I’ll say it again… I’m loving the new Random LFG. So far, I’ve had plenty of “meh” non-remarkable experiences (which for a random pug is good!!!), some good experiences, one – count it, ONE!!! – encounter with an asshat, a “oh, how friggin’ cool is that!” experience, and and absolutely the most jaw-dropping display of healing I’ve ever seen.
So, RG told of our run through UK and the not only well-geared but incredibly classy Dazarize of Cenarius. Let me add some quick background. The tank in question is my 14 year old son, who made 80 over the Christmas break, and has been pugging his butt off as DPS to try and build a decent tank set. To date, he’s probably been primary tank… hmm, let’s see… a couple in Violet Hold, at level 75… once two-manning with me in Sethekk Halls to get my Pilgrim title, at about 72… ummm three, maybe four times in normal ToC, this weekend… and maybe twice last weekend. So, when we went into UK, he’d been primary tank less than ten times, and never in a heroic. He off-tanked the adds for the weekly raid boss, Anub’Rekhan in Naxx on Saturday.
So yeah, he’s still learning.
Last night, Karius, Nickolas and myself queued up for a random heroic, and got Azj0l-Nerub. The first couple pulls went off well, but as we went running down that narrow causeway, Nick’s camera zoomed in and went wonky, and he veered off the edge. So… the rest of us followed. Let’s just say things didn’t go off well. Wipe #1.
Run back, same encounter. Nick’s a bit irritated at himself, to put it mildly. Instead of pulling one Anub’ar Crusher, he gets too close, and pulls three. Wipe #2. Our healer and third DPS remark that he needs to pull one, not three, then leave party. No complaints here. They weren’t rude, they just didn’t feel like playing out what was looking like a fail situation. So, we get back in queue for a healer and another DPS. We get a pally, and a resto druid, one Nihgthealer of Misha. (yes, I spelled it right.)
By this time, Nick’s about two steps from deleting his DK, i.e. logging out, and hitting delete. I kid you not. He can be as light-hearted and goofy as a kindergardener, but he takes tanking very seriously, and when he gets down on himself, it tends to snowball. That’s when Dad has to yank him up short, and remind him to breath.
So, back again. This time, Nick pulls one. Down it goes. The next two go down no problem. Now we’re at Hadranox. Nick reminds us to let all the adds die first, and we almost did. We got a bit close, with one add left, and the boss aggroed. Not a problem. Down he went, and off we go to the last boss, Anub’arak. Not sure what went awry that first time, but the pally went down like… well, like a dead Dranaei. A few seconds later, us squishies followed. I think there was a battle rez in there somewhere, but all the DPS ended up out of it.
Ok… so it’s a short instance. We could have released, and ran back. I couldn’t. I was just plain too engrossed in the show. Oh. My. God!!!
Nick’s going off on Skype, blaming himself for not holding aggro off the pally and us, and bemoaning that he doesn’t have enough DPS. to take the boss down. Karius and I are first calling encouragement, then instructions, then back to encouragement going “Go!!! Your healer’s got you! Go!!! Halfway down!!! Stick with it!!!”
“Got him” just fails as a description. Nihgthealer is all over the platform, healing himself and Nick through leeching swarms, pounds, dodging carrion beetles, and then the boss goes underground. The elites come charging down, Nick’s doing his best to pick them up, and not getting them all. The druid’s being chased around the platform, dodging spikes, doing the frantic tree-dance.
Simply amazing. This goes on through not one, but two of the underground phases. With Nick’s tank DPS, the above ground phases last, and last. Through it all, Nihgthealer doesn’t stop moving. The tree branches are going up into the air as fast as GCDs will allow it. He’s got green stuff all over him, his health dips, then goes back up, Nick’s goes down to a quarter, then bang-bang, back up to full.
Yes. I should have released, and run back. As long as the encounter lasted, I may well have made it back, and I’ve been kicking myself for not at least trying. I might have made the difference. But I’ve got to say, I’m not really sorry. It’s not often, especially in heroics these days, that you get to witness something like that, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. As epic as anything I’ve ever seen in WoW.
After the wipe, we ran back, and I whispered Nihgthealer, telling him he rocked, and thanking him for his patience, the tank was just learning. He just replied with a wry “I’d noticed.”
We went back, and this time, took the boss down fairly easily. Nihgthealer left before we could really thank him. So here it is: Thanks for you patience, and an incredible display of keeping your tank alive!