Our clearing ICC is not a fluke in any way, shape or form. We went ahead and did it again. This time with (techinically) no wipes on bosses. I say technically because we had a clean one shot on Marrowgar, Lady Deathwhisper and Saurfang but we did lose our take during the Airship Battle and decided to flush the attempt and retry. We also tried a different tactic on Saurfang but with the boat docking being fixed, it wasn’t possible to do and Saurfang reset – which is fine.
As has become tradition, I used Distracting Shot on Saurfang instead of one of the adds that spawn, FDed and got people to call out, “Let the tanks get agro!” or maybe it was the other version, “Watch agro!”. Hehe
We did have one wipe on trash were we got a few groups and triggered the traps for activating the big giant skeletons.
Raid logs… I’m back on top!
For awhile there I was trying something out with gear and it didn’t quite work out. With some feedback from our DPS advisor, I got back on track and sorted out some issues. The two big things were dropping Arcane Shot from my rotation and not ‘saving’ my cooldowns.
Dropping Arcane Shot was a big one, it means Improved Steady Shot will pop more often because you’re using Steady Shot more and it also means you’re consuming less mana. Because I’m consuming less mana, I don’t need to shift to Viper as much. I only switched to Viper once in that raid and it was only for a short time.
Making use of 30 seconds of Rapid Fire haste bonuses definitely increased my DPS (Rapid Fire for 15 seconds, Readiness, Rapid Fire for another 15 seconds). I also took more control over my Pet’s Call of the Wild ability so that it will going when I’m using Rapid Fire. Knowing the fights, it was easy to pick times for when to use this. I even used it for the 10-15 second breaks between adds on Lady Deathwhisper thanks to the raid leader calling out how much time we had. Of course, use of Rapid Fire also provides mana regen so not skipping out on that helped a lot too.
For Lady Deathwhisper, I was on the adds. You can see the where the other Hunter was on the charts, that was about where I was. It’s not easy to get the DPS numbers up while on the adds because you’ve got to switch targets and move a bit more than if you’re just focused on Lady Deathwhisper. I did keep a Sting going on her while dealing with the adds and we got the adds down with enough time to switch over to her and get some shots in. Keeping a Sting going on her is ideal for Hunters. It’s fire and forget. You do more damage with Serpent’s Sting, but if you fire Viper, you get a fair bit of mana back from her while affecting her shield which is powered by mana. Ideally you’d alternate Serpent Sting and Viper Sting if mana is an issue, if it isn’t then using Seprent Sting is better.
I walked away with some upgrades again; a new cloak and a new belt. Thanks again to Tim for helping get the gems in order! I also managed to gather up materials to finally replace my boots with an Ulduar recipe drop for Leatherworkers which I should get sometime today. Of course, I’ll have to enchant them and get two gems for them too.
I suspect I’ll be farming for a the next little while…