Monday, June 4, 2007

Right Group Composition

Before I get into the main point of this post, let me start by saying that on Saturday night, we downed Attumen, Maiden of Virtue, and Moroes. Some of the loot included Crimson Girdle of the Indomitable, Royal Cloak of Arathi Kings, Boots of Elusion, Shard of the Virtuous, and Pattern: Soulcloth Shoulders (which I won). We sharded a few things as well. I'm really going to have to do a better job at writing down our loot since I can't remember 2 minutes later let alone 2 days later when I'm actually writing this.

I have a feeling I'm going to be saying this a lot, but... the right group composition is one of the huge keys for Karazhan. Or at least it can make things so much easier. Take, for example, our run on Saturday night. We had 2 warriors (tanks), a holy priest and holy pally (healers), we also had a moonkin spec'ed druid helping with heals, then for DPS it was a shadow priest, mage, 2 warlocks, and a shaman. Attumen wasn't hard. IIRC, we had one small setback so it took until our second try to actually down him. Moroes was another issue. Our DPS group was insane. As you can see, we had all the bases covered as far as group composition (yeah, we didn't have a hunter or rogue). But we were having a difficult time with him. Finally the shadow priest (who was running the raid) headed back to Stormwind, respec'ed, and then we killed him on our next attempt. Spreading out the healing agro, having multiple priests to shackle, spreading out DPS... it all made for a very smooth kill. At one point before the respec, we had Moroes down to 1500 health. Most of the group was dead. I had long since run out of mana. I was winding up for what would have been the final fireball to kill him, and the respawns took me out. (They hit me for about 7500 and there were 2 or 3 of them.) Man, we were sad over that one. Kara is not the days of UBRS where practically any 10 people will do.

Anyway, after that, we killed the Maiden of Virtue with a pretty easy attempt and on our first try. After her since it was so late, we had 3 people that had to leave. We brought in some other guildies, but our MH pally was now a tank. (He's got enough protection points to do a pretty good job as a OT in Kara, or a MT in any of the non-heroic 5-mans.) We moved on towards the Opera event and got Romulo and Julianne. We almost got them on our first attempt, but without the shield bash, we kept missing heals on Julianne. Our other attempts were less than spectacular, so we'll see what we can do to conquer that next week. The point being though... the pally did fine tanking, but a rogue would have been needed to kick. I did my best to use Counter Spell, but 1/2 the time it was on cooldown. Just having the right tools for the job make it so much easier. Again, the group we had for the first 3 bosses would have easily sailed through the next one. Overall though: a great run, with awesome loot, and another notch in our belts.

8 comments:

Elinor said...

CTMod has a mod that records all the loot dropped during an instance run. Just a thought so you don't have to write all the loot down.

Elinor said...

Also a marksman hunter could have the silence shot that might help out as well with stopping spells.

Leiandra said...

Bah... I knew that. Thanks for the reminder. When does it reset? Or does it?

Leiandra said...

She's immune to silence (so my improved Counter Spell is useless), but the initial interrupt part is fine. So, I know silence from a shadow priest does not work. Not sure about the mechanics of a hunter's silence shot, but I suspect she'll be immune.

DadGuy said...

A Rogue's kick is one of their best assets in a raid group. It's what, a 6 second cooldown?

Oh, and you're a punk for not telling me about your blog. =)

DadGuy said...

Also, it's been a while, but you may want to check out the felhunter's counterspell. I believe that is a counter as well as a silence.

Leiandra said...

It seems that since TBC has come out rogues have been in short supply, at least that we've come in contact with. So, that's been an issue.

Yes, we had the felhunter on Romulo... that kept him quiet, but for that particular group... we only had one lock.

Sorry about not telling you about the blog. Corporate filters blocking gmail really hurts me (I'm lazy about e-mail at home).

DadGuy said...

Don't sweat it, I was just harassing you. =)

Rogues do seem to be harder to come by nowadays. At least good ones.