Compartmentalize Your Encounters

Are you a raid leader? No? Okay then keep reading. Today I’m going to talk about compartmentalizing each raid encounter and why I think it’s good. Now by compartmentalize I mean looking at the encounter and focusing solely on those mechanics that affect you. In other words, focus on your job, and only your job.

To see what I mean, let’s take a look at the Alysrazor encounter. This is a fairly complex fight that’s chaotic, and has a lot of moving parts, and there are a lot of things that I, as a Hunter, could care less about.

The hatchling is satiated or throwing a tantrum? Don’t care. Is the other tank leading his hatchling to the wrong worm? Don’t care. Is the person in the air having trouble pulling a barrel roll? Don’t care. Are the healers forgetting to pick their feathers up? Don’t care. Are the healers spending too much time healing folks taking unnecessary damage? As long as it’s not me – Don’t care.

What I do care about is, 

  • Knowing which side I’m assigned to.
  • Interrupting the Blazing Talon initiate when it’s my turn.
  • Throwing support DPS on the hatchlings in between adds.
  • Dodging tornadoes (much easier than I suspected).
  • Avoiding the Brush Fires.
  • Avoiding the flames from the Plumping Lava Worms.
  • Avoiding conal damage from the Hatchings.
  • Staying out of the middle of the room.
  • Getting two feathers when it’s time to do so.
  • Stacking in the right place during the burn phase.

I’m not the raid leader. I understand the entire encounter at a high level, and then learn my job in great detail. Focusing on your job and not worrying about what others are doing makes you part of the solution and not the problem.

Good Hunting!