A Primer For The New BM Raider Part 2

The other week I did a post about things to do to prepare for your first raid. This time we’re going to talk about some of the basics of raiding.

Makin A List and Checkin It Twice

First off are you prepared? Did you remember everything we talked about in the first part? If the answer is yes, proceed to getting das lootz… If the answer is no, go back and reread the firs article…again…

R.S.V.P.

You are not the only one who wants to go to this raid. There are at least 24 other people who want to go. If your guild/group has a sign up post, go there and sign up for it. If they require you to be in a certain channel BEFORE the invites go out, be there. Be there early. The raid leaders will have enough to sort through for the invites, and the easier you make it on them, the better you end up looking. If you get the invite congratulations, now get to the instance ASAP and be ready to start the raid. However, if you don’t get an invite, please don’t make a scene. Don’t whine, beg, cry, threaten or throw a hissy fit. Doing so will definitely decrease the chances of you getting another invite. (Don’t worry I have a whole post waiting in the wings on this one alone. 🙂 )

Knowledge is Power

The more you know about the fights, the better. You have so many different venues of knowledge available to you to find out everything you can about the fights. Just remember, if you can’t find it online, just ask some one in your group. I’m sure they would rather take a few moments and hammer out the details with you rather than wiping to simple errors. Remember this golden rule…
It’s better to ask a question than, than keep your mouth shut and screw up because you thought it was a stupid question.

It Tastes Like Burning

Don’t stand in the fire. 99.9999999% of the stuff the bosses put on the ground is there to kill you dead like. If suddenly you find yourself covered in "stuff" or standing in "stuff" get out. And for God’s sake, if you have stuff on you that’s going to leave a fiery trail of death don’t run it through the middle of the group. Maintain your spacing, and know if you need to be spread out or nuts to butts packed in. Remember /range is your friend, and if you are told to collapse, do it.

Stay On Target

Know what your kill target is and your kill order. You have to be able to switch targets on the fly. If adds pop up, and they need to die, kill them ASAP. You have to know when to say screw DPS on the boss, and switch to the adds to keep the raid going. Now as a BM hunter it is usually OK to leave Fluffy nomming on the boss, as long as it will not cause any extra damage to the tank or the raid. At the same time you must be able to pick up any adds that need to be kited.

Bad Touch

Nothing good can ever come from talking to an NPC in an instance. Period. Encounters will start. Buffs will be lost. Hard modes will be started. Roseanne Barr will do a Playboy shoot… Also, anything that can cause  a player to loose control, or not be able to use any abilities are a big no no…

Aggro!! Aggro!!

By getting aggro, I don’t mean from the mob either. If you want to really torque off the healers, tell them how and who to heal. Calling for heals in vent and in channel, will guarantee that you will die. Yelling for them to start healing your pet will get you killed pretty fast also. Now the tanks, they just LOVE when you attack before them. Always give them a few moments to get aggro. The only time you should start attacking right away is if you are misdirecting to the tank.

So these are just a few little things to keep in mind. Now if you follow these basic ideas, rules, principles, whatever you want to call them, I think that as long as you keep them in mind, you’ll do just fine. So until next time don’t forget to reload, so you don’t run out of ammo.

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