Last night, in the middle of WSG, our esteemed GM suddenly asks if I can replace her in heroic Ramparts, as she has to leave. Despite knowing that my gear is slightly sub-par for heroics (sitting on +1173 healing with talents), I decided to join, since the tank was one of our guildies, a fine bear if I ever saw one.
So we swap roles, and my guildmate informs me in a couple of blunt terms that the PUG isn’t doing well for lack of DPS.
When I reach them, they are sitting at the beginning of the curve leading up to the first boss’ patrol area. The druid had already informed that they had been in there for an hour, basically just cleaning trash. With my gear being several notches worse than our GM’s, this was going to be a costly experience.
And it was. If you haven’t tried out any heroics yet, let me describe it to you. Stuff hits hard. And I realy mean it. Your average trash mob can two-shot a clothie, and a string of unlucky crits can kill a well-geared tank in 6 hits tops. Crowd control is of course essential, as is dealing enough DPS before everyone runs out of mana. With my own gear, having a second healer to care about splash / AoE damage and some times tossing a Greater Heal on the tank wasn’t a luxury, it was almost mandatory.
That PUG had more or less decent CC (resists are an issue here BTW, contrary to normal instances), but was severely gimped in the DPS department. Just clearing to the first boss cost us two wipes, and then we wiped 4 times on the boss. The rest of the group called it quits, so the drood and me rounded up two more guildes, took a much better geared shammie and went back to business.
Killed the first boss, wiped some while clearing upstairs (“chain fear, man!” “I’m trying, they resist, dammit!”), clean kill of the second boss, and then we tried Vazruden thrice before calling it. Or at least the shammie and me did (the rest wanted another go). Gear, mine in particuliar, was the limit, I simply couldn’t heal the tank through all the damage. All in all, a costly but interesting experience. I got the Justice Bearer’s Pauldrons off Omor and am now holding my first two Badges of Justice .
Oh, and there’s this gem from the first group. Priceless.