Well Friday night was another average Kara run.
For one thing the Olympics opening ceremony was on, and everyone was slightly distracted, especially my wife. Hang on, she doesn’t play…. but she does pull my strings, so I had lots of AFK moments while she dragged me back into the living room. I didn’t see anything interesting, always missing what she was excited about – which didn’t make her happy (at all).
Still we had a pretty good group, including a hunter that was sharing top billing on the damage meters with the rogue & I. Unfortunately he was one of those eager to share stats… frequently, as well as introduce us to his raft of “chatty mods” – those ones that spam raid channel.
The tank has him on ignore
We probably should have paid closer attention to the fact that our tank had the hunter on ignore. He couldn’t remember why, so we pressed on.
Things started to go off the rails at Curator. Actually before I get into that, let me tell you about a betting book we run each week… “Who will pull Curator while doing the final trash”. It’s a class based thing, we have found, and you can’t make money on Hunters. If anyone is going to pull Curator midway through the trash, it’s a Hunter…
Anyway, enough digression, for once Curator wasn’t pulled during trash, so we quickly checked who knew the Curator fight.. everyone, good, so here’s how we do it.
Our standard strategy, because we are melee heavy, is to stack up on Curator. One of the team (usually THD), gets marked, we put down a smoke bomb to indicate tanking position, check everyone knows we are bunching up on THD.
Every week there is one person that stands away from the party. Which means every week the flares go down slower that possible, because the melee are chasing the flares down, then have to rush back to Curator when he evocates.
This week was no different, in this case it was the Uber Hunter standing at max range.
I can cope with this, painful yes, tolerable, yes.
We had 2 flares up all the time, once again no big deal.
What got to me in the end (and I admit I had a short fuse on Friday night – lack of sleep courtesy of my little tacker) was that the Hunter was screaming at us all the time to change to his tactics.
The time to decide tactics
Note to all: When tactics are discussed pre-fight either:
- speak up with your variations, or
- forever hold your peace.
Mid combat is not the time to be changing the plan, which only need to be changed because you aren’t following the original plan.
Anyway, we got Curator down, but for once I couldn’t hold my tongue. So I told Uber Hunter that in future he follows the strategy laid down before combat begins, or at least speaks up before combat begins.
With a “Well if you want to loose your best DPS”, he left raid.
So we loose the 3rd best DPS
Of course, the irony was he wasn’t the best DPS, that was the rogue, and I know I was right on his tail, and would have been higher if not for the constant yelling from my wife from the other room. In fact, Uber Hunter had been at best 3rd placed in any of the boss fights. So we were less good dps, but not the best DPS.
Soon afterward, (and I must admit I missed it at first) THD alerted me to the PCBH (Post Curator Black Hole) and we continued with a rotating group of DPS and healers.
Aran smacked us around again, it has become so tiresome. So we finished up at Chess (where the ring or recurrence dropped again… I think 3rd time in god knows how many months… I got it last week, but it was seriously lucky I wasn’t holding my breath).
What to do in future?
Not sure what we will do in future. Each week is an exercise in gearing PUGS through the 1st half and miserable experiences in the 2nd half.
We might move on to ZA, but we are all still looking for gear from Prince or Netherspite. We are also all dreaming of a full Kara clear. The thought has arisen for some of the crew to try and clear the 1st half during the week, so we can just focus on the 2nd half on Friday. The issue there is there will be more pugs than regulars, might be harder to find a group just for the 1st half and the fear that one of the puggers might return and clear out the rest without us.
Gnomer & Out!