I was hanging in Dalaran on my resto Shaman a few weeks ago when I saw an announce for an ICC HM and Wyrm achievements. It was made by a DK named Spärtiate. I should have been more more careful seeing a name like that. But I already have most ICC normal mode achievements and I’d like very much doing a few HM, so I whisper him with my Glory of the Icecrown raider. I got an invite asap. He didn’t asked for my gearscore. I found that a bit suspicious, being on a server where you’re asked for a minimal gearscore for Naxx or Vault of Archavon. But as I’m not a gearscore fan myself and don’t have the addon I didn’t care.
When entering Icecrown a few minutes later, I saw the raid had already killed 5 bosses. Again, I didn’t care. I was just happy for not having to do these 4 first bosses again. I should have realize that a raid which have only killed 5 bosses on his first night was obviously not ready for killing more bosses on HM.
We began killing trash, and after 3 minutes we already have 2 death. The 2 other healers aggroed the skelettals on Precious and didn’t manage to keep themselves alive. The first dying was the disc priest. Fade, Pain Suppression, anyone ? I said to my hubby “Great, the 2 others healers just died on Precious, it’s off to a bad start.”
We finally manage our way to Rotface. Our only disease dispeller was the disc priest.
“I must dispell ? Omg I never did that! How should I do ? When do I have to dispel ?”
In my opinion the best answer would have been “asap”, as I prefer taking a bit of damage from the little ooze than having to heal people through the healing debuff of the disease. And dispelling people when they get to the ooze kiter is not easy if the dispeller never did this before. (Has he ever killed Rotface?? Again, another clue : this priest didn’t obviously have his place in a HM ICC)
But the raid leader didn’t answer “asap” :
Raid Leader : “Dispel when the guy get near the tank kiting the big ooze.”
Priest : “How do I know when the guy get near the tank ?”
Raid Leader : “Tank kitting the big ooze will announce when you can dispel.”
Tank kiting the big ooze : “My microphone don’t work.”
Raid leader : “Make a macro to announce “decurse” in raid. (the RL kept saying decurse, and people corrected me in chat when I spoke about dispelling instead…)”
Tank kiting the big ooze : “How do I make a macro ?”
That’s what I should have done. And leave the raid too, my Saturday night was not completely ruined yet. But I didn’t. I was full of hope and thought we still could beat HM Rotface.
After the raid leader made a step by step explanation about how to make a macro, we pulled. Everything went ok. Until I got the disease. And died. No shield. I Riptied myself. I was at about 2% hp when I was finally dispelled. I stopped and tried to heal myself, but the big ooze just walked on me before my heal could land. The raid wiped a few seconds later.
Someone said on Vent : “There are out of range issue, healers need to be dispatched in the room in order to heal everyone”. WTF? Healers were supposed to stand on Rotface in the center on the room. People would have to hug the wall in order to be out of range (and still, I’m not sure if they’d go out of range this way). When I died, I sure wasn’t out of range of the other healers.
Second try. The raid leader kept shouting “more threat more threat” on Vent. The tank kiting the big ooze probably thought this was for him because he stopped kiting to strike the big ooze in melee. And died. Wipe again.
Third try. I got diseased first. I went to the kiting tank while casting Riptide on myself. Again, no shield, late dispel. The Rejuv + Lifebloom (Lifebloom not on tank ? WTF?) from the druid weren’t enough to keep me alive. Admittedly Rotface was vomiting on me at the same time, but still. There isn’t anything to heal at this time of the fight.
I explained on /raid that the priest had to cast shield on diseased people, otherwise they just die. And I say that he should better dispel asap than wait for kiter’s macro. Biiiig mistake. I didn’t know it yet but the priest was friend with the raid leader (possibly even his girl friend). At this point, the raid leader started to hate me. And if we wiped, if was because I didn’t talk on vent and instead wrote on /raid. Gni ? Did the priest wait for people to ask for shields on Vent in order to heal?
Thus, the raid leader switched to normal mode, and we tried the Rotface achievement instead. The raid leader took 5 minutes to place people around the room, because of healing range issue. Again ? My heals are 40 yards range, not yours ? And when people get into place in the room, I finally understood these range issues. People where effectively hugging the walls. And stayed in the green goo. And with such high range between people, we still managed to have a big ooze. Guess why ? The priest came in melee range when he had the disease…
We still manage the achievement, and went to Putricide. The raid leader was realistic and stayed in normal mode. None of the tank had ever done the abomination thing, but one of them was eager to try. The raid leader explained to him the only thing he had to do was to eat the green goo, and we began.
Nobody announced the Unstable Experiment. Ranged dps were only a few yards away from the green ooze when it popped. And apparently the dps weren’t really fast to switch target. After 2 explosions the ooze was still at 20% hp.
On the second experiment a warlock was targeted. Instead of kitting the Cloud Gas, he dpsed, ran a few seconds then stopped to dps again. He was hit twice by the Gas Cloud.
But that wasn’t our biggest problem. Before the 3rd experiment, the room looked like this :
Hurrah green pool!
The abomination tank was just eating once or twice on each slime puddle. Then switched to a new one, even if the first was still there.
The slime problem was resolved, and we managed to kill him on second try, even if the experiment management was still disastrous. We head over to the blood princes to do the achievement where you must not be hit by more than 23K damage at once.
The Raid Leader tactic was brilliant for this one : Shields on everyone. Apparently he thought damage absorbed was not considered as damage. But I couldn’t verify this theory as even with shields people took huge amounts of damage.
First, his healing assignment, were great : one healer heals both tanks. And the healer was me, the less mobile of all healers. I said that it wasn’t very sensible because of range reasons. But he replied to me than if I did know how to play, this weren’t a problem. So, on Rotface the healers can’t heal people 20 yards away but on Princes Council it’s not a problem to heal 2 tanks 100 yards away from each other… And I guess you absolutely need 2 healers to keep the raid alive because you know, we’re not supposed to take a lot of damage.
And effectively, range wasn’t a huge problem. I could stand in the middle most of the time and Keleseth tank stayed in range. This could explain why he only had 2 Nuclei on him at best (at one time in the middle of the fight he even hadn’t any!), and got almost one-shot.
But this wasn’t the only strange thing. I always did Blood Prince with melee and range people getting near the ball of flames to discharge its energy so that the target isn’t hit by too much. This night I was the only one trying to do that.
The hunter kept relying on his pet to keep Kinetic Bombs up, and his pet kept diyng, resulting in many Kinetic Bomb explosions.
And people didn’t seem to understand how Empowered Vortex worked. I was standing far rein anyone else at most time, and I kept seeing people coming and hugging me when the vortex was casted…
We killed the council, but as you can guess the achievement was a long forgotten dream. We head over to the Blood Queen. And guess what ? The raid leader switched to heroic mode again…
This was a carnage. The raid leader kept shouting “more threat” on vent, and died after taking aggro for the umpteenth time. The raid leader didn’t make any healing assignment, and I didn’t asked because I was really bored of being answered “you’re bad, I know your class better than you do” each time I said something. This result at melee being constantly topped, and me having to use single target heals on ranged people (very effective way to use a shaman, whereas disc priest and druid main healing spells are single target heals, but who cares?). People lifes kept droping and there was no way to make these going up again. Of course, the druid didn’t use Tranquility. She seems to only use this spell to top off people after rezzing the raid. Yes I’m speaking about out of combat rez after a wipe.
I died near the beginning of the fight. I ankhed, used all of my regen tools, and even casted lighting bolts on the boss to regen via Telluric Currents . We were approaching the enrage timer when I was the target of Pact of the Darkfallen with the same warlock who didn’t care about kiting Gas Cloud. This time, he was too focus on dpsing the boss (omg 30 sec left to kill the last 10% !!) to move even a toe. And the 2 other healers were too oom to heal me. WTF ? I died during the fight, used my least efficient spells because someone else was doing the duty I was good at, and still I manage to have more mana than the other 2 at the end ?
The queen was at 3% when the raid wiped.
At this time, I was offered a place in another raid, so I quit. I suppose I’m on the BL of the full raid by now, but I suppose I’d prefer not to group with them again anyway. I don’t generally quit raids like that, but this was just a pitiful raid, and they were being mean to me ever since my comment on the disc priest on Rotface.