Well, good for them, seriously... But I hope Blizzard may take a few notes from the comments from the bigger raiding guilds out there and re-tune some encounters to be less punishing for bringing melee at all.
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AC is seriously a pain in the ass with melee chaining the crap out of the lightning in the last phase and accidentally stepping in ice puddles while the boss is kited. The way that fight finishes is the damage ramps up the longer the phase lasts. Eventually the raid falls over due to the damage output. Obviously, the fight favors using ranged classes, which can simultaneously avoid chaining the lightning and maintain 100% uptime on the kited boss, and never needs to worry about the ice puddles.
On to the topic of ranged vs. melee in Cataclysm. There are still fights that are easier as a melee class (Magmaw) but the class balance issue is a true concern. As others have said in this thread, when you reach the point that melee have to sit out a fight in order for the guild to be able to down a boss, there needs to be a fix of either mechanics or damage output. It's not an issue of being unable to have the majority of the dps as melee in your raid, it's an issue of being unable to have any melee dps in your raid.
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Yet you still don't bring in undergeared melee alts for the encouter do u?I'm not saying Magmaw is an easier fight if you have all melee dps, i'm just saying that the requirements of the melee on that fight are much less than that of the ranged dps. One could argue that it's because they're basically useless for the fight besides impaling Magmaw.
gratz paragon, cant wait to do council on hardmode regular was a blast alone favorite fight in this tier
It is hard to see another way to kill a boss that has a 12 yard jump on a chain lightning. you have a normal raid distribution, and you get a ton of lightning in the melee camp. This is hard enough to heal away in ten man non-hero. You stack caster dps and only take two melee to interrupt feludius and suddenly chain lightning is no longer a problem. heroic mode AsC also appears to have a lightning charge that players get, another way to stop melee dps doing what they should be doing and banish them to the edge of the room so they do not kill anybody.
I expect a lot of people questioning paragons methods haven't even tried this fight on normal. Unless melee got an upgrade in hp/survivability or healers suddently ere able to put out a lot more group healing then this fight will never ever favour melee. The damage put out on tight nit groups on this encounter is insane. Even on kills you end up with only one or two melee left. It isn't a class balance thing, it's shoddy encounter design.