Before I start this article, I owe you guys the readers an explanation. Yotaan and I had kind of dropped off of the face of the Earth for the past couple weeks without any warning. Unfortunately, our internet died for about a week (it was horrible! I had to go… outside….), and the week after that I went away to a camp and was unable to publish anything. But don’t worry, we aren’t going to stop writing if we can help it.
This being said, we will be taking a quick break next week, as I will be going to another camp. After that, we should be business as usual. We thank you for reading, and hope you enjoy!
Ok, ok, I know. I’ve run two other articles on this, all claiming to be my first real raiding experience. But this time it’s for reals! I have official joined a raid group with vent, and set times, and dedicated roles and EVERYTHING! And I swear, I’ll stop using this title!
As many of you have probably figured out, I have always wanted to raid. Actual raiding, not an occasional pickup group, or LFR til the end of times. But due to timezone issues, lack of experience, and an unpredictable life schedule, I have never been able to get onto a raid group. So, I turned to the twitters.
There is a guild on the twitters called Awkward Moments Guild that would host flex raids, and anyone was invited. I was able to join a few, but because of the time, I wasn’t able to make many of the flexes. Some time later, the guild decided to create another raid team, and opened invitations to anyone on the twitters. I was intrigued. The times worked for me, I knew the guild to be friendly, and I had a moderately geared horde priest. So, I signed up.
Thus Team Third Wheel was born, and I became a member. Our first raids were last Friday and Saturday, making those raid my official first real real REAL raids! We ran flex up to Dark Shaman on Friday, and Normal Dark Shaman to Spoils on Saturday.
Organized raiding was everything I thought it would be, and at the same time incredibly different.
For starters, I totally pegged the friendly atmosphere with undertones of ‘lets-get-this-done’. The jovial banter was enjoyable and funny, but we could quickly pull together to get stuff done. I could tell that I was in a group with legitimately friendly and real people. We all wanted to be there, and get the bosses, but there was no elitist jerk attitude.
However, the thing I totally did not guess was how successful we would be. I thought that it would take us about as long as an LFR to get through the bosses. It was the first time we had ever raided together, and I didn’t expect to get far. But boy, was I wrong! We knocked out the first wing of flex in under an hour (fastest I have ever run it) and moved on to the second wing. Then, on running normals (with a slightly different roster) we still knocked the bosses out incredibly fast.
Another thing I did not really think out fully was vent. I sort of had this idea that people would just chat on vent and stuff, but in reality our vent was almost completely silent. Most of the conversation went on in-game chat, with only raid leaders speaking.
This also brings me to another point I didn’t expect. I am terrified of talking on vent. I don’t know why, but I’m just really scared that I’ll do it wrong, or people will be annoyed with me, or people will make fun of my somewhat youthful voice. It’s completely illogical, but man! I don’t know if I will ever talk!
I am one of three healers for our group, and I have to say, I’m not nearly as bad as I thought I would be. I’m holding my own against the other healers, even with lacking flex/normal experience. My gear is not the best, and I’m missing some enchants (darn you expensive AH prices!), but I think I’m doing pretty good! I was vaguely worried about being the weak link, but all of our healers are strong together.
To make a long story short, I’m absolutely stoked about this. I’ve finally joined a real raiding group with people dedicated and friendly people. We are getting bosses down and working really well as a brand new team! I’m finally getting to do what I’ve wanted to do since Mists dropped. I’m finally able to RAID!
(Yotaan is still terrified of raiding though! 😛 )
Addendum: Team Third Wheel is still recruiting! If you are a horde side dps or tank who can raid Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 to 10 CST, we’d love to have you! Contact @Kmbrei to sign up or for more details. And yes, we do cross server raid (that’s what I do!)