Monday. You know, I often ponder why everyone hates Monday so much. Sure, it’s the start of a new week. Sure, it means that the long haul to the weekend is just beginning. But I think I’d love it if someone had a much more positive outlook regarding Mondays. How about a TGIM button? No? Alright, fine. I suppose instead I’ll offer my (somewhat) weekly brain dump here. RIGHT AFTER I GO TO KINKO’S FOR TGIM BUTTONS FOR YOU ALL!
On Raiding and Mistakes
We did well this week, and I’m quite pleased with how we performed. Mostly. We snagged a heroic Shannox kill in roughly 10 pulls on Wednesday night and then started to put some work on Heroic Rhyolith Thursday evening. It did not go as well as we’d have liked it to go, and it was clear that we needed to shore some things up in our strategy. So there was lots of conversation about what to fix, how to fix it, etc. And we decided that we’d take two hours of time on Sunday to continue working Rhyolith.
This is where the mistakes come in.
The plan was to work Rhyolith for the first two hours of our five hour raid night. Then move along to the other two bosses we had up before Rag: Baleroc and Staghelm. We figured the two of those should take and hour, and that would leave us a decent bit of time for Rag on Sunday – and clean up with him Monday if need be. Only after a 10% wipe on Heroic Rhyolith – we decided to push him a little bit longer on Heroic. Only about 30 minutes. But it was still 30 minutes. Of course then when we flipped him to normal mode, which should have been a walk in the park after two nights of heroic work, we fumbled and required a few pulls for the kill.
I know, wtf, right?
No big. We got him, let the raid know that we really need to get some time in on Rag tonight and ask that everyone put on their A-game hats as we move forward. Except it didn’t go as smoothly as planned. Baleroc started very poorly. In fact, I was actually shocked at this, as we have an extremely strong healing team. After motivating the healers to eat their wheaties, we get him down. But it took significantly longer than anticipated.
I look at the clock and feel a small wave of panic.
We move to Staghelm. Our first pull was damn near a kill (I can’t remember now exactly what went wrong) but then we stumbled for a couple of pulls before finally getting him down. 10 minutes before our raid is set to end. FUCK. Well, Beru, way to go. You did not plan this well at all. (Or I had too much confidence in how long it would take for repeat kills, take your pick). We managed to reclear everything, which was great. But I felt that we really, truly needed a night and a half to ensure a rag kill.
I made a mistake.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have given us the extra time on Heroic Rhyolith. But I really didn’t think we’d take as long as we did on Baleroc and Shannox. And the raid truly seemed to want to push Heroic Rhyolith. But I wanted to prioritize a 25 man Rag kill this week (recall earlier post about holiday week raiding). And I screwed it up.
We still have a full raid night. But with there being a week between when the raid team was there last and tonight, I’m quite nervous about that being enough time. I left the raid last night with a plea for everyone to realize the importance of tonight’s raid. For everyone to refresh themselves on the encounter, watch videos, walk through what they will be doing on the fight as they review. But I’m nervous. I’m nervous we aren’t going to reach this goal because I made a mistake. Sure, it’s debatable that it was a “mistake”. Sure, I’m likely being too hard on myself. But it’s important to me – and I misallocated the time needed to meet the goals that were set.
Hell, maybe I’m worried over nothing. Perhaps we will walk in and do an amazing job and that will be that. But if we don’t…I’m going to be a bit disappointed. Not in my raid team, but more in myself for not planning as well as I ought to have done. No, it’s not the end of the world. Worse shit can and has happened. I won’t lose sleep over it – but I’ll do my best to make sure I don’t make the same mistake again next week. I suppose that is all that you can ask for, isn’t it? Learning from your mistakes?
On Being Grateful
One of the things that I don’t know that I say enough (here or anywhere for that matter) is how grateful I am that my guild has continued to be strong and push forward. Even through the rough times. Every week you hear of or see another guild that has collapsed under the weight of WoW’s 6th year and third expansion. And I’ve never really acknowledged how grateful I am that it isn’t my guild. That we’ve had the fortitude to keep pushing forward. It hasn’t always been easy, and I don’t anticipate the road growing any smoother the further down it we travel. But it’s definitely something that is worth acknowledging.
In fact, any guild that survived T11 in tact deserves a huge pat on the back. That, in and of itself, was a feat larger that any internet dragon that was killed.
Dannie did her first Firelands alt run this weekend. We managed to snag kills on Shannox, Rhyolith and Beth’tilac. Not too shabby for a few hours of work! I didn’t find that I had any real huge mana problems with her, but I also made a concerted effort to be smart about how I healed in light of the changes.
As for my other alts? Well, not a whole lot is happening on that front. My hands are still bothering me a bit and after Elentari, I’m not quite ready to jump back into the leveling game just yet. I feel the itch starting – but it’s got a bit before I feel the need to scratch it.
On Harry Potter
We are going to see it at the Adult Only theater on Friday night. I’d tell you if you spoiled it for me, I’d have to hurt you, but I’ve read the damn book. I know how it’s going to end. So, you know, whatever. I’m looking forward to the final installment of the movie, and I’m quite tempted to pick up and read through the books again as it’s been awhile!
I just finished up some Harry Dresden short stories in preparation for the newest installment of the Dresden Series here in a week or so. However, in the interim, I’ve started reading the Song of Fire and Ice/Game of Thrones series. They were recommended to me by a friend and I had put them on my “when I’m out of things to read” list. But I got hooked on the series on HBO over the holiday weekend – and it didn’t take me too long to realize that the series was based on of the books that my friend had recommended. I’ve picked up the first one and have high hopes for the others!
What have all of you been up to?