I’m facing a brand new encounter tonight, and although I’d contend that the success of most fights rests on the healers (no pressure, guyz!), this time it seems especially true. And this particular fight is “hell for healers,” or so I hear. (srsly, no pressure!)
In a nutshell: General Vezax negates mana regen. (OMG, the pressure!)
Having never done this fight before — not on 25man, not on 10man, not on the PTR — I’m dutifully researching the mechanics of the encounter.
“Read the strats.” “Watch the video.” Raiders are instructed to do this prep-work all the time, with varying responsiveness and results. Although I’m apt to read a description of a fight and read about a boss’s abilities beforehand, I’ll admit, I rarely watch videos. I find them hard to follow:
OK, so the boss has some animations. And people move around. And the tank… wait, is that a tank? or is that a ret paladin… Um… and the camera spins. And wtf scrolling combat add-on is that guy using? And 5 minutes later, the boss is dead. Add a shitty trance soundtrack. And that’s how you kill this boss.
For me, doing the fight is the best way to learn.
But more than just knowing how to “do” the fight, the Vezax encounter requires some additional knowledge. Namely, healers, what are your efficient spells?
Priests, read this post for some insight.
And tune in for News at 11 when I update you on how things went.