Raiding is in an interesting place right now. A lot of bad habits have been formed during the months in Naxx. Focusing dps, marking pulls for kill order, crowd control, and using utility abilities have all fallen by the wayside in favor of the group-em-up-and-nuke-em-down approach.
I think that Ulduar will quickly dispel that.
Its not just the basic raiding skills that need to be restored. Players are severely lacking in patience. In Naxx, if a grouped wiped a couple of times on Anu’rekhan, typically you would see people dropping out of the raid to look for a better raid group. I saw the same thing in an Ulduar pug, and its just ridiculous. Its unreasonable to expect a pug to walk into a new, harder raid and get through it quickly. Get ready for some wipes to learn the fights.
We are spoiled. Time to wake up. Raid teams that maintained some sense of discipline during the Naxx months will adjust quickly. The rest will get used to disappointment, and slowly remember what it meant to raid pre-WotLK. This is not to say that we will revert to the BC days where only the elite got to Black Temple. On the contrary, the Naxx experience has filled everyone with the confidence that they can participate in endgame. Sure, a lot of PuGs will fail. But they will still exist in large numbers. In the end, as PuGs start to fill up with better geared players, then Ulduar will ease up and more will get to enjoy it.
Our guild took a few token attempts at Razorscale this past weekend. We hadn’t really prepped for the fight so most of us didn’t know what to expect. A few of us had looked at videos online, so we at least knew the boss’ abilities. Still, the too-loose organization was simply not going to get us anywhere on that fight. Our tanks will have to be on the ball, healers will need to stick to assignments, and dps needs to pick up the slack.
As always, its not the destination, its the journey. I look forward to learning each fight. I expect that our guild will take acouple of months to get through Ulduar. Some bosses may take us weeks to learn and overcome. That feeling of accomplishment is what I have been missing for the past several months.