A few days ago I was formally invited into my guild after my server transfer. It was a typical affair, with people saying hello and engaging in small talk, then going back to what they were doing. I’ve been the new guy a lot, more often than one would want, in fact, so I knew what to expect. I was polite and just kept plugging away at improving my gear. That’s what I knew would be the key to getting into the raids: showing I was serious and could get geared up.
So tonight I was in the middle of my LFRs when the raid started tonight, since I had no intention of burdening them with my blues (that goddamn wrist and trinket are killing me). Lo and behold, about 20 seconds before we pulled the Twin Consorts in my LFR, the GM asked me if I wanted to go into a fresh ToT group. I said I’d be happy to, but that I hadn’t had the luck to improve those two weak pieces yet. He was unconcerned, though, so I mopped up that fight and got my invite.
The group I was in was one of two that the guild was running that night. Since they sometimes have 25 and sometimes don’t, they have to be malleable in how they structure their raids, and I guess tonight they had 19 and could use me, even undergeared. Luckily, flex raiding will take care of that problem. We trucked along, killing trash and moving towards the first boss, and I noticed – hey – I wasn’t doing that badly. No big deal, though, since trash dps is meaningless.
We got to the first boss, and they gave me a run-down of what was different between LFR and normal. The main thing was some ball lightning nonsense that you had to run to the outside for. Got it; no problem, I’ve had more than my fair share of “run to the outside” effects in my time. Sure enough, I kept getting that effect tonight, too, In fact, it killed me eventually, because I got the effect right before a lightning storm and couldn’t get back to the aoe heals group in time. Other than that though, I felt I did pretty well.
My numbers are what they are, but more importantly, I felt like I was really on task. The same was true on Horridan, where there’s a lot of opportunity to mess a group up by dpsing the wrong targets at the wrong time. The same is true on the council, and as hectic as those fights are, I felt I was really focused and did a good job of interrupting, burning, and switching targets as I was supposed to. My Earthgrab totem and my Thunderstorm knockback are great for dealing with the Loas, too.
Then things got really strange and I actually got a complement on my dps. It seems some of the other raiders were impressed I could put out the numbers I did with the gear I have. I’ll take it; I’ve only once received a complement on my dps, and it was when I was in super-duper resto gear and moonkin’d on Saurfang since our pally healer was absurdly good and could solo heal the fight. I did about as well as the other moonkin and impressed some of the raiders then, too.
Traditionally, I have a love/hate relationship with dps. Since I can tank and heal, which are the “hard” tasks (depending on which expansion – if you think tanking’s easy, go back and tank Fel Reaver in BC), I’ve always felt I should be able to dps. But it’s never panned out before. Never. I never could get my fire mage dps to where it should be. With my rogue, I only ever did BGs. Beyond that, I’ve never tried to dps a heroic or raid more than a time or two before I got so frustrated I just dropped it. My experience has always been to tank and heal, so this was a potentially disastrous situation that turned out all right in the end. Sure, I was bottom dps, but not by a lot, and with mediocre gear.
The other 10 man raid started on Tortos and never made it past Megaera. Our raid made it from the first trash pull to Megaera in the same amount of time, so whatever else may be said, I don’t feel like I was a hindrance. That’s my only real fear; I don’t mind being carried a bit, but I don’t want to drag the raid down. With Megaera, we just had too many acid rains back to back, and some lower gear levels (my own included) couldn’t handle it. We did get to the 6th head, and that was nearly dead; we were probably 30 seconds from the end of the fight.
I netted tier gloves that no one else needed; I wouldn’t have taken gear on my first raid from someone else, even as an off-spec. Naturally, it was on a boss that dropped a wrist and a trinket I could use, so I used my reroll and got – what else – a second tier gloves. My first duplicate roll! I guess it’s a good kind of problem to have.
So overall, my first raid back was an excellent experience. The people seem friendly and competent, and I don’t feel like I’m causing problems (as far as I know, none of the wipes were triggered by anything I did). I’m looking forward to next time!
P.S. They kept calling me Lambic, even after someone asked me how to pronounce it (I-am-bic), so I told them to just call me Stubborn. Might as well go with what works! (;