What I want:
Lilac, the munchkin of mad DPS, to get the spiffy necklace out of Kara and knock down HKM and Gruul.
Tatia, heally goat goddess of the neverending mana pool, to get ZA upgrades.. to see SSC.
What I actually get:
Lilac, the munchkin of meh DPS, helps WK to painful limp through Curator and Illhoof. It was a painful to the extreme Kara run. Frustrating just.. UGH. Nights like that make me want to play alts.. or go watch TV.
The night started.. as most Monday nights do.. with us trying to assess who was logged on to goto Kara. We’re supposed to start at 7:30. It’s supposed to be our best-of-the-best toons.. with 1-2 toons who need gear. At 7:20 I ran Tatia (holy paladin) down to the door.. and then logged onto Lilac (affliction warlock).
I really want Lilac to go into Kara. She needs the gear and Tatia doesn’t.. and I want to play her more. A quick count of logged in accounts showed that we only had one healer on.. and even that one was someone’s alt. I briefly whined at fiancee. I knew how this was going to go.. we were going to get to 7:30.. there weren’t going to be any other healers.. and I’d be asked (for the team) to log onto Tatia. He said “Just don’t do it. Just say ‘NO’ “. But no I can’t do that.. because then I’m a bitch for preventing the guild from going into Kara.
So instead we started making calls. Zynnia didn’t answer her phone.. Khoss eventually answered and said he thought the raid started at 8:30. *sigh* He did log in though.. so with two healers I could kind of justify playing Lilac. Kinda.. we would have been more comfortable with three healers.. but all of WK’s other healers are MIA.
The group was: Gongniu (Warrior Tank), Heimdal (Paladin offTank), Khoss (Resto Shaman), Seanarra (Holy Paladin), Lilac (ME)(Affliction Warlock), Gaelentu (Destruction Warlock), Erassmus (Fire Mage), Raouen (MM Hunter), Krullwyn (BM Hunter), Floki (Rogue).
Seanarra started off the night by apologizing if he slurred his words.. but his arm was forcing him to drink beer. Loverly.. nothing really beats drunk healing *sigh*.
We walked in the back portal and grouped up in the breezeway for buffs/food/cookies. Erassmus opened the door and ran forward to lay his table down inside. We warned him against that in the future because the mobs are really close to the door. Just as he pulled the mob the tank moved forward to intercept it (yeah) and then (almost unnoticed) Erassmus shot off up the ramp.. and pulled the mob at the top of that ramp.
I saw him.. I called it out and suggested he bring that mob down to the group.. and not wander off from the group. He seemed to become offended.. and said his keyboard was sticky (ick) and his autorun had gotten stuck and had run him into those mobs.
We made one attempt on Nightbane. After explaining the fight and positioning we pulled. At the first Charred Earth both Erassmus and Gaelentu died. It turns out Gaelen had disconnected.. but still.. continuing with our inauspicious night. The group decided our DPS was low.. so instead of trying Nightbane again we moved up to Curator.
More pain. Suffering. Unhappiness. We eventually got Curator down on the third or forth attempt. *sigh* Two hours had passed at this point. This is -supposed- to be our zerg night. We’re supposed to know what we’re doing and do it well. Instead it was the major suck.
We moved up to Illhoof. The last time we did this Lilac seeded everything that moved, Khoss healed Lilac. Everyone else killed Illhoof/chains it was beautiful and easy. Not so much this time. EVERY SINGLE person who got chained died for our first two attempts. On our third attempt someone lived through the chains.. but almost immediately the tank died. *sigh*. Sensing a trend.. (and the end of the night approaching) I offered to log on Tatia to help with healing. We did the switch (and then spent ~30 mins summoning people back who’d needed to repair) and then we were -finally- able to get Illhoof down.
What was wrong?
– Not one of the DPS in this run were our high DPS A-game toons. So instead of being a zerg team.. we were a “meh” team. This definitely showed in our performance.
– With low DPS we should have made up for it with more healers.. having only two healers put us at a disadvantage.
– Lilac’s DPS is lacking. I do know that I was very tentative in the Nightbane fight.. I was afraid that if I freely dotted him that he’d aggro on me during the flight part of the fight. At Curator I had no problems targeting the Astral Flares.. but hitting them with Searing Pain seems almost pointless. I’m not spec’d for fire damage.. so hitting them for 600 points a pop just seems pitiful. Illhoof.. I have no problems with my DPS on Illhoof. Spamming seed is tons of fun.. but it’s true that Gaelentu, with his deep destruction spec is better suited to that job by just doing hellfire repeatedly. I think mainly we lacked healing on that fight.. which is why switching out Lilac for Tatia made it possible for us to win.
– Gaelentu’s DPS was -way- lacking.
** On inspection, Gaelentu has crap-for-gear. No, I take that back.. he has very obviously “I just dinged 70 and don’t group much” gear. I chatted with him after the run. He’s an engineer/miner so can’t get FSW. I’ve spoken with a couple of guildies and fiancee and I think I’ll see if I can craft him some more useful gear.
**He can hear us on Vent but can’t talk back. This has lead to a lot of frustration in the raid since he doesn’t seem to “get” things as quickly as we’d like. It also means that to us he has no personality. We don’t know him.. and without being able to talk with him we can’t get to know him. Add to that,
** he has connection problems.. so sometimes when we’re telling him to do something.. and he’s not doing it.. it’s not because he doesn’t understand.. instead it’s because he’s lagging or disconnecting. I hope he’ll be able to get that fixed.
** He has solo’d demonology all the way to 70.. I don’t know that he’s ever run an instance. This leaves him lacking a lot of basic grouping skills. The things you come to expect.. and forget that not everyone just knows them off the mark. Despite this he seems to have a fair amount of initiative and seems willing to keep coming back even with the horrible abuses.
– Erasmmus’ DPS was lacking. I don’t think he has crappy gear.. but 655 +spell seems low for a mage in mostly Kara gear. Given that he’s in mostly Kara gear I expected him to have higher DPS. Dunno on this one.