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7-28-2009 @ 9:13AM
Whilst I can understand the scenarios you describe I do not believe them to be valid. Please do not take this personally or as me being elitist but it defeats the point to me if you have to outgear an encounter in order to defeat it.You're complaint of "only" having a 213 weapon is a bit silly. 90% of the raids gear was iLvl 200 when we downed Yogg. We've never raided 25 man and some of us even had a few pieces of gear that were from 5 man heroics. We downed Yogg on our 3rd week of being in Ulduar without completing any hard modes. We still had the heals to keep everyone up, the dps to kill all we needed to and the tanks were sufficiently geared to be kept alive. We wiped a LOT on that first night but we also walked out of Ulduar having seen Yogg for the first time and having killed him for the first time(this was also the first night we had seen General Vezax). Maybe we're just very lucky in that we can get 10 players who have the skills, intelligence and communication to make gear less of a clinching factor when downing bosses.I stand by the idea that logical progression dictates you complete normal modes first and then move onto hard modes. It simply makes far more sense to me. A few of our raiders were very keen to start on hard modes before Yogg went down but having laid down the law in the way that we did I think it may have even helped motivate people to perform. If knowing that downing Yogg means they will get a chance at that sweet sword that XT hard mode drops they would be more likely to put their all into getting Yogg down. It also means that we don't have the normal encounters looming over us whilst we progress through hard modes. We know we can down every boss in normal mode so now we can try and up the ante a bit and see how it goes without ever thinking "maybe we shouldn't be doing this yet".I would also suggest that being a purely 10 man guild helps us with this. We have a much smaller community and everyone knows each other better than they potentially would in a 25 man guild. This helps as it's easier to set and communicate common goals and be sure that all are happy with them.
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