View Full Version : Raiding - Breaks are good

04-30-2008, 01:54 PM
Having ticked off the first three bosses in MH, Naj'entus and (typically enough) a 1% best on Supremus, it was time to have a look at Azgalor last night.

The trash seemed a step up from the previous sets with Dps aggroing mobs left right and centre resulting in frequent deaths and corpse runs each wave. In no time at all we had used up two and a half hours of the raid with one hour remaining, having only seen the boss once (unfortunately we were still plowing through wave eight at the time).

Tanks for the trash had been me and another prot warrior, a feral druid and a holy pally. After much debate (including wether to call it a night and go down Mag or some such before logging) our pally went off to respec prot and we took a short break. Coming back, we got through the trash smoothly and had a very encouraging, albeit very frustrating, 2% wipe on the boss. A quick regroup and we were back at the trash, clearing it again with no problems and this time managed to kill Azgalor :)

What made the difference for the last couple of attempts? Was it not being overconfident and trying to main tank tier 6 content with a holy pally (even though it had worked well on the previous encounters in Mount Hyjal) or was it having some time to take a step back from our computers and refocus on what we were doing.

I suspect it was a combination of the two, but taking the time mid-raid to let people clear their heads and just get away for a few minutes can make all the difference.


04-30-2008, 02:11 PM
If it's wiping on the trash in MH, then I'd look to the prot pally first... seriously, they're hax.

If you're doing Archi pulls, or wiping on a boss repeatedly, then taking a focused break (classes talk about strat adjustments, friends whisper other friends and work out what they're doing wrong) can be very positive.

Everyone standing up from their comp to take a shot of tequila and then raid again, who knows, it might be like playing pool where you get better the drunker you are.

04-30-2008, 03:08 PM
<-- The holy / prot / whatever is needed today paladin in question

It's so tempting to push on and people get more and more tired and irritable. A break definitely helps focus people, but sometimes it's hard to remember to do it when the clock is ticking and the server reset looms...

06-09-2008, 01:46 PM
Sometimes a 5 minute break is all the group needs to refresh their desire to play well.
Our guilds initial kills on Morogrim, Hydross, A'lar and Magtheridon, were all done 1st try after a forced 5 minute raid break due to Burnout / Boredom.