Like a lot of raids we’ve been having issues with attendance lately. We have our core raiders: Reversion and Logarithm as tanks. Me and Kerick as heals. Cyla’s enhance shaman. Grom’s ret pally. Ado’s hunter, Falahla’s mage. It’s a really really solid core and I love it.
Problem is, Log has Army duty once a month or so and is a college student so occasionally he can’t make it. Everyone else has RL issues too, just not seemingly as frequently as Log. I’ve brought in a third healer twice now, tried to make them a permanent member of the heals team, only to have their schedules change. One’s hip-deep in wedding plans and trying to get a raid of her own going in a time that works better for her. The other is apparently taking a break from WoW. All understandable but when it comes on top of losing my original third healer to job issues a few months back, the healing team has just felt weak.
And when Log’s away, I have to find another tank. I can bring someone in but our guild is really lacking in tanks right now. Or I can have Grom go tank and bring in another dps – which works really well – but this Friday neither Grom nor Log could tank so that meant I asked Repgrind to bring in her DK Kalyon. So now I had to find TWO healers.
Fortunately this week both Jhudora and her sister could help heal, with the exceptions of Halfus and Magmaw. Jhudora offered an alt to help get past those two guys and since we can one tank Magmaw I made Rep switch back to Kerick, help down the boss, and then we brought Kalyon back in.
Side note – Jhudora’s sister Annaliese is a super pro disc priest. She’s rocking all blues and killing me and Kerick with raw HPS numbers. Her mana’s weak, sure, so I glyphed my Innervate and gave it away all night which worked well. But she inspired me to go back and look at my gear this Sunday and I reforged into a lot of haste; I really hadn’t reforged since upgrading most of my gear and I had a lot of useless crit and mastery to turn into yummy haste.
Still, I don’t like the situation we’re in. As a druid and a paladin pair, we can use almost any third healing class we get. But finding someone who can make our schedule is hard. I’m not sure what we’re going to do. Saturday night neither Jhudora nor her sister could help out so I asked around in guild until I finally found someone who could heal. Brought him in and while he did fine, he didn’t know the fights and wasn’t picking up on them that well. We got a total of 7 bosses down this weekend, which was a disappointment.
Hopefully we can get some really solid attempts in the next few weeks. Although I may refuse to do Chimaeron. I totally hate that fight in every way.