Hey gang. I made it back to town after a lovely stay in New England, and I’ve been ruminating on the blog a bit while I’ve been away. I’ve been thinking specifically about the dungeon guides that I love to do, and how I could make them publishable within a more relevant time frame. As many of you have noticed (and contacted me about!) I kind of lagged out mid T-12, and in an effort to improve that, I have some questions for you!
Currently, I try to cover information that is pertinent to the entire raid. I try to cover three main sections: fight overview, boss abilities, and tips for the raid broken into relevant role sections. I chose to go with this format because I honestly believe if the entire raid understands everyone’s role, it makes working out an independent strategy that will work for your team with all its resident quirks easier to manage.
That being said there’s two things I’d like to discuss.
The single biggest impedment to me getting guides out in a timely manner is Boss Abilities. I spend a lot of time with various tabs up trying to condense boss ability information into an easy to read and understand form, though I do provide links to WoWhead for all relevant abilities. This takes a ton of time. I initially chose to do this because it can be hard to understand the fight if you don’t understand the abilities, and hey, who wants 40 tabs open on raid night? However, if this isn’t really necessary I think dropping this particular function would save me a ton of time.
While I’d welcome lengthier responses in the comments section, I’ve chosen to embed a poll for quick responses:
There are two main restoration druid blogs I follow with a passion: Falling Leaves and Wings and Cannot Be Tamed. Both provide resto-perspective suggestions for healing encounters. However, they’re both in 25-man environments. For most things, this is fairly irrelevant since 1) No one has the same healing team so a general outline is pretty much all you need, and 2) There’s rarely a glaring difference between 10 and 25-man strategies that I’ve run across so far.
That being said, I don’t see a lot of 10-man resto “guides” out there for those of us in smaller teams. Many of the questions I receive specifically related to my guides are based on my perceptions of healing things up as a resto druid in 10’s since that’s what I do.
I’ve thought about several ways to tackle this, and before I give you another poll, I thought I’d briefly share my thoughts on the pros and cons of each. All of these would be intended to be used with my full-length overviews, because I really don’t want to repeat myself for things like “don’t stand in the bad during phase 2.”
- 1 guide per fight (team style): Many choices I make are based on my raid team. When you use major cool-downs and the like is going to be dependent on who you’re raiding with. My idea with this is to provide a pretty good overview on our team’s guidelines and strategies for encounters. These would likely be short and sweet “talkies” much like my 2-healing Ragnoras (except specifically geared towards the technical vs. musing side of things).
- 1 guide per fight (druid-centric style): This type of guide would completely ignore the team approach to healing, and just focus on a druid and possible roles they could fulfill during an encounter. I’m not really comfortable with this personally as the team component is very, very important as a healer.
- 1 guide per dungeon: A lot of class specific things are standard for boss fights such as LB’ing a tank and the like. My idea with this was to just provide a quick and dirty list of when you might deviate from the norm (LB a non-tank for instance) and things I’ve found helped me specifically (trinket here, c/d there). Since they’d be pretty darn short, I could just throw out an entire dungeon worth of bosses in one fell blow. For new content, it’d just be a page I updated as I finished new encounters. As above, this can be localized to team cool-down advice or restoration druid only tips.
So those are my current thoughts on Raiding Guides. I love doing them, I really like the feedback players have provided on differing strategies and approaches, and I will continue to write them up, for my own edification if nothing else. However, I’d also like to provide relevant information when it is relevant and can help those of you who actually follow this blog in the hopes that I’ll say something helpful about raiding stuff. To get the most bang out of my (limited time) buck, any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated!