First Foray into ICC
My guild, <Caffeine> started on ICC-10 this week. Our ICC-10 Lower Spire Strategy notes. The first night we got Lord Morrowgar down but got stuck on Lady Deathwhisper. Her AOEs were just tearing up our melee dps.
The second night we got Deathwhisper and Chess.. err I mean Gunship Battle down. Once we started interrupting Deathwhisper add AOEs it wasn’t that hard. Then we got stuck on Saurfang. We made LOTS of attemps on Saurfang.
Last night (our third night in ICC) we face smashed on Saurfang some more. At best we got him to 2%. Yes.. 2%. Sigh.
On Saurfang we ran into three issues:
1. Learning the placement and the fight requirements
The first night on Saurfang and the beginning of last night the beasts were all over the place. Trial and error allowed us to refine our methods and keep the beasts occupied until they could be killed. At the end of the second night I think we had that pretty well refined. Right now we are dependent on having a druid in the group for roots. We’ll need to work on that as the druid we had with us isn’t a regular member of the guild so we can’t count on him always being there.
2. Healer tunnel vision and trust
One of our healers is very new to healing and is still working on noticing that -his- health is going down. We’ll need to work with him to make sure he notices that. Because he’s new I think the other healer didn’t “trust” him. We need the healers to build up more trust so that if one healer needs to “run from the beasts” he can call on the other healer to pick up heals on the tanks for a few seconds and trust that the tanks will be fine.
3. Raising our DPS
We’re two-healing the fight with 6 DPSers. We ended up with two in the 5k range, 3 in the 3k range and one in the 2k range. The lowest DPSers is actually a main spec healer playing his off-spec. When we were setting up the raid he admitted his DPS wasn’t up to ICC-10 standards.. but he was our only choice. There were no other DPSers online. We’ll need to work with him and the others in the 3k range to get them some upgrades.. or if they’re not interested, make sure we bring other DPSer to the runs.
Regardless our attempts got better and better over the course of the night. I’m certain we’ll have Saurfang down soon.
On the recruiting front.. I never thought I’d have to say this.. but we’re terribly short on main-spec DPSers. Of the folks I can count on to show up for most/all the raids on a weekly basis.. I have 4 DPSers. This means that for a “normal” 10-man we are constantly shuffling different people into the rest of our DPS slots. I’d really love to be able to have a more consistent raid group.