May 19, 2010 25 Comments
Last night the frustration ended, and was replaced with joy. The bane of my group’s existence for the last month or so lay dead on the ground after a well executed and clean kill. We basked in the glory, and received the praise of our brethren from the other progression group, who had first killed him a month and a half ago.
I normally don’t talk greatly about progression, but I’m too proud of my guys (and gals) to not send out some well-earned kudos. If you’re not into reading about stuff like that, you might want to skip this post…
We’ve had a really difficult time in the last month keeping the same two tanks in the raid. The two tanks we had last night were not members of the group for our progression on any of the other bosses. One of them had been a progression tank in ToC for us, but had taken a leave of absence from the game right before ICC came back. Not only is he back now, but he’s become quite a leader in vent during fights and I don’t know that we would have killed LK without his leadership.
Our other tank was a recent Horde – Alliance transfer about a month ago, and has worked very hard to get his gear up between then and now. We let him know that we wanted to try him out as one of our permanent tanks, and he studied up on the LK fight. Apparently, he didn’t know that we had our raid saved at LK, and was quite surprised when we told him we were going straight to him. He didn’t buckle under the pressure, he manned up, and withing 4 attempts, Arthas was dead with very clean tanking. I’ve tanked with him before and knew he was a competent tank, but I was beyond impressed last night.
As for our healers, being able to progress through this whole expansion with the Mrs. was great. There are very few bosses that I killed without her there, and it was really great to get to share it with her. She’s come a long way from the noob warlock that we drug through Kara so long ago. She’s got 2 well geared (5500+gs) healers that she’s very proficient with. Needless to say, I’m proud.
There’s another healer in the group that’s probably the most pro healer I’ve ever met, and this guy didn’t start healing until after Wrath was released. Apparently he really likes healing, because he now has every healing class, and I’d take him on any of those toons. He’s also quite funny, and the group dynamic would be completely different without him
The last healer is our switch hitter. He’s a Shadow / Discipline Priest, and he’s not a huge fan of healing. I’m not sure if he’s been updating, but you can find his blog in the blogroll. What really impresses me about this player is that despite the fact that he was burnt out on healing, he kept doing it, and never complained about it during the raid. If it weren’t for his shields, we’d have stood little chance last night.
As for our DPS, when we started ICC, there was a huge discrepancy between the damage pulled by each of the players with 10% usually separating top dps from bottom. This started to change when a more recent addition to our guild took a freshly minted 80 Hunter and quickly turned it into a powerhouse. I think that her addition to the group helped push the other DPS to be better. She’s quite capable as a player and a leader, and both her input and damage were vital to our success.
Now for FailTeam, as we sometimes refer to them. It is unlikely that anyone in a serious progression guild would have ever taken any of these three players and they would have missed out on some good players, and more importantly good people. Each one of these players has come a long way in ICC, and all three of them have been a part of the group for its progression.
We’ve got a DK who could have just been an average DK, but he did reasearch and tweaked his spec and gear. He tried various specs for the good of the group and when the frost changes hit a while back he became a force to be reckoned with. On top of all of that, he’s always early and prepared for every raid.
A similar story is his Warrior counterpart, who, like the DK would have come across to most recruiters as nothing special. This player, along with the DK, kept working hard at improving and did. I should also mention that he’s young. While that might keep him from getting into some other guilds that shy away from younger players, It certainly wasn’t a factor for us when he joined our guild. I’m glad that we look at the player and person, not that age. We might have missed out.
By a wide margin, I’m most proud of this guy. Back in BC, and before I was the guild leader, there was a list of people “not top group with” from our server. One of these players was described to me as the “worst player on the server,” name iharrypotter. Well, after a name change in wrath and being accepted into Bucklers, he continued to improve, and eventually decided that being an Elemental Shaman was what was best for him. At one point, we thought that his issues with situational awareness and low DPS meant we would need to replace him. Well, after telling him our concerns, he didn’t let it get to him and worked hard to improve his game. Calling him most improved might be an understatement. You can find his blog here.
I’m proud of my team, each and every member, they’ve worked really hard, and especially as of late, and lived up to their potential, if not past it. So, I just want to say to them, thanks for working so hard, enjoy the victory; you’ve earned it. To everyone else, If you’ve made it this far and you’re not a player from our guild, thanks for reading about them. I wouldn’t expect you to be proud of people you don’t know, but it means something that you’d listen to someone who does and very much is.