March 14, 2008 – 8:39 am
*tinfoil hat on*
What happens when someone you think you knew, maybe someone you’ve raided with, or someone that’s been in your guild awhile, turns out to not be who they say they are? And how do you approach that person afterwards, especially if they’ve been malicious to other guildmates?
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March 13, 2008 – 11:54 pm
Raid leader’s sick, sounds awful in vent, had to leave early to try to sleep. Raid assist has 2 year old twins with the flu. Main tank is Raid Assist’s husband. Healer Lead skips out 20 minutes in (school or something), leaving yours truly to coordinate again (no replacement is brought in for him). AFK’s galore, disconnects left and right, can’t seem to get either of our usual mages to stay connected more than 2 minutes, and Al’ar bugged out and reset at 9%.
I know. Al’ar doesn’t have a reset. But at 9% we all dropped combat and he went back to flying around the top of the room. I don’t know either.
Then another raid leader (from another raid) steps in as a sub, and while she’s very nice… she’s not really our raid leader. She’s got a few of her own raiders with her as subs as well, and while she was nothing but courteous and soft spoken, her other raiders proceeded to tell us what to do, what we’re doing wrong, call out for various skills/abilites that they think people should be using RIGHTNOW OMG, including a mage who told our pallytank how to play (and that he’d rather just have hunter pets tanking adds) but couldn’t manage to wait 3 seconds to start DPS on the adds so that the tank could get aggro.
Said mage also said in raid chat “rez me lol!” when I was the only surviving raid member and hadn’t rezzed any of the priests yet (selfrez ftw!) – no sh*t you need a rez, idiot – I can see that you and everyone else around me are corpsed! Also couldn’t figure out what spells he should use to fight Al’ar since he’s fire invulnerable. And he sounded like Beevis in vent.
3 hours of wiping on Al’ar. Funny how 3 hours of wiping can feel like you’re making progress and learning a fight, or it can feel like you’re in a room with 24 other incompetent morons beating their heads against a flaming death chicken. (And yes, I include myself in the incompetent moron dept.)
And I get to do it all again Friday/today! Since apparently there’s a group of the raid that want to do MORE WIPING instead of getting a chance to recoup some of our losses and gear up on things we know. This week was supposed to be “wipe on Vashj” week – so much for that.
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March 13, 2008 – 7:36 am
Well, obviously this one depends on the character, but I tend to go with as many consumables as I can justify bringing for the cost for my priest (who is not a progression character) and all available buffs/flasks/potions for my shaman (who is). I bring both flasks and elixirs to most raids, in case things don’t go as planned. Progression nights are definitely flask nights, but the rest of the time I try to judge based on how the raid is doing and on how many wipes we’ve had.
Also, I try never to log out without repairing, so I don’t noob it up and show up at a raid with 40% durability…
In game lists:
- Golden Fishsticks (20)
- Blackened Sporefish (20)
- Superior Mana Oil (2 vials = 10 charges)
- 1-2 Shattrath Flasks of Mighty Restoration
- 10 Elixirs of Healing Power
- 10 Elixirs of Major Mageblood
- Mana Potions (usually not less than 10) – especially SSC/TK specific pots
- 1 stack bandages
- 5+ Ankhs
- Fish Oil (20)
- Shiny Fish Scales (20)
- 40 water/coffee and 20 food of whatever type I can buy
- Three full sets of gear – one equipped, two in bags
- Crunchy Serpent/Bluefish or other +damage food (20)
- Spicy Crawdad or Fisherman’s Feast (20)
- Superior Wizard Oil (2 vials = 10 charges)
- One Flask of Supreme Power
- 10 Arcane Elixirs
- 10 Elixirs of Draenic Wisdom
- Mana Potions (usually not less than 10)
- 1 stack bandages
- Sacred Candles (60)
- 40 water and 20 food of whatever type I buy
- Two full sets of gear – one equipped, one in bags
And of course – a few things that I usually have out of game too… sticky notes (for coordinating healing), some simple knitting, and something to drink. (No, I don’t knit while healing, only while waiting on wipes/breaks/raid start).
Depending on how well/poorly the raid is doing, that something to drink will occasionally contain alcohol, but never/very rarely caffeine. (see last Friday and the Amaretto Sour) I’m *extremely* sensitive to caffeine, to the point where a soda or a glass of iced tea after about 3pm will keep me awake all night – sometimes any caffeine during the day at all. So I don’t really ever have the stuff, and I won’t have more than one drink either.
I also usually have a cat on my desk for raiding. This is not a necessity, and is often an annoyance. As yet neither of them have caused any raid wipes, though other feline members of the raid family have. However, in the presence of successive frustrating wipes, having a fuzzy, sleepy, purring cat to pat and snuggle is decidedly stress relieving.
So what are your raiding necessities?
March 12, 2008 – 8:42 am
Teaching job has taken over, so no post today – hopefully back in the swing of things for tomorrow. (and I’ll be done with this job on Friday)