So last night the guild once more made a foray into Naxx 25. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been on a pretty intense recruitment blitz and have been foregoing our usual plan of Naxx till 25 log on, then Sarth 3D. We’re in somewhat of a transition phase, trying to get to the point where we regularly have 25 raiders on. So last night we brought about 5 or 6 apps with us, mainly from a smaller guild that we’re looking to absorb.
Things got off on somewhat of a bad foot. We started with Military wing because we weren’t sure how long the second priest would be able to stay on (her connection can be somewhat whonky). We put Raz down eazy peazy and moved on to Gothik, but then began to have problems from there. We have recently restructured and had some officer promotions and demotions based solely on raid availability. No feelings were hurt or guild drama or anything, but the end result is new officers who need to learn how to use our DKP system.
Apparently the moderator version of our DKP mod is a little difficult to figure out from the officer end. As a result we had to wait about 20 minutes to pull Gothik after we arrived in his room. Yeah, not pleasant. With no more issues we were able to move through Military Wing with no more issues and went to Construct next. And here’s where I almost lost my shit.
Anyone who’s been in in Naxx is aware of the slimes in Construct and how you’re not supposed to stand in melee. Another good idea is to not body pull the row of abominations right outside the room if you can avoid it. For some reason a few people decided to do both at the same time. Things got quite interesting, oh yes. After about 10 to 15 minutes we were able to pull it out, rez the dead and get back on track, no wipe. We then settled down, put our noses to the grindstone and still finished a full clear in about 3 and a half hours, picking up the Arachnophobia achievement for those who still needed it.
But the whole debacle at the beginning of the raid got me thinking. It reminded me very much of my own personal journey on my way to becoming the uber awesome raider that I am today. When I first entered Naxx I was completely and totally clueless, a total newblett. My first time through I had just barely specced to holy and was not familiar with the nuances of the spec. I used flash heal almost exclusively, ran out of mana constantly and basically did a whole lot of sucking and dieing.
I’ll give you a rundown of my first time in Naxx. As I’ve said before, I had run a few heroics and had decent gear for starting Naxx when I was invited to the guild and summoned in pretty much right away. I was so very extremely nervous for it all. I was only able to stay for Plague and part of Military wing and it was quite the experience. In Plague I managed to fail at dancing on the first splash by standing to far in the middle even though everyone else was behind me. I failed at the gauntlet by getting stuck next to one of those pots and somehow forgetting how to use my jump button. I killed myself at Loatheb because I didn’t realize that PoM and Renew will still tick for damage after you’ve cast them and not just initially. I couldn’t do Raz to save my life, resulting in five wipes in a row. And finally I got killed on the way to Gothik and then when I came back, I actually got lost like a moron, going down the wrong wing twice before just giving up and begging the warlock for a summon. I was extremely surprised they didn’t kick me right away as it must have appeared I couldn’t tell my ass from left.
I won’t even go into how scary stupid I was for our first few Malygos and Sarth kills, but needless to say, it was scary. Since then, however, I’ve managed to stop being a drooling imbecile and have worked myself into what I can only hope is a competant raider. But it took time and a few weeks of failing. No one ever starts out being the shit, there’s always going to be newb moments and all you can do is put your head to the wall and push, otherwise you’ll just stand in the same spot.
So I ask you, gentle jerkwads, what was your biggest “dur” moment when starting out raiding? Don’t be afraid to post in the comments no matter how dumb you may think it was, cause public ridicule is just fun. And at least it can’t be as bad as running all the way through Plague Wing then halfway through Construct while the other priest is Mind Visioning you and you’re being described as “on another fucking planet” before having to ask for a summon. And if it is, hey, at least you’ll make me feel better and in the end, isn’t that what it’s really all about?