So last week on Tuesday I led our troops into ICC.
The other officers and I had spent all week looking at strategies, watching videos, planning for contingencies.
We went from 10 attempts on Marrowgar to 2, even with new people in the raid.
Lady Deathwhisper put up a bit of resistance, but nothing we couldn’t overcome.
Would have had the gunship battle in 2 I think except the boarding party’s tank had a UI freakout and he got stuck with the action bar for the cannon, even after leaving the cannon. Apparently that makes it hard to tank or something. Pffttt…
We entered the Citadel.
I was worried about loot getting to the right people and zoned in a little after everyone else.
My screen opens up, I see jets of blue and white smoke and hear them in vent, GOGOGOGOGOGO!
So what do I do? Blink through that shit and land smack dab in the next one.
Trash was hard, we actually called it Tuesday night on account of “Beware of Dogs” and came back on Thursday. By the time we got to Precious and Stinky we were tired.
Started up at the Citadel entrance on Thursday and went through trash much more effectively, what a difference between the end of a night and a fresh evening.
And then… well, we won’t talk about what happened next because it involved lots of dying.
I will summarize with, we did not down either of the bosses and called it after trash respawned.
We’re at an awkward spot, with just a few too many people that want to and can raid for 10s and not quite enough that want to and can for 25s.
Over the past week, we’ve pulled in several new people so this is a temporary problem – temporary until they get from their Naxx gear up to T9.
It’s the one thing that I like about the badge system and them dropping like candy in heroics.
I love the fact that I won’t have to drag them through Ulduar and then ToCr to get them geared.
I’ll give them a week and see how far they’ve gotten and we’ll see about using them as the core for a ToCr raid to run concurrently with our ICC progression group.
But besides the people that aren’t quite geared enough, I have a few extras that ARE geared enough.
And that means that some people have to sit out.
Putting together a raid under these circumstances is horrible.
I want to bring everyone.
But I can’t and decisions have to be made.
I’m trying to balance people and swap them out one week for the next, but I know that will ultimately slow down the progression of the group. Getting a full second raid group would alleviate a lot of that pressure.
I had to make the call to replace someone on Thursday.
He was trying his best, but the experience and the gear just wasn’t quite there.
That’s one of the most difficult whispers I’ve ever had to send to someone.
Thankfully, he knew what the problem was and was very gracious in removing himself from the group without a fuss.
But it still hurt.
I take these guys into these dark, dangerous places and I want to see them win.
I want to see us kicking ass and taking names.
As a team.
And to have to tell someone that they aren’t quite good enough to be on the team…
I feel like I let them down.
I let the guy that wasn’t ready down by getting his hopes up in the first place and I let the rest of the team down by not bringing the best group that I could.
We’re going back in tonight.
We’ll do better.
I’ll do better.
I was wide awake at 6:00 AM.
For those that don’t know me, that’s fucking early.
I am NEVER awake at 6 in the morning.
But there I was, lying in bed, awake.
Worried about how I was going to fit all these people into raids.
Running down the roster and trying to match tanks and healers and DPS of relative gear and experience into appropriate raids.
At 6 in the fucking morning.