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Monday, 6 July, 2009

A learning experience

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 12:03 pm

Hmm, illness leveled up my little worrier up to level 38, nurse mostly through boredom. Boredom is a strong motivator, unhealthy I’ve even leveled up fishing and swords!

What’s with the boredom? Well, visiting relatives actually, that means I can’t commit to dungeoning time, so no dungeons, so no random excitement! Though after seeing a LF Healer on Guild chat I was naughty and snuck in a quick OS 10 man on my shaman, got enough emblems to buy Fflowers a sword and send it to him.

You’re probably thinking “That’s all pretty boring reading about you being bored, what’s that got to do with the title wittering on about learning? L2Blog and get to the point FFS!”

So, what did I learn? Well, leveling through grinding is OK, but is not as much fun as dungeoning. That wouldn’t be much to learn would it? It would still be enough I think. But hold your horses! I learnt a little bit more than just that but it’s nay gonna come in a simple pithy sentence ‘coz my brain don’t work like that.

I finally managed to get a Scarlet Monastery run on Sunday, it was, to say the least, scrappy. A bit of an odd run really, started off with an invite, as you would expect, but then I immediately got a whisper from another toon, a healer. The first invite won, I don’t back out of a group unless there’s a really good reason. Strange to get two whispers after half an hour just a few seconds apart.

There was a level 56 Mage in the party and I made my usual whinge about not liking being boosted. To my amazement after initially claiming he wasn’t gonna boost and that he was just gonna help,  and also after refusing to run naked (yes I really did suggest that!), he left the group! I think he deserves quite a bit of respect for that!

Anyhoo, we end up with 4 players, level 38 Fflowers tank, 31 Warlock, 31 Druid Healer, 35 Rogue. We do graveyard, a bit slow at first, but then the warlock starts to complain about how slow we are. Buggrit, random pulls ensue. GY finished, off we go to the Library.

This is where the chaos starts, the rogue and warlock are still complaining its too slow, and when we do pull, unless I manage to beat the rogue to it and pull around a corner we end up chain pulling two or three groups of mobs because of the runners! Eventually we wipe on the last corridor, and there’s bloody respawns all the way. Morale is shafted, group splits, Fflowers goes off to do some fishing and thinking.

The problem is, as a healer, I’ve never bothered paying much attention to things like kill-order, and what you do if you get a runner. As a tank I think my main job is to keep all mobs (even the adds) focused on me, and the interrupting of casters, handling of runners and general killing is up-to the DPS, though I do do my best on the interrupting.

This was so not happening, I had to reassure our healer (who went out of mana a couple of times) that it wasn’t their fault, we shouldn’t have been pulling so many.

Is it me? Other players just seem to be go, go, go, go! Practically ADHD! Just constantly on the go. I found this as a healer, and now I seem to be finding this as a tank. As a healer it wasn’t an issue, we managed it or we wiped, whichever it wasn’t my fault. As a tankie if I’m not doing the pulling fast enough then I’m messing with the other players enjoyment.

Learning lessons:

As a tank I seem to be expected to do some sort of leading, it’s not just a supporting role.

I need to remember to zoom my camera out.

And as leader I need to:

  1. Mark up some sort of kill order – at least mark up the healers and casters.
  2. Tell the DPS to do some sort of CC, sapping one mob isn’t enough, someone has to do the runners and interrupt the casters.
  3. Keep an eye on the healer’s mana before pulls
  4. Give some idea of a plan, some of the pulls can be made much much easier by LoSing the casters and pulling away from the rest.
  5. Pull much faster to stop the ADHDers getting bored. [my personal preference is slow but steady, zero wipes, 3/4 mob pulls, and a dead boss]

So: Fflowers is parked at a pond near SM and can level his fishing up while waiting for a group, and he is absolutely gonna run all the SM wings at least once even if he gets to 450 skill.

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