So, you've decided to become a raider! Congratulations! First off, welcome to raiding with ForgeBorne, we look forward to having you with us. Before starting raid, there are a few guidelines we'd like to go over. These will cover things like pre-raid duties, expectations during raid, and other general items.
Pre-raid covers everything that happens prior to entering a raid, including the few minutes leading up to the raid group formation. During this period, you can take the time to experience Stone, Sea, and Sky in Palaka's Stand (Ilsabard) to ensure that your DPS is sufficient to clear the current raid tier. If you need to, this is the time to tweak your materia melds, gear, and work on your rotations. Keep in mind that SSS is basically a Raid Dummy, and allows you to stand still while working on your rotation. Try to aim for clearing this mode with at least 30 seconds left. Once you are able to clear SSS, you should generally be set for the raid itself.
The second thing to do during this period is collect the consumable items you will need for raid. This covers both food and potions. For the 6.0 raid tier, this is:
- Pumpkin Pottage - The best Crit/Det food available.
- Grade 6 Tinctures: Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Mind. While there is a Vitality tincture, this is a relatively unused potion as it does not contribute to overall DPS. It is mainly used for those who are slightly under-geared to survive certain mechanics.
- If you have your crafters at level 80, you may wish to bring some Grade 8 Dark Matter, so that you may repair your gear. If not, be sure to repair your gear.
If you want to, you can watch and review videos of clears to familiarize yourself with mechanics before hand. While this is helpful, it's not necessarily expected of everyone. Some of us (Venthas included) do like to raid "blind".
2. On Raid Days
With raid days, please show up 15 minutes prior to the scheduled raid time. This allows the raid leader(s) to know who is available and allows time to form the team. For raids, you will need to be on Discord, even if you don't want to talk. We will be going over mechanics as we experience them, planning things such as cooldowns, strategies, and the like. During pulls, however, keep communication to a minimum so that raid calls can be made. As the raid leader, Venthas (for Raid Team 1) will be performing the important mechanic callouts during raid. This may also include being asked to pick up a duty of a downed member (For instance, if the Main Tank goes down, the Off Tank will be called to "voke"). It is important to know that mistakes will happen. This is alright and acceptable! Don't be afraid to admit to mistakes. This is progression into kills with a new static group. When a wipe happens, it's important to discuss what went wrong and where, the mechanic that caused it, and how to avoid it in the future. If you have a question about a mechanic, absolutely feel free to ask and discuss it before a pull.
There will be periodic breaks called during raid. Usually every hour to every hour and a half. These are a quick time (usually around 5 to 10 minutes) to step away from the computer, use the rest room, grab a drink. Think of it as a time away from the raid to cool off and refocus.
In all, remember that we are here to have fun!