Now, my gearscore is not the highest (I'm just raid ready, I think at like 349 average ilevel or something... most of the other folks were announcing 350+ numbers. Edit: Fixed thanks to a helpful comment from Goodmongo... I got the last two digits right, but the first one seems not to stick for me.), and I don't have the achievement, so that puts me at an immediate disadvantage for being invited along. Flash back to days spent in the schoolyard being the last one picked for kickball teams. (That's not true, I had a helluva leg, so I generally got picked early. Still, there were days when you were persona non grata for whatever reason and left 'till last just for spite. Kids are mean like that.)
So I wandered around doing the dailies, halfheartedly keeping an eye on general and throwing up the ubiquitous "Lock lfg BH." I couldn't add cool things like "insane DPS," unless they're really interested in my state of mental health. You see, I find myself somewhat behind the gear curve of the general BH pugging crowd. Thus, when a random Warrior called out "LF2M any DPS, pst," I jumped on it and an invite soon followed. He didn't even require me to link the achievement that I didn't have. My first thought was: surely this must be a fail group.
I hunkered down, expecting an arduous run. I pulled up the strat on my other screen and read through it whilst the group was congregating. I plopped down cookies and readied a soul stone. In short, I did everything a good 'lock should.
The run began... and ended a short 30 minutes later with a one-shot on the big guy. Color me pleasantly surprised. Loot was distributed fairly after rolls. People were generally nice and friendly. No one got called out for sub-par DPS (though someone did link the recount). I'm happy to say that in our 10-man group, I was 4th (out of 6) on the DPS meter pulling in a solid 12k. Sure, I'd like to be higher, but given my gear level, I think that was pretty solid.
With the achievement now under my belt, I thought I'd give this cliffnotes thing another try. Yesterday's boss fight didn't really lend itself well to a short summary, but BH is exactly that. It's meant to be pugged, just like VoA was, and so the mechanics are pretty simple. As a DPS you want to be aware of three things:
- Stack on your assigned tank. The RL should designate two groups, each with a tank, and you need to stack with everyone else. This allows you to share the damage of one of the abilities (meteor strike I believe).
- Avoid the Fel Fire. At 66% and 33%, he'll start dropping flames on the ground that will cause the group to scatter. Simply stay out of the bad. Move just a step or two to the side to conserve space. They're not very big patches.
- Watch your threat. This is a DPS race with tank swapping. If you're undergeared like I am, threat shouldn't be a problem. However, any time there is movement and tank swapping, you need to be aware of your threat.
I would suggest running it a few times, as it's a great fight to tune a rotation on. There is just enough movement that you have to be moderately aware of your surroundings, but it's calm enough that you can focus in on button presses and what's coming next. I blew all my shards, didn't overlap any with heroism, and even pulled out my Doomguard. I can't say that always happens on all fights, because a lot of the time other things become more important (or I just fail to realize that someone has popped heroism). I also got to DI a S-priest, which was funny because we had a little whisper fest before the raid that went something like this:
Me: Mr. Priest, are you rolling as shadow on this fine day?
Priest: Yay! A 'lock! OMG. /flail
Me: I'll take that as a yes?
Priest: Most definitely, good sir.
Me: Wahoo. For pwny! /cast DI
Shadowpriests are swiftly becoming my new best friends.