On Monday, I logged on to the baby paladin and got invited to the raid group and we went in and got Baleroc down. I had prepared myself for a long night of work on Alysrazor, but we managed to get her down (a Choice guild first!) on the first attempt. Granted, it took all three rotations to get her down. The fight was almost 14 minutes in length. And I stood in tornadoes, twice, to help heal my tank through it since his hatchling was still up.
But we did it.
And so, on to Majordomo Staghelm.
Trash was hilarious and brutal, as it was for Apotheosis the other week.
Break time came shortly after the trash was down and two of our healers dropped offline. Including the healing lead.
They pulled in a rogue and an ele shaman who has a resto offspec and that was going to have to do.
It was right about then when the disc priest in the raid said in healer chat “so, since none of us have a clue what to do…”
And I facepalmed. I ACTUALLY put my head in my hand and took a moment to say “oh, no.”
Why did I say “oh, no”?
Because I knew that I was about to step up and take care of healers.
“I’ll take care of healing,” I found myself typing.
Given that I’ve successfully done the fight once and have 50+ wipes under my belt, I figured I was in the best position to do this.
Now, see, normally, this doesn’t happen. Normally, if the healing lead is unavailable, the GM (a kick-ass resto shaman) steps in. But the GM was not around for tonight’s raid, as she has family visiting.
So NORMALLY, I would never be put in the situation where the healing lead (who has amazing attendance) AND the GM (who also has amazing attendance) would BOTH not be available. I raided with these people for like, five months at the end of Wrath and one of the two of them was always there.
But of course, I stepped up to the plate because I really was the best person qualified to do healing assignments.
I looked at the raid. Six healers (Apotheosis likes seven, but there wasn’t a seventh available for us): 2 holy paladins, 1 disc priest, 2 resto shaman and 1 resto druid.
The plan was to stack for 11 Flame Scythes and 5 Cat leaps. And so, I started handing out cooldowns.
I gave myself my regular assignment — pop Aura Mastery just before the 6th Scythe comes out. I like to pop it right about 78 energy.
I gave the other holy paladin the assignment to pop Aura Mastery just before the 7th Scythe.
Just before the 8th? Power Word: Barrier.
Just before the 9th? Spirit Link Totem.
And then I got the prot pally to Divine Guardian just before the 10th, too.
We pulled and it went okay. We had 6 tries and got to second scorpion a couple of times, but always died to Searing Seeds because someone would die to a Flame Scythe and their seed would explode while they were still in the raid.
I was satisfied with the work the healers did. I had a lot of resistance from them, though. I hadn’t healed with any of them back in Wrath. These are all people who have no idea that this Madrana chick knows what she’s talking about.
I did get a few whispers; one healer complimented me on my style of healing leadership and I thanked them and explained that I’ve been doing it forever, it seems like, and that my time in Choice in Wrath was the only time in the last several years where I wasn’t asked to do healing assignments at some point in time. So I gave them the story about how I raid with Choice part time and I’m the GM of Apotheosis and all that jazz.
At the end of the raid, I thanked everyone for their efforts and thanked the ele shaman in particular for healing. Then I uploaded the WoL (since the healing lead normally does that but obviously, his logs would be missing all the Majordomo attempts) and then I wrote to the healing lead to let him know what cooldowns I’d assigned and when, even down to Mana Tide totems.
This whole “raiding with two guilds” thing is weird. On the one hand, I get mocked and ridiculed by Apotheosis folks and on the other, I’m sort of a part-timer with Choice. The bonus is that I get to share knowledge between the guilds — I used some of the info from learning Baleroc with Choice when Apotheosis first tackled him and I’ve used some Apotheosis experience and knowledge to help with Alysrazor and now Staghelm.
It’s come in handy a lot and I’m glad I had knowledge of Staghelm to share with Choice, but I think what disturbs me about tonight was that there wasn’t even a question in my own mind about me standing up and volunteering to take care of the healers.
I just did it.
More, I KNEW I was going to do it.
My desire to help the guild get a semblance of meaningful attempts on Staghelm short-circuited the “nooooo, this is my night off!!!” thought.
And so, without even thinking about it, I just stepped up and took charge.
Here’s something you may not know about me: I am what I like to term a reluctant leader.
If there is a qualified, good, awesome leader, I will follow them like any other sheep. This goes for WoW and real-life, too.
If, however, there is NOT a qualified, good, awesome leader… I will almost certainly step up to the plate.
So that was my night. A Baleroc kill, an Alysrazor one-shot (that was excessively long) and Majordomo, paired with healing lead stuff.
It still stuns me how quickly I slipped into the role. But I guess if I spend 9 hours a week doing that as it is, it shouldn’t be a surprise, right?
Looking forward to Wednesday’s raid when I hopefully WON’T have to do anything except heal. I need my nights off. :)