We had a discussion in my guild the other day between a few of us regarding how we learn a new boss fight. I know I’ve touched upon this issue before in the blog, because it’s something that really interests me. How we learn new things and process information.
The discussion started because one of our members was telling us about a recent LFR he was in, where he got tired of the raid going through groups and tactics for Lei Shen. So he pulled the boss (as a healer). They killed the boss, but not until after they had wiped three times and got the buff from it.
I questioned him about this, because his reasoning seemed a bit off to me. He thought it was taking too long to go through the tactics, but he’s happy to wipe three times and do the corpse running? Not to mention, no one in that LFR actually learned much about the fight, since they eventually just powered through the fight with the buff from their wipes.
We never quite agreed on the issue though. I personally prefer to read up on fights beforehand so I know what to expect. I then do the fight once or twice, to see the abilities in reality – then I know and understand what’s going on.
For him, he said he preferred trial and error. Not reading up on the fights, or watching a video, just going in there and dying until he got it right. He also said he didn’t like using tactics made up by someone else, because he liked to find his own. “Monkey see, monkey do”, I believe was one of his phrases. To me, it sounds like he wants to re-invent the wheel.
Obviously, you can’t just copy another guilds tactic straight off. You have to make changes that fits your raid team’s capabilities and setup. But to go in and not know what to do, it just seems counterproductive to me. I want to know which abilities the boss has before I enter, so I know what to look out for. If I had to have the raid wipe once for every ability because people didn’t know anything and had to die to it to know what it does.. I think I would go insane.
Maybe it’s because of the way I learn, through reading and then doing, that I find his way so strange. I would hate to go into a fight and not knowing what to expect. But then I hate going into anything without knowing what to expect. I’m a planner and a reader. I will read up on everything, because I consider knowledge to be power and control.
How do you look at raiding? Do you just jump in blindly and learn as you go, or do you prefer to know what to expect beforehand?