Howdy, form and curious web site regulars and poisonous discussion board grumps alike! I’ve been doing columns at MMORPG simply over a 12 months now, and my birthday simply handed, so I’m going to beg you all for a scrap of consideration whereas I discuss how my Savage raids in Ultimate Fantasy 14 are going. Did you ask? No. However I’m certain somebody on the boards is questioning, “Hey, I ponder if that Victoria chick who does all of the ineffective FFXIV items has cleared all the present high-end content material, since she bragged about it. Did she stop but?”
I’m happy to announce that Stack On Rer is doing high-quality and chugging alongside, regardless of me. I’m rapidly studying that I don’t suppose that’s a foul angle to have in direction of a raid, frankly. However I’ll discuss that later.
First off, let’s discuss precise progress. I mentioned the hit-or-miss technique of forming a “static,” or a constant social gathering for tackling content material, final time I wrote about our static. Statics usually provide you with doofy names, and ours is known as lovingly for one in every of our two healers and raid leaders (who, by the best way, apparently does unbelievable shotcalling for Delubrum Reginae Savage as nicely), who we’d at all times be a part of for damage-share assaults throughout different content material. The opposite healer and raid chief has accomplished most of Eden as nicely, and each have been unbelievable and affected person these final eight months.
Which is sweet. As a result of we wanted endurance and unbelievable feats these previous few months. Excessive-end raiding continues to be no joke! And it’s particularly so as a result of we solely do two hours as soon as per week, most of us are new to this. And, to be frank: we’re all solely human.
That human issue is what actually makes studying and progressing by way of a raid, generally known as “progging,” so fascinating. And doubly so for somebody who’s bought one thing like ADHD, which is… a number of players. Self included. I’ve found I generally tend to hyperfocus my rotation, which can be a “me drawback” greater than the rest. It seems blowing up the enemy assault bar to 200% is a good way to offset that a bit (due to the FFXIV official neighborhood stream for that tip), but it surely’s nonetheless a difficulty.
As time went on, we began coping with one other human issue, which is simply being a human residing in a society. Attendance has been nice for probably the most half, however issues like sick kitties, birthdays, visits and a flooded house (that’s me!) have referred to as for various choices. Most weeks we’ve tried to switch our lacking social gathering members, although some weeks we drop and lose progress altogether.
On the mildest of tangents, I do have to offer a shout-out to a brand new LAN cafe in Brooklyn I discovered. They’d simply opened days after my aforementioned house flood; I defined my scenario, and one supervisor, who’d simply given FFXIV a strive, did his damndest to verify I may come over to proceed my raid on freshly-updated FFXIV purchasers. Throughout my hellish trial of not being at my pc, it was slightly house away from house, and by the top, some employees would come asking how the raids have been going throughout my downtime.
Usually, disruptions are admittedly not best for a gaggle that, once more, solely will get two hours as soon as per week. However we’ve made do, and made progress regardless of that. And I believe it’s equally spectacular that we’ve all managed to dwell our lives and are available collectively to do that one neat factor as soon as per week, a factor that’s each partaking and enjoyable if slightly irritating at occasions. Funstrating!
Whereas our group is doing fantastically, I personally nonetheless suppose I’ve an extended technique to go in tackling this high-end content material, particularly if I need to experience these first waves in Endwalker. I’m good at asking questions, however for one, as I discussed, I’ve horrible focus. I additionally nonetheless haven’t pinned down a prep/studying type that works for me moreover “cost headfirst into battle,” and I haven’t taken the time to grind for the ultimate Resistance Weapon to spice up my DPS. Don’t get me flawed: I sustain with my different DPSes, however on this bizarre in-between as I grind for my best-in-slot merchandise, I do know I can do higher DPS numbers. (Will I get banned for being poisonous to myself with parsers?)
Will I ever enhance these issues? …perhaps? I’m catching myself hyperfocusing rotations actually lower than I used to be after I began raiding, and I can really feel the motivation to do Void Ark ten occasions creeping into my system. I believe a number of that motivation for enchancment is as a result of, like I’ve stated earlier than, my raid group is a ton of enjoyable, and in addition we hold attending to 1% on enrages and it blows not having Peak Black Mage DPS which is basically my very own rattling fault at this level.
At this price, we’ll positively beat E12S earlier than Endwalker drops. I hope. Most likely. We’ve bought, fittingly, twelve weeks to get our final E11S drops and get by way of each grueling phases of the battle. However I believe we’ve bought this! We’ve made it this far!
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