What makes an encounter click?

Morynne —  January 27, 2011 — 1 Comment

This is a shared topic from Blog Azeroth.

We’ve all been there, we’ve all sat through wipe after wipe after wipe and seeming to make no progress.  How miserable.  Then, like a miracle, everything clicks — and the next thing you know, that boss you’ve been wiping on, is now dead.  Vent goes into cheers and the purples are distributed.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been through this.

In Wrath of the Lich King, I did all of the content on regular and on heroic modes, and for the most part we breezed through the normal encounters.  Then there was Sindragosa.  My guild wiped on her for what seemed like months.

When you come across an encounter like that, something your guild just can’t get past — there’s a lot of evaluation that has to be done — on all levels.

As a Guild Master or Raid Leader…

  • Check your raid composition.  Is there more melee on a range friendly fight? Do you have the optimal buffs?
  • Is everyone using flasks, food, potions to help increase their performance?
  • What’s your strategy? Do some reading — does someone out there have a different strategy that might work better for you?
  • Have you been wiping all night? Is your raid tired, and need a break?

As a Class Leader….

  • Is everyone in your class playing to their potential?
  • Is everyone running an optimal spec for what they’re trying to do?
  • Is everyone’s gear gemmed and enchanted the way it should be?
  • Are they using their profession bonuses in a way that will actually help?

As a Raider…

  • Do you know your role on this fight?
  • Are you prepared? Flask? Food? Potions? Elixirs? Band aids?
  • Have you been staying up with the most effective way to be playing your class?
  • Are you playing at your best? Is something going on in your life that might be distracting you?
  • Have you checked around for anything specific for the encounter with your class?
  • Have you asked for feedback or help?

I find it really difficult to put a finger on exactly what makes an encounter click.  Obviously practice makes perfect — especially if your raid members are doing everything they’re supposed to do.  Sometimes it’s just blind luck.  I’ve also watched raids wipe all night on an encounter where nothing crazy is standing out that’s wrong — have our best attempt early in the evening and had the remaining attempts for the night go downhill.  Then come back the following night and 1-shot the encounter.

To get an encounter to click, I think the following have to happen…

  • Your raid members have to want it, and show up prepared.
  • Your raid has to know the strategy.
  • Your raid has to know their individual roles and play to their potential.
  • Be mindful of how long you’ve been wiping on an encounter in a raid session.  Go do something simple as a break, or really take one!
  • Practice, practice, practice.

Just don’t give up — that boss will give up his purples eventually.


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Morynne is an avid hunter, and prefers Marksmanship. She has co-hosted the Hunting Party Podcast, and appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. For more information, click here.

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