Thu 27 Aug, 2009
Tags: Interview, Raid Leading, Raid Lockout
For those curious about my somewhat sporadic posting habits, a lot of it is directly related to what’s going on in my life. This week I’m attending a SANS training conference. I’m basically sitting in a classroom for 10-12 hours a day learning about security practices and some hacking techniques. When the guy you’re sitting next to is literally sniffing packets off the Wireless all day long looking for something interesting you think twice about doing absolutely anything with your computer while in class. Couple that with the fact that I’ve literally had a raid 10 minutes after I got home every day for the last three days and…. I just haven’t had time.
But over the weekend I was extremely fortunate. No… I didn’t get to go Blizzcon. I obviously need to get enough sponsorship to just flat out pay for that trip obviously . But I was able to trade some information with Lodur over at World of Matticus. I decided before putting my own personal take on the raid lockout extension feature I wanted to track down some opinions from various people.
Many of you may recognize Lodur from his work as the resident Shaman poster over on World of Matticus. Most recently he’s written about The State of Chainheal. With out further ado, lets dive right in on what Lodur had to say.
An Interview with Lodur
1. what’s your name and guild? (character name… blogger name etc..)
2. What’s your current role in your guild?
I am Raid Officer and Healing lead for my guild.
3. Have you used the raid lockout extension feature?
yes, we have utilized this feature.
4. What did you think?
Personally, as a person in leadership I think that it is a wonderful feature. I also think it was long overdue.
5. Did it help you with downing any additional bosses?
It helped us progress on Yogg 25 and push him down to a very low percentage.
6. Why did your group elect to use the lockout extension?
We elected to use it as a way to compensate for the attendance issues we were having. For a few months we were losing raiders and had to make up ground. The raid extension allowed us to take our new recruits and push the content rather then wait for weeks to get any progress done. It let us also take for example this week of blizzcon, and extend the raid period so the raiders who were present for the con would be able to contribute to the advancement of the guild and still go and have fun in anaheim.
7. Was there anything you didn’t like about the raid extension feature?
To be honest I can’t find any fault with the system. I like it, I think it was well thought out and was implemented at the right time.
8. What do you think is its strongest feature?
the best feature of it is that it allows for more room to account for attendance, as well as skip bosses that no one needs anything from. Lets say you have all upgrades you need from the siege of ulduar. Killing those four bosses again wastes time. the raid extension allows you to keep pushing content. If you get that boss to 1% and want another crack at it, but the server reset is tomorrow, hit your raid extension button and it’s no longer a problem. This allows guilds to not feel stagnant or to keep working at a boss that is giving them a hard time.
9. Do you think you’ll use it when Icecrown Citadel is released in 3.3?
honestly I think we will. From my understanding after blizzcon, the arthas encounter is going to be a multi phase event that will require much in the way of coordination and time to complete. The raid extension will be perfect for this event as we will be able to keep pushing on it instead of having to clear the entire zone just to get to him for maybe an hours worth of attempts. This will let us push three full raid days on him if we need to.
10. Are there any special uses of the raid lockout feature you are thinking of using it for?
Nothing special yet, still looking for other uses for it. for now though my guild is content to use it to keep pushing on content we really need to see downed. maximizing our time on fights like yogg and in the future arthas.