So.. I was on a lowbie (9-11) PUG Dragon raid yesterday. Most of the folks were from the same guild (I think 7) plus 4 random guys including me. I stress that this IS NOT an attack on the guild or their leader. They were all fun to run with and competent players from what I could tell.
Anyway, we nail VoN5 relatively painlessly save a couple of "lava incidents". On to the Plane of Night. Paladin pulls the bases, some elementals wander back towards 1st, no biggie. One Flenser is hanging between 3rd and home. Not a problem, pull him back to home. The pillars go down smoothly. Everybody's back at the pitcher's mound.
Up 'til this point everything has been done the same way we always did it back on Fernia. However as the leader begins to explain how we're gonna kill Velah, I hear the magical words: "first the fighters charge, then the clerics and then the rest". Did I hear correctly? Naw it can't be, the clerics ALWAYS stay at the pitcher's mound aka the bucket and only rez after everybody else is dead. It's a foolproof tactic; only running out of time or rez scrolls can lead to failure. I type (no voice chat ) something like : "well the clerics don't need to charge, they can just stay back here, that's how we always did it on Fernia". The leader must've missed my message as he starts the countdown anyway. We charge in and get her down to 1/2 health before dying. That's that.
I explain what I was trying to say and everybody except couple of the other random dudes have never even heard of this tactic. The leader says he's done the Dragon about 30 times and they never left the clerics behind. This confused me to no end. 30 runs.. it must have been a common tactic to charge all out on the dragon. At his point I started to think it must be a server related matter.
I recall another PUG Dragon raid a while back (after the merge though) where the clerics charged too. I was like "what the hell are you guys doing here?". I shrugged it off because we didn't wipe.
I'm posting this thread because I'm curious to know was this really a common practice on either Ghallanda or Lhazaar. Andoli and his About the Size of a Box failed on their attempt too. What was the reason for their failure; did they run out of time ("Fernia") or just plain wipe like we did last night ("Ghallanda/Lhazaar")?
I can safely say that most if not all of the Dragon raids on Fernia were done as I described above: the clerics stay on the white patch ("the bucket") near the gate and ask the chargers to come back and take the rez, one at a time. Rebuff and charge again. Rinse and repeat until Velah dies or time runs out.
I was confused when I first saw people staying at the top of the stairs in PoP. After I realized it stopped the 1st round of spawns, I felt both impressed by the ingenuity of "you-other-server-guys" and embarrassed that we hadn't figured that out on Fernia. Should I be proud of Fernia now, because we apparently had the best Von6 tactic?
I'm not looking for a flame-war. Discuss like teh grohun-upps do