I really paused for thought after reading Tobold’s classification of raid encounters.
Looking at the title of his post, ‘raid encounter classification’, you might well think his answers would describe the mechanics of a fight like this:
- tank/spank (Patchwerk)
- coordinated movement (Thaddius)
- keep yourself alive (Heigan)
- save your friends (Maexxna)
I used Naxx examples so everyone can relate to it.
But in fact, what’s so clever, is he looks instead at where the pressure is placed, and who needs to succeed for the raid to win.
For a leader, this is a useful way of thinking about raids. Tobold’s system is basically this:
- Type A: challenging the strongest. Example is tank and healers, everyone else could screw up and it doesn’t matter so much (Patchwerk)
- Type B: challenging the average, where everyone needs to pull their weight, for example due to enrage timers or to stay alive (Heigan)
- Type C: challenging the weakest, where one person can wipe the raid, for example flame wreath in Kara, the Bomb on Geddon, or Thaddius or famously Xevozz in VH.
The implications are that you don’t really want a loser PUG doing a Type C encounter. You can do PUG Type A’s all day, no worries.
Think about the painful raids or PUGs you’ve been in. They’re usually wipe-nights on Type C raids, right? If you’re wiping on Type A it’s probably gear or skill, whereas Type C wipes mean you have the weakest link bringing you down.
That’s so frustrating because in a Type C raid, if you personally do your best it isn’t enough.
I could probably find several pages of commentary just sparked by this clever classification. Interestingly, Tobold also linked to an author who wrote a great article on losing.
Ixobelle says what sucks in arenas is that Blizzard is not trying to make you a hero. You can just get owned and it feels awful. Truly, you need some intestinal fortitude to just take 10 wipes a week for points and I’ve had partners in the past who could not stomach it.
The cross-section here is that Type C raids can make you die in an frustrating way, which does not make you feel heroic, it’s annoying as all hell and you want to scream at the loser who made you wipe. The loser who killed you, the hero.