I had a bad time the other day in TOC. Maybe other healers have had the experience of everything just going down the drain when you have no idea how or why. It’s supremely frustrating! Nothing makes you feel more like a fail healer than watching your tank wilt and die over and over again, and not knowing what is going wrong.
Here’s what happened: Myself and Naelian went to TOC the other night to farm. Myrhani was 78 at the time, but I’d been healing regular TOC without issue for a level and a half, and it had become very very routine. I’d never had a wipe while whacking the old loot pinata before, though I had had isolated DPS deaths, I’d never lost the tank. Nael had also tanked it on his pally (now 80) upwards of 15 times, again without issue.
The group formed, myself and Nael, a rogue we’d pugged it with before, a second rogue, and a mage. Should be an okay group, a little heavy on melee, but with all the DKs floating around it’s hardly unusual to have a mostly melee group. The faction champs came out: Lana the Poisoner-wench, Marshal Jacob the bladestorm-maniac, and Jaelyne the boring. Or usually boring. Not a bad group really… no self-healing Colosos, no sheeping-gnomeguy. Should be fine.
But we wiped. Splat! All over the floor. Neither Nael nor I had the slightest idea what had gone wrong… just poof, suddenly I was dead, without any aggro problems or any forewarning from DBM. And while prot pallies are prodigious survivors, it’s really too much when faced with bladestorm, poison, and a night elf who does… something.
After that the two rogues bailed and we replaced them with a guild member’s twinked out rogue alt who was only 75 but whose gear is so overcompensatory and who is so skilled that he puts out obscene dps in 80 instances on a regular basis. He may be a low level, but we know from experience that Hits can be counted on to not suck. We also recruited an 80 hunter from LFG.
By this point, Nael and I are sniping at each other, as it seems only an epic fail on the part of either healer or tank could be causing this failfest. I knew I wasn’t doing anything different than usual, so it must have been him, right? RIGHT? (he didn’t share my opinion, to put it mildly).
Hits was determined to keep going, so we slogged along anyway, and when the hunter D/C’d we kicked him and replaced him with a druid. With the druid’s extra poison dispels in the mix we managed to scrape past the faction champs by the skin of our teeth. I think I was literally panting by the end of the fight from the sheer effort of trying to keep people alive. In the end, only the druid and Nael survived, as I went down from a stray arrow at the very end being oom to heal myself.
So we moved on to Eadric. Easy fight, right? WRONG! We wiped within seconds to Eadric’s trash.
By this point we’re armorying everyone in the party… checking gear, checking specs. We’re scrutinizing the recount reports under a figurative microscope. We don’t see any problems with dps, with gear, with spec… we don’t see a pattern of somebody consistently getting aggro, of someone dying too much, of spreading out the heals to the detriment of the tank… Nothing. No lag. No addon spam. No macro issues. Why do we keep dying?!
I’m at the end of my rope, so I whisper Hits to say, “your dps looks fine and you’re not dying any more than anyone else… but could it be you? I’ve never had a problem in here before, and the only difference I can see is that this time we brought a 75…” Hits of course, being Hits, is full of confidence and does not think it is him. He asks that we try just one more time and if we fail again we can drop back to Halls of Lightning or something which we’ve already run with him and know we can manage.
I grit my teeth together, because I KNOW we can manage this.
The druid, however, doesn’t seem to agree though, since he resses outside the instance and promptly disappears. With only the four of us left, the mage blinks a few times and decides he’s got to go too.
Being extremely helpful and obliging guildies, and honestly, being driven to the point of despair by our fail, fail, FAILfest, we decide to be stubborn and finish the $^&#@ing instance at the cost of our lives if necessary. We pop back into LFG, pick up a couple of random death knights…
And one shot the rest of the instance.
The only thing we could think of, the single connecting factor for every single wipe was the mage. He was present for every wipe, he was present ONLY for wipes, and as soon as he left we stopped wiping and farmed the instance smoothly for the rest of the evening. But we have no idea what the mage was doing that sabotaged us so very badly.
It was a bad evening, and I’m still trying to figure out what I can do to prevent its recurrence… oh, and just to be the cherry on the suckage sundae… the Black Heart trinket that Nael was farming for dropped at the end of our run… and one of the DPS DKs ninja’d it.
It was utter fail.