The Rude Awakening
January 24, 2011 15 Comments
I came to a conclusion last week while my group was Raiding. We’re not ready. Seeing multiple attempts fail around the same time and in the same way wasn’t pleasant and it was unexpected for the veteran raiders in my group. I won’t be cliche and repeat the title, but you get the point. I did some thinking, and had two completely opposite reactions to the issue.
My first reaction was to think, they’ve really overtuned this. I honestly thought: hey, I’ve got mainly the same players that I had when we had progressed through Lich King, there’s no way this should be this hard as the first tier of raiding. My team should be able to handle this easily, and Blizzard has obviously overshot with the difficulty of its encounters.
Then I slept on it and realized that yes, the new raid content is more challenging than anticipated, but my guys should be able to handle it. That being said, we weren’t. As such, I began to write a letter to my group for our forums implementing some basic requirements for our raid group. They are:
- Cataclysm Dungeon Hero Achieve
- Minimum 346 ilvl equipped
- All gear enchanted with Cataclysm (Wrath if appropriate) enchants
- All gear gemmed with uncommon quality gems
We’re not raiding again until we’ve got 10 people who can meet this requirement. I personally have yet to reach these goals. I have two heroics that I just can’t seem to randomly queue for and will queue manually for them, and I’ve got a belt buckle to obtain. Other than that though, I’m ready.
To some people these might come off as elitist, but really, are these requirements too much to ask? We have a large guild with the resources to make obtaining these four things all but trivial. A time commitment is all that is really necessary. When you’re talking about encounters where one person has the potential to wipe the raid, you want people with you that have worked hard to earn their spot and will give 100%.
I pose this question: New content or not, if your group is consistently wiping in the same manner, even after identifying the issues, how would you handle the situation?