I’d like to direct you to a post over at Righteous Orbs, though really the only relevant part to my own post is this part:
When I hear the words ‘Flame Leviathan’ I’m thinking kraken meets phoenix, you know? I’m think tentacular wings dripping fire. I’m thinking awe. I’m thinking terror.
I am most assuredly not thinking GOLF CADDY.
If you don’t read Righteous Orbs yet, sucks to be you because NaNaDuraCell or whatever it’s called hates you.
Anyway, point is, Tamarind went into Ulduar-25 without even knowing what Flame Leviathan looked like. Poor Tamarind had no idea what was going on, what to expect, nothing.
Changing gears a little bit, I was chatting with me DK friend, and was all “didja see the green dragon fight?!” and he was all “Nah, man, I never look at that stuff” and I was all “What? Why not?” and he was all “I prefer the new fights to be a surprise, you know?” and I was all “. . . ?”
See, to me, going into an instance without knowing what to expect is equivalent to going into an instance with unkempt gear or terribad talents. Knowing your own class, having the right gear and talents, and knowing everything you can about the next boss fight are all one and the same to me.
Say the guild is doing Jaraxxus for the very first time. I’ve already watched the fight videos, usually both the 25 man and 10 man versions, have read up on the strats, and studied (if possible) every single ability he has. Before 3.2 was even live, I already knew every trick to the Jaraxxus fight.
This is how I raid. When Ulduar was on the horizon, I had effectively stopped raiding and had no plans to continue. I had no plans to ever do Ulduar, or seek out a guild with which to raid it. But I watched the fights for every single boss in there anyway.
Every single thing possible I can do outside of a raid to be successful, I do it. I theorycraft. I perfect my gear, my rotations, my mana consumption. I spend hours on test dummies and any and all theorycrafting tools available to me. I watched the Leotheras fight over a dozen times before I actually, physically did the fight.
Not knowing as much as possible about every fight long before you get to it? Not watching all the PTR streams for every boss being tested? That is insane! Why would you not do that? You’re intentionally crippling yourself!
Me DK friend gets along perfectly fine without obsessing over boss strats. Tamarind got along fine, if panicked, without having already created a mental DBM timer for every boss ability before he actually saw the boss in person.
I explained earlier what raiding is for me, and I think this attitude of “you must reach batman levels of preparedness” falls into the same boat. Showing up to a boss fight without having the slightest idea what’s going to happen is incomprehensible. I cannot even imagine raiding that way.
Saying “yeah, I don’t watch the PTR boss fights” is like saying “yeah, I can levitate at will if I drink at least one glass of milk a day.” Something so utterly foreign that the brain simply shuts down and daydreams about a sitcom starring paperclips.
Obviously Tamarind isn’t full of fail. Obviously he didn’t single-handedly wipe the raid over and over again due to ignorance. In fact, he’s at the point now where he can heal HToC with a fishing rod equipped, and do it so well that the rest of the group doesn’t even bother to inform him because he’s so damn good at what he does, they thought he had left the fishing rod equipped intentionally*.
You know how the saying goes. If you think everyone around you is crazy… chances are, you are the crazy one.
So is it me? Am I the one going off the deep end into hyper obsession land? Am I the one (le gasp) playing the game wrong? Or am I simply playing it my way, a way that leaves other people thinking “what the hell is wrong with that dude?”
* Seriously, the hoops healers in good gear will jump through to have something interesting to do. Our holy paladin will often pop a second set of worms in the trash leading up to Hodir in an effort to stave off boredom. I’ve known healers to encourage tanks to take off their pants so they get hit more.
In a way I can see that. I mean, when you reach a point where you can heal HVH start to finish using only power word: shield as a holy priest, chances are you’re going to be rather bored. But what if something goes wrong? OH THE EXCITEMENT! But what if something goes really wrong? What if you disconnect? THEN EVERYONE DIED BECAUSE OF YOU AH MA GAHD! This is why you PvP, people!
Just… if you’re a healer, don’t PvP alone. It’s not safe. Grab a friend to protect you. You are infinitely more powerful with a guard dog willing to die to keep you standing.
If you aren’t a healer, find one. Find a healer, and stick with them. If anything even shoots funny looks at your healer, destroy them. Destroy them utterly. Leave nothing but a bloody smear on the ground to attest to their impunity.
The lack of updates recently has been due entirely to sickness. I’ve been riotously (that’s a word?!) sick since Saturday, and every day brings new, hilarious symptoms, like coughing up blood or intense abdominal pain. I swear to every deity ever that if this turns out to be swine flu I will personally find a child with a balloon and ruin all of their hopes and dreams.