Tales of a Noob: Kologarn

As I mention quite a bit, I’m pretty new to the world of raiding. I’m good at grasping big things quickly, but I have a bad tendency to make some hilariously silly mistakes. I’ve made quite a few of these in my wow career so far, and some of them make pretty good stories.

I should probably write them down before I happen to forget all about them and think of myself as some kind of pro! :)

My first story involves Kologarn.

Anafielle, welcome to Ulduar!

The raid I am thinking of was quite some time ago, certainly very soon after I hit 80.

It marked one of my very first 25 man raids with my new guild. I was along as the third tank, a nice supposedly stress-free position for the most part which gave me a chance to obtain some raiding experience without being thrown into a crazy hot seat.

Stress free? Me? What are you TALKING about? Since when have I tanked anything without stressing out about it?

This was Ulduar in the time of patch 3.2. The guild knew all the beginning fights by heart. I was about 60% worried about wiping the raid due to my own stupidity and 60% worried about making a complete and utter fool of myself. Yes, that adds up to 120%. Don’t argue with my math.

Mostly I just felt overgeared for my experience level. I was decked out in 226 without a lick of experience to justify all this raid quality gear. On those early raids, I felt like a 10 year old girl playing dress-up in mommy’s closet. Someday I knew those clothes would fit me right; but right then, I thought I looked stupid and awkward.

The Fight

I had done Kologarn on 10 a few times, but never 25. In 10s I had always been on “grab rubble when it spawns” duty. In 25s, they put me on “taunt trade” duty.

Trading taunts! Exciting!! So this is what real tanks do! I have to tank the boss. AWESOME. Yet terrifying! The raid’s survival rests on my overgeared yet underexperienced shoulders. I was excited and scared at the same time.

In the middle of the fight, I got gripped.

This was totally unexpected. What? What?? Oh god! That boss needs me! What if my cotank got too many stacks of the debuff?! What would happen if I wasn’t there to taunt?! How do I react to this crazy and completely unexpected situation?

When I dropped from the arm, I clicked my autorun key. This has always been my middle mouse button. Back then I was an autorunner; I always used to move by speedily clicking autorun (my middle mouse button) on and off. Always. I have since taught myself to move by holding down both mouse buttons, but back then I was still an autorun clicker. It was, in general, a pretty precise way to get around.

In this situation … unfamiliar with the boss’ hitbox – or, to be honest, the concept of hitboxes in general – and panicking to get back in position … it was a catastrophic error.

Yes. I auto-ran off the edge.


After my horrifyingly humiliating experience with the edge boss, the raid giggled a bit at me and killed him cleanly, leaving only my pride hurt. >< After all, it was freakin’ Kologarn…. easy mode.

And oh… was my pride hurt.


Feel free to laugh at me :)


6 Responses to “Tales of a Noob: Kologarn”

  1. 1 tijerasprot March 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I can’t / won’t laugh at you because I failed at tanking Kologarn my first time as well. I had just finished tanking all the rubble when the other tank called for a switch, and I ran forward to get into taunt range and ended up running right through Kologarn. Unfortunately for me, that was a wipe. I don’t know what was worse, the giggles on vent or my embarrassment at actually failing at that.

    I failed a second time on Kologarn on my warrior tank. I charged in and through Kologarn and fell off the ledge on the initial pull. The ribbing I took was merciless as it was my second “first” time tanking and falling off the ledge.

    • 2 anafielle March 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      Awww! At least my raid didn’t wipe… I was always thankful for that. It was definitely my most mortifying moment thus far though!

      Guess we can’t learn unless we mess up…. sometimes twice :)

  2. 3 Daxlim March 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve seen it happen before, the MT who was new to the fight, ran in (charged, like tijeras), then ran a little too far, so before the fight really started we all saw him run in straight over the edge non-stop. I think it was 3 seconds of abolute silence, then we all had tears in my eyes from laughing.

    I felt really bad for the tank though, but it was without any doubt one of the funniest raiding mistakes I ever saw, and I’ll never forget it. That tank was my hero for the day, and I vowed to do it myself whenever I got to MT him, just for the fun of it.

    If people aren’t lauging about such a thing, but get mad, they’re in dire need of a sense of humor buff. :)

    • 4 anafielle March 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      Of course!! Any guild I’d want to play in would just laugh. Hell, even if it’s a progression fight, we might be focused but we can still laugh at the really funny mistakes!

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Tankadin Errant is a blog written by Anafielle, a paladin tank on Drenden - US Alliance side. (Armory)

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