OMG.. we stuck!

In the words of.. um.. Sheneneh Jenkins on Martin: “Oh my guuuuudness.”  We are stuck on Rotface.  I think we got him to 3% when all the ooze got loose and.. and.. well.. it was just bad.  Green slime and bodies everywhere- and my wings of course.

I am thinking once you get the hang of the fight: running to the OT with Mutated Infection, moving from Slime Spray, and taking cover from Unstable Ooze, then it should be smooth sailing.  This has not been the case for us.

The Jinx Is In

I think part of it is “The Jinx”.  We get going real good, and then it happens.  An officer says something like, “Keep it up. people.  This is a kill.”  Yeeeeeeeeeah, right.  No sooner than those words are uttered, things get out of control.  Maybe not so much a jinx or a curse as it is the wrong thing to say at the right time.

Let’s break it down.  You’ve got “Positive Reinforcement” with the first half of the sentence.

“Keep it up, people.”

It serves as encouragement to let the raid know they are on the right track.  Nothing wrong with that, right?  People need encouragement.  I am a firm believer in that.  You should tell them when they perform well because gosh knows we yell at each other when it goes terribly bad. 

It’s like my dog- bless her heart.  She is so BAD and SPOILED, but she LOVES treats.  I guess in this case, treats would be equal to loot; however, when I say, “Good girl” while patting her head, she eats it up and wags her tail.  It makes her want to repeat that action, right?  Same with us raiders.  Sometimes we need a little verbal push to keep doing the right things.

But when you couple it with the second part of our sentence something goes wrong.

“This is a kill.”

Do you know this for sure?  Probably not.  There’s a chance– as Judy Tenuta would say- that it could happen.  But when Rotface is still sitting at 30%… I don’t know if that’s the best time to call a kill.  I think it could quite possibly have a negative affect on people.  No, I do not claim to know the inner workings of the minds of 24 other people.  Well, let’s say 23 because I am married to one of them, and I think I know him quite well.

But what if it’s just one person who thinks, “Hey, I can slack now.”  Nah, I don’t believe any of our people would do that, but again cue Judy, please.  So what is it?  Hmmmm.  I know what it is…


It’s like telling an actor, “Good Luck,” when you should really say, “Break a leg!”  Or like sweeping the main tank’s foot with a broom mid-raid IRL.  Why not just march the whole friggin’ raid under a ladder!?!

“Hut 2, 3, 4.. left, left, left, right, left.”

OK, let me calm down. LOL

/deep breath


I just want a kill, you know?  So, yes, keep up the good work people.  You know this fight!  We can do it!

That’s all I need to hear until I hear the DBM Victory Sound.  Then and only then can you even think to utter the words, “This is a kill.”  Oh, yeah, don’t forget, “Great Job, WKN!”

Happy Raiding!


P.S. Yes, I know skill trumps everything here, but we got skills.  We just need all of it to come together- and STAY together until the very end.  I know we can do it. 🙂

4 responses to this post.

  1. You know what it is? Everybody get’s in a nice groove and then somebody mentions “5% left on boss keep it up!” which breaks the raids rhythm. This leads to people becoming relaxed, changing what they’ve been doing for the last 8 minutes, doing things they normally wouldn’t do to burn the boss etc.

    The only thing that should be mentioned at around 10% or so is if somebody needs a cooldown or if there is a tank transition. No exceptions!


  2. Posted by Doug on January 22, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Its likely just 1-2 people losing focus and standing in the raid with the disease, and dropping slimes and just trying to zerg/burn the boss down. This leads to an exponential increase in raid healing required, ooze on someone that didnt have the debuff and they dont realize they have aggro, then an irreversible chain reaction of corpses.

    To fix this:
    1. See previous commenter, dont break the rythm.
    2. Identify who is at the start of the chain reaction and see whats up. (or just scream at them for wasting valuable raid time, whichever you think will be more effective)
    3. OMGTREATS!!!


  3. […] down again last night, and I enjoyed reading X and Doug’s comments on yesterday’s “We Stuck” post.  Love […]


  4. […] It felt like a kill.  It should have been a kill.  But it wasn’t.  I could blame it on The Jinx because the RL said the dreaded words, “This is a kill.”  He even congratulated us on […]


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