Last week I did Uldir normal with my guild, Erratic, as feral. I complained about feral already but this raid got me thinking about mechanics.
I’ve raided from ICC until ToT, including some heroic progression before mythics were even a thing. I can only think of a few mechanics I absolutely hated and this raid seems to be full of them.
The first one, which is probably number one with just about everyone, is the vehicle fights. Amber Shaper for example, one random person gets picked to go in the Amber monster thing and control it to do something so important if you don’t do it right, you wipe the raid. And you get something like 10 seconds to figure it out. Not even remotely pleasant and most of us just crossed our fingers and hoped we wouldn’t have to do it and get a kill and move on. Haven’t seen it in Uldir yet though.
Watching stacks of a buff or a debuff. Nevermind how such a thing is actually possible, but fights where you have to watch your stacks and then do something. Baleroc had one where the healers had to watch stacks of something and swap off because building the stacks was the only thing that would let you heal hard enough to keep your tank up. So do it wrong and you lose. Or Majordomo, at one point you’re grouped up and if your stacks hit a certain value, you had to run out of the group BEFORE your exploded. Do it wrong and you kill the group. I swear at least 2 fights had that junk.
And of course “group up” and “spread apart” or “join up with one specific person” or “run away from that person”. Blood Queen Lanathel in ICC was one like this, if she bit you, you had X amount of time to bite someone who wasn’t already bitten or you got permanently mind controlled and ran around killing your raid. A few other fights had things like a line connecting you and someone else, and you either had to group up with them to bust it, or run away from them to bust it. Neither were that much of a problem but when you’re in the thick of things and you can’t stand next to so in so because of whatever, it’s frustrating.
I really don’t think running feral is going to work for me in raid either. Babysitting a difficult rotation while watching all that other stuff, is more than I can handle.