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Every time you wipe on Ignis, a Kitten dies.


Dath’remar scored Ignis as the raid weekly this week.

I managed to grab a group Tuesday night before shutdown on my Holy Priest   – I’ve found previously that no matter the realm  – no matter the over gearing  Ignis has been an Ulduar Pug breaker.

My Tuesday night 10 man pug managed to kill him with only 4 dead, and considering one of those dead was the other healer I think we did pretty good.

Come Wednesday and the start of a new raiding week,  the 10 man guild that have adopted me as their healer  were going to do the Ignis weekly.  Because there had been the weekly raid ID reset I was no longer locked   – so I got to heal them through all our wipes on Ignis.

This retro wiping is a little frustrating,   we were 2 healing it again,  we should have been over geared for it.  But no the Dps warrior was wearing a level 61 gun still.  Some people were missing every gem.  Some had inappropriately gemed,   missing enchants,  funny talent trees, no previous kill experience of Ignis ect, no DBM to warn when to stop dps so u don’t get spell locked.  The list went on. 

Welcome to Casual raiding.

Yes you can be a casual raider,   but when your guild are all casual raiders,  there is no one to carry you through – you still need to work at it.  Given them their due they were there,  trying, wiping,  getting back off the floor and doing it all again.

I’ve still got the taste of Ulduar dirt in my mouth – my broken bones have littered the floors before, and it cuts me a little to be doing it all again.

After giving up wiping on Ignis,  we did kill Razor and XT  – with me coaching them through parts of it – I pointed out a few more things to the RL – it’s up to them if they attempt to fix it. I pointed out a few things to the shadow priest, told her/him it was completely up to them if they were interested in getting better –  trying to offer advice,  but no pressure.

I’m trying not to take over the raid – trying not to scare them by being an elitist  – even on the Boss mod issue,  I explained – that it will make their playing easier – and will help them be more aware of things like flame jets,  or blue fire, and will increase their success. 

 I don’t want to do an Audit – or suggested improvements on every player. But So much though is fixable  cheaply or at least made better – which increases dps / tanking/healing  improves performance,  things die easier – everyone is happy.   I would have been content if they even had, had the cheaper gems,  or the cheaper enchants – it shows care  still

So why do it – if it’s so very hard?  I can’t explain it completely –  I like feeling like a big fish in a small ocean – I know more than they do – I can use my knowledge  / healing abilities to help them,  and I just can’t do  4 days raiding again.  I’ve been out too long.  I like the flexibility of not having to come home early – to walk away from the Pc – read,  talk to a friend on the phone,  not come home,  go out, watch a dvd, go to sunday family dinner.

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6 Responses to “Every time you wipe on Ignis, a Kitten dies.”


  1. 1 Klepsacovic February 4, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I suspect that many players believe that to put any thought into a game makes it no longer a game. Getting gems and talents that make sense, those take a little bit of thought and effort and delay the button-mashing.

  2. 2 gevlon February 4, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Yes, the lack of casual raiding. You can raid with 4/week HCs, or you can be with pathetic socials.

    I’m planning something against it, I can’t announce it yet, but I hope this nonsense can be ended.

  3. 3 Chawa February 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Pretty please stop defining Casual raiding in this way. It’s breaking my heart! I’m a casual raider as my fellow guildies are but you’ll find the majority of us gemmed, enchanted, flasked up, food buffed with Omen and DBM running. We have downed Ignis – with no one to carry us except ourselves.

    Hmmm.. the lack of coffee hasn’t helped me to think up another term for you though. Perhaps I should start changing my own mind and start thinking of myself as a casual hardcore raider?? Or a responsibily casual one? 🙂

    • 4 Pugnacious Priest February 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      @chawa – Maybe they will end up that way sounds like u guys have it sorted 🙂 – I’ve already had the shadow priest catch me on my healer asking more questions – if they could see / know how even the smallest of adjustments to play style / spec can make the raid so much more enjoyable – and make the little time they have more productive.

  4. 5 Silk February 5, 2010 at 2:45 am

    *resisting the urge to call what your feeling “mothering instinct”*

    Maybe I am jaded but I just don’t have the energy to teach another person the basics of how to raid. Over the course of my time I have had crash courses in how to boomkin, holy priest, dw dk, BM hunter – and on, and on.

    Having decided to move on from the casual environment (in that sense I use casual as “don’t really care” rather than “limited play time”) I really doubt I could go back. Hell its bad enough to have to teach Malygos again every time its the weekly.

    • 6 Pugnacious Priest February 5, 2010 at 3:37 am

      I may be slightly motherhenishly there, and having been to better places – think maybe this urge to retro raid heal is a passing phase But I feel needed/useful somewhat…. I like feeling useful. But there is now a plethoria of new pvp gear to be had.. back to the Bgs!


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