So Tuesday (Feb. 10) was the first time I ever did a raid (a real raid) in World of Warcraft. My friend Troy had me go with the guild to AQ20 (Anh Qiraj 20-player).
Before I go into detail, I am going to give a little bit of a glossary, for those of you who read this that don’t know the game:
Tank -The person who grabs and holds the aggro of the enemy in melee combat while other players do damage to the enemy while the enemy concentrates on the tank. Tanks are almost always Warriors and in some very rare cases, Druids.
DPS -Damage Per Second. A few classes have very high DPS, mean ing that basically, they deal great amounts of damage very quickly.
Healer — Someone whose sole job is to just heal the tank (or the DPS peeps, depending on how many healers and who is assigned to who)
Aggro -The game has it’s own built-in “hate” system. Aggro can be short for “aggressiveness” in a sense. For example, if you get too close to an enemy, you can make it aggro to you and it will attack you. Furthermore, if one player is attacking an enemy and you out-damage them or heal them significantly, the enemy will aggro to you.
Heroic Instance ‑This refers to an instance mode that can be set for instances in Outland. If an instance is set to Heroic, every monster in the instance is level 70–72 elites, has a lot more health than normal mode, hits a lot harder, and every boss drops a Badge of Justice for each player in the party. The last boss in also guaranteed to drop an epic quality item.
First, I was really nervous. I have never done a raid before and I know that with larger raid instances you need a certain dynamic AND that everyone needs to know their role and stick to it pretty close.
Second, I have recently started playing a Death Knight (since I could make a higher level on that realm, instead of starting from level 1). But, he is a fighter, so in my inexperience, I was worried about what his role would be. I thought most fighters (hacking away with a sword/ax) would be a Tank. Which scared me, because I am not ready for that. You need to be good to be a tank, and know what your doing to keep the aggro on you.
So when my friend told me I would be a DPS, I was relieved…But then I was worried again, because I didn’t know how a fighter guy would DPS. I figured only Mages, Warlocks and spellcasters could DPS. So I tried to read up on what I should do in the raid as a DPS, without any luck. So that just made me more nervous.
Then on top of that, I thought I had a timing issue. The raid would start at 9pm. I would need to log off at 10pm for work…could we do a 20-man in one hour? But Troy insisted that I go for it, and when it came time I could log off, no worried (lots of guilds frown of leaving a raid early.)
So I logged on at 6pm…did some quests to try and squeeze in one more level (you need to be roughly a 60 to do AQ20) I got to level 62.
Then I hopped on over to Silithus (where AQ20 is) around 8:30. Yeah, Troy didn’t tell me that everyone would probably arrive at 9‑ish…what can I say, I am punctual.
So, once everyone was there we went in.…or didn’t.…AQ20 doesn’t have a heroic version, so we couldn’t get through the portal until Troy made it a Normal instance.
At this point, I was ready to go, although I still didn’t know what exactly I would do, I figured I would get instruction.…well, not so much.
We ran in, and the tank picked something and went for it, so since the other DPS all ran up to the monster and starting attacking, I figured I should too. So I did. Apparently I did okay, because no one said anything.
So we went through the instance and quickly (and I mean quickly) took out creatures, mobs and bosses. We were taking groups out in about 10–20 seconds. Where as before, when you were with a group of level 60s, it would have taken much more time. (I was the only 60, there was one 65? 75? everyone else was a 80. There was 7 of us total).
We got to the main boss and took him out pretty quickly. Once our raid leader remembered what we needed to do to defeat him. (It had been two years since he had been in there)
We then headed to the other two smaller bosses left and…well…Ayamiss the Hunter took us all out. I was able to help in informing the raiders about how this boss behaves (She sacrifices one of the raiders on her altar, and you have to kill a worm before it gets up to the alter to your raider, otherwise they die and you have more bugs on your hands to deal with). But we got swarmed, died, came back and got revenge!
We then moved onto the final lesser boss, took him out, I logged off and went to work.
I had a lot of fun. The peeps from the guild were a hoot and I couldn’t stop laughing at the comments they would make. It was very laid back and just what I needed for my first entry into a raid.