Dec 13, 2007

Raid Strat Mentality

So Voith, my hunter, heads to Badlands to handle some ogres that need killing last night. While I'm running around picking up tent parts or something, I come across this boss ogre and his 4 friends. Hey! The four friends probably have tent poles on them, too! So I get to killing them. Yep, all at once. My cat is officially a Big Red Kitty now, and much ogre blood was spilled.

Later (like 5 minutes), my haphazard quest finding skills have me run across a nelf that wants me to put a hurt on the same boss I just killed. So I wait for respawn. And wait, and wait... I kill everything around me for fun, just passing the time. I also read up on the boss quest, seeing all these suggestions for picking him off once the group starts to path away.

He suddenly springs to life right in front of me. I put my new found boss killing knowledge into action. And aggro them all, but I wasn't prepared for that, so I die horribly. My cat laughs. I'll spare you the details, but I spent the next hour trying to kill this guy. Once I got it in my head that I could do some trick to pick just him out of the pack, I was blind to all else. On the 5th attempt, I found him down on the other side of the area and defeated him, after I picked off his friends. Going after his buddies first was actually by accident, though. Misclick ftw.

Thinking about the situation this morning, I started to draw an analogy to raiding. For every progresion boss, my guild reads the strats first. Normally we use BossKillers, but we'll look up other sites and watch videos, too. Then we try to get our raid to duplicate what others have done to beat their foes. Stand here, do this thing, run this way, avoid this issue, etc.

Now, I'm not saying we should blindly run in and aggro everything to win. Raid bosses are designed to prevent that most of the time. But I found it interesting that I would believe what some stranger posted on WoWHead over what I just saw actually work. I don't even know what level or class he was. And I only deviated from the strat by accident.

There needs to be a level of awarenss that your raid group situation may be different enough from the original strat writers' that you'll need to think outside the box to win. Sure, try what the recommend first, but don't be insane about it. As a professor once told me "Insanity is when you do the same thing over and over while expecting a different result."


Kestrel said...

That's pretty interesting, and parallels a thought I had not too long ago (long ago enough that I don't recall the context whatsoever).

I think what happens is, we do "A"...not really sure why, or why it worked. So then we read, say, WoWHead, and the so-called "experts" (how DO you get that fancy text there, anyway?) say "Do "B" because thus-and-such" (and of course ignore the guy claiming to have soloed it on his holy priest 10 levels below the mob).

So we think about "B"...nod...uh huh, that should work. And we probably, somehow, think it'll be easier than "A", which we know worked, but ...maybe we were just lucky.

On the other hand, I still want to do Ramps and Blood Furnace with 5 Hunters someday. ;)

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