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We all know that you should do heroic 5-mans before you start raiding. It’s more than just a maxim or saying; you need the gear, experience, and practice. But a reader recently mailed me and asked:

I’ve only been trying to do endgame for the last few months, since I didn’t have time while working a full time job. Now, I am trying to learn how to raid by doing heroic dungeons. It’s going pretty rough and I’m getting some pretty good gear but I have a question.

Ignoring the gear itself, what am I getting out of these dungeons? Do raid bosses actually work anything like heroic bosses?

It’s a fair question, and I can see how someone new to the endgame might feel frustrated at not being in the «real» game. The bad news is that raid bosses often do work a little differently; some tactics and maneuvers that exist in raiding have no correlation to 5-man dungeons. For example, you never swap tanks in 5-man instances because you only have one tank at a time.

But all is not lost. It might actually surprise you how many raid boss tactics mirror 5-man encounters. Let’s take a look at some of the T11 bosses and which 5-mans might help prepare you for them. (We’re looking at T11 bosses because, admittedly, you shouldn’t go straight from 5-man heroics to the Firelands.)Continue reading WoW Rookie: How to learn about raiding through heroicsFiled under: WoW RookieWoW Rookie: How to learn about raiding through heroics originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments


New around here? WoW Rookie has your back! Get all our collected tips, tricks and tactics for new players in the WoW Rookie Guide. WoW Rookie is about more than just being new to the game; it’s about checking out new classes, new playstyles, and new zones.

We all know that you should do heroic 5-mans before you start raiding. It’s more than just a maxim or saying; you need the gear, experience, and practice. But a reader recently mailed me and asked:

I’ve only been trying to do endgame for the last few months, since I didn’t have time while working a full time job. Now, I am trying to learn how to raid by doing heroic dungeons. It’s going pretty rough and I’m getting some pretty good gear but I have a question.

Ignoring the gear itself, what am I getting out of these dungeons? Do raid bosses actually work anything like heroic bosses?

It’s a fair question, and I can see how someone new to the endgame might feel frustrated at not being in the «real» game. The bad news is that raid bosses often do work a little differently; some tactics and maneuvers that exist in raiding have no correlation to 5-man dungeons. For example, you never swap tanks in 5-man instances because you only have one tank at a time.

But all is not lost. It might actually surprise you how many raid boss tactics mirror 5-man encounters. Let’s take a look at some of the T11 bosses and which 5-mans might help prepare you for them. (We’re looking at T11 bosses because, admittedly, you shouldn’t go straight from 5-man heroics to the Firelands.)Continue reading WoW Rookie: How to learn about raiding through heroicsFiled under: WoW RookieWoW Rookie: How to learn about raiding through heroics originally appeared on WoW Insider on Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments



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