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Team Pirate: thinking out loud.

Sunday was a fantastic raid for Team Pirate – we were down one person, so we 9-manned Northrend Beasts and Jaraxxus.  If only one of our number did not insist on having work or other RL commitments.  We missed him 🙂

It would be nice if our roster included more flexibility: as far as I see it, those geared for 10 man ICC are

  1. Mk: Tank or Raid Heal/boomkin
  2. K: Single Target Heal
  3. D: Tank or Physical DPS (melee)
  4. V: Raid Heal or Magic DPS (ranged)
  5. M: Tank or Physical DPS (melee)
  6. T: Physical DPS [or raid Heal?]
  7. G: Magical DPS (ranged) Physical DPS (ranged)
  8. S: Magical DPS (ranged)
  9. A: Physical DPS (melee)
  10. C: Physical DPS (melee)

So – a little bit unbalanced on the melee physical DPS front – especially since our interupt capacity is low.  Limited on the Ranged DPS – there is a limited swap between V and T on the raidheal/physical or Magical DPS

I think we need more magical DPS – perhaps by a player number 11, who could pitch in if either G or S was unavailable through work or other things.  This is a team that brings the player, but where the toon still needs to be able to manage.

On the subject of buffs, it would be fantastic if we had more variety:  without G’s Mage, we lack the Int buff.  Without a shammy (the only viable one also belonging to G) we lack heroism.  With no Boomkin (because our qualifying boomkin is more likely to be tanking), we do not get their buff.

On the plus side, we have one battle rez that belongs to a non-tanking player, and we actually do have 10 players.  All online.  At the same time.  All gemmed and enchanted correctly.  Which is fantastic.  9 – manning stuff is a little bit optimistic though, when it comes down to ICC bosses.  And Deathwhisper will be difficult if we have only one magical DPS.

I think we need to do Ony and sarth a bit more though – ICC is good, but I would like to get some of the other things done – more for the raid practice.  From an achievement standpoint, I’d also like to finish Naxx.  I think it would be good practice at raid coordination, but also, success breeds success – and confidence.  Especially if we are serious about ICC – where we will wipe again and again, and the repair bills will be high – it would be nice to do that, with many successes behind us.

Categories: raids, Squishy
  1. Korenwolf
    22/03/2010 at 3:03 pm

    I think getting the “nuke-em mage” in would help a lot, not subject to the ‘hybrid tax’ and known for throwing out the raw dps. The dots from our resident warlock work nicely but aren’t as good for burst damage on spikes or adds.

    The balance isn’t too bad, though being able to swap a melee into ranged would be useful, I don’t think it’s essential.

    While 9-manning Marrowgar was optimistic it did show that we do have the capability with the team as is, there’s a few things which need tweaking (filling the 10th slot for starters) and beefing up the OT to stack some more stam. It also gave all but one of the core team some facetime on the boss, so the coldflame and spikes have been seen which is worth far more than any briefing.

    The trash is ‘easy’ providing we give it some respect, I think I have the balance of abilities between the two tanks nailed for certain trash packs which makes the pulls easier, the big add would have been dealt with if we hadn’t pulled the second one as well, but that’s the way the RNG crumbles.

    Ony, Beasts/Jaraxxus & U10 I think more than Sarth, though it’ll be worth checking the loot lists for specific upgrades.

    The MT and two healers are pretty much geared or overgeared which means we can focus on OT and dps.

    The team is never going to be perfectly balanced, mostly because we have our preferred mains, and those are the ones we’re bringing and it means we’re enjoying it more. Which is I think more important.

  2. Peter Ellis
    22/03/2010 at 10:40 pm

    Hum, only level 80 I have is more physical DPS :-/

    • Korenwolf
      23/03/2010 at 12:42 am

      However I think it’s safe to say that if you were to be online and there was a slot we could fit you in 🙂

      • korenmolen
        23/03/2010 at 1:24 pm

        You could be our interrupt guy! Another gnome to the slaught… erm, effort.

        Srly, if you would like to, we would be happy to. And if you want to gear up a bit after your sabbatical and hacking, there are *loads* of volounteers for badge runs.

      • korenmolen
        23/03/2010 at 1:53 pm

        I just shunted Schizzle through be.imba and she is *guildless*! how did we allow that to happen to a pirate? I am sure that this oversight can be corrected, especially on presentation of the correct avian companion.

  3. Kayla
    23/03/2010 at 1:12 pm

    If there was another tank healer available to pinch hit for Kaylad, I would be prepared to push gearing Viridi a bit harder and we’d then have a raid healer/boomkin also available – not forgetting that Mal is also geared to just below Kaylad’s level and could be slotted in for arcane magey goodness subject to another tank healer being available.

    • korenmolen
      23/03/2010 at 1:42 pm

      I think Wolf is right when he says that we are all playing our mains, and that this is what makes us happy. We will just have to accept our limitations – and work with what we have. It is the Teamtincan way, after all. It means that on the weekends when we do not have access to ranged magical dps, we will not do certain bosses. There is plenty for us to do without that. And the weekly raid quest (not the weekly ICC raid quest) will never be any boss beyond marrowgar, which helps.

      My point is that if you keep the current toons in the team, then exploring their dual specs is important – but without losing the tank/heal requirements.

      I don’t think there is a viable tank healer except Kaylad – unless Tanque has a holy set up his sleeve – and even wants to. And losing the retadin means losing the replenishment. It’s not really feasible to put in Mk’s holy off-off-spec as he is the MT.

      Similarly, I doubt that Ari is interested in tree healing – never expressed the slightest interest in it – and is having enough trouble in gearing up the main (tanking) spec to worry about a second spec.

      From the current “mains” there is only T with Si’s tree offspec to substitute as raid healing. All the other DPS are limited to producing just DPS.

      That’s the wiggle room – either Si having a boomkin spec, or Cress and Si swapping on raid healing.

  4. 23/03/2010 at 1:38 pm

    At the moment, I like the tanking on Ariciel best, though I’m also looking into giving Bannog a bit of an outing now and then. Hiatuses of two months give him the creeps, so if everybody’s favorite kamikaze could pug the odd heroic for badges, I’d be pleased. Brushing up on the old rotation, and more fiddling with the button bar.

    • korenmolen
      24/03/2010 at 2:56 am

      How do you feel about a healspec on Ari? Druid HoTs are OP…

  5. Peter Ellis
    23/03/2010 at 10:09 pm

    Schizzle was in Odds and Ends as guild banker, hence not being in the Buccaneers. If I return to WoW it’ll be as a buccaneer and not in Even Odds.

    I can produce every parrot in the game except the Hyacinth macaw (never seen the bugger on the AH).

    • korenmolen
      24/03/2010 at 2:51 am

      Present Parrot!

      I know you have time constraints. Other AB people will be overjoyed to help you out with heroics, but my best days are Tuesdays and Sundays. Or if/when I am benched, of course. Mondays and Thurdays, I have class until 10pm server time, so I am around, but with a later start.

  6. Peter Ellis
    23/03/2010 at 10:10 pm

    In Cataclysm I’ll be a worgen – not sure what yet, but druid is a definite possibility.

    • korenmolen
      24/03/2010 at 2:55 am

      I too am planning a worgen – might be a druid – not sure. Was thinking rogue would be ideal, but I don’t really know how to play them. Didn’t really enjoy my last attempt – only got to level 18 before she got sharded.

      Another priest? Not sure about that. Do like melting faces though.

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