Have you seen the movie Sky High? Its a movie about superpowered kids at a high school for superheroes. The main characters in the movie are “Hero Support” which means that they don’t get the glory, but work behind the scenes as sidekicks.
A hero can’t be a hero without good hero support.
While it may sound like self-promotion, I’ll come out and say that in our raids I’m usually the Hero. My meter-topping dps along with my many “oh crap” buttons for survival give me a big role in the success or failure of our progression raids.
Until this weekend when I got the honor of playing hero support. That’s right. The honor.
The fight: Sindragosa, which had still been an obstacle for us.
Our early attempts focused on improving dps time to get through her health bar as fast as possible before we started to buckle under the weight of the raid damage and frost tombs. At first, my dps lagged. All the running in and out made this a relatively ranged-friendly fight.
With each passing attempt I learned the rhythm of the fight and the timing of the special abilities. I used my Cloak judiciously and never had to stop attacking due to stacks of Permeating Chill. My dps climbed and climbed until I was routinely running either #1 or #2 on the meter (behind our uber-mage).
However, while my personal performance was improving our raid was not making progress. We wiped at 10-20% every time.
Our mega-tree healer made the key suggestion… put someone on dedicated Frost Tomb Breaking duty. The logical choice: the rogue, who was the only melee dps in the raid. My burst dps would get the tombs down quickly, it made Permeating Chill a non-issue, and it reduced the distance for me to run back after the frost novas.
Yes, we took the top dps off the boss and put me in a support role. No complaints from me. It made perfect sense. I know some players who would have complained about the hit to their personal dps. I like to think that I’m more mature than that.
After a couple more attempts to get the timing down, the new strategy proved to be a success.
It was very weird. Since I wasn’t targeting the boss I didn’t even know the kill was coming. I was focused on the frost tombs, and got startled out of my focus by the achievement pane popping up in my field of view.
Did I top the damage meter? Nope. Did I do my job to the best of my ability? Heck yeah. The lesson here: the raid is more important than your personal performance.
My role, while not measured on the meters, was crucial to the kill. Remember that you can be a vital cog without being in the spotlight.
Now, on to Arthas…