Totally Raids, Inc is currently sitting square in Tier5 content. We’re working on Vashj, and then will move our tails into TK, kill Al’ar without having him bug out at 8% like he did the last time, and set our sights on Kael’thas. But friends of TRI are doing more – much more. And it seems that one of their raids which has Hyjal on clear and is working on Bloodboil in Black Temple has just lost a healer. Permanently.
Unfortunately, they raid on Fridays and Mondays – and TRI also raids on Fridays. So I can’t really apply for the full time spot. And, well, usually Mondays aren’t the best nights for raids either. But this Monday is. And so, I have signed up to sub. And at 5:30 server time on Monday, barring them finding a permanent replacement, I will be joining up with this group of players and getting a crash course in Tier 6.
I am, as it were, not prepared! I’ve never seen any of the fights! Help! What do I do?
Well. I do a few things.
- I get myself a little notebook, and set my browser to www.bosskillers.com and www.wowwiki.com and start paging through the boss fights, making loose little notes in my notebook. These notes are things like “don’t stand in the fire” and major boss mechanics, as well as totem ideas for specific occurrences – I have no idea what group I’ll be in, so this is more about me having some idea what to expect. I also check out a few YouTube videos if I can find one or two from a healer’s perspective.
- I go to their guild website, and see if they have a strategies discussion board or section. This way I can see what *they* are used to doing with each fight, now that I have some idea of how each one generally progresses. This will let me know if they’ve had particular trouble with a certain type of adds, or a mechanic that’s usually wiping out the rogues, or whatnot – things that, as a healer, I should be prepared for.
- I bug people that have been through it before. In this case, I’ve bothered Matticus, as well as a few other TRI members that have seen Tier6 content before. I want to know what it’s like in the trenches, little gimmicks that I can use to make things easier, etc.
- I go back to my notebook and those boss killing strategies and set up a little page or section for each of the bosses I may end up seeing. In this case – all 5 Hyjal bosses and the first 4 of TK, as I don’t know how much of the instances that they cleared on Friday. This way I don’t have to alt-tab out (which often crashes my game right now…grumble) during the raid, and will hopefully not require too much in the way of explanation from someone at the beginning of the fight.
So, at this point, am I prepared? Well, not really. I still have to make sure I have WAY MORE potions, flasks, mana oil, food, and all of those important raid consumables than I can ever imagine needing – because I do not want to run out and have to scrounge for them like a noob. And, at this point, I have to go respec Annorah back to restoration, since I got a little “fun time” last night and went elemental for Totally WTF Karazhan again (2:42 full clear, no wipes).
And at that point, I will be as prepared as I know how to be. Will I still make mistakes – probably. I’ll be learning fights that these guys have on farm. But I’ll be darned if I’m going to be dead weight when I get there. Having subs in the raid can be frustrating because they can really slow you down, so I’m doing everything I can to have some knowledge of what’s going on and what I’ll need to do to be successful.
Because hey – you never know – I might get invited back!
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