Dragon Soul Quickie
Our last raid was quite interesting. We had a better team (not great, but certainly better), where our lowest dps was around 13k (as opposed to having two dps that added up to 13k). We downed Morchok without comment (my wife got her second piece of off him, the trinket), and the raid leader agreed to move on to Yor’sahj.
The trash there was a joke compared to the trash around Von’ozz. The boss, though, gave us some trouble, but only in one particular way. We had the dps to down the oozes before they reached him, and we had the healing to keep people up during the following phases, but whenever we got the stoplight combination – green, yellow, and red – we wiped.
We tried killing the green add, but our healers couldn’t outheal the yellow aoe dps. We tried killing the yellow add, but we couldn’t find a placement between the spreading out for green and the crowding up for red. After wiping on exactly the same combination at various times throughout the fight, the raid leader called it and we went and did BH.
I would have liked to keep practicing, but I’m bossy enough without contradicting the raid leader. I was happy she’d agreed to go the Yor’sahj, which was not her preference, so I wasn’t going to cause a fuss. Still, practice makes … permanent, anyway, but still we needed more practice.
The key problem I think is the third healer. We had a new healer last night, a holy priest who was a bit under geared and and lacked experience, and he crushed the third healer. My wife’s healing was about 40%, the priest’s was about 30%, and the third healer sat around 20%. On one boss pull he was at 17%… only about 5x more than I did healing myself as a tank.
I’m not sure what the relationship between this guy and the raid leader is, but when I criticized someone else’s dps to her, she was all for replacing him, but when I criticized this guy’s healing, she was defensive. She said he was less geared than my wife (okay, but so was the priest), she said he was having trouble with all the movement (okay, but my wife – a holy pally – was dealing with it), she said he was dying a lot (well who the hell’s fault is that?), and so forth. She clearly wants him to be a part of the raid, but he’s simply not cutting it.
She did recruit another healer, but it’s another holy pally, and while I know they’ve changed a lot, we’re already running with 3 pallies in the raid (two tanks and a healer), and the last thing we need’s another holy pally. I told her to focus on getting another shaman or a druid, but I also understand that recruitment is nearly impossible, so I certainly don’t fault her for taking what she can get. I’m sure a second holy pally would easily outheal our third healer, anyway.
On a positive note, the frustrated healer turned Dpser was signed up and ready to go, so I’m glad he’s found his way back to the team (he was 3rd on dps, so good), but the 15/28 year old tank was late again. Not as late as she’s been, but still late. I guess the one night of on-time behavior was all we got. I’d already filled her spot, but it was with a very under geared tank – he still has 308 ilevel shoulders (when I saw that I almost went ballistic – run some goddamn dungeons!), but we hadn’t actually started, so he politely left (kudos for the team spirit) and we let her in. She seemed surprise we’d replaced her, asking “Did you have my spot filled?” “Yeah,” I replied, “The raid started five minutes ago.” That goes to show how much leniency she’s been given because of her position as top (and often only) tank. I told the raid leader after the raid that gear aside, if it weren’t for those shoulders I’d have let the other tank stay. Hell, I was still in a blue helm and shoulders (346s, but still – but the helm in Well dropped so hooray). I’ll pass it along to him directly if I see him, and maybe next time she’ll sit out a raid and be on time afterwards – or not.
So overall, it was no more successful of a raid than our previous one, but it was certainly smoother. We know the challenge we’re facing, I’ve got a clear idea where the problem lies, and we seem to be taking steps to resolve the issue, so who knows? Maybe we’ll see some progress next week when the new recruits can start raiding with us (the paladin’s already really well geared; I asked him why he wasn’t guilded and he deflected the question, so I have to admit to a small feeling of unease, but I think – hope – it’s unfounded.
Thoughts on the stoplight combination?
Stubborn (and ready for the semester to be over…)