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3-26-2011 @ 8:40AM
When I explain boss fights to my raid group I take the line that they all already watched the video I previously asked them to watch, but in case I have drafted in a raider who was not expecting to be present, my explanations always avoid spurting out damage numbers or boss ability names if possible. If I tell you the name of every single boss ability and what they're called, what are you really absorbing from this explanation, how to deal with the abilities, or what they are? I also agree with the people above about specific tactics for specific groups. Don't waste time telling people who don't need to know about certain mechanics about those mechanics. I'm healing lead for my raid and I hold my healing strategy discussion in party chat, away from the eyes of the rest of the raid. Using the Omonotron example it would have been along the lines of 'Always be attacking the newest boss, don't stand in green stuff, do stand in blue stuff, spread out if electron is up, interrupt anything that's interruptable, if you get an add, run away, otherwise kill the adds asap, red beam means get the hell away.'I think if you have anyone in your raid who doesn't have much raiding experience you're probably going to have to go into a little more detail about exactly where to go and how to handle things, for example explaining that 'spread out' means your healers have priority and if you're near one, you need to move your arse now. Or when the big AoE hits, group up in the good healing circles if you're ranged.But anyone who's raided before and has that raid common sense shouldn't really struggle with a quick simplified explanation.The fact of the matter is that you can have a fight explained to you and watch the video over and over again, but you never REALLY get it until you do it, so the best way to learn the fight is just to get stuck in. Also if you're just starting out in a fight it can be helpful to have someone call out the important events 5-10 seconds before they happen. This used to be me, but the healing is so intense now that we gave the job to our MT as he mostly just stands there kind of bored.
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