mandag den 11. maj 2009

Learning new content (pt two - 10 manned content)

So as promised this time we will look at how learning new content felt like in the two 10 manned groups I am currently part of.

As I've briefly mentioned my guild used to be pretty huge. And pretty huge doesnt even begin to cover it. We had 2.5 40 manned raidgroups, 2 ZG groups and the leftovers back in vanilla.

Now, not so much. So organizing a lot of raidgroups is not really an issue for us. (When I say "us", i mean our raid-leaders, i dont do diddly other than help tracking for one of our groups). What im getting at here, is that, in my guild, going to different raidgroups is very smooth and easy.

So here I am raiding as much as possible in our 25 manned group. And in theese two raidgroups:

grp 1: the "serious one". We where by far the first grp to get sarth 3d down in our guild, and also one of the first 10 manned kill on our server. Since then we have had some changes in the group where people who wanted different things have switched (or those who no longer really liked the time of day we raided) and more... Achievement oriented players have joined.

grp 2: the other group. Yea im not gonna say its not a serious grp, or that the people involved are not as good players- because that would be very unfair. Most of em are very great players. But the goals here are much more relaxed than they are in grp 1. More of that later.

So how was 10 manned Ulduar?

...So was that it?

The very first 10 manned raid day in grp 1 I missed, because I was stuck at work, on the seasons last saturday shift (for me). So All I had where the guides i'd written (ripped of from all the favorite ptr guides) and our groups thread that i constantly updated to read more news). As expected the group - without me - ripped through content, clearing more than half of Ulduar of the first day. Leaving me feeling very much left behind.

It didn't improve much that on the following day, when I joined, we had reached the first bosses that posed a problem, so I pretty much joined for a series of wipe-sessions.

Yea enough 'who' 'what' or 'when'. This is a very fun group. Once you know why you are there. To kill stuff (and soon on hard mode) and giggle a bit about stuff. But the most important bit, is to play well and play smart. Nothing wrong with that, as long as you know why you are there. Don't get me wrong, theese are great people also, we have lots of fun: poking at eachother, laughing at ourselves when we screw up and all that. It's just a premise that you play well, and know what you are doing (or Lord have mercy on you ;).

So how was group 2, different?

When you say 'frozen blow' -does that involve icecubes??

Grp two on the other hand is very much different. We raid friday and saturday evening (at times when the little ones are asleep), and the mood of the group is very different. Again, dont get me wrong, stuff dies, people discuss strats and work hard, Its just very different from the other group, both chat and teamspeak is mostly full of (apart fom strat talking)... well silly talk. I provide most of it, im not afraid to say, but its relaxed and there is room to say:

"Im just gonna tug in the little one, mr-wannabe-mage-turned-into-something-resembling-a-tank (i know he reads this so: GORN YOU SUCK!!! learn deathgrib allready.... stupid warrior) want to wait on the next pull please?".
Usually the banter going on there brings me to tears laughing, while I enjoy some well-deserved G&T and relax and celebrate that yet another week is over. And im far from the only one....

Like this guy. He is usually our tree-hero. he earned the right to get the first legendary hammer, because of a long history of loyalty and priest-like-healing abilities (yea he is that good). Anyways, he had to cancel our main raid because of an incident that happened in grp 2... well try and decipher (ill give you a clue, it involved beer) what he wrote:

"I had a buggy evening fis I spied ove my keybaod and ehn I suddeny compeey os my connecion. keyboad is buggy and as you can see I can' ype whoe aphabe....his was fun yping....Apoigies"

...God i crack up everytime i read this :-)

Back to the group. A lot of people are our core raiders, on alts. Im one, disc healing. Gorn is another (am i revealing too much in saying that he usually likes to "pew pew with lazorz" in our 25 manned group?), and the feeling in the group is very relaxing.

ehm, is it a sign of addiction that, when i relax from work and raiding on my death knight - I raid! ?
When you put it like that it sounds kinda pathetic, that I play with a raidgroup to relax from raiding.

But its true. I enjoy raiding for a purpose. I love killing a new hard boss (mimimimiron was a blast, and yogg will be great once that little bi.. ehm not so nice Sara dies.) But im also a social gamer, and I love to mess around and do silly jokes with people I really like. This way I get both. Although i've yet to attend all the raids for all the groups in one week. And Mrs-dw is starting to look a little worried at me, and I think she would (litterally) pull the plug if I did end up doing too many weeks of 100% attendance. Because that would entail 7 raids in 5 days.

At the end of yet another rant-post, ill add a bit of an update, and a question:
So ive been doing this setup with 3 group raiding for 2-3 weeks now, and i can feel im getting tired. I can tell that my mood is affected by this, and im just not having all that much fun playing this many raids.
It isnt the burnt out feeling all healers experience at one point or another (although it sure has some of the same symptoms.), but I can tell that im not having as much fun playing the game.
And that sucks, because Id hate to miss any of the groups im in.
Then again, i do suffer from "all-things-to-all-people"-syndrome. I want to do everything and try everything. And right now, doing and beeing just that is kind of tearing me down. Then again it is monday and im working a long day, and got a long night of mimmimimiron 25 manned wiping to do all night.. So maybe thats it. Yea its monday.

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