Since I wouldn’t want to kill off regular commentor Slipslappy, here’s a brief overview of my initial foray into Karazhan last night.
Gee – is the post title giving it away?
I guess in retrospect my expectations were probably too high. As I’ve mentioned, I am not in an elite guild. Adding to this was we are now running two Kara groups, and I was in “Group 2” – read that “N00b Group”. Our leaders were familiar with the raid, but we had a lot of first timers in the group along with myself. That also probably means we were on the low end of the gear scale too.
I felt we had a tough time. Ventured in around 9:00 and stopped at Midnight. What did we get done in 3 hours? Downed Attumen and wiped once on Maiden. That’s it.
I struggle a lot with my guild. I love the fact that they are easy-going, let everyone play as much or little as they want, are for the most part mature grownups and have a lot of fun. What drives me crazy is how this translates into a lot of wasted time. Guild rules call for raids to start at 8:45 with invites tossed out at 8:15. So why the heck did we not even get started until 9:00? When we’re clearing trash mobs, we almost always have a minute or two go by in between pulls. Okay, people have to drink, etc. but why are we all standing around? Mark the next part and pull. I’ve got into the habit of not hitting Enrage until the mob is headed towards us. Literally, I’ll hit Enrage when the raid leader says “Ready?”, and most of my rage will be gone by the time he pulls. Frustrating.
So, anyway we wiped on Midnight/Attumen about 3 times before downing him. With the fast respawns (and the screwing around), we had to clear back to them every time. Lots of trash, no good drops, big repair bills. Once we finally got them down – no good drops for Amanna. The plate wrists and cloth gloves. But at least they were down. We cleared the next room and I got to talk to the NPC to complete the Assessing the Situation quest.
We headed back and went up the stairs toward the Maiden. Took a while to get there, and wiped on the first try. Since it was around midnight at this point, the raid leader called it a night.
Hey – don’t get me wrong. I know we all have to learn and I’d be the first to admit I made a ton of mistakes last night. It just seems like we bring an instance mentality to raids. I guess you have to take the good with the bad.
So, have I kept you in suspense long enough Slip?
Not much for Amanna – I just got one greenie via greed. However, I did make Friendly with The Violet Eye, so once we broke up, I headed back outside and picked up my initial Violet Badge. That was my main objective anyway. Getting a ring that gives me 294 armor (1617 in Bear), +27 Stamina and +13 defense isn’t a bad night’s work.
My one big observation of the night was how much harder to build and hold aggro it seems in Kara compared to other instances. I’ve had no problem in the past holding aggro on instance bosses, in some cases even stealing it from Pallies or Warriors while in Bear. Last night though, I really had to work to keep mobs under control and track them down from time to time. Now – I don’t think our group was very disciplined in watching their threat meters, but any observations or comments from you Kara veterans out there would be welcomed. Are the mobs just that much harder to control in there, do I have a gear issue, or is this just normal?
There’s always next time.