After quite a few tries…
Someone from our 10 man team: We killed Anub!
Gchat: Yeah, with 5 people dead.
Me: Actually, it was 7 people dead.
Many argue that a fight isn’t well done if half the raid is dead when the boss goes down. I agree to a certain extend, especially for a fight that’s usually on farm. Stupid mistakes? Uggg.
But sometimes… Not everyone is comfortable with a fight yet. We wipe. We try again. We get a little further. We wipe. We try again. A little further. We notice that we’re doing better and better. Then we have that 2% wipe. Then we’re facing that 2% wipe again as the raid drops like flies. Heavy sighs are heard. But at the last second, someone yells out on vent. The boss is DOWN. We win.
I love that feeling of satisfaction. The silliness of having only 3 people alive with no rezzers only adds to the pleasure.
I’m sort of fortunate that I haven’t seen Anub on hard mode very often. My first time, I was healing an experienced group and we 2-shotted him. The second time, I kept pulling healing aggro and we ran out of time. The third, I was tanking and learning the fight from a new angle. The fourth time was tonight and I was tanking again. So, to me, the fight is shiny and new and I’m making my little hamster run as I play out my actions in my head. I feel a bit bad for those in our team who’ve learned the fight ages ago and are patiently waiting for us new kids to perfect our execution. Only a little bit bad, though, because I’m selfish and I’m having too much fun.
I love watching the learning process of a fight. How we fumble around and land on our faces. How every attempt becomes a little smoother. How eventually we wonder why we were even having trouble in the first place. I love the magic that happens as we put the puzzle together, piece by piece, one wipe at a time. I’m not the most social of players, I usually keep to myself or pick 1 or 2 people to follow around, but when I’m learning a fight, I’m suddenly in love with my team. I warm up, I start sharing my thoughts. Sometimes I get so excited that I have to fight the urge to whisper a fellow raider about how much fun I’m having. (I fight this urge because I’ve discovered the hard way that not everyone appreciates the subtle beauty of learning a fight and may take our their unfounded frustration on the happy-go-lucky person sending them tells.)
If most of the raid dies before the boss goes down, then no, we haven’t mastered the fight yet. But we’ve come along way. And if the many times I’ve 2 manned Heigan for a half an hour have taught me anything, it’s to respect those who keep their cool and stick with it when we need it the most.