I’ve been a raid leader for a few years now, but have just recently gotten the drive to really push through hard modes. In the past we would do them if we had time, but didn’t really push too hard. My team only runs for 2 nights a week, 6 hours total. I know that this is nowhere near the amount of time needed for cutting edge progression, but I would still like to get through hard modes before the next tier is released.
My question is this; given the short raid week, how would you go about maximizing progression? Should I be extending my lockout every week? Every couple of weeks? I feel like it’s a delicate balance between progression and gearing. If we extend lockouts too often or for too long, then we fall behind on gear and struggle more. If I don’t extend often enough, then by the end of normal modes we are spending too much time getting to our progression boss and not enough time actually progressing.
This is going to become more apparent with this upcoming patch on both fronts. One the one hand, the instance is back to the old ways of 12+ bosses in one lockout, meaning it will take a whole raid night (or half of our raid week) to even get to the 9th or 10th boss, and that’s if they are on farm. That leaves little time for actual progression. On the other hand, these bosses have such inflated loot tables that if we don’t farm them some people may not even get a look at necessary gear upgrades.
I know the simple answer is to raid more, but honestly that really isn’t an option. Given the time constraints, my plan is going to be to lock out on our progression boss every other week. That is, we are going to farm week 1 till we get to big baddie #xx, then lock it out for the next week. If big baddie #xx doesn’t die week 2 we will do a full clear week 3 and lockout for week 4, repeat till place is cleared.
If you were faced with similar time constraints, how would you maximize your progression?
Any and all constructive help would be greatly appreciated =)