit, heal that person right now or they’ll die!” Plus massive AOE damage. Plus 40K hits on the tanks. Yay?). The tanks need to know what the fuck they’re doing. No one can die. No one can slack. No one can ninja AFK. No one can be a whiny little drama queen in vent. No one can come without plenty of food and flasks. No one can be complacent. Complacency = “Ulduar fail.”
I have several posts in the works about healing in Ulduar, about setting up Grid to show some of the new debuffs, about telling Holy Paladins to STFU with their QQ-“nerf Disc Priests”-bullshit, about the mysteries of tracking Discipline healing and mitigation via WWS and WoW Meter Online, about how much I suck at jousting in the Argent Tournament, but all those will have to come later in the week.