Posted tagged ‘Anub’

It’s All About Sticking With It

December 8, 2009

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.



I has a linky to share!

November 26, 2009

So after I complained about how attention makes me nervous, Matticus kindly gave me some link love, tripled my blog traffic and asked me if I’d like to write a guest post. You’ve gotta appreciate his sense of humour.

The result was posted today:

Descriptive boss fights are a bit out of my genre and I was worried about how my weird writing style would be received, but, contrarily to what my nightmares predicted, the feedback I got was very kind. I want to point out that I made the picture at the top of the post all by myself, like a big girl. Graphic art and I are bitter enemies, so when I do produce something that doesn’t make my eyes bleed I have to shout it out to the world.

Now that I have all this extra traffic, I kind of feel bad for not having lots of witty posts lined up, ready to be published. I do have some things in the draft bin, but I’ve been so busy this week that I don’t have anything I’m satisfied with on hand. Finals are just around the corner and I’m thinking I should dust off those schoolbooks and start cramming. I do plan to join in on the shared topic again and I think there is a huge need for a talents discussion but it’ll have to wait until the weekend.

On a separate note, happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it in November! I thought of you all as I was dosing off in my early morning class today.