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Remember That Word?

Many people have started getting back into raiding, and that brings back one word into our vocabulary: performance.

WoW Web Stats has come into use again for analyzing performance in a raid. As far as I know, there are no other methods for combat logging that are as widely used as WoW Web Stats. (I’m not counting Recount because you can’t upload the parse for future analysis.) But regardless of what method of combat logging you use, they still do not provide the whole picture of the raid.

This is not about the uncontrollable situational circumstances that change from raid to raid.

Wrath of the Lich King brought new means of improving your character through glyphs. Hunters probably received more complex changes than the other classes. Each type of pet provides different abilities and opportunities for different talent trees.

Combat logging already includes the effects of these glyphs and talents, so a raid or class leader who is looking at combat reports has to remember to ask his or her raiders what types of glyphs they are using (and/or their pets’ talents) in order to make recommendations. Every single amount of DPS will count now that Blizzard believes hunters are doing too much damage.

It is the responsibility of the raider to find out information about his or her optimal setup. Write down a clear plan for yourself so that you can reason your way into what you’re doing. Every decision you make must have results that will contribute to your performance and to the success of the raiding team.

“I will not be dead weight. I will not be cholesterol.”

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3 responses

  1. Every decision you make must have results that will contribute to your performance and to the success of the raiding team.

    To an extent, yes, but I disagree with following this philosophy to the letter. If I did, I wouldn’t be MM, I wouldn’t own Ayamiss, and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t be playing a Hunter.

    Performance, yes, but strike a balance with what you enjoy.

    12 December 2008 at 10:13

  2. Actually, that is what I meant: working with what you have and perfecting it for your raid.

    12 December 2008 at 12:33

  3. Hey, thanks for the reference!!!

    For every raider, there’s a different set of expectations, based on the role you play, the type of content you’re facing, your personal expectaions, and those of the players around you and your leaders.

    As a Beast Master hunter in 25-person raiding, pretty much everybody expects one thing: Massive Pew Pew.

    There’s one fight in Naxx (Gluth) where Hunters generally kite a bunch of adds in a pretty complex tap dance routine while the rest of the raid kills the boss.

    So far, there’s been no trapping needed in any of the 25-person content (Obsidian Sanctum, Naxxramas, Malygos).

    In a 10-person raid, you might need to select a pet that brings a valuable buff/debuff or off tanking capability, but in 25′s you’ll generally have Raid Comp coverage from the other players and sufficient tanking, so your pet will be pure DPS.

    So 99% of the raid content available now is pure Pew Pew.

    As a player in a brand new guild fresh off of a server transfer with no friends list or social network to fall back on, proactively managing your performance is the first step to getting a raid invite.

    16 December 2008 at 08:59

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