First of all Happy New Year everyone. May 2011 bring you all the exciting adventures you ever dreamed of. As a way of kicking off the new year I decided it was high time for me to make the jump into heroics and I’ve spent a good part of the day yesterday trying my hand at tanking heroics. There was high points and low points, nice people and awful ones but overall it was a good day even if I only managed to complete a single heroic.
Word to the wise, finishing a heroic is not guaranteed in any group, even in the best ones. For example, we did all of Heroic Halls of Origination but the last two bosses because Setesh (shadow boss) was a healing check as well as a dps race and the dps just couldn’t keep up. Not a skill issue but simply a gear one. Still, I enjoyed the fact we downed 5 bosses wich allowed for a nice shot at loot. Speaking of loot, after 11 bosses killed I still haven’t seen a single tank piece drop. My luck at drops still hold true.
Thinking back on those runs and a some before, a few common themes emerged amongst the most successful groups I’ve been in.
-They allowed for the mistake of others. The run wasn’t spent trying to blame other people or wine. They would even encourage you to continue.
-A wipe didn’t cause the group to disband. Wipes will happen in heroics, multiple times.
-They talked with one another. Silent groups tended to do badly. A bit of chatting seemed to help a lot.
-People owned up to their own mistakes. If someone messed up something they would say so.
If there’s anything in there I would like to reinforce is to be tolerant of other people mistake. Had a healer once who was quick to blame everyone but who kept making mistakes himself, it was the first time I saw a healer kick vote pass.
PS: Funny moment of the day: Hunter trying to CC with a snake trap. It was a misclick we learned after but still a pretty funny mistake.