It is done. Approximately 24 hours since the experience and epiphany I had last night, it all paid off.
Sarth and his 3 drakes are down.
A big thank you goes to everyone in the guild. Without their efforts of them, the assistance of the Plus Heal Community, and the various bloggers whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve written about their experiences, this post would not be here right now.
The handling of the Drake was flattering. The officers and an overwhelming majority of the guild felt that I should have gotten the first one.
Needless to say, I double checked to make sure.
The last thing I want on my hands is a riot because the GM gets awarded the first Drake. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not one for mounts. Even though I made a Flying Carpet, I still ride on my purple Gryphon. But I guess the Gryphon will get rested for a while.
Subsequent mount drops will be handled with interested members rolling instead of the loot master doing a raid roll. This gives players a measure of control and it allows players who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care about the mount to opt out of rolling for the ones that do.
My hands were shaking once we got that Shadron down. It was the first time we hit that plateau and after that, it just felt like smooth sailing from there.
Total time spent: ~8 hours on just 3 Drakes alone
Time of death: 7:04 PM PST, January 28
- Worked on the pull
- Worked on the Drake positioning
- Worked on Whelp and Elemental tanking (We used a Death Knight)
- Worked on healing the ad tanks and the Drake tanks
- Worked on surviving Fissures and Firewalls
- Worked on timing Main Tank Ã¢â‚¬Å“savesÃ¢â‚¬Â (Pain Suppression, Barksin + Survival Instincts combo, and Guardian Spirit)
These points may be minor, but they might help you. We increased the healing from 6 to 7. This gave us 2 Paladins. The fight took slightly longer, but it paid off.
Now what these Paladins did was they spent 17 points into Protection to pick up Divine Guardian.
The moment I used my Pain Suppression on the first breath, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d pick one Paladin and tell them to bubble. Since a majority of the raid members are standing together, this helps mitigate raid damage during that period. On the second save, the Druid tank on Sarth popped his Barksin and Survival Instincts to outlive that breath hit. At this point, if it goes off, I alert the Holy Priest to get into position because his Guardian Spirit is up next.
Reader Rivendael brought up a great comment that I wanted to reiterate:
Hi Matt, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m surprised that you have to watch the animations at all
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very responsible of you, considering that most healers need to/are very used to watching mainly health bars, but in the end, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say that the job of watching for breath cooldowns should in fact fall on the tank.
As my guildÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s druid tank on Sarth (weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve downed 3D), even before the fight, I establish player orders for the cooldowns weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re using. When Vesp lands, I call for the first cd-user to Ã¢â‚¬Å“prepÃ¢â‚¬Â (usually all my healing pallies and priests). When I see the breath animation, I call for the prepped player to use his cd. Then I call for the next player to prepare. And so forth.
My healers just need to macro their cd to me and be in range, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all, and I take the burden off them so they can -visually- focus on their heals, while dodging lava walls and void zones. As the one player facing SarthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bigass head all the time, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the least I can do. Since your Sarth tank obviously has a mic, why not suggest that he do the same?
The answer to that is we both do it. The Sarth tank and I are able to watch for his head. As a healer, I like to use IceHUD so that I can see the health bar of my target, the health bar of myself, and the action thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going around. This goes hand in hand with my heads up technique of healing.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“double affirmativeÃ¢â‚¬Â from the Sarth tank and myself strengthens our judgment. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s better to have two pairs of eyes on it if possible. It helps confirm that it is the right time to use a save when two players are saying the same thing. While thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing wrong with allowing SarthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tank to call out when to use the save, I prefer keeping my head up instead of relying on reflexes to hit the tank.
Either weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re both right or weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re both wrong.
I do have a video from a DPS perspective. Just need to find a suitable host. Any ideas of a Youtube or Filefront alternatives?
Also: Ner’Zhul is ridiculously PvE competitive. We’re in the top 20 of guilds that have successfully killed Sarth 3D.