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1-03-2011 @ 2:09PM
A good guide. However, I do feel a bit compelled to mention that the answer to "does this guy do anything special?" is invariably "yes," and a quick perusal of the wowpedia entry on a dungeon when confronted with an unfamiliar loading screen really does work wonders.
1-03-2011 @ 2:38PM
I like the advice, but would word the question a bit differently. Because bosses do things that tanks need to know about, but dps don't, and vice versa, a better question is "What do I need to know about for this guy?" Sometimes you want to kill adds, sometimes you don't, usually you don't want to stand in fire, but occasionally there is a mechanic where you want to stand in something, or maybe there is a boss threat-drop. Or there are times you want to stack up, where other times you want to spread out.I definitely agree with the writer when he says that you really should say "first time in here." I think most players are understandable, and there's a lot of people still running through dungeons for the first time. Usually people don't have a problem running through basic mechanics of fights. I think most dungeoners would take an inquisitive first timer who can play their class decently over someone who thinks they are elite but never asks for advice.If at all possible, tagging along with a friend who has done a dungeon before can be a big help to someone running a dungeon for the first time.
1-03-2011 @ 2:43PM
Sure, if the loading screen gives you enough time to find the strategy for that Dungeon.I cannot, nor will I even try, to keep this encyclopedic database of dungeon strats in my head. I can barely keep my ATM PIN in my head.So, I try to keep on dungeons by reading. If at some point I feel masochistic and join a LFG, and it's ainstance I don't know I need to depend on the kindness of strangers to tell me "what this guy does".
You're assuming I can check Wowpedia without logging out of the game completely.
1-03-2011 @ 3:01PM
Better yet (and especially helpful for people like Bynde): compile a dungeon cheat sheet on your guild's forums. One of my guildies did this at the very launch of Cata, and it's been unbelievably helpful. It was one big huge monster post with the highlights for every single dungeon boss: a list of each boss's abilities, a "sum up" of what to do and what not to do (e.g., "DPS the adds and stay out of the fire"), and anything special you should be aware of that's different in Heroic.For the first few weeks of Cata, anytime I was queuing for a run, I had a browser tab open to that thread, so I could easily tab out before a boss to learn what was important or refresh my memory. Added bonus: you can copy and past from the thread into party chat for group members who don't know the fights.
1-03-2011 @ 3:15PM
Pyromelter,For sure. Really, before queueing up for a random heroic via the RDF, one ought to have been through each dungeon on normal at least once, and preferably on heroic at least once with guildies. The time for questions is on vent with friends, not via ingame chat with strangers. Bynde,I tend to keep wowpedia alt-tabbed when playing. The loading screen is usually time enough to bring up the dungeon, and I typically take a quick "All right, does everyone know this fight?" moment before starting the encounter to refresh my own knowledge. JKWood,I am indeed; I wasn't aware players were having that issue. Have you tried played in fullscreen-windowed mode? It fills up the screen like normal, but allows you to alt-tab over to your browser more easily. Sleutel,Wow, that's a great idea! I think I know my project for the evening. Cheers. :)
1-03-2011 @ 10:27PM
Honestly, here's the breakdown for pretty much every boss so far in heroics:1. Kill the adds immediately! DPS the boss when no adds are up.2. Move out of bad things immediately! They hurt lots and can OHK you.With a few exceptions, these two rules will get you through DPSing most heroic bosses.
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