Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sometimes It's Just Not Meant To Be.

It's days like today that make me wonder if I have any skill as a player. Let me explain.

The Setting.

Today I went to heroic Magisters Terrace, and it was a disaster from the word go. We had a mage, warlock, hunter, holy priest, and me tanking. Now while this isn't the easiest of heroics, I have practically farmed this place for everything I can get from it, so it was in no way new to me.

The Bad Bit.

In those first few pulls we died and died. Twice form me forgetting that those casters can interrupt a healers spells and marking it second on the kill order, once from the crazy mage's body pull on a group we had skipped. I managed to pull that same group onto just me and the priest as we were waiting for the others, and while technically not a wipe it still felt bad.

The Good Bit.

After that we pulled it together a bit and mowed down the First boss and relevant mobs. During this time I also received a bit of instruction on seduction as a cc from the warlock. My usual experience with seduce us that it's a one hit wonder and started tanking the marked mob as soon as cc broke. I was told in no nonsense terms to leave that mob alone in future unless the succubus is dead, especially when the target is a caster. Apparently casters are much easier to chain seduce than melee. I really must remember that one.

It's Gone Wrong Again :(

Then we got to the room of the second boss with all his little eel thingies. Now I have always sucked at pulling these groups, but on my first try I managed to pull most of the room in one go, only the priest and I survived.

It came time for Vexallus himself, this guy killed us over and over and over again. We tried slightly different tactics each time, but the result was the same. The dps were dieing just that little bit too fast and there seemed to be nothing we could do about it.

As I've said before I don't get wipe aggro, but I have learned to notice the point at which everyone else is at their limit, even for those who aren't complaining. So I was more than happy to give everyone a free out (meaning that nobody would hold it against them if they left), they decided however to give it one last shot.

This time I switch into battle stance as soon as he hits 20% and start executing. Then the dps start dieing again but his health is going down. We can do it, we can do it. Then I notice all the dps are dead and the priest has dropped after being in her spirit healer form and Vexallus is still at 10%. I have full health, but I'm on my own, and I've used all my cooldowns and pots.
9%,8%,7%,6%,5%,4%,3%,2%,1%. Come on only one Execute away from victory here ... Splat.

A 1% Wipe ...... Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I hate 1% wipe. Thats just down right mean.

Ok guys and galls one more shot.

He's going down this time. He's got to go down. He's not allowed to tease us with a 1% wipe and then not go down.

It was not to be however, this time we got him to 18% before the dps died and the priest started doing her spirit healer impersonation. I effectively solo'd him down to 8%. But in the end even the imbaness of Execute could not do it, and it was "Game over man, game over". With that we called an end to our ill fated run.

I think for the next while I'm going to spend most of my time as protection, as it seems to require more constant practice to stay proficient at than dps.

So until next time this is Stuntyone the Incompetent Warrior signing off.


Anonymous said...

Vexallus is just downright a pain in the butt. We had problems during my frist heroic run also until our tank had an idea. Since apparently the adds spawn every 15%, slow down the DPS so whoever's on adds doesn't get debuffed too fast. This way, your healer can keep both him/her and you alive without too much pressure.

We had our mage not DPS at all and just taking 3-4 waves of adds before ice blocking.

Stuntyone said...

Thanks I'll give that a go next time I get stuck there.

The Incompetent Warrior