Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wiping with a purpose

Last night was one of the greatest raid nights that I’ve had in a long time. The trash was interesting, without being overly destructive, and there was just enough of it to actually feel like trash. We only faced two of the three bosses last night, but something even more important happened.

We wiped.

A lot.

Like, all night long – even on trash.

And it was glorious.

Wiping is good?

One of the things that has happened to us since we beat Anub in ToC 10H is that we’ve become complacent. ToC numbed us up, and the first four bosses in ICC didn’t do a whole lot to get the juices flowing. Mix in some holiday vacations, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Even though the two bosses we faced weren’t exceptionally difficult, they did employ some mechanics that took some getting used to. We also went in fairly blind, so we were learning the bosses as we went – an extremely fun process. I’m sorry to say that we didn’t get Rotface down, but we should have him fairly quickly on Thursday.

What I walked away with – not loot

A few things were immediately apparent last night, and that’s the sad (but true) fact that our critical thinking skills weren’t working well. Too many players were dying to the environmental damage, and making critical thinking errors. We’re going to have to tighten up our playstyle or we’re going to be in real trouble when the heroics come out.

So the wipes were good. I’m glad that the content is more challenging, and that we weren’t able to brute force our way through the content like we did with much of ToC. I honestly hope that the rest of ICC is this challenging.

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