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Thursday, 26 June, 2008

Thoughts on my first Kara run

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:26 pm

Some musings on how my first ever Karazahn (and first ever) raid went.

I’ve never been into Karazahn, medications nor on a real raid before so I was a little bit nervous. There was that raid on Zul Gurub the other week, thumb but that was more like a kickabout in the park really. Overall, pfizer for me, it went fairly well. For the party – not so well, several times we wiped on trash when it could have been avoided, it’ll be a while before I forget seeing our tree appearing around a corner and running down the stairs pursued by a pack of unhappy dancers.

Attunmen: seemed pretty straight forwards, almost easy.

Moroes: I’m told we had a bit of bad luck here with the four adds (out of six possible) being
Baroness Dorothea Millstipe (Shadow Priest)
Lady Catriona Von?Indi (Holy Priest)
Baron Rafe Dreuger (Retribution Paladin)
Lord Robin Daris (Arms Warrior)

I know of one guide that lists the top two as first kills when dealing with adds, and it certainly took a few wipes to down the lot of them, the successful one was fairly impressive with only one or two players left standing.

We got Big Bad Wolf for Opera, so some good luck there. This was uncomplicated.

Maiden, wiped us badly the first time, the second time I pulled her while looking for bodies to ress and got single shotted, the third time she went down pretty reasonably.

I did feel that there’s a lot fewer trash than in a normal instance.

What went well

  • Thanks to Too Many Annas raid consumables page I think I was well equipped on the pots and food buffs. During the run I used the mana food because I was getting low on mana a couple of times, a newbie problem.
  • On the last and successful attempt at Moroes I dropped a Fire Elemental near the end, as it happens seconds before I died – I never knew that they lasted after death, but I had a wonderful view of the big orange beastie running up and down causing hurt wherever he went, the big bugger lasted quite some time before fading away. Lovely. Given how close this fight was I feel this was exactly the right thing to do.
  • Didn’t get depressed at wiping – PuG’s are good for something then! (smiles)

Could have done better

Naturally this is a far more extensive list since it was my first time in.

  • Get healbot to work the way I want it to. I tried to re-configure healbot to swap the mouse buttons for Chain Heal(CH) and Lesser Healing Wave(LHW) since I find the middle button difficult to press accurately. I don’t know what’s going on with it, but at one point both middle and left buttons were casting Chain Heal despite what the configuration was showing.
  • Macro up a “stop casting and groundshock rank 1 on the focus” button so I can do interrupts as well as heal. If I’ve pressed the button it’s because I damn well want to interrupt someone, not to be told that I can’t do that right now. This is because we had a couple of healer adds at Moroes that made life more difficult than it really needed to be.
  • Get a better idea of when Grounding Totem is useful, I was dropping Wrath of Air totem most of the time to boost the casters and healers efficiency. Plus 100 on heals is definitely nice, don’t get me wrong, but minus a few thousand on a damaging spell is even nicer.
  • I wonder if dropping Earthbind totem would help in the “chase” phase of the Big Bad Wolf, we had two shaman so we could have seriously slowed the wolf down.
  • Get a better idea of when to chug mana pots and the mana Tide totem. I was trying to restore my mana early on in the Moroes fight (at about 60-75%) so that the cooldowns on these items would be up before the end of the fight, unfortunately this meant when all my mana was removed by a spell I had nothing to fall back on leaving me healing on mp5. I suspect there’s nothing that can be done to stop this.
  • I really need to use my trinkets more often, if I don’t use them I might as well not be wearing them, particularly “Heavenly Inspiration” which doesn’t do anything on equip.
  • Interrupt my casting to drop a quick LHW on the “squishies”, they’re gone in like 5 seconds otherwise.
  • make the Combat log pick up over a wider area.
  • Don’t argue when the Lootmaster wants to give you something. What am I like!


  1. And how could I forget.

    Many many thanks to the Raid Leader Saulot for being patient with us.

    Comment by Andrew Rowbottom — Thursday, 26 June, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  2. Hey! Congrats on getting to go to Karazhan for the first time! The mana thing isn’t a “new player” thing really – even now on tough fights in tier 6 I’m chain-chugging pots some nights.

    Unfortunately Big Bad Wolf is immune to slowing effects, so Earthbind doesn’t really do so hot on that (use Tremor totem instead, to combat his fear), but grounding totem on Maiden is nearly an essential. It’ll really help with the holy fire she casts. Having a rank 1 earthshock macro is something I’ve found to be really essential, both on Moroes’ cronies and on Julienne (if you draw that play in Opera). It’s also useful later on for Aran.

    Using Mana Tide early in the Moroes fight is a good idea – you shouldn’t have your mana burned out by a spell. That’s Baroness Dorothea Milstipe, and she needs to die first. Always. For precisely that reason – she can (and will) knock out an entire healer mana pool in one go. Nasty bugger. Rogues, warriors, anything with an interrupt (including your rank 1 earthshock macro) needs to come into play for that one.

    ANYway! That’s enough rambling from me! If you want to talk Karazhan stuffs sometime, shoot me a message ? And grats again on getting your first raid healing gig!

    Comment by Anna — Thursday, 26 June, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

  3. Grats on the run Flowerz and good to see it went fine. Wipes are to be expected, probably why the GY is just outside ;p
    Too bad there wasnt room for me in the group so i could “check” you out but if Vedd was happy, then it must’ve gone well enough.

    About Baroness Dorothea Millstipe and killing her first, i belive we normally keep her shackled, so the reason you lost your mana pool might be because the shackle broke. Or they just went for her first on this try. I dont know, when i came online at 1am all the raiders was offline and no one could debrief me on the run.

    What drop did you get btw?

    Comment by Brastfield — Thursday, 26 June, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

  4. Doh, I am now the proud possessor of:
    Bands of Indwelling
    Wrist Cloth
    85 Armor
    +22 Stamina
    +18 Intellect
    +20 Spirit
    Equip: Increases healing done by up to 46 and damage done by up to 16 for all magical spells and effects.

    A genuine upgrade.

    Comment by Andrew.Rowbottom — Thursday, 26 June, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

  5. Thats sweet indeed. Looking to take my shammy there too but he aint no healer, so you would’ve gotten that all to yourself. I doubt that Siev(Kava) dont already own it.

    Comment by Brastfield — Thursday, 26 June, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

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