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11-13-2009 @ 10:38AM
How do you handle mass firings? I'm not going to be cocky about this, but I'm tired of being humble.I am a good player. I understand fight mechanics on the fly. I know how to not stand in fire. And I do top 3 DPS despite being out-geared by over 200 points compared to most of the guild. General Vezax is a fight that is as simple as Simple Jack (Tropic Thunder, anyone?). Here's the parts that were flawless:Interrupt the AoE.Heal through the mini-enrage.Here's the parts people just couldn't understand:Be cautious about mana usage.If you're ranged DPS, stay rangedIf the boss has to be MOVED, correct your position accordinglyProper usage of the green/black puddlesI'm doing these fights, and if my hair were long enough I'd probably consider tearing some of it out. Mimiron.. Vezax.. all of them are cakewalks to a skilled player. Vezax is even simpler than Mimiron, and we wiped for over an hour in a group of people geared from ToC25. I've never even run Ulduar before, and I wind up being top DPS overall because I'm always one of the last few to die.Again, I'm not trying to be boastful, I'm just trying to illustrate a few shortcomings in typical raids. If you, as a player, are having difficulty understanding a fight after the third attempt, spend some time between raids working on your movement skills. Employ the mouse more. It's not all WASD. Learn how to move fluidly. When your raid is buffing up, practice running 'obstacle courses' around the players... weaving in and out. If you're a rogue, do this with sprint up. The left+right mouse button method is the best for moving. Use A and D for small course corrections and the like. Just always move. If you can move well, you can down bosses.
11-13-2009 @ 10:41AM
PS: I see now that I basically said "if you can't understand a fight, practice moving" which is a tad .. silly. But hey. Movement problems are the cause of 90% of guild wipes. Even if you don't quite understand the fight, if you can MOVE you'll do okay.PPS: I'm one of the proud few who can say they didn't die on their first Heigan dance. :P
11-13-2009 @ 11:17AM
I think you'll find your results on Vezax aren't exactly a shocking surprise. There's no way you can get that far and not see these same people in the fire on easier content. The trick is to catch people who consistently fail at it and address it while the content is still easy. When you're wiping on Yogg and people aren't getting it, it's already too late. If you see someone failing all the time in Obsidian Sanctum, and allow a person to adjust I think some people might have a better chance bringing their skills up to par.I wouldn't exactly say Heigan is a good way to judge people though. I never died on it either until I had problems with my cable modem. While usually I have 150ms latency, it started shooting up between 1500 and 2000+. I'd see people in the goop but not dead, and everything was just shooting up in random places and my character was all over the place. I knew where I was SUPPOSED to be, but it didn't matter. It doesn't take more skill than getting past stage 1 in super mario bros, but I think you'd find super mario bros quite difficult if you had no idea where mario was, or if the game actually registered the point where you thought you jumped.Babbling, so anyway. Rehearsal is key. Take the time to coach people through easier content, and I think you'll see them perform better as it gets slightly more complicated instead of watching them drown when their in way over their heads.
11-13-2009 @ 11:24AM
I think most people who haven't practice moving Mario around would find the first level of Super Mario Bros. pretty difficult :P If you can get good at running and jumping at the same time, you're golden. Same is true in WoW (less about the jumping though).Either way. You're kinda right on the money there. If we get to Vezax and people are still standing where they shouldn't be, it's reveals a problem that should have been addressed a very long time ago. Two of them actually:1) Nobody ever took these people aside to get to the root of the problem2) Despite #1, the guild management still let these folks get geared right the hell up.
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