There we were, managing Phase 1 and the first transition on heroic Ragnaros much better than we had before. Switching up some healing assignments seemed to help a lot as well. We even managed to have people run away fast enough from Molten Seeds. This made us happy.
There was another problem at that point, however: killing the Molten Elementals that spawn from those seeds. Our raid composition doesn’t really have a ton of burst AoE, and there’s that one spec that we knew would really help us out. Sadly, we only have one raiding druid right now, and he’s kind of busy tanking a firelord. He’s also very old, apparently, and grumpy.
What to do? Picket? Protest? Stage a bear-costume dance outside Blizzard headquarters? Nuzzle jars of honey? No, the obvious answer is make the frost DK go blood and make the feral tank go chicken. Yeah, me as a chicken. Yeesh. Here’s the ugly armory.
(Pause here to allow for pointing and laughing.)
I will be very honest with you. I have never been DPS on even normal Ragnaros. The only fights where I use my moonkin spec are heroic Rhyolith and heroic Baleroc. My DPS is somewhat acceptable, but I don’t rank on World of Logs or anything. I need to get better at managing my Eclipse energy and rotation. I am sure Eluial and Tagartou — two of the smartest chickens I know — are sick of me asking questions.
In truth, I started tanking again this expansion because I knew I would be better at it than I was at moonkin. In Wrath, I had been feral cat in most raids. It was a lot of fun. Rogues hated me. I still go quasi-kitty on heroic Staghelm (bear spec notwithstanding). I never really did any casting back then, except as a full-time tree.
Knowing how the fight works, at least on the surface, will do very little for me in practice when our DK gets enough gear to tank. I will probably screw things up. I will probably lose faith in myself. My warlock GM will probably want to plant Seed of Corruption on my rear end IRL. I have to give it a try, though, because aside from sacrificing gnomes in a bid to create more AoE burst, we are out of ideas on how to solve this problem. Mmm, gnome sacrifice!
Have any of you had to change specs in the middle of progression? Did you have someone else on your roster switch from DPS to tank, or even healer? How did you all deal with this? And if you have any chicken-like tips for this fight, I’d gladly read them!