Hi again, long time reader, new poster here
I've always had this question i was curious about. I feel that I'm a casual raider. I always try and push myself in terms of class and overall raid knowledge but I don't think i'd ever be able to keep up with a serious guild in terms of learning as fast as they do, also coupled with their schedule I think i'd burn out.
Anyway the point of this thread is what do you guys consider enough research on a fight?
personally I think it's sub-par to think looking "fat-boss" or icy-veins is enough. Do you feel any guild that considers themselves to be a heroic mode guilds(25m) should expect their raiders to put in work beyond general mechanics of "moving out of this", "stacking up here" and basically over-simplfying the fight. The guild I'm in now, i'm pretty sure a good 60-70% of the roster doesn't go beyond icy-veins and fat boss. That large majority I'm almost positive doesn't go over a class mechanic breakdown. For example, like a ret pally knowing he can spec into clemency and double BOP through Force and Verve on Vizier. Small things like that I feel will always make the difference.
A couple of pet-peeves I know I have are when ppl say mid-raid, "I dont understand why people are dying it's so easy" and yes I get it, moving out of the bad stuff is easy but i don't see that as being helpful or constructive especially when it's not beinig followed up by some sort of positive advice.
Another pet-peeve i have is blaming RNG. I feel that RNG is a little bit of a cop-out because RNG is only detrimental when you aren't prepared for it. I think the best way to combat that variable is to anticipate it. For example, unseen strike on blade lord, and people not getting their fast enough b/c of the RNG to it. If they anticipate the fact that it's always going to be them and start inching inward they might be in a better position for it.
I'm sorry if this turned into a quasi-rant but to circle back to my original point, what expectations do you have of your raiders? People always say, hey do your homework, but how much is enough? Am i being too OCD about this? Maybe I have too much time on my hands? I understand the RL application of fitting in research but i dont think you need to be there for hours, when i do my research i spend maybe a half hour a day,sometimes a little bit more b/c i am a super nerd but nonetheless i don't think you need all day to thoroughly research a fight.
To further extend on this as well, I look at logs, not every night but during slow points during my work day i do pull them up. I look at my dmg taken, my uptimes (as a tank) my dmg done etc etc.. How much homework do you feel your avg heroic mode raider should be doing on their logs?